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Dubai's DXB launches first initiatives to improve airport experience

Biometric technology and new automated border control gates launched to streamline check-in, immigration checks

FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

400-page report says one former FIFA official thanked Qatar for a transfer of several hundred thousand euros just after Qatar was awarded 2022 tournament

Dubai Police unveils plan to deploy autonomous vehicles

Self-driving vehicle is result of partnership with Atsao Singapore Limited; is equipped with cameras and sensor radar

Dubai house prices 'bottoming out' following 3-year slump

Propertyfinder Group data shows median Dubai property sales prices have fallen by 20% in past 18 months

Abu Dhabi to bring in new fines to improve road safety

New fines announced for violations relating to seat belt use, children in cars and tinted windows

Bahrain, Oman 'most vulnerable' in new era of low oil prices

Bank of America Merrill Lynch says Kuwait is in strongest position as oil prices continue to slide

Ryanair could bid for majority stake in Etihad-backed Alitalia

CEO Michael O'Leary says ready to make bid if administrators of troubled carrier undertake key reforms

Sharjah named World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCO

Honour is recognition of pioneering role in supporting and expanding regional publishing industries

Dubai's DEWA awards deal for $67.5m water network extension

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority says 40km of water pipelines will be added under new contract

New NOMU market boosts Gulf to five-year IPO high

Launch of Saudi Arabia's parallel market for smaller firms sees 10 IPO issued in Q1, the most since 2012

Monaco's Prince Albert hails UAE green energy ambitions

Prince of Monaco full of praise over renewable energy efforts during visit to UAE pavilion at the Expo 2017 in Astana

UAE cargo ship delivers buses to Yemeni schools, sports clubs

Emirates Red Crescent delivery is part of humanitarian effort to support Yemeni citizens during ongoing conflict

Hotel giant inks deal to build, operate Kuwaiti properties

InterContinental Hotels Group signs agreement with Bukhamseen Group Holding Company


Power play: Influence can be won and lost

The truth is, influence can be won and lost — often overnight.

Saudi economic potential lures investors

Aruba Khalid, senior analyst at The Delma Institute, says Saudi Arabia's reforms have helped its potential inclusion on the MSCI Emerging Market Index

Apple's Genius system is devoid of logic

Comment: A run-in with the tech giant’s customer support programme suggests there are still benefits to human interaction.

The UAE is becoming more comfortable telling the world what it is thinking

The story of the country over the past 10 years helps explain why Abu Dhabi is prepared to speak out against Doha.

UAE politics can be understood only through education

Opinion - “It is part of our efforts to create a generation of politically savvy young Emiratis”.


In pictures: Donald Trump welcomes Narendra Modi at the White House

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House visit that will allow the leaders to build personal rapport but is less certain to produce significant progress on issues such as immigration.

In pictures: Emirates Team New Zealand wins America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand dramatic victory over Oracle Team USA on the final day of the 35th America's Cup match presented by Louis Vuitton

In pictures: Eid Al Fitr celebrations across the world

Eid Al Fitr was celebrated across the world on Sunday and Monday with the morning prayers, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting 'Ramadan'.


Video: Supersonic flights promised by 2023 as Boom announces airline orders

This supersonic aircraft may cost $200 million but it's bringing supersonic air travel back to consumers.

Video: Saudi succession change

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has promoted his favoured son, Mohammed bin Salman, to crown prince in a shake-up of the established succession order that clears the young royal’s path to the throne.

Video: Google will stop scanning your email for ads

Google announced it will no longer scan users’ Gmail accounts to stockpile databases for advertising purposes. Over 1.2 billion people have Gmail accounts.

Video: Snapchat has a new feature called 'Snap Map'

Snap Map is available for iPhone users now.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai banking giant appoints first female Emirati as CEO
Patrick : Mabrouk hayati...
UAE - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 9:04 AM

Tested: Does a 'virtual' personal assistant work?
Evelyn Priess : Why you have gone so far? I am a VPA in the UAE and I am also member of the International Virtual Assistant Association. I live and work in the UAE. Its just that not many people know that we do exist!

UAE - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 9:04 AM

Revealed: huge disparity in Dubai school fees
expat08 : @juergen the amounts are meant for all of the school years of the child. Agree looks odd as one number. ...
uae - Tuesday, 27 June 2017 1:16 PM

85% of GCC patients say healthcare improvements needed
Jack Russel : Modernisation and digitisation is definitely a dimension to improve healthcare services in the gulf. However, that alone will not result in improvement in patient experience. Fact remains that not many successful doctors are willing to re-locate to Gulf by giving up their existing flourishing practi...
Bahrain - Tuesday, 27 June 2017 9:12 AM

Apple's Genius system is devoid of logic
Animatedude : Thanks A LOT for posting this

Apple stores in the UAE are the only stores in the world i think that you can't book an appointment online, which is ridiculous!

Whoever decided this , clearly doesn't understand how things are done in this country.

Plus, Apple stores in the ...
Saudi Arabia - Tuesday, 27 June 2017 9:09 AM




Revealed: The world's 100 most influential Arabs 2017

We reveal the best of the best in our widest ever search around the globe


UAE petrol prices set to decline in July

Diesel prices to fall by 6.59%, says Ministry of Energy


UAE supercar maker launches $450,000 limited edition SandRacer 500GT

Zarooq Motors' SandRacer 500GT goes against regular supercars that are “not designed for speed bumps”


US senator vows to block Gulf arms sales until Qatar crisis eases

Bob Corker's threat to block weapons deals may add clout to efforts to bring feuding parties toward an agreement


Saudi religious police on the comeback but with new challenge

Social change in Gulf kingdom poses dilemma for Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice


Saudi economic growth set to flatline in 2017 in new era of oil

Jadwa Investment forecasts growth of just 0.1% this year compared to 1.4% in 2016


Bahrain accuses Qatar of 'military escalation'

Foreign minister makes reference to Doha allowing Turkish troops on to its territory


Travel, tourism to create 18,000 new jobs in UAE

Contribution to country’s GDP to grow 2.9% to $44.6bn in 2017, says report


Saudi Arabia's new heir leads revolution of powerful millennials

Why the youngest crown prince in living memory represents a broader youth revolution in Saudi Arabia

How Ramadan has earned prime spot on Gulf fashion calendar

From Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, major brands are catering to lucrative Gulf markets during the Muslim holy month

How Mohammed bin Salman rose to become Saudi Arabia's most influential figure

Profile: New heir to Saudi throne holds power beyond his years

Three things to watch as Saudi Arabia names new heir to throne

Yemen, the Saudi economy and the Qatar-Gulf crisis will be high on agenda for Mohammed bin Salman

Businesses begin to feel the heat of Qatar's isolation

Commercial costs are rising and banks are pulling money out of the peninsula state as the row with Gulf neighbours continues.

Material man: How Danube's Rizwan Sajan is mastering Dubai's property market

After decades of success in the region’s construction and interiors market, Indian billionaire Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group, is on a mission to take the Dubai property market by storm.

Apple's Genius system is devoid of logic

Comment: A run-in with the tech giant’s customer support programme suggests there are still benefits to human interaction.

A family affair: Oberois on redefining luxury hospitality

Three generations after Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi started his hospitality career as a doorman, the five-star Oberoi and Trident hotels are thriving. The renowned Indian family meets Arabian Business in Ajman, where Oberoi Al Zorah resort recently opened.

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