Have trouble reading this email? See it in your browser
Saturday, 7 March 2015 This newsletter reaches 162,112 readers, to advertise click here

Dubai's luxury house price growth flatlines in 2014

Growth rate of 0.3% is slowest of major Gulf cities; Abu Dhabi ranked fifth in world's top 10 fastest growing prime property markets

Emirates in talks with Airbus on revamped A380 superjumbo

Dubai airline chief says would look to place an order for up to 200 A380neo jets to drive further expansion

UAE named among top destinations for world's rich list

Gulf state saw more than 10,000 investor visa applications from millionaires over past decade, says study

Etihad says $32k luxury Residence booked for first JFK flight

Abu Dhabi airline says its exclusive three-room suite was booked just hours after December A380 launch was announced

Portsmouth leaders lash out at comedian’s #DubaiWithNoMoney tweet

Emirate has been dragged into a war of words involving British-Iranian stand-up Omid Djalili

UAE residents snub insurance cover despite Torch Tower blaze

New survey reveals 67% not interested in taking out home contents cover even after high-profile fire in Dubai Marina

Nakheel starts handover of Jumeirah Village Circle villas

Dubai developer says it has takes nearly $75m in sales revenues after selling out 90-villa project

FIFA's Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums

President Sepp Blatter says situation is 'intolerable'; says he has raised issue with Iran's Rouhani

Emirates NBD brand valued at $1.78bn, up 40%

Bank is named the most valuable banking brand in the UAE in new ranking by The Banker magazine

Ajman mega project awards final infrastructure contract

Infrastructure works at the Al Zorah mixed-use project are scheduled to be completed in Q4, says developer

Bahrain gov't to oversee completion of stalled projects

Cluttons says move will 'significantly bolster investor confidence' in Bahrain's real estate sector

Qatar Airways announces new push into Pakistan

DOha airline says it will launch more flights to Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan in the summer

Broadband access is a 'basic right', says Etisalat chief

CEO Ahmad Julfar calls for public-private sector partnerships to make internet accessible for more of world's population

Dubai hedge fund firm adds top UAE tycoon to board

Dalma Capital Management Limited announces appointment of Mishal Kanoo as licensed director

Dubai ruler tackles water shortage issue with new law

Sheikh Mohammed issues new directive to establish UAE Water Aid Foundation to find new solutions to water shortage


Why I'm betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease

Writing exclusively in Arabian Business, Bill Gates says the Middle East has a vital role to play in improving global health.

Power: From Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader

Ahmed Sharawy on how some leaders exploit power to deliver value while others abuse it

Qatar’s winter World Cup: pure genius or madness?

FIFA’s perplexing decision has at least switched the spotlight away from allegations against the Gulf state, says Anil Bhoyrul

How low can you fly? Just ask the boss of Delta Air Lines

Richard Anderson’s comments linking Gulf-based airlines with the 9/11 shows how desperate the US airline industry has become, says Ed Attwood

Nobody can trust HSBC any more

After last week’s tax revelations, the 'world’s local bank' is globally damaged goods, says Anil Bhoyrul

Decision making: Intuition vs ability

Ahmed Sharawy asks why some people are better than other in making the key decisions in business

No silver lining for gold

Many investors turn to precious metals during uncertain times, but do not be fooled by the current speculation of an upward trend.


Revealed: Arab owners dominate list of the world's superyachts

With the 2015 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, the region continues to be a big player for luxury vessels

@freedomconservation in Dubai

Freedom Conservation is a game-changing conservation movement that seeks to reintroduce endangered birds of prey through creative conservation methods.

UAE at ITB Berlin 2015

Along with 10,096 other exhibitors from 186 countries, the UAE representatives also attend the 49th International Tourism Fair (ITB Berlin 2015), which runs until March 8, 2015 in the German capital.

InPics: Emirati daredevil performs acrobatics in Dubai

21-year-old adventurer Abdullah Omar Al Ali, who has appeared in the Bear Grills Adventure Series, has been credited with creating ‘Car-kour’, a new car-based stunt show

The world’s weird amusement parks

Some of the themed attractions, from Harry Potter in Japan to Stalin's World in Lithuania

Latest Reader Comments

UAE launches party island to rival Ibiza
Paul King : A party island in RAK could never rival Ibiza. Anyone who has experienced both locations knows that this idea is complete nonsense. This project will go in the same direction as Real Madrid where!...
UK - Friday, 6 March 2015 2:23 AM

UAE’s Mashreq bank launches the 'selfie' credit card
Doug : Yes, because that's exactly what we all want from a credit card, the opportunity to have a picture of our face on it.

Heaven help us if we want something like a more secure card that actually uses Chip and PIN, or something useful like contactless payment.
Or a way of paying your bill...
UAE - Monday, 2 March 2015 3:10 PM

Free hotel stay for blaze-hit Dubai tower residents
whatnext : Incredible generosity.
Well done indeed Jannah, very impressive....
uae - Monday, 2 March 2015 3:10 PM

Should the Gulf introduce VAT?
mark : NO. NO....
UAE - Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:53 PM

Saudi Arabia announces new crackdown on illegal expats from next week
Peter Peter : It is time higher authorities in Dubai also took some action against illegal operators in the UAE.
Professionals from Europe or other countries who can enter UAE with just a stamp at the immigration counter have no visa cost, no license cost, no local sponsor cost, no local establishment cost an...
UAE - Monday, 2 March 2015 1:03 PM




US airline unions add voices to Gulf subsidies dispute

Union leaders claim US workers will lose their jobs if domestic airlines are pushed out of key markets by Gulf carriers


Egypt hopes for final deal with Dubai's Arabtec next week

Housing minister says Egypt's rights have to be preserved in $40bn homes agreement


Revealed: The top destinations for Muslim travellers

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in the top five but have been out-scored by Malaysia and Turkey


Gulf will see a drop off in plane orders in 2015, says Boeing exec

US planemaker forecast that the region won't see the "same magnitude" of record-breaking sales seen in recent years


Police to investigate Dubai TV presenter's 'stalker'

Saudi male set up online accounts in the name of news anchor Katie Fielder, which have now been suspended by Facebook


Video: Car fire brings Dubai traffic to a halt

Incident occurred in Jumeirah Lake Towers and was captured by social media users


UAE warns citizens to stay away from India after swine flu spread

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues warning as more than 1,000 people die, 20,000 infected across India


UAE expat faces trial over Facebook post criticising employer

US national faces fine of up to $50,000 and five years in jail for violating UAE cyber laws


Lufthansa to launch one-way flights to Dubai from $111

German carrier reveals plan to launch low-cost long haul flights under the Eurowings banner from October 25


Mobily shares surge on hopes for indirect Saudi gov't support

Troubled Saudi telecom operator gets stock boost after last week's shock restatement of 2014 earnings


The price is right for new Dubai developer

Nshama is preparing to tip the scales on the Dubai property market with its new mega Town Square project, offering three-bedroom townhouses priced at under a million dirhams each. If successful, thousands of middle income workers could finally step out of the renting rut and get a foot on the property ladder. The company’s CEO Fred Durie explains why and how it can be done

Oman: a country on hold

Oman has been relatively stable under the rule of one man for 45 years, but the indefinite absence of an ailing Sultan Qaboos and deteriorating economic conditions are causing angst in a country that can ill afford stagnation. With no public succession plan, just what will the next era in Oman hold?

Chef interview: Gary Rhodes

Three years after the Michelin-starred chef moved to the Middle East, Gary Rhodes talks to Caterer Middle East about his journey and new projects on the horizon, and sets the record straight about his decisions over the years

Can all-inclusive hotels really be exclusive?

Should guests expect five-star luxury standards when they check-in at an all-inclusive resort?

Coming to America

As Barack Obama seeks to rebalance the bloated US economy, the EB-5 visa scheme is being used to attract overseas investment by offering a green card, US citizenship and an American passport for those with at least $500,000 to spare. Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik, from Dubai-based STEP America, outline why it is proving popular with Gulf-based expats

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

Operating through four years of political and economic turmoil in Egypt took its toll on EFG-Hermes, but the investment banking firm - one of the region’s largest, with operations in eight Arab countries - has risen from the instability and a period of consolidation to return to profit.

Sheikha Lubna retains top spot in female power list

Amal Clooney, Lebanese-British lawyer, activist and author, was the highest new entry this year

Is Dubai ready for 20,000 more hotel rooms?

Can the city cope with the additional supply predicted by Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

King is clearly laying the ground for a generational shift in how Riyadh develops its energy and economic strategies

The short story of Alwaleed's Alarab TV

It was intended to break the mould, giving airtime to the smaller stories and voices in the Gulf, but Prince Alwaleed’s Alarab TV lost its own voice within hours of blasting into homes with a controversial interview. Arabian Business examines whether the Saudi billionaire’s utopian network will air another episode

347 million users, 24 languages and a valuation of $33.5bn

Co-founder Allen Blue describes the extraordinary rise and rise of Linkedin

Tuned in: Arabian Radio Network chief Steve Smith

New channels, apps and investments are all adding up to healthy growth at Arabian Radio Network, says chief operating officer Steve Smith

Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

The GCC’s plans to bring in value-added tax were withdrawn as a result of the global financial crisis. However, lower oil prices mean that the contentious topic is now back on the agenda

Follow Us
facebook facebook facebook facebook
ADX 4,587 -1.83%
ASE 2,187 -0.25%
BSE 1,467 0.2%
KSE 6,539 -0.35%
MSM 6,526 -0.27%
QE 12,139 0.08%
SSE 9,517 0.57%
Share prices are updated with a 15-minute delay. Data is not intended for trading purposes

Where's the love for the labourer fire victims?

It's still location, location, location for restaurant owners

Money talks

What makes a football club truly global?

Whatever happened to the Palm Monorail?

Banking & Finance |  Construction & Industry |  Education |  Energy |  Healthcare |  Media & Marketing
Personal Finance |  Real Estate |  Retail |  Technology |  Transport |  Travel & Hospitality