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Saudi king vows to punish those behind suicide attack

King Salman says he is heartbroken over a suicide bombing that killed 21 people in eastern Saudi Arabia

Emaar's Alabbar says 'right time' to invest in Jordan

Construction giant's boss says country is performing well despite 'chaos' in neighbouring territories

UAE approves plan for national database of medical records

UAE's PM Sheikh Mohammed says plans to improve the UAE healthcare sector 'will never stop'

UAE Banks Fed appoints agency to monitor members' behaviour

UAE Banks Federation also agrees to set up a number of committees to ensure ethical behabiour

Emirates eyes Chicago recruitment drive despite mayor's opposition

Dubai airline seeks new pilots from US city despite its mayor joining campaign to put brakes on its growth

Arabtec shares drop on $36bn Egyptian deal speculation

Dubai's index falls 1.7% as most stocks decline; Arabtec stock sinks 3.3%

New Dubai Wharf homes set for sales launch

Dubai Properties unveils new residential tower for Dubai Creek project; sales to start on Thursday

Former UK PM says infrastructure is key to MidEast prospects

Gordon Brown says public-private partnerships needed to drive urgently needed infrastructure development

Open Skies 'exists for a reason', says GE boss

Firm's head of international ops says rationale for liberalised aviation policy 'has not changed' amid ongoing dispute

Gulf blue chips commit to training 49,000 young people

Prominent firms stump up support for new youth unemployment target for WEF’s Regional Business Council

Kuwait's Burgan mulls UAE, Saudi, Egypt expansion

Chief executive says Kuwait's third-largest lender is looking to raise share of international operations in its business

Saudi's Emaar Economic City expects rush in new tenants in 2015

Boss of special economic zone expects its inflow of new corporate tenants to speed up this year

Abu Dhabi bank part of $400m deal to finance new aircraft

National Bank of Abu Dhabi is one of two banks picked by International AirFinance Corporation for loan for five aircraft

UN appoints panel to address humanitarian funding gap

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set up new panel which includes UAE-based businessman Badr Jafar

MidEast launch for vest which can measure heart and sleep activity

Hexoskin biometric vest allows a person to measure and monitor their EKG, calorie intake, activity level, number of steps, and more

UAE foundation completes Morocco campaign to prevent blindness

Noor Dubai Foundation says 4,200 eye exams carried out with more than 400 surgeries performed


Why we should support more locally-grown brands

It's time to show the UAE doesn’t just attract the world’s best brands, it also produces them, says Ed Attwood

Revealed: the secrets of successful team building

Ahmed Sharawy outlines the critical factors that management consider in structuring teams

Is the 'second' Dubai property crash already over?

Many people were so convinced another crash was coming, we nearly started one. Thankfully we were wrong, says Anil Bhoyrul

For the Trump family, sorry seems to be the hardest word

There are more questions than answers as to what really happened to the Trump Tower project in Dubai

Is the Gujarat villain of 2002 now a global hero?

Narendra Modi has captured a major chunk of the Indian political landscape using innovative sales pitches and savvy branding skills.

Thomas Lundgren doesn’t like IKEA. Can you blame him?

The founder of THE One furniture retailer’s grand plan to take down IKEA hasn’t quite come to fruition, but no-one can argue about the impressive impact he has made on the retail industry.

Innovative challengers at the gates

We believe innovation is not only a critical part of our business, but the key to future growth and success.

Don't mention the d-word

Hotels must overcome the fear factor to serve disabled people better, says Crystal Chesters


In pics: WEF MENA 2015 in Amman

With the theme 'Creating a Regional Framework for Prosperity and Peace through Public-Private Cooperation', the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa took place at the Dead Sea resort of Shuneh, west of Amman, on 21-23 May.

Annual Vivid Sydney Festival

The Vivid Sydney Festival is an annual festival that features light sculptures and installations throughout the city. The festival takes place May 22 through June 8.

1600 PANDAS+ exhibition in South Korea

1600 PANDAS+, an exhibition established in 2008 between WWF-France and artist Paulo Grangeon, refers not only to the increase in the population of wild giant pandas to over 1,800 in the past decade, but also to the increased public awareness of wildlife conservation.


'Around 20 people' dead after Saudi Arabia mosque attack

A Saudi interior ministry official says a suicide bomber detonated his belt during Friday prayers inside a Shi'ite mosque in the east of the kingdom.

France celebrates 60 years of the iconic Citroen DS

The Citroen DS celebrates 60 years since its introduction with many of its fans gathering in Paris to mark the occasion. Connoisseurs believe it's the most innovative and beautiful car ever built.

UN chief: Cause of Asian migrant crisis must be addressed

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday (May 23) the root causes leading to thousands of mostly Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee their

Latest Reader Comments

UAE central bank unveils caps on personal loans, banking fees
raul : which bank is that ?? im also planning to change job . . can u advise me ?...
UAE - Monday, 3 September 2012 4:53 PM

Dubai Crown Prince to pay for free dental check-ups for labourers
SELWIN ILANGOVAN : Very Nice to know.. Even our Insurance coverage does not cover the Dental problems..

The working class of UAE will be happy to hear and very happy to know and extremely happy to utilize..

Regards and God Bless the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Entire Dubai Government..

DUBAI, U.A.E. - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:05 PM

New regulations cool Dubai property market as Q1 prices slip
stuart : Luke
Spot have summed up the market perfectly.

The current LTV rules make no sense for the market....
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:06 PM

Dubai dental clinic offers Rolls-Royce service
Mosa : And how much do they exactly charge for the dental services? and how do they exactly plan to recover the cost of a Rolls-Royce if it has been bought and not leased?

In my personal opinion, this is just ridiculous. Instead of attracting clients through such means, provide high quality health...
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:06 PM

Emirates A380 damaged following emergency landing in Poland
Sanjay : There should be a option in the reservation system to voluntarily declare your medical status, this can be useful in emergencies, both in flight and also if the flight is diverted so that the team on the ground is ready with appropriate medical assistance...
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 3:00 PM




Steve Wozniak: 'US would look like Dubai if it didn't spend all it's money on the military'

One-on-one with the Apple co-founder, in which he talks Snowden, Dubai, artificial intelligence and aircraft hacking


Saudi drafts law to allow women to vote for first time

The landmark decision in Jeddah aims to help “meet the needs and aspirations of all citizens”


UAE President orders release of 2 Qataris who posted insulting royal images online

Pair released to show UAE’s keenness to strengthen ties between the two Gulf states


UAE consumers among world's most confident in Q1, says Nielsen

Latest Nielsen global survey shows UAE is top for Middle East consumer confidence, ahead of Saudi Arabia


Top GCC construction bosses said to be earning salaries of up to $1.2m

New research says top-tier wages have risen over past year in region, particularly in booming construction sector


Dubai's affordable homes move 'long overdue' - Cluttons

Real estate consultancy says plan to introduce affordable homes quotas for developers will result in surge in investor interest


Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi mosque, ISIL claims attack

Update: More than 90 wounded in one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf country


Etihad says to file subsidies dispute response to US gov't by end-May

Abu Dhabi airline hits back in ongoing row with US carriers with new report debunking claims that it is harming competition


Qatar's PSG named the best paid team in world sport

New Global Sports Salaries Survey reveals average $8.3m salary for players; Abu Dhabi's Man City are third in global list


Dubai to consider launching hourly car rental scheme

Smart Rental initiative will offer cars for hire for Dubai Metro users for a short period of time


Revealed: what makes Ivanka Trump tick

Businesswoman, author, mother, model — and daughter of one of America’s most famous property developers — Ivanka Trump explains how she juggles her many roles

Saudi Arabia rewrites its oil game with refining might

Gulf kingdom now has stakes in more than 5 million barrels per day of refining capacity

What happens when Dubai's lights go out?

With about one-fifth of Dubai properties voluntarily left vacant amid rising rents, is it time the government followed the example of Saudi Arabia and taxed landowners who sit on undeveloped urban plots?

The fracking of US-Saudi relations

The often-misunderstood industry of fracking may ironically become Saudi Arabia’s last resort as it seeks to desperately draw out every last drop of oil in its reserves, the founder of Texan oil giant Breitling Energy Corporation, Chris Faulkner, claims

Growing on instinct: Mohammed Al Barwani

From underwater mining to luxury yachts, Mohammed Al Barwani has interests in a staggering range of industries. The chairman of MB Holding explains how he built the firm from scratch to become a billion-dollar player

Sofa so good: UAE's Marina Home Interiors

Marina Home Interiors has become one of the most high-profile furniture stores in the UAE over 18 years, thanks to an ever-growing and transient population, and now its three founding brothers are making their own move into markets across the world

Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil

SWF managers face growing pressure from politicians and the public to prove they're investing national reserves wisely

Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa

There's an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia

Building into the unknown: What is the business model behind Jeddah's plans for the world's tallest tower?

New York’s Empire State Building, London’s Shard and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa all had specific reasons to build their record-breaking towers, but faced difficult times making them a financial success. As Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower rises out of the ground, Mounib Hammoud, CEO of developer Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), is sticking fast to the age-old ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy

Home from home: Luring the Chinese to the UAE

As Chinese tourists travel out of their home country in ever-increasing numbers, the UAE’s hotels are positioning themselves to welcome a new wave of big-spending visitors

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