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Asian airspace congestion a threat to Gulf carriers' growth plans, warn experts

Severe bottlenecks could lead to major issues for the MidEast’s three fast-growing airlines

Dubai's Cavalli Club apologises after asking disabled customer to leave

Staff told South African customer with cerebral palsy he was "not allowed in the club" as he "wasn’t safe in there"

Canada to investigate parliament shooter's links to Islamic militants

Gunman, who had converted to Islam, made attacks just days after Harper gov't announced plans to join fight against ISIL

Oil dives as US crude approaches $80 a barrel

OPEC has not yet indicated that it will limit oil production to drive prices back up

Judge orders mental assessment for unruly British passenger

40-year-old became disruptive on Emirates flight after being refused alcohol

Dubai Police in crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of Diwali

Residents wanting to celebrate with fireworks need to get permission in advance

Qatar elected to UN Human Rights Council

Human rights advocates hope the country’s appointment will help accelerate labour rights changes in the Gulf state

US producer in talks to stage live Disney shows to Saudi Arabia

Feld Entertainment is the largest live family entertainment company in the world and produces Disney on Ice

Former FIFA exec suggests 1am Qatar World Cup kick-offs

Former FIFA technical boss who warned against Qatar hosting the Cup in summer has suggested late night, early morning start times to combat the worst of the searing temperatures

Air strikes in Syria have so far killed 553 people, including 32 civilians

Human Rights monitors said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from ISIL

Kuwait sovereign fund to resume selling stakes in local firms

Holds a 24% stake in Kuwait Finance House & owns 24.6% of telco Zain

Google launches Gmail alternative, Inbox

Email service designed to offer real-time updates, tracking of online purchases


Cracking the online payments puzzle in MENA

Khaldoon Tabaza looks at why both investors and founders are worried about venturing into e-commerce businesses

Do you actually own your house?

Transparency and disclosure should be the hallmarks of any mature property market, says Ed Attwood

Should Dubai introduce a second stock market?

Anil Bhoyrul poses the question as analysts suggest up to 25 firms in the UAE are now planning an IPO

Of course I don't need a shrink

Learning about yourself is one of the most rewarding journeys you'll experience, says Silja Litvin

Is Branson the man to shake up the telecoms industry?

The introduction of MVNOs is the biggest change to Saudi Arabia’s telecoms sector in many years, says Anil Bhoyrul

Second time lucky on The World?

Promises from developers of the islands have come and gone but is it different this time, asks Ed Attwood

Good times are over for Dubai property... and we should be thankful

Despite the big project announcements at Cityscape, the evidence suggests Dubai’s real estate market is becoming more mature, says Anil Bhoyrul

Why do 72% of new products flop? How to beat the statistics

Dr Georg Tacke reveals some of the tactics to use to make sure you are one of the ones that succeeds

Analysing the MidEast's surge in online classifieds

How the decline in print advertising in the region has been replaced in the fast-paced digital era

The challenges facing the UAE's long-delayed credit bureau

The UAE’s federal credit bureau has finally come online. Authorities have done their bit, now it’s up to banks and other lenders to take it seriously, says Courtney Trenwith

Achieving 20m by 2020: DTCM chief Helal Saeed Almarri

Dubai's tourism boss on becoming one of the world’s most visited cities


Qatari Emir holds talks with Ecuadorean president

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held a round of official talks with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador at the Emir Diwan on October 22, 2014. They were joined by a number of Qatari ministers and members of the delegation accompanying President Correa.

10 key features of Yas Mall

Located 15mins from Abu Dhabi city centre and 45mins from Dubai

Top 10 reasons your smartphone signal fails

Poor coverage may not necessarily be the fault of your carrier

Diwali celebrations

Indian residents light candles and lamps as the Hindu festival Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on October 23.

Tunisians prepare for elections

Tunisians vote on October 26, 2014, to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.


Drug companies step up Ebola vaccine race

As the WHO opens its third emergency meeting on Ebola, Johnson and Johnson says it's speeding up work on an experimental vaccine against the disease - putting pressure on its main rivals in the vaccine race, GSK and NewLink Genetics, to do the same.

Obama pays tribute to 'Watergate' editor Ben Bradlee

Barack Obama has paid a warm tribute to Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the president-toppling Watergate scandal, who has died aged 93.

Uruguay accepts first group of Syrian refugees

One of the most recent nations to accept its first group of Syrian refugees is Uruguay in South America, where they have been enthusiastically welcomed by the country's president and local people. The government says it will house, educate and help them find work before a second group of refugees arrives next February.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai's Cavalli Club apologises after asking disabled customer to leave
Mick : I'd never step foot in a room full of plastic surgery wannabes? Shallow traits of a particular group and type that we see a lot in Dubai. Henrik, you're a good man to show such restraint to the staff. I can see why you would want to visit the club for the DJs but I'd try and reach Ferry Corsten and ...
UAE - Saturday, 25 October 2014 1:33 PM

UAE responds to critical report into treatment of foreign maids
ConfusedHonestAndBiased : Are they biased when they criticize Syria's regime?...
USA - Saturday, 25 October 2014 1:34 PM

UAE 'takes first steps' to launch unmanned Mars probe
ramin : Only difference being that the "past glorious era" that you are talking about was lead by muslims. I am sure the whole unmanned Mars probe will be lead and run by foreigners!...
germany - Saturday, 25 October 2014 1:34 PM

Copyright claims against YouTube 'unfair', says co-founder
Bob Jose : What typically the TV broadcast and content creators need to understand is their days are numbered if they do not change, even if they win the case in the US, the rest of the world which will watch and create more content will out run them and the technology providers will embrace the Youtube, Vimeo...
US - Saturday, 25 October 2014 1:35 PM

UAE's rising cost of living is big concern for expats - HSBC
Ahmad : I would like to see the Housing Tax removed from our already high DEWA bills. It is technically a tax and with the increase in rents, education fees for our children and DEWA rates with an array of charges and increased rates, it is an unfair fee to burden expats living in the UAE. My fear is that...
UAE - Saturday, 25 October 2014 10:28 AM




UAE's rising cost of living is putting off expats - HSBC

Bahrain, Qatar and Oman are more popular destinations for expats than the UAE, according to HSBC survey


I have “a fundamental difference” with the oil minister, says Prince Alwaleed

Saudi businessman was asked in a US interview if the minister should resign


Revealed: Bollywood Park Dubai in detail

New theme park will be split into five movie themed zones and will include 16 rides and attractions


Google saved YouTube from death, admits co-founder

Exclusive: Chad Hurley says 'hard to imagine YouTube being here today' if Google had not bought the video-sharing site in 2007


Dubai airport Ebola suspect tests negative, leaves country

Ministry of Health says passenger was quarantined for a few days after arriving from Liberia with symptoms


London judge to consider life sentence for Emirati sisters’ hammer attacker

Philip Spence was found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced next month


Dubai's Emirates NBD Q3 net profit doubles to $424.7m

Growth as a result of a resurgence in the Dubai economy, which has been boosted by a strengthening property market and a scaling down of debt troubles


StanChart to drop UAE SMEs with annual sales of less than $10m

The customers have been deemed “non-strategic businesses” by the UK lender


No Islamic New Year holiday for UAE gov't workers

Official announcement says event, which will fall on either Friday or Saturday, will not be transferred to working day


Dubai theme park to feature Sony Pictures, Smurf Zone

Deal signed with Hollywood movie giant to bring 12 themed attractions to planned motiongate Dubai project


We "forgot about the food", admits Just Falafel boss

Founder and MD Mohamad Bitar takes to the Arabian Business comments board to thank readers for helping company return to its roots


Abu Dhabi's Aldar to launch new projects in next 3-4 months

Developer's CFO says new projects will mostly target mid-income buyers and tenants


Fears for tough penalties grow as India cleans up business

Country’s regulators feel emboldened to take on even companies long sheltered by political connections

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait shared zone tensions underlie oilfield closure

Crude output from jointly-run offshore Khafji oilfield has been halted temporarily to comply with environmental rules

Interview: RP Group's Dr Ravi Pillai

Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians

Straight bat: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke gives the inside view on being the Australian cricket captain, including his public rants against team selectors, and gives his input on whether Dubai, the home of the International Cricket Council, is doing enough to support the game

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

UAE-based Hospitality Management Holdings’ chain of Sharia-compliant hotels is expanding quickly, in line with the growth in the region’s hospitality market. New chief executive Laurent Voivenel says he is keen to target the mid- and low-range segments of the industry

Revealed: The countries the ISIL militants come from

Thousands from Saudi Arabia and Morocco have flown to Syria to join the fight - report

Walking on air: Naji Skaf

When Naji Skaf was appointed CEO of gas group Gulf Cryo well in advance of his 40th birthday, he raised several eyebrows. The young executive discusses how he uses his age to his advantage, what it’s like trying to advance within an established family business, and how he’s taking the company to the next level

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