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Revealed: which Dubai apartment types are seeing rental rents rise or fall

Dubai Marina continues to be the most popular location for tenants, but rental rates and yields for landlords vary depending on the number of bedrooms

Gulf airlines in talks for a stake in India’s SpiceJet

Indian budget airline's chairman says "there is some dialogue which is ongoing" with unnamed regional airlines

US senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq

Experts warn ground troops could feed ISIL narrative

Dubai to reward residents choosing to be heathier with shopping vouchers

Those who opt to eat salads, walk or choose sugar-free snacks, will be given vouchers, movie tickets or gym memberships

Dubai’s Kanoo Group unveils villa project

Community comprises 11 contemporary residential properties in the heart of Dubai's Jumeirah 3 neighbourhood

A celebration of Saudi women: 'We have to struggle twice as hard as men to reach the top'

Award-winning sociologist Dr Mona Salahuddin AlMunajjed, who is ranked as one of CEO Middle East magazine's most influential women, shares an insight on her new book

Tehran orchestra banned from playing over use of female musicians

Iranian authorities stopped the performance of the national anthem 15 minutes before it was due to start

World leaders to launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

Leaders seek to banish memory of 2009 Copenhagen failure

Kuwait says oversupply pressuring oil price, hopes for recovery

"We hope that the indicators will improve," says Oil Minister Ali Al Omeir

Dubai International Film Festival: full details and must-see films

12th annual festival will include Jake Gyllenhaal, Richard Dreyfuss and Dev Patel

50 Cent to stage free concert in Dubai

American rapper will appear at the Movida club

The high end of Android Wear: TAG Heuer Connected

Swiss luxury watchmaker enters the electronics fray with its own smartwatch


Bonfire of the bankers

Lenders are slicing their workforces, including in the UAE, as the effects of the oil price burn their way through the sector, ,says Ed Attwood

Why the lack of a bankruptcy law hurts innovation

The UAE has laid out the welcome mat for entrepreneurs but the increasing number fleeing debt is yet more evidence of why the country must have a bankruptcy law, says Courtney Trenwith

A holding pattern for the Dubai Airshow

The showpiece event still stole the headlines, even if the big-money orders of 2013 were absent, says Ed Attwood

The race for Africa

The world is competing for the emerging region’s immense opportunities but the GCC’s reluctance to invest in its neighbour could leave it lagging far behind, says Courtney Trenwith

Profits and (eradicating) poverty can be friends

An impressive array of social entrepreneurs are changing the world, and making money at the same time, says Courtney Trenwith

Will the airline subsidies debate ever end?

Emirates Group has paid $4bn worth of dividends to the Dubai government in the past 30 years, so who is helping out who, asks Ed Attwood

Can we believe the forecasts about the Dubai real estate market?

Ziad El Chaar, managing director, Damac Properties, criticises the glut of market research, often presented 'without any effort to scrutinise the basis and reliability of the numbers'

Why Gulf expats should take responsibility for their retirement

Pension plans are not common in the Gulf, so it is essential for employees to plan ahead, says Courtney Trenwith


Saudi women campaign for public office

Women in Saudi Arabia began their first-ever electoral campaign on November 29, a step forward for both women’s rights and the kingdoms slow democratic process.

Traditional Emirati experience at Arabian Nights Village

The retreat will offer Oasis pool swimming, Emirati cuisine, and oud music for National Day

Italy and Qatar strengthen ties

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni arrived in Doha to meet with his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah.

Paris: World leaders hope for climate deal

The COP21 conference aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the goal to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by curbing fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, from all the nations of the world.


Declaring 'new beginning,' EU and Turkey seal migrant deal

Turkey promises to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU.

Anger over phone card tax in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s cash-strapped government has just levied a 10 percent tax on cell phone top ups. But the tax has exposed weaknesses in the government’s financial structure.

Hopes raised for butterfly numbers

Every winter, millions of Monarch butterflies head to Mexico from Canada. But their numbers have greatly reduced over the past few years. Environmentalists hope tougher controls on logging and the use of farm chemicals will mean more Monarchs will be heading south.

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Dubai hedge fund 'to close' amid suspicions of Danish tax fraud
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Solar panels on every roof by 2030: Dubai's $13.6bn ‘clean energy’ drive
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Qatar imposes travel ban on contractors amid rain damage probe
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Emirates said to boost India's GDP by $848m per year
Suresh : No one is talking of the losses Air India has suffered because Emirates has taken away a huge chunk of its Europe and US business. Emirates I think operates to 7 - 8 cities in India where as Air India can land only in Dubai. Emirates picks up Indian passengers bound for UK, US, Africa but Air Indi...
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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Wrappup team

Rami Salman, Ayush Chordia, and Rishav Jalan recently won the grand cash prize at AngelHack’s Global Demo Day


Alwaleed-backed developer raises $2.2bn fund to complete work on world's tallest building

Kingdom Holding's affiliate Jeddah Economic Co has arranged financing to finish construction of Kingdom Tower in Jeddah


Canadian investors say keen to take on delayed $6bn Dubai Pearl

Canada Business Holdings says it is looking to invest in distressed real estate projects in the emirate


Etihad, Masdar to develop fog prediction system for Abu Dhabi Int'l

Agreement signed as Abu Dhabi International Airport experiences frequent outbreaks of dense fog, delaying flights


Dubai hedge fund 'to close' amid suspicions of Danish tax fraud

Sanjay Shah’s Solo Capital Partners is reportedly under investigation by Danish authorities


Air rage: Is this Emirates’ worst ever passenger?

British passenger jailed for being drunk on an aircraft, criminal damage, racially aggravated behaviour and common assault after drunken rampage


Solar panels on all roofs by 2030: Dubai's new $13.6bn ‘clean energy’ strategy

Three-quarters of energy to be produced using renewable sources by 2050 and solar panels on all roofs by 2030, gov't says


Makkah’s $30m ‘charity towers’ to break ground next year

Disability charity in Saudi Arabia aims to generate revenue to fund services


Nico Rosberg ends F1 season on a hat-trick high at Abu Dhabi

Team mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton was second, in a record 12th one-two finish of the year for Mercedes


Dubai Police warns against publicising daily routine on social media

Criminals monitor social media sites to identify “easy targets”, police chief says


Meddling for medals: the politics of sport in the Gulf

Kuwait’s recent re-suspension from the International Olympic Committee and FIFA highlights concerns over government interference, but the sports movement says there are far more issues at play

Bahrain's Islamic finesse

Islamic finance assets are worth around $2bn globally, according to the World Bank, and the island state of Bahrain has chosen to exploit the increasingly lucrative sector to help it reassert its reputation as the Gulf’s principal financial hub

Bad Saudi PR fuels riyal devaluation talk

Political sensitivities and a culture of gov't secrecy have so far prevented officials from publicly discussing likely policy options

The educator: Skyline Group's Kamal Puri

There is a lot to learn about running a successful business, not least keeping up with evolving trends. Skyline Group Chairman Kamal Puri reveals what the next leaders should be learning

Home truths: Dubai Properties Group CEO Abdullatif AlMulla

Dubai Properties Group is one of the emirate’s real estate crown jewels but has not courted the same level of press interest as Emaar or Nakheel. With epic masterplan projects including JBR, Dubailand and Business Bay and a mass land bank to develop, newly appointed Group CEO Abdullatif AlMulla looks set to spruce up the company’s profile

The African opportunity: Full of potential for brave investors

A record $87bn of foreign direct investment flowed into Africa last year, and it is safe to say that even more is headed there this year. The 12th Arabian Business Forum presented the opportunities, risks and forecasts for the continent, according to top GCC-based businessmen, including Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Stallion Group founder Sunil Vaswani and Mansour Group’s Mohamed Mansour.

Security man: Thales Group CEO Patrice Caine

As the world seeks greater security from increasingly sophisticated attacks — on cyberspace, transportation hubs and city streets — demand is soaring for Thales Group’s electronic protection systems, CEO Patrice Caine says

Path to profits: Pearl Initiative's Imelda Dunlop

Imelda Dunlop, the executive director of the non-profit Pearl Initiative, explains why good governance will boost your company’s bottom line

Saudi Wahhabi dilemma in spotlight after Paris attack

While Riyadh has cracked down hard on jihadists at home, its approach to religion has raised a dilemma

Viewing outside the box: the future of TV

The days of an entire family sitting down to watch a primetime TV show have long been dwindling, with the way we watch video content transformed by iPads, YouTube, video-on-demand, Netflix binge watching and the launch of hundreds of channels. Experts tell Arabian Business how these changes are affecting everyone from viewers to advertisers — but the Middle East is breaking the mould

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