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RTA plans new projects to ease Dubai-Sharjah congestion

'We are working on many projects,' director general of authority says

One accident every minute in Dubai during rain

Police’s command and control centre recorded a total of 5,268 calls

What the rent on a Dubai flat can get in Paris or London

How far can the same rent in the UAE go towards an apartment in another city

Saudi wants oil prices to hit a specific target: sources

Crude prices have risen by more than 14 percent since November

RAK to get tougher on corruption, says attorney-general

Northern emirate wants to bring those accused back to UAE jurisdiction

Bond-themed brunch coming to Dubai

Your mission will include a menu served at the signature Prime68 steakhouse

Saudi Aramco to invest $7 billion in Malaysia's Johor

King Salman one a month-long tour of Asia

Rain likely in Dubai and the rest of the UAE

Expect fog Wednesday morning and night, NCMS

UAE looks at new law to deal with unruly passengers

There have been few instances in the country, says aviation authority

Police arrest UAE driver after 4x4 stunt

Part of wedding celebrations in Sharjah


How a fantasy-world villain is helping to change Saudi Arabia

Recent public entertainment, from comedy to jazz, is bringing a lighter side to the conservative kingdom.

Why Saudi Aramco golden ticket has risks for Western banks

Reuters' Andy Critchlow on the Saudi Aramco IPO dangers facing JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley

Why Saudi Arabia's $50bn renewable energy programme is credible

The plan will set new benchmarks in competitiveness, commercial attractiveness and execution.

Will Damac's relationship with the Trump Organization pay off?

An exclusive preview of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai reveals less about the egotistical new US president than you would expect, says Courtney Trenwith

Why personal debt levels can't rise much further

With stagnant salaries and banks reporting double-digit profit falls, cash-strapped consumers are facing a dilemma, says Sarah Townsend

Globalisation starting to make genuine business sense, at last

Trump’s policies, or lack of, have meant that globalisation may now be the best way to counterbalance narrow-minded ideals, writes Michael Jabri-Pickett

Piloting the UAE's turbulent flight path

There has been plenty of gloomy news for the country’s airlines but clear skies are ahead, says Courtney Trenwith

How Saudi Arabia aims to dial up the fun

As Saudi Arabia moves towards opening cinemas and expanding its television offerings, the newly created General Authority for Entertainment must support content creation — and protection


In pictures: The world's largest tech event kicks off in Barcelona

The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the largest communications companies, with many unveiling their latest phones.

Money saving tips that will not be frustrating

Subtle changes in lifestyle can lead to effortless saving

In pictures: Best dressed women from the Oscars red carpet

The arrivals from this year’s glamorous 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood

In pictures: King Salman receives honorary degree from Malaysian top university

University Malaya Vice Chancellor presents the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Saudi Arabia's King in Kuala Lumpur.


Video: 'Moonlight' shines after 'La La Land' mix-up

Hollywood’s biggest bash of the year – the Oscars was marked by what one actress called the ‘craziest Oscar moment of all time,’ as ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as Best Film.

Video: Iran's Asghar Farhadi boycotts 89th academy awards

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won a second Oscar.

Video: Virtual reality takes spotlight at Mobile World Congress

Virtual reality technology is one of the hottest trends at this year's Mobile World Congress in Spain.

Video: Asghar Farhadi wins another Oscar for Iran

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman has won the 2017 Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Latest Reader Comments

UAE landlords set to get tougher on rental cheques
Mr. Abc : Erm, what real estate recovery are they talking about? Expected by who exactly? One minute rents are dropping now they're rising? I don't think it's a coincidence that it's Property Finder claiming the real estate market is recovering. They clearly have a vested interest in convincing people the mar...
UAE - Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:23 PM

Dubai residents appeal to fix 'roundabout of doom'
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UAE - Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:22 PM

UAE salaries expected to rise, report says
Daljit Singh : Nowadays people are struggling to secure a job in market and they are accepting offer which is less from their current package there is no chance of salary Increments 2017....
United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:21 PM

Going green: Diamond Developers CEO Faris Saeed
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UAE - Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:16 PM

Why Saudi Arabia's $50bn renewable energy programme is credible
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Egypt - Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:00 AM




Dubai may opt to delay launch of driverless flying taxis

Safety certification process underway, hoping to complete by July, says RTA chief


UAE landlords set to get tougher on rental cheques

Industry experts say landlords will try to reduce number of cheques accepted from tenants as real estate markets start to recover


Federer returns with easy win in Dubai Open

Swiss superstar plays first match since memorably claiming his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open


Saudi Arabia mulls raising fuel prices by 30% from July

Industry souces say increase would be part of plan to align its fuel prices with global benchmark levels


Saudi city to host Arab world's first YouTube FanFest

YouTube FanFest Jeddah will have two shows - one dedicated to an female-only audience and the other will be for families and males


Bahrain in talks with Singapore on blockchain pilot

Kingdom joins GCC race to become fintech pioneer with 'regulatory sandbox'


Qatar's foreign trade surplus jumps 62% in January

Gulf state's surplus rises to $3bn, according to Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics data


DEWA to invest $2.7bn in new substations

Work has already begun on new stations in Hassyan and at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park


Second Saudi stock market surges on first day

As many as 100 companies had expressed interest in listing on the new secondary equity market


Ajman Bank inks deal to finance new $91m hospital

Saudi German Hospital – Ajman will include 150 beds, set for completion in 2018


Closing the Gulf's gender gap

GCC states fell behind in closing the gap between women and men last year, but governments are striving to re-tip the scales.

Taking cover: Inside the GCC home insurance market

Home insurance in the GCC remains remarkably low, despite arresting reports of fires that have caused costly damage to homes and treasured possessions. Industry players say residents are finally sitting up and taking note, but the transitory nature of expats and a general lack of awareness continue to suppress demand.

Port of call: CEO Mark Geilenkirchen

As food security becomes a significant concern for the GCC, Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone is developing the region’s first agriculture hub. New CEO Mark Geilenkirchen says the facility will also help maintain years of consecutive double-digit growth.

"He was my hero," Ayman Hariri on his late father

In a rare interview, Ayman Hariri reveals the raw grief he still experiences 12 years after the assassination of his father, former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, and the lessons he learnt that have inspired him to take on formidable social media giants.

Luxury hotel brand finally coming to the GCC

Following numerous unfulfilled promises and delays, Langham Hotels set to open four properties in the Gulf, all in the space of a year

Anantara brings a little bit of Thailand to the GCC

Chairman and CEO explains why the region is so enticing

A tale of two (smart) cities

Singapore’s outgoing ambassador to the UAE says the countries have much in common

How Travis Kalanick aims to drive Uber's growth in the Gulf region

In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, the CEO reveals how he gave 40,000 Saudis jobs, and what makes Dubai the perfect blueprint for the GCC

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