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Revealed: UAE employers' most sought-after skills

Top skills include data mining, algorithm design, international relations, says LinkedIn

Dubai airport cuts flight arrival delays by 40%

New procedure has led to reduction of fuel consumption and cost savings for airlines

Qatar Airways postpones launch of 'super-business class'

National carrier will reportedly introduce the new seats in March 2017

Qatar's former emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani dies aged 84

Sixth emir ruled from 1972 to 1995 and is credited with modernising oil-rich Gulf state

NBAD, FGB shareholders to meet in December to approve mega-merger

Merger of Abu Dhabi banks will create one of the largest banks in the Middle East and Africa with assets of around $175 billion

Dubai Islamic Bank Q3 net profit falls 9.9%

DIB is third major Dubai-based lender to report weaker earnings growth this quarter after Emirates NBD and Mashreq

King Salman meets with Venezuelan president to discuss oil market stability

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said views of the kingdom and Russia ‘are getting closer’

Deyaar reports 85% rise in nine-month profits

Dubai-listed developer's Q3 net profit rises 22.5% as revenue surges

Samsung beats Apple in UAE as most popular smartphone brand

Visits to Facebook accounted for over 90% percent of total social media use

Qatar news website says victim of cyberattack

Doha News says hackers disrupted website and accounts in latest Gulf cyberattack

In pictures: Emirates completes makeover of Business Class lounge at Dubai

Enhances lounge offering with exclusive partnerships with Moët & Chandon, Voss Water and Costa Coffee

Work on region's first permanent show La Perle by Dragone begins in Dubai

The aqua theatre in Al Habtoor City will boast an aqua stage filled with 2.7m litres of water

In pictures: Emirati designer Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi's show at FFWD Dubai

Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi is the daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, UAE, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, grew up immersed in the world of high fashion.

Business advice from the world's most successful women

Find out how these women made a name for themselves in the business world

Business travellers: 6 Montblanc must-haves

Efficiency and style for the modern business flyer


Will Kuwait's political rollercoaster derail?

Dissolving Kuwait’s parliament – the most cooperative in years – could backfire, says Courtney Trenwith

Dubai: the smartest city of the future?

Dubai’s passionate adoption of futuristic technologies could see it leapfrog other developed economies, says Courtney Trenwith

Why Takaful is misunderstood

The Sharia-compliant insurance industry must make a more concerted effort to compete with conventional products

Banking on new bankruptcy legislation

The UAE’s approved insolvency law is its most valuable investment in the economy in years, says Courtney Trenwith

The double standards of US carrier complaints over Gulf codeshare deals

Automatically handing the Big Three airlines US government contracts would simply amount to state subsidies, says Ed Attwood

The calculus of conflict in the Middle East

Christine Lagarde said IMF, along with the international community, will be called upon to assist in rebuilding the economy once the conflicts end

Finally, developers in Dubai appear to be listening

The increasing number of new affordable residential projects in Dubai have not come soon enough, says Courtney Trenwith

Why Saudi Arabia's private sector needs to step up

The kingdom’s government is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to funding millions of public sector jobs, says Ed Attwood


In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launches new campaign to preserve national heritage

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the launch of the national campaign ‘Let's Preserve the Legacy’ and extended an open invitation to the community to contribute historical items to the Etihad Museum, which will be officially inaugurated during the UAE National Day celebrations in December later this year.

Inside Dubai's new café Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove, a concept from South Africa, opened in October in Dubai's City Walk

In pictures: Emirati designer Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi's show at FFWD Dubai

Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi is the daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, UAE, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, grew up immersed in the world of high fashion.

In pictures: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih meets with Russian Oil Minister Alexander Novak

'The current down cycle is nearing an end,' Falih told a joint press conference with Novak after a Gulf ministerial meeting in Riyadh.

In pictures: Qatar's Paris Saint-Germain draw against Olympique de Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain held to goalless draw by Marseille.


Video: US defence secretary Carter arrives in Erbil

The US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrives in Erbil, Iraq.

Video: Lebanon's Litani River faces environmental crisis

Lebanon's longest river is facing an environmental crisis. The 140km long Litani River has become so polluted the World Bank announced it would loan $55m to help clean it up.

Video: 15 years since the revolutionary Apple iPod was launched

15 years ago, a California-based technology company launched a small handheld device it hoped would be successful.

Video: Hillary Clinton's not-so-secret weapon - Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is heading to Arizona as Democrats see the opportunity to turn the traditionally red state blue.

Latest Reader Comments

Return of 'serious' buyers to Dubai is sign of recovery, says Nakheel chairman
Telcoguy : My experience as a tenant is that after the 12-18months quality of maintenance went down on most buildings forcing me to move. Even at the time you would find buildings just finished where you would be told that the swimming pool or any other facility was being fixed and would be working again in "2...
Spain - Monday, 24 October 2016 3:16 PM

Entrepreneur of the Week: Talib Al Hinai, founder of Buildrone
Scott Wolf Grace century : Congratulations. It's amazing how drone technology and 3d printing have managed to enter almost every industry. Good job!...
UAE - Monday, 24 October 2016 1:44 PM

Samsung loyalty strong in Dubai as half swap Galaxy Note 7 for S7 Edge
Telcoguy : Losing half of your high value customers is now "strong loyalty"... oh well the glass is half-full for sure....
Spain - Monday, 24 October 2016 1:04 PM

Nakheel launches new $32m Palm restaurants complex
Mugged Off (by AB) : Perhaps because publications like AB refuse to print the comments of people who have insight into the matter and continue to protect the status quo. They are part of the problem....
UAE - Monday, 24 October 2016 9:57 AM

Investors push to revive $750m beachfront project in Bahrain
Bahraini : The picture in this article are not of the project. There are plenty of pictures on the internet. I recommend you place the same to avoid any confusion. ...
Bahrain - Sunday, 23 October 2016 4:45 PM




Saudi official warns over bankruptcy in 'three to four years'

State employees work 60 minutes a day, says civil service minister Khaled Al Araj


Mashreq reports fifth successive quarterly profit drop as bad loans weigh

UAE's biggest private lender hit as impairments jump by 82% over the third quarter


Qatar launches investigation into 'work-related fatality' at World Cup stadium

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy did not elaborate on the cause of death


NMC Health to enter Qatar, Oman by end-2016

UAE hospitals operator also plans to expand in Saudi Arabia, deputy CEO says


Saudi Aramco staff resign over changes in allowances - report

Oil giant employees are concerned over planned budget cuts, local media said


Dubai, US entities combine to set up $100m 3D printing fund

Dubai Future Foundation, Autodesk team up to offer financing to entrepreneurs and start-ups in the 3D printing sector in the region


Dubai's RTA to increase frequency of trip on metro Red, Green lines

Dubai's transport authority says responding to demand from passengers, especially in the early morning


IMF urges GCC countries to 'do more' to transform economies

International Monetary Fund says greater progress toward more diversified private-sector driven economies needed in era of lower oil prices


Average Abu Dhabi hotel rates slump 10% so far in 2016

New report says occupancy rates in UAE capital fall 2.3% in the year to August while RevPAR plummets 12%


Kuwait's Agility opens Ghana distribution park amid African push

Logistics firm says it is also developing distribution parks in Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique and Angola


Forgotten fees: the challenge of investing in Dubai property

Investors attracted to low service charges at some Dubai residential towers are now facing huge bills to replace ill-maintained assets, or risk potentially dangerous hazards for tenants

Banking on reforms in Kuwait

As Kuwait stares down its first deficit in 20 years, the Gulf state is relying on its financial sector to help navigate choppy fiscal waters. Delayed plans to privatise the Kuwait Stock Exchange are finally on the home stretch and could prove vital to the country’s recovery

The write stuff: Al Jazeera's Mostefa Souag

In two decades, Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network has broken through deep-seated reporting barriers in the Arab world, airing issues and views previously suppressed by those in power. Its coverage has brought it many enemies but in the network’s most open interview yet, acting director-general Mostefa Souag remains steadfast

Brand of its own: Preferred Hotels' Lindsey Ueberroth

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is giving independently-owned and managed properties a global reach they have never before had. CEO Lindsey Ueberroth explains why GCC hotels are fast signing up

Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale

Riyadh is under pressure to maximise the size of its international issue with a 2016 state budget that envisages an $87bn deficit

Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

In a few short years how we get from A to B will be dramatically different. With goals including automated transport and a Hyperloop, the Gulf is speeding along in the sector

Get connected: Avaya Nidal Abou-Ltaif

Nidal Abou-Ltaif, president of Avaya International, explains how the telecoms equipment giant is taking on new technology, new challenges and new markets.

How technology is changing daily life in the UAE

Free wifi in public spaces and remotely monitoring utility use are no longer an indicator of an advanced city. Arabian Business looks at how technology is evolving just about every part of daily life – and how the UAE is leading the way.

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