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Qatar under 'malicious' attack over 2022 World Cup, says organiser

Nasser Al Khater also rebuked claims country is building ‘white elephant’ stadiums

Britain to sign pact with GCC to improve airport screening systems

Gulf security is our security and we are investing in hard power there, says British PM

Dubai Opera tickets priced according to market demand, says Cameron Mackintosh

Tickets for Les Misérables sold for four times the current price in London

Qatar to sign $12.6bn of new infra projects in 2017, says finance minister

Finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi said economy to grow 3.4 percent in 2017, accelerating from its rate of expansion early this year

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes first glide flight

Abu Dhabi-backed company made latest test flight with VSS Unity

UAE gov't departments to adopt new biometric verification process

Facial-recognition and iris scan system will be in place within two years, says Emirates ID official

UAE among top 20 countries for entrepreneurs, says Ashish Thakkar

The inaugural Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index examines the state of entrepreneurship around the world.

Dubai Festival City to open spectacular light, water show this month

New attraction is part of $409mn redevelopment project of Dubai Festival City

Al-Hasawi resigns as head of Kuwait's football association

Owner of English Championship side Nottingham Forest was appointed three months ago

Mariah Carey confirmed for Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Carey to headline the Thursday February 23 night

India's southern leader Jayalalithaa Jayaraman dies

Popular former film actress and chief minister of southern India's Tamil Nadu state was widely known as "Amma" or "Mother"

Three charged with hacking Dubai bank account, stealing $270,000

Indian expats faked SIM card application and accessed the account through bank's smart app

Bahrain's Investcorp buys majority stake in Spanish firm

Developer of high yielding plants and trees Agromillora Group one of five companies acquired by Investcorp’s European Corporate Investment team

DHL, Abu Dhabi's Mubadala sign deal to boost aerospace business

Strategic partnership will help to improve the logistics around Mubadala's aerospace manufacturing business, the companies said

Guide: Where the best places are to fine dine in Riyadh

The best places for business dinner or intimate gatherings in the Saudi capital

Best Instagram pictures of UAE National Day in Dubai

Time Out has a selection of the best Instagram pictures of UAE National Day in Dubai, including photos of Burj Khalifa, Kite Beach and of the fireworks


Why the Gulf cannot ignore artificial intelligence

A robot-powered future may arrive earlier than anticipated in many industries, says Sarah Townsend

Saudi Arabia carries on drilling despite oil slump

Gulf kingdom is one of very few countries to increase drilling in era of low prices, says Reuters analyst John Kemp

Where will Alabbar's quantum leap really take us?

A future valuation of Noon in line with Alibaba and Facebook should not be discounted, says Courtney Trenwith

Powering growth: UAE needs to look beyond the traditional avenues for innovation

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium, on how innovation can make our lives easier

How to solve the Dubai-Sharjah congestion dilemma

The country’s impending public-private partnership legislation creates a ripe environment for third parties to fix the traffic headache.

How Trump can win back friends in the GCC

If the president-elect wants to achieve anything in the Middle East, he has to work with, not against, the region’s leaders.

What could be the economic impact from a Trump presidency?

Initial impact will be felt largely through the financial markets, with uncertainty about Trump’s unpredictability the main concern

Why Heathrow will still be playing catch up for decades to come

Apart from the massive cost of a third runway, the rise of aviation hubs in the Gulf may pose another challenge for the UK’s premier airport, says Ed Attwood


In pictures: King Salman, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tour Al-Shindaghah historical area

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, toured Dubai where King Salman visited Al-Shindaghah historical area.

In pictures: British PM Theresa May to attend the 37th annual GCC summit

May, who arrived in Bahrain on Monday night, is the first British leader to attend the annual meeting of the GCC.

In pixtures: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman leaves UAE

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia left to Saudi Arabia, ending a two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

In pictures: The Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 in Doha

Soccerex has been bringing together the global football industry to network, gain insight and socialise for over 20 years.

In pictures: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters set for debut in Dubai

The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is the first full Ladies European Tour (LET) event ever to be played in the Middle East


Video: Refugee helps educates future generation of doctors in US

Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli came to the US as a Syrian refugee. Now he's shaping the future of medicine in America.

Video: Future buildings could grow their own foundations

Researchers at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria want to render traditional building foundations obsolete.

Video: Egyptian man grows beard made out of bees

Egyptian beekeeper Mohamed Hagras grows a 'Beard of Bees' in an effort to educate people on the benefits of the honey producing insects.

Video: UN appeals for billions in aid in face of 'worst humanitarian crisis since WWII'

The United Nations has launched a record appeal for aid in what it has labelled the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Latest Reader Comments

US campaigners lambast Qatar Airways' Las Vegas expansion
James Binding : The Middle East are the largest customers to Boeing currently, the GCC Carriers are in actual fact creating jobs within the U.S. economy, this element is being completely overlooked!

The following is even taken from Boeing's website:

Boeing has forecast that the Middle East will r...
Dubai, UAE. - Tuesday, 6 December 2016 9:21 AM

Dubai 'not ready for Michelin' says Vineet Bhatia
WHJ : @Tony. You raise your hand for 15 mins to get the check?! hmmm...are you raising your hand high enough? Did you try standing up and waving? This is truly a phenomenon that must be closely examined. 15 minutes is way too long. The maximum recorded waiting time for a check is 11 minutes.
UAE - Tuesday, 6 December 2016 9:21 AM

UAE hotel rates in October slump to lowest level since 2005
Telcoguy : @khalid if you are flying people mostly from Europe and Asia Dubai hospitality is currently great value. Flying with QA makes it usually cheaper, or if you have a meeting in other GCC country and then make a stop over of 2-3 days. It is interesting that this place is more interesting now as a meetin...
Lima - Tuesday, 6 December 2016 9:17 AM

Dubai issues new property marketing regulations for real estate agents
RAK : Next step would be to reduce those fees from 5% to something more realistic (2%?) on both sales and rental transactions!...
KSA - Monday, 5 December 2016 3:13 PM

Six injured in 25-car pile-up on Al Ain-Abu Dhabi road
savio : UAE governments need to address the Road safety issues as soon as possible or death on the road will continue to grow as population grow and cars on the roads by facto. Driving daily from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and the reality of dangers in over speeding, not keeping space between cars is flagrant. With...
dubai - Monday, 5 December 2016 1:08 PM




Etihad approves JV to create major European leisure airline group

New airline will have a fleet of around 60 aircraft, offering 15 million seats capacity per year


Abu Dhabi property market softens further in Q3 after Trump vote

Cluttons forecasts 10% slump in villa values this year while prices of apartments will likely fall by 4%


Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall embarks on $810m extension project

Shopping centre to undergo major revamp, to add 120,000 sq me extension; work to start in Q1 2017


Dubai delays opening of crocodile park project until end-2017

Park will enable hundreds of crocodiles to grow and reproduce naturally, will house many types of Nile crocodiles


OPEC oil output hits record high ahead of deal to cut

Survey reveals that supply from OPEC increased to 34.19 million barrels per day in November


MidEast telcos' VOIP policy 'could restrict digital growth', says Google head

Blocking of some services runs counter to high demand for online content, warns EMEA president Matt Brittin


UAE non-oil business growth rebounds in November: PMI

Emirates NBD purchasing managers index rises slightly from October


Dense fog in Dubai causes airport delays, traffic

Dubai Police urges drivers to be cautious, Emirates airline advises customers to check flight status in advance


Entrepreneur of the Week: Ahmed Ben Chaibeh, founder of Aqua Fun

How Ahmed Ben Chaibeh, founder of Aqua Fun, proved 61 naysayers wrong.


Dubai's DP World inks deal for $3.7bn port investment venture

Port operator says it has partnered with US pension fund giant to invest in ports and terminals globally


Kuwait's anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans

New lawmakers say they are determined to protect basic services and jobs in the country's public sector

Inside Google's brave new world

The $500bn technology giant is extending its reach into hardware and artificial intelligence, ultimately aiming to create a sophisticated robot that can communicate with smart-device users to get things done. In London, Google’s senior executives talk Arabian Business through its bold vision

Power to the people in Saudi Arabia

As Saudi Arabia fights to control surging electricity demand, the government is increasingly turning to the private sector. With an 80-year history in the kingdom, General Electric’s recent $1bn of investment is starting to pay off

Accounting meets religion in challenge for Islamic banks

Reconciling accounting standards and religious principles is challenging Islamic banks and regulators as they adapt to new international book-keeping rules

High Noon: Alabbar's plan to conquer e-commerce

Backed by a Saudi sovereign wealth fund, Mohamed Alabbar is set to transform the region’s e-commerce market with the launch of He tells Arabian Business how he plans to conquer and dominate an industry that will be worth $70bn within the next decade.

On stage: Nick Allott on putting Dubai on global cultural map

The managing director of the world’s most successful theatrical production company, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Nick Allott reveals his plans to help make Dubai a global cultural hit

Under attack: how to beat the hackers

The smarter technology gets the more opportunities there are for cyberattacks. As threat levels are elevated to unprecedented heights, companies, governments and security experts are frantically re-assessing how they manage the risks

After all the hype, what's the future for Hyperloop One

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One may have struck a deal this month with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to explore the case for an ultra-fast levitating transport system in the UAE, but there will be plenty of speed bumps along the journey.

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