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Qatar "ready to go" for F1 Grand Prix, says Ecclestone

Doha has not yet signed a contract but Formula One boss says Middle East can accommodate three races

Dubai's RTA to review taxi drivers' long working hours

Some cab drivers often work 12-hour shifts, 7 days a week

$15m Bahrain markets plan ‘could be shelved’

Under the proposed scheme, 15 of the 17 historic market buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage site will be revamped

US supports, would cooperate with proposed Arab force

Previous efforts have failed to produce an effective force, and participation would be voluntary

Flight sale: UAE airlines offer 30% spring discounts

Etihad launch 96-hour sale, flydubai offers special fares to Europe

Dubai's Arabtec says appoints CEO for its construction unit

Raja Ghanma has been promoted from chief operating officer, has worked for Arabtec for more than 20 years

Dubai's Drake & Scull proposes no 2014 dividend

Company's profit for the year fell nearly 40% to $27.4m

Oil extends losses as deadline for Iran nuclear deal looms

US crude stocks seen hitting new record high -poll

Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced

Warships fire on Houthis advancing towards Aden

Nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars, says EU official

European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator says any deal to cub Tehran's nuclear ambitions would have an impact

Yemeni ports blocked to prevent weapons reaching Houthis

Saudi defence spokesman says all Yemeni ports have been blocked to prevent more weapons, militias from entering the country

Abu Dhabi-backed firm sells London hotels for $335m

Washington-based private equity firm Carlyle Group offloaded the two buildings to Singapore-listed Hotel Properties Limited


It's time for Saudi Arabia to finally make good on housing promises

Instead of implementing a counterproductive property tax, the housing ministry should work on cutting through the vast amount of red tape, says Ed Attwood

Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

Ten months after winning an historic election, the Indian prime minister’s honeymoon is well and truly over, says Anil Bhoyrul

Smarter skies to transform airport efficiency

Planes with priority passengers could soon jump landing and take-off queues, while hypersonic travel may become reality in the future, says Richard Deakin

Did Mr Bean compile the US airlines report into subsidies?

The much-vaunted ‘Restoring Open Skies’ revealed little that wasn’t already in the public domain.

Nshama: Right time at the right price

A new Dubai developer, run by former Emaar stars, plans to sell townhouses at under AED1m. This could be a game changer, asks Anil Bhoyrul

The Internet in 2015: Growth is in full throttle (but beware of bumps)

While investors in traditional industries are starting to worry, online businesses continue to thrive

Why I'm betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease

Writing exclusively in Arabian Business, Bill Gates says the Middle East has a vital role to play in improving global health.

Power: From Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader

Ahmed Sharawy on how some leaders exploit power to deliver value while others abuse it


Donors meet in Kuwait for Syria summit

The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $8.4 billion for Syria this year, and hopes to receive major pledges at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on March 30, 2015 in Kuwait City.

Meet or miss - Iran nuclear talks deadline

The top diplomats of Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany aim by the end of March 31 to agree the outlines of a deal curtailing Iran's nuclear programme.

Gazans mark Palestinian Land Day

The annual Land Day demonstrations are held to remember six Arab Israeli protesters who were shot dead by Israeli police and troops during mass demonstrations in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in the Galilee.


Solar airplane departs Myanmar for China

The pilots of Solar Impulse 2 continue their round-the-world attempt in a fuel-less airplane.

Australians rejoice after World Cup cricket win

Australia is the toast of world cricket after seeing off co-hosts New Zealand in the final in Melbourne. It's the country's fifth world cup title - and the first time Australia has won the cup on home turf.

Many dead in 'air strike on north Yemen refugee camp'

At least 40 people have been killed in an attack on a camp for internally displaced people in north Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition continued to strike Houthi targets around the country for a fifth day.

Smart bracelet changes design with the touch of a button

Interactive jewellery that allows users to change designs and doesn't need charging.

Latest Reader Comments

UAE airlines review cockpit policies after Germanwings crash
WHJ : whatnext. You missed the last sentence of my first paragraph about doctor-patient confidentiality.....
As for your, and Doug's, definition of terrorism, indeed that would be the traditional definition...but in light of this horrendous act perhaps the definition should now include lone wolves lik...
UAE - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 6:41 PM

Dubai's RTA to review taxi drivers' long working hours
abusidra : I remember a taxi driver told me once, if you want to seek revenge on anyone, convince him to join as a Dubai taxi driver. I know now the reason. Poor fellows....
UAE - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 6:40 PM

Camels involved in 97% of Saudi traffic accidents
saad : I think this news article needs to be validated with real stats. Saying 97% of Saudi accidents are due to camels is not correct. Most accidents are happening due to regular speeding and dangerous driving and carelessness for driving rules.

There is no camels straying onto roads within city ...
Saudi Arabia - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 6:39 PM

Most UAE firms say banking services are not good enough
savio : Not good enough? Inexistent should be the correct sentence. Banking service in UAE is well below average compare to other big cities like London, HK, NY, Singapore. And I believe its by far the sector who is the worse in the entire UAE. We have number one airline, number one Port, number one hospita...
DUbai - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 6:39 PM

Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems after all
SSS : anyone care to wager on whether these cooling systems are ever implemented? ...that would at least free up more funding for Mr. Blatter's re-election (or retirement) fund though....
UAE - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 3:12 PM




UAE drafts law for 100% foreign ownership of firms

Economy minister says UAE in advanced stage of drafting new law to boost foreign ownership in some sectors


Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems after all

Organising committee exec says demand for cooling in stadia will be lower for a winter World Cup tournament


Bahrain moots gov’t homes for single women

Plans backed to provide gov't funded homes for single Bahraini women, divorcees, widows and abandoned wives


Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels

Senior gov't official says Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to join alliance fighting Houthis


Two policemen injured in Riyadh shooting

Security forces were on a heightened state of alert because of the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen


Revealed: Dubai link to Alpine plans to build the world’s tallest hotel

New structure to surpass the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel along Sheikh Zayed Road


Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

Saudi Arabia accuses Russian President of hypocrisy over support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad


Dubai Int'l T1 is too congested, says Indian airline boss

Melwin D’Silva, Air India’s regional manager for the Gulf, says airport officials should bring in 'better crowd management'


UAE's Majid Al Futtaim to expand Carrefour in Africa and Asia

Franchised store will open in Kenya in October, as the anchor tenant for the Two Rivers mall in Nairobi


UAE airlines review cockpit policies after Germanwings crash

Emirates says it will ensure there is always two crew members in the cockpit at all times, effective immediately


Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle

In a letter, Raif Badawi says 2All this cruel suffering happened to me only because I expressed my opinion' - report


Dubai ruler waives home loans for 97 Emiratis

Loan worth $7.7m were scrapped for a variety of reasons, including low income, retirement, death and disability


Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years

Success in Yemen would establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region's Sunni states

Loan Ranger: Emirates NBD's Shayne Nelson

A year after taking over as chief executive of local banking giant Emirates NBD, Australia’s Shayne Nelson says he’s ready to take the lender into the next era.

For Twitter or for worse: Shailesh Rao

Twitter plans to open an office in Dubai, at the heart of its fastest-growing region. The social networking site’s regional boss, Shailesh Rao, explains why

Is plastic fantastic?

The rise of the “selfie”, plus the relentless media focus on some of the world’s biggest stars, is encouraging more and more young people in the UAE to consider cosmetic surgery

Flights of fancy: the future of aviation

How will passengers’ flight experience be in the future? From bigger, faster and windowless planes to escape pods, parachutes and virtual reality entertainment - advances in aviation are moving quicker than ever before

Bringing malls to the masses: Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq

Why retail magnate Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq is investing $2bn in Kuwait’s future

Bob Geldof, the African knight

Outspoken Irish musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof reveals how Dubai was the unlikely catalyst for the initial success of Live Aid and why he is leading a $250m private equity fund into Africa, “the safest zone to be in” right now

Sailing ahead: N-KOM's Chandru Rajwani

From revolutionary new engines set to dramatically improve shipping sustainability to Doha’s under-construction Hamad Port, the new boss of Qatari shipping operator N-KOM, Chandru Rajwani, is optimistic about what’s on the horizon. So much so, he is brushing aside competition from neighbouring Gulf states

The unfolding story of Djibouti

If you have never heard of Djibouti, you are about to. The diminutive state, a stone’s throw across the Gulf of Aden, is developing both its infrastructure and economy at a rate comparative to the UAE and Qatar. Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh explains how he plans to double GDP within three years, overtaking most of Africa

More than just an Illusion: Faisal Memon

Founder and CEO Faisal Memon reveals the Dubai-headquartered tech firm’s incredible global growth story as it enters a new unprecedented expansion phase, rolling out a pioneering worldwide travel marketplace and transitioning to the latest cloud technology

Lufthansa CEO: 'I'm not afraid of anybody'

German flag-carrier Lufthansa celebrates its 60th anniversary in April. New CEO Carsten Spohr has only been in the job less than a year but he’s determined to turn around the fortunes of Europe’s largest airline group, which means more clashes with the fast-growing Gulf carriers, German labour unions and anyone else looking to get in his way.

How the Gulf is moving to digital

The Gulf’s media industry is being characterised by a switch to mobile and the growth of Arabic content. But the sector has only scratched the surface of its potential, analysts say

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