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Dubai's plan for Universal Studios theme park 'scrapped'

Two main backers reportedly say no plan to push ahead with project stalled during 2009 financial crash

Abu Dhabi's Etihad announces major expansion of India flights

From early 2017, Etihad and partner Jet Airways plans to add 28 weekly flights and three more Indian cities

Gulf investors close $437m deal for Greek luxury seaside resort

Turkish-Arab fund Jermyn Street agrees sale of a 90% stake in the Astir Palace hotel complex outside Athens

Qatar Airways says not hopeful will get all A350s this year

Planemaker AIrbus says it is 'working towards' meeting its target of more than 50 A350 deliveries in 2016

Qatar's foreign trade surplus shrinks 25% in September

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics data shows that surplus falls due to low natural gas and oil prices

Pure Harvest plans to launch UAE's first year-round agribusiness

High-tech, commercial-scale greenhouse in Nahel will be capable of year-round tomato production

Saudi Arabia said to suspend local bond issues after overseas success

Suspension of domestic issuance could ease upward pressure on Saudi money market rates

Saudi Arabia, Gulf OPEC 'ready to cut oil output by 4%'

Sources say offer made by Gulf energy ministers to their Russian counterpart at meeting in Riyadh

Abu Dhabi banking giant NBAD says seeking $2bn loan

National Bank of Abu Dhabi is currently being merged with First Gulf Bank to create one of the largest banks in the Middle East

Reality star Kim Kardashian reschedules postponed trip to Dubai

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star will reportedly hold make-up masterclass in emirate on January 13

Dubai set to finish rental star rating system by end-2017

Dubai Land Department says system will determine rental rates for properties in emirate

UAE's Etisalat says subscriber base grows 5% to 12.2m users

UAE telco also says good progress has been made on trial of its 5G network, reaching a speed of 36 Gbps

Saudi Arabia said to mull mandatory health insurance for pilgrims

2014 decision had exempted pilgrims, democrats and others new medical insurance scheme

Kuwait says expat teachers' allowance cut a 'decision to be respected'

Social affairs minister Hind Al-Subaih speaks out after teachers’ rent allowance is lowered from $500 to $200

Bahrain's King Hamad meets with UK PM

Two protestors appeared to bang at the king’s limousine during the visit


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


Video: Toyota recalls 5.8 m cars over airbag safety

Toyota Motor Corp is recalling about 5.8 million cars at home and abroad over potentially faulty air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., including those used as replacement parts following a 2010 recall.

Video: Artists look to challenge female stereotypes with murals in Jordan

Artists from around the world gather in the Jordanian capital to paint murals on the city's walls which seek to promote female empowerment.

Video: Twin earthquakes cause massive damage in Italy

Two earthquakes have struck central Italy causing widespread damage to the region just two months after a quake in the same area left nearly three hundred people dead.

Video: Microsoft reveals new Surface, Windows features

Microsoft launches a new desktop computer, redesigned laptop, and a free update to its Windows operating system.

Latest Reader Comments

Samsung loyalty strong in Dubai as half swap Galaxy Note 7 for S7 Edge
Fentoni : I was going to buy another Samsung mobile but I've been burned before. ...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:33 PM

Saudi women in bid to slash maids' wages
Doug : Perhaps rather than suggesting they pay maids less, maybe these people could you know, go out and get a job, or demand higher wages for themselves?

Still, they'll end up getting a nasty shock when exposed to the nature of the free market. If the wages for the maids drop, fewer people will w...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:33 PM

RAKIA boss: $5bn embezzlement claims “stupid” and “untrue”
Garry : Happy days...
USA - Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:33 PM

Saudi civil servants hit out at accusations of 'laziness'
Fentoni : I reckon that when the civil servants composed and sent their responses they doubled their working day ...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:33 PM

IMF's Lagarde tells GCC to keep up fiscal reform
Fentoni : The head of the IMF urging continued fiscal reform, shocker! In other news Donald Trump is asking Americans to vote for him next month. ...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:33 PM


IMF's Lagarde tells GCC to keep up fiscal reform


Qatar Airways to examine planned EU fair competition clauses over bias concerns


SAMA ‘did not issue warning on expat loans’, says Saudi official


Revealed: new Dubai mall to feature huge 'Central Park' attraction


Nigeria appeals to Dubai's Emirates not to cut flights


Next generation of Emirati scientists 'will compete for Nobel Prize'


Under-25s only need apply: Alabbar's plans for company of millennials


Dubai Airports CEO calls for hourly flights from Dubai to London


Revealed: What the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Hyperloop will look like


Jeddah, Riyadh airports to get US pre-clearance facility


Qatari cycling event foreshadows 2022 World Cup weather concerns

Competitors at a world cycling competition in Qatar may have enjoyed the hospitality but also struggled in a swirl of heat, wind, dust and humidity

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.

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