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RAK gov't in talks over former Real Madrid-branded island

Authorities in Ras Al Khaimah hunt for new partners after $1bn megaproject was scrapped in 2013

Saudi Arabia denies axing shorter work week plan

Labour Ministry strongly denies reports that plans to enforce a two-day weekend in the private sector have been shelved

Saudi mufti tells young Saudis not to heed call to jihad

Call from Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh is latest salvo in an anti-militant campaign by Gulf kingdom

ATM scam hits hundreds of customers in Kuwait

Investigators say skimming device was used to gain personal information that was used to create fake cards used in the Dominican Republic

Emirates pushing out Qantas on Sydney route: report

Australian flag carrier could be forced to partially back out of the Sydney-Dubai route following Emirates’ surge, says CAPA

Egypt queries Mursi over documents 'leaked' to Qatar's Al Jazeera

Relations between Qatar and Egypt have been tense since mid-2013 when Sisi toppled former president Mursi

Qatar Airways reveals first A350 photos

Airline says it will take delivery of the world’s first A350 extra wide body aircraft by the end of the year

Bahrain to introduce online visa system

Citizens of 102 countries will be eligible to apply for a visa online from Oct 1, saving processing time

Dubai Sports City set to launch major retail expansion

Senior exec of $4bn development says focus is now on retail after delivery of residential units

Dubai Expo 2020 venue masterplan 'progressing well'

Senior officials say design is driven by 'clear vision for integrating sustainable urban development with economic opportunities'

Dubai's Damac fast-tracks home sales at Akoya Oxygen

Developer announces it will bring forward stage two sales of villas after the first lot sold out in one day

Palm Jumeirah to get first budget hotel

Byblos Hospitality plans development on famous islands

StanChart said to be mulling sale of part of UAE business

Standard Chartered is reportedly looking to offload some of its UAE ops after agreeing to close accounts in money laundering deal with US

Bahrainis warned fake social media accounts may lead to terror charges

Bahraini police officer says public must 'understand the limits of freedom of speech'

Dubai needs 30,000 new homes by 2018 to maintain rent stability

New report also says residential sales prices and rents have fallen so far in Q3 following growth slowdown in Q2

Qatar 2022 should be held in winter for spectators - study

New research says most suitable time for World Cup in Qatar will be between November and February

Zaha Hadid sues New York publication for saying she has no concern over Qatar 2022 deaths

Top Iraqi architect hits back over claims in New York Review of Books

We nearly bought Liverpool for $360m, reveals former DIC boss

Sameer Al Ansari says deal was “almost signed”

Etihad chief welcomes review into Swiss airline stake deal

James Hogan says he understands need for 'absolute clarity' over agreement for 33.3% stake

Dubai hotel revenues hit $3.18bn in H1, up by 10.9%

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing says 5.8m tourists visit the emirate in first half of 2014

Qatar creates committee to enforce nationalisation program

Private firms in the country must hire Qataris for at least 20 percent of jobs

Reality TV show to match-make 1.5m Saudis

“Tazweej” will help single Saudis “find their soul mates” in the conservative kingdom, where marriages are usually arranged


Gulftainer's US move is a storm in a teacup

Reactionary politics should stay out of the way of Sharjah port operator's ambitions in the US, says Ed Attwood


IMF’s Lagarde under investigation

The director of the IMF and former French finance minister Christine Lagarde has been formally placed under investigation for negligence by a court in France.

Japan sounds bluefin warning, calls for 50% catch cut

Faced with a recent report that the bluefin tuna population is close to collapse, Tokyo has done an about-turn and decided to slash catches by half.

Ebola spreading at rapid pace across Liberia

Doctors without Borders says the deadly Ebola virus has overwhelmed Liberia's healthcare system.

Palestinians left to rebuild lives and homes

Gaza and Israel are enjoying the first day of a long-term ceasefire. Both sides are claiming victory, but the cost of the damage to Gaza has been estimated to be at least $6 billion.

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Saudi Arabia seeks talks on hiring of Sri Lankan maids
Jasim Al Tayar : if it wasnt for KSA people , Sri Lanka will be starving in the streets. Thank the kind support of the people of KSA who find kindness in their hearts to hire maids from KSA...
Saudi Arabia - Saturday, 30 August 2014 5:13 PM

Visitor beware
John : Please do RAH....remove the AB RSS News Feed so we don't have to read your comments anymore from GORgeous Kuwait and further lets see if we can place a travel ban on you so that you can never visit the UAE again. Like the article states, they'll be selling tower tickets soon in SA and maybe you can ...
Beautiful UAE - Saturday, 30 August 2014 1:43 AM

Why Qatar developers struggle despite construction boom
Mike : Lets be fair, Dubai and Doha cannot be compared. Not only Dubai is ahead of Doha by more that 20+ years, but the UAE have the MENTALITY that Qatar unfortunately will never have, why????try to live in both countries and you will figure it out by yourself, try to work in both countries and you will f...
UAE - Saturday, 30 August 2014 1:43 AM

New UAE law to jail and fine those selling fake goods
UPITag : Thats great. Will work only if the brand owners introduce measures to identify counterfeits. The current measures of hologram labels etc are obsolete and will waste the time of courts and law enforcement in differentiating between authentic and counterfeits....
USA - Friday, 29 August 2014 6:37 PM

UAE teens among the highest for obesity rates
Proud UAEer : Everyone in UAE knows that biggest is best.

UAE may not light up the international league tables in standard of living, education standards, press freedom or much else. But when it comes to eating and being sedentary, we have found our calling.

As a larger person, I think we should...
UAE - Friday, 29 August 2014 4:20 PM


Facebook to double staff in Dubai


Over 1,500 Dubai residents sign petition to stop Jumeirah beach expansion


Revealed: how to sell your car in 30 minutes


Former Arabtec CEO says wants over AED5 per share


Top Saudi officials head to Qatar in bid to heal rift


Dubai's Damac fast-tracks home sales at Akoya Oxygen


What do UAE employers look for in new hires?


Sir Alex Ferguson to make keynote speech at Arabian Business Awards


Mall of the Emirates phase 2 revamp underway, says MAF


Abu Dhabi pupils to be taught by robots


The insider: Sameer Al Ansari

Sameer Al Ansari is one of few people to have seen the rise, fall and rebirth of Dubai from an insider’s perspective. In an exclusive interview, the former head of Dubai International Capital describes how the crash happened and whether anything has really changed as a result

Do celebrity branded projects ever work?

The long list of celebrity-endorsed real estate developments launched in Dubai in 2007-08 became a compilation of high-profile suspended, scrapped or failed projects. But the resurgence of the emirate’s property market has brought back the big names. Will it be second time lucky?

Behind the scenes of Msheireb Downtown

Doha’s ambitious plan to completely redevelop the historical centre of the city is gathering pace. The man in charge of the masterplan, Msheireb Properties chief executive Abdulla Al Mehshadi explains all

Back to basics: Dos and don’ts of social media

Fatima El Malki, social media manager at Active Public Relations, takes us back to the foundations of social media, and offers a few staples of what to do and what not to do

Revealed: how to sell your car in 30 minutes

The UAE’s second-hand car industry is worth over $2.5bn but remains a nightmare to navigate. Serial entrepreneur Saygin Yalcin’s latest venture,, is threatening to completely revamp the sector

Revealed: Which cities get the most sleep?

Dubai is among the cities that get the least amount shut-eye.

Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?

From currency woes to taxation loopholes closing and a clampdown on money flows, the days of Indian investors topping the list of property buyers in the Gulf may soon be over

Turning the tide of opinion in Gaza

Israel may have demonstrated overwhelming military power against the population of Gaza over the last month, but it faces an increasingly tough battle against the rapidly growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestine-based BDS movement, explains how the tide of global opinion is changing

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