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New Dubai luxury resorts contribute to global coastal land expansion

New report says the Earth has gained coastal land equivalent to the size of Jamaica in the past 30 years with man-made construction outpacing erosion

Qatar's recruited Rio athletes stir debate on citizenship

23 of the 39 athletes representing Qatar in Rio were born outside the Gulf state and brought in to help the country flourish

Oman gov't budget deficit grows to $9.1bn in H1

Oman is imposing a series of austerity measures as it struggles to cope with lower oil prices

New Saudi airline set for take-off next year

Sky Prime is one of five carriers planning to launch services as competition hots up in Gulf kingdom

Qataris' UK tax free spending jumps following Brexit vote

Qataris lead Middle East spending in UK in July with average transaction worth more than $2,100

Dubai Sports City set to handover new luxury villa community

Owners set to move into Fortuna Village; two new developments set to be launched in coming months

Kerry, Saudi ruler hold talks to discuss ways to end Yemen conflict

US Secretary of State meets King Salman and deputy crown prince in Jeddah in bid to resume peace talks between warring sides

Turkish group set to build $2bn expressway in Qatar

With five lanes in each direction, the Al Khor Expressway project will span 34km

Saudi film submitted for rare Oscar nomination

Barakah Meets Barakah is only the second ever Saudi film to be considered for the Academy Awards

Kuwaiti MP proposes law amendment for gas prices hike

Khalil Al-Saleh says the government should refer to the National Assembly for approval first

Saudi-led air strikes responsible for most Yemen civilian deaths - UN

UN human rights office says coalition has committed other violations that may contravene international law

Road accidents in Bahrain drop 20% following 'smart' cameras launch

Reduction comes as part of plan to privatise processing of minor traffic accidents and technical inspection of vehicles


Who fears the lady in the burkini?

Burkini is a linguistic cross between a burka and a bikini, has been banned on some beaches in France because is not compatible with its values

Will OPEC agree to freeze output in September?

OPEC and non-OPEC countries are again flirting with the idea of a production freeze, says Reuters analyst John Kemp

For Dubai's expats, the grass is not always greener on the other side

Anecdotal evidence suggests that while some workers are leaving the country, many others have decided to stay put, says Ed Attwood

NBAD-FGB merger: Bigger is not necessarily better

While analysts will be examining the financial impact of the NBAD-First Gulf Bank merger, there are some practicalities that need to be dealt with

How do the numbers stack up in the UAE, Saudi Arabia?

Growth in the UAE and Saudi Arabia is slower compared to 2014 and 2015, but cuts in government spending may have gone too far

What went wrong at Pacific Controls?

The recent episode has highlighted that even major companies are starting to be hit hard by the slowing economy, says Ed Attwood

Why intellectual property fee hikes need to be redesigned

Several Gulf states have declared their intention to create ‘knowledge economies’ but high taxes on creativity do little to inspire, says Courtney Trenwith

How big are Saudi Arabia's oil reserves really?

There is widespread scepticism about the official estimates of kingdom's oil reserves, says Reuters analyst John Kemp


Video: Italy earthquake - search for survivors continues in Amatrice

Rescue and recovery operations are under way in Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 159 people.

Video: Hamtramck - America’s first city with a Muslim-majority city council

The city of Hamtramck in Michigan is undergoing a demographic change like no other in the US.

Video: Dubai bets on indoor theme park to boost tourism

The world's largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai this month to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer.

Video: Actor Will Smith in conversation with British Airways pilots in Dubai

Hollywood legend Will Smith took part in an exclusive Q&A with British Airways pilots while he was in Dubai to promote his latest blockbuster, Suicide Squad.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai property market 'remains solid', says Damac chairman
Telcoguy : Oh well, it is 2009 again. But the rarara brigade seems a little bit decimated this time. But still fighting to the last man.

I am James and so is my wife....
Spain - Monday, 29 August 2016 12:44 PM

Qatar announces new airport tax for passengers
Normal Citizen : It is said that this new tax will also apply to "transit" passengers. What is meant here by the Qatari government is "transfer" passengers - those connecting between flights (different flight numbers). "Transit" passengers arrive and depart on the same flight number....
Europe - Monday, 29 August 2016 12:45 PM

Entrepreneur of the Week: Luai Masri, founder of Whatshudoin
MT3 : Luai claims on the site to have "reinvented communication" when really all he has is a verbal emoticon and not much else. He also claims that he is bringing feeling to the Internet which is such a prurient and clearly inaccurate statement it's risible. I am so tired of this meaningless marketing hy...
UAE - Monday, 29 August 2016 10:17 AM

Pure ambition: Saygin Yalcin, CEO of
Sam : This is such a joke. It takes about 2 hours to get an estimate, a completely unprofessional service. Feels more like you're selling in the black market.

If you care about your time, do not even think of going here. ...
UAE - Monday, 29 August 2016 10:30 AM

UAE's first ever app awards launched
Lara : What about education? There are great apps out there that help people learn something new using their phones. ...
UAE - Monday, 29 August 2016 9:24 AM


71% confident of Dubai's global financial strength ahead of Brexit


Eid Al Adha shoppers not expected to splash out


Gulf Sotheby’s concludes $6.9m sale on fire-damaged Address Downtown apartment


Emirates NBD's Islamic unit said to cut over 100 jobs


Revealed: first official photo from inside Dubai Opera


Saudi Arabia foils mosque bomb attack, suspect shot dead


Saudi's Prince Mohammed to discuss reform drive on visits to China, Japan


Explosion destroys apartment in Dubai's Al Khail Gate


Qatar buys $622m stake in Empire State Building owner


Dubai an 'ideal base' for companies looking to grow into Asia


Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Plight of workers has alarmed their home countries and drawn unwelcome attention to the conditions

Bahraini overtures to Kenya-born runners attract medals, controversy

Oil-rich Bahrain has been luring poor but talented young runners with offers of school and financial rewards

Saudi Arabia, other issuers gear up as Gulf bond crush looms

Cash-strapped region gears up for one of its heaviest-ever periods of international issuance

Switched on: Image Nation CEO Michael Garin

Five years after re-spinning Image Nation’s focus towards its Abu Dhabi base, CEO Michael Garin explains why the media firm’s success will ultimately be measured not by the number of blockbusters it produces but by its ability to craft an industry that no longer needs it.

Great escape? The UAE expat's dilemma

The slowing economy has left ripples of uncertainty across the Gulf, hitting the job market and causing living costs to escalate. For many people who moved to the UAE to cash in on its abundant prospects, it no longer makes sense to stay

Park life: Is the UAE ready for a rollercoaster ride?

How the UAE's many new theme park projects will be able to co-exist

Generation game: the struggle for power in the Gulf

The oil price decline has left a huge funding gap for the Gulf’s power and water giants, which are facing soaring demand from fast-growing populations. Experts say that it’s time for the private sector to take up more of the slack

Saudi central bank fights to curb money rate rise

Commercial bankers say more radical steps may be needed to fight a surge in market interest rates

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