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Amnesty report says Qatar still failing migrant workers

New report claims little is being done to improve conditiions; Qatar gov't says some allegations made by rights group are inaccurate

Saudi regulator said to seek prosecution of 9 Mobily execs

Capital Market Authority reportedly recommends action against current and former officials at troubled Saudi telco

US mayors pitch against Gulf in airline subsidies row

Leaders of seven large US cities urge Barack Obama to take action over Open Skies policies

US fracking expert slams 'desperate' Saudi oil policy

Chris Faulkner says bullish Saudi oil production masks anxiety over nation’s future

Kuwait's Al Ahli Bank to buy Piraeus Bank Egypt for $150m

Lender says transaction still requires approvals from the central banks of Kuwait and Egypt

Arabtec investors need reassurance, says analyst

Taher Safieddine from Shuaa Capital reviews Arabtec's surprisingly weak Q1 results

Apple's first Dubai mega store said to open in August

Mall of the Emirates store set to be biggest Apple outlet in the world; reportedly poised for summer opening

UAE residents caught in million-dollar, global fake degree scam

A New York Times expose claims a Pakistani media company has made tens of millions of dollars selling fake degrees to dozens of fictitious universities

Dubai's Emaar to float Egypt unit on Cairo bourse

Burj Khalifa developer did not reveal a timeline, but confirmed it is to retain 87% of its subsidiary after the listing

Emirates adds Benfica to sports sponsorship portfolio

Dubai airline inks deal with Portguese football giants for three-year shirt sponsorship

Pressure group, unions want FIFA sponsors to act on Qatar

New FIFA Now to work with unions to rally sponsors over rights of workers employed on Qatar construction sites

Qatar claims detained BBC crew guilty of 'trespassing'

Gov't spokesman says BBC team arrested after members departed from official tour; BBC says deplores detention of its staff

Dubai named second most important retail market in the world

London pips Dubai to top spot in new CBRE report; Abu Dhabi also prominent in attracting top retail brands during 2014

Revealed: Qatar's first water park residential tower

Developer unveils plan for tower with a multi-level water park at the base; says will be ‘most luxurious tower in Doha'

Exclusive: Qatar eyes underwater TV broadcast studio for FIFA World Cup 2022

The ambitious $30m project could be underwritten by TV networks, a decision whether to green light it will be made in the next few months

Dubai opens new phase of Water Canal project traffic diversions

RTA announces start of second phase of traffic diversion works in connection with construction of $545m project

Kuwait fund said to recall staff over 'bad investments'

Staff at Kuwait Investment Authority in London reportedly to face questioning from parliamentary committee

Nepal offers free flights for UAE expats looking to travel home

Nepalese workers who want to fly home to help bury family members killed in the earthquake can apply to the embassy for support

Obama gov't not moving quick enough in row with Gulf carriers, say US rivals

“We are concerned there isn’t enough urgency in the process,” American Airlines CEO claims

Kuwait urges airport passengers to arrive 3 hours early

While other airports are improving their check-in processes, Kuwait International Airport is buckling under congestion - report


Revealed: the secrets of successful team building

Ahmed Sharawy outlines the critical factors that management consider in structuring teams

Is the 'second' Dubai property crash already over?

Many people were so convinced another crash was coming, we nearly started one. Thankfully we were wrong, says Anil Bhoyrul

For the Trump family, sorry seems to be the hardest word

There are more questions than answers as to what really happened to the Trump Tower project in Dubai

Is the Gujarat villain of 2002 now a global hero?

Narendra Modi has captured a major chunk of the Indian political landscape using innovative sales pitches and savvy branding skills.

Thomas Lundgren doesn’t like IKEA. Can you blame him?

The founder of THE One furniture retailer’s grand plan to take down IKEA hasn’t quite come to fruition, but no-one can argue about the impressive impact he has made on the retail industry.

Innovative challengers at the gates

We believe innovation is not only a critical part of our business, but the key to future growth and success.

Don't mention the d-word

Hotels must overcome the fear factor to serve disabled people better, says Crystal Chesters

Arab youth are taking a stance on democracy

Five years after the Arab Spring, the region’s young people have a changing view on how they should be governed, says Sunil John


Saudi envoy to UN talks about Yemen talks

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Y. Al Mouallimi, talks to Al Jazeera about the talks in Geneva over Yemeni conflict.

Amputees control bionic legs with their thoughts

Gummi Olafsson doesn't have to think about how his foot moves. That's despite sporting a bionic prosthetic leg. He felt the new sense of control over his bionic limb almost instantly.

Six big banks fined $6 billion

Six big banks got slapped with nearly $6 billion in fines. They settled with U.S. and U.K. regulators over allegations that they had rigged currency markets.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai Crown Prince to pay for free dental check-ups for labourers
SELWIN ILANGOVAN : Very Nice to know.. Even our Insurance coverage does not cover the Dental problems..

The working class of UAE will be happy to hear and very happy to know and extremely happy to utilize..

Regards and God Bless the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Entire Dubai Government..

DUBAI, U.A.E. - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:05 PM

New regulations cool Dubai property market as Q1 prices slip
stuart : Luke
Spot have summed up the market perfectly.

The current LTV rules make no sense for the market....
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:06 PM

Dubai dental clinic offers Rolls-Royce service
Mosa : And how much do they exactly charge for the dental services? and how do they exactly plan to recover the cost of a Rolls-Royce if it has been bought and not leased?

In my personal opinion, this is just ridiculous. Instead of attracting clients through such means, provide high quality health...
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 4:06 PM

Emirates A380 damaged following emergency landing in Poland
Sanjay : There should be a option in the reservation system to voluntarily declare your medical status, this can be useful in emergencies, both in flight and also if the flight is diverted so that the team on the ground is ready with appropriate medical assistance...
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 3:00 PM

BBC journalist arrested during World Cup PR trip to Qatar
Paul : Ty Say,
Am I the only one who sees commercials on BBC World News.
I am sorry to say that the one who is wrong is you?
BBC World News has a different status than the UK national broadcast.
Qatar and the UAE are their major sponsors, as you can observe by watching BBC World News.
UAE - Thursday, 21 May 2015 2:59 PM


Dutch gov't blocks Gulf carriers' expansion at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport


FIFA sponsors Visa express "grave concern" over Qatar workers


Bollywood's Salman Khan applies for court permission to travel to Dubai


Qataris snap up $62m home in London area now dubbed 'Little Doha'


Dubai's Emaar to float Egypt unit on Cairo bourse


New regulations cool Dubai property market as Q1 prices slip


UAE expats look to UK for buy-to-let deals


Pakistan raids offices of global fake degree empire


Exclusive: Qatar eyes underwater TV broadcast studio for FIFA World Cup 2022


Dubai's Amlak Finance shares to resume trade on June 2 after 6-yr suspension


Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil

SWF managers face growing pressure from politicians and the public to prove they're investing national reserves wisely

Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa

There's an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia

Building into the unknown: What is the business model behind Jeddah's plans for the world's tallest tower?

New York’s Empire State Building, London’s Shard and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa all had specific reasons to build their record-breaking towers, but faced difficult times making them a financial success. As Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower rises out of the ground, Mounib Hammoud, CEO of developer Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), is sticking fast to the age-old ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy

Home from home: Luring the Chinese to the UAE

As Chinese tourists travel out of their home country in ever-increasing numbers, the UAE’s hotels are positioning themselves to welcome a new wave of big-spending visitors

Supply and demand: Agility's Tarek Sultan

Agility has 100 times as many staff and 200 times as much revenue as it did when it was privatised in 1997 by the Kuwait government. Chairman Tarek Sultan explains what is next in store for the largest logistics group in the Gulf and why it is a strong example of successful privatisation

The turnaround king: Zain's Sheikh Farhan

Vicious competition and a saturated marketplace have made life tough for Saudi Arabia’s third mobile operator, Zain KSA. But the appointment last year of one of the kingdom’s top telecoms figures, Sheikh Farhan Al Faisal Al Jarbaa, has helped the firm turn its fortunes around

Picking up the pace: Lals Group's Jayant Ganwani

With interests in retail, luxury property and even poultry, Lals Group has come a long way since 1979, when it opened its first supermarket in Ajman. Chief executive Jayant Ganwani says that while the retail industry in Dubai has had a slow first quarter, Lals Group has its eyes on the rest of the Gulf.

How to get the most out of social media, by Obama's 2008 campaign manager

David Plouffe is credited with Barack Obama’s unlikely 2008 victory and now crafts messages for ride-share service Uber

King's absence from US summit shows Saudi upset over Iran push

Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East describe King Salman's decision to skip meeting at Camp David as a snub

Narendra Modi: one year on

Narendra Modi captured the world’s attention when he won an unprecedented majority in the Indian general election to become prime minister in May 2014. In his first year, foreign leaders and investors have been climbing over each other to greet him, but are cracks beginning to show in Modi’s audacious pro-business platform and promises of radical economic reform?

India’s National Stock Exchange continues to revolutionise the equities sector

Chitra Ramakrishna leads one of the world’s most dominant stock markets, India’s National Stock Exchange, with a market capitalisation of nearly $1.6tr

Why India is now ‘the most exciting wealth creation opportunity on the planet’

It has lingered as the third-largest Asian economy since economic liberalisation nearly 25 years ago, but now Narendra Modi’s pro-business government is pushing hard to propel India to new global heights.

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