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Dubai's Jumeirah seeks Saudi partners for expansion

Luxury hotel group says in talks in Saudi Arabia; one of its 'big priorities' is to expand within the GCC region

Jeddah residents jittery over spread of deadly MERS virus

Paper face masks appear as 73 of new cases in Saudi Arabia this month are in Red Sea city

Kuwait uncovers fake university degree racket

Tough restrictions on expats applying for a driver’s licence has seen some bribe officials, buy fake uni degrees

Etisalat-linked telco is winner in Pakistan 3G auction

Ufone is jointly owned by the Pakistan government and the UAE's Etisalat; auction raises total of $903m

27% reject Kuwaiti plans to cut expat subsidies - poll

Survey by local newspaper also finds a cut in subsidies would force expatriates to leave the country

Illiteracy, lack of job opportunities said to impact Saudi women

Survey finds 25.4% of women do not finish their primary education; 22.1% do not consider education important

Kuwait Finance House CEO said to step down

Sources say Mohammed al-Omar's resignation as CEO is linked to wider management changes

Marriott outlines Residence Inn plans for Middle East

Hotel giant says it has added seven more extended stay properties to its regional pipeline

US Muslims claim FBI bribed them to become informants

Legal case launched claiming the FBI put them on a no-fly list in bid to force them to become informants

Bahrain deports Shia cleric acting for Iraqi marja

Interior Ministry says Hussain Najati was illegally working for Ali Al Sistani, the highest ranking Shia marja in Iraq

Six tourists injured in Sheikh Zayed Road minibus crash

BMW driver who hit the back of the bus is a suspected of being under the influence of alcohol

Prince Alwaleed's Four Seasons to launch private jet service

Luxury hotel operator co-owned by Saudi billionaire introduces unique experience for guests

Qatar failing to protect foreign domestic workers, says Amnesty

New report by rights group paints bleak picture of women recruited from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka

Dubai's Burj Al Arab to offer helipad weddings starting from $55,000

Couples can arrive for the ceremony in an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 helicopter

Gang ordered to shoot Emirati during second London assault

Masked thieves carrying hammers, knives and guns broke into family's apartment

Developer secures $258m loan for Fairmont hotel in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank says it has agreed to provide loan to National Investment Corp for hotel project

Saudi Arabia replaces health minister amid MERS fears

King Abdullah issues decree replacing Abdullah Al Rabeeah whose duties are taken over by labour minister

Kuwaiti newspapers appeal suspension over 'plot tape' stories

Two dailies claim their two-week suspension is illegal and threatens freedom of speech in Kuwait

All airlines to operate from new Doha airport from May 27

A circular issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority comes after it set a soft launch date for 10 budget carriers of April 30

Building work starts on Abu Dhabi waterfront project

Bloom Properties' Abu Dhabi Marina will feature luxury homes, five-star hotel, serviced apartments and retail

Saudi prince kills 2000 endangered birds: report

The houbara bustard was a traditional food source on the Gulf for centuries but hunting it is now banned in most countries

Aldar's $1.34bn launch will be the first of 23 new projects - chairman

Abu Dhabi developer to launch 3 new residential projects in May as part of a wider pipeline and "next phase of growth"

Hugh Jackman in Ski Dubai promo video

"I wish I was with you in the slopes in Dubai," X-Men star said

Qatar slashes number of World Cup stadiums by third

The 2022 host says it plans to build eight stadiums, not 12, amid rising costs and delays

London attackers of Emirati women set for July hearing

Three men charged in connection with the hammer attack in a London hotel have been remanded in custody

Influential cleric attempts to soothe Gulf rift

Sheikh Youssef Al Qaradawi sends conciliatory message to countries embroiled in political dispute

Dubai's RTA inks deals for first metro art museums

Transport authority signs agreement with Dubai Culture to transform six stations into art attractions


Desertec's woes could be the Gulf’s gain

The solar energy initiative has seen a number of partners walk out, but there is plenty of room for the GCC to take up the slack, says Ed Attwood

What will happen next to Dubai's property market?

Let's consult my crystal ball, says Better Homes CEO Ryan Mahoney


Bangladesh marks factory collapse anniversary

The families of those who died in Bangladesh’s worst industrial accident have held a rally on the eve of the tragedy’s first anniversary

Hamas-Fatah deal could hamper talks, says US

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal to end seven years of political division and bloodshed, but the US says it didn’t see the deal coming, and that it could negatively affect the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Facebook surpasses profits expectations

Facebook has defied predictions and reported profits of $642m during the first quarter of 2014. Rocketing mobile advertising is said to have pushed revenue up 72 percent

Obama starts Asian tour

US president Barack Obama has visited Japan on the first leg of his official tour of four Asian nations

Latest Reader Comments

Mona’s world
nadia : Love mumzworld. Have been shopping there for over a year now and i must say their customer service is unlike any shopping experience i have had in the region. I really respect what these guys are trying to do. Putting the customer first is refreshing...
uae - Friday, 25 April 2014 1:28 AM

Kuwait promotions for dead, retired staff in Ministry blunder
Jihad Jaljouli : What a pity,, Kuwait was the first country in the entire region to eatablish civil ID database back in 1980's. If a simple check agaisnt the civil ID database was made they could have found out who is dead and who is still alive.
Jordan - Thursday, 24 April 2014 8:49 PM

What will happen next to Dubai's property market?
Shotsteady : Either you are very unlucky or fibbing! The properties selling in 2004-2005 were Emmar's Springs Greens, Meadows, Marina and DP's JBR and if you put your money in any of them you should be 400% up now as a Greens 2 bed at that time for 500K is now 2000K, a 1000K Springs then is 4000K! And I am not e...
UAE - Thursday, 24 April 2014 8:49 PM

Dubai's Emaar Properties says profits to quadruple by 2018
Expat from Reasonland : Lol and how did you get to that number? I would worry about valuations if investment recommendations are being dispensed in the comments section of a news website.
Your friendly neighbourhood cynic and analyst by profession...
UAE - Thursday, 24 April 2014 7:30 PM

27% reject Kuwaiti plans to cut expat subsidies - poll
Telcoguy : In other news, cows oppose expansion of McDonalds... the wonders of newspaper polls...
UAE - Thursday, 24 April 2014 7:23 PM


Dubai's Emaar Properties says profits to quadruple by 2018


VIDEO: Saudis filmed changing wheels/tyres while driving


Kuwait promotions for dead, retired staff in Ministry blunder


Video: Burj Khalifa sets world record for highest base jump


London police say recent Emirati attacks are not connected


Dubai's Emirates NBD Q1 net profit jumps 25%


Buzz Aldrin: Man on a mission

Now 84, Buzz Aldrin represents what, for many people, is one of America’s greatest ever achievements. The former astronaut speaks to Arabian Business about commercial space exploration, life on Mars, and why he will never be happy with being second

UAE's role in the new space race

In the last five years, the UAE has invested heavily in a bid to become a new hub for the space industry. Are such plans realistic?

Balance and power: Joseph Adam Ereli

Joseph Adam Ereli spent 22 years working for the US Foreign Service, with four years as US ambassador to Bahrain. In a revealing interview, he describes the balancing act involved in such a role, his thoughts on current tensions among the Gulf member states and why he is such a critic of America’s policy towards Bahrain and in the wider region.

Design for life: Tecom's Dr Amina Rustamani

Dubai’s d3 – a district earmarked for the fashion industry – aims to draw in creative talent both regionally and internationally. Tecom group chief executive Dr Amina Al Rustamani explains how the $2bn plan will work

Cracking the code

Strategic codeshare agreements are a win-win situation for gulf carriers

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