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UAE, Saudi Arabia says Ramadan to begin on Saturday

Announcements came after religious authorities failed to sight the crescent moon on Thursday night

Qatar says it faces hostile campaign, particularly in US media

Foreign minister speaks out a day after Gulf state accused hackers of attributing false remarks to the emir on state media

Dubai shops to offer '6 weeks of sales' from July 1

Dubai Summer Surprises will offer discounts of up to 75% when it runs until August 12

OPEC 'agrees' to extend oil output cut to March 2018

Ministers are scheduled to discuss the extension with non-member producers later on Thursday

Fraud, cyber, security attacks now 'the new norm' for GCC firms

New survey of company execs reveals 'significant rise' in fraud cases and cyber incidents

Excavations reveal UAE's Bronze Age trading importance

Archaeologists uncover evidence of a 4,000-year-old trading post on Sir Bani Yas island off Abu Dhabi’s coast

Bee'ah, Masdar ink JV deal for first UAE waste-to-energy plant

Sharjah project will initially treat more than 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste each year

UAE motorists warned as NCMS forecasts weekend dust cloud

National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology urges drivers to be cautious, reduce speed

Hip hotel brand Mama Shelter to open in Dubai in 2020

AccorHotels unveils details of its first Mama Shelter boutique hotel in Dubai, to be located in Business Bay

Kuwait's Noor said to mull sale of Pakistan bank stake

Noor Financial Investment Co is reportedly weighing sale of its 49% stake in Pakistan’s largest Islamic lender Meezan Bank

UAE's Etihad plans to expand A380 service to Paris

Superjumbo will operate from July 1 on one of its twice-daily services from Abu Dhabi to capital of France

Dubai Police: never save credit card details on phones

Dubai Police warns the public to avoid storing personal information on their smartphones


Fair and open skies for US and Gulf carriers

Opinion: US airlines’ preoccupation with amending the open skies agreement with the GCC carriers fails to take into account the broader dynamics of a global aviation industry.

KSA is elected to the UN Women’s Rights Commission. Yes, you read that correctly

Instead of criticising the move, perhaps it is the responsibility of the global community to see what the Kingdom can do.

How Saudi Arabia blundered into OPEC oil cut

Bloomberg View's Leonid Bershidsky on why the Gulf kingdom should have stuck to policies of former oil minister

Witness: the world's media assemble in Riyadh, but Trump is kept at bay

Almost 500 journalists were invited to Saudi Arabia for a chaotic schedule of belated ‘live’ streams, closed-off meetings and a muted US President

Trump's speech on Islam failed to address root causes of instability

Arabian Business news analysis on the US President’s historic speech in Riyadh


Video: Want to live on a private island? Here's what it would look like

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a prestigious villa on a private island, you’ll find some of your answers here.

Video: The future of self-driving and electric cars

How the future of electric and self-driving cars may be closer than you think.

Video: Afghan girls defy challenges to attend school

Thousands of new Afghan students are now going to what for them is an unfamiliar place: a public school. But educational progress has been slow and hampered by war.

Video: Manchester United wins Europa League trophy for first time

English football club Manchester United has won the Europa League trophy for the first time in its history, beating Ajax 2-0 in the final in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.

Latest Reader Comments

It's time for restaurants to stop shaming smokers
Elkhorn : Based on your comment, then for restaurant and cafe to provide a better facility for smokers - should it be fair for them to charge smokers more, to compensate their investment in additional infrastructure?

It will not be fair for non-smokers to pay extra for their food just because smokers...
UAE - Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:48 PM

How Saudi Arabia blundered into OPEC oil cut
Sal : Interesting reading. View from a different angle. ...
Canada - Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:47 PM

The most dangerous motorists on Dubai's roads are motorbike delivery drivers
Jitendra : Yes. Very true. They always overtake from the right side....
UAE - Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:47 PM

GCC retail market will grow to $313bn by 2021
One Guy : Completely contradictory report.

How can the introduction of VAT in 2018, as well as additional online players assist sales in B&M when combined with an over supply of retail space?

United Arab Emirates - Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:46 PM

Alabbar's Noon venture has let Dubai staff go, say sources
Jodi Capella : No way they can compete with Amazon...they just don't have the resources, expertise, technology, funding, know how, logistics , economies of scale to compare with the largest retailer in the world....
uae - Thursday, 25 May 2017 9:12 AM


Emirati said to sue in the US over false ISIL allegations


Want to live in a $12m villa on a private island? Here's what it would look like


Contract awarded for world's largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi


Al Jazeera Live website 'blocked in UAE'


Revealed: Dubai's plan to improve DXB traveller experience


Revealed: Dubai parents pay billions in school fees


Dubai ruler orders release of more than 1,000 prisoners


Trump budget slashes Middle East aid by 80%


Dr Azad Moopen: Helping people the only way he knows

Dr Azad Moopen is the founder, chairman and managing director of Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare. Thirty years after starting his business, he is still the driving force behind its continued success. rolls out its expansion plans

Ulugbek Yuldashev, the founder and CEO, is ready to take on all competitors as e-commerce in the GCC heats up

This Dubai businessman is going back to the future

Shirish Saraf of Samena Capital wants the region to know that private equity is exciting and that what was old is now new again

Exclusive: Mike Tyson is fighting to stay on top

The infamous anti-hero explains why, as he introduces fitness academies around the world, he is starting in Dubai

Abu Dhabi's CEO thrill seeker

Miral Asset Management chief executive Mohammed Al Zaabi details the latest twists of Yas Island’s theme park development

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