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Etihad says on track to raise $2bn in loans in 2014

Abu Dhabi-based airline says financing will fund equity investments and aircraft purchases

Cheaper oil 'no big threat' to Gulf economies, say analysts

Huge financial reserves in region arre expected to cushion countries from impact of lower oil price

Ooredoo under fire in Kuwait for retrenching 60 nationals

MPs are calling for the telcom’s contract to be cancelled, law to prohibit private firms from sacking Kuwaiti nationals

UAE's Mubadala says H1 profit is up by 23%

Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund says performance aided by higher income from joint ventures

Industries Qatar shelves multi-billion dollar petchems project

Gulf's second-largest petrochemicals firm says Al Sejeel complex on hold; studying new scheme instead

Dubai regulator imposes curbs on local Espirito Santo bank

Dubai Financial Services Authority takes action after Portuguese group ran into financial problems

ISIS threat 'will affect region's economy'

The Italian ambassador to Saudi Arabia has warned if ISIS is not contained soon, investors will be turned off the Middle East

Saudi passport officials investigated after under-age boy travels alone

Under 21-year-old has reportedly admitted to illegally travelling abroad without his father’s permission

Saudi Arabia to consider taxing unused urban land

Supreme Economic Council will study plan as part of efforts to end serious housing shortage

UAE banks urged to address expats' savings snub

New survey shows more than half of UAE residents choose to save money in overseas bank accounts

Qatar's tough new cyber law seen as a crackdown on press freedom

The new law includes jail terms for publishing or retweeting comments about an individual, even if they are true

Emirates passenger “assaulted” cabin crew in attempt to open plane door

Expat panicked and demanded to be let off the aircraft minutes before take-off

Builders, consultants hired for $2.7bn Dubai theme parks project

Dubai Parks & Resorts says 1,500 people now working on site; 30% of phase 1 infrastructure works completed

Kuwaiti parents stage sit-in protest over school fees

Parents claim the Ministry of Education is turning a blind eye to schools excessively raising fees

First Saadiyat Cultural District homes revealed

Abu Dhabi master developer TDIC says Mamsha Al Saadiyat will feature apartments, townhouses and retail village

Dubai's Arabtec says unaware of potential stake sale by ex-CEO

Shares jumped on Monday amid speculation of a deal to sell stake to Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments

$2m bicycle to go on sale at Dubai show

The one-of-a-kind art bike will be sold at the Big Boys Toys exhibition

UAE regulator gives nod for two additional nuclear reactors

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation authorises Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp to begin construction of third and fourth reactors

Dubai's annual house price growth tops global list

New Knight Frank index shows prices in emirate has risen by 24% despite slowdown in Q2

Qatari Diar sued for $16.2m over stalled London redevelopment

Chelsfield confident outstanding matters can be resolved

Palm Jumeirah to get $1.5bn Royal Atlantis Resort

Projects being developed by Investment Corporation of Dubai over next three years

UAE says national service recruit has died during training

Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi suffered heart attack, says UAE General Command of the Armed Forces

Atlantis Dubai stay included in $1m holiday of a lifetime

Five days in Royal Bridge Suite at Dubai hotel is part of uber-luxury holiday devised by Destinology

Dubai's Emaar looks to raise $1.58bn from malls unit's IPO

Developer expects to sell 2bn shares in Emaar Malls Group with a price range of AED2.50 to AED2.90 per share


Why do 77% of new products flop? How to beat the statistics

Dr Georg Tacke reveals some of the tactics to use to make sure you are one of the ones that succeeds

Analysing the MidEast's surge in online classifieds

How the decline in print advertising in the region has been replaced in the fast-paced digital era

The challenges facing the UAE's long-delayed credit bureau

The UAE’s federal credit bureau has finally come online. Authorities have done their bit, now it’s up to banks and other lenders to take it seriously, says Courtney Trenwith

Worst time for Saudi Arabia's giant new oil refinery

Not a good moment to start up an export-oriented oil refinery, says Reuters columnist Clyde Russell

Achieving 20m by 2020: DTCM chief Helal Saeed Almarri

Dubai's tourism boss on becoming one of the world’s most visited cities

How Emaar shares turned out better than Facebook

Company’s mall listing has helped deliver a 116 percent one-year return for shareholders, says Anil Bhoyrul


US could deploy ground forces in ISIL fight

American ground troops could be deployed against Islamic State and the Levante (ISIL) fighters in Iraq, according to the most senior US military officer

Quarter of Yemenis suffer from hunger

Despite the fall in the number of people suffering from hunger, the progress to cut hunger is particularly slow in Yemen, one of the world's poorest countries, where one quarter of the population does not have enough food

UK starts trial on Ebola vaccine

A safety trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine in the United Kingdom has begun, bringing some hope for a cure as the outbreak continues to spread in Africa

Air France pilots' strike set to break 16-year record

Pilots at national carrier Air France have ignored calls from the prime minister to end their strike, which goes into a fourth day on Thursday and may well last the whole week, as unions promised

Latest Reader Comments

Qatar rejects FIFA exec's suggestion it will not host World Cup 2022
walid : These people are only playing... just for the media... And they don't imagine the invest money spent and spending for this one month Event... Qatar is doing a good and a professional Job to align the universal standards and much more... The UAE already surprised the world and Qatar Will... ...
UAE - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 7:07 PM

Anti-Muslim ads featuring Hitler to run on New York buses
leo50 : #Truth. You should be more selective in what you say and not try and disseminate lies in this way. There are good and bad everywhere, and that is a fact....
United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 1:01 PM

Damac boss criticises Dubai real estate analysis reports
Adam : some people are just driving Dubai real estate to the wall, the hardest ever. A tiny minority who is living on a different planet try to impose their thoughts to the rest of the population through the Media. Even the IMF is warning despite the fact it is not independent!!!
AB please stop publish...
Marina / London - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 8:48 AM

Dubai Properties unveils new luxury residential project
Matt : Two years that the horrible Bay Gate tower (developed by DP) is left unfinished right in front of my windows. They have 10 people working on it on a good day (for 53 floors).
Finish what you've started before making promises you can't hold....
UAE - Tuesday, 23 September 2014 1:00 PM

Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids
who2 : Well done Australia, leading the way again.
Maybe add that anyone who does travel to a restricted zone/locality, automatically loses citizenship.
uae - Monday, 22 September 2014 2:24 PM


Cavalli UAE partner to unveil first hotel, 3 new clubs as part of long-term IPO plans


Dubai to open 20 community malls in next five years


Qatar Emir promised Merkel to improve World Cup workers' safety


"UAE not ready to decriminalise bounced cheques," says Mashreq boss


Seven Tides releases luxury Palm penthouses, prices from $5.5m


Etihad CEO says model of global airline alliances is 'fractured'


Qatar's tough new cyber law seen as a crackdown on press freedom


UAE to ban drivers suffering from chronic diseases


Sir Alex Ferguson to make keynote speech at Arabian Business Awards


Smurfs village project in Bahrain is scrapped


Interview: Willie Walsh

Willie Walsh has always been one of the most outspoken chief executives in the aviation industry but now having steered British Airways and Iberia back into the black, the Irishman is proving there is metal behind his words

Interview: General Electric's Nabil Habayeb

General Electric’s man in the region, Nabil Habayeb, discusses the giant US manufacturer’s role in helping local countries build up not only their infrastructure but their workforces as well

How the UAE is sewing together a top industry

In the shadows of oil and aviation, the UAE’s textiles industry has bloomed into one of the country’s largest economic generators. Stakeholders reveal how they’re fending off lower-cost hubs abroad and why they’re pinning so many hopes on Africa for expansion

Apple unveils watch, larger iPhone 6 in bid to regain its crown

Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet to pay for goods and monitor heart rates

Malaysia Airlines MH17 report: What we learned

Summary of the preliminary report released by Dutch investigators yesterday.

Brick by brick: Danube's Rizwan Sajan

Barely a property in Dubai has been developed without building supplies from Danube, now the undisputed market leader. Its founder and chairman, Rizwan Sajan, explains how the firm outlasted the real estate crash to double profits this year

How to overcome language barriers

Language barriers can make it difficult to share your expectations, give feedback, or communicate effectively with your team. Tamara Pupic looks at how to overcome this problem

Should I… Franchise my business?

We look at the pros and cons to launching your business onto the wider business stage

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

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