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Head of Saudi TV, radio watchdog 'relieved' of duties

General Commission for Visual and Audio Media is responsible for ensuring TV and radio stations adher to religious, social and cultural values

Dubai urged to mull carpooling lanes to ease congestion

Senior Xerox exec says emirate should consider introducing 'high occupancy vehicle lanes' and 'high occupancy toll lanes'

Senior Etihad exec named as new Air Seychelles CEO

Roy Kinnear to take top job at Etihad's strategic partner airline from July 1

Emaar's Egyptian unit says IPO heavily oversubscribed

Emaar Misr, an arm of the Dubai real estate developer says second tranche is oversubscribed by about 36 times

Oman 'needs to phase in any cuts to subsidies'

Oman Central Bank estimates that it will pay $4.67bn in subsidies this year

American Airlines hopes Qatar stays in oneworld – CEO

US airline chief Doug Parker says governments required to intervene in the subsidies row

Doha airport introduces long-term parking fees

Hamad International Airport has installed payments booths in its long term car park

Saudi man sentenced to 150 lashes for blackmail

Man loses appeal against his sentence of 150 lashes and 6 years jail for blackmailing a women with photos after he sexually abused her

Bahrain musicians to play at Glastonbury

Flamingods was founded by Bahraini-Turk Kamal Rasool who began by collecting instruments from across the world

Modern Woman Show set to take place in Dubai

Three-day fashion, beauty and well-being event to be held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre on Dec 17-19

Dubai forecast to host over 100,000 hotel rooms by 2020

New report says emirate has nearly 100 projects and more than 36,500 rooms in the pipeline

Gulf carriers are “not airlines, they’re gov'ts,” says Delta CEO

US aviation called the subsidies dispute with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways “our greatest challenge”

Revealed: soaring cost of Prince Charles’ MidEast jet tour

British heir to the throne spent nearly $500,000 using a luxury French superjet named Head of State

Alwaleed, Qatar fund said to seek exit from luxury hotel operator

Toronto-based company FRHI operates 116 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands

Global giant Unilever starts work on $272m Dubai factory

New personal care manufacturing facility to meet 'growing local demand'; set to generate up to 400 jobs

Rodent on board forces Emirates to delay UK-Dubai flight

Dubai airline puts up passengers in hotel overnight while cleaning teams worked to allow plane to re-enter service

Dubai property firms 'better armed' as up to 20% price drop looms

Ratings agency S&P says additional supply, lower demand to result in 10-20% correction in real estate market

Six-fold rise in Qatari women working in private sector

Gov't data shows number of women employed by Qatar’s private sector has risen, while fewer women are employed by the public sector

Saudi royal blocked $1.5m compensation, says BBC reporter shot by Al Qaeda

Wikileaks memos this week show the kingdom had agreed to compensate the BBC’s Frank Gardner after he was injured in the 2004 attack in Riyadh

Qataris sacked UK publicist 'for failing to answer mobile phone', claims report

Queen Elizabeth II's cousin has hit back at press reports claiming she was sacked at Royal Ascot last year over a dispute over who would ride in the Queen’s carriage

Dubai's May inflation rate jumps to six-year high

Inflation rise is driven by big jump in housing and utility costs, which account for 44% of consumer expenses

Portsmouth decide on blue for Emirates Spinnaker Tower

New designs revealed after Emirates' initial red branding plan sparked 10,000-name petition

Passenger strapped to seat after mid-air assault on Abu Dhabi flight

Man in his 20s hit flight attendant after he wasn’t allowed to smoke


Helal Almarri: the man who can

The director general of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is laying out plans for Dubai’s ambitious goal of attracting 20 million visitors a year by 2020.

Ramadan: Think twice before you invest

Should brands devote more advertising spend during Ramadan, asks Elie Khouri

The DIFC finally becomes king of the castle

Dubai’s financial hub plans to grow its assets under management from $17.4bn to $250bn in the next ten years, says Anil Bhoyrul

OPEC adjusts to new oil market reality

Its decision on Friday not to cut production was entirely predictable, says John Kemp

Life after Blatter

Anil Bhoyrul says FIFA must elect a president who is untainted by scandal and completely unconnected to Sepp Blatter

Why we should support more locally-grown brands

It's time to show the UAE doesn’t just attract the world’s best brands, it also produces them, says Ed Attwood


ISIL destroys two historic sites in Palmyra

ISIL fighters have destroyed two Islamic shrines close to the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra or Tadmur.

Eurogroup meeting ends without Greece reforms agreement

The latest Eurogroup meeting wrapped up in Brussels on Wednesday evening without a formal agreement between Greece and its creditors.

Heat wave death toll climbs past 700 in Pakistan

More than 700 people have now died from an intense heat wave in Pakistan.

Kerry: US, China committed to cyber code of conduct

The United States and China commit to developing a code of conduct for cyber activities at the end of a high profile three-day meeting in Washington.

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Two jailed in Qatar Foundation bribery case
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Lebanon - Thursday, 2 July 2015 9:11 AM

Why I'm giving all my wealth away
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Dubai firm invests in plan to build African schools
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Prince Alwaleed to give entire fortune to charity
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Lebanon - Thursday, 2 July 2015 9:16 AM

Opinion: S&P's flawed guesstimates on Dubai property, by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
Simon : Deary, deary me...(shaking my head in disbelief)

I very much doubt you have observed the world outside Dubai and what is happening globally and how fragile the world markets are. I remember seeing your type of post back in 2007/8 as the financial markets in USA & Europe started to wobble. ...
Dubai - Thursday, 2 July 2015 9:20 AM


US extradites hacker accused of masterminding GCC ATM attacks


Saudi BinLadin Group in major shakeup


Saudia takes 50 Airbus planes in $8.2bn Islamic leasing deal


Qatar part of $8bn bid for controlling stake in F1


Dozens hospitalised for overeating during Ramadan


France, Saudi Arabia set to sign contracts worth $12bn


Qatar building materials costs to surge ahead of 2022 World Cup


Revealed: soaring cost of Prince Charles’ MidEast jet tour


UAE's tax agreement with US 'won't deter workers'


Bomb attack will not deter us from supporting Somalia, says UAE minister


Malaysia fund's $4.5bn rescue may weigh on Abu Dhabi's IPIC

International Petroleum Investment Co came to the aid of Malaysia's loss-making 1MDB last month

Gulf states get more assertive as Iran closes in on nuclear deal

Biggest concern is what they see as Shi'ite Iran's regional expansionism, say security analysts

Helal Almarri: Dubai's tourism boss on making room for success

Dubai is on course to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate by the year 2020. It is no easy feat, with more hotel rooms needed and enough attractions to sustain tourists from a wide variety of markets. But the man implementing the plans, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) director general Helal Almarri, says everything is on track for success

Guide to owning a car in Dubai

Finance options, driving lessons, licences and renting benefits

Conquering the world: What next for the man behind

Darren Huston’s Priceline Group racked up over $50bn worth of travel bookings last year and controls an estimated 10 percent of a global industry worth $1.3tr. So what is next for the owner of and a host of other hugely lucrative websites?

Interview: HTC goes upwardly mobile

How the Taiwanese tech giant is taking on the competition — and winning

Risky business: protecting your investment

Investing anywhere in the Middle East can be a tough proposition if you’re unfamiliar with the local environment. Risk Advisory founder Bill Waite has built a company from it.

Navigating the economic highway in Ghana

The beginning of oil exploration off its coast four years ago gave Ghana an economic light, but the subsequent fall in prices has seen its budget for major transport projects slashed by 30 percent. Unable to build the infrastructure needed to reach its potential, the African state is turning to foreign investors

Food for thought: Mezzan CEO Garry Walsh

Mezzan Holding’s stellar debut on the Kuwait Stock Exchange earlier this month put the spotlight on a company that has so far let its brands do the talking. Chief executive Garry Walsh charts the rise and rise of one of Kuwait’s fastest-growing players.

Facing backlash, US Muslims counter with new advertising campaign

Islamic Circle of North America messages are part religious invitation to explore the Muslim faith and part public relations

Closed circle, oversized ambition fuelled Erdogan miscalculation

Turkish president has been blamed for AK Party's loss of parliamentary majority

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PHOTOS: Saudi Arabia and France strengthen ties
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