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Saudi Arabia at war: Who's who in the coalition against Yemen's Houthis

More than 10 countries have joined the military campaign including the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar

Etihad chief issues warning over 'dark clouds of protectionism'

James Hogan hits out in speech the week after European, US carriers attack rapid growth of Gulf airlines

Nigeria's military detains two Al Jazeera reporters

Qatari TV network says journalists have been held in northeast city of Maiduguri since Tuesday

Borse Dubai rules out Nasdaq OMX Group stake sale

Borse Dubai earlier announced the sale of its 17.5% stake in London Stock Exchange

Gulf markets, economies can cope with escalating Yemen conflict

Analysts say the GCC has almost zero economic exposure to Yemen but war would dent confidence of international investors

Saudi doctors face jail, loss of licence over MERS

Health professionals face up to six months’ jail, a $26,000 fine and loss of licence if they fail to report suspected MERS case

UAE's Etisalat halts Yemen TV channel over 'inciting programmes'

Telecom operator says it has taken decision to halt broadcast after Gulf nations launch warplanes against Houthis

Saudi's Almarai says gets $67m compensation for bakery fire

The 2014 fire caused 'significant' damage at one of Almarai's bakeries in Jeddah

Kuwait raises security at oil facilities due to Yemen strikes

State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp says it is taking action to protect strategic interests

Cash-strapped Bahrain hospital looks to sell off land to pay staff

International Hospital of Bahrain blames 80% drop in business over past year for cashflow problems - report

Saudi Arabia suspends flights at southern airports amid Yemen strikes

Saudi Arabia earlier declared war against Houthi fighters with as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes

Oman Air to serve 75 destinations by 2020, says CEO

Oman's national carrier plans to break even by 2017, says Paul Gregorowitsch

Kuwaiti homosexuals won't be exempt from military conscription

Homosexuals whose ID cards show them to be male will still have to undergo military training, say MPs

Dubai’s Fashion Forward to return for fifth season

Event will showcase the best couture and ready-to-wear brands that are based in the region or are of Middle Eastern origin

Dubai World Cup: Top 10 nail trends

Limited Edition “Haute Couture” nails from The Nail Spa

Nancy Ajram to headline Dubai fashion event

Fashion Victims will return for its second season on April 3rd at the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah.

Baby boy born on Qatar Airways flight from Miami to Doha

Aircraft is diverted to Newfoundland after the crew learned unnamed woman had gone into labour

UK firm wins deal to design $32bn Al Maktoum Int'l expansion

Leslie Jones Architecture is hired to work on commercial design strategy of airport at Dubai World Central

Saudi Arabia rejects plan to increase public sector working hours

Shoura Council opposes proposal to add one hour to the working day for gov’t employees, despite low productivity

French builder Vinci to sue over claims of forced labour in Qatar

Construction giant denies allegations it has violated rights of migrant workers helping to build World Cup stadia

'Reem Island Ghost' accused makes first court appearance

Alaa Bader Abdullah Al Hashemi is accused of stabbing American teacher Ibolya Ryan (37) in an Abu Dhabi mall on December 1 last year

Oman's Sultan Qaboos returns home after medical treatment

State TV reports that ageing ruler is back in sultanate after eight months in Germany

Dubai's non-oil foreign trade rises to $362.3bn in 2014

China drives small increase in total trade as it registers 29% jump in trade with emirate


Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

Ten months after winning an historic election, the Indian prime minister’s honeymoon is well and truly over, says Anil Bhoyrul

Smarter skies to transform airport efficiency

Planes with priority passengers could soon jump landing and take-off queues, while hypersonic travel may become reality in the future, says Richard Deakin

Did Mr Bean compile the US airlines report into subsidies?

The much-vaunted ‘Restoring Open Skies’ revealed little that wasn’t already in the public domain.

Nshama: Right time at the right price

A new Dubai developer, run by former Emaar stars, plans to sell townhouses at under AED1m. This could be a game changer, asks Anil Bhoyrul

The Internet in 2015: Growth is in full throttle (but beware of bumps)

While investors in traditional industries are starting to worry, online businesses continue to thrive

Why I'm betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease

Writing exclusively in Arabian Business, Bill Gates says the Middle East has a vital role to play in improving global health.

Power: From Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader

Ahmed Sharawy on how some leaders exploit power to deliver value while others abuse it

How low can you fly? Just ask the boss of Delta Air Lines

Richard Anderson’s comments linking Gulf-based airlines with the 9/11 shows how desperate the US airline industry has become, says Ed Attwood


Morocco halts potential attacks

Moroccan authorities say they have dismantled a cell planning to launch attacks across the country.

US ‘anti-terror’ training in Yemen at risk

Increasing instability and sectarian division are now hampering US counter-terrorism efforts in an already volatile region.

The all-new Jaguar XF high-wire act in London

Watch stuntman Jim Dowdall get behind the wheel of the all-new Jaguar XF in an attempt at the world’s longest high-wire water crossing by car.

Latest Reader Comments

Saudi Arabia at war: Who's who in the coalition against Yemen's Houthis
Abdulaziz Al Ali : Long Overdue,

Unfortunately the only language Houthis understand is gun, GCC countries, especially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, should not shy away from asserting themselves, even if it had a price..., they should not allow enemies smashing one Arab country after another nor remain at the marg...
uae - Thursday, 26 March 2015 9:21 PM

Oman Air to serve 75 destinations by 2020, says CEO
Oswald Saldanha : Oman Air should avail of it's bilateral Aviation agreement with Canada and operate a B777 directly to Toronto, thrice weekly.
There is a huge expat South Asian and Arab population living in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa who will avail of this direct service with onward connections from Muscat. Toronto, Canada - Thursday, 26 March 2015 8:42 PM

Baby boy born on Qatar Airways flight from Miami to Doha
Sami : Place of birth: Midair...
SA - Thursday, 26 March 2015 5:58 PM

Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?
Jonathon Hawkins : The addendum to all your Nakheel articles -

" Nakheel no longer responds to media enquiries from Arabian Business, nor does it grant Arabian Business access to any of its media events or announcements."

shows the company has had a "fingers in ears" approach to PR and customers. ...
UK - Thursday, 26 March 2015 5:58 PM

UAE bans 6 aircraft operators from its air space
robin : Whats the point, in knowing the names of the operators, if there not flying to the UAE ?
Italy - Thursday, 26 March 2015 2:52 PM


Etihad may sell Aer Lingus stake if IAG deal gets green light


Two Iranians among victims of Germanwings crash


American returns home after UAE Facebook defamation case


Revealed: The story behind the abandoned Soviet plane left in the desert in UAE


Five Emirates staff charged in Nigeria in relation to $1.6m theft


UAE businessman in 'dirty dancing' wedding shame begs for forgiveness


Kuwait: Riot police called as hundreds protest outside parliament


UAE women own $10.9bn investments, run 10% of private firms


BA could face up to $134k claims over Dubai flight 'smelly toilet'


Drunk passenger who slapped air stewardess jailed in Dubai


Bringing malls to the masses: Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq

Why retail magnate Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq is investing $2bn in Kuwait’s future

Bob Geldof, the African knight

Outspoken Irish musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof reveals how Dubai was the unlikely catalyst for the initial success of Live Aid and why he is leading a $250m private equity fund into Africa, “the safest zone to be in” right now

Sailing ahead: N-KOM's Chandru Rajwani

From revolutionary new engines set to dramatically improve shipping sustainability to Doha’s under-construction Hamad Port, the new boss of Qatari shipping operator N-KOM, Chandru Rajwani, is optimistic about what’s on the horizon. So much so, he is brushing aside competition from neighbouring Gulf states

The unfolding story of Djibouti

If you have never heard of Djibouti, you are about to. The diminutive state, a stone’s throw across the Gulf of Aden, is developing both its infrastructure and economy at a rate comparative to the UAE and Qatar. Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh explains how he plans to double GDP within three years, overtaking most of Africa

More than just an Illusion: Faisal Memon

Founder and CEO Faisal Memon reveals the Dubai-headquartered tech firm’s incredible global growth story as it enters a new unprecedented expansion phase, rolling out a pioneering worldwide travel marketplace and transitioning to the latest cloud technology

Lufthansa CEO: 'I'm not afraid of anybody'

German flag-carrier Lufthansa celebrates its 60th anniversary in April. New CEO Carsten Spohr has only been in the job less than a year but he’s determined to turn around the fortunes of Europe’s largest airline group, which means more clashes with the fast-growing Gulf carriers, German labour unions and anyone else looking to get in his way.

How the Gulf is moving to digital

The Gulf’s media industry is being characterised by a switch to mobile and the growth of Arabic content. But the sector has only scratched the surface of its potential, analysts say

Maria Conceicao: on top of the world

She has climbed to the peak of Mt Everest, trekked to the North Pole and recently completed seven consecutive marathons on seven continents, but former Emirates Airline flight attendant Maria Conceicao is now facing an even tougher challenge: raising $250,000 annually to help school 200 Bangladeshi children

The price is right for new Dubai developer

Nshama is preparing to tip the scales on the Dubai property market with its new mega Town Square project, offering three-bedroom townhouses priced at under a million dirhams each. If successful, thousands of middle income workers could finally step out of the renting rut and get a foot on the property ladder. The company’s CEO Fred Durie explains why and how it can be done

Oman: a country on hold

Oman has been relatively stable under the rule of one man for 45 years, but the indefinite absence of an ailing Sultan Qaboos and deteriorating economic conditions are causing angst in a country that can ill afford stagnation. With no public succession plan, just what will the next era in Oman hold?

Chef interview: Gary Rhodes

Three years after the Michelin-starred chef moved to the Middle East, Gary Rhodes talks to Caterer Middle East about his journey and new projects on the horizon, and sets the record straight about his decisions over the years

Coming to America

As Barack Obama seeks to rebalance the bloated US economy, the EB-5 visa scheme is being used to attract overseas investment by offering a green card, US citizenship and an American passport for those with at least $500,000 to spare. Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik, from Dubai-based STEP America, outline why it is proving popular with Gulf-based expats

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