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Drunk passenger who slapped air stewardess jailed in Dubai

An Egyptian passenger who assaulted an air stewardess and insulted other crew members was been jailed for one year by the Dubai Courts.The passenger became so disruptive on board the Flydubai flight from...

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Posted by: Kaif Mar 27, 2015 2:54 PM [UK]

Airlines should stop serving any alcoholic drink for free.

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Abu Dhabi Airports chief steps down to take UK gov't role

Abu Dhabi Airports on Wednesday announced that its CEO Tony Douglas is stepping down to take up a new role with the UK Government as chief executive of Defence Equipment & Support at the Ministry of...

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Posted by: Jag Patel Mar 27, 2015 2:54 PM [UK]

He is going to have a hard time sorting out UK MoD’s existing defence equipment procurement process which has defeated others before him.

For an honest assessment of these weaknesses & shortcomings and suggestions on how to go about putting them right, have a look at this written submission:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/public-accounts-committee/the-equipment-plan-and-major-projects-report-2014-and-reforming-defence-acquisition/written/18304.pdf

@JagPatel3

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Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

Property developer Nakheel is advertising for a new PR manager.Ironically, the vacancy was published in the week Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said of disgruntled investors in the stalled Palm Jebel...

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Posted by: Palm Jumeirah Shoreline Apartments Nakheel Victim Mar 27, 2015 2:56 PM [UK]

The treatment of Palm Jumeirah Shoreline Apartments residents has it seems got even worse if anything in the recent past with so many little humiliations that Nakheel impose on its residents.

For example this year they cancelled all the valid beach passes of all residents to try to catch people who had not paid this year's service fees on time. This forced us all to come to the beach pass reception in Shoreline Apartments building 3 all on the same day to get new passes. Of course there was chaos, a 3 hour wait, and they did not have the new cards available so had to give temporary paper passes to everyone and force us to keep coming back to see if they have our new ones made before the temporary ones expire and we are banned from our facilities again.

And the staff at building 3 reception are some of the rudest and most unhelpful I have come across in Dubai.

Sadly, Mr Lootah and the board of Nakheel just do not understand or care about customer service or bad PR.

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Post traumatic stress?

This week I attended a high profile event at which the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and several well known UAE businesspeople discussed how Dubai can prosper as an “anchor” for the...

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Posted by: Doug Mar 27, 2015 2:55 PM [UAE]

Jeremy, in Europe the service is NOT paid for through your tax system. People sending a parcel or letter pay at the point of postage according to the size and weight of the item and then the postal operator or courier takes it to the physical address specified on the packet.

In Europe, most delivery services deliver direct to the address of the recipient rather than them having to go to a post office to collect their parcel. Imagine that? A postman delivering a letter to your door, without you having to head off down to dusty Karama and having to queue up. Science fiction, eh?

No wonder the postal service is in trouble when clearly its own spokespeople have absolutely no idea how any other advanced country runs postal services.

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

Saudi Arabia and allies launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday to stop the advance of the Iran-allied Houthi militia towards President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's southern refuge of Aden.Saudi Ambassador...

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Posted by: Bert Steel Mar 27, 2015 2:57 PM [UK]

Good to see the Arab nations taking responsibility for their own security at last. May it continue with a positive outcome without the need for western intervention on the ground and in the air. Good luck to the troops and air men.

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Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

When Narendra Modi turned up to meet Barack Obama in a ludicrous pin-striped suit embroidered with his own name across it, most people just had a good giggle. Some thought he looked like a prat. The spokesman...

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Posted by: Gaja Mar 27, 2015 2:57 PM [India]

Anil Bhoyrul has lost his plot. Please concentrate on the middle east and no need to comment on the worlds biggest democracy.
All should respect that Modi is the elected leader and not born into royalty .

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Bahrain relaxes visa rules for GCC visitors

Tourists travelling to Bahrain from the GCC will be eligible for a one-month multiple-entry visa to Bahrain under new rules due to take effect from next Wednesday.The new rules also allow GCC residents...

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Posted by: Chris Mar 27, 2015 2:42 AM [Bahrain]

How is this better or different? You still need to leave after 2 weeks. All that has happened recently is an increase in prices. Bahrain is a tiny place. Most visitors are only here for a few weeks at most.

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Oman Air to serve 75 destinations by 2020, says CEO

Oman Air plans to grow its destinations by 60 percent over the next five years.Speaking to the Times of Oman, CEO of Oman Air Paul Gregorowitsch said the airline has plans to grow the number of destinations...

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Posted by: Oswald Saldanha Mar 26, 2015 8:42 PM [Toronto, Canada]

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.
A complimentary one day layover in Muscat, to attract new business would be a great idea to introduce Muscat to prospective future tourists, who may be interested in spending their winters in the warm climate of Muscat.

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Baby boy born on Qatar Airways flight from Miami to Doha

A baby boy was born on a Qatar Airways flight from Miami to Doha, forcing the plane to divert to Canada, it has been reported.An unnamed woman was on board the QR778 flight on Sunday, which was diverted...

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Posted by: Sami Mar 26, 2015 5:58 PM [SA]

Place of birth: Midair

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UAE bans 6 aircraft operators from its air space

Six aircraft operators have been banned from flying within UAE air space due to safety regulations, Arabic daily Emarat Alyoum has reported.The civil aviation authority also banned nine specific aircraft...

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Posted by: robin Mar 26, 2015 2:52 PM [Italy]

Whats the point, in knowing the names of the operators, if there not flying to the UAE ?

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