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UAE launches party island to rival Ibiza

A manmade island in Ras Al Khaimah, which is being billed as a “mini Ibiza”, has plans to attract as many as 20,000 partygoers with two ‘mega clubs’, four beach clubs, five hotels and 100 restaurants.Dream...

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Posted by: Ray Von Mar 4, 2015 3:59 PM [UAE]

I am going start a glow stick and whistle shop in RAK.

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UAE’s Mashreq bank launches the 'selfie' credit card

Mashreq bank has introduced “Portraits”, the UAE’s first 'selfie' credit card.Through the bank’s online platform, customers can now upload a photo from their cell phone and receive a credit card with the...

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Posted by: Doug Mar 2, 2015 3:10 PM [UAE]

Yes, because that's exactly what we all want from a credit card, the opportunity to have a picture of our face on it.

Heaven help us if we want something like a more secure card that actually uses Chip and PIN, or something useful like contactless payment.
Or a way of paying your bill via direct debit.
Or something like, oh, I don't know, a 12-month balance transfer offer or 0% interest on purchases for 3 months. Or cashback, either for yourself or a charity of your choice?

You know, stuff that actually has a point and tends to be used by credit card providers and banks in other developed countries. But nope, more diamonds and pretty pictures please!

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Free hotel stay for blaze-hit Dubai tower residents

A luxury hotel company has offered residents affected by last week’s fire at Dubai’s The Torch tower a free 20-night stay at one of its resorts.Jannah Hotels and Resorts, which operates hotels in Dubai...

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Posted by: whatnext Mar 2, 2015 3:10 PM [uae]

Incredible generosity.
Well done indeed Jannah, very impressive.

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Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

Will they or won’t they? It’s a question that has been uttered many times before by Gulf businesses and observers over the years, but it has yet to be answered.Last week, however, representatives from...

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Posted by: mark Mar 3, 2015 12:53 PM [UAE]

NO. NO.

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Saudi Arabia announces new crackdown on illegal expats from next week

Saudi Arabia will reportedly conduct raids to identify illegal expats from March 8.Denying earlier reports there would be another amnesty, the director general of the Passports Department said instead...

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Posted by: Peter Peter Mar 2, 2015 1:03 PM [UAE]

It is time higher authorities in Dubai also took some action against illegal operators in the UAE.
Professionals from Europe or other countries who can enter UAE with just a stamp at the immigration counter have no visa cost, no license cost, no local sponsor cost, no local establishment cost and they compete with professionals like me who have all of the above plus staff salaries, insurance etc. to take care of. Every 35 days or so they do the "Hatta Run" - driving out of UAE , making a U Turn at the border and getting a fresh stamp for another 40 days stay. These fly by night operators take trade away from legitimate businesses who have stuck by this country through thick & thin by undercutting us on every quote simply because they have no overheads. They also come during the busy season and return to their countries during the lean season - while we are still burdened with all the expenses & very little income 5 months in a year.
Will the authorities do something ?

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Sheikha Lubna retains top spot in female power list

HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi has topped the CEO Middle East list of the Arab world’s most powerful women for the fifth year in a row.Click here to see the 2015 list in fullHaving served for more than 10...

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Posted by: Kareem Mar 2, 2015 1:03 PM [UAE]

Amal Clooney made the list?! What has she done besides marry George Clooney and make a request to meet the Egyptian President?! This list is laughable

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'Growing pains' caused dubizzle job losses: GM

Classified website dubizzle.com says “growing pains” caused it to let go of 12 staff members, including the CEO and some senior managers as part of its restructuring.Arabian Business revealed on Sunday...

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Posted by: MorningDubai Mar 2, 2015 1:00 PM [UAE]

Looks like paid car advertising feature backfired badly...

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Abu Dhabi fund in $2.5bn bid for Claridge’s hotel owner

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund has launched a $2.5 billion takeover bid for Maybourne Hotel Group, owner of luxury London hotels Claridge’s, the Berkeley and the Connaught.According to a report in the...

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Posted by: PGB Mar 2, 2015 9:06 AM [Sark]

This is a very interesting development and as far as I am aware Sam's comments are correct.

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Revealed: How to get a pay rise in 2015

A number of experts give their top tips for the dos and don’ts of negotiating a salary increase.Suhail Al-Masri, VP Sales at Bayt.comDo check the market rateIt’s important to know what your peers and counterparts...

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Posted by: Vasanth Mar 2, 2015 12:59 PM [dubai]

Well Mr. Jad, you are lucky. Irrespective or my performance, positive feedback's and basis the market rate for a PM, i am still getting 50% lower than the market rate and neither the manger nor the company has given a thought to it. I am just happy with the fact that i have a job. My negotiations with all points mentioned above never worked during pay rise discussions. Instead, i have been only insulted and disrespected followed by add-on responsibilities and expectations for this year. If i could only get the market rate, i would be more obliged and loyal to the company and take on responsibilities as expected. Given the economic condition of Dubai ( Rents hike, transport charges hike)the pain of not being with family and a new born is even more worst than the pay rise.

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Qatar’s winter World Cup: pure genius or madness?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of “genius” is “an exceptionally intelligent person or one with exceptional skill in a particular area of activity”.It goes to follow, then, that the...

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Posted by: Anil Mathew Mar 3, 2015 3:11 PM [UAE]

Neither genius or madness. Just business as usual.

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