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Diving for answers: What's happened to Dubai Pearl?

It has been described as “sad”, “troubled” and “fallen” but for thousands of investors, discussion of the $6bn Dubai Pearl scheme provokes far less sympathetic language.The huge mixed-use project, announced...

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Posted by: Fentoni Aug 29, 2016 5:35 PM [UAE]

Not everyone wants to buy in their home country, what about hassles with overseas tenants, taxes etc? If you live here why not buy a completed property and live in that property? There are plenty of countries with less rigorous real estate laws than the UAE. At least now there is escrow etc. People should do their due diligence on the developer, e.g I'd feel reasonably confident in an Emaar off plan development at the moment.

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India's air traffic controller must come back to Earth

Finally, India is apparently ready to open talks with Gulf states over increased air traffic rights.For decades the sub-continent has been staunchly tight on releasing new seat capacity to foreign airlines...

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Posted by: Raj Aug 29, 2016 4:48 PM [Coimbatore, India]

A flight from Dubai to Coimbatore is desperately required. Thousands of people travel from Coimbatore to Dubai either getting off at Dubai or using it as a transit to Europe and America.
Emirates transports huge amounts of cargo from Coimbatore to Kochi just to be flown to Dubai and elsewhere in the world.
Emirates and Fly Dubai should immediately commence flights to Coimbatore. The latter was all set to commence flights to Coimbatore and then was denied permission two weeks before commencement.
The government of UAE should take up these matters with the India government.

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Wasl launches new residential, hotel project in Bur Dubai

Real estate developer Wasl Asset Management Group has launched its new project 'Port Views', located in Bur Dubai near Port Rashid, Dubai.Port Views comprises 1,477 apartments of various sizes and areas...

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Posted by: Shanti Aug 29, 2016 3:52 PM [UAE]

Wasl group was expected to quote an economical and affordable housing prices. But their price seems to be higher or equal to some new private property rents quoted by their agents. This is not a healthy scene. Have you landlords or agents ever thought how a common man can pay so much rent to live in the city ? Why we should move to far off places and sit behind the wheels for 2 hours to commute to get an affordable house? Its absurd.

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Unemployment up in Dubai – but city maintains one of world’s lowest rates

Unemployment rates in Dubai increased by 0.1 percent as the emirate maintains one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.Figures showed 0.4 percent of the population was jobless in 2015, up from...

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Posted by: Billy Aug 29, 2016 4:48 PM [UAE]

Of course unemployment is low here. If you are an expat and you lose your job you have to leave. You cannot stay here if you are unemployed.

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Pure ambition: Saygin Yalcin, CEO of SellAnyCar.com

CEO of SellAnyCar.com Saygin Yalcin believes inspiration can strike anywhere, even at the back of a textbook on Quantum MechanicsTell us about the business.SellAnyCar.com is the largest car buyer in the...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Aug 29, 2016 3:53 PM [Spain]

There is nothing wrong with that. The alternative they have is to leave the car in the airport (back to 2009?)
If you think they are really lowballing, you have an option to arbitrage and offer some more money and then resell the car.
It seems a fairly simple business model, nothing prevent other players for entering.

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Watch: Sheikh Mohammed finds empty office during government spot-checks

The one day you skip work and your country’s Prime Minister happens to drop in.That’s what happened to employees of the Dubai Land Department when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wandered...

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Posted by: Shirin Al Zebari Aug 29, 2016 3:54 PM [Qatar]

Where is the video?

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Dubai property market 'remains solid', says Damac chairman

Damac Properties chairman said the property market in Dubai “remains solid”, with healthy interest in its growing portfolio of luxury villas and apartments. Hussain Sajwani, chairman of Damac Properties...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Aug 29, 2016 12:44 PM [Spain]

Oh well, it is 2009 again. But the rarara brigade seems a little bit decimated this time. But still fighting to the last man.

I am James and so is my wife.

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Qatar announces new airport tax for passengers

Qatar's government will levy a new airport tax on passengers from Tuesday, according to a circular to travel agents, as the country seeks new revenue streams amid falling oil prices.Every passenger leaving...

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Posted by: Normal Citizen Aug 29, 2016 12:45 PM [Europe]

It is said that this new tax will also apply to "transit" passengers. What is meant here by the Qatari government is "transfer" passengers - those connecting between flights (different flight numbers). "Transit" passengers arrive and depart on the same flight number.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Luai Masri, founder of Whatshudoin

Jordanian entrepreneur Luai Masri claims to be the first to create the feelings layer of the Internet.The Whatshudoin – What are you doing? – app enables users to connect according to their current mood...

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Posted by: MT3 Aug 29, 2016 10:17 AM [UAE]

Luai claims on the site to have "reinvented communication" when really all he has is a verbal emoticon and not much else. He also claims that he is bringing feeling to the Internet which is such a prurient and clearly inaccurate statement it's risible. I am so tired of this meaningless marketing hyberbole and this is why most of these guys aren't attracting funding. If people stopped claiming to have discovered a whole new paradigm of being and simply said that they had a neat little twist on facebook or whatsapp then I'd be prepared to listen and possibly invest. There is no honesty in what they are doing - Luai doesn't honestly believe he has reinvented communication so why say it? This approach belies his confidence - he simply doesn't believe enough in this thing to sell it for what it is. And investors can smell that a mile off. Harsh but the best advice I can give to any entrepreneur.

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UAE's first ever app awards launched

The UAE’s first ever app awards are to be held on November 9, the organisers have confirmed.The 15 awards will recognise developers and companies behind apps created in the UAE across a range of sectors...

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Posted by: Lara Aug 29, 2016 9:24 AM [UAE]

What about education? There are great apps out there that help people learn something new using their phones.

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