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Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

Iran denied on Saturday US accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route...

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Posted by: john Mar 26, 2017 5:41 PM [uae]

Iran has been up to this behavior for years and most incidents remain relatively unreported; possibly to defuse political tensions with the GCC and western countries.
However the Revolutionary Guards do not take their orders from the President and occasionally ignore the 'guidance' of the Spiritual Leader.
Always probing for military weaknesses, the worry is that they overstep their calculated provocations and end up with several of their craft at the bottom of the Straits of Hormuz.
Such an incident would be a 'game changer' and an escalation of conflict is the greatest worry for most people.

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Exclusive: Dubai's Emaar Malls bids $800m for Souq.com

Emaar Malls has bid up to $800 million to take over e-commerce giant Souq.com, sources familiar to the offer have have confirmed to Arabian Business.Last week Amazon agreed in principle to a 100 percent...

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Posted by: Skeptic Mar 26, 2017 5:42 PM [USA]

This seems to be a bid purely for the sake of PR and free publicity. The whole world knew that Souq had already entered into exclusivity with Amazon, and it's odd that Emaar would wait until that was publicly announced before making their "bid". Souq has been on the block for a while and Emaar was truly serious, they would have put forth this offer some time ago.

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Rain leads to 1,500 accidents over the weekend in Dubai

A total of 1,447 traffic accidents were reported between Thursday evening and Sunday morning due to unstable weather conditions, according to Dubai Police.The UAE weather department has already predicted...

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Posted by: Bob Mar 26, 2017 4:39 PM [Dubai]

the shear stupidity of many drivers in these weather conditions means its no surprise that there were this many accidents over the weekend. No matter how much rain falls, and how greasy and slippery the road surfaces are idiots still drive one inch off the bumper of the car in front, no lights on, erratically switching from lane to lane without signalling or driving with no rear lights on an stupid led lights added at the front only. The police need to crack down on these idiots in these weather conditions and normally to improve the standard of driving. Sadly its the innocent normal drivers that get affected by the dangerous actions of people who think they are invincible or more important than everyone else. selfish actions by idiots cause most of the accidents in these, and normal, conditions.

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Telephone banking in Dubai is about as frustrating as it gets

I am a confident person who is pretty good at reading a situation and knowing when to speak up or shut up. But I lose all self control and I resort to an immature stereotype of the worst kind when I am...

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Posted by: Diya Pardasani Mar 26, 2017 4:42 PM [UAE]

Yes right, banking services here are not up to levels of developed countries let alone telephone services, but great deal of effort is visible in improving over all customer experience by many banks, especially local. It's a competition driven market. There are certain concerns of account hacking (happened with me in 2010 with one of the local banks) and I understand that its not possible to eliminate those issues entirely. However, with continuous customer and tele-staff education the impact can be minimized.
Moreover, we all know we cannot survive without banking services. Our constant feedback will only make them aware of their scope for improvement and help us get better services.

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Weather disrupts flights at Dubai International Airport

Flights to and from Dubai International Airport have been disrupted today due to bad weather conditions, according to the airport operator.Fifteen inbound flights were diverted to other airports in the...

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Posted by: ahmed Mar 26, 2017 4:42 PM [UAE]

For a progressive modern country to fall apart when it rains is ridiculous. Last night I flew in Terminal 2 and waited almost 2 hours for my luggage. Luggage was strewn all over the airport by the baggage handlers who apparently skipped work last night because there could only be two reasons why this happened on my plane that was parked in front of immigration, either a lot of employees didn't show up for work or the ones that were working threw the luggage somewhere and no one knew where the luggage was in the airport or could have been still on the plane and not offloaded. People need to be fired. Most of them are South Asians and go through monsoon every year and NEWSFLASH, this was not a monsoon in Dubai.

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Dubai Duty Free expects big sales hit from electronics ban

Dubai International Airport's duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on United States-bound flights, a senior...

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Posted by: Gary Mar 26, 2017 4:42 PM [UAE]

Very strange that US-bound passengers would spend $2m in 2016 buying things that are more expensive in DDF than in USA (as pretty much everything indeed is). Unconsidered impulse buying or last minute gifting pressures must be much stronger than I'd thought.

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Welcome to the life of one of the UAE’s defence and real estate moguls

Mansour Bin Jabr’s idea of a hard life may not resonate with everyone.“The cars, the jets, they don’t make me happy. I’m a hippie in a way. I love islands, beaches,” says the 30-year-old chief operating...

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Posted by: Anthony Wilson Mar 26, 2017 12:36 PM [South Africa]

He does participate in philanthropic activities. I looked it up.

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Dubai residents to enjoy three months of spring

The first day of spring in the UAE will start on March 15, according to the country’s Met department.“The spring season will start from March 15 and continue till June 15 following which the summer season...

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Posted by: jack sparrow Mar 26, 2017 11:27 AM [UAE]

Really, is this article a joke, we are not living in Europe or North America, there's never been any 'spring' in the ME with the majority of the year dipped in sweltering heat aka summer....spring till June 15...who are we kidding??

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Tell me again exactly how Dubai has hurt you?

I fail to understand the glee some UAE residents take in running down Dubai.Unlike where I was born (Montreal) or where I grew up (Toronto) or where I lived in the 1990s (Tokyo) or where my wife and I...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Mar 26, 2017 10:42 AM [Madrid]

@WHJ funnily enough my lifestyle is roughly the same wherever I live.

My consumption basket may change to exploit local opportunities but no, there have been no big differences for me between living in London (where I was also tax free mind you), Dubai, Zurich, Sao Paulo, Paris or Madrid. I realize that this is linked to my lifestyle, with heavy travel and limited time in the base city.

Where I see a difference, a brutal one, is on the quality of the business ecosystem from banking services, ability to enforce a contract (essentially getting paid) and as discussed on a previos thread the ability to attract top talent. Plus other critical aspects that we can not discuss.

Until this place offers a proper legal and regulatory environment it will not play in the big league.

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Dubai, Abu Dhabi airline passengers to be hit by US ban on electronics

Passengers on some US-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once US authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat...

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Posted by: Telcoguy Mar 26, 2017 10:43 AM [Madrid]

Yep, Christmas was my last visit to the US in a long time I am afraid. Really inconvenient as we are growing our LatAm practice and I will spend most of my time there and Miami would be perfect for me.

But it is simply not worth the hassle. One of my (Spanish) colleagues spent almost 6 hours of interrogation just to get to meet me in spite of the ESTA pre approval . I can not imagine how things may turn in the next few months.

Hopefully only UK will follow suit with these moronic measures.

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