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Blueground: Showing there's room for innovation in the hospitality business

Please tell us about the Blueground model and how it stands out in what must be a very competitive field with lots of customer choice.Blueground provides premium, fully furnished and serviced apartments...

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Posted by: Mohammed Ansari Jun 19, 2017 9:14 AM [United Arab Emirates]

This is indeed a very smart business

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More costly to operate e-commerce site than store in mall, say Chalhoub

Luxury retail giant Chalhoub Group says the operating costs of a retail e-commerce website are higher than those of a brick and mortar shop in the short term.Speaking to Arabian Business, the group’s co...

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Posted by: Haya Jun 18, 2017 1:08 PM [Jordan]

I agree with the above comment. Established retailers in the UAE already have the customer base. The real challenge here is not setting up a perfect e-commerce website to match the stores from the beginning. It's about understanding how e-commerce as a touchpoint will create value to the existing customers and then digitise these aspects to have a coherent experience with the stores.

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Driving along Dubai's roads makes us ask if we are racists

I do not consider myself to be a racist, but living in the UAE has made me question my thinking.In this part of the world, nationality matters. We all come from somewhere else, and we will all be leaving...

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Posted by: CanadianInCanada Jun 19, 2017 9:14 AM [UAE]

Its about the numbers Mariam.

The largest expat population in UAE is from South Asia, hence you can assume that they will be involved in more traffic accidents than any other community / nationality. It is very simple logic which the writer failed to understand.

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Dubai's Al Ghurair appoints new group CEO

UAE conglomerate Al Ghurair has appointed former Dubai Holding chief financial officer Samer Alhaj as its new group CEO.Alhaj, who brings 35 years of multi-industry experience to the diversified industrial...

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Posted by: Cami Jun 18, 2017 8:48 AM [USA]

Congratulations to you!

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Dubai Airports to have world's first 'gate-less border'

Dubai Airports, the operator of the world’s busiest airport, will test a new facial recognition technology this year that will eliminate long queues at its flagship, Dubai International Airport (DXB).DXB...

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Posted by: Ruth Rachel AA Jun 15, 2017 8:44 AM [United States]

BS"D

LIDAR technology and facial recognition aid in technical verifications (and may even risk confirming false passports, quite frankly), but nothing can replace psychological testing administered by an intelligent and highly skilled human being at Customs.

(Some of those driverless cars have been crashing, by the way, for the very same reason. Technology, however sophisticated, is not a complete replacement for human reflex and sensibility...)

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UAE inflation rate rises to 2.2% in 2017

The inflation rate in consumer prices in the UAE during the first five months of 2017 stood at 2.2 percent, according to the Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre (SCAD).The relative change rate in consumer prices...

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Posted by: RayC Jun 14, 2017 9:11 AM [Romania]

Reality shows a totally different picture. For eg Doctor & clinic fees have increased 150% in last 10 years. Cost of medicines are abnormally high. Fines have been hiked by minimum 100%. Utilities cost double, new kinds of fees and service charges have been instituted almost at every place and which consist almost 10% of an average middle class group income. Airlines hike air fares by 200% during school breaks and festival holidays, while at other times they recover through meaningless taxes & surcharges. Dubai is now a European city in terms of cost of living, but with salary levels of sub-continent for majority. Only some western expats in management and senior positions and the Public Sector and Govt employees have fantastic remunerations and most things free. Majority expats spends 100% of what they earn to make ends meet. This is the fact. The intention is if you want good standards, infrastructure & security you have to pay.

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Dubai off-plan property sales soar in first 5 months

Off-plan property sales in Dubai rose by 58 percent in the first five months of 2017 compared to same period last year, according to a report by Global Capital Partners-Reidin.The data, based on the Dubai...

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Posted by: JRH Jun 13, 2017 1:14 PM [UAE]

I personally wouldn't be taking this as a sign of an upturn in the market, rather certain investors taking advantage of particularly generous terms being offered in the off plan market.

Headline growth numbers such as those quoted in the article sound good but in the long run the huge short terms swings that are seen in this market are not a force for good - stability is the key.

I also echo your thoughts about the commentary - it's always wise to look into who is making the comments and their motives for doing so.

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How DIFC Courts has helped connect the UAE's legal system

When DIFC Courts began operating a little more than a decade ago, the UAE business community’s general reaction was that of scepticism. Many questioned the new entity’s long-term power, jurisdiction and...

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Posted by: Trueman Jun 13, 2017 1:13 PM [UAE]

I think you should tune it to cater Indians conducting businesses, emphasising Common law advantage (familiarity) and the right to Opt-in, even in case the matter is conducted outside DIFC, both in UAE and oversees :) It will go a long way in promoting tourism :)

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Fewer Dubai landlords insisting on single rent cheque

Landlords in Dubai are becoming increasingly accepting of rent paid in multiple cheques, new research suggests.More than a third (33 percent) of tenants who found properties through Dubai-based broker...

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Posted by: Doug Jun 13, 2017 1:12 PM [UAE]

Still no sign of the monthly standing order as used by every other developed country in the world though....

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Saudi Arabia introduces 'sin tax' from today

Saudi Arabia has implemented 100 percent excise tax on tobacco products and energy drinks, and 50 percent tax on soft drinks from today (Sunday).Last month, the kingdom announced imposing excise tax from...

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Posted by: raww Jun 12, 2017 1:16 PM [saudi arabia]

from today on i have decided to stop drinking soft drinks. i won't let them benefit from me.

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