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Riyadh signs $2bn contract with French company to modernise bus network

Riyadh’s Governor has signed a $2bn (SR7.8bn) contract with French state-owned public transport operator Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to supply, operate and maintain the Riyadh Bus network...

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Posted by: ahmed Nov 23, 2014 12:41 PM [Kuwait]

This is exactly what Kuwait needs to do and would be formal solution to their congestion problems. Because they lack 'systems' in order to track automobiles which the UAE does wonderfully with the RTA system, more than likely one-third of the cars driving on the roads are illegally driven and these residents should be taken off the roads in this GCC system. Understandably, a metro would be the next step, but a modernised bus system would benefit this nation immensely. In all GCC countries there are high population levels of low-level workers and these residents would be utilising this transportation system.

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Dubai Police bid to reduce SZR speed limit rejected by traffic council

The head of the Federal Traffic Council of the UAE said he wanted to reduce the speed limit on the Sheikh Zayed Road by ten kilometres, but his request was rejected by other members of the council.Speaking...

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Posted by: gordon Nov 23, 2014 12:40 PM [dubai]

It is not absolute speed it is relative speed.
I have no problem driving 160kph in Germany with disciplined drivers, but driving even 80 here with bad drivers is a problem.

I think that if you analyse the cause of accidents here, it is changing lanes suddenly, not blinking, tail gaiting, not driving with due care and attention, failure to keep the distance between yourself and the car in front allowing time to break.

Spot these drivers, fine, then remove the licence, and this will prevent them from causing accidents.

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KAFD has "destroyed the office market in Riyadh," says Dar al Arkan boss

King Abdullah Financial District, the ambitious new business district containing 59 new towers in the north of the city, could have a devastating impact both on the value of existing prime office space...

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Posted by: RealityCheck Nov 23, 2014 12:39 PM [UAE]

@Simon, your comments are usually spot on, but I think this time you got it wrong. I think Ali not only thought of that but welcomes the idea of competition. or at least of increased supply in the housing market.

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Hundreds arrested over Etisalat phone scam

Dubai Police has fined several hundred fraudsters for duping Etisalat customers into transferring their calling credit and traders offering to sell credit for a fee over the last two years, the director...

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Posted by: Sam Nov 23, 2014 12:37 PM [SA]

did the person who called you identify himself as being from India, or are you just assuming?

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Extremist minority have hijacked Arabs’ identity, says Queen Rania

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan said it was time to reclaim the identity of the Arab world from a minority of extremists who have filled screens with images of violence and destruction.“These images...

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Posted by: khalil Adwairi Nov 23, 2014 12:37 PM [Jordan]

I agree with all the words of her majesty. firstly it would be great to pull the current carpet from the hands who take Religious discourse.
Rewriting of religious discourse away from the views of scholars which dissipated thought word and torn and a return to the origins of the Koran and not the views of scholars.

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No release date yet for ‘Boyhood’ film in the UAE

The planned release date in the UAE for the critically acclaimed film ‘Boyhood’ has yet to be decided, according to film distributors, Gulf Film.  Speculation over whether the film would be shown in the...

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Posted by: Mazhar Fakher Nov 23, 2014 12:36 PM [UAE]

So when was/is it going to be released?

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European carriers are 'inefficient': Qatar Airways' Al Baker

Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker has accused European airlines of being “inefficient” and protected by EU policies.The often outspoken airline chief responded to the legacy carriers that complain of unfair...

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Posted by: Oswald Saldanha Nov 23, 2014 12:35 PM [Toronto Canada]

Mr Akbar Al Baker Group Chief Executive Qatar Airways is absolutely correct in his assessment and analysis of the modus operandi of European carriers. He should have added Canada's Air Canada to this list as well.
The fact of the matter is that these airlines are beholden to their unions. Mr Akbar Al Baker without going into details, was attempting to allude to the unions running the day to day operations of these airlines, not airline management.
Reason, airline management prefer not to get bogged down in a tussle ( read go slow or job action by unions) with their unions.
This complacency by airline management comes with a price.
That is simply called "Qualitative Difference".
In Canada's case, the Progressive Conservative Govt, presently in power, claims to be the God Father of "Free Market Economy", Yes! but very selective when it favours them.
This Govt has refused to give additional slots / frequencies of flights to Toronto, which Qatar Airways has repeatedly requested for.

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A dormant Dubai developer explains why now is the time to get back in the market

Patience and a hefty price for keeping an undeveloped swath of desert has finally paid off for Zafer Taher. Back in 2006, the chief executive of property developer G&Co was scouting for assets that...

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Posted by: Desert dream Nov 23, 2014 12:34 PM [UAE]

This has the potential to be the best villa development in dubai. The Meydan district is truly spectacular, and with such close proximity to the airport and downtown. When ready it will be a million times superior to Meadows, Springs etc. Just visit the site, amazing stuff already. Congrats G and Co !!

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Disney in talks to build first MidEast theme park in Egypt

The Walt Disney Company is in talks about building a theme park in Egypt, its first venture in the Middle East, according to reports in the country.The state-run news agency MENA has reported that a member...

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Posted by: Lars Hansen Nov 23, 2014 12:34 PM [Portugal]

Could be an opportunity for Meraas/Dubai Parks to create a platform for finance (rise of IPO's in Dubai) and expertise (from development in Dubai) to bridge the gap for Egypt and Disney.

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Kim Kardashian to host VIP F1 party in Abu Dhabi

American reality TV star Kim Kardashian will host a club night at this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was announced on Tuesday.Making her debut at the Abu Dhabi race,...

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Posted by: Hubba-Hubba Nov 23, 2014 12:33 PM [UK]

Oh she does have a contribution, its to art (debatable) .
Consider her a package deal and looking at the reverse one can easily identify what the hype is about.

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