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200 SMEs said to be at risk of closure in Bahrain

Due to financial struggles and market challenges, about 200 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bahrain including construction and advertising firms could close down.The companies, who have reportedly...

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Posted by: khalid Jul 24, 2016 9:03 AM [bahrain]

All the GCC should have this vital legislation of Chapter 11, I have read and heard countless stories where genuine entrepreneurs have ended up in jail simply because there is no restructuring legislation in the GCC. Another outcome of this Chapter 11 would be it would discourage expat entrepreneurs to run away leaving behind debts.

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UK businessman slams Emirates after lost luggage court battle

Emirates Airline has been ordered to pay £1,200 ($1,842) to a UK businessman after the carrier lost his luggage en route to Dubai.Abrar Khan lost everything but the clothes on his back during a planned...

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Posted by: Marc Ruiviejo Jul 24, 2016 9:38 AM [UAE]

You work at Emirates, don't you?

Unfortunately I cannot agree with your blind statement. I just took an Emirates flight and they lost my baggage on the first leg, and cancelled the flight (EK730) on the return. A brilliant experience as you can imagine. And they are not being keen to compensate me for anything... :(

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Why CEOs need social media

Over 60 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have zero social media presence, and that's a big problem.Everyone and their pet are on social media these days, except one rather interesting group of people.A new...

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Posted by: james Jul 24, 2016 9:38 AM [uae]

good point Huw and to back it up, think Donald Trump!
Enough said.

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Kuwaiti-NZ woman told 'not to bother' applying for a job in hijab row

A Muslim woman has been told ‘not to bother’ applying for a job at a jewellery store in New Zealand after she refused to take off her Islamic headscarf.Twenty five year old Mona Alfadli was applying for...

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Posted by: Charles Tunar Jul 21, 2016 12:07 PM [UAE]

As an American born, and self proclaimed progressive Muslim, I find it important to take opportunities like this where the subject matter addresses, "Respect [one's] culture and [one's] religion," to pose the following questions to the Umma here: How tolerant are Gulf countries of cultural and religious diversity of others? Why do GCC citizens who venture abroad expect to benefit from the cultural tolerance of those destination countries and not extend the same to expats from said countries living in the GCC? Kuwait even has laws not allowing expats to even schedule morning medical appoints with physicians, who by the way, the majority of physicians in Kuwait are expats. Tolerance is a 'two-way' street without roundabouts!

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Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for "thesaurus" of previous insults

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday it would take far too long for him to apologise for the "rich thesaurus" of rude comments and insults he has directed at world leaders and others...

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Posted by: Mike Gee Jul 21, 2016 9:13 AM [UK]

Does the World not have many many more problems to worry about than whether or not Boris Johnson should apologise ???. PLEASE let us see some serious questions such as why Assad is still killing people, why ISIS still exists, THOSE are 2 of the more serious questions. Forget Boris Johnson and get on with REAL and important matters. Thanks

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Fire put out in Dubai Marina residential tower, no injuries reported

Firefighters put out a fire that broke out at a 75-storey residential tower in Dubai on Wednesday, the fifth blaze in a skyscraper in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates in recent years.The fire was completely...

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Posted by: Fentoni Jul 21, 2016 9:14 AM [UAE]

It tends to be the prestige buildings such as the Torch building and the Address hotel that attract the headlines and the attention of the local & global media. Both of these buildings got plenty of column inches in 2015, both here and back in the UK. Contrast this with the scant press attention in the UAE and NONE outside the UAE for the fire in Mussaffah (see below) which caused more loss of life that all of the tower blazes in 2015. I guess the commercial building in Mussafah wasn't photogenic enough? Can this mean the building rather than the lives inside are the important factor for the media editors? ...
"Ten people died and eight were injured after flames swept through a commercial building in Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi on 20 February 2015. The fire broke out in a two-storey building that contained seven shops and a car repair workshop on the ground floor, while the first floor was warehouse space turned into illegal accommodation for workers."

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Dubai After Dark: Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Stan de Boissieu has worked at some of the world’s most prominent nightlife destinations including Monte Carlo’s Sea Lounge and Jimmy’z to Dubai’s recently opened Cove Beach. Now, he takes up the role...

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Posted by: JML Jul 20, 2016 2:04 PM [UAE]

Stan, is that you?

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Revealed: plans to bring self-driving pods to Gulf cities

Careem, the Middle East’s app-based booking service, has announced a partnership with NEXT Future Transportation Inc to bring battery-powered, self-driving electric pods to the region.The partnership comes...

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Posted by: Sal Jul 20, 2016 2:04 PM [Canada]

SkyTran seems to be a better option for UAE especially Dubai.

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Understanding blockchain and its growing importance in the UAE

There’s one rule when interviewing futurist and the founder of Keynote Events Moe Levin on financial tech – fintech – and the mysterious ether-like ocean of information known as the “blockchain”: please...

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Posted by: MT3 Jul 20, 2016 11:56 AM [UAE]

The key concept here is trust. That issue is hugely multifaceted but a good place to start is to ask "who owns/controls blockchain". Everyone who wants to? No-one? Are those two sides of the same coin depending upon your philosophical standpoint? Probably. But if the answer is anywhere in between, that's when it gets complicated and, of course, for this technology to have the applications people claim it can - which are technically, of course, highly feasible - the answer has to be somewhere in between before any major bank or corporation is going to consider signing up in any meaningful way rather than sticking a cautious toe in the water as some have with bitcoin. Put another way who do you sue when things go wrong?

I'd also like to understand the concept of why having a language that is not tamper-proof is an advantage - I assume it's a typo.

Interesting article though - thanks.

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Emaar, Dubai Properties' stalled 'Bawadi' hotel scheme to be revived

A stalled tourism project in Dubai that was once planned to be bigger than Las Vegas is set to be revived, its master developer Dubai Holding has confirmed.Bawadi, part of Dubai Properties’ Dubailand scheme...

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Posted by: Hurez Hussain Jul 20, 2016 11:56 AM [United Arab Emirates]

Isn't the location where Bawadi was supposed to be built now being used for N'shama's Town Square project? If anything this project requires a suitable location closer to the city and possibly along a Metro Line. Just like how Dubai Parks & Resorts is poised to benefit of being connected by a Metro Line, which helps tourists and visitors access the location.

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