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“This is absolutely a return of piracy", says UN official

The hijacking of a UAE-owned fuel tanker off Somalia’s coast shows the threat pirates still pose to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a risk that may also hamper the Horn of African country’s...

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Posted by: Juta Mtweve Mar 26, 2017 8:30 AM [Tanzania]

return of piracy would shake the economy of sub Saharan African states as we expect freight costs to raise up.

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Hundreds of labours protest over unpaid wages in Bahrain

Hundreds of labourers marched in protest towards the Labour and Social Development Ministry in Bahrain over unpaid salaries by GP Zachariades Civil Engineering and Contractors firm.The workers started...

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Posted by: Expat Mar 26, 2017 8:30 AM [Bahrain]

Many Bahrain companies are not paying their employees since 2016 through 2017. Many workers are not able to pay their expenses to live and eat. They are unable to travel back to their own countries due to no money. Companies do not care about these people and are only looking out for themselves. Many are losing homes and not even to care for their children. It does not matter what the local economy is, these companies need to cancel work visas if they can not pay these employees and send them home.

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Emirates chief defends Dubai airport security measures

The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard US-bound flights came without...

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Posted by: Frequent Flyer Mar 26, 2017 8:31 AM [United States]

None of the major US carriers fly direct to Dubai, but I like your point on the matter

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How to survive a flight from Dubai without a laptop

On Monday night, travelers flying to the US from eight Muslim-majority countries started receiving warnings that they’d need to pack all electronics larger than cell phones into checked luggage; that means...

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Posted by: Frequent Flyer Mar 26, 2017 8:32 AM [United States]

I think it is a deliberate attempt by the new US administration to push more travelers to use the 3 major US airlines - which by the way fall short in the quality of services offered by the Gulf airlines.

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Where is Bahrain headed?

Sift through the catalogue of GCC economic growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit and others over the past year and the same pattern emerges...

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Posted by: Bahraini Expat Mar 26, 2017 8:33 AM [Bahrain]

Many of the EPC/construction companies are struggling to manage their cash simply because certain clients are refusing to pay their dues. Due to the position of these clients within the kingdom, the companies are not able to enforce any contracts. If this culture is broken and everybody is held accountable to their contracts, it will significantly help these companies, workers and banks.

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Dubai has highest number of self-made billionaires

Dubai has the highest number of self-made billionaires in the Gulf region, according to a new report.Hurun, which releases a global rich list each year, has produced a sublist of the Gulf Self-Made Billionaires...

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Posted by: Mohamed Arif Mar 26, 2017 8:33 AM [UAE]

Where are other billionaires like the Al Ghurairs, B.R. Shetty or NMC, Ravi Pillai of RPG etc.

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Kuwait lawyer seeks driving ban for expats

A Kuwaiti lawyer filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking a temporary driving ban on millions of expatriates to ease traffic congestion in the oil-rich Gulf state.Lawyer Mohammad al-Ansari called for a temporary...

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Posted by: john Mar 23, 2017 11:26 AM [UAE]

Consequently, what you deal with when you start banning driving licenses based on education level, time in country rather than driving training and upgrading license facilities is masses amounts of foreign nationals driving illegally. Despite the admirable efforts of the UAE government to set up a RTA, Dubai still struggles with residents who try to by-pass the system. However, the system is in place and most residents adhere to it, so Kuwait would benefit greatly not by punishing its residents by removing their driving privileges, but by implementing a wide campaign to regulate the roads and upgrading alternative transportation systems in order to pull them off the roads. As Ahmed stated, the State benefits and the country benefits. I'm sure the benevolent UAE would offer guidance to Kuwait in setting up an RTA in the country.

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Emirates NBD 'concerned' over links to Russian money laundering

Emirates NBD has spoken out about the difficulties in fighting financial crime after it was alleged to have handled a share of $20.8 billion of illicit funds in a Russian money laundering scheme between...

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Posted by: Fentoni Mar 23, 2017 8:29 AM [UAE]

Hmmm, 'particularly where the bank may be one of the victims of a scheme designed to disguise and launder the funds through a number of reputable jurisdictions and institutions'
When you really examine it how are they the victims? You could argue their reputation is somewhat tarnished but I doubt that will lead to any drop off in business. Will the central bank of the UAE impose a fine?, again unlikely. They've earned, and perhaps continue to earn fees on $357,130,391. When the money is eventually repatriated they won't do it for free

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Dubai reports 160 rain-related accidents

Dubai Police said there were 160 road traffic accidents in the emirate due to the inclement weather conditions this morning. Overnight rain, which continued on in to the morning, led to treacherous driving...

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Posted by: Jax Mar 23, 2017 8:29 AM [UAE]

With all due respect, the 160 accidents were not caused by the rain - they were caused by bad drivers who have no idea how to drive in wet conditions - many think that keeping the pedal to the metal and putting the hazard lights on constitutes careful driving - tailgating, taking exits at the last minute from the outside lane, queue barging, or weaving across all the lanes to get ahead of the crowd (using no indicators) are all considered acceptable driving habits, no matter what the weather is doing.

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Emirates and Jennifer Aniston respond to ban

Emirates has come up with a somewhat light-hearted response to the US-ban on use of larger electronic devices on board US-bound flights.The Dubai-based carrier posted a short video on its social media...

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Posted by: Shanti Mar 23, 2017 8:31 AM [UAE]

Emirates has ICE, so there is no boring time. But for a long flight, where business travelers and students regularly hop, they would like to finish some projects / prepare submissions / reports during the free/idle time of 10+ hours. Wish the ban is removed. Emirates and Etihad also has lots of connections happening in Dubai and Abudhabi from other countries where the ban is not there. It would be difficult for them as well. Also for users of Non-Emirates flight where ICE not there, will be terribly bored to spend the long flight.

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