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Dubai parents protest substantial hike in school fees

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority announced earlier this year that “outstanding” schools were eligible to raise fees to double the amount set up in the national Educational Cost Index, while...

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Posted by: one of joes Jun 27, 2015 1:47 AM [UAE no more]

Mike, did you read your own comment? Parents pay gold plated peanuts - and hence they demand quality. And some think that the gold plated peanuts are overly expensive. Btw, it is not the fundamental right of a business to charge what it wants, it is its right to charge market prices. Here we have a case of a captive market. and that is what people appear to be commenting about.
Your use of the word tax implies that you are not aware that tax is a way to recover government spending on infrastructure. In this country, you do not pay tax (which would be on profits or income) - here you pay for use (DEWA housing, visa, Salik, etc), everyday, everytime, and that cost is fixed, not a percentage of your income.
And to make that point clear: my kids are in private schools in Europe, more expensive than most schools in UAE. But they get quality education, teacher get fair pay - and they are away from people with such narrow minds and such little understanding as you seem to have.

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Campaigners win support from 1,400 US mayors in airline subsidies row

More than 1,000 United States mayors have passed a resolution calling on the Obama administration to initiate discussions with Gulf states amid ongoing subsidies allegations.The United States Conference...

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Posted by: Gary B Jun 27, 2015 1:46 AM [UAE]

So easy to gather support for xenophobia. And so sad that this shows the majority of those responsible for the mid-level governance of the USA are incapable of understanding an issue beyond the childish basics of "those dastardly foreigners versus the righteous American people". That's the attitude which, at worst, causes things like the invasion of Iraq and, at the least, manifests as racism at the individual level. Sad indeed.

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UAE's NCMS set to launch YouTube weather channel

The head of the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has said the launch of its first Arab channel on YouTube will help dismiss weather rumours on social media sites.Dr Abdullah Al Mandoos...

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Posted by: Solly Jun 26, 2015 4:19 PM [UAE]

Does he mean that we might stop hearing the ridiculous "..and today Dubai will see a high of 39C ..." on the radio as we drive in our cars whose thermometers are already showing an obviously true 45C ? Yes, that might help a bit with the credibility of the much criticised official information feeds.

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Gulf carriers are “not airlines, they’re gov'ts,” says Delta CEO

The chief executive of Delta Airlines has once again lashed out at Gulf carriers accused of receiving what he considers unfair subsidies from their governments, claiming they are “not airlines, they’re...

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Posted by: Ty Say Jun 25, 2015 8:05 PM [UK]

American hipocracy at it's very worst! I would like to point your attention to the link below, clearly proving the American federal government do exactly the same.
http://skift.com/2015/04/09/wikileaks-disclosure-shows-u-s-airlines-received-billions-in-subsidies/

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Amir Khan favours Mayweather bout over Dubai fight with Pacquiao

British boxer Amir Khan has said he favours a fight against Floyd Mayweather over a possible Dubai meeting with Manny Pacquiao.Mayweather has yet to decide on his next opponent for what’s supposed to be...

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Posted by: Mick Jun 25, 2015 3:56 PM [UAE]

real shocker...of course he would prefer a fight that would have him on the receiving end of ten times the money.....cmon, tell it like it is Khan

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Call for women-only resort in Dubai

Locals in Dubai have said there should be a women-only resort built in in the emirate.Construction at the Dubai Canal project has led to the end of Ladies Day on Jumeirah Park Beach, leaving the only ladies...

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Posted by: Anonymous Jun 25, 2015 12:30 PM [United States]

Increasing offerings for women (and children, as the case may be), in an important Tourism and Leisure industry is always a wise choice, in my humble opinion.

(The needs of local women and children, which should remain one's first priority from the perspective of social and public investment, will be favorably met, while creatively expanding offerings in the sector, generally, for resident expats and visitors...)

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Dubai property firms 'better armed' as up to 20% price drop looms

Dubai property prices could fall by up to 20 percent by early 2016 as the market continues to stabilise after three years of sharp appreciation, ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) said on Monday...

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Posted by: Brownstone Jun 24, 2015 6:22 PM [UAE]

Real Estate executives know this but may never openly admit it. The market is correcting itself. Sales are on but so much lower than what it could be.
Reasonable low competitive prices will only mean more buying and selling... Good news for most people!

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Expats in Qatar set to need gov't nod to change jobs

Expats in Qatar must first obtain approval from the labour ministry before accepting a new job, under draft laws being examined by officials.Qatar has drawn up new legislation to regulate the entrance...

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Posted by: Billy Jun 24, 2015 2:59 PM [UAE]

Oh dear. Another nail in the coffin of Qatar as an interesting place to work. If this law gets approved I just cannot see why any expat would want to move there for work. They could be stuck with an abusive employer, who by the way still has to approve your exit from the country, for 5 years before the government would approve a job change for you. The balance of power is already too skewed in favour of the employer in Qatar. This law would just make that worse.

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Saudi royal blocked $1.5m compensation, says BBC reporter shot by Al Qaeda

Saudi Arabia offered to pay the BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner £1 million ($1.5 million) in compensation after he was shot on the streets of Riyadh in 2004 – but the offer was later blocked...

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Posted by: CGBS Jun 24, 2015 12:41 PM [Belgium]

What a heartless comment. Frank Gardener was under the care of the Saudi Ministry of Information which utterly failed in its duty. The 3 Emirati women were tourists. I agree both situations are awful, but they are not the same.

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Maradona to run for FIFA presidency

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist and author Victor Hugo Morales has said.Morales said Maradona...

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Posted by: John Thomas Jun 24, 2015 12:24 PM [UAE]

Of all people - this gentleman???? Don't we all know his past??; if this is the best that can come up for President of FIFA might as well just shut it down... If he is even allowed to run that alone would be e another major stain on FIFA... unreal...

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