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First 'halal' sex shop gets support in Saudi Arabia

A Moroccan entrepreneur has reportedly received Saudi support to open the first “halal” sex shop in the holy city of Makkah.Abdelaziz Aouragh told Arabic news channel Alyaoum24 the shop would be fully...

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Posted by: Amer Apr 23, 2015 12:45 PM [Australia]

I am a practicing Muslim and when I read the line about the candles etc.. I had the exact same thoughts!
I guess some people love to use religion as a selling pitch.. personally I find the idea deceptive !

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European lawmakers set to urge FIFA to hold Qatar 2022 re-vote

European lawmakers are likely to urge FIFA to re-vote on awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said in a statement that it will discuss the issue on Thursday...

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Posted by: Non-Muslim Apr 23, 2015 12:47 PM [Non-Gulf]

First, FIFA needs to get rid of this Blatter, and replace him with a trustworthy person. Anybody after Blatter is an improvement for FIFA. May is a good time for change.
Yes, they can replace. But do they want to replace?

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First woman completes swim around Dubai's Palm

A South African woman has become the first female to swim around the Palm Jumeirah.Kieran Ballard-Tremeer completed the 14.5km-distance swim around the iconic landmark in a time of four hours and 28 minutes...

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Posted by: selwin ilangovan Apr 23, 2015 12:47 PM [UNITED ARAB EMIRATES]

Very nice to know..
Very good.. our sincere appreciation and Congratulations to her.. Regards.. and God bless..

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Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa

Palestine’s fractured history over the past 50 years has seen numerous wars and peace proposals. The conflict with Israel, described as the world’s most intractable, has had a crippling effect on the economy...

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Posted by: Abedullah Apr 23, 2015 9:06 AM [USA]

It's sad to see banks now offering interest loans in muslim majority countries and now in Palestine, interest is not the Islamic way, a muslim loan is to help someone with money without paying you back interest, nowadays the rich make money on the poor and it seems like they feel as if they are helping them out

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Qatar Airways set to add flights to 10 destinations

Qatar Airways said on Sunday it was responding to a rise in passenger demand with an increase in the frequency of weekly flights to 10 of its most popular destinations. The airline, which currently flies...

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Posted by: Oswald Saldanha [Mississauga, Canada]

It's not a day dream, it's availing of the Bilateral Air Agreement.
I am disappointed that PM Harper a die hard conservative is not a proponent of free market economy. How is it, that when it comes to plain old fashion competition, he cannot walk the walk ?
Let Canadians and the market decide, whether they prefer a superior five star product or not. Let Harper not make that choice for them.
Canada and it's major airline Air Canada cannot stand the competition, thus hiding behind protectionism. What a shame.

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Dubai taxis fitted with new flashing brake light

Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has fitted a new brake light system on 60 of its affiliated taxicabs as part of an experiment that’s hoped to reduce the number of accidents.The new device, called Brake-Plus...

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Posted by: Sol Apr 22, 2015 4:39 PM [UAE]

Point 1: If flashing brakelights were a good idea, don't you think they'd have long been the norm in developed countries?
Point 2: What on earth does he mean by "cabbies have been trained ... etc" Trained to do what? It's light that flashes when they press the brake pedal!!! What training is involved?

Another half-baked scheme that draws attention away from the main issue in UAE's poor road safety record - which is the miserable standard of driving and the weakness of the police outside of letting speed cameras do their limited task.

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Islamic fashion brand Aab to launch Dubai store

Following the success of its London branch, Islamic fashion brand Aab has announced expansion plans in Dubai in the next 12-18 months.The boutique, which specialises in conservative clothing, is the first...

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Posted by: Adiba Khan Apr 22, 2015 12:37 PM [United States]

Good to see one more brand going global. Hoping to see more success in the near future. It is because of the people who have started believing in online stores like eastessence.com and have started purchasing from there.

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Etihad-backed Air Berlin quits European airlines group over Gulf row

Etihad-backed Air Berlin said on Tuesday it has cancelled membership with an European airline lobby group amid an escalating dispute over how to deal with the fast-growing Middle Eastern carriers.The German...

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Posted by: Just a Frequent Passenger Apr 22, 2015 12:38 PM [Europe]

This is the result when political decisions are made to take precedence over entrepreneural decisions.
Ridiculous kindergarden behaviour by IAG (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling) and Air Berlin.
So let's wait and see what's next: what will Royal Jordanian (a oneworld alliance member) and Qantas (a oneworld alliance member with strong ties to Emerates) do? Leave IATA?
Silly!

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Dubai not witnessing real estate slowdown, says DLD

The head of real estate investment at Dubai’s Land Department has dismissed reports of a property slowdown in the emirate.Real estate analysts have claimed this year that Dubai’s residential market in...

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Posted by: Guy Reynolds Apr 22, 2015 12:39 PM [uae]

Compared to London:
1. UAE is in an unstable part of the world
2. UAE economy is highly dependent on oil and even the non oil GDP is indirectly dependent on oil.
3. Judicial system greatly lacking
4. Property laws constantly changing to suit big developers.
5. transparency in market lacking
6. High maintenance fees
7. high mortgage rates
8. high down payments
9. Loss of job= loss of residence visa

Currently all stars aligned against purchasing a property in the UAE, if Dubai and UAE truly want to be international cities and sustain beyond their predicted life span of another 50 years ( when oil runs out)- they need to have a broader and professional outlook
With many investment opportunities worldwide they will need to offer more stability, peace of mind to real investors, as the rogue ones are already invested here

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Emaar rolls out new Dubai Trolley tram system

Emaar Properties on Monday announced the roll out of the Dubai Trolley, the world's first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission street tram system.Moving along Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Trolley is...

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Posted by: John Apr 22, 2015 9:12 AM [UAE]

what about having a proper tram system for residents in downtown which ease commute to the metro and other essential locations such as mall and shops, not a tourist trap

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