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Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

The US Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened...

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Posted by: Troy May 22, 2016 8:43 AM [US expat of Oman]

Don't worry. It hasn't passed the house of representatives or the president. It won't happen.

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Dubai Tourism, Airbnb in tie-up to drive holiday lettings

Dubai’s tourism department has signed an agreement with Airbnb.com to help people rent out their homes to visitors, it said on Wednesday.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Dubai’s Department...

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Posted by: khalid May 19, 2016 1:20 PM [uae]

it would be great for AB to find out how many people have officially signed up and passed the certain criteria.
And will Airbnb still allow individuals to rent out/use their platforms if not registered with Dubai Tourism?

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42 illegal immigrants deported from Oman

Authorities in Oman have arrested 50 illegal immigrants of different nationalities and deported 42 of them for entering the Sultanate illegally.The Royal Oman Police (ROP), in collaboration with military...

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Posted by: Babura May 19, 2016 1:20 PM [Oman]

Such an extremely low number when pretty much every gardener is illegal, along with many other labourers that can be easily found. Makes you wonder why.

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Dubai Airports pushing more airlines to switch to Al Maktoum Int'l

Dubai Airports is offering “customised” packages to push airlines to use Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central (DWC), as passenger traffic at the facility rose by 80 percent...

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Posted by: Fouad Azzam May 19, 2016 1:24 PM [U A E]

Mr Griffiths, yes uncrowded, yet, very far away and archaic
transfer from aircraft to terminal via a packed bus.

How do you plan to handle millions of passengers using buses ?


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More expats say planning to stay longer in the UAE

The number of UAE expats planning long-term residency in the UAE has increased mainly due to falling property prices, UAE-based finance comparison group compareit4me.com has revealed.According to a survey...

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Posted by: Telcoguy May 19, 2016 1:24 PM [Spain]

well you would not expect AB to engage into some independent research, would you?
It is quite sad that getting any accurate information in this region is really hard. I wonder why.

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Dunia Othman and Ibrahim Colak, founders of mrUsta

The business idea of Dunia Othman and Ibrahim Colak, the husband-and-wife founders of mrUsta, rests on a win-win model for all stakeholders involved - small service providers struggling to reach more customers...

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Posted by: Mehdi POPOTTE May 19, 2016 1:25 PM [UAE]

Respect to you guys! You really paving the way towards real entrepreneurship mindset over here.

Great job

Mehdi POPOTTE
CEO Urban Chefs

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Time to deliver for Azizi Developments

There’s an air of relief about Farhad Azizi these days, and with good reason, too.Despite nine years of building, Azizi Developments, of which he is CEO, has never been able to deliver a project in its...

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Posted by: Anoop May 19, 2016 1:25 PM [United Arab Emirates]

You were supposed to deliver first phase in Dec15 and then delayed to Mar15. This article says May15 and now we are in the middle of May15 and nothing is happening and delivery is not going to happen anytime soon. They just keep advertising new projects rather then delivering their Flagship project (Yasamine and Feiroz) on time. If they deliver these buildings on time and with good quality, this could've saved them millions of dirhams being spent on false advertising. Please stop announcing new projects and concentrate on completion of existing ones. Yes I am also a customer.

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Work begins on Dubai's Airport Road expansion progamme

Work on upgrading Dubai’s Airport Road has begun in a bid to combat traffic congestion around the world’s busiest international airport.The city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is undertaking enhancements...

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Posted by: James May 19, 2016 1:25 PM [uae]

any detailed plans of what this is all about, what will happen during and what it will look like after you can share?

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5 ways to manage your way out of a burnout

The one thing almost no one ever warns you about when starting a new business is burnout.I used to think it is something that only happens when you start to be overwhelmed in a job you don’t enjoy much...

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Posted by: Sreedhar Chintakunta May 19, 2016 1:26 PM [India]

Informative article .. liked it.

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Limited funding holding back SMEs in Dubai, says DED

Limited sources of funding to start small businesses in Dubai is holding back growth in the SME sector and is a "major gap" that needs to be addressed, according to a new report by Dubai SME, the agency...

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Posted by: Peter Cooper May 19, 2016 1:28 PM [United Arab Emirates]

Has Dubai ever really been short of entrepreneurs or funding for a really good idea? Thousands of successful SMEs suggest otherwise. So are we talking about funding for just anybody with an SME idea? I'm not sure that is a good idea. The whole point of credit assessment is to eliminate losers from the start and avoid those losses. Good business ideas will always find a sponsor in the end and will probably be better off in the private sector rather than involving a government agency. Struggling to get initial start-up money will be nothing compared to the effort needed to make an SME actually succeed and this should not be an easy process as refining the business plan in the start-up phase may be very important in making it succeed.

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