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Emirates launches paid-for access to business, first class lounges at DXB

Emirates has opened the doors of its business and first class lounges at Dubai International Airport (DXB) for Skywards Blue members, albeit at a price.Entry-level members will be charged $100 (AED360...

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Posted by: Manesh L.G. Jan 18, 2017 1:07 PM [UAE]

Yes Savio, I agree with u, service is not up to the mark for a prestige airline as Emirates. I took airbus A340 business class, 4 tkts (2 adults & 2 kids), Dubai, Singapore / Bangkok, Dubai night flight, paid a considerable amount. Whole night the crew was chatting so loud, that we could no sleep & moreover none of my kids were offered any chocolates or treats. Food was just ok, have had better in economy class in other airlines. Moreover on our return flight frm Bangkok, service was even worse & on top of that we were not allowed to buy more than 2000dhs worth of Duty free inside business class, they told us it is the airline rules. ( I bought the same item on another Emirates flight in Economy class)
Seems the crew were being biased or did not want to do the extra work or selling duty free items. Emirates pls look into yr inflight crew, serious training in manners & behiavour required.

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Some banks baulk at pricing of Dubai's metro loan

Some banks are baulking at participating in funding an extension of Dubai's metro because the proposed pricing, they say, does not reflect banks' higher costs and the impact of lower oil prices on liquidity...

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Posted by: Billy Jan 18, 2017 1:07 PM [UAE]

I disagree with JRH. I think the days of banks making huge profits are over and they have to tighten their belts like every other commercial operation. Borrowers are now looking for better deals from the Banks and it is time the banking industry lived in the real world and not the world of oversized incomes and ridiculous margins that created the last recession for the rest of us. Well done Dubai Government. let's see more of this.

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Alabbar says Noon to focus on fashion to drive $70bn sales target

Noon, the Middle East’s largest online shopping platform founded by Mohamed Alabbar, will use the high-street fashion segment as a central plank in its strategy to dominate the region’s fast-growing e...

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Posted by: ABC Jan 18, 2017 7:55 AM [UAE]

He is not claiming to have 15% market share. His claim is that online sales will represent 15% of all retail in the region.

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UAE set to issue new regulations to cover electric vehicles

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has announced that it is working on new regulations to cover electric vehicles in the UAE. The UAE System for Electric Vehicles, the first...

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Posted by: Fentoni Jan 17, 2017 1:08 PM [UAE]

Bin Fahad : ' the new system will contribute to raising air quality level by up to 90 percent by 2021.'
Air quality will not be improved by 90% by 2021 even if you banned all cars, busses and trucks today and here's why...
The Economist, the FT etc report that the UAE's air quality is only impacted by a tiny amount from vehicle emissions and of this small contributor it's the diesel vehicles that are by far the most hazardous to health. The trucks and buses are the priority and even if you sort this out over 85% of the articulates that are hazardous to the lungs are from the dust and the sand of our desert environment.

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Saudi Arabia's religious authority says cinemas, song concerts harmful

Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has called cinemas and singing concerts harmful and corrupting, in a move that could complicate government efforts to introduce cultural reforms to the conservative...

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Posted by: Fentoni Jan 17, 2017 1:08 PM [UAE]

Elderly out of touch clerics making rulings to potentially close (or severely restrict) cinemas and public singing to a population of 31 Million, 16 million of whom are under 25 years old, many of whom are active on social media... that's a potential tinder box.

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Careem to double its car service for kids in the UAE

Ride-hailing app Careem is set to double it dedicated car service for kids in the UAE.The Careem Kids service offers parents a dedicated car that comes pre-installed with a child seat, with the option...

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Posted by: Jon Jan 17, 2017 1:09 PM [United States]

Thank you for your attention Aura.

My family, including our 18 month old daughter, loves the service. We use it exclusively in Dubai.

If proper installation of the car seat at all times is properly addressed this will be very much appreciated.

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Ronaldo Mouchawar: How I created Souq.com

Ronaldo Mouchawar is standing at the entrance of Souq.com’s cavernous warehouse in Dubai’s Al Quoz district, getting patted down by one of his own security staff.“There’s always rumours flying around,...

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Posted by: Dissatisfied Jan 17, 2017 9:16 AM [Kuwait]

I agree with all the above. I have been unable to secure refund for returned items. Each time I call the call centre, I get fobbed off with inaccurate information. Courier confirms items have been returned to seller but Souq.com just don't care and keep closing tickets. I have no idea how to make them process the refund they owe me. Awful customer service.

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Fawaz Al Hasawi fails to agree partial sale of Nottingham Forest

Kuwait’s Fawaz Al Hasawi has failed to agree on terms for the partial sale of Nottingham Forest to a US investor.Al Hasawi, who has been in control of the former double European champions since 2012, had...

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Posted by: peppe Jan 16, 2017 7:53 AM [UK]

Fawaz has failed at Nottingham and all would like him to leave check out the #nffc time line on twitter

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Dubai property ads need gov't approval from Sunday, says RERA

All property adverts must be signed off by Dubai’s real estate regulatory department before going live, under new rules that come into force on Sunday.Real estate agents operating across the emirate this...

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Posted by: Toi Holliday Jan 16, 2017 7:54 AM [USA]

Thank you for this very informative update. Does this rule also apply when using Dubai marketplace (websites, social media, newspapers, etc) to advertise property listings located in the USA?

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An opportunity in disguise for Bahrain

If I have learnt anything from 2016, it is that it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen in the next 12 months.That said, while many of the events of the last year were unexpected to say the...

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Posted by: Todd Jan 16, 2017 7:54 AM [US]

Always enjoy travels to Bahrain. Beautiful people and culture.

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