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April 11, 2014

Christie was head of Apple's Human interface team whose aim was to make elegant and user-friendly softwares.
17:24 GMT

His team created the iPhone's famous 'slide to unlock; function and the ability to place calls from a contact list, CNET reported.

Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it’s possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.
17:06 GMT

The company says it’s in the process of creating a program to repair or replace the computers, or will refund their purchase price.

Israel collects about $100 million a month in taxes for the Palestinians. It isn’t clear how much would be withheld or for long it would go on.
16:55 GMT

Erekat spoke a day after an Israeli official said Israel would stop the tax money transfers in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties.

In 2013, the company said, the smartphones market imported nearly 1 billion units achieving this great number with Samsung Electronics being number one in the Saudi market.
03:55 GMT

Global sales of the Galaxy S series totaled 200,000,000 units since its introduction.

Ezdan said the Qatar’s fiscal budget for the year 2014 – 2015 gave a “strong impetus” to the real estate sector in particular
03:26 GMT

The report indicates a “recovery” in the Qatar’s real estate market in view of the current construction boom in the country.

April 10, 2014

In 2013, Dubai trade hit Dh1.392 trillion and was the major contributors to Dubai’s GDP
10:55 GMT

Dubai’s foreign trade is expected to touch Dh4 trillion by hosting Expo 2020, Mahmoud Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade, said on day two of the Annual Investment Meeting 2014 in Dubai.

Around 300,000 direct jobs will be created in the UAE by 2020
09:55 GMT

Universities in Dubai are looking to expand their campuses and programmes to equip students with the skills needed for Expo 2020.

Dubai is already one of the world’s biggest hubs for commercial aviation, and it will soon become the biggest
08:55 GMT

Two Swiss adventurers plan to start and end their historic round-the-world flight in a solar aircraft from the UAE.

“People will go for the alternative once they know about it. After developing these three vaccines, we will continue to produce others,” he added.
03:55 GMT

The vaccines that are the focus of local and international scientists and Shariah experts, are meant to treat meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal.

The first three months saw a 10 per cent spike in residential rental rates in prime locations, while off-island homes shot up by 14 per cent.
03:55 GMT

Abu Dhabi’s decision to remove the 5 per cent rental cap was the factor fuelling the increases, much to tenants’ dismay

Among the other problems are a driver's seat defect, steering column problems and an engine starter glitch that posed a fire risk
02:48 GMT

Last month, it reached a deal to pay $1.2 billion to settle US criminal charges that it covered up a sticky pedal blamed for dozens of deaths.

April 9, 2014

EK171 will no longer operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the return flight (EK172), which departs at 0230 the next day, will be cancelled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
17:55 GMT

The Dubai carrier started daily services to Kiev on A340-500 aircraft in January.

The scenario's basic assumptions are a reduction in GDP, a sharp rise in the interest rate, a 20% drop in home prices, and a 12% unemployment rate
17:49 GMT

A recession like the one in 2002 would cause 23,000 families to struggle to meet payments.

The GCC was the largest export destination with total export to the region reaching AED15.8 billion, with Saudi Arabia taking 57 percent of the total GCC export
10:55 GMT

Exports from Dubai to Saudi Arabia crossed AED9 billion in March 2014, according to Dubai Chamber figures.

The plant will support the expansion of the Zubair oil field near Basra
09:55 GMT

Alstom, a global leader in power generation, has secured a contract worth nearly 400 million euros ($549 million) from Eni Iraq BV to build a 740 MW1 Zubair gas-fired power plant, near Basra in southern Iraq.