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September 2, 2014

The new iPhone will simplify mobile payment by including a special communication chip, along with a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone,
05:56 GMT

Apple plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger,

The statement added that regardless of ownership, whether it is the husband, wife or minors, the property will be taxed.
05:50 GMT

“Incapable citizens” should submit requests to the Real Estate Taxation Authority (RTA).


He said laboratory tests before arrival were “strictly required” by the Labor Ministry for all foreigners coming from West Africa.
05:35 GMT

The Kingdom on Monday stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

September 1, 2014

Expo Centre Sharjah saw a 25 percent rise in visitors for 2014 (File)
11:49 GMT

Expo Centre Sharjah is high in demand for events with a 25 percent rise in visitors for the first half of 2014.

Abu Dhabi has 157 hotels and hotel apartments across the city (Image: Trip Discovery)
08:45 GMT

Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi rose by three points in July while in industry saw a hike in guest arrivals by 26 percent in July, compared to the previous year.

The Starbucks program is currently available in Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt (File/AFP)
08:15 GMT

Global coffee chain Starbucks launched a 'Branded Solutions' scheme, where businesses in the MENA region can supply quality coffee to the workplace.

Phase two of the expansion will include new retail stores spread across 100,000 square feet over two floors (File)
07:41 GMT

Organizers have launched the second phase of expansion for Dubai Festival City. The large-scale refurbishment program started in 2014.

Gulf Air made redundant over 25 percent of staff in 2013, but promised no more job cuts (Image: Gulf Air)
07:17 GMT

Bahrain's national airline has cut year-on-year losses by 30 percent and increased overall revenue by 10 percent in H1, according to a report by Gulf Daily News.

The Saudi Ministry of Housing has rejected more than 300,000 applications for housing, while accepting more than 620,000 applications deemed eligible for the housing aid.
04:55 GMT

The shunned applicants argued that most of the rules by the Ministry of Housing are not clear.

The company responded to the campaigners by pointing out that the term “Turkish” is referred to the method of grinding the beans.
04:55 GMT

A group of Israelis on Facebook are calling on local supply chain Strauss to rename its brand of Turkish coffee, saying that the product should not be sold in Israel under a name that refers to Turkey.

Incidents of sexual assault  have harmed Egypt’s tourism reputation recently, said head of the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism, Ilhamy Zayat.
00:42 GMT

The Chamber of Hotels will meet this week to study Ministry of Tourism resolutions to confront sexual harassment and assault in the tourism sector.

August 31, 2014

As of yet, says Emirates NBD, there are few details on which projects will be included in the new investment plan, or which sectors Algiers intends to target.
15:18 GMT

The Algerian government announced a new five-year investment programme last week, and is aiming to spend $262 billion between 2015-2019 in an effort to diversify its economy.

Qantas Group declared a before tax loss of 642 million Australian dollars (Dh2.2 billion) and a statutory after tax loss.
14:33 GMT

“People who once flew on Qantas operated aircraft who suddenly fly on the Emirates operated aircraft are seeing a big improvement in quality. Instead of booking on the Qantas website they are now just jumping on the Emirates website.”

Hotel occupancy in Dubai slid by 4.6 percent in July (File/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Dubai's hotel sector barely managed to break even in July. Occupancy levels slid by 4.6 percent due to a summer slowdown including the month of Ramadan.

Flydubai will launch three new routes to East Africa in September (File/AFP)
10:38 GMT

Flydubai added three new routes to East Africa, which will be launched in September making it the first Emirati carrier to fly to Rwanda and Burundi.