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September 16, 2014

Shares in Arabtec jumped 3.7 per cent on Monday following a report that its former chief executive Hasan Ismaik had agreed to sell half of his 27.9 per cent stake in the firm to Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments.
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Arabtec "does not have the information" on such a deal, it said in a bourse statement.
ICD is also developing the new Atlantic Hotel and Resort in Sanya city in Hainan Province, China, in cooperation with Kerzner.
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Investment Corp of Dubai (ICD), the UAE emirate's sovereign wealth fund, will be developing a 800-room luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah at a cost of $1.5 billion in partnership with Kerzner International Holdings.
Constituents from Qatar and UAE will be included in the S&P Emerging BMI series for the first time.
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Constituents from Qatar and UAE will be included in the S&P Emerging BMI series for the first time.

September 15, 2014

Also, the most popular university degrees for people in the UAE, according to another report from HSBC, are business and engineering, which are typically more expensive than non-vocational degrees.
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International university education in the UAE is highly expensive, with the country ranking sixth globally in terms of overall costs, according to a new report from HSBC.
Producer D. Ramirez will be mixing things up next month at Zero Gravity. (Image: Facebook)
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British producer D. Ramirez, Krafty Kuts, Michael Woods, Joris Voorn, Danny Howard Jazzie B and Hernan Cattaneo are coming, just to name a few.
Sing it, Sérgio Mendes! (Image: Facebook)
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It's gonna be a seriously jazzed up Abu Dhabi at the festival next year.

September 14, 2014

While remittances to India from the GCC is a given considering the huge Indian population, remittances to other parts of the world is also increasing.
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UAE Exchange, the single largest player in the remittance industry in the GCC, has over six per cent of share in the global remittance market, said a top official.
The tragic shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July, which killed all the 298 people on board, could have been avoided, according to Sir Tim Clark, president of Dubai-based Emirates Airline.
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According to reports, Australia’s Qantas stopped flying over Ukraine months before the tragedy, while Korean Air also claimed that it rerouted cargo and passenger flights in early March.
Since Dubai's 2009 financial crisis, Emaar's retailing business has benefited from a strong rebound in the emirate's economy on the back of a tourism and trade boom.
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Dubai's Emaar Properties is seeking to raise as much as Dh5.8 billion ($1.58 billion) from an initial public offer of shares in its shopping malls unit that is expected to be the Gulf's biggest stock sale since 2008.

Analysts polled by Reuters in April forecast average inflation in the UAE would accelerate to 1.9 per cent in 2014 and 2.5 per cent in 2015 from 1.1 per cent in 2013, which was the highest level since 2009
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The housing and utility costs, which account for almost 44 per cent of consumer expenses, jumped 6.2 per cent year-on-year and 0.4 per cent month-on-month in August.
Jasmin shows off her perfect bikini body on the shores of Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
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What better place to spend your holiday than sunny Dubai? That's exactly where The Only Way is Essex reality TV starlet Jasmin Walia headed for her much-needed vacay last week!
Lady Gaga loved her some henna and hookah. (Image: Instagram)
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The "Applause" hitmaker seriously loved her time in the UAE and was "overwhelmed with kindness". Go Arab hospitality! Yeah!

September 13, 2014

Andy Murray confirms for Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi
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Andy Murray on Wednesday confirmed he will join fellow tennis luminaries Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi between January 1 and 3.

September 11, 2014

Ranked among the world's busiest airports for international travellers, Dubai International has established itself as a major stop on routes between the West and Asia and Australasia.
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Dubai has relaunched an ambitious project to develop its second airport, touted originally as the world's largest, to handle 120 million passengers a year, its airports chief said Monday.

September 10, 2014

Lady Gaga has never been afraid of showing off her flesh, no matter how much of it there might be. (Image courtesy of www.upskt.com)
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After getting slammed on social media for her curvacious figure, the "Bad Romance" hitmaker responded by saying she'd "rather be fat than shallow". We wonder how much Gaga flesh the UAE fans will see tonight!
U.S. pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10 (Karim Sahib/ AFP).
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Emirati Mother Monster fans go gaga as the Lady herself lands at Dubai airport.
An Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on September 22, 2012 (Image courtesy of theatlantic.com).
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Bring on the Bavarians and the beer! Who says you need to be in Germany to party hardy Oktoberfest style?!

September 9, 2014

Swedish House Mafia (Courtesy of Facebook).
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Two-thirds of the Swedish House Mafia are set to round off next month’s Sandance line-up.
Al Tayer praised the strategic partners whose efforts were integral part of the success of the RTA in the successful operation of the Dubai Metro.
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The Dubai Metro will celebrate on Tuesday its fifth anniversary amid very healthy indicators of success in the operational efficiency
Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options.
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The first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. The

September 8, 2014

The emirate is now reviving development plans as its real estate market recovers and its safe haven status in the turbulent Middle East attracts heavy inflows of money.
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The expansion could allow Dubai’s fast-growing flagship carrier Emirates to shift its operations to the new facility by the mid-2020s, airport officials said.

September 7, 2014

Awesome Aussie electropop stars Empire of the Sun (L) will star in Dubai's Sandance music festival (Al Bawaba edit).
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It's on again! Dubai's famed music festival Sandance starts on 10 October 2014.
Lady Gaga poised to storm the UAE September 10, 2014
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With Dubai's concert date upon us, we bring you 10 things you must know about the new 'Queen of Pop' - Emirate monsters take note!
Lauren Goodger says she said no to sharing sheets with a man in Dubai. (Image: Twitter)
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Running away to the UAE after an embarrassing scandal, Celebrity Big Brother house star Lauren Goodger shares what a man in Dubai offered her in exchange for sharing sheets.
The first phase of the project will include the Faculty of Medicine and the Dental College, which exists already.
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The Dubai Healthcare City authority said the university will offer citizens and residents with a host of graduate and postgraduate programmes

September 6, 2014

Lydia Solomon and Gidon Kremer are two international artists coming to play the classics.
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A dozen concerts with musicians from nearly twice as many countries are coming to Abu Dhabi between October and May thanks to Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

September 4, 2014

The UAE ranked first in the world for quality of roads, according to a report prepared by World Economic Forum (Film/AFP)
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The UAE has the best roads in the world in terms of quality, according to the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) for 2014-2015.
Over two million transactions were recorded in H1, a 12.8 per cent rise from 2013 (File)
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Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales increased by 11.5 in H1 and it might have something to do the high passenger traffic in the first half of the year.
Hong Kong is a financial hub for foreign investment (File/AFP)
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The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority joined forces with Invest Hong Kong to increase ties and boost development between both organizations.
The results were carried out by a HSBC UAE Purchasing Managers’ Index survey (File/AFP)
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Non-oil business activity in the UAE expanded in August at the fastest pace on record as the country obtained high points in output and new business.
The Camel Soap Factory makes products from 25 per cent camel milk and olive oil (Image: Flipkart)
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Dubai-based SME, The Camel Soap Factory, is looking to touch in German and Indian markets next year as it continues to expand.
The 11th Dubai International Film Festival asking filmmakers to bring it! (Image: event logo)
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Last year we saw the celebrity likes of Cate Blanchett at the A-list event, and this year should be just as spectacular as filmmakers across the Arab world are in a rush to enter their prized work.

September 3, 2014

For his return to the Middle East, the Hoff will switch from the beach to the cinema to judge the best short films in the Arab Film Studio's annual competition (Courtesy of Facebook).
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David Hasselhoff will be one of 24 judges in the Arab Film Studio's annual amateur short film competition.
Dubai's Public Transport Agency aims to boost marine transport to 1.25 million customers by the end of 2014 (File/AFP)
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The PTA and RTA launched a Dubai Ferry line to increase marine transport around the Emirate, with five long-distance trips.
Throw your hands up in there 'cause Rudimental will be taking the stage at Sandance along with an all-star lineup. (Image: Facebook)
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The exciting lineup is slowly being released for the return of Sandance to Atlantic Beach, The Palm on Friday, October 10.
City Centre Muscat will have 60 new stores and a new dining zone, following the expansion project (Image: Blogspot)
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Leading Dubai developer Majid Al Futtaim announced plans to expand a retail mall in Oman's capital, Muscat, including 60 shopping and dining options.
Siemens aims to increase its presence in the GCC region (Image: Designmena)
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Global tech giant Siemens handed over the Shuweihat S3 power plant in Abu Dhabi to begin commercial operations.
The UAE has emerged as one of the world's leading economies (File/AFP)
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The UAE is jumping the ranks and emerged as the seventh most competitive economy in the world within the short space of a year.
DJ Roger Sanchez will take Dubai's Sensation by storm. (Image courtesy of the DJ's website)
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It's a global event that's gotten countless countries in the groove, and now the first outdoor edition at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai has some major headlining acts, including American DJ Roger Sanchez.