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August 28, 2014

CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resorts, Imad Darwish, said there is a greater need of hotels ahead of Dubai Expo 2020 (Image: File)
11:55 GMT
Jannah Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand across the UAE by introducing more apartment hotels and brands to the company.
Number plates in Dubai haven’t changed for decades
11:55 GMT
Vehicles registered in Dubai will soon have number plates with new designs as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is working on plans to replace the existing designs and colours.
Shayne Nelson said that the UAE attracted safe investments from the likes of Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
10:22 GMT
With turmoil continuing in the Middle East, the UAE has been the safe haven for many people in terms of property and flights, according to a senior banker.
Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to host up to 300,000 visitors during peak time (Image: Khaleej Times)
06:58 GMT
Planning for Dubai Expo 2020 has entered the next phase, organizers said in a statement Wednesday.

August 27, 2014

Residential rents dropped by 2.9 percent in the first half of 2014 (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
Dubai residential rents have dropped slightly in the first half of 2014 by 2.0 percent according to a recent report from the Phidar's House Price Index.
The new Geant supermarket will be the biggest in Abu Dhabi (Image: Geant)
11:30 GMT
Aldar Properties announced another significant phase in the pre-opening of the widely anticipated Yas Mall, due to launch in November 2014.
The completion of the refurbishment is set for 2016 (Image: MAF)
09:12 GMT
Mall of the Emirates has entered the second phase of a major refurbishment plan, carried out by leading developer, Majid Al Futtiam (MAF).
The project is due to be completed in late 2015 (Image: Tecom Investments)
07:50 GMT
Tecom Investments launched a new 440-villa project close to its DuBiotech business park in Dubai, due for completion in Q4, 2015, according to the National.
MAF Properties aims to double its business to $12 billion by 2018 (Image: Gulf Business)
07:29 GMT
Majid Al Futtaim Properties' success is continuing to grow with 17 operational malls across the MENA region. CEO George Kostas talks about how he runs the company so successfully.
Dubai’s households spend between Dh37,000 and Dh85,000 each year
06:24 GMT
Dubai’s impressive average spending power of Dh53,000 ($14,400) per household per year has seen the retail sector riding a wave of growth to reach record figures, a report said.

August 26, 2014

The air strikes were against Islamic militias near Tripoli. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
Air strikes by Egypt and the UAE were launched against anti-government militias in Libya last week, senior U.S. officials revealed.
Lucas Podolski
14:19 GMT
The Arsenal manager has been forced to re-think the German's future ahead of Wednesday's clash with Besiktas after Olivier Giroud was ruled out for 10 weeks with a foot injury
Adnoc will take over 75 service stations in agreement with Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Image: Znews)
11:42 GMT
Abu Dhabi's Adnoc Distribution has bought 34 Emarat service stations and a fuel depot in Sharjah.
A happy worker is a hard worker: Investing in employees means they'll do a better job (File/AFP)
09:09 GMT
While the UAE's GDP growth rate is above five percent, more job opportunities are emerging. This is why it is vital to keep employees happy.
A 5.6 percent increase in growth this year could be good news for Dubai (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Dubai could be headed for some optimism in the future with a 5.6 percent rise in growth if the economy continues to say vibrant and healthy.
Almost 60,000 Chinese tourists checked into Abu Dhabi hotels in H1, an increase of 189 percent from the previous year (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT
Abu Dhabi has seen a huge rise in Chinese visitors in H1 according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority following a Chinese Visitor Summit in the Emirate.
CEO of Emirates NBD, Shayne Nelson, said in-market mergers  work better monetarily (File/AFP)
07:31 GMT
It's getting too crowded in the UAE banking sector with too many lenders competing with one another to please a small population, according to a senior banker.

August 25, 2014

Gary poses with his "Since I Saw You Last" tour DVD! (Image: Facebook)
13:34 GMT
Take That frontman Gary Barlow to close his "Since I Saw You Last" tour in the UAE.
The Specialist Services deal follows a previous project triumph for the same development by Leighton Offshore (File/AFP)
12:42 GMT
Dubai's Specialist Services won a contract from Petrofac to build local equipment and control rooms for its Island Surface Facilities Project.
Around 607 apartments will be leased out at the Gate Towers development on Al Reem Island (Image: Urbanarches)
08:41 GMT
Abu Dhabi's leading property development company, Aldar Properties, secured a bulk deal to lease 607 apartments to hospital employees working for a medical clinic.
CEO of Dubai Chamber, Hamad Buamim, said the "future of business is very promising" in Africa (Image: Wikipedia)
08:22 GMT
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has joined forces with the Economist Intelligence Unit to check out Sub-Saharan Africa for potential for investment.
Hotel revenues went up by 10.9 percent in the first half 2014 (File)
07:31 GMT
Dubai's hotel industry welcomed over 5.8 million tourists in the first half of the year with revenues reaching £3.18 billion, up by 10.9 percent.
FM contracts are becoming more integrated, more metric-based, and crucially, longer in duration
07:08 GMT
Facilities Management (FM) services contracts in the UAE could be valued at approximately AED20 billion per annum by next year, according to G4S, a leading global security and outsourcing group in UAE.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad bought the 33.3 percent stake in Darwin Airline last November (File/AFP)
07:01 GMT
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways welcomed a review process by Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviation regarding a deal to buy 33.3 percent of Swiss carrier, Darwin Airline.
Dubai’s top 10 tourism source markets remained for the most part unchanged compared to the previous year
06:48 GMT
Saudi Arabia continued to be Dubai’s primary source market as more than 5.8 million tourists stayed in Dubai hotels during the first half of 2014.
The tour also included a discussion of Masdar City’s role in advancing renewable energy adoption globally
06:23 GMT
The UAE and India are expected to enhance their co-operation in the field of renewable energy and sustainability.

August 24, 2014

Etihad now has until September 30 to make the necessary changes to its agreement for it to take the 33.3 per cent stake in the airline.
21:22 GMT
Foca said last week that the current agreement can lead to Etihad controlling Darwin and would be incompatible with statutory provisions.
Depending on the legal form of your company, you and your business partners may need to draft and sign a Memorandum of Association (MOA).
04:55 GMT
The UAE is one of the world’s easiest places to do business in, according to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report for 2014.

August 22, 2014

President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan announced Tuesday new plans to introduce harsher punishments for terrorism charges. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
United Arab Emirates announced Thursday a harsher set of anti-terrorism laws amid global fears of Islamic extremism.

August 21, 2014

Sheika Fatima also urged Emirati youth to be rational towards wedding expenditure, saying that overspending often leads to negative effects on family stability.
23:18 GMT
“Mass weddings aim to reduce the expenses of weddings and lift wedding cost pressures from young people and their parents. They also encourage young men to marry early and start building a stable and cohesive family,” she added.
“I would still go because I know those places and I know what to wear when going to them,” she said.
15:27 GMT
An attached map singled out Edgware Road, the area between Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road, and the Oxford Circus and Bond Street area.

August 20, 2014

This new service gives customers the ability to withdraw cash and send money to their friends, family or anyone in the UAE instantly using their mobile phone, even if the recipient does not have a bank account.
20:23 GMT
This new service gives customers the ability to withdraw cash and send money to their friends, family or anyone in the UAE instantly using their mobile phone, even if the recipient does not have a bank account.
“The market is finally showing real signs of recovery and prospective growth suggesting that the construction market will remain strong this year,” he added.
19:55 GMT
Megaprojects in the pipeline and the ramping up of social infrastructure spend is boosting the market, says new report.
Kid Ink will perform for a crowd in the UAE soon! (Image: Facebook)
07:00 GMT
Despite his issues with disturbing the peace, the notorious American rapper is headed our way.
Less CGI, more real deal will be the name of the game for the next Episodes.
04:19 GMT
Star Wars: Episode VII will be a little more old school, it seems.

August 19, 2014

dBridge will be at the helm of Casa Latina on September 18th. (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT
A favourite of Exit Records, the DJ-producer is coming to our corner of the world.
A hospitable city, artificial beaches, some of the best hotels 
in the world and affordable treatment for a range of ailments is what new Dubai is now about.
04:55 GMT
From VIP packages to the most affordable ones, the packages will cover wellness and seven areas of treatment such as orthopaedic and sports medicine.

August 18, 2014

Lagging behind the Saudis, Qatari citizens captured 23 percent of the GCC property investments in Dubai, followed by the Kuwaitis (13 percent), the Omanis (7 percent) and the Bahrainis (4 percent)
11:26 GMT
Citizens of the UAE captured the highest portion of property investments in Dubai valued at more than AED12.5 billion ($3.5), the DLD report said.

August 17, 2014

The inspectors conducted a comprehensive survey on the tea sales in Abu Dhabi.
20:18 GMT
The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has confirmed the safety of Lipton tea products in Abu Dhabi markets, following the circulation of rumours through YouTube, alleging the existence of hallucination pills in the company’s products.