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March 5, 2015

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
15:38 GMT
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which celebrates its 25th anniversary edition later this month, has been named the top Cross Country Rally in the FIA World Cup.
See Drake up close and personal in Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
09:23 GMT
Drake's Dubai concert is coming up, and now there's a pop-up VIP section available for his biggest (and richest) fans!
Diana King is in the region! (Image: Facebook)
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Diana King is performing tonight in Bahrain and this Saturday in the Emirates, and here's everything you need to about the reggae artist.
Gerard on Hugo Boss' promotional poster for their new fragrance "Boss Bottled." (Image:
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Hollywood's Gerard Butler is promoting Hugo Boss' new fragrance in Dubai, and you might be the lucky fan who gets to meet him!
Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday.
Housemaids from the Phil-ippines, Nepal and India have also been diminishing in the last few years, further restricting housemaid recruitment.
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With Indonesia joining the list of countries that have barred their women from working as housemaids in the UAE, finding domestic help has become a major challenge in the country.

March 4, 2015

Most of them are UAE nationals who manage a number of homegrown businesses in the country.
18:57 GMT
The richest five people in the UAE, with a combined net worth of $21.7 billion (Dh79 billion), have made it to this year’s Forbes World’s Billionaires List.
The devices are anticipated to receive a mixed reaction in the UAE,
18:29 GMT
The much-anticipated devices were launched by the Korean manufacturer ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Diana King rockin' the stage. (Image: Facebook)
15:01 GMT
"I Say a Little Prayer" hit maker Diana King is bringing her reggae singing self to the Emirates.
Apple’s iPhone 5s retained its spot of being the most popular smartphone in the UAE during the fourth quarter of 2014,
14:50 GMT
The report found that between August 1 and December 31, 61 per cent of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were smartphones.
Carlo Ancelotti
00:00 GMT
Carlo Ancelotti will be short-listed to replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager if the Chilean is dismissed at the end of the season.

March 3, 2015

Three British men living in the UAE were arrested for "national security" concerns Tuesday. (AFP/File)
20:28 GMT
Three British men living in the UAE were arrested for "national security" concerns Tuesday.
 Dubai tournament has a very good feel — Chris Kermode
14:11 GMT
The multi-award-winning Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships can show the way for tournaments all over the world, according to ATP Tour Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode.
The popular Indonesian tourist destination welcomed more than 3.7 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2014.
10:45 GMT
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has announced the launch of a new daily service to the island of Bali in Indonesia.
Xandria is ready to bring to the metal to the Middle East. (Image: Facebook)
08:51 GMT
Metal rock band Xandria has got a gig in The Music Room this month.

March 2, 2015

Declining currencies in European countries whose citizens are among the leading buyers of Dubai homes are combining with falling oil prices and a tax on foreign property.
21:22 GMT
Emaar Properties PJSC, the city’s largest developer, reported an 18 percent drop in revenue from property sales last year compared with 2013.
Thirty Seconds to Mars is coming to the Middle East! (Image: Facebook)
15:47 GMT
Juliana Down will open for the Thirty Seconds to Mars concert at the Dubai World Trade Center, but she'll be sharing the stage with someone. #MARSBattleoftheBands competition will determine which lucky group it will be!
Dubai Desert Triathlon logo
13:49 GMT
The third edition of the Dubai Desert Triathlon, to be held on the 13th March, has generated significant excitement within the triathlon and endurance horse riding communities in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.
James Blunt, Sting, and John Legend brought the house down in Dubai.
08:14 GMT
I mean, could a lineup get any hotter?! Dubai was treated three nights in a row of wicked sweet tunes from James Blunt, Sting, John Legend, and many more amazing musicians.

March 1, 2015

“We are on the verge of tremendous change, as both the amount of data available increases and methods for collection are increasingly embedded in modern life,” said Dr DiCerbo.“The key to harnessing this potential is identifying the most effective ways to capture this data and turn it into meaningful information educators can use to assist their students.”
17:10 GMT
The opportunities that online education tools provide in terms of student assessment, engagement and education outcomes was discussed at the recently concluded 2015 Global Education Forum in Dubai, UAE.
Hazem Sharif stars in "The Shadows" (Image: Facebook)
11:06 GMT
Celebrities Nadine Al Assad, Khalid El Sheikh and Hazem Sherif bring on the patriotism, love and peace at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre performance of "The Shadows".
One of the winners of El Beit poetry show took away a staggering 1 million UAE Dirhams home. (Image: Albawaba file)
08:02 GMT
Special Episode ends Season 2 of El Beit show on a highly memorable note.
Titled ‘For Everyone’, the campaign will start from March 1, 2015 and is expected to increase the levels of public engagement in the mega event.
04:55 GMT
Dubai has announced the launch of a massive campaign, consisting of art sculptures and paintings, to increase public awareness about the impact of hosting Expo 2020.

February 28, 2015

Roger Federer
19:42 GMT
Roger Federer set up match point with a second-serve ace, then slammed a winner into the empty corner to win his seventh title at the Dubai Classic on Sunday, 6-3, 7-5 over Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray
18:21 GMT
Britain’s top player Andy Murray is keen to ensure his Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open quarter-final loss to teenager Borna Coric on Thursday will not affect his form going into a crucial Davis Cup tie next week.
Saudi and Qatari embassies moved to the southern port city of Aden earlier this week. (AFP/File)
04:54 GMT
The UAE has decided to reopen its embassy in Aden, rather than Sana'a. The relocation marks the UAE's support for former President Hadi.

February 27, 2015

Damac said the rainforest would be ready by 2019 to coincide with Dubai’s hosting of Expo 2020. It will import many plant species and integrate them into the dome structure.
10:15 GMT
A Dubai developer plans to recreate a tropical rainforest under a dome in the desert sheikhdom, adding to a collection of spectacles that include an indoor ski slope and the world’s tallest building.

February 26, 2015

Using Mashreq’s online platform, customers can upload a photo from their cell phone and receive a credit card with the same photo on the front.
22:24 GMT
The latest came from UAE-based Mashreq, which announced on Thursday the launch of a ‘selfie’ credit card, in a bid to capture younger customers.
Eight in 10 HR professionals also said it is a challenging environment to identify skilled professional-level employees for their organisation.
22:18 GMT
Up to 40 per cent of HR directors plan to recruit staff in the UAE in the first six months of 2015, with their companies set to add new positions, according to a new study.
Flights will be subject to increased safety and security requirements, the regulator said.
21:58 GMT
The United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation regulator has given approval for local carriers to resume flights to Baghdad.
Novak Djokovic
21:41 GMT
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer blew past a pair of hampered opponents on Thursday as three of the leading four seeds reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic.
The bad news, however, is that the majority of the apartments are still offering higher rents compared to 2013.
21:13 GMT
We’ve been hearing for some time that Dubai rents are going to drop by about 5 per cent this year, but new data released by a property consultant on Sunday showed that a few locations have already started to see a slight decline in rates.
The new system of flexibility in approach to bidding allows for interaction between the IOC and potential host bidders prior to the host cities embarking on what has become a highly demanding and expensive two-year process of launching a formal bid.
20:57 GMT
There are growing signs that Dubai may be considering an Olympic bid in the near to medium term.
Borna Coric
15:54 GMT
Andy Murray fell victim to 55 unforced errors as the third seed crumbled in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat with Croatian teenager Borna Coric reaching the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic on Thursday at the Scot's expense.
Vin Diesel has a baby on the way for the third time. (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT
"Furoius 7" star Vin Diesel's wife is giving birth to his third child, so the premiere for the film changed locations from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships logo
11:01 GMT
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has received the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year Award for an unprecedented and remarkable 11th time in 12 years. .

February 25, 2015

Andy Murray
16:32 GMT
World Number Three Andy Murray eased his way past Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in their first round encounter at the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open here on Tuesday.
James Blunt, Sting, John Legend bring their hot jams to the region.
12:58 GMT
This weekend is seriously going to be epic in the Emirates as the Dubai Jazz Festival brings James Blunt, John Legend, and Sting to the stage.
Bahrain and Saudi Arabia registered an increase of 2.6 per cent, followed by Kuwait with an increase of 2.57 per cent, Oman by 0.22 per cent, the UAE by 1.33 per cent.
10:25 GMT
Figures showed an increase in housing and utility prices in all the GCC countries in December last year when compared with 2013 figures.
 Dubai is already a global trade hub, with Dubai International Airport one of the world’s busiest international airports.
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what makes Dubai stand out is the Dubai Smart City initiative, which aims to make Dubai one of the world’s best-connected, smartest, and happiest cities by 2017.
Dubai residential property market also faces the prospects of softening of sales activity due to the new supply following declining sales and rental returns in the second half of 2014,
05:57 GMT
The supply of an estimated 14,000 new residential units in 2015 is expected to soften Dubai’s rents that had soared by up to 65 per cent since 2011.

February 24, 2015

 Eighty nine  percent of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) consider creativity and innovation to be an important part of their life, out of which, 63.3 percent consider it ‘extremely important’,
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Eighty nine percent of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) consider creativity and innovation to be an important part of their life
Whether you’re moving to a new place or returning to your home country, it is important to get a realistic view of regulations that cost you money.
21:10 GMT
It is not uncommon for people to misunderstand the cost of living of a place to which they are relocating, returning or visiting.
At some of the leading shopping destinations, rental increases have shot up by an average 25-30 per cent on lease renewals,
21:00 GMT
With sector sales volumes dipping, new demands are placing an extra burden on them
This spending comes when a declining oil price has put pressure on government spending across the Gulf region.
20:48 GMT
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a combined Dh9.48 billion ($2.58 billion) of defence deals on the first two days of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2015),
Obi Mobiles unveiled its second line-up of smartphones for the UAE market during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2015.
20:37 GMT
Obi Mobiles, co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is among the seven most popular smartphone brands in the UAE market.
Roger Federer
15:50 GMT
World No. 2 Roger Federer showed no signs of rustiness as he produced a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over two-time finalist Mikhail Youzhny before a near-capacity crowd on the opening night of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open late on Monday.
French dance troupe Hey Crew. (Image: Facebook)
08:33 GMT
Less than a month away until the music of Macklemore, Lil Wayne, Avicii and Clean Bandit brings dancers alive from around the globe at the Street Life show March 18-21.

February 23, 2015

Andy Murray
21:34 GMT
Andy Murray admitted he was struggling without his coach Amelie Mauresmo ahead of this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Workers’ trust and confidence in corporate leaders has increased modestly over the past four years, but the number of workers who think top management provides effective leadership overall has slipped slightly.
16:56 GMT
A new study on corporate leadership has revealed that less than half (48 per cent) of employees surveyed in the UAE have trust and confidence in their senior leaders.
Lindsay Instagrammed a picture of her sunbathing in Dubai. (Image: Instagram)
14:25 GMT
Lindsay Lohan admits she likes to learn lessons the hard way, but insists she is ready to lead a more private life.
Roger Federer
14:01 GMT
Former World number one Roger Federer is hoping he can rediscover his form of the last six months of 2014 to stage a serious bid on defending his title at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.
UAE expatriates said companies only need to increase the gratuity provisions so that they will have more savings to look forward to when they retire
12:37 GMT
About eight out of 10 people (83 per cent) in the UAE are now feeling anxious that their gratuity pay won't be sufficient to meet their retirement needs.

February 22, 2015

The impact of tenants choosing to remain in their accommodations rather than relocate to another location has also contributed to the slowdown in the growth of rents, Asteco added
18:40 GMT
Dubai’s residential rents are poised to soften in 2015 due to additional supply entering the market, according to a new report by property consultant Asteco.
Ana Ivanovic
13:40 GMT
Dubai Duty Free, one of the UAE's leading airport retailers, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have re-signed this week global tennis stars Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki as brand ambassadors for Dubai Duty Free.
Visa card holders in Saudi Arabia came in first place in terms of spending, spending $35.18m during the first half of the festival.
11:32 GMT
The company said that Egyptian spending in the first 15 days of the festival amounted to $10.18m, an increase of 52% compared to their spending in the same period last year.
Mikhail Youzhny
08:46 GMT
Two-time semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny will be looking to go at least one better as he makes his 14th successive appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open that starts at the Dubai Tennis Stadium from Monday.
Dubai, whose topography is marked by mostly flat sandy desert and the western Hajar Mountains (Hatta), does not grow its own tea.
04:55 GMT
The desert here may not grow tea commercially, but a factory by the sea in Dubai is en route to having the largest stand-alone tea facility that supplies to the rest of the world,

February 21, 2015

Simona Halep
19:38 GMT
Top-seeded Simona Halep earned the tenth title of her career and made it a Gulf double by capturing the Dubai Open with a tenacious and skilful 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
Roger Federer
18:06 GMT
The defending champion of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships champion Roger Federer surprised guests at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Burj Al Arab on Thursday evening.
The fire was contained and clean up is underway, but it's believed to have been partially stirred by high winds ripping through the buildings highest pitches. (Image:YouTube)
07:20 GMT
Hundreds were evacuated from there homes in Dubai's Torch tower as civil defense workers attempted to quell billowing flames from one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.