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Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez sports a bikini while doing a handstand in front of a Bugatti in Dubai on Friday, April 18 (Image: Facebook).
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April 18, 2014

The survey also revealed that the main reason for obtaining a loan is to a buy a car
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About 34 per cent of national household heads reported that they continuously changed their mobile phones.

April 17, 2014

“We understand the need for this upgrading work to be done, and we support it wholeheartedly," added Clark.
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Emirates Airline said on Thursday that runway upgrades at Dubai International would cut its revenues by Dh1 billion ($272 million) this year as it has to reduce flights to 41 destinations worldwide.
Hotel guests can now be charged a minor fee as of March 31, 2014 (Karim Shaib/AFP)
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Positive reaction: Dubai's recently imposed fee on hotel guests had no negative feedback according to the head of the city's tourism authority.
Around 34 percent of households said they continuously upgraded their mobile phones (File/AFP)
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Families in Abu Dhabi households reportedly spend an average of $1,498 on landlines and mobile phones while $1,004 is spent on education.
The increase of house prices was a key factor (Getty/AFP)
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Inflation climbed to its highest since 2010, according to data released by National Bureau of Statistics. Housing, utilities and food all contributed to the rise.
Dubai welcomed 11 million hotel guests in 2013 (File/AFP)
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According to a STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, 573 hotels are expected to open across the Middle East and Africa.
Rick's fans are pretty buzzed about having him back in the UAE this month. (Image: Facebook)
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Rapper Rick Ross is making his Abu Dhabi debut at Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s show this April.
Afghan star received the most international attention out of other Afghani TV productions. (Image: Facebook)
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An insight into the Satellite TV world of Afghanistan.
Afghan Star is one of the shows coming out of the Dubai-based satellite channels (Image: Facebook).
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When Afghanistan is mentioned, “satellite TV” is perhaps the last thing on anybody’s mind. Nonetheless, the nascent broadcast media has been up and running in the war-ravaged country since the downfall of the Taliban at the hands of the US in 2001.

April 16, 2014

The growth rate is more than double a recent estimate from the International Air Transport Association, or Iata, that passenger demand will increase 5.8 per cent this year on a global basis
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The national airline of the UAE racked up $1.4 billion in revenues as it transported 3.2 million passengers, higher by over 14 per cent year-on-year
Health authorities say MERS is unlikely to cause an epidemic and people "need not worry" (File/AFP)
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Following the death of a Filipino woman who contracted Mers-Coronavirusm, three new cases have appeared in Abu Dhabi.
Don't miss out on watching those funny men in April! (Image: Madinat Theatre website)
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British comedian Phill Jupitus and the funnymen from "Whose Line is it Anyway?" will be performing in Dubai this April.
Within four years an estimated 65 new housing units will be built in Dubai to keep up with demand (File/AFP)
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Is flat hunting in Dubai as expensive as it seems? Around 17,000 new homes are due to be built this year, with more affordable price tags attached.
Lionel has landed in Dubai (Image courtesy of ahlanlive.com).
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He's got a gig tomorrow night at the Dubai Media City amphitheater, but he's already here, Baby!
Economic situation improving: Confidence grows as lifestyle and family life gets better in Abu Dhabi (File/AFP)
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Consumer Confidence grew by 10 percent in 2013 according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.
Healthcare spending will increase over 16 percent in 2014 (File/AFP)
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Healthcare spending reached just under $17 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow, says a new report by the U.S.-UAE Business Council.
The next two years will see a surge in car sales with a 75 percent hike (File/AFP)
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A new study by consumer group Nielson says that car sales in the Middle East will go up in the next two years.
On average the emirate recorded 7 percent quarter-on-quarter growth for apartment rentals, and a strong year-on-year figure of 38 percent
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“Budget-conscious Dubai residents are now relocating to Sharjah in a flight to affordability,” said John Stevens, managing director, Asteco.
Renewed exports will restore much-needed revenue stream for Libya's weak central government following the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi.
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Libya prepared to resume oil exports Tuesday following a break of more than eight months, after autonomy-seeking rebels agreed to lift their blockade of ports in the country's east.

April 15, 2014

High demand: Halal food imports alone are set to increase to $53.1 billion by 2020 (File/AFP)
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Food, lifestyle and products manufactured under Islamic law are expected to be worth $2.48 trillion in the next four years due to increasing demand and a growing Muslim population.
Carole Samaha spotted out and about in Abu Dhabi on Monday, April 14 (Image: Facebook).
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One hundred charging stations will be installed initially across Dubai in 2014 (File/AFP)
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Charging stations for electric cars will soon pop up all over Dubai to enhance grid efficiency.
Dubai welcomed over 11 millions guests in 2013 (File/AFP)
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Not part of the strategy: Tourism chief says hotels being built in Dubai are not specifically for the World Expo in 2020.

April 14, 2014

SMEs contribute to more than 60 percent of the UAE's gross domestic product (File Archive/Shutterstock)
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New legislation is set to help boost small and medium enterprise development in the emirates, but to what extent will the new policy translate into prosperous growth on the ground?
Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson have heavy hearts without their late co-star, but they are still managing to have a good time filming in Abu Dhabi. (Image: Facebook)
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Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and other cast members have made their way to Abu Dhabi to begin filming the franchise's seventh film. All that's missing is their late co-star Paul Walker.
Dubai International Airport has the most passenger traffic of any airport in the entire world (File Archive)
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Renovations at Dubai's International Airport will force at least eight airlines to move their operations to the emirate's second airport until the overhaul is complete.
“We will focus on the country’s historic strategy, which is to supply international markets with oil, especially the challenges facing the market as well as the future role of the member states of Opec.”
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The UAE is set to raise its production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day aimed at keeping a market balance.

April 13, 2014

Social progress is determined by how society meets the basic human need of its citizens (File/AFP)
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The UAE came 37th in the 2014 Social Progress Index, ranking the top among Middle East countries. What is the Emirate's secret for good development?
Dubai welcomed over 10 million tourists in 2013 (File/AFP)
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Dubai has been nominated in the TripAdvisor Traveller Choice Awards as one of the best places to visit in 2014.
Six Flags Entertainment currently operates 18 parks across the U.S., Mexico and Canada (Getty/AFP)
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U.S. Six Flags brand will open a new theme park in Jebel Ali. The move is set to increase tourism in Dubai and create a bigger business partnership between America and the UAE.
"I come here feel the energy of the ocean and all I think of is my brother..... Were gonna make you proud P-Dubber!!!" - Tyrese Gibson is in Abu Dhabi filming "Fast & Furious 7"
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Bankers are making a bigger effort to improve customer services within UAE banks (File/AFP)
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A senior banker has said customer service within the banking sector is "complex and difficult," but efforts are being made to change this.
Abu Dhabi won the fight for filming location of Star Wars' latest greatest. (Image: Facebook)
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It's time Abu Dhabi to shine the Star Wars light sabers because the UAE capital has been chosen as the filming location for Episode VII!

April 12, 2014

Dima Aljundi is all about being green. (Image: Facebook)
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Things are getting green around Abu Dhabi! As the first-of-its-kind event in the region, the UAE Green Festival hosted an Eco-friendly fashion show that drew in A-listers like Dima Al Jundi.

April 11, 2014

Sixty six people have died from MERS in Saudi Arabia so far (File/AFP)
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Five hospital workers have been placed in quarantine due to a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus outbreak in Al Ain, UAE.

April 10, 2014

In 2013, Dubai trade hit Dh1.392 trillion and was the major contributors to Dubai’s GDP
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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
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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
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Two Swiss adventurers plan to start and end their historic round-the-world flight in a solar aircraft from the UAE.
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.
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Abu Dhabi’s decision to remove the 5 per cent rental cap was the factor fuelling the increases, much to tenants’ dismay

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.
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The Dubai carrier started daily services to Kiev on A340-500 aircraft in January.
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
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Exports from Dubai to Saudi Arabia crossed AED9 billion in March 2014, according to Dubai Chamber figures.
Last year, German exports to the UAE increased by two per cent to more than 10 billion (Dh50.5 billion).
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Head of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) at the German Federal Foreign Office, Dieter W. Haller, on Tuesday expressed his interest in further developing the positive economic partnership between the UAE and Germany.
In the United Arab Emirates, where real estate prices are rising at a fast pace, the award of World Expo 2020 has further strengthened growth prospects
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised the UAE’s 2014 GDP forecast to 4.4 per cent on the back of rising real estate prices and the Expo 2020 win.
The level of bad loans in the UAE is still low compared to other markets
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Non-performing loans (NPL) in the UAE could double in the next few years on the back of growing credit demand and as banks fail to refine their debt collection strategies.

April 8, 2014

Vin Diesel striking a pose in Tunisia. (Image: Facebook)
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Stopping over in Tunisia for a stint, Vin Diesel is on his way to the UAE at last.
The online application serves as a single-window, one-stop shop to view and download smart government services
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The new UAE Smart Government App Store has been highly rated by users since its official launch on March 27.
Apartment rentals recorded a 26 per cent annual gain, while those for villas were slightly muted at 12 per cent
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The upward pressure on Dubai’s residential rents continues to mount even as new homes are getting delivered in higher numbers, in the first three months of this year, rentals were up by 7 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2013.
For the third consecutive year, the United Arab Emirates has been named as the country in which most Arab youth would like to live as well as the country they would most like their own nation to emulate.
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The UAE was ranked as the happiest Arab country and the 17th happiest in the world in the 2013 World Happiness Report, commissioned by the United Nations.

April 7, 2014

Abu Dhabi is witnessing significant retail space development
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Abu Dhabi has 778,000 sq m of new retail space in its development pipeline, placing the UAE capital among the top 20 cities globally for shopping centre development.
Majed at the Mouawad press conference in Dubai. (Image: Facebook)
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Majed Al Mohandes became the new face of luxury jewelry and watches brand Mouawad.
Rents in Dubai and Sharjah have increased by as much as 100 per cent
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With rents in Dubai and Sharjah are on the upward swing, most tenants in the emirates say landlords are using Expo 2020 as an excuse for drastic rent increments.
Dubai is expected to be ranked second after London in terms of gold trade
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The value of gold traded through Dubai stood at $75 billion last year, representing 40 per cent of the world’s physical gold trade.

April 6, 2014

Gold worth a total of $75 billion was moved through Dubai in 2013.
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Dubai become the biggest transit city for gold in the world last year.
One of the visitors at Dubai Comic Con this year. (Image: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News)
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Thousands visit third Dubai Comic Con to pick up comic and sci-fi books, join immersive games, see pop art and meet their favorite characters.
More than 8,092 investors from India notched AED 17,939 billion transactions in Dubai real estate during 2013
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International Property Show (IPS) will have a large Indian participation under the umbrella of the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), a leading real estate body in India.