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July 30, 2014

A Dh5,000 fine will be imposed on those who misuse the residency system or submit bogus reports to the residency departments across the country.
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The new measures will include the issuing of a new array of entry permits and visas, such as multiple entry permits for visit or work; the activation of study visas, and entry permits for medical care and attending conferences.
The UAE capital is luring producers with juicy bait – the Abu Dhabi Film Commission offers first international projects a 30 per cent cash-back rebate on productions.
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Abu Dhabi has been focusing on growing its media industry in the past few years – as part of its diversification away from an oil economy.

July 27, 2014

Hussain tried to hold in his tears while visiting the children affected by war in Gaza. (Image: Facebook)
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UAE singer Hussain al Jasmi flew into Gaza this week to support its children of war with the Red Crescent.

July 24, 2014

Dubai International saw a rise in passenger traffic despite a runaway refurbishment programme earlier this year (File/AFP)
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Good news in time for Eid! Dubai International's passenger traffic has already topped expectations and is up by 6.2 percent in the first half of 2014.
Emirates NBD profits were helped by revenue growth in Retail Banking & Wealth Management, along with the Islamic banking subsidiary, Emirates Islamic (File/AFP)
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The UAE's largest bank, Emirates NBD, reported a net profit growth of 30 percent for the first half of the year.
Majid Al Futtaim is one of the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneers in the Middle East (File/AFP)
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Major retailer Majid Al Futtaim reported a 14 percent increase in revenue for the first half of the year, compared to 2013.
The low-cost airline will launch direct flights to Mumbai starting October 28 (Image: flydubai)
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Low-cost airline flydubai announced a direct route to India's Mumbai, starting in late October. The carrier will also increase its flights to Delhi to five weekly.
The Dubai Real Estate market has become the focus of attention for an increasing number of investors from around the world
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The launch of mega projects and renewed investor confidence have boosted real estate transactions in Dubai to Dh113 billion for the first half of the year
In the third quarter, Apple made a net profit of $7.75 billion and revenue of $37.4 billion, fuelled by healthy sales of Mac and iPhone
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Consumer electronics giant Apple expects revenues to be flat in the fiscal fourth quarter ending September and predicts revenue to be between $37 billion and $40 billion.
ADPC’s commercial ports handled 6.4 million freight tonnes (FT) of general cargo in the first half of this year
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General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial ports increased by 37 per cent this year.

July 23, 2014

More than 65 percent of those participating in the survey said mobile banking is an important trend for the future (File/AFP)
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The UAE is now ranked as one of the top three countries in the world's online banking sector, according to a technology study. Will it be virtual banking for all in the future?
Dubai's airport handled 29.6 million passengers in the first five months of 2014 (File/AFP)
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Dubai International Airport is expected to be the world's busiest airpot in 2014, beating London's Heathrow with a 9.2 percent rise in passengers.
Consumer confidence in UAE has dropped amid fears over rising rents
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Many UAE consumers are spending less than they used to due to concerns about rising rents and living standards, findings of a new study suggest.
The Dubai Metro commuters will be able to avail its services for longer hours during the Eid Al Fitr holidays
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Trains on the red line will begin at 5:30 am on Monday (July 28), Tuesday and Wednesday, and end at 1:00 am the next day. Green line trains will begin at 5:50 am, with other timings remaining the same.
The profit gains add to RAK Petroleum's fifth consecutive year of profitability (File/AFP)
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Leading energy investment company, RAK Petroleum Public Company, posted $15.81 million net profit since December 2013, marking a fifth year of increased gains.
It is the sixth successive quarter of increases in sales prices for residential units, with a 7 percent rise over the April-June period
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Sales prices in Abu Dhabi’s residential property sector have increased by average of 17 percent in the first half of 2014, according to JLL.
The department store will be the largest in the GCC region (Image: Aldar Properties)
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Aldar Properties will join forces with Chalhoub Group to create the regions biggest department store in Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall.
The luxury hotel chain will open a branch in Dubai's Jumeirah Beach later this year (File)
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Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach is aiming to open on December 1, the hotel chain announced.
Over 300 investors from across the globe visited Damac venues across the UAE (File)
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Leading housing developer Damac Properties announced that all units from the luxury Loretto project sold out in one evening.

July 22, 2014

A Palestinian man carrying UN-supplied aid. Up to 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
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The United Nations sent 115 metric tonnes of aid comprising mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits from Dubai to Amman on Monday for onward distribution to families in Gaza displaced by Israel's military offensive.
The UAE wants Al Jazeera to apologize for allegedly publishing fabricated news that the UAE´s foreign minister offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza (Shutterstock).
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash has demanded that news network Al Jazeera apologize for publishing fabricated news that the UAE offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza.

July 21, 2014

In the long-term, the project will see parks have playing equipment installed for children with special-needs.
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Dubai Municipality has announced plans to make parks in the emirate more disabled-friendly by 2016.
Other powerhouses in Dubai also crashed.
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Arabtec was suspended from trade on Thursday due to ambiguity on share ownership by Aabar Investments.

July 20, 2014

Dubai One will be re-launched on Sunday September 14, according to the statement on the DMI website.
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Dubai One, the Dubai government-owned English-language television channel, confirmed on Friday it is no longer producing content locally.
Shaikh Zayed Road is one of Dubai’s biggest highways, with six lanes in each direction.
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The flow of traffic on the busiest highway in Dubai will not be impacted and the number of lanes will be kept the same, the RTA has said.

July 17, 2014

Despite their recent upgrade to the more mainstream emerging market league, UAE and Qatar are considered risky enough by many investors that they still treat them like frontier markets.
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Erratic price moves, difficulties of accessing the market, and deep political risks, alongside strong growth, are common characteristics of frontier markets
Yara is well-known for her simple and conservative elegance. (Image: Facebook)
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Being beautiful, elegant and conservative has paid off for Yara who's been appointed as the ambassador of fashion house "Miss Bella."
The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.
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Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitious trip to Mar