December 16, 2013
Counties looking to get the most jet for their money look onward to the Dubai Air Show as Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter shows up in a big way.
Four members of a bomb disposal crew were killed on their way to a blast site after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
Bacary Sagna is free to discuss terms with clubs from abroad in January, as his contract runs out in just over six months. He is widely tipped to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, but his latest interview appears to suggest that he may leave as early as in January.
At any rate, it seems that reality as politicians see it is somewhat different from reality as economists see it.
The bank, established in 1974 by a treaty signed by Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Oman and the UAE, is exempt from many Egyptian laws.
The ICRC coordinated a meetup for six gulf states to address humanitarian law issues pertaining to military programs in the region. It is the first time representatives from each country have met to discuss the issues.
After a stunning two goal performance by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in a 5-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, injured Red’s captain Steven Gerrard made some interesting, but very real comments about the Uruguayan star and his future at Anfield.
Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima became the first Angel to promote the US brand's lingerie in Dubai.
The turnover of equities jumped 93 per cent compared to a year ago to $114 billion, said Mubasher Trade in a press statement
We know Angham for the prestigious singer she is, and Donia Samir Ghanem for her highly successful attempt at singing for the first time. But, who do we crown as the singer on top?
If one is trying to avoid being snatched and held for ransom, their chances are better in Syria than they are in Lebanon- go figure; Saudi activist to be flogged; Fact: Lebanese people will give clothes to poor; and 150 Sudanese refugees rebel in Israel.
Managerless Tottenham have been pitted against Dnipro while Porto travel to Eintracht Frankfurt and Fiorentina face Esbjerg
The United Nations is seeking $6.5 billion for 16 million people that have been affected by the conflict in Syria.
Andre Villas-Boas admitted that he is fighting to save his job after Sunday's humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool but insisted that he will not resign as Tottenham Hotspur manager, according to reports.
Italy has agreed to allow vessels carrying Syrian chemical weapons to use one of its ports to carry out the weapons destruction at sea.
Elsewhere there's a reunion for Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid take on Schalke and Manchester United draw Olympiakos at the round of 16 stage
Jerusalem was still "snowed-in" Monday, with many residents still without power due to last week's blizzard, and Gazans are still under water.
Hani Jarjis' new film "Jarsunirah" promises an original plot and a non-seductive Ghada Abdel Razek. Could it be true?
Jordan's economy is suffering, ensuring that its economic growth rate will not exceed three percent. Is Gulf Aid the country's economic remedy, or what else needs to be done for Jordan to be economically healthy again?
The month of May, 2014 will bring us more than warmer weather to get excited about if you're heavy metal maniac! Black Sabbath, the band headed by reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne, have a May 29th concert scheduled to rock our socks off!
Bahrain's economy grew 4.6 percent over the past year based on third quarter data.
Set in the era of the French occupation of Syria, "Touq Al Banat" (The Girls Necklace) stars Suzan Najm Al Din as a diplomatic French woman.
Coming clean after a parliamentarian probing? Consortium for Kuwait's historic desalination facility revealed
A special company was established for the project in which the winning consortium has a stake of 40 percent and the government holds 10 percent, while 50 percent is to be distributed to citizens as free shares
She's a woman who generally knows what she wants, but when it comes to deciding whether to star in "The Bermuda Triangle", she's holding out to see who else will join the cast of characters first.
Turkey signed an agreement with the European Union Monday that allows EU governments to deport illegal immigrants in EU coming from Turkey back to Turkey.
No rest for the wicked: Haifa Wehbe shoots off to Beirut to film new series (starring same cast as Ghada Razek's "Hayat's Story")
Haifa Wehbe has just completed filming scenes for her new movie in Cairo, but she's taking no time off to relax and is headed straight to Beirut for more work.
Saudi Arabia is investing in renewable energy research to create more job opportunities under its Saudization process.
With a rich cultural history and politics that move so fast they'll give you whiplash, it's no wonder that the Arab people have been a mystery to those trying to understand them for years - even Arabs themselves will admit that "understanding Arabs" is a tricky business. Fear not! Don your best David Attenborough impression and get ready for an anthropological journey....Al Bawaba is here to give you some handy hacks on how to decipher the Middle Eastern mind!
One-way tickets between Dubai and Manila are going for a whopping $27 this holiday season!
Newlywed songstress Carole Samaha has proved she's definitely fully recovered from her serious injury as she grooved her way across the dance floor, singing up a storm, on set the Dancing With The Stars television show.
Cleaning up their act, or just getting their hands dirtier? New GCC domestic worker law hoped to take effect next year
Bahrain will implement a unified GCC labor law to regulate domestic workers starting next year, and other GCC countries are expected to follow suit.
Eva Longoria hosted a charity gala in Dubai to fundraise money for women and children in need.
Yemen's parliament has officially passed a law that bans drone strikes following last week's drone attack in Bayda that killed 17 people, most of whom were civilians.
Suicide bomb attacks throughout Iraq--in Baiji and Baghdad-have left at least 17 people dead thus far.
Let's hope Egypt's constitution has more legs than its 'foreign' photoshopped "All Egyptians" banner!
Egypt's constitution committee became the heart of jokes this week when it displayed a banner at its "All Egyptians Constitution" Conference not only because the banner was misspelled, but also because three out of the five people pictured on the banner are not Egyptians as the committee's message claimed, but rather photo-shopped foreigners.
His amazing portrayal of Lawrence may or may not have been Peter O’Toole’s greatest achievement, but it was certainly his finest film; the snow on the Sphinx a big hoax; and the storm brings equality to Palestine for one day.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters late Sunday that he expects the US to resume non-lethal aid shipments to Syria "very quickly."
Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate brokerage agency, is setting up an office in Dubai, entering the market at the right time to catch up with the growing potential of the emirate’s realty sector,
An electrician attacked a co-worker with an iron pipe this week in Dubai after his boss refused to allow him to take an early midday break.
Recent studies reveal that total investments in the plastics sector in Saudi Arabia have reached $50 billion, affirming the strength of the market.
At least 37 people have now died from regime air raids on Syria's Aleppo Sunday. Two representatives from Syria's Islamist rebel group faction also told reporters that proposed meetings between their coalition and the United States are false.
Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.
Wayne Rooney's representatives are ready to thrash out a bumper new deal with Manchester United, according to reports.
UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.
Qatar is expected to show the strongest medium term growth.
Iran has suspended a USD 250 million loan to Pakistan to build part of a pipeline project for importing natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
The Four Seasons Hotel in the Syrian capital Damascus is one example. Located in the very heart of the city center, the five-star hotel has not been subjected to direct attack during the three year long civil war.
National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is participating in a consortium of international banks to arrange a loan of $1.43 billion to finance the first phase of the Az-Zour North Power and Desalination Project in Kuwait.
It is claimed that due to Egypt's crackdown on Gaza's now famous tunnels the economy is losing $230 million per month.
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SNTTA Cargo, the logistics division of Liberty Investment Co, (LIC), the holding company of the Liberty Group.
After what Netanyahu claims to be "too costly" of a trip for Israel leaders to attend Mandela's memorial service, Israel is looking out for it's next big toy, it's very own Air Force One.
After what looked like an attempt to cross the Lebanon-Israeli border, a Lebanese soldier fired on and killed and Israeli soldier.
December 15, 2013
Following Germany's step in September to lift its travel warning on Egypt, more than two dozen other countries have followed suit, bringing hope that Egypt's much needed tourism sector will rise again.
After suffering illness, well known actor, Peter O'Toole died in London at the age of 81.
The death toll for journalists in Iraq has increased after another media figure was killed in Mosul. This time, a female TV presenter was shot in the Northern Iraq.
Oscar-nominated actor Peter O’Toole has passed away on Saturday.
After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.
The latest measure by Emaar banning estate agents from reselling homes before completion is one of the many steps Dubai has taken this year to tighten up on flipping.
In case you haven't heard, there were some controversial changes to the Formula One rulebook made recently, adding things like double points for the season-ending race and the ability for each driver to choose their own number (previously, a driver's finishing position in the previous season was used).
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an army colonel in the restive eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said Sunday.
On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.
As per the agreement, both companies will conduct geological and geophysical studies upon which exploration wells will be proposed for drilling during the exploration period.
The Nerazzurri are expected to spend big during the winter transfer window and the club captain's dream is to be joined at Appiano Gentile by "the best" player in the world
The survey found that the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, is currently the most expensive place in the world for expatriates, but where do Arab states stand?
Access to oil revenue is at the root of the current power struggles that have shut down production, Oxford Analytica observed.
The fueling process has begun at Gazas only power plant after seven weeks of shut down due to extreme weather in the region.
"When tourists, traders and other expo visitors fly down to Dubai from across the world, they will be fittingly greeted with the floral logo of Expo 2020 and welcome notes with plants at various places."
Tottenham and Liverpool both are on the back of two wins on the bounce and the Reds will head to London with great confidence despite the loss of Steven Gerrard for the next month.
Arsenal are set to make Antonio Sanabria their first signing of the January transfer window after agreeing a 300,000-pound deal for the Barcelona striker, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho has said he expects David Luiz to stay at Chelsea in January despite fresh talk linking him with Barcelona, according to reports.
Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.
Best performer and best music video were the nominations received by ostentatious celebrity Myriam Fares at the OTV music awards.
As turmoil continues to plague the region, with the governments of Gulf Cooperation Council states still advising their nationals against travel to Lebanon, and the country still in the grips of an economic downturn, merry is not how merchants would describe this Christmas season.
As a winter storm sweeping the Middle East begins to recede on Sunday, the countries affected are counting the costs of the damage snowstorm Alexa has caused.
Some good news for once for the Syrian refugees living in Northern Lebanon. A civilian initiative showed that they have not forgotten the homeless among them; Christian militias or extremists? and Fargam the monkey makes Iranian space history.
Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to continuing negotiations with world powers despite the United States' recent "unsuitable actions."
Saber Rebai is mourning the sad death of his father after a long battle with cancer.
Dubai’s hosting of the World Expo will be a major catalyst for the remittance market, as it will attract more expatriates into the country and drive the GDP.
For the last three days, historical snowfall Alexa has battered the Middle East, blanketing the region in frosty layers of white. Click through the slideshow to see how Alexa brought surprise, joy as well as despair to families throughout the Levant.
OTV has made a winner out of Nawal Al Zoghbi. The "Gharibi Hal Denyi" (Strange World) singer received award for 2013 best song and clip at the network's ceremony, Friday, December 13th.
French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala is in hot water for insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust.
The con-artist comedy set in the '70s was the last film seen by Dubai International Film Festival attendees last week, but with so many award nominations, millions of additional viewers will surely enjoy watching Christian Bale and David O. Russell tag team for the second time.
Egypt’s upcoming constitutional referendum is the country’s “biggest challenge” since July 30 overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Saturday.
The 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) began with the Palestinian feature film Omar, but it looked to Hollywood’s major Oscar hopeful to call it a wrap.
The changing global crude outlook is manifesting itself in more than one way.
A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday.
It's out, Beirut, so grab your copy now of the December edition of Jamalouki magazine, guest-edited by our very own Elissa!
Duraid Lahham has seriously insulted superstar Asala Nasri in an interview where he claimed not knowing who she was!
Al Islami Foods, the leading halal food company in the Middle East, will soon be establishing a permanent presence in Russia, Azerbaijan and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
A history lesson for Tunisia: what Tunis can learn from South Africa to govern its own political future
Tunisia and the MENA region could learn a lot from South Africa's transition from an apartheid state to a multicultural society for its own political-and economic-future.
Singer/actress Cyrine Abdelnour keeps on going from strength to strength and is now taking on TV presenting as her latest career project.
Oh how so many need a break from reality! Walter Mitty teaches the world how to engage in some first-class fantasy fun-fare! Santa's sleigh to miss Syria; use Egypt's mosques for shelter, please! and Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs.
After denying they knew the whereabouts of missing FBI agent Robert Levinson, Iran has also asked the U.S. for more information on the mission Levinson was completing on Iranian territory when he went missing.
Rebel sources told reporters this weekend that Syria's Islamic Front will meet with US officials in Turkeys over the upcoming days.
The wife of an American pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year spoke before a House subcommittee on foreign affairs Thursday in the hopes he could soon be freed.
Jordanian businessman Ziad Manasir was recently listed among the world’s top billionaires by Forbes Magazine.
Supporters of Egyptian Army Chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi have accused TIME magazine of bias and "false democracy" after Pope Francis beat Sisi to the post for "Person of the Year".
Israel told reporters Saturday that it will ease its fuel blockade on Gaza and allow 450,000 liters of diesel into the territory amidst heavy flooding that has forced more than 4,000 families to evacuate their homes.
Tunisia's leading Ennahda party and the major opposition parties on Saturday agreed to elect Mehdi Jomaa, the Minister of Industry, as Tunisia's interim prime minister.
France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters this weekend that his country is "pessimistic" over the proposed Geneva II talks to end the crisis in Syria.