UAE

April 17, 2014

Hotel guests can now be charged a minor fee as of March 31, 2014 (Karim Shaib/AFP)
16:34 GMT

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)
16:09 GMT

Families in Abu Dhabi households reportedly spend an average of $1,498 on landlines and mobile phones while $1,004 is spent on education.

Dubai welcomed 11 million hotel guests in 2013 (File/AFP)
15:09 GMT

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)
09:00 GMT

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)
07:07 GMT

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).
05:00 GMT

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
17:34 GMT

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)
17:19 GMT

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)
14:45 GMT

British comedian Phill Jupitus and the funnymen from "Whose Line is it Anyway?" will be performing in Dubai this April.

Lionel has landed in Dubai (Image courtesy of ahlanlive.com).
13:50 GMT

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)
13:23 GMT

Consumer Confidence grew by 10 percent in 2013 according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

The next two years will see a surge in car sales with a 75 percent hike (File/AFP)
10:39 GMT

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
03:55 GMT

“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.
03:04 GMT

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)
13:00 GMT

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.