UAE

March 27, 2014

Dubai hopes to welcome 20 million visitors annually by the year 2020 (Shutterstock)
08:59 GMT

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce announced this week that it is on track to reach one of its key Dubai Vision 2020 objectives: to attract 20 million tourists annually.

As he worked on the show, Mahmoud Obaidi was reminded of the political propaganda he grew up with in Baathist Iraq. (Image: Gulf News)
07:00 GMT

The Iraqi-Canadian artist shows propaganda in action — how leaders piece together a larger-than-life image of themselves and develop a following.

Around 91 per cent of UAE residents strongly believe that the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai will push up the cost of living across the country, according to a new survey by Insight Discovery.
23:53 GMT

Out of 1000 residents polled, around 16 per cent of the respondents said they doubted if the event would deliver any benefits once it is over.

March 26, 2014

Dubai recorded 1.8 million more passengers than Heathrow in January and February this year (File Archive)
13:00 GMT

Based on passenger records from the first two months of 2014, Dubai International Airport has outpaced Heathrow to top the list of the world's busiest airports.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be sharing the stage with Wiley on April 25 in Abu Dhabi.
12:00 GMT

We're just whiling away the time until we see UK chart-topper Wiley on stage at du Arena the same night that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will make musical magic happen on April 25.

Renee and Sara were real crowd-pleasers during their performance at the Abu Dhabi Festival. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
10:08 GMT

Opera-enthusiasts were treated to a magical evening by American soprano Renee Fleming and a duet with the UAE's first opera singer Sara Al Qaiwani at the Abu Dhabi Festival this week.

Banking has been a pioneer in this area and mobile banking is leading among many expatriates
09:55 GMT

Adoption of mobile banking is gaining traction in the UAE and it is expected to grow further with Dubai’s mobile initiative.

One of the acrobatic acts at the Dub Fest Street Festival in Dubai this week. (Image: Al Ghurair Centre)
09:19 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed the first few days of Dubai's Dub Fest Street Festival this week.

Strict air quality regulations were introduced in 2008 to stop quarries from generating pollutants, including dust and toxins,.
03:55 GMT

The bill would hold authorities responsible for regular monitoring of environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction and for suggesting solutions for any threats to the environment

March 25, 2014

Etihad will now have a 49 per cent stake in Air Serbia (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

Etihad Airways has received government and regulatory approval to move forward with its partnership deal with airline Air Serbia.

The overall tourism strategy for Dubai is to double the number of visitors into the emirate between 2012 and 2020
08:58 GMT

While the business tourism sector currently accounts for 20 per cent of tourism in Dubai, experts project it will grow at the same pace as tourism in the emirate.

A Syrian flag (C) is displayed next to the empty Syrian seat during the opening session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kuwait City on March 23, 2014 ahead of the annual Arab League summit. (AFP)
08:02 GMT

As the Arab Summit kicks off in Kuwait Tuesday, the ongoing Syrian conflict is expected to take centre stage of the talks whilst an ongoing spat between Gulf states over Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is likely to stay off the agenda.

'No excuse' with title in Man City's hands, says Zabaleta
23:53 GMT

If they win all of their games in hand, Manuel Pellegrini's men would overtake Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table and the Argentine calls for his side to focus

March 24, 2014

Zayed Sports City Stadium
15:45 GMT

United Arab Emirates' (UAE) sports and entertainment venue Zayed Sports City Monday announced a 12% growth in revenue and 20% rise in visitors to 1.2 million for the year 2013.

Kings of Leon are on the Mechanical Bull World Tour 2014.
15:10 GMT

"Use Somebody" right now to get your tickets to one of the hottest concerts of the year in Dubai. No, seriously, it's gonna be majorly hot in the UAE on May 28 for the Live @ Atlantis concert.