Category Archives: U Arab Emirates

Emaar Malls is latest bidder for regional e-commerce giant Souq.com

The buzz around Souq.com, the Dubai-based e-commerce platform, got more exciting with Al Arabiya reporting that Emaar Malls has made an offer worth $800 million to buy the site. Emaar Malls is headed by chairman Mohamed Alabbar, who is also

Amazon to buy online retailer Souq.com

Amazon.com Inc. has agreed in principle to buy Dubai-based Internet retailer Souq.com, one of the best-known names in the Middle East’s online shopping market, sources familiar with the deal said on Wednesday. Souq.com, which sells consumer electronics, fashion, household items

Dubai Duty Free expects $2 mln sales hit from electronics ban

Dubai International Airport’s duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on United States-bound flights, a senior executive said on Thursday. Under new security measures

Emirates Airlines to let passengers keep laptops, tablets until boarding

Emirates plans to allow travelers to take their laptops and tablets past security gates and only collect them before boarding, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, as they aim to minimize the impact of an electronics ban on routes to the US.

Red iPhone? The symbolic meaning behind Apple’s newest color

Apple announced Tuesday it is introducing red iPhones and cutting prices on two iPad models. The newly-revealed red color iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the sixth color in the range, after jet black, black, silver, gold and rose

Ryan Gosling finally reveals why he laughed during Oscars mix-up

Ryan Gosling

US actor Ryan Gosling revealed to a crowd of marketing professionals on Wednesday that he smirked his way through the now-legendary Oscars gaffe because he was “relieved.” The snafu saw presenters announce “La La Land” as the winner in the

Aniston, Emirates have the best response to US ban

Jennifer Aniston

Following the US’ ban on allowing passengers from a handful of Middle Eastern and North African countries to pack large electronic devices in their carry-on luggage, Dubai’s Emirates Airline took to its Instagram page with a slick new advert. Within

Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant

Dubai on Monday completed a solar plant big enough to power 50,000 homes as part of a plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050. The 200 megawatt plant sprawls over 4.5 square kilometers (1.73 square miles)

Fog blankets Saudi cities, unstable weather likely in UAE

Fog blanketed cities in Saudi Arabia and a dust storm enveloped skies because of wind traveling at a speed of 55 km per hour, the General Presidency for Meteorology and Environmental Protection reported on Sunday. According to a Saudi Gazette

Will Smith is back in his ‘favorite city,’ Dubai

Hollywood actor Will Smith is back in Dubai and is having the time of his life. The 48-year-old actor posted a video of himself making a jump at Skydive Dubai, which has had more than 3 million views overnight. “Yeah,

Adele stirs up social media after kissing hijab-wearing fan in Australia

Superstar singer Adele is no stranger to the limelight but she made headlines in Australia recently for something other than her talent. During a concert in Sydney, Adele reached out to kiss the hand of a hijab-wearing fan and promptly

Coalition intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthis around Taiz

The Arab coalition reported that it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias towards the Yemeni army outpost in Thabab province in Taiz. Army sources reported that the missile was launched from the Khaled camp near Taiz. Also

New Zealand river given human rights after more than century-long fight

It was the longest-running litigation in New Zealand’s history but now, the country’s Whanganui River on its North Island will be treated as a human being in the eyes of the law. US news site Mashable reports that a group

Dubai airports impose new baggage regulations

Passengers flying out of Dubai International Airport will have to abide by new baggage regulations that went into effect on Wednesday that will see “irregularly shaped and oversized items” rejected at the check-in counters. Luggage that do not have at

Saudi designers to wow at Fashion Forward Dubai

Arwa Al-Banawi

In two weeks’ time, Fashion Forward Dubai, one of the year’s most anticipated events in the fashion industry, will showcase a carefully curated selection of the Middle East’s coveted ready-to-wear, couture, accessory and jewelry designers. Fashion Forward Dubai (FFD), which

Abu Dhabi police crack multimillion dollar fraud

Abu Dhabi police confiscated checks worth 1.3 billion Dirhams ($354 mln) in a case of fake investment portfolios. According to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Police, Major General Maktoum Ali al-Sharifi, 43 people were arrested after 400 legal

UAE company unveils world’s most secure phone that Trump may want

DarkMatter, an Emirati company specialized in cyber security solutions, has launched a secure smart phone named KATIM, which the company described as the most secure communications suite in the world. KATIM is the first phone produced by the UAE but

Arab Media Forum 2017 kicks off in Dubai on April 18

Mona Ghanim Al-Marri

The two-day 16th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) is set to kick off on April 18 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai under the theme “Civil Dialogue.” The annual event, to be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed

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