Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »


Category Archives: U Arab Emirates

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on Thursday. Related articles across the web Dubai prosecutors

UAE: Two pilots killed as a result of plane crash in Yemen

:: Two pilots from the United Arab Emirates have died in Yemen after their planes crashed as a result of technical failure. According to state news agency WAM, Ali al-Mesmari and Bader al-Marashdeh “were martyred as a result of the

‘Flame in the sky’ spotted by UAE residents turns out to be meteor

:: A meteor was spotted in the skies of Dubai on Monday evening, the Dubai Media Office revealed on its official Twitter handle. “Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre confirmed that a meteorite has passed through the skies of Dubai,” the

No tax on Saudi investments in Abu Dhabi

:: The Abu Dhabi government has announced a package of incentives for Saudi investors including exemption from taxes, and that they will be treated as its citizens for all investment purposes. The announcement was made at the Saudi-UAE Business Forum

Hyperloop One gets Richard Branson on board

:: Los-Angeles-based company, Hyperloop One said billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in the company to form a strategic partnership. Branson joined the board of Hyperloop One and the company would rebrand itself as Virgin Hyperloop One in the

Gulf states, Muslim bloc reject UN report on violation of children’s rights in Yemen

:: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejected the UN’s annual report issued Thursday which included the Saudi-led coalition among the violators of children’s rights in war-torn Yemen. GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani said he

UAE’s Gargash: It’s time that Qatar’s leadership listens to its citizens

:: UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said it’s time that the Qatari leadership listens to its citizens’ opinion. “The poll which was published about the Qataris’ opinion indicates that there is a public opinion that’s wiser

UAE jails Iranian over international sanctions breach

:: A United Arab Emirates appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against an Iranian convicted of breaching international sanctions against Tehran, state media reported on Tuesday. The State Security Court upheld the man’s conviction on charges of “sharing

UAE minister Gargash says Doha’s deeds ‘have returned to haunt it’

:: In light of Doha’s decision to withdraw nationalities from a spate of Qatari citizens who have voiced their opposition to the government, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Doha’s deeds “have returned to haunt

DP World likely to develop two deep sea ports in eastern India

:: Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s largest container terminal operators, is said to have expressed interest to develop two deep sea ports in eastern India at Rajpur and Kulpi in West Bengal state.

MENA-focused VC fund MEVP to back region’s tech entrepreneurs

:: MEVP, one of the largest venture capital firms in the Mena, on Wednesday announced the launch of its third MENA venture capital fund – the Middle East Venture Fund III (MEVFIII) – with a target size of $250 million.

Etihad Aviation Group appoints former airport chief as CEO

:: Etihad Aviation Group has named Tony Douglas, who has run both Abu Dhabi and Heathrow airports, as CEO at a time the group’s airline is undergoing a strategic review after investments in troubled carriers contributed to a big loss

Etihad Airways pilot dies on-board during flight to Amsterdam

:: An Etihad Airways pilot passed away while operating a flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, forcing the flight to divert its path and make an emergency landing in Kuwait. In a statement on Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said

Cigarette, energy drink prices to double in the UAE

Khalid Al Bustani

:: Consumers of tobacco products, soft drinks and energy drinks will have to pay more in the UAE, following the announcement of a new excise tax by the Federal Tax Authority. The planned Excise Tax will to go into effect

Dubai starts tests in bid to become first city with flying taxis

:: Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful “concept” flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine

On an overheating planet, parched nations look to the clouds

:: Threading through clouds, often with shaky turbulence and occasional thunder, 71-year-old pilot Gary Walker burns the flares on his plane’s wings, releasing chemicals as he flies. “It can be very rough as you get close to some of those

World Bank arm to invest $150 million in Egypt’s agriculture sector

:: International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to invest $150 million (SR562.5 million) in Egypt’s agriculture sector in partnership with the country’s private sector, UAE state news agency WAM reported late Saturday. The investment aims at developing the country’s nutrition

UAE’s Gargash to Kurdistan: Federalism is more viable than separation

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet that federalism’s flexibility and potential, serves as a better alternative than Iraq’s separation, especially after looking at the UAE’s experience. In a tweet on Saturday

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