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Dubai’s Emirates denies report of Etihad takeover

Thursday, 20/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-emirates-mulling-etihad-takeover-create-worlds-biggest-airline-report/

UAE airlines Emirates and Etihad denied a report that claimed that the Dubai carrier is planning to takeover the Abu Dhabi airline...

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Saudi’s Al Haramain train ticket prices officially revealed

Thursday, 20/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudis-al-haramain-train-ticket-prices-officially-revealed/

The ticket prices for Saudi Arabia’s high speed Haramain Express train – expected to begin operations this month – have been revealed...

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Uber continues talks to buy Dubai’s Careem – report

Tuesday, 18/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/uber-continues-talks-buy-dubais-careem-report/

Ride hailing firm Uber is continuing talks to buy Dubai-based rival Careem in a deal that could value the firm at $2-2.5bn, according to reports...

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British billionaire Branson among advisers for Saudi Red Sea tourism project

Monday, 17/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/british-billionaire-branson-among-advisers-saudi-red-sea-project/

The development company behind Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism project has appointed an international advisory board of business, tourism and environmental figures, including British billionaire Richard Branson...

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Saudi restrictions on retail, wholesale roles held by foreigners come into force

Tuesday, 11/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-restrictions-retail-wholesale-roles-held-foreigners-come-force/

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development will from Tuesday begin enforcing restrictions on foreign workers working in four retail roles...

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Saudi authorities arrest Egyptian who ate breakfast with female coworker

Monday, 10/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-authorities-arrest-egyptian-ate-breakfast-female-coworker/

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Egyptian hotel worker who appeared in an online video eating breakfast with a female Saudi colleague, said the labour ministry, which also summoned the hotel owner for questioning...

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UAE businessman Habtoor calls on telcos to lift Skype ban

Saturday, 08/09/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-businessman-habtoor-calls-telcos-lift-skype-ban/

UAE businessman Khalaf Al Habtoor has called on the country’s telecoms providers to lift a ban on internet calling services offered by Whatsapp and Skype...

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Saudi brings forward Eid Al Adha holiday

Monday, 13/08/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-brings-forward-eid-al-adha-holiday/

Saudi Arabia has decided to bring forward the Eid Al-Adha holiday for government workers...

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Saudi denies social media ‘rumours’ about expat fee

Sunday, 12/08/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-denies-social-media-rumours-expat-fees/

Saudi’s ministry of Labour and Social Development has “categorically denied social media rumours” about plans to keep the expat fees for companies fixed at the initial level, according to local media reports...

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Dubai’s Emirates launches one of ‘its biggest ever sales’

Sunday, 12/08/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-emirates-launches-one-biggest-ever-sales/

Dubai airline Emirates has launched one of its “biggest sales” yet with special fares to over 70 global destinations within its network, it announced on Sunday...

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400 vacant jobs for Filipinos in Germany

Wednesday, 18/07/2018

https://gulfnews.com/news/europe/germany/400-vacant-jobs-for-filipinos-in-germany-1.2253243

Dubai:  Employers in the healthcare sector in Germany are looking to hire more Filipinos, it has been announced...

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Oil and gas sector provides over 5,000 jobs for Omanis

Tuesday, 17/07/2018

https://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/employment/oil-and-gas-sector-provides-over-5-000-jobs-for-omanis-1.2251689

Muscat: The number of jobs that have been specified by Oman’s oil and gas sector (5,000 jobs) has been exceeded in certain jobs, a top official at the Ministry of Oil and Gas...

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US, UAE jointly disrupt Iran finance operation

Thursday, 12/07/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/us-uae-jointly-disrupt-iran-finance-operation/

The United States and the United Arab Emirates have broken up a network funnelling illicit funds to Iran as Washington steps up a drive to restrict Iranian trade and access to hard currency in the region...

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Security officer, expat killed in shootout at Saudi’s Qassim

Monday, 09/07/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/security-officer-expat-killed-shootout-saudis-qassim/

Four people, including a security officer and a resident were killed in an alleged “terrorist” attack at a security checkpoint in Buraidah in Saudi Arabia, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported...

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UAE extends compulsory military service term for men

Sunday, 08/07/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-extends-compulsory-military-service-term-men/

The UAE has announced that the compulsory term served by Emirati men in the military has been extended...

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Former Siemens CEO appointed adviser to Saudi crown prince

Tuesday, 03/07/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/former-siemens-ceo-appointed-adviser-saudi-crown-prince/

Klaus Kleinfeld, a former chief executive of Siemens and Alcoa, has been appointed an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman effective August 1, according to a report...

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UAE expats, not Emiratis, denied entry at Georgia’s airports – ministry

Tuesday, 03/07/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-expats-not-emiratis-denied-entry-georgias-airports-ministry/

UAE nationals are not being “mistreated” and have not been turned away from Georgia’s airports, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has stated...

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Visa in 24 hours for these UAE workers

Monday, 02/07/2018

https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/visa-in-24-hours-for-these-uae-workers

Dubai: Visas for the thousands of employees working at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) will now be processed within 24 hours...

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UAE cuts fuel prices for July

Thursday, 28/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-cuts-fuel-prices-july/

The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Industry has announced that fuel prices will be cut for July...

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Dubai’s Emirates warns of summer passenger surge over next two weeks

Thursday, 28/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-emirates-warns-summer-passenger-surge-next-two-weeks/

Dubai carrier Emirates has warned passengers to arrive three hours early during what are expected to be among the busiest two weekends of the year at Dubai International Airport...

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St Regis to end management of Dubai polo resort

Thursday, 28/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/st-regis-end-management-dubai-polo-resort/

Marriott International has confirmed it will no longer manage The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club from July 1...

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Saudi, UAE and Kuwait to announce measures to support Bahrain’s economy

Wednesday, 27/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-uae-kuwait-announce-measures-support-bahrains-economy/

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will soon announce an integrated program to support Bahrain’s economic reforms and its fiscal stability, a joint statement from the three Gulf states said on Tuesday...

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8,000-year-old village discovered in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, 26/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/8000-year-old-village-discovered-abu-dhabi/

Archaeologists from Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism have discovered the oldest known Neolithic village in the UAE...

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Dubai’s TECOM cuts freelance licence costs by 70%

Tuesday, 26/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-tecom-cuts-freelance-licence-costs-70/

Dubai free zone operator TECOM Group has announced it will be cutting registration and licence fees for freelancers...

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Oman extends ban on hiring foreigners in 10 sectors, unveils new investment visa

Monday, 25/06/2018

http://gulfbusiness.com/oman-extends-ban-hiring-foreigners-in-10-sectors-unveils-new-investment-visa/

Oman has opted to extend a six-month ban on hiring foreigners in 10 sectors and announced new visa sponsorship rules for investors...

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UAE asks banks for information on accounts of 19 Saudis, including Alwaleed

Thursday, 09/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-asks-banks-information-accounts-19-saudis-including-alwaleed/

The United Arab Emirates central bank and securities regulator have asked banks and finance companies in the UAE to provide information on the accounts of 19 Saudi citizens, banking sources told Reuters on Thursday...

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UAE to apply VAT to all food items, utility bills

Thursday, 09/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-apply-vat-all-food-items-utility-bills/

The UAE will apply an upcoming value added tax to all food items and utility bills, according to officials...

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Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war

Tuesday, 07/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-says-lebanon-declares-war/

Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilise the tiny Arab country...

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Dubai Metro services disrupted during rush hour

Monday, 06/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubai-metro-service-disrupted-rush-hour/

Passengers were forced to wait in long queues at Dubai Metro stations this morning after an apparent technical malfunction...

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Saudi deputy governor killed in helicopter crash near Yemen

Monday, 06/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-deputy-governor-killed-helicopter-crash-near-yemen/

The deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s southern Asir province and several colleagues were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported...

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Average rents at Dubai’s beach properties revealed

Sunday, 05/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/average-rents-dubais-beach-properties-revealed/

Al Satwa has emerged as the most affordable area for rents among properties located close to beaches in Dubai, according to a new report by website dubizzle Property...

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Saudi’s Prince Alwaleed among princes, ex-ministers detained in probe

Sunday, 05/11/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudis-prince-alwaleed-among-princes-ex-ministers-detained-probe/

Saudi authorities detained a billionaire global investor and the head of the National Guard as part of an anti-corruption purge that consolidates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s hold on power...

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UAE allows residents from 13 countries to exchange driving licences

Friday, 27/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/uae-residents-13-countries-exchange-driving-licence/

Citizens from more than a dozen countries are now able to exchange their home driving licence for one from the UAE, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation...

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Fire breaks out at construction site on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

Friday, 27/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/construction-site-fire-dubais-palm-jumeirah/

Part of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah has been engulfed in smoke after a “minor” construction site fire...

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Big spending in UAE creates more jobs

Thursday, 26/10/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/employment/big-spending-in-uae-creates-more-jobs-1.2112655

Dubai: Companies in the consumer goods industry produced the most number of new jobs in the third quarter of the year, fuelled by huge spending among residents in the UAE...

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Saudi to only issue one-year work visas to foreigners

Monday, 23/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-issue-one-year-work-visas-foreigners/

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour has announced it will be reducing the duration of work visas issued to foreign employees at private sector firms...

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Indecency charges against Scottish tourist in Dubai dropped

Monday, 23/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/indecency-charges-scottish-tourist-dubai-dropped/

A Scottish tourist in Dubai who was sentenced to three months in jail for public indecency has now been released, UK media reported...

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Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim to hire 200 people

Wednesday, 19/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-majid-al-futtaim-hire-200-people/

Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim, the Middle East operator of French retailer Carrefour SA, is hiring 200 people as it rolls out an ambitious strategy to expand its digital and e-commerce operations, its chief executive told Reuters...

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New UAE cabinet revealed after government reshuffle

Wednesday, 19/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/new-uae-cabinet-revealed-after-government-reshuffle/

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced a major reshuffle of the country’s government...

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85% of UAE employees 'not engaged' in their jobs: Gallup

Tuesday, 18/10/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/careers/85-of-uae-employees-not-engaged-in-their-jobs-gallup-1.2108037

Dubai: Engaged and happy workers are a crucial ingredient for the success of a business. When employees feel good and care about their jobs, there’s a great chance the company will make more money...

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More than 30,000 volunteers needed for Dubai Expo 2020

Monday, 17/10/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/30000-volunteers-needed-dubai-expo-2020/

More than 30,000 volunteers will be needed for the six-month long Expo 2020 in Dubai, officials announced on Tuesday...

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Most UAE consumers confident about personal finances, business conditions

Tuesday, 19/09/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/most-uae-consumers-confident-about-personal-finances-business-conditions-1.2092313

Dubai: With the economic climate looking better, most UAE residents are now upbeat about the state of their personal finances and the availability of jobs...

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Abu Dhabi bank ADCB’s services will be unavailable for three days

Monday, 18/09/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/abu-dhabi-bank-adcbs-services-will-unavailable-three-days/

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has confirmed that most of its banking services will be unavailable for three days from Saturday, September 30, to Tuesday, October 3....

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Saudi to unblock voice, video calling apps

Thursday, 14/09/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-unblock-voice-video-calling-apps/

Saudi Arabia will unblock the voice and video calling functions of apps such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber from next week...

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Saudi to replace 28,000 foreigners with citizens in public sector

Wednesday, 13/09/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-replace-28000-foreigners-citizens-public-sector/

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Civil Service has announced it is in the process of a plan to replace non-Saudis in all public sector roles...

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UAE’s non-oil private sector growth at 30-month high

Thursday, 07/09/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/uae-s-non-oil-private-sector-growth-at-30-month-high-1.2085892

Positions available include accountants, technicians, teachers, secretaries. More than half of GCC professionals are said to be looking to switch employers...

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A prescription for US economy’s deeper malaise

Thursday, 07/09/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/analysis/a-prescription-for-us-economy-s-deeper-malaise-1.2085634

The finer points of economic policy don’t get a lot of attention in the US these days. With a president in the White House who seems far more interested in fighting personal battles than in making policy...

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Why the Gulf needs a change in its work ethic

Thursday, 07/09/2017

http://gulfnews.com/business/analysis/why-the-gulf-needs-a-change-in-its-work-ethic-1.2085392

Like any other European country, Spain suffered the implications of the global financial crisis. However, after an arduous period, it managed to surmount the obstacles and recover its economic clout...

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You can buy this Dubai property by paying bitcoin

Thursday, 07/09/2017

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/real-estate/you-can-buy-this-dubai-property-by-paying-bitcoin

Studio apartments will start in price from 33 bitcoin. The Knox Group of Companies, with headquarters in the Isle of Man, announced late on Tuesday it will launch a residential and commercial...

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Bahrain ranked best global destination for expats, Saudi, Kuwait among the worst

Wednesday, 06/09/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/bahrain-ranked-best-global-destination-expats-gulf-neighbours-among-worst/

The kingdom performed well in areas like ease of settling in where Saudi Arabia and Kuwait struggled. The Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain has been named the best destination globally for expats in a survey...

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New $325m Dubai project allows investors to buy property via bitcoin

Wednesday, 06/09/2017

http://gulfbusiness.com/new-325m-dubai-property-project-allow-purchases-via-bitcoin/

Real Estate: The Knox Group of Companies, with headquarters in the Isle of Man, announced late on Tuesday it will launch a residential and commercial property development in Dubai...

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