UAE minister: Qatar’s ‘terrorist wedding’ undermined dozens of Doha’s PR efforts

Monday, 23 April 2018

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has hit out over Qatar’s Prime Minister recent attendance of a terror suspect son’s wedding saying Doha undermined the efforts of dozens of law and PR firms it hired to polish its image.“The attendance of the Qatari prime minister during the marriage of the son of the terrorist al-Qaeda financier Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi, and in his presence, has undermined the efforts of dozens of law firms and public relations ...

UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that Qatari fighter planes had intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported. The agency added that the Emirati civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision. The Qatari jet is reported to have flown within 200 meters of the civilian aircraft.The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority said the maneuver worked just seconds before the ...

UAE can’t help if Somalia seeks to self-destruct

Saturday, 21 April 2018

What the UAE has provided to Somalia over the decades and since a civil war and famine ravaged the latter has not been provided by any other state. The UAE’s decision to end its training operations in Somalia, where they have been helping the country raise an army since 2014 does not come as a surprise, especially after Somali security forces detained an Emirati airplane earlier this month and seized money that was allocated for supporting the Somali army and for paying Somali trainees. ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Has the UAE come of age as global hub of art and culture?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

From Andy Warhol’s masterpieces to ‘Mandala Art’ workshops and ‘Islamic Geometry’, lovers and connoisseurs of art from various walks of life are getting access to all in the United Arab Emirates. Years of efforts are beginning to bear fruit and long-term vision and planning and allocation of resources are making the country an art destination of repute. Louvre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Opera have taken the country’s cultural offerings to another level. Notable ...

Backstreet Boys hit Dubai stage as some popular nineties songs turn 20 this year

Friday, 20 April 2018

Backstreet’s back, alright. Following their first appearance in Dubai in 2008, the boys are returning – now as their original fivesome – for a sold-out appearance at the Blended Festival on 22 April. Tickets for this show have been like gold dust… in fact, they’re so hard to find that people on social media are still scrambling to find tickets.There’s just something about 90s nostalgia that seems to get people going these days. It was a simpler time… ...

Dubai police unravel mystery behind African woman’s murder in 24 hours

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Dubai Police said on Thursday that they solved the mystery behind the murder of an African woman in the UAE, and captured the killer in 24 hours. According to the concerned authorities, the crime was motivated by theft and financial disputes. Maj. Gen. Khalil Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police said that police received a call claiming that a woman of African descent was dead in her apartment in al-Baraha. Indeed, the woman was found lifeless ...

UAE resident detained for drug promotion via WhatsApp

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Dubai Court of First Instance has charged a Pakistani resident on the basis of promoting illegal drugs via the social media platform, WhatsApp. The 41-year-old driver was also accused of using narcotics, reported Khaleej Times. The man was initially arrested in late December of last year. According to a Dubai Police lieutenant in the anti-narcotics division, he said that a “reliable source” had tipped them off “that the accused was taking and possessing drugs for peddling ...

WATCH: Dubai crown prince rescues a sea turtle

Friday, 20 April 2018

The UAE’s nature-loving crown prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, just treated his 6.2 million Instagram followers to another one of his out-of-the-box adventures. In a video that he shared on his official account, Sheikh Hamdan showed a large sea turtle stuck on the beach shore in Dubai. He then shared a series of videos showing him helping the animal by gently pushing it back in the water. In the end, the turtle is seen happily swimming away in the sea as the sheikh bid it ...

US expert: Qatar forcing Somalia to reject UAE aid ‘could have consequences’

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Qatar strong-arming Somalia to reject years’ worth of aid and assistance from the United Arab Emirates might have “serious consequences” down the road, one US investigative and foreign policy journalist has said.The UAE has trained thousands of Somali soldiers since it began a military training mission with Somalia’s government in 2014, which both helped the conflict-ravaged nation rebuild after decades of chaos and give Emirati soldiers more experience abroad.The Gulf ...

UAE vendors hope for tax relief on gold following drop in sales

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Following a plummet in gold jewelry sales in the UAE by almost 50 percent, jewelry vendors are hoping for a tax relief on the precious metal.The previously tax-free country introduced a five percent value added tax in January, and markets like the gold jewelry market took a hit with sales decreasing by 30-50 percent in the first quarter of 2018.According to the Khaleej Times, trade sources said that they sent a plea for a review of VAT, and are hoping for a positive official response.“A ...

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