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  • Dubai, Abu Dhabi among top 3 airports in Middle East

       March 7, 2018     
    Passengers have rated Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports among the top three best airports in the Middle East for service quality in 2017, according to Airports Council International (ACI). Released on Tuesday, the survey results showed that passengers rated Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) first followed by Amman (AMM) and Madina (MED) (tied) and Dubai International (DX
  • NMC licence now mandatory for online media firms in UAE

       March 7, 2018     
    All online media companies operating in the UAE without licences will be fined or shut down, according to new guidelines issued by the National Media Council (NMC) on Tuesday. The NMC on Tuesday issued a set of regulations which will govern online activities, including e-commerce, publishing and selling of print, video, and audio material as well as advert
  • Abu Dhabi to set up Dh500 million holding firm

       March 6, 2018     
    Abu Dhabi is setting up an independent corporate body that will have the ownership of all government and quasi-government development service companies of the emirate. The Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company, or ADDHC, will be a public joint stock company with a capital of Dh500 million. On Sunday, His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
  • Dubai event sees 'super skills' of special mums, kids

       March 6, 2018     
    Isolation, uncomfortable stares, hurtful comments and a lifelong adjustment are just some of the struggles of a mother of a determined one. But on Sunday, a set of 15 mothers of determined kids came together to display their talents and show the world how they create happiness. Called Super Special Moms, the group took over the stage at Emaar's Rise Dubai
  • Dh2 million prizes up for grabs at Gov Games in Dubai

       March 5, 2018     
    Come next month, it will be the ultimate test of physical and mental aptitude as government employees across the UAE will battle it out for Dh2m in prize money. On April 26, 27 and 28, Kite Beach Dubai will play host to the country's first ever 'Gov Games', an initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Princ
  • Live Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman is the best actor

       March 5, 2018     
    This year has proven to be a time of representation and many, many firsts. As the celebrities get ready to walk down the red-carpet before the 90th Academy Awards kicks off on Sunday evening (US Pacific time; Monday early morning UAE time), Gulf News tabloid! gets ready for conversations about #TimesUp, red-carpet blackouts and the rise of diversity both in front
  • UAE banks need to be in step with Fed hikes

       March 4, 2018     
    The US federal funds rate, which saw only two hikes between 2009 and 2016, witnessed a dramatic change in trend during 2017. The rates were increased on three separate occasions owing to the strengthening economic growth in the United States. As the UAE dirham is pegged to the US dollar, the change in Fed rates translated to a proportional increase in the country's policy rates. The hik
  • Virtual reality park opens at Dubai Mall

       March 4, 2018     
    A new entertainment complex that combines augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) has opened at The Dubai Mall. "The park will send visitors into unforgettable rides, journeys and games," according to Emaar Entertainment. The 7,000-square metre park is located on level 2 of the mall. Some of the VR games that blur the lines between perception and reality at the park include the Burj
  • Dubai teen collects winter supplies for Syrian refugees

       March 3, 2018     
    A kind-hearted teenager in Dubai has managed to collect a truck-full of food items, winter clothing and school supplies for Syrian refugees. Their charity drive, which is in partnership with the Emirates Red Crescent, was a month-long initiative to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Saher Kapadia, a 16-year-old student at the Raffles World Academy, s
  • Reading initiative to supply a million books to schools

       March 3, 2018     
    A total of one million books will be supplied to school libraries across the UAE, thanks to a new initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed said that the effort aims to establish reading as a habit in the country. "Today, we are announcing an in

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