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The AppWorld debuts in UAE

Research in Motion (RIM) has officially launched the long awaited BlackBerry App World, with support from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in UAE. This launch, in UAE, is in the authority’s strategy to support more mobile apps creation and accessibility in the country. “This is a great day for the […]

 
 

Shortage of cars hits car rental market in UAE

Car rental companies run short of cars in the wake of catastrophes in Japan. Post tsunami and earthquake there is a sharp decline in the production of cars by Toyota. Leasing companies recommend switching to other models such as Mitsubishi and Nissan models that are manufactured outside of Japan. Al-Futtaim […]

 
 

Dubai Pearl seek out new investors as DIFC Investments pulls out of the deal

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Investments, the major stake holder in Dubai Pearl, has pulled itself out of the project. Dubai Pearl, the US$3.8 billion (Dh13.95bn) project, overlooking Palm Jumeirah has witnessed a slowdown in construction activity following the loss of its major stakeholder. DIFC Investments had a deal of […]

 
 

Bing to be default search engine for BlackBerry

Microsoft Corp’s Bing will be the new default search engine and map application on BlackBerry smart phones. Joining RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to announce a strategic partnership with RIM; giving an edge for the software maker in mobile devices with Google Inc. The announcement is […]

 
 

Thai Rice to cost lower

An excess supply of rice from Thailand will help boost global stockpiles and cap prices, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said, which will lower record food costs that pushed millions into poverty. Food prices, worldwide had reached a record in February, driving 44 million people into poverty, as estimated […]

 
 

Air Arabia flies with falling profits

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, reported a fall in its first quarter profit for the year 2011. This is seen to be a result of the rising oil prices, escalating tensions across the Arab world; impacting the aviation industry. The […]

 
 

Aabar achieves milestone with investment.

Abu Dhabi based Aabar Investments, has confirmed an investment plan of $850 million (Dh.3.1 million) in Glencore International, as a cornerstone investor with an intention to invest an additional $150 million in the global offer. “We are pleased to count ourselves as the largest new shareholder of Glencore post its […]

 
 

New authority for Dubai Health Care City formed

Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA): A law was issued on Wednesday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, establishing the DHCA. According to the Dubai Government Media Office, the law sets out the functions and responsibilities of […]

 
 

Why buckle up at the back?

  Many people, in this region, don’t fasten their seat belts while seated at the back of a vehicle. Popular reason given, “The law doesn’t require me to do so”! But the question is, do you know why is it required to buckle up? Road traffic accidents is a public […]

 
 

Dubai’s undiscovered restaurants: Paratha edition

Parathas are perhaps one of the few types of ethnic foods that seem to resonate well with just about every culture in Dubai. A flatbread that originated in the Indian sub-continent, parathas are made out of whole-wheat flour and generally contain a vegetable filling. Whether you choose to eat them […]

 
 

Libya crisis bolsters political BRIC

When the 15-nation United Nations Security Council voted 10-0 in March to authorise the no-fly zone over Libya, emerging power bloc BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), along with Germany, abstained. A month later, the West-led coalition that supported the resolution struggles to justify its decision and is far from […]

 
 

Hold your horses !

Maybe if you are like me who is scared to drive on some of the Dubai roads, especially Emirates road, here’s some good news. Local media is reporting that Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in co-ordination with Dubai Traffic Police is planning to implement new speed limits on Dubai roads. […]

 
 

Business or Buddies

‘Social networking is the one of the best, and effective direct way of communicating of modern times; but drawing the line between your professional and personal connections in this space, is the new question.’ “When I joined the social media, it was fun. Everyone was a friend (in this site), […]

 
 

Third World War ?

It’s been an Organizers dream come true for ICC, the organizers of the 2011 wold cup cricket. Surely, it’s going to be a war out there for the Indians and Pakistani cricket players (and lovers!). The marketing guys can’t ask for a more greater occasion to celebrate, perhaps ranks higher […]

 
 

Mobile Apps

How many times have you tried booking an appointment with your Doctor and get forwarded/transferred from one extension to another ? Maybe it’s time for someone to introduce this application in the region sooner ! Check this link

 
 

Saudi labour official suggests easing naturalisation laws for long-term expats

Saudi labour official suggests easing naturalisation laws for long-term expats

A top Saudi representative to the international labour body has suggested that expat workers who have been living in Gulf countries for 25 years or more should be granted free iqamas (work/residency permits) or permanent resident status outside the sponsorship system. Abdullah Sadiq Dahlan, Saudi Arabia’s representative to the International […]