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UAE Announces “Historic Agreement” with Hyperloop Technology

By Arfa Shahid/Abdullah Ahmed DUBAI – Nov 8 – Dubai is set to significantly reduce traffic congestion in the emirate via Hyperloop One technology. The country’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a “historic agreement” with Hyperloop One, a mobility company, and the two parties have agreed to jointly explore routes for a transport

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Human Rights Watch Says Abuse of Maids in Oman Verges on Slavery

MUSCAT, July 13 – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Oman of not doing enough to tackle widespread abuse of foreign maids, which it says sometimes verges on slavery. The group said it had documented physical and sexual abuse, confiscation of passports, excessive working hours and at least one case in which a maid was

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Big, Bigger, Best

Mega GCC airport developments key to global aviation growth By Ghassan Amhaz With more than 3.7 billion passengers expected to traverse the skies across the world in 2016, airport expansion becomes imperative. The Middle East, namely Gulf Cooperation Council member states, have been ramping up their spending on development projects including ambitious aviation-related plans. Spending on

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How the Hyperloop Could Change the Gulf

By Hunter Lee Soik Every year in the fall, a thick, impenetrable fog settles on roads throughout parts of the Arab Gulf, as temperatures between night and day begin to change. Car drivers slow their journeys, heart beats quicken, and seen at close quarters, lights blink through the mist. Every year sees fatalities on the

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In Favoring Middle East Ally, U.S. Glosses Over Human Rights Record

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT, Dec 21 – As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the Gulf sultanate of Oman from an embarrassing public rebuke over its human rights record, rewarding a close Arab ally that helped broker the historic

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