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Emirati Abdulrahman Named Asia Player of the Year

Dec 2 – United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman’s disappointment at failing to win the Asian Champions League with Al Ain last weekend was tempered when he was named the continent’s best player on Thursday night. Abdulrahman’s club were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors with the midfielder nonetheless named the tournament’s

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Seven Emirates, One Nation

The United Arab Emirates turns 45 on December 2nd By Arfa Shahid and Leila Hatoum In early February 1968, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, agreed to establish a union between their emirates. The idea had been debated long before 1968, and

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UAE’s Minister of Tolerance

Advocating tolerance: H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi sits down for an exclusive interview with Newsweek Middle East By Irene Hell “Sometimes I think it is mindboggling… when all of a sudden you find a teenager who left home because he wanted to fight in Syria, and you think what have I done to my child? Why

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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The Dubai Effect

The emirate leads regional hospitality and tourism sectors with new attractions and innovative products By Yahia Idris With the latest opening of the Dubai Water Canal and the developments surrounding it, the emirate has once again proved to the world that a leadership with a vision will continue to set top-tier achievements and create breathtaking

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Haya Bint Al Hussein: A Princess on a Mission

EXCLUSIVE: HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein talks of her humanitarian efforts, family and memories. Leila Hatoum I feel good when we are able t0 bring in the aid to those in need says HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, when asked about her humanitarian initiatives and her interest in helping people from all four corners of the

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UAE Court Jails Three Men for Involvement in Banned Groups

DUBAI, Nov 15 – A court in the United Arab Emirates on Monday jailed two citizens of the Gulf Arab state to 10 and seven years in jail for membership of a “banned secret organisation”, state news agency WAM reported. In a separate case, the court sentenced a man from another Arab state to three

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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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Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening Further Delayed to 2017

By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI, Nov 4 – The official opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum has been postponed to 2017 due to pending construction work, the latest setback for the long-delayed project, three sources said on Thursday. The museum, which is licensed to use the name of the famous Paris institution, and two

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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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