UAE Skype block leaves small businesses frustrated

Continuing uncertainty over the use of Skype and similar internet calling services places a burden on the UAE’s small business community, threatening to undermine the country’s growing status as a business and entrepreneurship hub, ­according to local ... ( read original story ...)

Ex-Dubai Bank boss now faces fresh suit

Two companies and a businessman opened bank accounts at Dubai Bank then relinquished their control to the collapsed lender’s chairman Hassan Zubeidi -- a move that cost the bank’s savers Sh400 million. Court documents show that Kamp General, Kemu Salt ... ( read original story ...)

Is this Dubai wonder transforming the city?

Dubai: A video documenting the progress of Dubai’s construction has been released, with old footage depicting how far the city’s shape has changed with the modern architectural project of the Water Canal. Dubai Holding recently released the two-minute ... ( read original story ...)

Destination report: Abu Dhabi

This follows the opening late last year of the Marriott Downtown, and is the 12th Abu Dhabi property in the Marriott-Starwood portfolio – and the 47th in the UAE. Before the hotel’s spectacular opening festivities I talk to Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott ... ( read original story ...)

Dubai property prices down 20% on end-2015

Dubai property prices are now at levels not seen since late 2012 and early 2013 following an 18-month slide in values, according to listings site PropertyFinder. In a report, the company said median property sales prices in the emirate fell 20 per cent ... ( read original story ...)

In Dubai, F&B brands hit the malls and the roads

Dubai: “Even if you aren’t coming down to shop ... new concepts coming into being, and even in the business volumes being generated. In between new malls opening with their food courts, F&B brands are finding a home in communities. ( read original story ...)

Dubai airport streamlines check-ins

Dubai: New biometric facial recognition and new-generation smart gates will streamline check-in and immigration clearance at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, said authorities on Tuesday. New generation smart gates will be installed in coming months ... ( read original story ...)

Dubai among world’s 10 best places to visit on earth

A new global study has just named Dubai one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit on earth, trumping other popular destinations like Las Vegas or Venice. The latest travel rankings by the US News and World Report ranked Dubai as the tenth best ... ( read original story ...)

In Dubai, F&B hits the malls and the roads

It has “shown an upward trajectory as consumer spending on socialising and eating out continues to grow with UAE nationals and expatriates alike,” notes a recent report issued by CBRE, the real estate consultancy. (It picks the food truck business as ... ( read original story ...)

UAE military buildup draws scrutiny after Yemen allegations

With soccer sponsorships, record-setting skyscrapers and wintertime golfing, the United Arab Emirates has projected an image of comfort and opportunity in a volatile region. But the quiet expansion of its military footprint is drawing a different kind of ... ( read original story ...)