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Stories with place: United Arab Emirates
  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:41 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:16 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

  • Mubadala posts strong profits for Abu Dhabi 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:31 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi's Mubadala state investment company says profits last year tripled to roughly $395 million on the back of a strong performance from international investments.

  • Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:42 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital.

  • Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:04 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

  • Iran envoy visits Emirates in sign of warming ties 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:34 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - State media in the United Arab Emirates says Dubai's ruler has welcomed the Iranian foreign minister at his palace, a sign of warming ties between the two countries.

  • Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:59 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:20 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:04 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

  • Mideast's busiest air hub plans runway overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 6:37 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Officials say Dubai airport, the Mideast's busiest, will undergo a major runway overhaul starting next month that will see more than a dozen airlines shift flights to another airport in the city.

  • Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 4:34 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper.

  • Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:46 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to absolute power and its unchecked rights to the country's oil wealth.

  • UAE: Paramedic dies from MERS, others infected 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:13 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A paramedic in the United Arab Emirates has died after contracting Middle East respiratory syndrome and five others have tested positive for the virus, the Gulf nation's interior ministry said Friday.

  • Murphy named AP news editor for Tenn., Kentucky 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:40 am
  • ATLANTA - Brian Murphy, a longtime foreign correspondent who has covered and directed stories from bases in Europe and the Middle East, has been named The Associated Press news editor for Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • Kansas education chief taking job in Middle East 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 7:07 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said Wednesday she is resigning next month to become an adviser to the chief education official in a major Middle Eastern city.

  • Gebrselassie worried about future of athletics 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:42 pm
  • LONDON - Surveying the state of the sport he dominated for so many years, running great Haile Gebrselassie sees a bleak future.

  • 3 UAE women attacked with hammer at London hotel 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:11 pm
  • LONDON - British police are hunting a man who entered an upscale London hotel room and battered three sisters from the United Arab Emirates with a hammer.

  • Airline passenger attempts suicide during flight 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 11:29 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Emirates airline crewmembers found a passenger bleeding heavily on a flight from Dubai to India after he apparently tried to commit suicide inside an airplane lavatory, the airline and Indian police said Monday.

  • Airlines say cost to factor in tracking standards 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 11:26 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The director of the International Air Transport Association said Monday he wants to see a globally agreed upon tracking standard in place by the end of this year, which also takes into consideration the cost on airlines, in order to avoid another disappearance like that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • Airlines say cost to factor in tracking standards 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 11:11 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The director of the International Air Transport Association said Monday he wants to see a globally agreed upon tracking standard in place by the end of this year, which also takes into consideration the cost on airlines, in order to avoid another disappearance like that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • Dubai firm buys stake in Kerzner's Atlantis hotels 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 9:43 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Dubai government conglomerate behind some of the emirate's industrial powerhouses said Thursday it bought a "significant" stake in the international hotel operator that runs the Atlantis hotel on the city's main palm-shaped island.

  • Saudi artists cautiously push against redlines 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:02 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When Ahmed Mater visited Mecca in 2010 something felt off. Dozens of cranes were eating away at the mosque to make way for a larger complex surrounding the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure to which observant Muslims pray toward five times a day that also draws millions of pilgrims annually from around the world.

  • Report: Gulf region still a risk to investors 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:07 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Despite improvements in regulations and moves to diversify Arab economies away from natural resources, global investors remain wary of doing business in Gulf countries because of regional upheaval and other potentially destabilizing factors, according to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit released Monday.

  • African Story wins Dubai World Cup 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 4:26 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - African Story produced a brilliant finish to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 ¾ lengths Saturday in the world's richest horse race.

  • Saudi women renew push for the right to drive 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 12:52 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom's ban on female drivers, small numbers of women have gotten behind the wheel almost daily in what has become the country's longest such campaign.