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By Staff Writer On Friday, July 22nd, 2016
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Breaking barriers with Indian celebrity chef Vikas Khanna

Indian celebrity chef Vikas Khanna talks to Crystal Chesters about breaking down barriers with food  More...

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By Staff Writer On Saturday, July 16th, 2016
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From Vesna, with love

Open just over six months, Vesna is tapping into a gap in the Dubai market for high-end Slavic cuisine, as Crystal Chesters discovers  More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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Interview: Mango Tree Worldwide CEO, Trevor Mackenzie

As Mango Tree Worldwide closes its only Middle Eastern outlet at the prime location of Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar, managing director Trevor Mackenzie asserts that the Thai brand will return to the region before the More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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Marriott/Starwood acquisition gains KSA, Mexico approval

Marriott International, Inc has revealed that it has received authorisation from competition authorities in Saudi Arabia and Mexico to proceed with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a merger transaction. With More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, July 4th, 2016
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Izu Ani’s next adventure

As Izu Ani departs Emaar Hospitality’s La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, he reveals his next exciting venture and some key learnings that will stand him in good stead along the way. Crystal Chesters reports. More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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EMS bags $2.4mn deal to provide waste services to Ajman

EMS has clinched a contract to supply Ajman with waste management equipment worth over GBP1.6m ($2.34mn). The deal – which is for a materials recovery facility in two stages and includes the MH 3500 metering More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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The Deluxe Group wins motiongate Dubai Contract

UK theming contractor The Deluxe Group is helping to bring life to five attractions based on Sony Pictures Studios movies in motiongate™ Dubai, part of the multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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Invest Northern Ireland on UAE/KSA Trade Mission

A total of 23 Northern Irish companies represented by Invest Northern Ireland are to embark on a trade mission with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, across the specialist construction, F&B, hotel supply chain, security More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Panasonic launches LUMIX GX85 Camera

Panasonic has announced its new DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera DMC-GX85, in the LUMIX G range, which incorporates a host of advanced technologies and practical functions in a compact body. The LUMIX More...

Rabih Dabbousi - Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development at DarkMatter
By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Cyber attack threat to public utilities

Rabih Dabboussi SVP of sales, marketing and business development writes   Imagine a world without power.  No functioning air conditioning, lighting, traffic signals or computers.  This is the very real and More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Golden Tulip enters Kenya with first Nairobi Hotel

Already present in 8 sub-Saharan African countries, with 13 hotels comprising a total of 2,020 rooms under its Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip brands, Louvre Hotels Group has announced its first Kenyan property More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Nexthink Raises $40m in IPO preparation

End-user IT analytics supplier Nexthink, has raised $40m in new investment, led by Highland Europe, a leading global venture capital firm. This is the largest round of funding to date for Nexthink and includes participation More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Mohamed Hamaki named HTC Social Media Ambassador

HTC, has named Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki, as its social media brand ambassador, working with the consumer electronics brand to establish music and sound quality as the brand’s “defining competitive More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Bloom Nurseries announces expansion

Bloom Holding subsidiary Bloom Education, is to open 10 nurseries under the Lighthouse Nursery brand name by 2020. The first purpose-built nursery located in Bloom Gardens next to Brighton College, an upscale residential More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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Starbucks partners with Bayt.com and EFE to organise the region’s largest CV writing workshop

Starbucks in coalition with Bayt.com and Education For Employment (EFE) is organising the MENA region’s largest training workshop on CV writing, taking place simultaneously across 30 Starbucks stores in 10 MENA More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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In Pictures: Lamborghini Club UAE launches

The streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi just got a lot louder as Al Jaziri Motors, the official dealer of Lamborghini in the UAE, announced the launch of the Lamborghini Club UAE Friday 8 April. A select group of petrol More...

Conrad Doha
By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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Conrad Doha to open 2019

Assets Real Estate company has announced the signing of a contract with Hilton Worldwide to open the Conrad Doha – a 325 key property marking the brand’s debut in Qatar. Due to open early in 2019 Conrad Doha More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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Mubadala promotes Al Maryah Island at Cityscape

Mubadala has been promoting the leasing and investment opportunities at Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi during Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2016, including premium office space and land plots.   Mubadala, which is helping More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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Stephen Marney to lead as the new VP of TRACCS

Business communication expert and professional management strategist Stephen Marney, has been named the new VP of strategy and development at TRACCS. With three decades of media experience, Stephen Marney will be More...

Downtown Dubai by Emaar Properties
By Staff Writer On Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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53 percent of UAE population “not saving enough”

Middle East’s leading finance comparison website, ‘Compareit4me’ has conducted a survey on the saving habits of UAE residents. The statistics provided by the firm reveal that about 53 percent of the respondents More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, January 17th, 2016
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Austal Delivers for the U.S. Navy

Australia based shipbuilder Austal hasdelivered a Expeditionary Fast Transport Vehicle, USNS Brunswick (EPF 6) to the U.S. Navy. The Expeditionary Fast Transport Program, also known as the EPF in short equips the More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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Solar in the land of “black gold”

Following the launch of the UAE’s Clean Energy 2050 plan the UAE is going to be key to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) goal of satisfying up to a third of global power demand with renewables by 2060, More...

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By Staff Writer On Friday, November 20th, 2015
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2016’s best business opportunities

With 2016 only weeks away, Euler Hermes chief economist, Ludovic Subran shared his advice on where the greatest opportunities will lie for GCC businesses in the new year. Opportunity #1: Renewable Energy The current More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
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Big focus: what to expect at The Big 5 2015

As The Big 5 2015 introduces a new hall space, event director of the show, Josine Heijmans, talks about how visitors and exhibitors could use and benefit from the new features The Big 5 Show is one of the biggest More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
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First look: St. Regis Dubai

The first St. Regis Dubai is part of Habtoor City, a three hotel complex overlooking Dubai’s upcoming canal development, Business Bay. Owned by Habtoor Group, it will be followed by the opening of W and Westin More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 15th, 2015
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Oversupply woes or bustling success?

Editor of Hotel News Middle East, Sophia Soltani reviews the colossal number of hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East and what this means for the landscape of the hospitality industry With a reported More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 15th, 2015
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Construction’s front line women

Atkins and Faithful+Gould organised its first annual conference for the Women’s Business Network (WBN) in October 2015. Women at the event talk to Construction Business News ME about how a women’s network could More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 15th, 2015
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UAE Martyrs’ Day plans announced

The first UAE Martyrs’ Day will include a minute’s silence, lowering of UAE flags around the country and a public performance of the UAE national anthem, as well as a social media campaign under the tag “we More...

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By Staff Writer On Saturday, November 14th, 2015
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First look: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Opening its doors to the public November 2015, Palazzo Versace in Dubai Cultural District is expected to become the “most luxurious hotel in the Middle East”. Artistic director Donatella Versace has More...

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By Staff Writer On Friday, November 13th, 2015
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The economist view from Euler Hermes

Speaking at the 2015 International Trade Observatory summit in Dubai, Ludovic Subran, Euler Hermes chief economist, urged delegates to speak to an economist, before forming an opinion on the news stories. On behalf More...

Elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene, the Continental Concept blends meticulous craftsmanship and technologies designed to create better drivers.
By Staff Writer On Friday, November 13th, 2015
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Revealed: The Lincoln Continental Concept

The Lincoln Continental Concept made its Middle East debut at the Dubai International Motor Show on November 10, highlighting an “innovative future design direction”. “Luxury at its best, is about simplifying More...

Steve Ogden, Group Director of Operations Director, Gulftainer
By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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The man making Khorfakkan ship-shape

Noting a 14% increase in performance YTD and with even bigger plans on the horizon, Stephen Ogden, group director of operations for port operator Gulftainer, explains how the Khorfakkan Container Terminal is preparing More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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Oil to hit “$60 a barrel by 2016”

Chief economist for Euler Hermes, Ludovic Subran, has predicted oil prices will rise to $60 a barrel in 2016 and that global economic growth will remain at a “conservative” +2.9%. The prediction was shared during More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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In pictures: the Breitling wing walkers

The world’s only formation wingwalking team returned to the UAE at the Dubai Airshow on November 9 to perform an aerobatics display with H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum flying alongside. Marking More...

The signing ceremony was held on November 9 in Jibreen hall at Muscat Intercontinental Hotel under the patronage of HE Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism
By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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Rotana inks Oman’s largest hotel deal

UAE-based Rotana hotels has signed a contract to open a chain of hotels in Oman, totaling 1,500 rooms by 2020, across the 3-, 4- and 5-star categories. It is the largest deal of its kind for a hotel chain operating More...

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By Staff Writer On Saturday, November 7th, 2015
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The cost of construction delays

Zane Hedge examines construction projects in the Middle East and how delays should be rightfully tackled with time impact analysis In her July 2015 article my colleague from Deloitte, Cynthia Corby, identified a More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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Roberto’s reveals growth plans and brand ambassador

Skelmore Hospitality Group has revealed plans for a second branch of Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge, along with a the debut of a new Italian concept and the appointment of two-star Michelin Chef Enrico Bartolini More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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Transguard Group reports “record” financial results

Transguard Group has posted revenues in excess of AED1bn, up 34% YoY, with profits of more than AED106m. The results, for the financial year 2014/5 coincided with the Emirates Group owned company surpassing 30,000 More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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RAK Ceramics posts 43% rise in Q3 net profit

RAK Ceramics, one of the largest ceramics manufacturers in the world, has posted a 43% rise in Q3 profits largely driven by an increased level of activity across RAK Ceramics’ core businesses in core markets and More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Motiongate theme park reveals ride details

It’s one of Dubai’s most anticipated attractions and will form an integral part of the Emirate’s plan to diversify its economy and tourism industry. Now developers Dubai Parks and Resorts have More...

HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Visits Thumbay Hospital
By Staff Writer On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Thumbay Group names new board

Thumbay Group UAE has appointed a management board as part of its “vision 2020” plan for the business, elevating existing management into senior positions. As announced by the founder president of the group More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Global airport tech investments hit $8.7bn

Investment in airport technology for travellers is forecast to his $8.7bn by 2015-end, a climb from 5.82% of revenues in 2014 to 6.25% this year, according to SITA. In addition, the data, drawn from a survey, also More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Milan Expo tapped for design inspiration

A delegation from the Ministry of Public Works has been briefed on the best innovative design and presentation methods during its visit to Expo Milano 2015, WAM media has reported. The visit aims to boost the ministry’s More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 1st, 2015
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Gulf Navigation Holding reports 123% growth

Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding has reported a 123% profit growth YoY at the end of the third quarter of 2015, following continuous intensified efforts to address creditor concerns. According More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 1st, 2015
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Leveraging Converged Infrastructure to Drive Business Agility

By Mark Thurmond, SVP of global sales, VCE A converged infrastructure directly helps your bottom line by making your IT staff more efficient. It’s more cost-effective, makes IT more agile, reduces time spent More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, November 1st, 2015
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Breitling to support Dubai Airshow 2015

Luxury watchmaker Breitling has been named official timing partner for the Dubai Airshow, 2015. Taking place November 8 – 12 the show is expected to attract over 1,100 exhibitors and 65,000 trade visitors. Speaking More...

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By Staff Writer On Friday, October 30th, 2015
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First Daimler MENA centre opens in Dubai

Daimler has opened its first regional center for commercial vehicles for the Middle East and North Africa, situated in Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA), Dubai, from where 19 countries will be served, including More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 29th, 2015
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“Mall culture” driving brand influence

Shopping malls in the UAE are driving consumer behaviours and influencing brand perceptions according to research conducted by Praxis Research Partners. Consumers in the UAE “show greater willingness to form strong More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 26th, 2015
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Construction continues despite oil dip, Knight Frank reports

Knight Frank’s 2015 H1 Abu Dhabi Office Research Report highlights that there has been a lower number of office space enquiries during the year. This is attributed to having a possible connection with the drop More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 26th, 2015
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Expo: The Legacy

Neil Petch; chairperson and founder of Virtuzone writes about the potential legacy of Expo2020 Now less than five years away, talk of winning the hosting rights to Expo2020 are quickly turning to how Dubai will More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 25th, 2015
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In pictures: Pride of the Land Toyota Land Cruiser

Pride of the Land Toyota Land Cruiser, the UAE’s most renowned SUV and Toyota’s longest running production vehicle, has debuted in the UAE. Coming with 13 exterior changes, a new interior layout dubbed ‘Life More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Limited edition Dirham coin celebrates Global Village

To mark its 20th season celebrations, Global Village, in cooperation with the UAE Central Bank has announced the release of a limited edition commemorative One Dirham Coin. The face of the coin depicts the Global More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Apple named UAE’s “most intimate” brand

Apple has been named as the UAE’s “most intimate” brand in a global report, which ranks the emotional bonds between consumers in the Emirates and brands. It is part of a wider global research initiative analysing More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 19th, 2015
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Troon golf course boosts Ajman tourism

General manager of The Ajman Palace Hotel Ferghal Purcell calls the 700,000 square metre Al Zorah Golf Course a “must-see”. The GM made his way to the Al Zorah site today as the first phase of the development More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 19th, 2015
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DSE secures AED224m project award in Dubai

Drake and Scull Engineering (DSE) has been awarded an AED224m project to deliver MEP works for a hotel complex and the expansion of a prominent retail mall in Dubai. The development of the mall extension will include More...

By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 18th, 2015
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KSA infrastructure sector to be worth SAR1.31tr

The Saudi Arabian construction industry is expected to grow as massive projects underway amounts to an estimated SAR3.75 trillion. The current real estate market in Saudi Arabia is valued at SAR2.25 trillion, out More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 18th, 2015
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Business leaders call for international refrigerant regulations

In 2011, several refrigerated, reefer containers exploded in Vietnam, China and Brazil, killing three port workers. In 2015, in Tianjin, China, more than 100 people were killed as a result of undeclared hazardous More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 12th, 2015
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WYN achieves 200% growth in India

Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) has expanded its presence in India with 10 new hotel properties joining the Wyndham Hotel Group and three new vacation ownership resorts joining the RCI vacation exchange network. The group More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 11th, 2015
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Graduate employment rates up 4%

Employment rates among Emirati and expatriate graduates has increased from 61% last year to 65% in 2015. Statistically, the rates have particularly increased in Emirati graduates, where 92% have found jobs this More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 11th, 2015
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Standing out from the crowd

If your business will be exhibiting at one of the dozens of events taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre before the end of 2015, take a look at these top exhibitor tips as provided by the venue itself. In an More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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UAE real estate report reveals resilience in Q3

UAE real estate market has performed resiliently in Q3 2015 despite heavy speculation that the market would underperform. According to latest report by Tasweek Real Estate Development, prices did not go down as More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Global FM industry “worth $394bn by 2017″

A local facilities management company recently estimated that the global facility management market is to reach $394bn by 2017, while in the next 25 years it is expected to reach the market value of $892bn. This More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Emirates move to Al Maktoum Airport underway

Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South will begin the preparations next year for Emirates Airlines to move its entire operations there within 10 years, a senior airport official has disclosed. “By More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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CONJECT project control software to manage Reem Mall

National Real Estate Company (NREC) and United Projects for Aviation Services Company’s $1bn Reem Mall project in Abu Dhabi has selected CONJECT’s conjectPC application to operate the whole life management of More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Chinese car giant to enter Middle East

SAIC Motor Corporation SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, one of China’s largest automotive manufacturers, has announced it will be making its Middle East debut at the upcoming Dubai International Motor Show More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Carlyle Group takes 51% share in PA Consulting

Alan Middleton, PA Consulting Group The Carlyle Group has invested a 51% share in PA Consulting Group, valued at $1bn and expected to close in December 2015, subject to a shareholder vote scheduled for next month. PA More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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DUKES Dubai management team named

Property developer and holding company Seven Tides has appointed the general manager and four senior executive committee members for its 5-star hospitality venture, DUKES Dubai hotel and hotel apartment project More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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$9.3bn spent on Visa debit cards during Ramadan and Eid

Consumers and shoppers across the MENA region spent $9.3bn on Visa debit cards during Ramadan and Eid 2015, according to new data from the payment processing network. The report revealed the top five categories More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Imdaad CEO honoured with Excellence Award

Imdaad CEO Jamal Abdullah Lootah, has been named a winner of the recently held ‘Middle East CEO Excellence Awards’ and ‘4th Middle East Future Leaders Excellence Awards’. Lootah received the distinction More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Doha to require 12 new schools by 2022

Doha’s education sector will require between eight to 12 new schools, each with capacity for 2,000 students by 2022, according to data compiled by Colliers International. Concluding the rapid population growth More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Sustainability, hot topic at Leaders in Design MENA

Sustainable and green designs are to be highlighted in upcoming Leaders in Design MENA summit this year. In an interview with Construction Business News ME, Saeed Al Abbar said that there is an increasing knowledge More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 4th, 2015
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Mövenpick announces three sub-Saharan properties

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced a string of new properties in new African markets, including Nairobi, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire, between 2016 and 2019. The expansion, which sees the Swiss hotel groups More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, October 4th, 2015
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Khalifa Port Container Terminal 3rd fastest growing worldwide

Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), has been rated as being among one of the fastest growing container ports in the world. and the fastest growing port in the Middle East based on its 26% volume growth in 2014, More...

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By Staff Writer On Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates Goodwood Revival

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated a record Goodwood Revival last weekend, during which the manufacturer of super-luxury motor cars hosted customers, prospects and VIPs and also entertained tens of thousands of visitors More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 1st, 2015
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In pictures: The Rolls-Royce Wraith – History of Rugby

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced the Rolls-Royce ‘Wraith – History of Rugby’, a unique creation from the company’s Bespoke Design Studio in Goodwood, England. Usually tasked with reflecting the individual More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, October 1st, 2015
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Oman refuses oil price regulation

A senior bureaucrat from the non-OPEC Sultanate of Oman has indicated it does not intend to regulate fuel prices with the remainder of the Gulf States. Salim Al Aufi, undersecretary at the Oman Ministry of Oil and More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
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DuPont CEO and chair Ranks No. 5 on Fortune Most Powerful Women 2015

Ellen Kullman, CEO and chairperson of DuPont, has been named one of Fortune Most Powerful Women for 2015. The 59-year-old American business executive has maintained her 5th position on the 18th annual list which More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
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REACH appoints Laudy Lahdo and Tara Rogers to board

Non-profit REACH, has appointed Laudy Lahdo and Tara Rogers to its board with a vision to help develop the next generation of female professionals in the region Lahdo and Rogers will join REACH’s four founding More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
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Dubai Chamber awards 16 CSR labels

Emirates Gas, Intercoil International, Dulsco and Ti’me Hotels were among the 16 companies recognised for their CSR activities by Dubai Chamber. Econosto Mideast B V, International Modern Hospital, Union National More...

Downtown Dubai by Emaar Properties
By Staff Writer On Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
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DSE to develop Dubai beachfront retail zone

Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE), the engineering subsidiary of Drake & Scull International PJSC has been awarded an AED 123 million contract for an unnamed mixed-use development in Dubai’s Jumeirah district. DSE More...

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By Staff Writer On Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
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Middle East hotels see performance drop

Compared to August 2014, hotels in MEA reported a 1.1% decrease in occupancy to 62.9%, a 1.6% drop in average daily rate to US$134.53 and a 2.7% decline in revenue per available room to US$84.57. Regional snapshot: More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 28th, 2015
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Five myths that surround the service business in the industrial sector

In many industrial companies, services play virtually no role. Yet the service business is reporting growth rates up to 40% faster than sales of new products. What’s more, the gross profit margin of services More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 28th, 2015
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ROI period doubled for new F&B investments

ROI on F&B business has almost doubled for business in Dubai from three to four years, to five to seven, according to Farah George, general manager of Food and Beverage at Al Khayyat Investments. Speaking at More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 28th, 2015
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Dubai Chamber projects 11% Islamic tourism growth by 2020

The number of Islamic travellers is expected to reach 150 million, by 2020, with their expenditure growing to $200m according to a report by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The analysis, based on data from More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 28th, 2015
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Sage to enhance product with Microsoft agreement

Sage, the payroll and accounting software firm, is to collaborate with Microsoft on future product development including cloud solutions and integration between product portfolios. Sage has worked with Microsoft More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 28th, 2015
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50% of new hotels to be 3-star or lower

Up to 50% of the 3,600 new hotel rooms to open in Dubai in the final months of 2015, will be rated 3-star or lower, according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle. “Data released by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) revealed More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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Abu Dhabi Airport breaks traffic record

Abu Dhabi Airport saw a 17.4% increase in passenger traffic in August, with a total of 2,254,809 travellers passing through the airport compared to 1,920,934 in August 2014. It is the highest number of passengers More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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UK firms eye business opportunities at NATRANS

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has announced its official support of the NATRANS Arabia 2015 conference, with the aim to bolster business opportunities for British firms looking to lend their expertise to the More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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HR and leadership teams key to driving innovation

Best selling author and HR thought leader Professor Chris Roebuck has warned Middle East firms that HR and leadership teams must collaborate in order to drive innovation. Speaking ahead of this appearance at the More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, September 27th, 2015
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20% increase in Air Expo exhibitors

Abu Dhabi Air Expo is to feature 20% more visitors than its previous edition, with 70% of the exhibition space already booked ahead of the 2016 edition. Organised in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture More...

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By Staff Writer On Friday, September 25th, 2015
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HTC unveils new Desire 626 dual sim

HTC has announced its HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM, its latest LTE-enabled smartphone and the successor to the HTC Desire 620G Dual SIM. “In order to meet the network evolution, as well as the requirements of all our More...

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By Staff Writer On Monday, September 21st, 2015
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Qatar Tourism Authority to track performance metrics

Qatar Tourism Authority has entered into a partnership with STR Global to track the performance metrics of its hotels and expand benchmarking services throughout the country’s hotel industry. Year-to-date through More...

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By Staff Writer On Sunday, September 20th, 2015
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19.1% increase in MEA hotel pipeline

There are 688 hotels totalling 175,574 rooms Under Contract in the Middle East/Africa region, according to the August 2015 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, representing a 19.1% increase in rooms Under Contract More...

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By Staff Writer On Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Bentley unveils Bentayga SUV

Bentley Motors has unveiled its sector-defining Bentayga SUV, its “fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world”, at the 66th IAA in Frankfurt. The model features a twin-turbocharged More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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New Audi Q7 Arrives in Dubai and Northern Emirates

The latest edition of the biggest selling Audi model in the Middle East is now on display at Al Nabooda Automobiles showrooms across Dubai and the Northern Emirates. As part of the launch of the new Audi Q7, Al More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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Katara Hospitality buys Westin Excelsior Rome for $251m

Qatari hospitality firm Katara Hospitality has bought The Westin Excelsior Rome from Starwood Hotels and Resorts for $251m. The property is Starwood’s third sale in recent months, following the handover of The More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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Anantara targets obesity to increase productivity

Anantara Hotels and Resorts, Abu Dhabi is aiming to tackle staff illness and productivity by encouraging employees to live healthier lifestyles and lose excess weight. Creating its own version of hit TV show, The More...

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By Staff Writer On Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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Software unveils ‘Smart Logistics’ blueprint for Digital Platform

German software enterprise company Software AG recently unveiled a smart logistics blueprint for its digital business platform that combines capabilities to digitize, analyse and monetise assets by enabling cutting More...

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By Staff Writer On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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Rockwell to host 2015 Automation event in Chicago

The world of manufacturing and production is undergoing unprecedented changes with the convergence of information and operations technology, along with the emergence of modern technologies associated with the Internet More...