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Abu Dhabi authorities 'acquired' $450 mn Da Vinci: museum

Abu Dhabi - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Friday that local Emirati authorities had "acquired" a $450-million painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, as reports swirled about the original source of funding.

Da Vinci sold for $450 mn is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million, is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum, it announced Wednesday.

Saleh's death kills hopes for a silver bullet in Yemen

Dibai - The killing of ex-leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, days after his overtures to the Saudi-led coalition, has buried hopes for a breakthrough in Yemen's war, analysts say, and risks fuelling a standoff between Riyadh and Tehran.

Bahrain's top Shiite cleric hospitalised

Dibai - Bahrain's leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, a central opposition figure, has been admitted to hospital in critical condition, his family and a rights group said Monday.

Bahrain opposition chief denies colluding with Qatar

Dibai - Bahrain's jailed Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to new charges of working with the kingdom's Gulf rival Qatar to overthrow the Sunni minority government.

Fairies, brides in black descend on Arab Fashion Week

Dibai - Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focussed on instantly available "ready couture" and pre-collections.

Dubai property giant Emaar profits surge on high sales

Dibai - Dubai construction giant Emaar Properties posted a sharp rise in third quarter profits Sunday as residential sales in the glitzy emirate gathered steam.

Bahrain accuses Iran over pipeline fire

Dibai - Gulf kingdom Bahrain has accused Iran of being behind a pipeline fire that temporarily halted oil supplies from Saudi Arabia, but Tehran rejected the allegation as "childish".

Macron warns looming military defeat of IS 'not the end'

Abu Dhabi - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the Islamic State group faced complete military defeat in Iraq and Syria within months but warned the battle against jihadism would go on.

10 years in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open

Abu Dhabi - More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors on Wednesday, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time.

Blaming Iran, Saudi says missile strike may be 'act of war'

Dibai - Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen on Monday as Riyadh said a rebel missile attack "may amount to an act of war" and Tehran accused its rival of war crimes.

Blaming Iran, Saudi says Huthi strike may be 'act of war'

Dibai - Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen on Monday, with Riyadh saying a rebel missile attack "may amount to an act of war" and Tehran accusing its rival of war crimes.

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Abu Dhabi - More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time.

Al-Waleed: the Saudi billionaire prince who slammed Trump

Dibai - Saudi Arabia's Al-Waleed bin Talal -- the billionaire tycoon arrested in an anti-graft crackdown by his cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- is no stranger to controversy and making headlines.

Jailed Bahrain dissident chief charged with Qatar 'spying'

Dibai - Bahrain has charged jailed Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman with "spying" for Qatar, state prosecutors said Wednesday, after allegations he whipped up protests at Doha's request.

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Dibai - Bahrain's foreign minister on Monday suggested suspending Qatar's Gulf Cooperation Council membership until it accepts the demands of its Arab adversaries in the region's worst crisis in years.

Yemen children caught in war in dire need of aid: UN

Dibai - More than 11 million Yemeni children need humanitarian aid as a result of a war raging since March 2015, the UN's humanitarian coordination agency OCHA said on Monday.

Bahrain temporarily frees female activist: rights groups

Dibai - Bahrain has temporarily freed a female activist who has accused her government of torture in detention, rights groups said Monday.

UAE boosts prestige of trades with world competition

Abu Dhabi - The oil-rich United Arab Emirates, seeking to elevate the prestige of vocational skills among its youth, this week hosted a global trades competition -- the first in the Middle East.

Dubai police adopt three new cutting edge tech devices

Dubai - Dubai police have adopted a new crime fighting instrument that can be a drone or a hoverbike. Earlier this year they introduced a robocop and robocop cars.
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