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Qaeda chief calls for unity as jihadist schism deepens

Dubai - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for unity in a new interview amid widening divisions with a rival jihadist organisation rooted in the Syrian civil war.
In the Media by AFP

Filipino paramedic dies of MERS in UAE

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates announced Friday that one of six Filipino paramedics in the UAE who have been infected by the MERS coronavirus has died from the respiratory disease.
In the Media by AFP

US output, potential low demand pose risks to Gulf oil: IMF

Dubai - A rapid growth in US oil production combined with potentially weaker global demand present a downside risk to Gulf oil output and prices, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday.
In the Media by Ali KHALIL (AFP)

African Story wins $10 million Dubai World Cup

Dubai - African Story swooped on front-running Mukhadram to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan racecourse on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Ruler of the World in line for world's richest horse racing event

Dubai - A cosmopolitan gathering of horses from seven different countries will contest the US$10 million Emirates Dubai World Cup at Meydan racecourse, on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Abu Dhabi extends period of $20 bn loans to Dubai

Dubai - Oil-rich Abu Dhabi and the UAE central bank agreed Sunday to extend the period of loans worth $20 billion accorded neighbouring Dubai when it was hit by the global financial crisis in 2009.The government of Abu Dhabi agreed to roll over a loan of $10 b...
In the Media by AFP

Saudi demands Qatar 'shut down Al-Jazeera'

Dubai - Saudi Arabia demanded that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera and two think tanks during a recent meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a source close to someone who attended the talks told AFP Friday.Riyadh demanded the closure of the pan-Arab broadcaster ...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

U.S. says committed to Gulf security despite own energy wealth

Abu Dhabi - The United States is committed to preserving security in the oil-rich Gulf region despite its growing energy independence, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Sunday."The United States and the UAE share a commitment to preserve security and st...
In the Media by AFP

Federer downs Berdych for sixth Dubai Open

Dubai - Roger Federer followed his best win in 18 months by taking his first title in nine months with a revenge victory over Tomas Berdych in Saturday's final of the Dubai Open.Federer came from behind to beat world number two Novak Djokovic on Friday.Now he ...
In the Media by Richard Eaton (AFP)

Brilliant Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

Dubai - Roger Federer showed an enterprising new side to his game as he beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in 18 months and ended the top seed's defence of the Dubai Open title.The record 17-time Grand Slam title winner beat the six-time major champion 3-6...
In the Media by Richard Eaton (AFP)

Djokovic gets bye into Dubai semi-finals as Youzhny pulls out

Dubai - Novak Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals of the Dubai Open more quickly than he would have wished when his opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, was taken ill and withdrew on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Federer in Dubai to show revival is real

Dubai - Roger Federer's performance in reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open last month is the first step in a mini-revival of tennis' great legend.
In the Media by Richard Eaton (AFP)

Saudi 'seeking Pakistan arms for Syrian rebels'

Dubai - Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday.The United States has long opposed arming the...
In the Media by AFP

Dubai property giant Emaar posts 21% surge in profits

Dubai - Dubai-based Emaar Properties said on Monday it posted a 21-percent surge in annual profits in 2013, reaching $699 million on the back of strong performances in the retail and hospitality sectors.
In the Media by AFP

Serena aims to dispel anxieties in Dubai

Dubai - Serena Williams' bid to extend her phenomenal career into her 33rd year will take a tentative but crucial step forward when she unexpectedly lines up at the head of the field for the Dubai Open which starts on Monday.Tennis' iconic female had planned t...
In the Media by Richard Eaton (AFP)

IMF hints Pakistan on track for $550 mn loan tranche

Dubai - Pakistan was on track to receive a third loan tranche worth $550 million from the International Monetary Fund this year, the Washington-based lender indicated Sunday, saying the nation's economic recovery was gathering pace.The IMF approved a $6.
In the Media by AFP

Al-Qaeda disavows ISIL in Syria

Dubai - Al-Qaeda has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose members have been locked in deadly clashes with Syrian rebels, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites.
In the Media by AFP

Etihad in 'final' assessment for Alitalia buy

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Sunday it has entered the final stage of an assessment whether to purchase a stake in Italy's debt-laden airline Alitalia.
In the Media by AFP

Etihad in 'final' assessment for Alitalia buy

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Sunday it has entered the final stage of an assessment whether to purchase a stake in Italy's debt-laden airline Alitalia.
In the Media by AFP

Golf: Gutsy Gallacher grabs Dubai double

Dubai - Stephen Gallacher birdied two of the last three holes on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the Dubai Desert Classic.
In the Media by Allan Kelly (AFP)
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