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Jetman and sidekick tear up Dubai skies

Dubai - Two daredevil stuntmen have treated Dubai residents to a world-first aerial display, tearing through the skies above the Emirate at breakneck speed powered by jetpacks, organisers said Tuesday.

Dubai to put 'robocops' on the streets in two years

Science fiction and Hollywood fantasy films seem to be turning into reality at a dazzling speed. As we enter the "robotic era" of drones and self-driving cars, our well-being could soon be protected by armies of police androids, as we're seeing in Dubai.

Cam shows majestic POV as Eagle dives from Dubai's Burj Khalifa

Dubai - A two-minute video uploaded to YouTube March 14, shows an imperial eagle named Darshan, diving from the top of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, with a live-stream camera strapped to his back.

Huge blaze guts 79-floor Dubai skyscraper

Dubai - Hundreds of panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Saturday as a huge fire engulfed the skyscraper, causing extensive damage to its luxury flats.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

$1 million prize for global water solution

The ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumhas, has offered $1 million USD to the research institute that comes up with an effective solution to the global water shortage problem.

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.

UAE, Abu Dhabi roll over $20 billion of Dubai's debt

Abu Dhabi and the central bank of the United Arab Emirates have agreed to refinance $20 billion of debt that was extended to the Dubai government as emergency aid during its financial crisis and comes due this year, the state news age...

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...

Op-Ed: Dubai is the perfect year-round summer holiday Special

Tourist friendly Dubai is a perfect destination, from long-haul stopovers, to family vacations and weekend getaways. Enjoying year round sun, Dubai is a must-visit city with something for everyone.

Djokovic says Becker hired to improve mental toughness

Coach Boris Becker can help Novak Djokovic acquire a greater mental toughness to better his recent record in grand slam finals, the Serb said ahead of the Dubai Championships which begin on Monday.

Dubai winner Venus claims first title since 2012

Venus Williams crushed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3 6-0 in the final of the Dubai Championship on Saturday, the veteran American bagging her first singles title since 2012.

Cornet stuns Serena to prevent all-Williams Dubai final

France's Alize Cornet beat a despondent Serena Williams 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday in what the world number 26 described as the biggest win of her career.

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.

McIlroy retains Dubai lead, Woods toils

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy remained on course to end a 14-month European Tour title drought after shooting a second-round 70 to lead the $2.

McIlroy willing to take risks for Dubai hole-in-one jackpot

Rory McIlroy will happily chance his arm to bag a $2.5 million prize pot with one swing of his club at this weekend's Dubai Desert Classic, as the twice major winner aims to continue his encouraging form in the Middle East.

Woods does not fear Torrey Pines repeat in Dubai

World number one Tiger Woods shrugged off concerns on Wednesday that his Torrey Pines nightmare might follow him to the Middle East for this weekend's Dubai Desert Classic.

Taste of Toronto debuts July 2014

Toronto - This summer, Taste of Toronto will bring the excitement of the ‘one of the world’s greatest restaurant festivals’ to North America for the first time at the Fort York National Historic Site, July 24 to July 27.

New Years: Saudis ban celebrations, Dubai seeks fireworks record

Riyadh - Saudi Arabian religious police have warned citizens not to celebrate New Year's while in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates that city will attempt to set a Guiness world record for a fireworks display.

'World's most stupid phone thief' revealed in photos and videos

A German tourist, who admits to getting a little drunk, had her phone stolen while on holiday in Ibiza. She even almost met the thief face-to-face, but has now had a chance to get to know him a whole lot better.

'I get to go home': Dubai pardons jailed Norwegian rape victim

Marte Deborah Dalelv, the Norwegian woman whose name made news around the world when she was sentenced to prison in Dubai after reporting rape — has been "pardoned."

Woman who reported rape convicted by Sharia law, appeal filed

Dubai - Updated: A Norwegian alleged rape victim is appealing her conviction and the sentence she received after – according to Sharia law – she “participated in extramarital sex,” with her rapist. The appeal trial is scheduled for September 2013.

Gang-rape victim jailed for illicit sex in Dubai speaks of ordeal

Dubai - In 2008 a young Australian woman was drugged and gang-raped by three co-workers whilst working in a luxury Dubai hotel. Upon reporting the rape she was imprisoned for engaging in illicit sex.

New SARS-like coronavirus may be spreading in France

French health officials reported the need to test for additional cases of the SARS-like coronavirus that appears to have emerged from the Middle East, as the novel virus continues to demonstrate its ability to spread among human populations.

Sad, spectacular time-lapse animation shows human impact on Earth

In only 30 years, great glaciers have retreated and a lake that was once the world’s fourth largest has all but dried up. For the first time ever, the human impact on the face of earth as seen from space is on full view, and it is not a pretty picture.

Dubai buys Ferrari and Lamborghini for its police

Dubai - No, it's not a joke. Dubai has added a Ferrari to the Lamborghini it bought for its police force earlier in the month. Al Arabiya says the Lamborghini cost $550,000 and Metro UK reports the new Ferrari costs anything between $250,000 and $500,000 as well.

London School of Economics cancels Middle East Conference

Dubai - The London School of Economics has cancelled a Middle East conference on the Arab Spring that was to begin on February 23rd in Dubai in the UAE citing curbs on research by the UAE.

Video: Fireworks around the world celebrate the entry of 2013

As the world turned, bringing 2013 to each country, fireworks lit the sky in incredible displays. Despite austerity, many major cities represented in the video offered pyrotechnic extravaganzas. Let us hope for peace and prosperity in the new year.

Video: Fireworks light the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa

Dubai - In Dubai, UAE, fireworks lit up the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, with a live orchestra playing in the New Year.

5 Dubai new theme parks to cost $2.7 billion

Dubai - Around $2.7 billion is to be invested in five new theme parks in Dubai. At the same time, the Dubai Group is cutting staff as it tries to reduce costs and manage huge debts.
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Fireworks light up the Burj Khalifa  world s tallest building  in Dubai to celebrate 2013.
Fireworks light up the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building, in Dubai to celebrate 2013.
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Pic taken by me, Dubai desert.
A Norwegian woman Marte Deborah Dalelv  says she received 16-month prison sentence in Dubai after re...
A Norwegian woman Marte Deborah Dalelv, says she received 16-month prison sentence in Dubai after reporting an alleged rape incident to police
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The wealth in Dubai is incredible, outside a hotel three Lamborghinis are parked.
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Pic. taken by me on 20th May 2007, Dubai desert.
Palm Islands in Dubai  United Arab Emirates - view from plane
Photo taken: June 24  2005.
Palm Islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates - view from plane Photo taken: June 24, 2005.
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Pic taken by me, Dubai desert.
Norwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv  24  who reported being raped  posess in undated sh...
Norwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, who reported being raped, posess in undated shot.
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Darshan dives to earth from 2 722 feet
Darshan dives to earth from 2,722 feet
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LSE initials in stonework
Camel milk isn t as uncommon as you might think.
Camel milk isn't as uncommon as you might think.
Fireworks display in Dubai to ring in 2013.
Fireworks display in Dubai to ring in 2013.
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Dubai police lamborghini
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Knightscope's "robocop"
Pic taken by me  Dubai desert.
Pic taken by me, Dubai desert.
Fire takes hold at Tamweel residential tower  Jumeirah Lakes Towers  Dubai  United Arab Emirates
Fire takes hold at Tamweel residential tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Flames leap from Tamweel residential tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers  Dubai.
Flames leap from Tamweel residential tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai.
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Darshan completes  highest-ever recorded bird 
flight from a man-made structure.
Darshan completes "highest-ever recorded bird flight from a man-made structure."