• New York TimesLate Wages for Migrant Workers at a Trump Golf Course in Dubai

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — They are not inclined to complain, not about the merciless sun or the 110-degree heat, as they labor to transform the pale sands of the Arabian desert into verdant fairways. They accept with resignation that their families are far away, in India, Pakistan or Nepal.What these migrant workers cannot abide is how frequently their employer, Read more...

  • UPIFormer Thailand PM flees to Dubai rather than face negligence verdict

    Aug. 26 (UPI) — Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai in the face of an arrest warrant issued by the Thai Supreme Court. Yingluck, the first woman prime minister of Thailand, has been on trial for negligence over the last two years. A verdict hearing was scheduled for Friday, but she didn’t show up, prompting the Read more...

  • The Washington PostEmirati filmmaker unsettles traditions, exposes hidden lives

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Emirati filmmaker is pushing boundaries and bypassing state censors by delicately unraveling a story about a traditional Arab family grappling with issues of homosexual love, gender identity, sectarianism and women’s rights. The movie focuses on a conservative Iraqi family who begin seeing and unearthing one another’s secrets after the family matriarch goes blind and Read more...

  • Kansas City StarDubai's Emaar posts first-half profits, announces new IPO

    Dubai developer Emaar Properties has posted 2.8 billion dirhams ($772 million) in net profits for the first half of 2017 and laid out plans to spin off its domestic real estate business. … Read the story on Kansas City Star.

  • ReutersIran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters: report

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran is holding talks with European planemaker Airbus to buy 48 helicopters for civilian use, an Iranian official was on Saturday quoted as saying, as Iran continues its shopping spree of Western aircraft after the lifting of sanctions. Read the story on Reuters.

  • USA TodayOPEC secures output compliance pledges from 4 producers

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – OPEC says a technical committee secured commitments from four oil producing countries to work to bring their production in line with previously agreed output targets.The organization said in a statement late Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Malaysia agreed to fully cooperate with committees charged with monitoring adherence to production targets with Read more...

  • USA TodayOPEC secures output compliance pledges from 4 producers

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – OPEC says a technical committee secured commitments from four oil producing countries to work to bring their production in line with previously agreed output targets.The organization said in a statement late Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Malaysia agreed to fully cooperate with committees charged with monitoring adherence to production targets with Read more...

  • USA TodayHighly flammable cladding eyed as possible culprit in Dubai skyscraper inferno

    Hours after authorities extinguished the flames that engulfed more than 40 floors of the world’s tallest residential tower in Dubai, the skyscraper was still closed, forcing residents of more than 600 apartments to find lodging elsewhere. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but similar Dubai infernos in the past have been linked to the highly flammable building cladding also blamed for the Read more...

  • USA TodayDubai high-rise blaze renews concerns of fire hazard threats worldwide

     LONDON — Friday’s fire at Dubai’s 86-story tallest residential tower raises new concerns that metal and plastic exterior coverings used widely around the world pose a huge safety risk.  Even before the Dubai blaze broke out and engulfed more than 40 floors, officials across the globe were inspecting high-rises that use external coverings, or cladding — common on apartment buildings, schools, offices and hospitals.The initial checks were Read more...

  • The Seattle TimesQatar takes fight with boycotting Arab bloc to trade body

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against three of the four Arab countries that are isolating it, opening up a possible new path for negotiations with its opponents. The Gulf nation said late Monday it had filed the grievance with the WTO’s dispute settlement body alleging that Saudi Arabia, the Read more...