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United Arab Emirates

More Sisters Vanish into UAE Police Custody

Brian Dooley | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington's military and political support for him and for the UAE government enables the Gulf monarchy's repression. U.S. government officials should speak out publicly against the attack on the Alabdouli sisters in the UAE.

Dramatic, Negative Consequences if the Government Fails to Enforce Open Skies Agreements

Rob Britton | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

It's time for the Obama administration to act. Failure to act will put the U.S. airlines, their workers, communities across the country that rely on service and the entire American aviation industry in serious jeopardy.

Pentagon Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To The United Arab Emirates

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Five detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were transferred to the government of the United Ar...

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Setting: Finding the Meaning of Life, and Cooking in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

The reason I love doing what I do so much is because I often get to the heart and soul behind film, food and fashion.

The Greatest Show on Earth: Le Théâtre Dior Hits Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.11.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I believe the timing for this traveling exhibition is perfect as well. The world is in upheaval but, at the risk of sounding like a modern-day Marie Antoinette of sorts, let us wear glamour!

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Setting: The Red Velvet Side of Life in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

I definitely did not anticipate that a red mesh dress by Singaporean designer Max.Tan would be turned into an edible study in deconstructing, and then re-assembling, the perfect red velvet cake.

UAE Chairman of Manchester City Pressures UK to Crack Down on Muslim Brothers

James Dorsey | Posted 11.07.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, has warned the UK that his country would block multi-billion dollar arms deals, halt investment in Britain and suspend intelligence cooperation if Prime Minister David Cameron failed to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood

We're All in This Together: How Subsidized Gulf Carriers Threaten the U.S. Domestic Airline Network

Rob Britton | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

One of the fibs that the Gulf airlines and their supporters keep repeating is that U.S. airlines are being "protectionist," which couldn't be further from the truth. American, Delta, and United don't need protection from competition.

Just Two Dudes In Jet Packs Flying Beside An Airliner

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.06.2015 | Weird News

This seems like something James Bond would do in his spare time between fighting international baddies. Watch two men wearing jet packs fly in...

Apple Opens First Stores In Arab World

AP | Damon Beres | Posted 10.29.2015 | Technology

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Apple opened its first retail stores in the Arab world on Thursday in the luxury malls of the United Arab Emi...

Conflicts, Refugees, and Low Oil Prices: How MENA Can Emerge From This Testing Time

Masood Ahmed | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Masood Ahmed

In a time of entrenched conflicts and historically low oil prices, the challenges for policymakers throughout the region are steep. But that only makes finding the political will to move forward with the right reforms all the more important.

Emirates Airline's One Percenters

Rob Britton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

If you're Emirates, based in Dubai, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, or Qatar Airways from that country, you can install showers, butlers and bars on your A380s because your government owners deliver wheelbarrows of subsidy cash.

Subsidized Gulf Airlines Are Damaging Airlines Globally, Not Just in the U.S.

Rob Britton | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

Last month, I spent two weeks teaching grad students about a variety of airline topics in Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden, and after nearly every lecture someone has asked about the impact of the three fast-growing Gulf mega-airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

No, Arab Gulf Countries Are Not Taking in Refugees

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While the Arab states of the GCC might not have officially resettled any of the Syrian refugees, it would be incorrect to say that Arab states have not received any of the millions of Syrians who have been displaced since the civil war began.

No, Airbus, I Don't Want to Be Stacked

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.12.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

I don't fancy sitting on top of other passengers in an A380 or larger plane, and worrying about more people breathing the same recycled, often staler, air pumped into the cabin.

2022 World Cup Sparks Labour Reform, Just Not in Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted other Gulf states and prompted other activists to focus on high-profile construction projects like sites for Western museums and universities in the UAE. It also motivated countries across the region to tinker with their labour systems.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

FIFA to Rescue of Troubled Saudi King Salman

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Pictures of Saudi soccer players subjecting themselves to Israeli controls potentially could have been the cinder that put the House of Saud on fire where it not for the willingness of Sepp Blatter's FIFA fire brigade to come to Mr. Salman's rescue on what can only be opportunistic political grounds.

The Gulf States Should Do More for Syrian Refugees

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.

What's the Big Deal With Those Persian Gulf Airlines?

George Hobica | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel
George Hobica

Is all the hype -- and fear -- justified? Are they that much better than Delta, American, United, Lufthansa, Air France/KLM, and the rest?

Subsidized Gulf Airlines' Impact on U.S. Cities and Our Airline Network

Rob Britton | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

Six months into the trade dispute between the massively subsidized Gulf airlines -- Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways -- and U.S. network carriers, the tactics of the two sides have become familiar.

I Am (Not) Proud to Be a Filipino

Sarah Zonio | Posted 09.23.2015 | Travel
Sarah Zonio

Understanding the richness of a country's history, its culture, its way of life, its people, and how they differ from the other countries, will open your eyes to a whole new perspective.

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

United Arab Emirates: Lift Travel Ban on Political Dissidents

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

It's hard to describe how scared people in the United Arab Emirates are of the secret police. The State Security apparatus is the UAE's Stasi. Human rights activists told me that the agency jailed or forced into exile many of the country's leading lawyers, academics and other civil society leaders.

Why Emirates Is Not a Real Airline

Rob Britton | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

Open Skies agreements have served U.S. carriers very well, enabling them to grow overseas, and to partner with European and Asian airlines to expand their networks. But U.S. airlines cannot - and should not have to - compete with airlines with short paths to enormous government treasuries.