President Donald Trump announced a “historic” deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, declaring the normalization of relations between the two countries. Israel has also agreed to suspend plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the agreement. An established public relationship between Israel […]
The Middle East, a region that encompasses many countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, is known for its oil-derived wealth. Business Insider rounded up the richest people in the Middle East based on Forbes’ world billionaires ranking and the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The wealth of […]
Gulf airlines Emirates and Etihad have no plans to merge, despite the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Emirates president Tim Clark told Business Insider. Speculation about a merger has swirled for years, and has resurfaced due to the pandemic. Clark said that the two UAE airlines will continue […]
Emaar, the Dubai real estate development giant behind the Burj Khalifa, eliminated all job titles within the company on Tuesday, according to Entrepreneur Middle East. Founder Mohamed Alabbar sent an email to staff explaining the decision. “Emaar is not a collection of talented individuals, but a team of great pooled […]
A fish-farming group’s share price has mushroomed more than 2,500% in the past year. International Holdings Co. PJSC, an Abu Dhabi-based holding company, ballooned from less than $US150 million in market capitalisation to more than $US12 billion. IHC’s revenues more than doubled last year, and its net income soared 25-fold, […]
The village of Al Madam, which is about 30 miles from Dubai, was built in the 1970s. For unknown reasons, the village was abandoned and it has been slowly overtaken by the desert. The destination is becoming a popular spot for tourists. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Not too […]
I’ve paid roughly $US1,500 a month for the past two places I’ve lived – a bedroom in an apartment in Dubai’s Princess Tower, and a small studio at London’s The Collective Canary Wharf. They’re similar in many ways, since they both have pools, common areas, and communal kitchens, and are […]
Dubai is now home to the largest 3D-printed building ever constructed. The city has a track record of building extravagant landmarks to entice visitors, and it’s also home to the world’s tallest building. The 3D-printed office building was an engineering feat, using only three workers and one printer. The city […]
Dubai’s metro has a whole carriage just for women and children, where men can be fined for entering. The rule did not seem to be strictly enforced, but the carriage full of women had a lot of advantages that I enjoyed. But it’s not a system that I’d necessarily want […]
The Dubai Air Show starts Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, bringing together the world’s largest plane, helicopter, and defence companies to make announcements and sign deals to shape the industry. The show is expecting almost 90,000 people. It is exhibiting 165 planes and will include aerial displays where passenger […]
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum took Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from a postcolonial backwater to the global financial powerhouse it is today. Mohammed was present in 1971 when the British relinquished the seven emirates after 150 years of colonial rule. Today he’s prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and […]
Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sent a draft speech on energy to be edited by officials in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee. Their changes were included in the final version, which Trump delivered to petroleum industry delegates in […]
The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed it is deploying additional ships to the Persian Gulf, but says that the deployments are part of its ongoing presence in the region. The announcement comes after an Iranian ship was seized in the Straits of Gibraltar, and Iranian ships attempted to block a […]
The United Arab Emirates attracts millions of tourists and expats as a supposed haven of liberal Western values in the Middle East. However, the Gulf state frequently arrests foreigners for behaviours that would be considered harmless, and completely legal, in the West. Westerners have been arrested for things like social […]
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers had been targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih confirmed in a statement by state-owned Saudi Press Agency that the attack occurred at 6 a.m. local time as […]
An Emirati woman awoke from a 27-year coma after a car crash in 1991. Munira Abdulla, who was 32 in 1991, was in a car with her son Omar when it hit a school bus. She shielded him, sustaining enormous injuries in the process. In June 2018, she awoke after […]
To understand Apple’s global retail footprint, it helps to see it for yourself. We’ve compiled a list of every Apple store in the world. Jump to your favourite country or state via the table of contents, or scroll down to see every store alphabetically. It’s hard to believe Apple was […]
A British student who was convicted of spying by the United Arab Emirates said he was forced to sign a false confession and was psychologically tortured. Matthew Hedges, a PhD student, was accused by the UAE of being an agent of Britain’s MI6. He ws pardoned after intense diplomatic pressure […]
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, reportedly spent seven years planning to escape from her father. She hasn’t been seen since March 4, when commandos seized her from her escape craft off the Indian coast, a new documentary said. The documentary interviewed a French ex-spy, a […]
The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned Matthew Hedges, a British academic who was sentenced to life in prison on spying charges at a five-minute trial last week. Hedges was released hours after the pardon. Emirati officials at a Monday news conference showed clips in which Hedges reportedly appears to […]
The wife of a British academic who has been sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates said he was not even allowed to look at her in court. Matthew Hedges, who was accused of spying for the British government, was sentenced on Wednesday at a five-minute hearing […]
A Dubai-based engineering firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Dubai in order to provide the city with a reserve of fresh drinking water. The firm will use satellite imagery to select candidate icebergs. It’s eyeing icebergs that are between 2,000 and 7,000 feet long, and weigh around 100 […]
The UAE ship struck by Houthi missiles early Wednesday was a landing craft utility ship, a knowledgeable source told Business Insider, adding that the missiles were believed to be made by China or Iran. The assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah is ongoing after the UN Security Council rejected […]
The Trump administration is considering helping the Saudi-led coalition militarily seize a port from Iranian-backed Houthis in war-torn Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, one of the major players in the Saudi-led coalition, has asked the US to help the coalition seize the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. But aid groups […]
The special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into contact between UAE officials and Rick Gerson, a New York hedge fund manager and a close friend of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Gerson was reportedly in the Seychelles around the same time as a meeting previously reported as set […]
Size doesn’t always mean wealth when it comes to the world’s richest countries, according to data published in April by the International Monetary Fund. Twice a year the IMF releases a huge dump of data about the economic power of the world’s nations, with gross domestic product (GDP) per capita […]
Top Trump fundraisers who sought to negotiate $US1 billion in business deals with Middle East princes referred to Jared Kushner as the “Clown Prince” and mocked his role as a Middle East negotiator. Elliot Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, pitched to Trump that UAE and Saudi crown […]
Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with an emissary for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE who wanted to help the Trump team three months before the 2016 presidential election. It’s the first sign that another country other than Russia offered the Trump campaign help. An Israeli social […]
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The special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly learned of several other meetings in the Seychelles that took place around the same time as one between an informal Trump campaign adviser, the Emirati crown prince, and a Russian investor linked to President Vladimir Putin. The development comes as Mueller broadens his […]
For nearly a century, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has relied on the country’s expansive oil reserves to power its economy. But in recent years, oil prices have rapidly decreased, and Saudi Arabia is now looking to diversify its economy and rely less on oil. The royal family has created […]
President Donald Trump rejected a business proposal from a close United Arab Emirates associate days before a Trump surrogate met an Emirati delegation and Kremlin-aligned Russian investor Kirill Dmitriev in the Seychelles. Trump said he turned down the proposal because he did not want to be perceived as taking advantage […]
For much of the 20th century, the United Arab Emirates was known as one of the world’s biggest oil producers and, as a result, greenhouse-gas emitters. But in the past two decades, the UAE government has made an effort to lower its own dependency on fossil fuels, shifting toward more […]
Germany and Norway have recently announced they would stop selling weapons to countries in the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen. But the US told Business Insider that it has no intentions of halting weapons sales or support for the coalition. The war in Yemen has caused mass starvation and […]
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