- Dubai to open 2016-17 IRB Sevens season in December Updated: May-25-16 1:45 am
SYDNEY - Fiji will begin defense of its IRB world sevens title on Dec. 2-3 when the opening tournament of the 10-round, 2016-17 season is held at Dubai, followed a week later at Cape Town.
- Dubai announces $270 million canal project with homes, shops Updated: May-24-16 6:16 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Officials in Dubai have announced a new, $270-million project to build homes and shops along part of the under-construction Dubai canal.
- Reports: Emirati teen convicted for joining IS in Syria Updated: May-24-16 2:26 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - State media in the UAE are reporting that an Emirati teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and fought there has been sentenced to five years in prison.
- GE announces deals worth over $1.4 billion with Saudi Arabia Updated: May-23-16 11:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - General Electric Co. said Monday it made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth more than $1.4 billion as part of the kingdom's ambitious plan to wean itself off crude oil.
- Official: Iran to try to 'speed up' held Lebanese man's case Updated: May-23-16 7:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran "will try to speed up" the case involving a detained U.S. permanent resident who advocates Internet freedom, an official said Monday, making the first government acknowledgement of the man's detention.
- Supporters: Iran human rights activist gets 10-year sentence Updated: May-20-16 7:26 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An already-imprisoned prominent human rights activist in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a new trial, a ruling denounced Friday by the United Nations as it called for her immediate release.
- Floating home marks return to Dubai's man-made World islands Updated: May-19-16 7:19 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Surrounded by 300 deserted man-made islands, Dubai's newest real-estate wonder has all the amenities of a luxury hotel - plus views of the bottom of the sea.
- Report: Alleged sexual assault sparked Dubai police shooting Updated: May-17-16 2:17 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that an alleged sexual assault caused a Dubai police officer to fatally shoot his colleague.
- United Arab Emirates military plane crashes during training Updated: May-15-16 5:05 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The military of the United Arab Emirates says a military aircraft has crashed during a training flight in the Gulf country, killing two onboard.
- Advocacy group calls on Oman to release detained journalist Updated: May-13-16 6:46 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An advocacy group for journalists is asking Oman to release a state radio reporter detained in the country since late April.
- UAE's Happiness Minister wants to see more positive stories Updated: May-11-16 10:09 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates' minister for happiness says part of her mission is to encourage local media to tell more positive stories because "happiness is contagious."
- 3 sports journalists in Abu Dhabi convicted of slander Updated: May-11-16 9:12 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Three journalists who appeared on a Dubai television sports channel and criticized the network's Abu Dhabi competitor have received three-month suspended prison sentences for slander, state-backed media reported.
- Jordan official: Extremism a result of no Palestinian state Updated: May-10-16 11:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Palestinian statehood is the most important issue now facing the world and that it fuels extremism gripping the Mideast, Jordan's foreign minister said Tuesday.
- Emirates airline says profits are up amid lower oil prices Updated: May-10-16 11:46 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said Tuesday its profits were up by about 56 percent to $1.9 billion in the last fiscal year largely due to lower oil prices that drove down fuel costs.
- Bahrain says it will release prominent female activist Updated: May-09-16 2:24 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said Monday that a prominent female activist will be released after spending nearly two months in prison.
- Life sentence for UAE man whose wife murdered US citizen Updated: May-09-16 9:35 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A court in the United Arab Emirates handed a life sentence on Monday to the husband of an Emirati woman who was executed for the murder of an American school teacher.
- Canadian billionaire sells majority stake in Adriatic marina Updated: May-06-16 10:36 am
TIVAT, Montenegro - Canadian billionaire Peter Munk has sold his majority stake in Porto Montenegro, one of world's largest marinas for super yachts, to Dubai's sovereign wealth fund for a reported 200 million euros ($228 million).
- Chevrolet, the 'Heartbeat of America,' not coming to Iran Updated: May-04-16 12:24 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Chevrolet, the U.S. car brand once advertised as the "Heartbeat of America," won't be rolling new models through the streets of Iran anytime soon despite the recent lifting of sanctions under a nuclear deal with world powers.
- Severe turbulence injures 32 on Etihad flight to Indonesia Updated: May-04-16 11:51 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Thirty-one passengers and a crew member aboard an Etihad Airways flight were injured Wednesday when their plane ran into sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
- Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast Updated: May-03-16 1:44 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.
- Qatar bank says some leaked customer data may be accurate Updated: May-01-16 12:08 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar's largest bank acknowledged Sunday that some personal customer data that was leaked online may be authentic, and said it has hired an outside expert to review potential vulnerabilities to its computer systems.
- Iraqi authorities shut down Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau Updated: Apr-28-16 1:19 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Al Jazeera Media Network says Iraqi authorities have shut down their bureau in Baghdad and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.
- Etihad Airways announces $103M profit for 2015 Updated: Apr-27-16 10:02 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways on Wednesday announced profits of $103 million in 2015 off total revenues of $9.02 billion, marking a fifth year in the black on its strategy of partnering with other carriers.
- UAE considers new fire safety laws after skyscraper blazes Updated: Apr-27-16 8:53 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai will supervise construction crews more strictly and monitor the material they use after a series of skyscraper fires, including a New Year's Eve blaze that made headlines around the world, a top civil defense official said Wednesday.
- AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists Updated: Apr-26-16 2:32 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including pre-Islamic sites, and encouraging Saudis to spend some of their tourist money at home.