Gupta Brothers, Accused of Corruption in South Africa, Are Arrested in Dubai

Atul and Rajesh Gupta had fled South Africa four years ago amid intense law enforcement scrutiny and public outrage over allegations that they facilitated the gutting of state resources.

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Israel Signs Trade Deal With U.A.E.

The agreement highlighted deepening ties between Israel and parts of the Arab world. Once ratified, it will remove tariffs on 96 percent of bilateral trade, the two governments said.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #international-relations, #israel, #peace-process

Baking Challah in Dubai: A Jewish Community Heads Out Into the Open

The increasing openness of Jewish life in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai is another sign of an emerging new reality in the Middle East, where Israel’s isolation by the Arab world is ebbing.

#anti-semitism, #arabs, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

How the Supply Chain Crunch is Hurting California Farmers.

As shipping companies concentrate on the most lucrative routes from China to California, almond growers are struggling to transport their wares.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #central-valley-calif, #china, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-maritime-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maffei-daniel-b, #nuts, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #warehouses

In Dubai, the Museum of the Future Conveys a Message

Words of hope, in Arabic calligraphy, were incised into the building’s facade and matched precisely in its interior walls.

#architecture, #computers-and-the-internet, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #museums, #steel-and-iron

P & O Ferries Lays Off 800 U.K. Workers With No Notice

The abrupt terminations caused widespread service cancellations and drew immediate backlash from government officials and unions.

#dover-england, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #europe, #ferries, #hull-england, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #liverpool-england, #national-union-of-rail-maritime-and-transport-workers-rmt, #politics-and-government, #supply-chain

How Dubai Could Undermine Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs

Allies of President Vladimir Putin, arriving on private jets and yachts, are still welcome in the U.A.E., which has yet to condemn the Ukraine invasion or enforce sanctions.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #high-net-worth-individuals, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-arab-emirates

British Court Orders Dubai Ruler to Pay £554 Million in Custody Settlement

The settlement, of about $734 million, resolves a lengthy dispute that began when Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein and her two children fled to London in 2019.

#child-custody-and-support, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #great-britain, #haya-princess-of-jordan, #maktoum-latifa-bint-mohammed-al, #security-and-warning-systems

Sundays Off: U.A.E. Changes Its Weekend to Align With West

The United Arab Emirates, in a nod to global markets, has changed its workweek, declaring that Sunday, a work day in much of the Arab world, is now part of the weekend. Fridays will be half days.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #labor-and-jobs, #united-arab-emirates

Air Route to Belarus Closed to Migrants in Bid to Halt Crisis

Hoping to stem the flow of migrants stuck on the border of Belarus and Poland, Dubai banned Iraqi and Syrian passengers from traveling to Minsk.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

Iraqi Kurds and other migrants said they were fleeing despair at home, but Belarus encouraged them, offering visas and helping them get to the border.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #smuggling

Brazil’s Far-Right Disinformation Pushers Find a Safe Space on Telegram

In a social media ecosystem facing mounting pressure to combat fake news and polarization, Telegram is the most permissive disseminator of content — and disinformation.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #censorship, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #social-media, #telegram-llc

Dubai’s Ruler Hacked Phones of His Ex-Wife and Her Lawyers, U.K. Court Says

The sheikh, embroiled in a court case with his former wife, a Jordanian princess, used Israeli software to hack the phones. One of the lawyers targeted is a member of Britain’s House of Lords.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #haya-princess-of-jordan, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #politics-and-government

Living Not Just by the Water, but Over and Even Below It

Six decades ago, a hotel was built with rooms set on concrete piles placed deep within the ocean floor. The design has been flourishing ever since.

#architecture, #caribbean-area, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #europe, #french-polynesia-france, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #overwater-bungalows, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #second-homes-and-non-primary-residences

Dubai’s Ruler Is Entangled in a Kentucky Derby Controversy

Essential Quality could win the Kentucky Derby. Activists concerned about Sheikha Latifa, the owner’s daughter, don’t think the horse should run at all.

#churchill-downs-inc, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #horse-racing, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kentucky-derby, #kentucky-horse-racing-commission, #lexington-ky, #maktoum-latifa-bint-mohammed-al, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Derek Khan, Onetime Stylist for Hip-Hop Stars, Dies at 63

He was an architect of the over-the-top look known as “ghetto fabulous.” Later, unable to support his own lavish lifestyle, he fell from grace.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fashion-and-apparel, #jewels-and-jewelry, #khan-derek-1957-2021, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop

In Videos, Dubai Princess Says She Is a ‘Hostage’

Sheikha Latifa, who drew headlines in 2018 when she unsuccessfully sought to flee her country, says she has been held in a virtual prison since her forced return.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #maktoum-latifa-bint-mohammed-al, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #robinson-mary-1944, #united-arab-emirates, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #agriculture-and-farming, #beetles, #dates-fruit, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fez-morocco, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #sensors, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

One 18-Hour Flight, Four Coronavirus Infections

An outbreak aboard a September flight from Qatar to New Zealand offers researchers, and airlines, an opportunity to study in-transit contagion.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #auckland-new-zealand, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

U.A.E. Changes Laws to Attract Foreign Tourists and Investment

The United Arab Emirates is abolishing lenient sentences for so-called honor killings, loosening alcohol restrictions and lessening the sway of Islamic law over foreigners.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #adultery, #alcoholic-beverages, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #foreign-investments, #israel, #muslims-and-islam, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #shariah-islamic-law, #united-arab-emirates, #wills-and-estates, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

‘It’s Like Falling in Love’: Israeli Entrepreneurs Welcomed in Dubai

A high-profile delegation of Israeli innovators visited the United Arab Emirates soon after moves to normalize relations.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #entrepreneurship, #international-relations, #israel, #united-arab-emirates

Paul Rusesabagina, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero, Gives Jailhouse Interview

Paul Rusesabagina, who mysteriously disappeared from Dubai last month and then resurfaced as a prisoner in Rwanda, says he believed he was being flown to Burundi to talk to church groups.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #hotel-rwanda-movie, #political-prisoners, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Paul Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Fame Was ‘Kidnapped,’ Daughter Says

He was in Dubai for a meeting, then reappeared in Rwanda, where authorities said the famed hotelier was arrested on charges including terrorism, arson and murder.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #kagame-paul, #kigali-rwanda, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda

The Israel-U.A.E. Deal and the Beirut Blast Both Box in Iran

With Arab neighbors more worried about Iran than Israel, is Tehran losing the battle for influence in the region?

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #france, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #netanyahu-benjamin, #rouhani-hassan, #security-council-un, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

Storm, Runway and Perhaps Pilot Error Are Cited in India Air Crash

As investigators sought the cause of a jetliner accident that killed 18 people, blame began to fall on the pilot and the hilltop runway.

#air-india, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #india, #kerala-india

How the United Arab Emirates Set Its Sights on Mars

The Hope orbiter will make contributions to research on the red planet, but the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #hope-spacecraft, #japan, #mars-planet, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-arab-emirates

Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States

The pandemic and economic crises have caused many workers to lose their jobs. Some have been detained, abused, deprived of wages and stranded far from home with nowhere to turn for help.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #africa, #bahrain, #beirut-lebanon, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #ethiopia, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #kenya, #kuwait, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lebanon, #middle-east, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #saudi-arabia, #uganda, #united-arab-emirates, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Covid-19 Riddle: Why Does the Virus Wallop Some Places and Spare Others?

Experts are trying to figure out why the coronavirus is so capricious. The answers could determine how to best protect ourselves and how long we have to.

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