UAE News

Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Unit To Establish Base In Dubai

14 May 2015

Alibaba's subsidiary Aliyun will set up a venture with Dubai-based Meraas.



The cloud computing unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding said it would establish a base in Dubai to seek business from companies and governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

The deal may bolster Dubai’s efforts to develop as a technology centre for the region, in addition to marking an expansion of Alibaba’s cloud computing effort.

Alibaba’s... Read More

Tom Hanks to star in Abu Dhabi film

14 May 2015

Image Nation to fully finance Hollywood thriller, ‘The Circle’, based on Dave Eggers’ novel

Local production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi on Tuesday announced a deal to fully finance Tom Hank’s thriller The Circle. Directed and written by James Ponsoldt, Hanks will star alongside Alicia Vikander in feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel.

The premise of the film will sound familiar to anyone who uses all-encompassing online services such as Google: A young woman is hired for... Read More


14 May 2015

SITA to provide integrated end-to-end passenger and airport management solutions 

ABU DHABI, 12 MAY 2015 – SITA’s advanced technology will set the foundation for Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new Midfield Terminal, which will serve an estimated 30 million passengers annually from July 2017. In a five-year deal announced today, the air transport IT specialist will provide a full range of integrated airport solutions. This includes SITA’s next generation airport management system,... Read More

Aviation, tourism to account for 47 per cent of Dubai’s economy

14 May 2015

Contribution of the tourism sector to the local economy of Dubai accounts for about 20 per cent or AED83bn in 2015

The contribution of the aviation and tourism sectors to the GDP of Dubai is expected to reach 47 per cent in 2015, reports UAE-based Al Bayan.

This is equivalent to AED 196 billion, compared to AED188bn last year.

According to Al Bayan’s economic analysis, the emirate’s GDP will reach nearly AED415bn, a growth of 4 per cent compared with last year, according... Read More

Dubai Airports to make automated announcements in 25 languages

14 May 2015

The new system will standardise all boarding announcements, which will provide better voice quality, making it easier for passengers to receive the information they need.

Dubai Airports has introduced a new initiative to cater to its growing global passenger base at both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, DWC, by making automated announcements in up to 25 languages.

The new system also supports Dubai Airports’ “silent airport” policy at... Read More

Abu Dhabi Development Fund will participate in the VIII Astana Economic Forum

13 May 2015

Abu Dhabi Development Fund will participate in the VIII Astana Economic Forum

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to the United Arab Emirates Kairat Lama Sharif handed over the official invitation to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Development Fund (ADFD) Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi to attend the VIII Astana Economic Forum. The invitation has been accepted with gratitude.

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is a leading national entity to provide... Read More

Arabian oryx an index to health of environment

13 May 2015

Reintroduction of extinct oryx by breeding programme a miracle, official says

Abu Dhabi: “The Arabian oryx is not only a symbol of cultural heritage but it also helps the quality of our natural environment that immediately affects the lives of human beings,” a senior official told a leading daily.

Being a large herbivorous animal, the Arabian oryx indicates the health of the environment and the animal’s extinction in the past was an alarm bell on the state of the ecosystem, Dr... Read More

Jetman and sidekick tear up Dubai skies at breakneck speed

13 May 2015

(AFP) / 13 May 2015

“Yves’ and Vince’s flights over Dubai will help them further develop the Jetman wing and implement technological changes to advance their dream for human flight,” a statement from the organisers said.

 Dubai: Two daredevil stuntmen have treated Dubai residents to a world-first aerial display, tearing through the skies above the Emirate at breakneck speed powered by jetpacks, organisers said Tuesday.

Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, who goes by the name... Read More

Carolina Herrera In Dubai

13 May 2015

Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera de Baez mark the launch of their fragrance, Herrera Confidential by a trip to Dubai

Designer Carolina Herrera and her daughter, Carolina Herrera de Baez will travel to Dubai for the launch of the most premium fragrance collection, Herrera Confidential.

Together, they will celebrate the collection at several events during their stay, including the official unveiling party at

One and Only Royal Mirage.

Dubai, selected... Read More

Media Zone Authority Delegation attends Cannes to promote Abu Dhabi as filming hub

13 May 2015

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 May 2015: A delegation from the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi will attend the Cannes Film Festival to promote the UAE capital as a filming and production hub. The world-renowned Festival, which screens new films of all genres from around the world, takes place from 13 – 24 May 2015 in the south of France.

The delegates from the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi are representing the capital’s film industry as well as twofour54, Abu Dhabi Film Commission and SANAD.... Read More