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Sharjah realty boom is taking off

In Sharjah, there is no such thing as difficult market conditions when it comes to selling property. Freehold and long-term leasehold sales have been on the up all through 2017 and developers are just as willing now to keep the supply pipeline humming with new launches. “Since September 2017, there …

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Flexing your Intellectual Muscles: Indo-Pacific Conflict Scenarios, in Fact and Fiction!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Attended a very interesting lecture the other day with a deceptively simple title: “The Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region: The Challenges and Opportunities for Japan”, by Professor Satoru Mori from the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. (Faculty of Law, Department of Global Politics; little …

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Sharjah established women-only business portal

The Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) and the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) have launched a platform available to women entrepreneurs, aimed at accelerating processes such as applications, permits, visas and licences. This ‘single-window’ service, available exclusively to women, is in line with the directives of Her Highness Jawaher Bint …

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Saudi crown prince says abaya not necessary

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety — as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country …

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$1m Global Prize winner in Dubai

A UK teacher has won the Global Teacher Prize, worth $1 million (Dh3.67 million), on Sunday night in Dubai. Andria Zafirakou was selected from among 10 international finalists who had flown in for the two-day Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), held at Atlantis, The Palm, and organised by the …

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Syria Partition Plans Must Be Foiled – Lavrov

During an interview with the television and radio company of Kazakhstan’s President, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has commented on a wide range of issues: from the situation in Syria to Skripal’s poisoning and beyond. While stressing that the level of violence in Syria has significantly decreased, the foreign minister emphasized that …

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Hamas Shuts Qatari Cell Provider in Gaza After Convoy Attack

Gaza’s Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister. Hamas police spokesman Ayman Batniji said Saturday that Wataniya Mobile, a subsidiary of Qatar’s Ooredoo, was being closed down for “refusing to cooperate” …

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Airbnb gains a foothold in the UAE market

Despite a significant delay in its arrival caused by legal uncertainty, Airbnb is finally gaining a foothold in the UAE market, emboldened by regulators who are now keen to promote Airbnb’s offering of apartments and villas to a more youthful, intrepid audience. “Policymakers in the region are increasingly recognising the …

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EU readies tax on US tech titans

The European Union will next week unveil plans for a digital tax on US tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google as transatlantic tensions flare over prospects of a trade war. The move is aimed at recovering billions from multinationals that divert European earnings to low-tax countries, and opens a …

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Asean, Australia reject protectionism

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. “You don’t grow stronger by closing the door …

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Sultan receives Macron at Sharjah pavilion in Paris

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday evening received President Emmanuel Macron of France during his visit to Sharjah Pavilion at the Paris Book Fair 2018 in Paris. The cultural event is being held from Friday to March 19. …

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