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11 августа, 19:17

Woman arrested with daughter in Dubai over drinking wine is released

Human rights group warns case of Ellie Holman, who accepted alcohol offered by Emirates, is symptomatic of confused UAE lawsA woman who was detained in Dubai with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London has expressed her relief after she was cleared by authorities and allowed to return home.Ellie Holman, a dentist originally from Sweden who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, with her husband and three children, had been facing a year in detention while awaiting a court hearing after she was arrested on 13 July having drunk one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates flight to Dubai. Continue reading...

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10 августа, 14:35

Woman held in Dubai with daughter after drinking wine on flight

Dentist says she was detained and had passport confiscated after having one glass of wineA woman was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, an NGO has said.Ellie Holman, a dentist originally from Sweden who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, with her English partner, Gary, and their three children, was denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to the human rights group Detained in Dubai. Continue reading...

08 августа, 14:15

Adnoc Chief in Japan To Seek Vital Jera Renewal

The head of Adnoc is in Japan engaged in a possible last-ditch effort to persuade Jera to renew a large long-term LNG contract that lapses next year.

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07 августа, 17:00

Jera Slashes Abu Dhabi LNG Offtake

The world's biggest LNG buyer is slashing the volume and duration of its LNG offtake from one of its biggest suppliers.

02 августа, 22:43

UN envoy confirms first Yemen peace talks in two years

Negotiations to resolve civil war due to be held in Geneva in SeptemberThe UN’s special envoy for Yemen has told the security council that he would convene the country’s first talks in two years to secure peace between Saudi-backed forces and Houthi rebels. Martin Griffiths said the “time was long past” for negotiations to resume, adding he would bring the parties together on 6 September in Geneva. Continue reading...

02 августа, 13:55

OMV in Profit, But Russia Risks Remain

Austria's OMV reversed a net loss into a profit in 2Q as it digested recent major acquisitions. But concerns over Russia, Romania, Iran and Libya remain.

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24 июля, 01:15

Court Orders U.A.E. to Let Expelled Qataris Back In

The U.N. court is the most prominent international body to rule in a bitter feud dividing the Persian Gulf.

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21 июля, 18:00

How landmark buildings became weapons in a new Gulf war

Across the Gulf region, states are vying to build ever grander museums and towers from the world’s most famous architects. But this display of soft power masks deeper ethical concernsOn the Doha corniche, on the route into the city from its airport, a monumental pile of fibre-cement discs is nearing completion. It is the new National Museum of Qatar, where the country’s “cultural heritage, diverse history and modern developments” are to be displayed. It will, says its silver-tongued Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, “symbolise the mysteries of the desert’s concretions and crystallisations, suggesting the interlocking pattern of the blade-like petals of the desert rose”. It does indeed look like the clusters of sandy crystals that go by that name.This is the same Jean Nouvel whose outpost of the Louvre opened last year in Abu Dhabi, which for now is one of Qatar’s enemies. He also designed the 238-metre Burj Doha, completed in 2012, which is from the same genre of anatomically suggestive towers as his Torre Glòries in Barcelona and Norman Foster’s Gherkin in London. The burj is the most memorable building in an instant downtown called West Bay, an extravagantly variegated constellation of vertical glass of a type now familiar from China to the Gulf to the US to London. Continue reading...

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14 июля, 10:28

Emirati Prince Flees to Qatar, Exposing Tensions in U.A.E.

The defection sheds light on the usually quiet disputes among the royal families of the seven monarchies that make up the United Arab Emirates.

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02 июля, 07:42

Sharjah Opens Maiden Bid Round

State-owned Sharjah National Oil Corporation will conduct emirate's first bid round.

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01 июля, 23:39

In Yemen, a Pause in Fighting Raises Hopes for Peace Talks

The United Arab Emirates temporarily halted the fight for the strategic Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah, Emirati and international diplomats said Sunday.

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26 июня, 12:15

Siemens To Supply Dubai Gas-Fired Plant

German turbine-maker Siemens said June 26 has received an order from the United Arab Emirates.

22 июня, 12:32

UN envoy confident of Yemen deal to prevent Hodeidah port violence

Martin Griffiths ‘encouraged’ after ceasefire talks with Houthi rebels over strategic portThe UN’s special envoy to Yemen has expressed confidence that a deal can be struck between Houthi forces and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government to prevent an escalation of violence around the strategic port of Hodeidah. The rebel-held Red Sea port – the distribution point for more than 70% of the aid reaching Yemen – is under assault from an array of forces, including those of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading...

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20 июня, 12:46

Sexual abuse rife at UAE-run jails in Yemen, prisoners claim

Witnesses tell Associated Press men were sexually tortured and beaten, and others rapedHundreds of detainees have been sexually abused at a jail in southern Yemen believed to be run by the United Arab Emirates, according to several witnesses.Fifteen officers who arrived at Beir Ahmed prison in Aden hid their faces behind their headdresses, but their accents were clearly identifiable as from the UAE, Associated Press reported. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming to be looking for contraband mobile phones. Continue reading...

19 июня, 23:49

Battle Intensifies for Yemeni Port as Dock Workers Still Unload Aid

Three ships with enough aid to feed six million people for a month were unloaded in Al Hudaydah, even as fighting around the Yemeni port raged.

18 июня, 18:32

Yemen crisis: Saudi coalition demands Houthis' unconditional withdrawal

UN’s hopes of negotiating ceasefire and handover of vital port of Hodeidah appear dashedThe UN’s hopes of negotiating a ceasefire with Houthi rebels in the vital port of Hodeidah in Yemen appear to have been dashed after the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government said it would only accept the rebels’ unconditional withdrawal from the area.The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has been in the country seeking a deal whereby the port, currently under Houthi control, is handed over to the UN and its relief agencies. The port is the distribution point for up to 80% of the food, water and commercial fuel vital to the lives of more than 8 million Yemenis in severe need. The UN and aid agencies fear a prolonged fight will endanger the aid supplies. Continue reading...

17 июня, 20:47

The Guardian view on Yemen: our complicity lies bare | Editorial

Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of Hodeidah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this warThe fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on Hodeidah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged Saudi Arabia not to launch the attack, but the UK has now “said its piece”. The US rejected a UAE request for a minesweeper for the operation, but as an Emirati official observed: “Not giving us military assistance is not the same as telling us not to do it.”So they are doing it. They are conducting this war with British-, American- and French-made arms. They are conducting it with western military training and advice; British and US officers have been in the command room for airstrikes, and this weekend Le Figaro alleged that there are French special forces on the ground in Yemen. They are conducting it with diplomatic shelter from the west. On Friday, the UK and US blocked a Swedish drive for a UN security council statement demanding a ceasefire: “Britain, as the ‘penholder’ on Yemen at the UN security council, nevertheless takes a nakedly pro-Saudi approach to the conflict,” the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell notes. Arms sales and security interests dictate. Continue reading...

17 июня, 15:56

UN in advanced talks to take over besieged Yemen port

Saudi-led forces have threatened military force to take Hodeidah port from rebelsTalks are at an advanced stage for the United Nations to take over the administration of the vital port of Hodeidah under siege from a Saudi-led coalition, the UN humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said on Sunday.The Red Sea port is the main distribution point for commercial and humanitarian supplies into Yemen. Continue reading...

15 июня, 11:54

UN rejects plan to demand immediate ceasefire in Yemen port

UN impasse means Saudi-UAE coalition can continue direct attack on Hodeidah portThe UN security council has rejected a move to demand an immediate end to the fighting around the strategic Yemeni port of Hodeidah despite warnings from aid agencies that an attack could jeopardise vital aid to a country on the brink of famine.The 15-strong body failed to agree to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden. Continue reading...

15 июня, 11:30

Uniper's Sharjah LNG Project Delayed

A project to import LNG into the UAE has slipped two years behind its original schedule.