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Abu Dhabi's ADNOC sells pipeline firm stake to foreign investors

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:40 PM

A consortium acquires a 49% stake in Gas Pipeline Assets, a newly formed subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ABU DHABI. The seafront promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company office complex (C) in the foreground on May 29, 2019. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

UAE opens doors, allows even foreigners to return

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

May 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Jessa Dawn Ubag says she considered her video conference with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a 'recognition of the Filipino community in the UAE, along with all frontliners'

PINAY NURSE. Jessa Dawn Ubag is among the lucky few who had a chance to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, through a virtual chat. Photo courtesy of the Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi borrows $7 billion as low oil prices bite

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Abu Dhabi says its bond offering was oversubscribed by more than 6 times

A genral view taken on May 29, 2019 shows the sea front promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi with the ADNOC headquarters (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) office complex (C) in the foreground on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

Abu Dhabi's struggling Etihad posts 4th year of losses

Mar 06, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Etihad Airways suffers an $870-million loss in 2019, after accumulating total losses of $4.67 billion from 2016 to 2018

UAE falcon hospital a window into Emirati tradition

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'Here, falcons are not considered birds, they are considered children of the Bedouins because, historically, falcons were used to hunt meat, allowing the Bedouin’s family to survive in this very harsh desert life.'

Margit Gabriele Muller (L) responsible for veterinary operations at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, preforms minor surgery on a falcon in the Emirati capital on January 27, 2020. The Abu Dhabi facility is the world's largest falcon hospital, frequented by falconers from across the Gulf region. As well as check-ups and routine trimming of talons, it also conducts complicated surgery and offers a training programme for veterinary students from more than 40 countries to learn about avian medicine.  GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Malaysia ex-PM 'sought Abu Dhabi royal's help over scandal'

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:32 PM

A 2016 recording reveals that Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak urged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to help fabricate a loan agreement for Hollywood producer Riza Aziz

HELP. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan after his welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya on March 12, 2013. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lasting legacy not trophy-hunting drives Djokovic

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:17 AM

Novak Djokovic says inspiring the lives of others, particularly children, fuels his motivation in tennis

BIG DREAMS. Novak Djokovic, though, admits breaking records – his own and his rivals – is also his goal. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


3 performers stabbed on stage in Saudi Arabia capital

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

A Yemeni man stabbed 3 performers of a foreign theater troupe on stage during a live musical performance in Riyadh's King Abdullah Park

World's oldest pearl found in Abu Dhabi

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Authorities say the discovery of the natural pearl is proof that objects have been traded since the Neolithic times

Kin of Igorot OFW who fell to death in Abu Dhabi demands justice

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Lilian Falyao, the cousin of Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, says they are appealing to concerned agencies and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi to help with the investigation into the OFW's death

CRY FOR HELP. Lilian Falyao demands justice for Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, an overseas Filipino worker who fell to her death from a building in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan says dialogue is 'the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis'

A handout picture provided by the Ministry of Presidential affairs-Abu Dhabi on August 12, 2019, shows Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz near the holy city of Mecca during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on today and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces. Mohammed Al-HAMMADI / Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi / AFP

WATCH: Sarah Geronimo performs at the Pope Francis visit to UAE

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The singing sensation dazzles the crowd with songs like 'The Prayer' and 'The Climb'

SARAH GERONIMO. The singer performs in Abu Dhabi. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents

HISTORIC VISIT. Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince along with the Dubai ruler upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Djokovic: 'I'd be lying if Federer record not on my mind'

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

After ruling the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Novak Djokovic keeps his sights on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

ON A ROLL. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Pope Francis to visit United Arab Emirates in February 2019

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The pontiff is invited to the United Arab Emirates by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Prince Mohammed will visit a 'number of brotherly' Arab states at the request of his father, King Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Serena to return to Abu Dhabi with Australian Open in mind

Dec 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Fans might just be able to see Serena Williams match up with her rival Maria Sharapova

COMEBACK. Serena Williams plans to make her title defense in the Australian Open. File photo by William West/AFP

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi a 'bridge between civilizations'

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:41 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron says the museum and its artworks from Europe, Africa and Asia are proof that "our religions, our civilizations are linked"

OPENING. French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a piece of art as he visits the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 8, 2017 during its inauguration on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. Photo by Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time

LOUVRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Louvre Abu Dhabi'­s exterior. Photo by Mohamed Somji, copyright Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on November 11 – French minister

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first establishment outside of the original Louvre in Paris which houses the world s largest collection of art to carry the famed French name

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. TDIC/Handout/AFP

PAL to resume Abu Dhabi flights by end-October

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:58 PM

The flag carrier is set to resume its suspended thrice weekly flight to Abu Dhabi after experiencing increasing demand on the route

UAE president in first appearance since 2014 stroke

Jun 25, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan is shown meeting a number of prominent officials during the celebration of Eid l Fitr

A handout image provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on June 25, 2017 shows President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R) speaking to a relative in Abu Dhabi.  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan made his first public appearance since suffering a stroke more than three years ago, to mark the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday. / AFP PHOTO / WAM / STRINGER / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / WAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

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Number of abandoned Filipino babies in Middle East on the rise

May 19, 2017 - 9:55 AM

The reason? Women who get pregnant but can t produce a marriage certificate face detention

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

May 05, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty arrived in India on a specially modified Airbus plane in February and has now shed an astonishing 323 kilograms in 3 months

HOSPITALIZED. This handout photograph released by The Saifee Hospital on March 9, 2017, shows Egyptian patient Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty as she lies in a hospital bed at The Saifee Hospital in Mumbai on March 8, 2017, after an operation. File photo by Saifee Hospital/AFP

Lewis Hamilton start terdepan di balapan F1 terakhir di Abu Dhabi

Nov 27, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Selisih angka antara Nico Rosberg dan Lewis Hamilton hanya 12 poin Siapakah yang akan menjadi juara dunia F1 2016?

KEMENANGAN PERDANA. Pembalap asal Inggris, merayakan kemenangan perdananya di sirkuit Monte Carlo, Monaco pada Minggu, 29 Mei. Foto oleh Srdjan Suki/EPA

Formula 1: Yang dinantikan di Grand Prix Abu Dhabi

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Selain penentuan juara dunia F1 2016 GP Abu Dhabi juga akan menjadi saksi bagi momen momen bersejarah lainnya

Nico Rosberg dan Lewis Hamilton akan menentukan juara dunia Formula One 2016 di Abu Dhabi. Foto oleh Andrej Isakovic/AFP

'Big time drug lord': Who is Kerwin Espinosa?

Nov 20, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Kerwin Espinosa – the 'key' to uncovering the illegal drugs trade in Eastern Visayas, according to authorities – returns to the Philippines

DRUG LORD? Kerwin Espinosa, son of the late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., at a press conference in Camp Crame following his deportation from Abu Dhabi. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Who brought Espinosa to Abu Dhabi?

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Somebody must have sponsored him somebody who has a residence visa in the UAE Ambassador Constancio Vingno tells The Filipino Times

File photo courtesy of PDEA Region 7 chief Yogi Filemon Ruiz

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Kerwin Espinosa nabbed in Abu Dhabi

Oct 17, 2016 - 9:08 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says an overseas Filipino worker OFW tipped Philippine police on the whereabouts of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa

ESPINOSA. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa. File photo

Results: September 2016 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (Middle East)

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Check the full list of passers of the Electrical Engineer board exam held in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates; Al Khobar Jeddah and Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Qatar and in Kuwait

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

May 13, 2016 - 9:45 AM

UPDATED This feels like a really great success says Solar Impulse team member Christoph Schlettig

TAKE OFF. A handout picture provided by Solar Impulse shows the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after take off at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Arizona, USA, May 12, 2016. Handout photo by Christophe Chammarin/Solar Impulse/EPA

Etihad Airways 2015 profit hits $103M

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:35 PM

The airline sees a 41 surge in its net profit as it transports more passengers and cargo

epa04417478 An Airbus A380-800 with the new paint scheme for Etihad Airways stands in front of the paint shop of Airbus's plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, 25 September 2014. Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad unveiled its new paint scheme on the first Airbus A380 superjumbo joining Etihad's fleet. EPA/MARKUS SCHOLZ

UAE says freezing oil output levels a 'must'

Mar 02, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Holding production is no longer an option but a necessity that everyone should consider says the UAE s Energy Minister

epa04783861 United Arab Emirates' Energy and Industry Minister Suhail Mohamed Al-Mazrouei attends the start of the 167th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, 5 June 2015. EPA/HERBERT NEUBAUER no restriction apply

Etihad adds 3 weekly flights to PH

Dec 18, 2015 - 5:00 PM

This enables the airline to offer guests more choices when traveling in the capacity constrained Abu Dhabi Manila route

CONNECTIVITY. Etihad Airways’ President and CEO James Hogan says the additional flights to Manila would enable Etihad Airways to offer guests more choices when traveling between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Image from Etihad website

Fernando Alonso: Masa depan F1 harus diselamatkan

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Alonso meminta Federasi Automobil Internasional FIA perlihatkan keadilan

KECEWA. Pembalap McLaren Honda Fernando Alonso kecewa atas kondisi Formula One. Foto oleh Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Israel to open first mission in Abu Dhabi

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon says the mission will operate under the International Renewable Energy Agency

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Manila North falls to NoviSad AlWahda, bows out of FIBA 3X3

Oct 17, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Manila North had the game tied at 9 before faltering late

Manila North upsets Doha, advances to FIBA 3X3 World Tour quarters

Oct 16, 2015 - 5:16 AM

Calvin Abueva leads the way for the Philippine team

WATCH: Calvin Abueva in FIBA 3X3 World Tour dunk contest qualifier

Oct 16, 2015 - 4:20 AM

Calvin Abueva made up for his slow start with an impressive jam

FIBA 3X3: Resilient Manila North falls to Kranj

Oct 16, 2015 - 2:52 AM

The Filipinos were undermanned after losing Karl Dehesa early in the game

Chess: Haridas Pascua gets final grandmaster norm

Sep 01, 2015 - 10:09 AM

If Pascua raises his Elo rating to 2500 he will become the Philippines 12th grandmaster and the first since 2011

ON THE RISE. Haridas Pascua is making a name for himself on the international chess scene. Photo from Pascua's Twitter

Dubai Filipina empowers OFWs with free computer training

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:00 AM

So far the center has been able to train more than 33 000 Filipinos in Dubai and the northern UAE

FIBA 3X3 World Tour to kick off in Manila in August

Jul 16, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Three teams will represent the Philippines the competition with a shot at making the World Tour finals in Abu Dhabi on the line

Emotional meeting between Baldoz, OFW with death sentence

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

On appeal Dalquez’ death sentence stems from a murder conviction handed down by the Al Ain Court of First Instance last May 20

OFW in Abu Dhabi to appeal death sentence

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

We pray that Dalquez will be saved from the death penalty and we pin our hopes too on the steadfast assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

UAE to station F-16s in Jordan to support strikes on IS

Feb 08, 2015 - 12:40 AM

Abu Dhabi also rreaffirms its commitment to the coalition brought together by the US to try to defeat the militants who have taken over a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria

HERO. A Jordanian holds a placard against the group calling themselves Islamic State (IS) during a march in memory of executed pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh after noon pray in downtown Amman, Jordan, 06 February 2015. Photo by EPA/Jamal Nasrallah