Dubai United Arab Emirates - updates

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Dubai OFW in limbo over unpaid bank loan

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Failure to meet credit card obligations is among the leading problems besetting overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates

LIMBO. Engineer Eduardo Malinao Cervantes, 71, wants to go home to the Philippines but a travel ban has been imposed on him. His passport is with the Dubai Court. Photo courtesy of Gracie May Kalaw

Dubai launches home tests for coronavirus

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The 'Mobile Laboratory units' are converted ambulances with equipment, thermal scanners, and storage cabins for samples

A picture taken on March 15, 2020 shows people walking past shops in Dubai's Deira Souk. - No shisha pipe sessions, deserted streets, mosques and shopping malls, drones in the sky broadcasting public health warnings -- the new coronavirus has turned life upside down in Gulf societies. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

UAE extends validity of resident, visit visas to December 31, 2020

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The modified policy is intended to 'support residents and visitors and lessen the repercussions of the coronavirus'

DUBAI AIRPORT. Passengers queue at the check-in counter in a terminal of Dubai International Airport in the gulf emirate on April 6, 2020, as Emirates airline resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after its coronavirus-enforced stoppage. Karim Sahib/AFP

Dubai airport reports first dip in passenger numbers in 20 years

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Traffic at Dubai International Airport drops 3.1% to 86.4 million passengers in 2019

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Mighty survives El Khatib eruption for Dubai opener win

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:33 AM

A poised Mighty Sports squad overcomes the stellar showing of Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib

Dubai economic slump to persist until 2022 – S&P

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Standard and Poor's expects low oil prices, the US-China trade war, and political turmoil to hurt Dubai's economy

Shakey's Pizza opens first store in Dubai

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The pizza chain seeks to expand in the Middle East, 'where it is leveraging on the large population of Filipinos' for future growth

Dubai airport retains top international spot in 2017

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travelers

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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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

Dubai toughens fire rules after tower blazes

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Those who violate the rules will face fines up to 50 000 dirhams 13 623

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 01, 2016 shows smoke billowing from the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai in the aftermath of a huge fire that engulfed several floors of the building. Dubai on January 22, 2017 announced tougher fire rules in a bid to minimise risks after several spectacular blazes that have ripped through skyscrapers in the modern Gulf emirate. / AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI

Dubai airport scraps over 200 flights after Emirates crash

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:49 PM

It expects operations to return to normal in two days

AIRPORT WOES. Passengers look at the departures announcement board at Dubai airport a day after an Emirates plane caught fire during a crash-landing, on August 4, 2016. Photo by Karim Sahib / AFP

Mourning OFW parents seek help in paying baby’s hospital bill

Jul 04, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Rollie and Rhodora Tindugan overseas Filipino workers in Dubai need AED 250 000 to pay for the hospital bills of their newborn baby who died of complications

Riding on the Dubai property roller coaster

May 04, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The real estate market in Dubai sees a slowdown in 2015 and is expected to continue declining this year

A general view taken on April 1, 2016 shows Dubai's Jumierah Beach Residence. For more than 10 years Dubai property prices have been on a roller coaster, creating and wiping out fortunes, but recently they appear to have run out of steam.   / AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ALI KHALIL

Dubai to build tower taller than Burj Khalifa

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:25 PM

The tower which will cost around 1 billion will have observation decks restaurants and a boutique hotel

epa05073970 An aerial view picture made available on 18 December 2015 shows Burj Khalifa (C), the world's tallest building and other buildings in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 December 2015. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Flydubai downplays possibility terrorism caused crash

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The Dubai based airline s chief executive describes such a suggestion as speculation

FLYDUBAI. In this file photo, an aircraft (front) owned by 'Fly Dubai', the low-budget commercial airliner, is seen after landing at the runway of Dubai International airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2011. Ali Haider/EPA

Dubai airport raises capacity with new extension

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Around 85 million passengers are expected to pass through Dubai International Airport in 2016

epa05178337 A handout photograph released by the Dubai Airport on 24 February 2016 shows the British Airways Boeing 747 flight 105 after landing at Dubai airport new Concourse D, Dubai, UAE. Reports state the new Concourse D was officially opened on 24 February with cost of 1.2 billion US dollars, and is expected to increase the capacity of the airport by an additional 15 million passengers annually. EPA/DUBAI AIRPORT / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Ex-Davao cop turns illegal food vendor to survive in Dubai

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:51 PM

This job is not for the faint hearted You have to have guts to survive the 30 year old ex cop says

PINOY VENDOR. Judy dela Cruz counts the payment of a customer at a Dubai sidewalk. Photo by Gemma Casas

Foreign toll figures show hajj tragedy deadliest in history

Oct 11, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Hundreds of pilgrims are also not been accounted for following the September 24 stampede at the hajj

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

One year on, Yemen rebels still hold Sanaa despite air campaign

Sep 21, 2015 - 12:33 AM

A collapse of the Shiite militants authority is far from imminent – or guaranteed over the medium term says Jordan Perry of the UK based risk assessment group Verisk Maplecroft

CLASHES. Smoke rises from a large explosion during heavy clashes between Presidential guards and Huthis in Sanaa, Yemen, on January 19, 2015. Photo by EPA

OFW in Dubai praised for saving injured Emirati swimmer

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Melchor Guardian a physiotherapist is able to check if the swimmer has fractured his leg in the pool

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

Cebu Pacific launches maiden flight to Doha

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:54 AM

The budget carrier becomes the first Philippine carrier to fly to Qatar’s capital

What I learned from living in the Middle East

May 30, 2015 - 8:48 PM

I learned more about myself that goes beyond knowledge I gained the experience that taught me life lessons money can t buy

Jollibee group Q1 net income climbs to P1.18B

May 13, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The 10 2 increase is attributed to system wide sales from company owned and franchised stores

6 years, 6 lessons from Dubai

Feb 21, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Here are some of those lessons I’ve learned from my experience living the past 6 years in Dubai

Fire hits Dubai skyscraper

Feb 21, 2015 - 1:23 PM

The blaze engulfs the upper part of The Torch residential skyscraper triggering an evacuation of nearby towers in the Dubai Marina neighborhood

FIRE. Workers clean in front of the Torch skyscraper where a fire was blazed in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. EPA/ALI HAIDER

PH delegation attends biggest Halal exhibition in UAE

Nov 27, 2014 - 5:39 PM

The Philippines needs to tap expertise from Organization of the Islamic Conference member countries to help develop its halal industry

Filipinos decry ‘gulf experience’ requirement by employers

Aug 22, 2014 - 9:05 AM

They say the practice discriminates against workers

More landlords in UAE shun Filipino tenants

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Filipino tenants tend to have overcrowded units distract neighbors with constant parties at home and cook exotic food Either they re rejected or evicted

Dubai promises record-breaking New Year's Eve firework show

Dec 26, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Dubai is set to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Firework Display

LARGEST FIREWORK DISPLAY. The show will feature over 400,000 colourful fireworks and a series of amazing scenes

Cebu Pacific's 1st long-haul flight: Dubai

Jan 17, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Dubai is budget carrier Cebu Pacific s first long haul destination the company announces Flights will begin in October

Boracay named No 1 destination for relaxation, No 3 for nightlife

Jan 03, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Hotel booking site Agoda com asked their clients and the party beach got their votes

HOT DAYS, HOTTER NIGHTS. Boracay's by-the-beach bars, day-long parties and white sand beaches make it a top Nightlife destination, say the clients of All photos by Roopak Ramachandran Nair