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Dubai Investments committed to growth, expansion in Azerbaijan

Source : Saudi Gazette | 25 Oct 2013

Dubai Investments, is reinforcing its commitment to growth in Azerbaijan and the CIS states through an active participation in BakuBuild 2013, the 19th Azerbaijan International Construction Exhibition, currently under way in Baku, Azerbaijan.

At the exhibition which runs till October 26, the largest investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market showcased the leading-edge capabilities of the company and its subsidiaries, which includes Glass LLC, Emirates Building Systems [EBS], Emirates Extrusion Factory [EEF] and Labtec.

US Lines Up $10b 'Major' Arms Deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE

By Jacob Chamberlain | 20 Apr 2013

The U.S. Defense Department will soon finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, supplying missiles, warplanes and other tools of war to the nations, the New York Times reported Thursday.

UAE wins seat on U.N. Human Rights Council, garners highest Asia vote

Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2012

The United Arab Emirates succeeded on Monday in its bid for election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council for a three-year term starting from early 2013. The Gulf state was elected in a secret ballot conducted by the U.N. General Assembly in which 21 candidate countries from 18 geographical groups competed for 18 vacant seats.

Iran sets up new base near disputed islands

Source : AP | 05 Nov 2012

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base yesterday to reinforce Tehran’s authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by the neighboring United Arab Emirates, Iranian state TV reported.

The base near the Iranian mainland’s southern port of Bandar-e Lengeh some 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) south of Tehran is the Guards’ fifth in the Gulf. The Guards’ navy chief Gen. Ali Fadavi said missile and marine units have been deployed there.

Britain’s Cameron visits Gulf to sell jets, discuss security

Source : AFP | 05 Nov 2012

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrived Monday in the Gulf on a three-day visit aimed at selling Typhoon Eurofighter jets and discussing regional security threats, the British embassy in the UAE said.

The embassy said on its Twitter account that Cameron had arrived in the United Arab Emirates “for a series of meetings.” It later tweeted that he had breakfasted with British troops based in the Gulf state.

Five-member Indian family embraces Islam

By Ahmed Shaaban | Khaleej Times | 31 October 2012

Though a number of people convert to Islam at the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai on a daily basis, it was a one-family show on Tuesday morning.

A five-member Indian family embraced Islam.

Huda Al Kaabi, Head of New Muslims Section at the Department, said the whole family — the father, mother, daughter, son and his wife — approached the department on their own free will.

Russia seeks to grow military technical cooperation with UAE

By : Robert Tilford | 18 Oct 2012

The Kremlin announced that President Putin today met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan. The prince is also the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates, by the way – an important military ally of the United States of America in the Middle East.

Gulf pilgrims prefer more costly 'express Hajj' package

Source : Gulf News | 18 Oct 2012

Nationals of UAE and Gulf states prefer to do an “express Hajj” where pilgrims arrive in Makkah right before rituals begin and return promptly after they end, Hajj tour operators said.

The pilgrims tend to leave on the 6th or 7th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hajj and return on the 13th or 14th, the operators said. Hajj rituals begin on the 8th and can last up to the 12th of the Islamic month.

Young architect designs contemporary eco-friendly mosque in Abu Dhabi

Source : Middle East Online | 28 Aug 2012

UAE starts up pipeline to bypass Strait of Hormuz

By Adam Schreck | AP | Dubai | 16 Jul 2012

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday inaugurated a much-anticipated overland oil pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway.

The 380-kilometer (236-mile) Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline snakes across western desert dunes and over the craggy Hajar mountains to the city of Fujairah on the UAE’s Indian Ocean coast, south of the strait.

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