UAE Starts Operation of Arab World’s First Nuclear Power Reactor

In this article The United Arab Emirates switched on the Arab world’s first commercial nuclear power plant after loading fuel and conducting comprehensive tests, the prime minister said. With the start-up of the Barakah reactor, the UAE — a seven-member federation that includes commercial hub Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi, where the reactor is located […]

Abu Dhabi Aims to Attract Skilled Expats by Making Life Cheaper

Abu Dhabi will bet on attracting technology firms and skilled workers to help its economy rebound early next year, after the twin setbacks of cheaper oil and the coronavirus pandemic battered the United Arab Emirates and the wider Gulf. Sitting on around 6% of global oil reserves, the emirate’s economy may shrink between 3% and […]

U.A.E. Amps Up Stimulus, Unveils New Aid Package

Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. The United Arab Emirates is unlocking new aid and slashing banks’ reserves requirements as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down much of the economy. The central bank presented measures that […]

U.A.E. Halts Flights, Boosts Stimulus to Fend Off Virus Impact

The United Arab Emirates rolled out a slew of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus — from suspending flights, shutting malls to adding more firepower to its stimulus package. The Civil Aviation Authority said late Sunday it will halt all inbound and outbound passenger flights for two weeks from March 25. Before the […]

Bloomberg’s NYPD Cozied Up To A Middle East Human Rights Abuser

Few Americans see the United Arab Emirates as a shining example of human rights. But as mayor of New York City, Mike Bloomberg allowed the New York Police Department to initiate and expand a law enforcement relationship with the repressive government there at a time when the UAE was known to be practicing aggressive policies […]

Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Iran’s counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement regarding Iraj Harirchi came after he gave a news conference with journalists […]