Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

Jan 3, 2016

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve — the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years — has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region. Hundreds of gleaming ...

Nov 16, 2015

U.S. releases five Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo to UAE

Five men who have been held for more than 13 years at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said Sunday. The five Yemeni men were accepted for resettlement in the Persian ...

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

Aug 23, 2015

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage held by al-Qaida in Yemen who had been kidnapped 18 months ago while working as a petroleum engineer in the war-torn country. A statement carried by the UAE’s official WAM news ...

Aug 11, 2015

Woman drowns in Dubai after father blocks rescue to save 'honor'

A young woman drowned after her father allegedly prevented Dubai lifeguards from coming to her rescue because that would “dishonor” her, Emirati news media reported Monday. Emirates 24/7 reported that Dubai police arrested the unnamed man. When two lifeguards tried to help the drowning ...

Mar 10, 2015

UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup

The Asian Football Confederation selected the United Arab Emirates over a bid from Iran to host the 2019 continental champions at its meeting Monday in Manama. The Asian Cup, which was hosted and won by Australia in January, will be expanded from 16 to ...

Feb 6, 2015

U.S. moves rescue assets to Iraq in fight against Islamic State

The United States has sent search and rescue assets to northern Iraq in recent days, bolstering its ability to recover coalition personnel in the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The deployments follow a ...

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Jan 30, 2015

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in a rollercoaster third-place playoff. The Al Jazira marksman took his tally for the competition to five with ...

| Jan 24, 2015

UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup: sources

The 2019 Asian Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, sources have told Kyodo News. The United Arab Emirates would host Asia’s flagship competition for a second time, the first since 1996. An official announcement by the Asian Football Confederation is set ...

American man arrested in Emirates over photo

Nov 4, 2014

American man arrested in Emirates over photo

A 70-year-old American man who came to the United Arab Emirates to speak at a conference on creative thinking was arrested last month for taking a photograph of a subject deemed off-limits by authorities, his daughter and a friend said Monday. Robert Alan Black ...

Sep 25, 2014

U.S.-led airstrikes target IS oil refineries in Syria

The United States, joined by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, resumed bombing raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria on Wednesday, with warplanes targeting oil refineries held by the group, the Pentagon said. The U.S.-led airstrikes for the first time hit oil ...