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Abu Dhabi, once an untapped desert city, sees its first brewery open as UAE relaxes its alcohol laws

May. 22, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In 2018, Chad McGehee opened Side Hustle Brews and Spirits, an Abu Dhabi-branded brewery and distillery with funky camels on its cans and playful names familiar to anyone living in the United Arab Emirates. The only problem was it was illegal...

FIFA moves toward ending soccer tradition and letting league games be staged in other countries

May. 15, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA moved Wednesday toward ending decades of soccer tradition by ordering a review of its policy that currently blocks domestic league games being played in other countries. Fans are likely to object to their teams' home matches potentially being moved thousands of...

Abu Dhabi-backed fund pulls out of deal to take over UK's Telegraph newspaper group

Apr. 30, 2024 07:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Telegraph newspaper group is back up for sale Tuesday after a United Arab Emirates-backed consortium pulled out of a takeover bid following strong opposition from the U.K. government. Abu Dhabi-backed investment fund RedBird IMI said it was withdrawing from...

Dubai plans to move its busy international airport to a $35 billion new facility within 10 years

Apr. 28, 2024 05:22 AM EDT

Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, will move its operations to the city-state's second, sprawling airfield in its southern desert reaches “within the next 10 years” in a project worth nearly $35 billion, its ruler said Sunday. Sheikh...

United Arab Emirates struggles to recover after heaviest recorded rainfall ever hits desert nation

Apr. 18, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates tried to wring itself out Thursday after the heaviest recorded rainfall ever to hit the desert nation, with its main airport allowing more flights even as floodwater still covered portions of major highways and communities. ...

Player whipped by fan during confrontation after Saudi Super Cup final

Apr. 12, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fan at the Saudi Super Cup final lashed an Al-Ittihad player with a whip during a confrontation moments after the match Thursday night. The incident occurred following Al-Ittihad's 4-1 loss to Al-Hilal in the final played at Abu Dhabi’s...

UK government says it will back legislation to ban foreign state ownership of British newspapers

Mar. 13, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Wednesday it will back legislation banning foreign state ownership of British newspapers and magazines, a move that could upend a planned takeover by a United Arab Emirates-led consortium of the Telegraph Media Group. The development comes...

Celtics and Nuggets to play in Abu Dhabi in October in two NBA preseason games

Mar. 06, 2024 11:54 AM EST

The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets will play in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 4 and 6 in preseason games ahead of next season, the NBA announced Wednesday. “We’re excited to bring two of the best teams in the NBA to Abu Dhabi in the Celtics and the Nuggets," NBA...

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways sees a $143 million profit in 2023 as passenger numbers rise

Mar. 06, 2024 05:35 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways announced Wednesday earning a $143 million profit last year, citing an increase in passengers as fueling the narrow profit. Though slim, it represents success for the long-troubled airline, which like other carriers...

‘Dune: Part Two’ brings spice power to the box office with $81.5 million debut

Mar. 03, 2024 13:05 PM EST

Movie theaters were looking for a savior and “ Dune: Part Two ” is delivering on the promise. Armed with sandworms, big screen spectacle and the star power of Timothée Chalamet, Denis Villeneuve ’s science fiction epic stormed the North American box office this weekend earning $81.5 million...