Latest United Arab Emirates News

Dubai's sky-high aspirations find a new outlet as it hosts a jet suit race for 'Iron Man' pilots

Feb. 28, 2024 17:47 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pilots lined up on a runway in Dubai on Wednesday and fired up their seven jet engines with an ear-splitting roar. But they weren't preparing to fly an airplane — they were the aircraft. This city-state in the United Arab Emirates, known for...

Israel and Hamas indicate no deal is imminent after Biden signals Gaza cease-fire could be close

Feb. 27, 2024 23:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent breakthrough in talks for a cease-fire in Gaza, after U.S. President Joe Biden said Israel has agreed to pause its offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some hostages. ...

A money laundering watchdog removes the UAE, Uganda, Barbados and Gibraltar from a watchlist

Feb. 23, 2024 14:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An international watchdog said Friday that it was removing the United Arab Emirates from its so-called gray list of countries that don't take full measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The announcement was made by the Paris-based Financial Action...

Dubai's budget carrier FlyDubai reports a record-breaking $572 million profit in 2023

Feb. 22, 2024 04:55 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai saw record profits of $572 million in 2023, boosted by carrying the most passengers ever across its network, the company announced Thursday. The state-owned carrier, based in the business and tourism hub of...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opens stone-built Hindu temple in UAE ahead of India's elections

Feb. 14, 2024 19:36 PM EST

ABU MUREIKHA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Middle East's first traditional stone-built Hindu temple on Wednesday, internationalizing both his reelection campaign and his effort to push secular India into a Hindu state. The trip to the...

India's Modi arrives in the UAE on his seventh trip to a nation that is home to millions of Indians

Feb. 13, 2024 11:49 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates on his seventh trip to the nation, feted by tens of thousands of his countrymen ahead of elections back home in the coming months. Modi was met on landing in Abu Dhabi...

OpenAI CEO warns that 'societal misalignments' could make artificial intelligence dangerous

Feb. 13, 2024 10:03 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI said Tuesday that the dangers that keep him awake at night regarding artificial intelligence are the “very subtle societal misalignments” that could make the systems wreak havoc. Sam Altman, speaking at the...

First stone-built Hindu temple in the Middle East rises in the UAE ahead of Modi's latest visit

Feb. 12, 2024 11:41 AM EST

ABU MUREIKHA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pink sandstone spires decorated with deities and the pious soar above what was once a barren patch of desert between Abu Dhabi and Dubai — now the site of the first stone-constructed Hindu temple in the Middle East. The soon-to-open BAPS...

Al-Shabab claims attack in Somali capital that kills 4 Emirati troops and 1 Bahraini officer

Feb. 11, 2024 19:20 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab claimed an attack that killed four Emirati troops and a Bahraini military officer on a training mission at a military base in the Somali capital, authorities said Sunday. The attack Saturday targeted...

The UAE ambassador to Syria takes post in Damascus after nearly 13 years of cut ties

Jan. 30, 2024 20:24 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The first United Arab Emirates ambassador to Damascus in nearly 13 years took up his post on Tuesday as Syria has been reintegrating into mainstream regional acceptance. Syrian state media said the country’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad received...