Legoland becomes first brick in Dubai’s southern expansion
Art / Arts & Entertainment / Middle East

Legoland becomes first brick in Dubai’s southern expansion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A massive amusement complex in Dubai’s southern desert opened its first park on Monday — a Legoland with interlocking plastic blocks that both model the sheikhdom’s architectural wonders and represent the first bricks laid in developing the expanse. Much of the planned Dubai Parks & Resorts project worth over … Continue reading

Gulf states hit back at Sept. 11 Saudi lawsuit legislation
Africa / Asia / Middle East / National / Politics

Gulf states hit back at Sept. 11 Saudi lawsuit legislation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of six Gulf Arab countries expressed “deep concern” Monday over a bill passed by the U.S. Congress that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia over the attacks. The head of the Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif al-Zayani, said in … Continue reading

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire
Business / Middle East

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Exposed wiring likely sparked the New Year’s Eve blaze that engulfed a 63-story skyscraper in Dubai just hours before a nearby fireworks display at the world’s tallest building, police said Wednesday, Jan. 20. Dubai’s police chief Maj. Gen. Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina said investigators ruled out any criminal cause for … Continue reading

Report: Little oversight allows Mideast military corruption
Middle East

Report: Little oversight allows Mideast military corruption

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ever-growing, secret defense budgets and poor oversight of militaries in the Middle East make them susceptible to corruption and more vulnerable to extremist violence, a watchdog group warned Thursday. The report by London-based Transparency International comes at a time of multiple military conflicts in the region, including the fight against the … Continue reading