Dubai to curb pace of construction projects as prices fall
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's ruler issued a directive on Monday that would curb the pace of new real estate construction projects as property prices fall and the sheer scale of...
LONDON (AP) — The dispute between Dubai's ruler and his estranged wife is set to be heard before a British court in November.
A full hearing of the case regarding the welfare of the two...
Dubai ruler, princess in London court over welfare of kids
LONDON (AP) — The estranged wife of Dubai's ruler applied for protective orders in a British court Tuesday using laws intended to safeguard victims of forced marriages and domestic abuse, while...
Dubai’s ruler, estranged wife headed for court clash in UK
LONDON (AP) — A legal battle between the powerful, poetry-writing ruler of Dubai and his wealthy estranged wife is leading toward a showdown in a London courtroom later this month.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai firm said Tuesday it will pay $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a version of the U.S. amusement park in the United Arab Emirates...
Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This week, Dubai unveiled its latest megaproject: A stadium in the heart of a super luxe shopping and dining destination.
Struggling Dubai amusement park abandons Six Flags expansion
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A massive amusement park in Dubai says it is abandoning plans to build a $454-million Six Flags.
DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, said in a statement filed on Thursday on the local stock market that a planned financial instrument was "no longer available and the Six Flags Dubai project cannot proceed at this time."
Plans for a Six Flags park long have circulated in Dubai.
UAE releases photos of ruler’s daughter after disappearance
The United Arab Emirates has released photos of a daughter of Dubai's ruler after friends and supporters say she was forcibly returned to Dubai after fleeing months earlier.
The state-run WAM news agency carried a government statement Monday saying the princess is "at home and living with her family in Dubai." Her father is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the UAE's prime minister and vice president.
House fire in United Arab Emirates kills 8 in single family
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that eight members of one Emirati family have been killed in a house fire in the country.
The Dubai government-owned Al-Bayan newspaper reported the fire struck early Tuesday in Baniyas, an area in Abu Dhabi.
The newspaper described the dead as including six children and two women. It quoted officials as blaming their deaths on suffocation from the fire's smoke.
UAE names 2 astronauts to go to International Space Station
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of Dubai has announced the names of two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates who will be heading to the International Space Station, a first for the Gulf nation.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE's vice president and prime minister, made the announcement on Monday on Twitter.
Sheikh Mohammed named the astronauts as Hazza al-Mansouri and Sultan al-Nayadi. Their missions are scheduled for next year.
EPSOM, England (AP) — The Dubai-owned Godolphin stable celebrated its first victory in the English Derby on Saturday when Masar achieved a 16-1 upset victory in the 239th edition of the race.
Beaten into third in the 2000 Guineas last month by Saxon Warrior, William Buick's Masar turned the tables on Aidan O'Brien's favorite, which finished fourth.
Human Rights Watch asks Dubai’s ruler about runaway daughter
Human Rights Watch on Saturday asked Dubai's ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter after a French ex-spy and others say she fled the emirate, only to be arrested off the coast of India.
Ex-spy: Daughter of Dubai ruler missing since escape attempt
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Her friends say the last they saw of her was when commandos intercepted their sailboat in the Arabian Sea and dragged her away, kicking and screaming. A daughter of Dubai's ruler, she had been trying to escape her homeland, saying she was being abused.
Thunder Snow wins Dubai World Cup by over 5 lengths
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thunder Snow stormed past race favorite West Coast to complete a stunning night for local stable Godolphin in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday.
Beneath Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, Thunder Snow triumphed by more than five lengths.
It was the fourth Group One win of the night for Godolphin, owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
For Thunder Snow trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, it was his eighth win in the $10 million main race.
Dickinson honored as 2017 Aiken-trained Horse of the Year
Before the Sunday’s ceremony to honor the 2017 Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year, Tim Jones talked about his memories of the winner, Dickinson.
The 6-year-old bay mare arrived in Aiken as a yearling in the fall of 2013 and left in May of 2014.
While Dickinson was here, Jones was her trainer, and he and his staff prepared her for her career as a racehorse.
Aiken Training Track continues to face challenges while making improvements to facilities
While discussing the future of the Aiken Training Track recently, President Cary Frommer said she was “guardedly optimistic” even though the facility for thoroughbred racehorses continues to face challenges.
In 2015, the Training Track lost its biggest stable when the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, decided to shut down his local training operation.
At drone fair, Chinese show off armed model likely in UAE
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Walking through a trade show all about military drones, Emirati officials made a point on Sunday to stop first at a stand run by Chinese officials with a mock armed drone hanging above them.
Defense analysts believe that drone, the Wing Loong II, is now being used by the Emirati military while the UAE remains barred from purchasing weaponized drones from the United States.
Prison term dropped for Scottish man in Dubai bar dispute
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A three-month prison sentence has been dropped for a Scottish man over touching another man's buttocks in a dispute at a Dubai bar, an activist group said Monday.
Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai said Jamie Harron's passport was returned by police on Monday and that he was planning to leave the sheikhdom soon. The decision came only days after a Dubai court ordered 27-year-old Harron imprisoned over the incident.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan suffered a stroke on Jan. 24, 2014, and underwent emergency surgery. He has rarely been seen in public since, fueling speculation about the state of his health.
Get to know each horse in the Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Kentucky Derby starters, from the rail out:
1. LOOKIN AT LEE
Owner: L and N Racing LLC
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Career record (starts-first-seconds-thirds): 9-2-2-2
Notable performance: Third in Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.
2. THUNDER SNOW
Owners: Godolphin (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, et al)
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Career record (starts-firsts-seconds-thirds): 8-4-2-0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby.
The UAE Derby winner jogged once around before galloping a mile on Tuesday. He arrived in the U.S. on April 30 from England, and the USDA required him to spend 42 hours in quarantine.
Thunder Snow represents Godolphin Racing, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. He's the ruler of Dubai.
Technology-loving Dubai unveils its own typographic font
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Apparently not content with having the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope and countless other baubles, Dubai now boasts one more: its own typographic font.
The forward-looking Mideast business hub unveiled the new font designed with Microsoft's help on Sunday. The government communication office says the Dubai Font integrates Arabic and Latin alphabets and is available for use in 23 languages.
UAE Derby winner Thunder Snow to run in Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — UAE Derby winner Thunder Snow will run in the Kentucky Derby next weekend, giving the Godolphin team a chance to end its 0 for 9 skid in America's most famous race.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said Saturday that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum decided to enter the colt in the May 6 race at Churchill Downs.
The Arabs have been trying to win the Kentucky Derby since 1999. Their best finish was fourth with Frosted in 2015 under American-born trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's ruler has ordered three men who filmed themselves feeding a live cat to a starving dog to clean the city-state's zoo for four hours a day for the next three months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a statement Wednesday that "this brutal and cruel act contravenes our values and the teaching of our tolerant religion, which preaches mercy and welfare for animals."
Dubai’s ruler orders reckless drivers to community service
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai says its ruler has ordered those filmed doing high-speed turns or "doughnuts" in an SUV near pedestrians in the rain at an outdoor shopping mall to perform four hours of community service for 30 days.
The Dubai Media Office late Thursday posted an image on Twitter of three men, their faces unseen, sweeping a sidewalk.
Dubai plans to build large harbor, 135-meter-tall lighthouse
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's ruler has announced that the sheikhdom which is home to the world's tallest skyscraper will build a new 1,400-berth marina and massive lighthouse along its coast.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the surprise announcement Monday about the Dubai Harbor.
Bondi Beach aiming to add Irish accent to Australia’s race
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bondi Beach was named after a quintessentially Australian place, but is among the many foreign raiders targeting victory in the country's most famous race.
Report: 2 maids found not guilty in Dubai palace theft case
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that two maids from Sri Lanka have been found not guilty of theft in a case involving a Dubai palace belonging to a member of the city-state's ruling family.
The National newspaper of Abu Dhabi says the ruling came in a court hearing Tuesday involving the theft of jewelry and smartphones from the palace in March.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that two maids from Sri Lanka have been charged with theft over allegedly stealing from a Dubai palace belonging to a member of the city-state's ruling family.
The National newspaper of Abu Dhabi reported the two maids did not attend a Tuesday court hearing over the charges.
It said one of the maids allegedly stole jewelry and three mobile phones from the palace in...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the crash-landing of an Emirates airliner in Dubai (all times local):
Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is mourning the firefighter who died responding to the crash-landing of an Emirates airliner.
Sheikh Mohammed names the firefighter as Jassim Eissa al-Baloushi in a message posted to his official Twitter account on Wednesday night. He asks God to comfort the dead first...