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27 Mar 2019 | 12:50 PM

Uber buys rival Careem in US$3.1bil deal to dominate ride-hailing in Middle East

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc will spend US$3.1bil (RM12.64bil) to acquire Middle East rival Careem, buying dominance in a competitive region ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering.

Careem, founded in 2012, has a larger presence than Uber in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, and Turkey, operating in 98 cities there compared with Uber's roughly 23 locations. — Reuters
12 Mar 2019 | 3:52 AM

Airlines fly Boeing 737 MAX 8 after crash despite China grounding

DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines from North America to the Middle East kept flying the 737 MAX 8 on Monday after Boeing said it was safe, in stark contrast with a slide in the planemaker's shares on worries over Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 on board.

7 Mar 2019 | 2:56 PM

Presidential candidate Romaithi says AFC lacks independence

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The Asian Football Confederation mishandled the Hakeem Al Araibi affair and needs to be more independent of national interests, says the Emirati hoping to replace Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa as president next month.

26 Feb 2019 | 11:47 PM

UAE, other Gulf states could co-host expanded Qatar 2022 World Cup - sports chief

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman could stage some World Cup 2022 matches if required by hosts Qatar in order to hold an expanded event, the UAE's sports chief said on Tuesday.

21 Feb 2019 | 10:10 PM

UAE signs $5.5 billion in military contracts as Yemen war heightens scrutiny

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates awarded 20 billion dirhams worth (4.20 billion pounds) of military procurement contracts during a defence show this week, at a time when arms sales to the country are under scrutiny due to its role in Yemen's devastating war.

18 Feb 2019 | 9:17 PM

Raytheon wins $1.5 billion UAE air force contract

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday awarded Raytheon Co. a 5.7 billion dirhams ($1.55 billion) contract to supply its air force with platform systems to launch missiles, a UAE military spokesman said.

24 Jan 2019 | 11:20 PM

Doan penalty sends Japan through to Asian Cup semi-final thanks to VAR

DUBAI (Reuters) - Ritsu Doan scored a second-half penalty awarded by the newly-introduced video assistant referee (VAR) to give Japan a 1-0 win over Vietnam in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup on Thursday.

22 Jan 2019 | 9:07 PM

UAE open to co-hosting World Cup if Qatar rift resolved: sports chief

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates sports chief Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi believes the Gulf nation would welcome an approach to co-host the 2022 World Cup if its deep political rift with Qatar is resolved.

16 Jan 2019 | 10:56 PM

Saudi Arabia, Qatar meet in Asian Cup derby

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Qatar meet at the Asian Cup on Thursday for the first time since a bitter political dispute severed ties between the Gulf Arab states more than a year ago.

14 Jan 2019 | 9:04 PM

Australia union seeks help for detained Bahraini refugee player

DUBAI (Reuters) - The head of the Australian football players union wants the sport's regional governing body to help secure the release of a Bahraini refugee footballer arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland.