December 2019 — Topical news of the United Arab Emirates

December 31, 2019 429
Roads and Transport Authority has modified the timing of metro services during the New Year 2020 holiday Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has modified the timing of metro services during the New Year 2020 holiday. It also said paid parking zones (except for multi-level...

December 31, 2019 386
Dubai Economy official says it has intensified monitoring of shops as retailers offer discounts of up to 75% as part of Dubai Shopping Festival Dubai said on Monday that it has intensified its monitoring of retail outlets in the emirate as part of Dubai Shopping Festival to protect the...

December 30, 2019 428
Passport Index found Emiratis gain visa-free access to 90% of countries, with 172 in total The United Arab Emirates has topped the annual Passport Index for the most powerful passport in the world, beating top ranking countries such as Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain. Two...

December 30, 2019 336
The Gulf city state expects revenues too to rise sharply next year as it hosts Expo 2020, the global six-month trade fair set to open on October 20. Dubai unveiled a 2020 budget on Sunday projecting record spending of $18.1 billion, up 17 percent on this year, as it seeks to boost its...

December 29, 2019 339
Most popular purchases are perfumes, cosmetics, electronics, watches and confectionary, among others Sales at Dubai Duty Free crossed the Dh7.3 billion ($2 billion) mark in 2019, almost the same as last year's Dh7.356 billion figure. "2019 has been a good year for Dubai Duty Free....

December 28, 2019 462
The Government of Abu Dhabi and Aldar Properties have agreed on an exchange of land assets in a transaction that will see the redistribution of land resources suitable for development in accordance with both the government and the developer's respective strategic priorities. The agreement,...

December 28, 2019 372
Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Calendar have revealed the best ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in the emirate Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Calendar have revealed the best ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in the emirate. As the New Year’s Eve countdown gets underway in...

December 28, 2019 362
Purchase made in Concourse D in Dubai Int'l on Thursday sends airport retailer past milestone figure Dubai Duty Free on Friday revealed that its 2019 sales have crossed the $2 billion mark, putting the airport retailer on track for a record year. The milestone was hit on Thursday,...

December 28, 2019 503
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority says strict standards to protect privacy are applied to popular video call and chat service The UAE's telecommunications regulator has said it imposes strict standards to protect users' privacy after ToTok was taken off the Apple and Google app...

December 27, 2019 372
ValuStrat says average loss in values per month has slowed to 0.8% in 2019 compared to 1% in 2018 Average monthly property price declines in Dubai has slowed during 2019 compared to the previous 12 months, according to new research. Consulting firm ValuStrat said in a new report...

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