Dubai OFW wins P14 million in raffle, says 'I am coming home'

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

After working 11 years in the UAE Bansil looks forward to being with his wife and daughter every day for the rest of his life

Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Authorities say no casualties are reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch once the tallest residential developments in the world

THE TORCH. A picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows a general view of "The Torch", one of the tallest towers in Dubai, after a fire blaze ripped through it early in the morning. Photo by Karim Sahib/ AFP

Shakey’s Pizza inks agreement to open 10 stores in UAE

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Under the agreement the first Shakey s store in the UAE will open in Dubai in the first half of 2018

First robotic cop joins Dubai police

Jun 01, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Wearing a police cap and moving on wheels the robot features a computer touch screen on its chest that can be used to report a crime or inquire about speeding tickets

DUBAI'S ROBOT COP. The world's first operational police robot stands to attention near the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai on May 31, 2017. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

Number of abandoned Filipino babies in Middle East on the rise

May 19, 2017 - 9:55 AM

The reason? Women who get pregnant but can t produce a marriage certificate face detention

Clouds of smoke as latest fire hits central Dubai

Apr 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Major fires have hit several Dubai high rises in recent years

ANOTHER FIRE. Smoke billows near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, after a fire hit the construction site in Dubai on April 2, 2017. Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP

Laptop ban hits Dubai for over 1 million weekend travellers

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Around 1 1 million people are expected to pass through the world s busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break Dubai Airports says

LAPTOP BAN. Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

Andy Murray wins 45th career title with Dubai triumph

Mar 05, 2017 - 1:18 AM

Murray dominates Spain s Fernando Verdasco in two sets to win in just 73 minutes

CRUISING. Andy Murray adds another title to his trophy case. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Federer stunned by world 116 Donskoy in Dubai

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Federer s inability to secure 3 match points gives Evgeny Donskoy the win of a lifetime

MAJOR UPSET. "I surprised everyone today. I think whoever wins against Roger surprises himself," says 26-year-old Evgeny Donskoy. Photo by stringer/AFP

Dubai toughens fire rules after tower blazes

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Those who violate the rules will face fines up to 50 000 dirhams 13 623

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 01, 2016 shows smoke billowing from the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai in the aftermath of a huge fire that engulfed several floors of the building. Dubai on January 22, 2017 announced tougher fire rules in a bid to minimise risks after several spectacular blazes that have ripped through skyscrapers in the modern Gulf emirate. / AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI

Golf caddy dies after collapsing at Dubai Ladies Masters

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Play is suspended after Austrian Big Max Zechmann 56 is rushed to the hospital where he later died

TRAGEDY ON THE GREENS. "Big" Max Zechmann, seen hugging golfer Markus Brier in 2007, died tragically after collapsing during a tournament in Dubai. File photo by Paul Lakatos/Volvo Event Management/AFP

Elderly Chinese-American nabbed with 2.3 kg cocaine at Clark airport

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:43 PM

PDEA Region III confirms in a laboratory test that substance seized from Allan Soo Hoo is high grade cocaine with a street value of around P16 million

SUSPECT. American Chinese Allan Soo Hoo (in blue jacket with hood) was on board an Emirates flight that landed in Clark on Sunday evening, August 28, 2016. He is escorted here by Clark International Airport Corporation acting president Alexander Cauguiran and PDEA agents. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Dubai airport scraps over 200 flights after Emirates crash

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:49 PM

It expects operations to return to normal in two days

AIRPORT WOES. Passengers look at the departures announcement board at Dubai airport a day after an Emirates plane caught fire during a crash-landing, on August 4, 2016. Photo by Karim Sahib / AFP

Emirates plane crash-lands in Dubai; all passengers, crew safe

Aug 03, 2016 - 7:18 PM

4th UPDATE One fireman died while saving the lives of the others says Dubai s top aviation official Saif al Suwaidi

FLIGHT EK521. An Emirates airlines Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW plane flight number EK521 from Trivandrum to Dubai lays on the ground in Dubai airport after being gutted by fire due to a mechanical failure at Dubai international airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 3, 2016. Photo by EPA

Lawmaker wants crisis management team for laid-off Middle East OFWs

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Party list ACTS OFW says thousands of OFWs are affected by the economic downturn in the Middle East

LAID OFF. ACTS-OFW says thousands of OFWs are affected by the economic downturn in the Middle East caused by terrorism, armed hostilities, and steep declines in the global prices of oil. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Mourning OFW parents seek help in paying baby’s hospital bill

Jul 04, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Rollie and Rhodora Tindugan overseas Filipino workers in Dubai need AED 250 000 to pay for the hospital bills of their newborn baby who died of complications

Chocolatey love: OFW group seeks support for PH cacao farmers

Jul 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A group of Filipino expats is using chocolates to express a different kind of affection: their love for the Philippines

Imam Suguitan leads the Ofw Para sa Magsasaka (OPM), an organization encouraging OFWs to invest in agriculture in the Philippines.

Stranded Cebu Pacific passengers decry 'terrible crisis management'

Jul 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Passengers of a diverted Cebu Pacific flight say the airline failed to assist them when they got stranded in Mumbai India

Photo by Rhoy Landicho

Dubai awards Alstom-led consortium $2.88B metro extension

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:05 AM

The new project will extend the Dubai Metro s Red Line from Nakheel Harbor Tower station to the Expo 2020 site

People watch a presentation of the Route 2020 metro expansion project during a press conference on June 29, 2016, in the emirate of Dubai.  Dubai's transport authority announced it had awarded a French-led consortium a $2.88 billion contract to extend its metro network to the site of the Expo 2020 world trade fair. The consortium, led by France's Alstom Conglomerate and also including Spain's Acciona and Turkey's Gulermak, will construct a 15 kilometre (nine mile) extension to the site of the fair, a statement said. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB

Drone forces hour-long closure of Dubai airport

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The incident has caused some flights to be delayed for 4 hours and 4 flights to be diverted

DUBAI AIRPORT. An Airbus A380 owned by Emirates is parked at Concourse A of Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates on February 10, 2013. File photo by Ali Haider/EPA

Riding on the Dubai property roller coaster

May 04, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The real estate market in Dubai sees a slowdown in 2015 and is expected to continue declining this year

A general view taken on April 1, 2016 shows Dubai's Jumierah Beach Residence. For more than 10 years Dubai property prices have been on a roller coaster, creating and wiping out fortunes, but recently they appear to have run out of steam.   / AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ALI KHALIL

PAL Dubai-Manila flight diverts to India as passenger gives birth

Apr 17, 2016 - 10:40 PM

A 40 year old passenger who gave birth in flight prompts a flight diversion to Hyderabad India

BORN IN FLIGHT. PAL PR 669 proceeded smoothly until its 4th hour when Mary Grace Alejandro, who was 7 months pregnant, began experiencing abdominal pain. Image from Rappler

PAL seeks DFA's help on squabble with Kuwaiti government

Apr 14, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Philippine Airlines says Kuwait is preventing it from exercising its rights which are clearly granted under a bilateral air services deal

CAPTIVE NICHE. With more than 190,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait and about 300,000 in Jeddah, PAL has a captive market

Dubai to build tower taller than Burj Khalifa

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:25 PM

The tower which will cost around 1 billion will have observation decks restaurants and a boutique hotel

epa05073970 An aerial view picture made available on 18 December 2015 shows Burj Khalifa (C), the world's tallest building and other buildings in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 December 2015. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Dubai announces first airport tax on passengers

Mar 31, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The 35 dirham 9 50 fee will apply to all passengers on all flights beginning June 30

epa03576844 An Airbus A 380 owned by Emirates airlines in parking position at a gate of Concourse A of Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10 February 2013. The Concourse A extension features 20 gates which are designed to accommodate the Airbus A380 with boarding gates leading directly into the aircraft's upper and main decks. The three-billion US dollar Councourse A is exclusively used by Emirates airlines and will also provide as stopover facility for Qantas' A380s to London via Dubai pending final ACCC approval of the Qantas-Emirates alliance. EPA/ALI HAIDER

#PugadBaboy: No casualties

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Janet Jackson returns to stage in Dubai

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The pop star performs at the Dubai World Cup after a 4 month hiatus

epa05232006 US singer Janet Jackson performs during the Dubai World Cup 2016 at the Meydan race course in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 March 2016. The Dubai World Cup is one of the richest events in the horse racing sporting calendar. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Pilots' last words in flydubai jet crash: 'Pull up!'

Mar 26, 2016 - 5:06 PM

The transcript from the plane says that for the last 6 seconds the only sounds were inhuman screams

Flydubai downplays possibility terrorism caused crash

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The Dubai based airline s chief executive describes such a suggestion as speculation

FLYDUBAI. In this file photo, an aircraft (front) owned by 'Fly Dubai', the low-budget commercial airliner, is seen after landing at the runway of Dubai International airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2011. Ali Haider/EPA

62 killed as flydubai jet crashes in southern Russia

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:13 AM

7th UPDATE Russia s Investigative Committee has launched a probe into whether technical problems pilot error or poor weather were behind the crash

DEBRIS. This handout picture taken and released on March 19, 2016 by Russia's Emergency Ministry shows parts of the Flydubai crashed passengers' jet at the airport in Rostov-on-Don. Russian Emergency Ministry handout photo/AFP

Kemlu: Tak ada WNI dalam insiden jatuhnya pesawat FlyDubai

Mar 19, 2016 - 6:46 AM

Sebanyak 62 penumpang tewas termasuk 7 anak anak Sebagian besar penumpang merupakan warga Rusia

Pesawat maskapai murah, FlyDubai terlihat baru saja mendarat di Bandara Internasional Dubai, Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) pada 17 November 2011. Foto oleh Ali Haider/EPA

Musharraf leaves Pakistan after travel ban lifted

Mar 18, 2016 - 11:08 AM

UPDATED A local party spokesman says Pakistan s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had landed in Dubai and reached his residence where he will stay for some weeks before seeking an appointment with doctors in the United States

TRAVEL BAN LIFTED. Barrister Farogh Naseem (R), the counsel of the former President and military ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, talks with journalists after a hearing of a petition to remove Musharraf name from Exit Control List (ECL), in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 16, 2016. File photo by T. Mughal/EPA

Tennis: Djokovic quits Dubai with eye problem, ends 17-finals streak

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:03 AM

World number one Novak Djokovic s stunning streak of 17 successive finals comes to an end

Dubai airport raises capacity with new extension

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Around 85 million passengers are expected to pass through Dubai International Airport in 2016

epa05178337 A handout photograph released by the Dubai Airport on 24 February 2016 shows the British Airways Boeing 747 flight 105 after landing at Dubai airport new Concourse D, Dubai, UAE. Reports state the new Concourse D was officially opened on 24 February with cost of 1.2 billion US dollars, and is expected to increase the capacity of the airport by an additional 15 million passengers annually. EPA/DUBAI AIRPORT / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

IMF chief sees 'tepid' growth for world economy

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Christine Lagarde also says oil exporters are facing a completely new reality

International Monetary Fund chief, Christine Lagarde speaks on the opening day of the Global Women's Forum on February 23, 2016, in Dubai. The world economy is going through a "tepid" recovery, Lagarde said during the women's forum, adding that growth in advanced economies should be higher.   / AFP / KARIM SAHIB

Successful Filipinos to give OFWs in Dubai tips on getting rich

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:56 AM

Many Filipinos in the UAE are lured by the promise of easy money only to find themselves heavily indebted in the end due to accumulated interest rates and hidden charges

RESPITE. Filipino workers take a breather at a Dubai beach, with the landmark Burj Al Arab in the background. Photo by Jo Kearney

Airlines launching 4 new int'l flights from Cebu in March

Feb 18, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Mactan Cebu International Airport is also recognized as Best Transport Deal in Asia Pacific

STRATEGIC DESTINATIONS. The operator of Mactan-Cebu International Airport identifies Middle East, the US, and Europe as key markets to increase inward tourism

Ex-Davao cop turns illegal food vendor to survive in Dubai

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:51 PM

This job is not for the faint hearted You have to have guts to survive the 30 year old ex cop says

PINOY VENDOR. Judy dela Cruz counts the payment of a customer at a Dubai sidewalk. Photo by Gemma Casas

Jailed Bahrain opposition chief in trouble over tweets

Jan 24, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Sheikh Ali Salman is currently serving 4 years for inciting civil disobedience

Emirates' Cebu-Dubai route to boost passenger traffic at Mactan Airport

Jan 06, 2016 - 4:30 PM

By March Emirates will connect travelers in and near Cebu and Clark Freeport in Pampanga to the Middle East Africa Europe and the Americas via Dubai

SECOND STRATEGIC DESTINATION. Emirates will launch a daily Dubai-Cebu-Clark circular service on March 30

PH firecracker injuries, Dubai fire, New Year in Paris | 6PM wRap

Jan 01, 2016 - 6:49 PM

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Filipino photographer rescued from 48th floor of burning Dubai hotel

Jan 01, 2016 - 2:36 PM

The photojournalist was taking photos of the New Year s Eve fireworks display when the fire engulfed parts of Dubai s The Address Downtown hotel

HUGE FIRE. Flames and smoke after a fire broke out at The Address Hotel in Dubai, UAE. December 31, 2015. Media reports state that there is no immediate news of casualties. EPA/STRINGER

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Jan 01, 2016 - 12:09 PM

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Huge fire hits Dubai hotel amid New Year festivities

Jan 01, 2016 - 2:56 AM

3rd UPDATE Dubai s police chief says all the residents of the 5 star hotel had been evacuated from the scene of the blaze

Kilas balik 2015: 10 momen penting dunia olahraga

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:46 AM

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Ganda putra Indonesia Hendra/Ahsan juarai Dubai Super Series 2015

Dec 14, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Hendra Setiawan Mohammad Ahsan kalahkan Chai Biao Hong Wei dalam laga final final BWF Dubai Super Series Finals 2015

Ganda putra Indonesia Hendra/Ahsan saat berlaga di Dubai Super Series Finale 2015. Foto dari

Dari COP 21 hasilkan kesepakatan Paris sampai Hendra/Ahsan jadi juara dunia

Dec 14, 2015 - 7:00 AM

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COP 21. Perundingan COP 21 di Paris, Prancis, menghasilkan Kesepakatan Paris untuk mengatasi dampak negatif perubahan iklim. Foto oleh Rappler

Langkah Praveen/Debby selesai di semifinal BWF Dubai Super Series Finals 2015

Dec 12, 2015 - 8:51 PM

Praveen Debby akhirnya mengikuti langkah Greysia Nitya yang pupus di semifinal

BWF Dubai. Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto saat bertanding di BWF Dubai Super Series Finals 2015. Foto oleh

Gresyia/Nitya terhenti di semifinal BWF Dubai Super Series Finals 2015

Dec 12, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Pasangan Greysia Nitya mengakui kekalahan karena mendapat kontrol yang kuat dari pasangan Kamilla Christinna dari Denmark

BWF DUBAI. Pasangan ganda putri Indonesia, Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari saat bertanding di BWF Dubai Super Series Finals 2015. Foto oleh