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Dubai investment arm's net profit rises in 2019

May 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The Investment Corporation of Dubai, which owns giant firms like Emirates Airline, posts a 16.9% increase in net profit in 2019

EMPTY. Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Coronavirus death toll among Pinoys in UAE rises to 27

May 09, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 23 Filipinos died of the coronavirus in Dubai alone

AT HOME IN DUBAI. A man wearing a face mask gazes at the Dubai skyline as the city was placed on lockdown on April 4, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Life of luxury: Dubai's huge service sector faces unsure future

May 07, 2020 - 8:50 PM

While some lockdown measures are lifted and many businesses are reopening, uncertainty remains for both employers and employees in Dubai

UAE. Cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Expo 2020 Dubai postponed by 1 year to October 2021

May 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The multibillion-dollar Expo 2020 Dubai is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Dubai launches home tests for coronavirus

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The 'Mobile Laboratory units' are converted ambulances with equipment, thermal scanners, and storage cabins for samples

A picture taken on March 15, 2020 shows people walking past shops in Dubai's Deira Souk. - No shisha pipe sessions, deserted streets, mosques and shopping malls, drones in the sky broadcasting public health warnings -- the new coronavirus has turned life upside down in Gulf societies. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

No last goodbye for Gulf migrant workers lost to pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:21 PM

OFWs are among the migrants who die alone in the Middle East because of the coronavirus

Employees transport the body of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at the New Sonapur Hindu crematorium in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on April 19, 2020. The body of the Indian migrant who died from coronavirus far from home was kept inside the ambulance in front of the crematorium in case a friend came by for a last goodbye. But nearly an hour later no one had appeared, and the workers in protective suits had to carry out their grim task. In silence, the four men carefully moved the body, wrapped in a white plastic bag, to a furnace where it was reduced to ashes that were placed in a silver box. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Bello suspends Dubai welfare officer over misconduct

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The suspension comes after the government was accused of repurposing donations into relief packs for Dubai OFWs affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Bello photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Emirates launches first rapid virus test for passengers

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Emirates says passengers bound for Tunisia were all tested at the airport's check-in area before they left Dubai, with results released within 10 minutes

UAE extends validity of resident, visit visas to December 31, 2020

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The modified policy is intended to 'support residents and visitors and lessen the repercussions of the coronavirus'

DUBAI AIRPORT. Passengers queue at the check-in counter in a terminal of Dubai International Airport in the gulf emirate on April 6, 2020, as Emirates airline resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after its coronavirus-enforced stoppage. Karim Sahib/AFP

Dubai suspends marriage and divorce during virus lockdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Justice Khaled al-Hawsni of the family court says couples who have already completed marriage formalities must not organize wedding parties 'even among their immediate circles'

EMPTY. Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

UAE officially asks to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions says it will hold a virtual meeting on April 21 to discuss 'options for a change of dates'

EXPO 2020. Construction workers are pictured on the site of the French pavilion building, which is scheduled to open during the Expo 2020, in Dubai on March 3, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Emirates to resume limited passenger flights

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Dubai-owned carrier Emirates will partially resume flights starting Monday, April 6

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Dubai to inject capital into grounded Emirates Airline

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) The statement of Dubai's crown prince does not specify the size of the intervention, but says more details will be announced later

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Expo 2020 Dubai organizers recommend 1-year postponement

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:45 AM

A final decision on postponement will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions

Construction workers are pictured on the site of the French pavilion building, which is scheduled to open during the Expo 2020, in Dubai on March 3 ,2020. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Coronavirus shutdowns to hit Dubai's economic lifeline

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The Dubai economy, already stressed by a downturn, is poised to suffer a blow from the coronavirus

Sunbeds are seen empty at the Jumeirah Beach residence in Dubai on March 22, 2020 following the closure of all beaches by authorities amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Djokovic eyes new win streak after capturing 79th career title

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'This has been one of the best starts of all seasons I've had,' says Novak Djokovic after picking up his third crown just two months into the year

STELLAR. Novak Djokovic celebrates after dominating Stefanos Tsitsipas to bag his fifth Dubai trophy. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP)

Dubai airport reports first dip in passenger numbers in 20 years

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Traffic at Dubai International Airport drops 3.1% to 86.4 million passengers in 2019

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Mighty avenges Al Riyadi heartbreak with first Dubai title

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Led by former NBA veterans Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche, Mighty Sports ends its title drought in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

UNBEATEN. Mighty Sports sweeps the Dubai International Basketball Championship en route to the title. Photo release

Undefeated Mighty blows out Al Riyadi, wins 31st Dubai championship

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:58 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines completes a tournament sweep and becomes the first team outside Middle East to rule the Dubai International Basketball Championship

EXPLOSIVE. Renaldo Balkman powers Mighty Sports to a historic title romp. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Basketball Championship Finals

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Unbeaten Mighty Sports Philippines goes for the crown against defending champion Al Riyadi Lebanon at 12 am on February 2, Sunday

Mighty averts late AS Sale scare, clinches Dubai finals debut

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:27 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines survives a late challenge from Morocco's AS Sale to nail the first championship berth

Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Morocco - Dubai International Championship Semifinals

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines vies for a championship berth versus Morocco's AS Sale in Dubai at 11 pm on Friday, January 31

Flawless Mighty Sports crushes Syria's Al Wathba to reach Dubai semis

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:22 AM

Mighty Sports gets a balanced scoring production from its veterans and young guns to remain unbeaten in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

ON A ROLL. Andray Blatche and Mighty Sports cruise into their fifth straight win. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Syria - Dubai International Championship Quarterfinals

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines targets a Final Four spot versus Syria's Al Wathba Sport Club at 1 am on Friday, January 31

UAE reports Middle East's 1st cases of new coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) The disease spreads to more than 15 countries since it emerged out of Wuhan late last year

People coming from China, leave the Terminal after landing in Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020. Alain JOCARD / AFP

Fil-Am Williams erupts in 2nd half as Mighty sweeps Dubai elims

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:23 AM

Mighty Sports clinches its 4th straight win to top Group A heading into the knockout quarterfinals

RED-HOT. Mikey Williams puts on a shooting clinic for Mighty Sports. File photo from Instagram/

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines goes for an elimination sweep versus Lebanon’s Beirut Sports Club early Wednesday, January 29

Gomez de Liaño, Ravena spark up Mighty blowout over ES Rades

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:09 AM

Juan Gomez de Liaño and Thirdy Ravena flash their best game yet in Dubai as Mighty Sports stays unbeaten in 3 games

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Tunisia - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Barely scraping past in its first two wins, Mighty Sports looks to win convincingly against Tunisia's Es Rades on Tuesday, January 28

Mighty Sports seeks to remain unbeaten in Dubai tilt

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:30 PM

After back-to-back thrillers, Mighty Sports shoots for a third straight triumph in the Dubai International Basketball Championship against Tunisia's Es Rades

BATTLE-TESTED. Andray Blatche proved to be crucial for Mighty Sports winning its first two games. Photo from Mighty Sports

Mighty catches fire in 1st half, survives Syria for 2nd Dubai win

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:18 AM

Propped up by Andray Blatche and Renaldo Balkman, Mighty Sports Philippines outlasts Syria for a 2-0 start in Dubai

El Khatib faces Dave Ildefonso, 20 years after father Danny

Jan 24, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib gets to face two generations of Ildefonsos in his storied basketball career

EVERGREEN. Lebanon’s Fadi El Khatib (right) has become a familiar foe to Philippine team players. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Syria - Dubai International Basketball Championship

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:59 PM

After an opening-day escape, Mighty Sports Philippines shoots for a more convincing win versus Syria's Al Ittihad Aleppo on Friday, January 24

Mighty survives El Khatib eruption for Dubai opener win

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:33 AM

A poised Mighty Sports squad overcomes the stellar showing of Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs UAE - Dubai International Basketball Championship

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

A star-studded Mighty Sports Philippines squad kicks off its campaign in Dubai versus the United Arab Emirates national team on Thursday, January 23

Kai Sotto to miss Mighty Sports' Dubai stint

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Mighty Sports announces that Kai Sotto is experiencing 'unresolved logistical and scheduling issues'

MISSING OUT. Kai Sotto will not see action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Photo from FIBA

Blatche arrives but no Kai Sotto yet for star-studded Mighty

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:06 PM

A Mighty Sports squad bannered by Andray Blatche, Thirdy Ravena, and Kai Sotto gears up for a Dubai tilt next week

Thirdy Ravena joins Kai Sotto, GDLs in Mighty for Dubai tourney

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Mighty Sports-Philippines assembles a young star-studded squad bannered by Thirdy Ravena, Jamie Malonzo, Kai Sotto and the Gomez de Liaño brothers

WINNER. After leading Ateneo to a third straight UAAP championship, Thirdy Ravena looks to bring his winning ways in Dubai. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto joins GDLs in Mighty Sports for Dubai tourney

Dec 17, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Kai Sotto's Mighty Sports stint will not affect his US NCAA eligibility

REINFORCEMENT. Kai Sotto is set to reinforce the Mighty Sports squad with the Gomez de Liaño brothers. Photo from FIBA

Pacquiao fires 42 as MPBL execs exact revenge on Dubai All Stars

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao showcases his basketball wares in a Dubai exhibition match

ON FIRE. Manny Pacquiao unloads 6 triples in a 42-point performance. Photo from MPBL

Dubai economic slump to persist until 2022 – S&P

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Standard and Poor's expects low oil prices, the US-China trade war, and political turmoil to hurt Dubai's economy

FALSE: Temperature in Dubai reaches '63 degrees Celsius'

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The official highest recorded temperature, according to World Meteorological Organization, is only 56.7 degrees Celsius

OFW dies of brain hemorrhage in Dubai

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The repatriation of the OFW's remains will be shouldered by the employer, according to the Philippine Consulate

Lea Salonga to perform at the Dubai Opera in March 2020

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Middle East fans, mark your calendars!

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Batangas joins MPBL games in Dubai; Pacquiao attending

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The inaugural MPBL champions join the Davao Occidental Tigers and Imus Bandera in the Dubai showcase this September

ACTION-PACKED. Expect a thrilling duel when a solid Batangas side battles an Imus squad bannered by former Ginebra player Jayjay Helterbrand and celebrity Gerald Anderson. Photo from MPBL

WATCH: Burj Khalifa lit in Philippine colors for Independence Day

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The world's tallest building in Dubai takes on the colors of the Philippine flag to mark the 121st Philippine Independence Day

BURJ KHALIFA IN PHILIPPINE COLORS. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is lit up in Philippine colors on June 12, 2019, Philippine Independence Day. Screenshot from Burj Khalifa

[OPINION] I want to go home and work in my country. But how?

May 31, 2019 - 12:43 PM

I do not want to finally go home for good when I am near my retirement age or retired already. I want to pursue my PR career in the Philippines where I can still utilize my talents and give back to the community.

Huge number of OFWs in Dubai 'big factor' in Duterte’s decision to join Expo 2020 – DTI

May 23, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says EXPO 2020 Dubai will be one of the biggest events that the Department of Trade and Industry, together with other agencies that form part of the Philippine Organizing Committee, will participate in

PHILIPPINE TRADE CHIEF AND DUTERTE. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) with President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacanang photo

Heavy turnout at PH consulate in Dubai as OFWs vote at the last minute

May 14, 2019 - 2:00 AM

Dubai has the biggest overseas electorate of all OFW destinations

Philippines to showcase country’s natural beauty and wonders in Expo 2020 Dubai

May 01, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The 3,000 square meter Philippine pavilion will be part of the expo