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  • Dubai's Highest Court Rejects Superyacht Seizure Appeal in Mammoth Divorce Battle

    08/20/2020 5:36:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 20, 2020
    Dubai’s highest court has rejected an appeal by the ex-wife of a Russian billionaire to seize a £350 million ($460 million)superyacht in one of the world’s costliest divorce battles, a court ruling last week said. The Dubai Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by Tatiana Akhmedova, ex-wife of oil and gas billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov, to seize the yacht as part of a 453 million pound divorce bill imposed by London’s High Court. The vessel, the M.V. Luna, was built for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich before Akhmedov bought it in 2014. It has at least nine decks, space for 50 crew,...
  • World gold supply under pressure.

    08/16/2020 3:58:28 PM PDT · by delta7 · 37 replies
    Swiss info channel ^ | 7/16/20 | Picard
    Swiss refiners — chief among them Valcambi — are under scrutiny due to the high risk of conflict gold originating in Africa entering their supply chain via the United Arab Emirates. Two parallel NGO reports on the subject were published on Thursday. This content was published on July 16, 2020 - 18:00 July 16, 2020 - 18:00 Dominique Soguel-dit-Picard See in another language: 1 One of the reports, Golden Detour [Détour Dorée] by Bern-based Swissaid, examines the gold trade in the UAE, with a focus on the scandal-stricken Dubai company Kaloti Precious Metals and its ties to Valcambi, a precious...
  • Ancient ‘House for the Dead’ Unearthed on UAE’s Marawah Island

    03/24/2016 2:25:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The National ^ | March 24, 2016 | Naser Al Wasmi
    The skeleton of one of Abu Dhabi’s earliest inhabitants has been uncovered on Marawah Island in what historians believe was a “house for the dead”. An archaeological dig on the Western Region island, about 100 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi city, has also revealed the first use of stone-built architecture in the Arabian Gulf, dating back 7,500 years, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) said on Thursday. “This partial skeleton was inserted into one of the already semi-collapsed rooms of the house, indicating that the structure had originally been used as a house for the living, and then...
  • UAE launches Arab world's first nuclear plant

    08/02/2020 1:03:33 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 35 replies
    nhk ^ | 8/2/2020 | nhk
    The United Arab Emirates has become the first country among oil-producing Arab Gulf states to open a nuclear power plant. The UAE's state news agency reported on Saturday that the first unit at the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi had started operations. A South Korean-led consortium won the bid to build the plant in 2009, after competing with rivals from Japan and the United States. The plant will consist of four nuclear reactors. Thermal power generation using natural gas has been a main energy source in the UAE. This is the first time an Arab Gulf nation that...
  • UAE official tells Turkey to stop meddling in Arab affairs over Libya

    08/01/2020 8:07:16 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 7 replies
    arabnews.com ^ | 8/1/2020 | staff
    DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs said on Saturday that Turkey should stop interfering in Arab affairs, criticizing comments on Libya made by Turkey’s defense minister. Turkish media had reported the Turkish minister making remarks critical of the UAE’s actions over Libya. The UAE, alongside Egypt and Russia, backs eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar, whose fighters have been battling the forces of the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. Turkey has stepped up support for the Tripoli government. “Relations are not managed by threats and there is no place for colonialist delusions in this day and...
  • UAE successfully launches Mars probe aboard Japanese H-IIA rocket

    07/20/2020 7:57:37 AM PDT · by shove_it · 21 replies
    The United Arab Emirates has succeeded with the initial stage of its first ever Mars mission, thanks to the launch of an H-IIA rocket built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on Sunday. The rocket carried the Al Amal (Hope) Probe for the UAE, a Mars orbiter that is set to arrive at the red planet by February 2021, and spend a Martian year (687 days) on orbit around Mars collecting data about its atmosphere. This is the first of three separate planned missions to Mars that are scheduled to take place during July, including a...
  • UAE’s Hope mission on its way to Mars

    07/19/2020 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 10 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 07/19/20 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — A Japanese rocket launched the United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars July 19, an orbiter that will study the planet’s weather while demonstrating the country’s growing space capabilities. The H-2A rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 5:58 p.m. Eastern. The launch was originally scheduled for July 14 but delayed five days by poor weather at the launch site. The rocket’s upper stage released the Emirates Mars Mission, or Hope, spacecraft, nearly an hour after liftoff. The spacecraft contracted controllers shortly after separation. Hope is a 1,350-kilogram satellite developed by the Mohammed bin...
  • UAE Company Admits to North Korean Sanctions Violations and Defrauding the U.S. Goverment, Agrees to Pay $665,000

    07/17/2020 6:29:51 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 16, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia
    First-Ever Corporate Enforcement Action by DOJ of North Korean Sanctions            WASHINGTON – Essentra FZE Company Limited (“Essentra FZE”), a global supplier of cigarette products that is incorporated in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), has agreed to pay a $665,112 fine and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) and defrauding the United States in connection with evading sanctions on North Korea.  Today’s public filing against Essentra FZE is the first ever DOJ corporate enforcement action for violations of these regulations. ...
  • Palestinian Authority rejects UAE aid sent via Israeli airport

    05/22/2020 9:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | 5-21-20
    Palestinians say sending medical aid through Tel Aviv is a 'cover for normalisation' of ties with Israel. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has rejected an aid shipment from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Palestinian health minister. In a news conference on Thursday, Mai Kaila said her country refused to receive the medical aid as the Emirati side ignored to coordinate with them. "The UAE has not coordinated with us regarding the medical aid, and we reject to receive it without coordination," said the minister. "We are a sovereign country, and they should have coordinated with us first." Earlier on...
  • Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE welcome Trump peace plan

    01/28/2020 7:50:56 PM PST · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    JP ^ | JANUARY 29, 2020 04:31 | By OMRI NAHMIAS
    WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the UAE on Tuesday issued statements welcoming the Trump administration's peace plan. "The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause," said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump's administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides, and encourages the start of direct peace negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, under the auspices of the United States," the statement reads. It also called to resolve any disagreements with...
  • UAE military satellite lost in Vega launch failure

    07/10/2019 10:15:44 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 9 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 7/10/2019 | Stephen Clark
    A European Vega launcher failed Wednesday night around two minutes after liftoff from French Guiana and fell into the Atlantic Ocean, destroying an Airbus-built surveillance satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Arianespace, the French launch service provider in charge of Wednesday night’s mission, declared a failure minutes after the 98-foot-tall (30-meter) Vega rocket took off from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of South America. Luce Fabreguettes, Arianespace’s executive vice president of missions, operations and purchasing, said the failure occurred around the time of ignition of the Vega rocket’s solid-fueled Zefiro 23 second stage. “As you have seen,...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Gave Iran, UAE, Saddam’s Bomb-maker Family Lease to US Port

    07/03/2019 9:26:43 AM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    independentsentinel.com ^ | 1/11/2017 | S. Noble
    The left is worried about Trump’s conflict of interests. Maybe they should worry about Barack Hussein Obama’s conflicts of interest. Lease Given to Our Enemies The family of Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, “the father of Iraq’s nuclear weapons program,” has been awarded a 35-year lease for cargo container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida. The Center for Security Policy reports that two intrepid researchers produced a paper titled, Secret Deal Allows Company Tied to Saddam’s Nuclear Bombmaker, Iran and U.A.E. to Manage Key Florida Port Facilities. The paper notes that Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew unilaterally approved...
  • Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

    05/25/2019 8:33:35 AM PDT · by Steve1999 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25-05-19 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.The Trump administration informed congressional committees that it will go ahead with 22 military sales to the Saudis, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, infuriating lawmakers by circumventing a long-standing precedent for congressional review of major weapons sales.
  • Alleged UAE spy under investigation for possible links to Jamal Khashoggi killing found dead ...

    04/29/2019 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 04/29/19 07:45 AM EDT | By Chris Mills Rodrigo
    FULL TITLE: Alleged UAE spy under investigation for possible links to Jamal Khashoggi killing found dead in Turkish jail =========================================================== An alleged spy for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) being investigated for possible links to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was found dead in his Turkish jail cell, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Turkish prosecutors on Monday said wardens had found the suspect, Zaki Y.M. Hassan, hanged inside his solitary cell in Istanbul’s Silivri prison, according to the newspaper, which added that prosecutors are calling for an investigation into the death. Turkish authorities were reportedly investigating Hassan and...
  • Nicolas Maduro will sell $640million of Venezuelan gold to the UAE in return for cash to buy [tr]

    02/01/2019 6:54:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2019 | Chris Pleasance
    Venezuela will fly 15 tonnes of gold to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash as the country tries to stay solvent, sources have said. In total, Nicolas Maduro plans to sell 29 tonnes of Venezuelan gold - worth around $1.2billion - to the UAE by February in order to buy basic goods and prop up his crumbling government. Meanwhile Russia, which is backing Maduro, was forced to deny being in contact with opponent Juan Guaido after the politician said he sent a message to Moscow.
  • Exclusive: Venezuela prepares to fly tonnes of central bank gold to UAE - source

    01/31/2019 11:34:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 31, 2019 | by Corina Pons
    CARACAS - Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in a bid by the cash-strapped country to stay solvent. The sale of gold reserves that back the Bolivar currency began on Jan. 26 with a shipment of 3 tonnes, the official said, and follows the export last year of $900 million of unrefined gold to Turkey.
  • Saudis, Egypt, Jordan, UAE Support Jared Kushner and Trump’s Palestinian-Israeli Peace Plan

    06/26/2018 4:18:36 PM PDT · by Pollard · 45 replies
    G Pundit ^ | 6/26/2018
    Four Arab countries are backing Donald Trump’s plan for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to an Israeli newspaper, and are willing to sideline the PA’s President Mahmoud Abbas to see it done. According to a report in Israel Hayom, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan told Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and the man charged with solving the Israel-Palestine issue, and envoy Jason Greenblatt they were behind Washington’s so-called “deal of the century”. Israel Hayom, a daily newspaper owned by billionaires Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, reported that it spoke to officials from...
  • Israeli officials meet Qatari, Saudi and UAE counterparts at White House

    03/13/2018 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.jpost.com ^ | March 13, 2018 17:13 | By Michael Wilner
    Palestinian Authority officials did not attend the meeting, which focused on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. WASHINGTON – Israeli national security officials sat around the same table on Tuesday morning with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, discussing a dire humanitarian situation unfolding in the Gaza Strip. The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, as well as Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is...
  • Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April

    02/24/2018 7:04:51 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 1 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | Feb 24, 2018 | staff
    Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with US President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, Reuters reports US officials as saying, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani are all planning to have bilateral visits with Trump in March and April, a senior US official said. The agenda will include setting up a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, the official said, which...
  • (Bleeping) coo coo': UAE envoy mocks Saudi leadership in leaked email

    08/18/2017 10:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | August 18, 2017 | David Hearst and Clayton Swisher
    Yousef Otaiba ridicules Gulf ally in email exchange, betraying years of frustration at Riyadh old guard that coalesced into efforts to change it The UAE's ambassador to Washington described Saudi Arabia's leadership as "f***in' coo coo!", in one of a series of leaked emails that suggest years of Emirati frustration with Riyadh's old regime that has coalesced into a clear strategy to usurp it by bolstering the rise of the young Mohammed bin Salman. The messages, obtained by Middle East Eye through the GlobalLeaks hacking group, show Otaiba mocking Saudi Arabia to his Egyptian wife, Abeer Shoukry, over the Saudi...