United Arab Emirates

Egypt crisis pushes an unlikely axis: Israel-Saudi

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 21, 2013

Israel has found itself in agreement with an unlikely group of Middle Eastern countries over the ongoing turmoil in Egypt.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have joined Israel in an informal alliance that is backing Egypt’s de facto military government.

The predominantly Sunni Arab states are motivated by the desire to confront the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.

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Cable car deal with Emirates airline amended

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Transport for London has confirmed that a cable-car sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline has been rewritten to remove a clause which appeared to discriminate against Israel.

The original wording of the contract, for the Thames cable car in east London, made clear that TfL must have no ties to anyone the United Arab Emirates considered to be a “conflicting person”.

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Detained doctor finally returns to South Africa

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

Professor Cyril Karabus, the elderly doctor who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, has just arrived in South Africa.

His family and lawyer, Michael Bagraim, met him the airport in Cape Town.

Prof Karabus had been waiting for his passport to be returned by prosecutors since he was found not guilty of manslaughter in March.

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British tax benefits attract foreign wealth

By Alex Brummer, April 26, 2013

Britain is once again a magnet for big businesses and the super rich because of its favourable tax scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s attempt to lower the corporation tax rate to 20 per cent has encouraged offshore enterprises to return to Britain — including Sir Martin Sorrell’s leading advertising group WPP.

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Courting Qatar could harm British interests

By Alex Brummer, March 29, 2013

Qatar’s credentials as one of Britain’s biggest inward investors are rarely questioned, and the economic friendship is growing.

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Detained medic in United Arab Emirates ‘not guilty’ of manslaughter

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August was found not guilty of manslaughter by an Abu Dhabi judge last Thursday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is now waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach. The verdict coincidentally came on South Africa’s human rights day — March 21.

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South African professor not guilty, UAE court finds

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, was finally found not guilty by an Abu Dhabi judge yesterday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach.

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Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.

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Israeli footballer barred from training session in Dubai

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

Israeli footballer Itay Schechter has missed a team visit to Dubai as a result of ongoing political tensions between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session.

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South African doctor still awaits UAE court decision

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, had his court case postponed for the 15th time.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, has been sitting in the court's lobby with his lawyers since the trial was delayed again on Monday.

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