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PM Surprises Employees at Work, but They're Not There

9 senior officials in UAE have been forced to retire

(Newser) - Senior government officials in the United Arab Emirates chose a bad day to be late for work on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid paid a surprise visit to Dubai's municipality, land, and economic development departments starting at 7:30am Sunday—a regular working day in the UAE—... More »

Guy Survives Plane Crash, Wins $1M Days Later

'World's luckiest man' plans to help the less-fortunate

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was scrambling out of a plane that had crash-landed in the United Arab Emirates. Six days later, he was jumping for joy, $1 million richer. Days before the Emirates crash, which left 13 people injured, the 62-year-old Indian national living in Dubai had bought... More »

Emirates Airliner Crash-Lands in Dubai

All 300 onboard reported to be OK

(Newser) - An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash-landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. There were no fatalities and all the passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was... More »

What Burj Khalifa? Dubai Is Again Scraping Skies

Builder says new tower will be 'notch' taller, but there's a catch

(Newser) - Dubai is reaching for the sky again, with the developer of the world's tallest building vowing Sunday to build an even taller tower with rotating balconies and elevated landscaping inspired by the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon. The government-backed Emaar Properties hopes the new tower will entice a fresh... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dies in Car Accident

Victoria McGrath, fellow student killed in Dubai

(Newser) - Victoria McGrath was 20 years old when she was pictured in an iconic photo, being carried to safety by a firefighter after a bomb went off just 5 feet from where she was standing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Less than three years later, the survivor... More »

Fire Breaks Out in High-End Dubai Hotel Before Fireworks

Unclear whether anyone is hurt

(Newser) - Fire broke out Thursday in a hotel near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai, just ahead of a massive New Year's fireworks display. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building near the landmark Burj Khalifa, which... More »

10 Most Expensive New Year's Eve Cities

New York City doesn't come in until No. 8

(Newser) - Spending New Year's Eve in New York City? You may be surprised to know it's not the most expensive place you could be. (Though even its Olive Garden is pricey .) CheapHotels.org looked at the cheapest double room available from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 in 30... More »

Airline Announces Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

Route from Dubai to Panama City on Emirates will take 17.5 hours

(Newser) - Seventeen hours and 35 minutes is how long you can expect to be in the air if you book tickets now for the world's longest nonstop flight, set for takeoff from Dubai and landing in Panama City, the National reports. Beginning Feb. 1, Emirates will snatch away those longest-flight... More »

Father Lets Daughter Drown to Avoid 'Dishonor'

He didn't want male lifeguards to touch her, Dubai cop says

(Newser) - A search and rescue official in Dubai says it was one of the most disturbing cases of his career. The father of a 20-year-old woman let her drown rather than have her "dishonored" by being touched by male lifeguards, Lt. Col. Ahmed Burqibah, the deputy director of the Dubai... More »

US Teacher Wins $1M Prize, Plans to Give It Away

Nancie Atwell, 63, calls Global Teaching Prize 'a miracle'

(Newser) - A US teacher who prefers reading and self-expression to standardized testing has won a $1 million prize, and plans to donate the entire thing—to a school she founded in Maine 25 years ago, USA Today reports. Nancie Atwell, 63, heard the good news today at a ceremony in Dubai... More »

Fire Hits One of World's Tallest Apartment Towers

No deaths reported at Dubai building called 'The Torch'

(Newser) - One of the world's tallest residential towers—with the unfortunate name of "The Torch"—caught fire early today in Dubai's Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as flames raged several stories high. No one was reported killed. The fire broke out about... More »

Dubai Won't Let In World's Most Pierced Man

The horned, heavily pierced German couldn't get through customs

(Newser) - The German IT worker who lays claim to the world's most piercings with 453 —most of which are on his face and genitals—is also claiming he couldn't get through customs on his way to a night club in Dubai due to officials worrying he might be... More »

Dubai Unveils Plans for World's Largest Mall

It will include 100 hotels, a theme park, and a climate-controlled network of streets

(Newser) - Being home to one of the world's largest malls is apparently not enough for the rulers of the United Arab Emirates, even just five years after Dubai was crippled by a massive debt crisis. The nation’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, says his planned Mall of the... More »

American Drummer Jailed for 'Insulting Islam'

James Kottak was drunk in Dubai airport, authorities say

(Newser) - Drunk and sweary is no way to go through a Dubai airport, a Scorpions member has discovered. James Kottak, the German heavy metal band's American drummer, was sentenced to a month in prison in the emirate for allegedly ranting about "non-educated" Muslims, giving the middle finger to fellow... More »

American Jailed Over Goofy Video to Be Freed: Report

Shezanne Cassim will be deported from UAE

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates plans to release jailed American consultant (and amateur sketch comic) Shezanne Cassim this week. Cassim has already been moved from a federal prison to a desert deportation center near Abu Dhabi, the Guardian reports. A family spokesperson tells CNN that he should head back to the... More »

Dubai Blows Away NYE Fireworks Record

400K fireworks set off to welcome 2014

(Newser) - Dubai, home of the world's tallest building, decided to usher in 2014 in typical over-the-top fashion with the biggest fireworks display in history. Guinness World Records staff certified that the spectacular 30-minute show, featuring 400,000 fireworks over dozens of miles of shoreline, was the biggest ever, easily beating... More »

It's 2014 Somewhere

Images of celebrations from around the world

(Newser) - It's that time of year again: Time for Australia and New Zealand to steal everybody else's thunder. Auckland has already rung in 2014, and Sydney has lit up the sky with its annual much-heralded firework extravaganza. In most of the rest of the world, everyone's still just... More »

American Gets Prison Sentence for Comedy Video

Verdict for Shezanne Cassim and friends not actually read

(Newser) - The UAE is very bad at taking a joke. The state security court in Abu Dhabi today sentenced three men—including American citizen Shezanne Cassim—to a year in prison for a goofy video they put online last year. The video, titled "Satwa G" is a mockumentary poking fun... More »

At Dubai Airshow, Boeing Scores Huge $130B Payday

Its 777X appears to be big winner, with at least 225 orders

(Newser) - Boeing Co.'s planned 777X long-haul airliner grabbed the bulk of orders today at the first day of the Dubai Airshow, with at least 225 planes on the books in an eye-popping display of the spending power and aggressive expansion efforts of Gulf carriers. In total, Boeing says that... More »

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