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Etisalat to build 5G infrastructure for all UAE customers in 2019

Etisalat, the UAE's biggest telecom operator, will be ready to provide 5G service to all of its customers in 2019.

The telco plans to build 300 5G towers in the first half of 2019 while setting up 600 5G sites during the year, providing the infrastructure and network to support all 5G devices launched by global mobile device manufacturers like Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung, it said in a statement on Saturday.

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flydubai to increase flights to Saudi ArabiaFebruary 19, 2019

DUBAI-based airline flydubai has announced Monday that it will boost its services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 12 new flights per week. An additional daily flight to Riyadh Airport (RUH) and five flights a week to Hofuf Airport (HOF) will start from 16 March 2019.

Commenting on the increase of flights to Saudi Arabia Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: «Saudi Arabia remains an important market for flydubai and we are delighted to be able to increase our services to the Kingdom as trade and tourism between the UAE and Saudi Arabia continues to grow.»

flydubai will now operate to 11 points in Saudi Arabia from its hub in Dubai. In addition, flydubai operates"...

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Tawazun Economic Council invests Dh460m in Russian armoured vehicles February 19, 2019

Tawazun Economic Council, the body tasked with the development of a UAE defence industry, has invested Dh460 million in Russian automotive brand Aurus, which specialises in luxurious and armoured vehicles.

The investments represents 36 per cent of the share capital of the company and will be directed towards the development of the company’s manufacturing facilities and capabilites, Tawazun said on Monday.

The investment is part of the Dh2.5 billion Defence and Security Development Fund recently launched by Tawazun.

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UAE's AIM Start-up programme doubles the number of start-up exhibitors

AIM Start-up, a UAE Ministry of Economy initiative, will feature double the number of start-up exhibitors at its 2019 event, the SME platform said on Monday.

Around 500 start-ups will attend the innovation showcase and pitch competition, now in its third year, which will take place in conjunction with the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting and Future Cities Show from April 8 to 10 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Last year 250 companies exhibited at the event.

Adeeb Alafeefi, director of the national programme for SMEs and projects, said AIM Start-up is “one of"...

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Dubai's Aramex confirms talks to offload Indian services

Dubai-based logistics company Aramex on Monday confirmed reports that it is discussing a strategic commercial partnership with Dehlivery to restructure its operations in India.

Aramex said in a statement to Dubai Financial Market that it will offload its domestic express services in India to Dehlivery while continue to fully own, manage and operate its international express and freight-forwarding services.

'We are expecting this agreement to be signed in the coming few days,' the company said.

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DWC flights expected to soar 700% during DXB runway upgrade

Flights at Dubai World Central (DWC) are expected to soar by 700% during the upcoming 45-day upgrade of Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway, Dubai Airports has revealed.

Some of DXB’s scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations will be diverted to DWC from April 16 to May 30, when one of the two runways at the world’s busiest international airport is closed for upgrade works.

Despite being without one of its two runways, the actual reduction in passenger flights will only be 32% thanks to an optimised schedule that will see the northern"...

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Emirates closes in on Apple in brand intimacy rankings

Emirates, the world's largest international airline with service to more than 150 destinations on six continents, has risen up a new ranking that measures brand intimacy.

The carrier rose to second place overall, behind US technology giant Apple, in the Brand Intimacy 2019 Report from MBLM.

The Emirates brand made the top 10 list for the first time in 2018 and to date, it is still the only brand originating in the region to make the top 10 in the UAE-based study.

Brand intimacy is defined as"...

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