Dubai massage parlour owner charged with offering bribe in exchange for good report

Dubai massage parlour owner charged with offering bribe in exchange for good report

A businesswoman is accused of offering a Dhs2,000 bribe to an inspector to remove a ban on her female-only massage parlour. Dubai Court of First Instance was told the salon was closed because the owner was allowing men to come in for massages despite the venue advertised as being for women only. Prosecutors said that the 49-year-old Chinese defenda...

If I can’t upgrade, what use are all my air miles?

If I can’t upgrade, what use are all my air miles?

I have had extreme difficulty in using Skywards miles for a period of 18 months or more. Every time I try and use them to upgrade, I am told “there are no upgradable miles on this flight, please conta... »

Motorists cross the line and get away with it…

Motorists cross the line and get away with it…

Have traffic police relaxed the rule that no car should cross yellow and white road markings? On Safa Street, passing Grand Lube service station going towards Al Wasl Road, there is a portion of right... »

Soaring costs: who will fill gaps when we leave?

Soaring costs: who will fill gaps when we leave?

What lessons were learned in 2008? Like most working people in the UAE, I have not had a pay rise in the past four years because my company has had to struggle with the difficult conditions during tha... »

Facebook MENA boss on why people like the social media site so much

Facebook MENA boss on why people like the social media site so much

Facebook has 1.32 billion users worldwide. That’s more than the entire population of Africa – just part of regional Facebook head Jonathan Labin’s jurisdiction. Based in Dubai since May, 2012 when Facebook opened an office in the emirate, Labin is also responsible for the Middle East, where the site attracts 62 million users, and takes care of East...

CRICKET: BCCI bigwig Srinivasan wants back in as India president

CRICKET: BCCI bigwig Srinivasan wants back in as India president

Suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan has overshadowed the start of the IPL after questioning his removal from the top post of Indian cricket. The seventh edition of the lucrative Twenty20 extravaganza kicks off in Abu Dhabi tonight when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. But the 2013 I...