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Founder of #Dubai property firm DAMAC makes $255 mln take private bid | Reuters

Founder of Dubai property firm DAMAC makes $255 mln take private bid | Reuters Emirati property tycoon Hussain Sajwani has made a 935.4 million dirham ($255 million) offer to buy out minority shareholders in DAMAC Properties (DAMAC.DU), which he has run for nearly two decades.The all cash offer for DAMAC comes amid a years-long slump in Dubai's once hot property market, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic that hit the local economy hard last year.DAMAC is best-known for building the Mid...
Tags: Travel, London, Middle East, Dubai, Donald Trump, Maple, Trump, Reuters, Reuters Emirati, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Hussain Sajwani, Sajwani, Emaar Properties Dubai, Maple Invest Co, DAMAC Maple Invest Co


Oil rises as Iranian supply not seen returning soon | Reuters

Oil rises as Iranian supply not seen returning soon | Reuters Oil prices rose on Tuesday, settling at the highest in more than two years after the top U.S. diplomat said that even if the United States were to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, hundreds of U.S. sanctions on Tehran would remain in place.That could mean additional Iranian oil supply would not be re-introduced into the market soon."I would anticipate that even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA (2015 Joint Comprehe...
Tags: Travel, Iran, United States, Tehran, Trump, Reuters, State, Reuters Oil, Antony Blinken, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


#Iran's Rouhani says U.S. will lift sanctions, as another official denies it | Reuters

Iran's Rouhani says U.S. will lift sanctions, as another official denies it | Reuters Iran’s president said on Thursday that the United States was ready to lift sanctions on his country’s oil, banking and shipping sectors that were reimposed after former U.S. President Donald Trump exited a 2015 nuclear deal three years ago.Iran and world powers have been in talks since April on reviving the deal and the EU official leading the discussions said on Wednesday he was confident a deal would be rea...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Eu, Iran, Vienna, United States, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Donald Trump, Trump, Central Bank, Reuters, Rouhani, Reuters Iran, Press TV, Abbas Araqchi


#Dubai's DAMAC Properties lifts sales but first-quarter loss widens | Reuters

Dubai's DAMAC Properties lifts sales but first-quarter loss widens | Reuters Dubai developer DAMAC Properties’ on Sunday posted a first-quarter net loss of 189.6 million dirhams ($51.6 million), widening from 106.1 million dirhams a year earlier despite a pick-up in sales.The owner of the Middle East’s only Trump-branded golf course, located in Dubai, said this was mainly because it had yet to account for revenue from projects about to be completed.Gross profit fell to 139 million dirhams from...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Dubai, Trump, Reuters, DAMAC Properties, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Reuters Dubai


French Banking Horror Stories

If you speak to almost any U.S. expat living in France, they will invariably have a horror story about dealing with French banks and their draconian banking policies and practices. In fact, I’ve been with some groups of expats, and when banking comes up in the conversation, each person tries to outdo the other with their most outrageous banking story. I, of course, have mine which I will share in a minute. The reason why I am writing this post is because just when I thought I heard the most r...
Tags: Travel, New York, France, Events, Paris, Luxembourg, Biden, Trump, Societe Generale, Chase Bank, Green Acres, Luxembourg Gardens, Haney, Richard Nahem, Hooterville, Alan Funt


topsy-turvy land: u.s. states make protest illegal and driving into protestors legal

It seems that state lawmakers in several U.S. states need a refresher course on the First Amendment. It's a very simple amendment, really. Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.While the beloved First Amendment has always been selectively applied -- cue t...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Human Rights, Minnesota, US, America, Indiana, Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Aclu, Know Your Rights, Oklahoma, Alberta, Civil Liberties, Manitoba


Even #SaudiArabia and #Iran may be thinking peace now | Financial Times

Even Saudi Arabia and Iran may be thinking peace now | Financial Times The measured presence of Joe Biden in the White House, vacated gracelessly by the geopolitical arsonist Donald Trump, may be having a mildly calming effect on the Middle East, the most reliably combustible region in the world and perennial provider of what the US has come to think of as “forever wars”.  A US delegation, headed by Robert Malley, the special envoy for Iran, is trying to resurrect the 2015 nuclear a...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, White House, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Iran, Vienna, Middle East, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Financial Times, Trump, Robert Malley, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, US Saudi Arabia


Biden administration proceeding with $23 billion weapon sales to #UAE | Reuters

Biden administration proceeding with $23 billion weapon sales to UAE | ReutersU.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on Tuesday.A State Department spokesperson said the administration would move forward with the proposed sales to the UAE, “even as we continue reviewing details and consulting wit...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Israel, Joe Biden, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, State Department, Biden, Donald Trump, Uae, Gulf, Trump, Reuters, Democratic, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Bahrain Sudan


Delta spent the pandemic earning goodwill from passengers and workers. It might be about to vanish.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty and PAULO NUNES DOS SANTOS/AFP/Getty Delta Air Lines and CEO Ed Bastian are facing boycotts in response to Georgia's new controversial voter rights law. Bastian initially praised the bill but later came out against its strict measures that limit voting capabilities. Boycotts from Georgia's business community could seriously impact Delta's bottom line. See more stories on Insider's business page. It started wi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Air Travel, Planes, America, Trends, Crisis Management, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Analysis, Flying, Delta, Aviation


The atmosphere is grim at Trump's deserted Washington DC hotel as the MAGA crowd skips town, says report

A view outside Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. one day before the inauguration of Trump on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Noam Galai/WireImage Trump's Washington hotel has suffered a loss of income and interest, a Guardian report says. The hotel is bearing the brunt of the pandemic and the fallout of Trump's election defeat. The former president once dubbed it "one of the great hotels of the world." See more stories on Insider's business page. Former President T...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Real Estate, Politics, Congress, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Washington Dc, New York Times, News UK, Hotel, Guardian


Biden chooses not to antagonise Mohammed bin Salman | Financial Times

Biden chooses not to antagonise Mohammed bin Salman | Financial Times The report’s conclusion — incriminating Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman  in the murder of the Saudi journalist in 2018 — was long known by insiders and widely suspected by many © Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images The unclassified report into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, released last week, has underlined the limits to Joe Biden’s commitment to human rights in his foreign policy.  The re...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, US, Joe Biden, Biden, Financial Times, Trump, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Jamal Khashoggi


Trump’s #Dubai Golf Expansion Gets Delayed Until at Least 2022 - Bloomberg

Trump’s Dubai Golf Expansion Gets Delayed Until at Least 2022 - Bloomberg The Trump Organization’s website has long listed the Trump World Golf Club in the expat hub of Dubai as “coming soon.”But four years after it was supposed to open for business, the 18-hole course designed by Tiger Woods faces yet another delay in the city already dealing with a glut of development, this time until at least 2022, according to a senior employee involved in the operation.When it opens, the project will test w...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Dubai, Trump, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac Properties Dubai Co, Bloomberg The Trump Organization, Trump World Golf Club


Major Gulf indexes end mixed, few fresh factors | Reuters

Major Gulf indexes end mixed, few fresh factors | Reuters Major stock markets in the Gulf ended mixed on Sunday, in the absence of fresh factors to trade on, with property shares weighing on the Dubai index.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index added 0.7%, ending two sessions of losses, with Al Rajhi Bank rising 1% and Banque Saudi Fransi climbing 3.8%.The kingdom’s food and drug administration has approved the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing state TV.Dubai’s ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Trump, Reuters, Reuters Major, Emaar Properties, Commercial Bank, Etisalat, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Hussain Sajwani, Banque Saudi Fransi


Biden Downgrades #Saudi Crown Prince to ‘Recalibrate’ Ties - Bloomberg video+

Biden Downgrades Saudi Crown Prince to ‘Recalibrate’ Ties - Bloomberg President Joe Biden intends to “recalibrate” the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and will emphasize outreach to King Salman, in a move that signals a downgrade in ties with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler.It is the latest sign Biden’s team is taking a different track from former President Donald Trump toward the world’s largest oil exporter. Trump established close ties with Prince Mohammed ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Middle East, Biden, Yemen, Donald Trump, Trump, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Jen Psaki, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dan Kitwood Getty, Prince Mohammed


The NYT tells its readers about the woes of life in a "tiny home" during the lockdown...

 ... in And the 2 top-rated comments are:I've got news for you: most NYC apartments don't have the storage for weeks of supplies, either. And:Hooray for Ms. Jacques' and her children and how they are managing in their tiny home. As a former apartment dweller in New York City, I thought I'd mention that many a New Yorker would kill to have that kind of 660-square foot space...and with a loft!The article uses the term "tiny home" to refer to all sorts of abodes — a converted "cargo trailer," a t...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, Law, New York City, Bob Dylan, Language, Tiny House, Trump, Judas Priest, Dylan, Jacques, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


I am a female journalist suing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Biden needs to hold him accountable as well.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be held accountable. FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images Journalists around the world are being killed, imprisoned, and harassed for reporting the news and revealing injustice. The Biden administration's promise to declassify a report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is an important step for the protection of journalists. I filed a lawsuit to expose a "hack and leak" operation led by Saudi leadership involving a network of American trolls spreading lies in ...
Tags: Florida, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Unesco, Philippines, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Al Jazeera, Biden, Donald Trump


GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville says he doesn't know anything about Marjorie Taylor Greene because bad weather has prevented him from reading the news

Sen. Tuberville. AP Photo/John Minchillo, File Sen. Tommy Tuberville said on Tuesday that he can't comment on allegations about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. "I haven't even looked at what all she's done," he said. "Travel in this weather it's been a little rough looking at any news or whatever." Greene drew backlash for her support of conspiracy theories and may be stripped of committee assignments. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Utah, Politics, News, California, Washington, Alabama, Barack Obama, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Mitt Romney


Biden Overrules Trump on #UAE Tariff, Keeping Aluminum Duties - Bloomberg

Biden Overrules Trump on UAE Tariff, Keeping Aluminum Duties - Bloomberg President Joe Biden said he would keep U.S. tariffs in place on aluminum imports from the United Arab Emirates, reversing a last-minute move by his predecessor to grant the Gulf nation relief from the duties.The 10% tariff will remain in place for national security reasons, the White House announced Monday evening. “In my view, the available evidence indicates that imports from the UAE may still displace domestic production...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Washington, White House, Joe Biden, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Biden, Donald Trump, Uae, Gulf, Trump, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Israel Biden, EGA, Biden Overrules Trump


Google is the latest corporate giant to halt donations to Republican lawmakers who voted against Biden's certification as president, joining Amazon and Walmart

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Google will halt political donations to lawmakers who opposed certifying Joe Biden's as president. It joins Walmart, Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in cutting funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will pause political donations to both Republicans and Democrats. Visit Business Insider's homepage fo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, US, America, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Bank Of America, Bloomberg


Boeing will stop making the 747 after more than 51 years of passenger flight. Here's the history of how the iconic plane changed the world.

A Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Boeing's most iconic aircraft — the 747 — is celebrating 51 years of passenger service in January. Most of the world's airlines, however, are retiring their 747s in favor of new, fuel-efficient jets. The final models will be delivered to cargo giant Atlas Air in 2022, marking the end of the program. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the greatest feats of American aerospace engineering celebrated 50 years of pas...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, Features, Flying, United States, Qantas, Aviation, Airbus


The #AbuDhabi royal at the nexus of #UAE business and national security | Financial Times

The Abu Dhabi royal at the nexus of UAE business and national security | Financial Times Days after the United Arab Emirates rocked the Middle East by revealing it would normalise relations with Israel, the first publicly announced meeting took place between officials from the erstwhile foes. It involved two of the countries’ most powerful men, both of whom typically operate in the shadows.  On one side was Yossi Cohen, head of Mossad, Israel’s feared overseas spy agency; on the other w...
Tags: Travel, Israel, US, Qatar, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, National Security Council, Abu Dhabi, Tehran, Uae, Gulf, Trump, Yossi Cohen, Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Saudi Arabia


Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a 'sad' and 'dispirited' place since Trump moved in, author says

Mar-a-Lago has become a 'sad place' since Trump moved in, author Laurence Leamer claims Getty Images Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort has become a 'sad place' since he moved in, an expert on the resort told MSNBC. Members are quitting and want nothing to do with Trump, Laurence Leamer told the cable channel. Previous reports said that Trump's Florida neighbors have taken legal action to stop him from taking up residence. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Pres...
Tags: Travel, Post, Florida, Politics, Trends, News UK, Msnbc, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Palm Beach, US Secret Service, Mar-a-lago, Laurence Leamer, Getty Images Trump, Leamer


Biden set to reimpose an entry ban on non-U.S residents who are traveling from Brazil, UK and other parts of Europe, sources say

President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event on economic crisis in the State Dining Room of the White House January 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images President Joe Biden is reapplying the entry travel ban on non-US citizens who are traveling from Brazil, United Kingdom, and other countries in Europe, sources told Reuters. This decision comes after former president Donald Trump lifted the ban that would've took effect on January 26.  I...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, News, Congress, Cdc, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, South Africa, Brazil, Ban, Biden


#Saudi reactions to Biden’s inauguration - ht @RiyadhBureau @ahmed

Saudi reactions to Biden’s inauguration - Riyadh Bureau The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States was featured on the front pages of all Saudi newspapers Thursday, with commentary ranging from sadness over Trump’s departure to cautiously welcoming the new administration and hoping that it would maintain the close ties forged in recent years. Here is a selection of linked articles and translated passages from the Saudi press in recent days:Abdulrahman al-Rashed,...
Tags: Travel, Obama, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Defense, Israel, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, United States, Biden, Tehran, Yemen, Lebanon, Gulf


List of documents declassified by Trump

Strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific THE DOCUMENT:  https://web.archive.org/web/20210115040133/https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/IPS-Final-Declass.pdf https://web.archive.org/web/20210113183733/https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/OBrien-Expanded-Statement.pdf Reports: Donald Trump plan to weaken China released in bombshell document – Major counter move Declassified Document Outlines Trump Administration’s Secret Pacific Strategy The Trump administration ...
Tags: Travel, China, Russia, Fbi, Current Affairs, Donald Trump, Trump, Secret Pacific Strategy The Trump


Biden will be the first president to use the new Air Force One - here's what we know about the $5.3 billion aircraft

Air Force One. w_p_o/Shutterstock.com The current Air Force One aircraft are scheduled to be upgraded with the replacements to soon be delivered to Andrews Air Force Base for use by the president and his staff.  The Boeing 747-8i aircraft will be replacing the aging models first used by President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s. Despite cost-saving efforts by President Donald Trump, the replacement program is still estimated to cost $5.3 billion. The most recognizable plane in the worl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Hollywood, Air Travel, California, Washington, Cbs News, Life, White House, Planes, US, Tel Aviv, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg


Vacation booking platform Vrbo to block new Washington, D.C., reservations

The move comes amid the specter of violence during the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. Airbnb also previously said it would block reservations and cancel existing ones in the area.
Tags: Travel, Politics, Washington, Joe Biden, Radio, Washington Dc, Capital, Airbnb, Biden, Donald Trump, Rentals, Expedia, Vrbo, Industry News, Trump, Capitol


Biden says he will reverse Trump's order to lift the coronavirus travel ban

Getty President-elect Biden has promised to reverse efforts by President Trump in the last days of his presidency to lift a COVID-19 travel ban on passengers arriving from Europe and Brazil. "This is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel," said a Biden spokesperson. The president-elect last week announced an ambitious $400 billion plan to fight the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse ef...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, White House, China, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Iran, Paris, Brazil, Getty, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Politics, Texas, News, Air Travel, Washington, White House, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Flying, Gop


#Dubai partner 'very happy' with Trump Org despite Capitol chaos | Reuters

Dubai partner 'very happy' with Trump Org despite Capitol chaos | Reuters Donald Trump’s business partner in Dubai on Wednesday said he was interested in expanding their commercial relationship despite the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.Trump has faced stinging criticism after encouraging supporters on Jan. 6 to march on the Capitol as Congress met to certify his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden. That led to a violent invasion during which five people died.“Our relationship with the Trump Or...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Joe Biden, Middle East, Dubai, Trump, Reuters, Capitol, U S Capitol, Eric Trump, Trump Organisation, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Hussain Sajwani, Reuters Donald Trump, Reuters Dubai



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