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 o...

Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt mix it up for world peace

Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt mix it up for world peace

Michael Jackson’s mother ordered to pay AEG Live for failed lawsuit

Michael Jackson’s mother ordered to pay AEG Live for failed lawsuit

Drake buys Rihanna $42,000 ring

Drake buys Rihanna $42,000 ring

Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt mix it up for world peace

Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt mix it up for world peace

When college sweethearts Krish Malhotra and Ananya Swaminathan declared their intention to tie the knot, their parents threw a fit, forbidding them from ever walking down the aisle. Though both are In... »

Lionel Richie says ‘Hello’ to fans as he lands in Dubai, excited about gig

Lionel Richie says ‘Hello’ to fans as he lands in Dubai, excited about gig

Lionel Richie said “Hello” to Dubai as he landed at 1am on Wednesday morning into Dubai Terminal 3. According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the legendary singer landed in the ear... »

Couples: Are you angry or just plain hungry?

Couples: Are you angry or just plain hungry?

Arguments are a fact of life for couples. We can’t live together and agree on absolutely everything. But the next time you find yourself needlessly bickering with your nearest and dearest over househo... »

Whyte Side: Young fans are being priced out of football

Whyte Side: Young fans are being priced out of football

The year was 1986 and I, with a couple of other Celtic players, found myself in the gaffer’s office while he was out. Acting like naughty school kids we had a rummage around and came across a book on his desk, so we decided to open it and see what bits of information were inside. It being before everyone had computers we stumbled upon the sort of i...