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Fifteen Shia in Saudi Arabia Given Death Sentences for Spying

A Saudi Arabia court has handed down 15 death sentences for spying. The fifteen defendants found guilty of spying for Iran were amongst 32 that consisted of 30 members of the Shia Muslim minority of Saudi Arabia, one Iranian national and one Afghan, that went to trial during February. Saudi prosecutors had accused the defendants of treason, putting together a spy ring through collaboration with the Iran intelligence and the passing of sensitive data regarding military zones. Over the last year, tensions have escalated between Saudi Arabia, which... 
 

Middle East Aviation Sector Continues its Descent

Once, one of the world’s hotspots for business aviation growth, the Middle East is now going through a cooling off period in demand. Ahead of the upcoming MEBAA 2106 expo, even the observers who are most optimistic acknowledged that the combination of dropping oil revenues and political instability have put a dent in the prospects for the industry across the region, at least for the time being. Trends of just flat to a slight drop within the region seem to be the overall consensus for forecasters, even if makers of aircraft are still attempting... 
 

One Investor from the Middle East Is Worried About U.S.

One big investor from the Middle East and possibly more remains worried its assets in the U.S. could be threatened through legal action over the 9/11. Mubadala is one of the sovereign wealth funds of the United Arab Emirates and is bullish about prospects for the economy in the U.S. under that country’s president-elect Donald Trump. However, the fund worth $63 billion, which has stakes in Viceroy Hotel Group and the Carlyle Group, is worried about JASTA – Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. Mubadala managing director and CEO Khaldoon... 
 

Landmark Group from Dubai Launches Seven New Online Sites

Landmark Group the retailer based in Dubai has launched seven new sites for e-commerce for each of its different brands, it announced Monday. The company replaced its previous online portal known as LandmarkShops.com with 7 sites promoting its brands that include CentrepointStores.com, LifestyleShops.com, ShoeMartStores.com, SplashFashions.com, MaxFashion.com, BabyshopStores.com and HomeCentre.com. The company also unveiled apps for Android and iOS for each of its seven brands. Those seven brands offer a combined 55,000 products. The new e-commerce... 
 

Twenty-two Arrested by Israel Officials Over Wildfires

Security officials in Israel have detained 22 people on arson suspicion or the incitement of arson said law enforcement late Friday. The fires began Tuesday and erupted across the country due to parched forests, burning down a number of homes and forcing thousands to flee. Two prisons had to be evacuated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said a large number of fires had been set and he described it as terror, a term that is usually given to describe Palestinian militant attacks. There is for incitement and terror as well as for... 
 

Dubai to Have Two More International Schools

Two new international schools, that will have a combined enrollment that reaches 4,000 students, have made announcements recently that they will open their doors in Dubai. Dwight School (based in the United States) and Brighton College Dubai (based in the UK) will begin operations starting in 2018. Opening in the UAE in partnership with Bloom Educations based in the UAE, the two schools are to be located inside a campus that is 89,000 square meters in Al Barsha South. The campus will include a Center for Excellence for the Arabic Language, Arts... 
 

Saudi Arabia Flagging Companies When Losses Exceed 20%

The Capital Market Authority of CMA in Saudi Arabia issued new rules that govern companies that post losses exceeding 20% of share capital. Under the new changes, flags are to be placed beside the names of the company on the official website of the Saudi Stock Exchange, when losses of 20% or more have accumulated. Flag will be placed as well when the accumulated losses reach 35% and 50%. These new rules go into effect starting on April 22, 2017, which means the current system that governs companies with losses equally 50% or more will stay in place... 
 

Coalition Led By Saudis Declares Ceasefire for 48 Hours in Yemen

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia declared a ceasefire of 48 hours on Saturday in Yemen, with a condition that the Shiite rebels abide by the ceasefire and allow more humanitarian assistance to enter Taiz and other besieged cities. SPA, the news agency in Saudi Arabia carried an official statement from the military coalition saying the truce goes into effect on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Yemeni time and could be given a renewal. The coalition however warned rebels that are known as the Houthis, against any military movement of any kind. This... 
 

Turkey President Could Lead Country Through 2029

Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan could continue, as the country’s leader through 2029 with greater executive powers under new proposals that the AK Party, which is the current ruling party, is hoping will go to a referendum in the spring of 2017, officials said on Wednesday. Erdogan and supporters argue that Turkey is in need of strong leadership of what it calls an executive presidency that is similar to the system in France or the U.S., to avoid coalition governments that are often fragile that hurt its development during the past. Opponents... 
 

Middle East Countries to Increase Production of Oil in 2020

Countries in the Middle East might peak at nearly 30 million barrels a day of oil production by 2020, says Rystad Energy a consulting firm in Norway on Monday. Iraq and Iran will represent the biggest growth in products said one of the experts at the company. The production overall in the region increased to 26 million barrels daily from 24 million between 2010 and 2015, said Rystad Energy. While the kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents close to 40% of the oil production in the region, Iraq and Iran are the two countries that will see the biggest... 
 

Gulf Executives Ready to Work With President-Elect Trump

Gulf executives, who at one time were upset with the campaign of Donald Trump because of comments made regarding Muslims, have taken a more conciliatory tone after he was elected president and said they are open for business with the U.S.  In Dubai, large placards that display the name of the president-elect and the support he had for a DAMAC DAMAC.DU project to construct a gated community, golf course and spa are visible on the outskirts of the city. Links between Trump as well as other firms in the U.S. with business in the Gulf are strong. In... 
 

Economies in Middle East Take $641 Billion Hit for Arab Spring

The Arab Spring phenomenon that took place across the Middle East in 2011 cost the economies in the region $614 billion of growth due to changes in governments, continued conflict and dropping prices of oil, shows a report released by an agency of the United Nations. The dollar figure from the ESCWA or United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia is equal to 6% of the GDP through the end of 2015 and based upon growth projections made prior to the start of the revolutions. Published Thursday, it is the first time an estimate has... 
 

Israel Conservatives Hail Win by Donald Trump

After giving congratulations to Donald Trump the new U.S. Presidential elect and thanking Hillary Clinton the defeated Democratic nominee for her continued friendship with Israel, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Chairman Bayit Yehudi said the Palestinian State era is now over. Bennett added that the victory by Trump was an opportunity for Israel to retract immediately the thought of an individual Palestinian state in the middle of Israel. He added that it would hurt security. This is what the new President elect feels, since it... 
 

Three Military Trainers from the U.S. Killed in Jordan

Three U.S. military trainers, who were assigned to help with an upgrade to the armed forces of Jordan, were shot and killed Friday at an Air Force base in Jordan. The alarming confrontation raised questions over the relationship between the U.S. and one of its longtime allies. A spokesperson for the Jordanian military said that the trainers had failed to stop when approaching a gate at the base, but the Pentagon said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were still being examined. The deaths come one year close to the day after a police captain... 
 

UAE Will Not Start Income Tax, But Fuel Prices to Increase

The United Arab Emirates does not have any plans of imposing new taxes on its population and the government is not planning to introduce more fees, said the Finance Ministry undersecretary Younis al-Khouri. Gulf governments have planned new ways to raise more money as the low gas and oil prices created big deficits in their state budgets. The six Gulf Cooperation Council members are planning to implement a value-added tax starting in 2018. However, the remarks from Khouri appeared to rule out, for the time being at least, a possibility of a new... 
 

Saudi Arabia Able to Stand Economic Challenges, OIC Chief Resigns

The Minister of State from Saudi Arabia insisted that the oil rich kingdom can face the different economic challenges at both local and worldwide levels despite the drop in the price of oil. Essam Bin Saad, who also is a Cabinet Member and the acting Minister of Information and Culture, said that the kingdom’s government headquartered in the capital of Riyadh can keep a public fiscal space that is better, preserve reserves and bring its public debt down. The Ministerial Council in Saudi Arabia reiterated that measures that have been enacted of... 
 

Workers from India Fly Home Following Talks in Saudi Arabia

In August, it was estimated that 10,000 workers from India were stranded in Saudi Arabia. The first group of workers from India with the Saad Group was flown home late Thursday following a meeting of officials from each of the governments. The minister of state from India for its external affairs VK Singh ended a visit to Saudi Arabia Friday to help the Indian workers who were laid off to repatriate. The official held a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Social Development and Labor of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Humaidan in what was called productive... 
 

President Sisi Losing Confidence of Egyptians

A cartoon that appeared across social media depicts an Egyptian drowning with only a hand protruding out of the water, waving to get help. The next strip shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi jumping into the water and taking the watch of the drowning man and then turning his back. That cartoon has captured the mood amongst angry and desperate Egyptians who have been hit hard with increases in taxes, soaring inflation in food prices and cuts in subsidies from the state. Some fear there will be a repeat of the huge street protests that drove... 
 

Retail Industry in GCC to Grow by Over 7%

Despite some markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council construction sector softening the retail industry should grow between 7% and 12% for the year. This comes following the expansion of theme parks, malls and mega events such as Expo 2020. Local and international designing and layout companies in the retail sector will reap the benefits of this growth due to the increasing focus on consumer comfort and entertainment for shoppers in the sector. With more international brands already in the Middle East North Africa market and more on the way sustainability... 
 

Saudi Arabian Government Issues New Law for Marriages with Foreigners

The government of the Middle East kingdom issued new requirements that are much stricter for the marriage of men and women from Saudi Arabia to non-Saudis. These new rules appear to be an attempt to discourage Saudis from marrying foreign nationals with very strict criteria including a list of the countries a spouse can be from. Saudi men now must have appropriate housing, income of a minimum of SAR3,000 and be between the ages of 40 and 65 to wed a foreigner, said a report released by the Arab News. The woman who is non-Saudi must be 25 years or... 
 

Traffic at Dubai Airports Outpaces Forecast, Air India Launches Service

The rapid growth of air traffic at both Dubai Airports has increased the need for additional capacity at each. In a presentation called Planes, Trains and Automobiles directed to a group of British Business members this week, Paul Griffiths CEO of the airport said the original projection by the airport for 2020 was for over 90 million and that figure will be reached by the end of 2017. Dubai International now is on course to handle more than 118 million passengers before 2023, while the existing passenger building at DWC is going through an expansion... 
 

Israel Cuts Ties with UNESCO Due to Disagreement over Holy Site

Israel announced the suspension of ties with the United Nations group UNESCO, which is in charge of the preserving of history and culture, after a draft decision said that Israel ignores ties to Judaism in the holiest site of the religion. The draft decision shows the importance that Jerusalem has to all of the three monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but does not mention why the city is significant to Jews or Christians. In Paris on Thursday, the resolution was passed by a UNESCO Executive Board’s subsidiary body. The... 
 

Syrian Attack Plan Refugee Kills Himself While in Custody

A Syrian refugee who was suspected of the planning of a bomb attack on an airport in Berlin strangled himself with his own shirt while in detention, said law enforcement officials on Thursday. Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, who was 22 and arrived in 2015 in Germany, was close to carrying out a terrorist attack. Police in Germany said that Albakr’s behavior suggested he was linked with ISIS. Law enforcement officials arrested Albakr on Sunday following a two-day manhunt. On the night of October 12, the suspect took his own life while in a... 
 

Inflation Eases in Egypt During September

The annual urban consumer prices inflation in Egypt eased in September to 14.1% from 15.5% or a high of eight years during August, said CAPMAS the official statistics agency on Monday. In August, headline inflation surged, raising the expectations that the Egyptian central bank raise interest raise September 22. However, the country’s central bank kept rates where they were citing transitory factors, which pushed costs up. The drop during September is the first for the urban measure dating back to March. Increases in inflation have been steady... 
 

Boat Bound for Gaza Intercepted and Escorted to Israeli Port

A boat that was carrying 13 female pro-Palestinian activists was given an escort to shore at a port in Israel Thursday after it was intercepted by the Israeli navy when attempting to break the blockade Israel has on the Gaza Strip, said the military. The Israeli military added that the women, who were on board, including a Nobel peace laureate, had been transferred to authorities for processing. Israel Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad said 11 of the 13 passengers had been detained for four days and then would all be deported. Haddad... 
 

Government of Saudi Arabia Says Workers Can Be Fired

New reforms the Ministry of Civil Services has introduced in Saudi Arabia, means that workers for the government will no longer be guaranteed raises in pay and can now be fired. Not only can workers for the government now be fired, but they will receive mandatory assessments to determine eligibility for pay increases or bonuses. These new reforms that the Ministry announced officially took effect at the beginning of the new Islamic year, which was October 2, said a local news agency. The reforms aim to increase employees’ performance, productivity... 
 

Rail Network for GCC Now Scheduled for Completion in 2021

The Minister of Infrastructure Development in the United Arab Emirates has reportedly said that more delays were likely depending on the rail network for the GCC. Plans for a railway network that links the Gulf countries has not been pushed to 2021 or three years later than scheduled and might face even more delays. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi the UAE Minister reportedly said the decision to push the deadline from 2018 to 2021 had been taken in April at a transport ministers meeting. He said that the ministers knew at the time it would not be possible... 
 

Goldman Sachs: OPEC Deal Will Not Change Price of Oil Through 2017

Goldman Sachs announced that the deal agreed to by member of OPEC to cut its oil production might provide support of prices in the short term, but chances are it would not change the outlook on supply that much. Goldman said through a prepared statement to its investors that it would stick with the forecasts it has for WTI at a price of $43 per barrel for the end of 2016 and $53 per barrel for the end of 2017. Goldman Sachs analysts said that if the proposed cut was strictly enforced and succeeded in supporting prices, it would be self defeating... 
 

Iran and Saudis End Hopes for Oil Deal for OPEC

On Tuesday, Iran and Saudi Arabia ended any hopes that oil producers in OPEC would reach a deal that limits output this week in Algeria. Trusted sources within the oil producing cartel said the big differences between Tehran and the Kingdom were too wide to bridge. This meeting is just consultative, as everyone will be heard including the consumers and the secretariat of OPEC, said Khalid al-Falih the Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia. Bijan Zanganeh the Oil Minister of Iran said it was not the time to make decisions. He said that decision making... 
 

UAE Draws Large Numbers for Family Tourism

In the United Arab Emirates, spending on family tourism is expected to increase 4.4% during 2016, according to a new study by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. At the same time, the expenditures for outbound family tourism of citizens in the Emirati will increase by 3.6% in 2016, said the same study. This study coincides with October’s third Global Islamic Economy Summit that will be held on October 11 and 12 in Dubai. The summit will cover family tourism as part of the spectrum of different subjects that fall under the Islamic economy tag. The UAE... 
 

United Nations Suspends Aid Following Direct Hit of Convoy

The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys for Syria after its convoy of vehicles carry humanitarian aid was attacked near Aleppo by warplanes on Monday. The UN convoy had been given proper permits and all parties involved in warring including Russia as well as the U.S. were notified, said a spokesperson for the UN. Eighteen of 31 vehicles that contained winter clothing, medical supplies and wheat were destroyed. A local, senior official from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was one of the civilians killed in the incident. The U.S. expressed its... 
 

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Converts to Islam

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was showered with congratulations from the Islamic world after word was released that he had converted to Islam as well as carried out his first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that was also the first one ever performed by a senior diplomat from the UK. Simon Collis conversion to Islam was made public following the posting of pictures on an account in Twitter that showed him and Huda his wife, wearing traditional white garments that Muslim pilgrims wear, while the two stood in front of Britain’s consulate in Mecca. The... 
 

United States and Russia Seal Ceasefire in Syria

The U.S. and Russia working together against the terrorist militant group Islamic State and an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria revived a truce that compels Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ground and air forces to pull back allowing in new humanitarian aid that is badly needed. Those were details that emerged on Saturday as John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State and Sergey Lavrov the Foreign Minister of Russia ended another marathon session in Geneva that represents their latest push towards ending the devastating complex Syria war. The breakthrough... 
 

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Agree to Moscow Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President agreed in principle to meet in Russia with the Foreign Ministry saying that more attempts are going to be made to renew the peace process between Israel and Palestinians Vladimir Putin the Russian President is attempting to arrange the meeting of Netanyahu and Abbas, said the foreign ministry in Russia on Thursday. A spokesperson for the ministry in Moscow said Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet by no date has been established for the meeting. The spokesperson’s... 
 

Britain and Iran Exchange Ambassadors As Relations Thaw More

Ties between Iran and the UK are now fully restored thanks to the appointment by both countries of ambassadors following a strain in diplomatic relations for five years. This follows the successful negotiation of a nuclear deal and the lifting of the economic sanctions that the west placed upon Iran. Despite the two ambassadors Nicolas Hopton from the UK in Tehran and Hamid Baeidinejad for Iran in London now in place, the leadership of Iran continues to mistrust the UK. In June of 2015, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is the Supreme Leader of Iran... 
 

British Airways Resumes Flights to and from Iran

British Airways is planning to resume its flights to Tehran on Thursday evening, the most recent restored link the West has made with Iran since lifting sanctions this past January following the nuclear program accord. A Boeing 777 jetliner will take off at 9:00 p.m. from London en route to Tehran, which will be the first flight for British Airways into Iran since 2012. Its service to Iran was suspended at that time amidst tightening sanctions by the West over the nuclear program in Iran. British Airways is planning to operate its service into Iran... 
 

Apple Increased Security on iPhone Following Spyware Discovery

A suspicious message that appeared on the iPhone of Ahmed Mansoor promised details about torture in prisons across the United Arab Emirates. All that had to be done was click on the attached text message link. Mansoor, an activist for human rights, did not click the link. Instead, he posted it on Citizen Lab, a watchdog on Internet, which in turn set off a big chain reaction that over a period of two weeks exposed a secretive cyber-espionage company in Israel, stopped a new type of software that eavesdropped and gave millions of users of iPhone... 
 

Qatar Gives Illegal Residents Grace Period of Three Months

Illegal residents living in Qatar have been given a grace period of three months to leave the Middle East Gulf State without having legal consequences prior to the introduction of the changes taking place in the labor laws within the country. This grace period is Qatar’s first in over a decade, according to reports from local news. The country’s Ministry of the Interior announced last this week that residents who are illegal could report to the department of Search and Followup from Sept 1 to December 1 in order to arrange their leaving of the... 
 

Iranian Vessels Intercept United States Destroyer

A United States Navy official has said that four vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out an intercept at high speeds of the USS Nitze on Tuesday near Strait of Hormuz waters, calling the incident unprofessional as well as unsafe. The navy official said that two of the Iranian vessels turned away but not until they come to within less than 300 yards from the guided-missile destroyer of the U.S., as it crossed international waters. Only after it sent multiple audio and visual warnings did the Iranian vessels turn away. The incident... 
 

Passenger Traffic Up Over 95% at Dubai World Central

Dubai World Central or DWC saw its passenger traffic increase by over 95% during the first six months of 2016, according to one report that Dubai Airports released. During the six months passenger traffic was 410,277 which represented an increase of 95.4% in comparison to the same period one year ago of 209.989. DWC’s passenger traffic is driven for the most part by flydubai airlines the operators of 35 flights weekly to five different destinations. In addition, the airline is planning to increase its flights each week out of DWC, according to... 
 

Saudi Arabia Will Provide Flights for Stranded Filipino Workers

A number of workers, especially those that work for construction companies, have become stranded with no pay in Saudi Arabia during the past few months. Some said officials have also had problems feeding themselves as well. According to officials, between 9,000 and 20,000 workers from the Philippines are affected at this time across the Kingdom. A local newspaper in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia said that under a royal decree made by the kingdom, travel documents for those who want to return to the Philippines would be processed. The report... 
 

Image of Alleppo Boy Draws International Outrage

Activists in Syria released photos of a boy who was rescued from a building that had been destroyed after being hit with an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. Photos and a video of the young boy show him sitting with a dazed look as well as being bloodied, inside an ambulance, went viral on social media as many people expressed outrage and anger. The boy, five, is Omran Daqneesh, who a doctor on location in Aleppo said was treated for wounds to his head Wednesday night. The parents of the boy and his three siblings all are believed to have been survivors... 
 

Tension Between Israel and Egypt Comes to a Boil in Olympics

The Olympic athlete approached his opponent in a sportsmanship-like gesture extending his hand, but the other man turned his back. The boos began to rain down. Or Sasson, a medal contender who is from Israel, had just beaten Islam El Shehaby from Egypt in a judo match during the early rounds of the Olympic competition before a packed house of spectators. When the match concluded El Shahaby would not shake Sasson’s hand. The match referee forced the Egyptian athlete to bow and El Shehaby did so, but when that took place, the Israeli athlete had... 
 

Donald Trump Calls President Obama the Founder of ISIS

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called U.S. President Barack Obama the founder of the Islamic State. The comment came on Wednesday and is just the latest in a number of remarks by Trump that suggest Obama sympathized with the Middle East Muslim terrorists. Trump told a group of supporters during a Fort Lauderdale, Florida rally that ISIS was honoring the president. After he made the allegation two more times, Trump said he would say that Hillary Clinton was the co-founder of the group. The charges made by Trump came only moments... 
 

Israel Charges Employee of United Nations With Helping Hamas

On Tuesday, Israel charged an aid worker with the United Nations with allegedly helping Hamas the Islamist movement. The UN employee works in the Gaza Strip and the indictment is the second against a humanitarian worker over the past few days. Israeli prosecutors have filed charges against Waheed Borsh a UN Development Program engineer for allegedly diverting resources from the group to help support and build military operations of Hamas in the Palestinian region. Borsh was taken into custody July 16 by police in Israel and Shin Bet its security... 
 

Billions of Dollars of Aid Have Been Squandered by Egypt

After Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi welcomed hundreds of dignitaries from around the world to Sharm el-Sheikh the seaside resort, in 2015, he made a simple pitch to them. He said the upheaval following Arab Spring in Egypt had ended. He had ousted the Islamist president that was his predecessor and the country wanted their investments. He promised economic reforms and stability. His guests shortly thereafter rewarded the country with loans, new business and large sums of cash. It was what the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine... 
 

Former ISIS Terrorist Releases Some Group Secrets

For the past two years or more, ISIS has been telling its foreign fighters that want to join the radical, militant group to buy airline tickets round trip to Turkey and to arrange stays in resorts at the seaside to avoid any suspicion. However, once those wannabe terrorists arrive in Turkey, they quickly are smuggled into territory held by ISIS and instructed how to kill. When they return to places such as Germany or France, they are able to say they visited Turkey on holiday, said prisoner Harry Sarfo in Germany who became a member of ISIS last... 
 

Coup Attempt in Turkey Costs Economy Over $100 Billion

The coup attempt in Turkey that was foiled last month that was seeking the ouster of the government of current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cost the economy in Turkey over 300 billion lira or $100 billion, said the trade minister on Tuesday. Bulent Tufenkci the Commerce and Customs Minister was quoted as telling a reporter from a local newspaper that the heavy cost may even increase, but insisted that the economic fundamentals in Turkey remained strong. Helicopters, warplanes, bombs, weapons and buildings all added up to 300 billion lira. He added... 
 

Syria Nusra Front Separates From Al-Qaeda

Syria-based Nusra Front, which formally was called Jabhat al-Nusra, was affiliated with al-Qaeda in Syria for the past 5 years. The leader of the group announced it would cut ties it has with al-Qaeda to become independent and said it was given al-Qaeda’s blessing as well. This announcement comes from Abu Mohammed al-Julani the leader of Nusra Front in his statement on video. Julani announced his organization would change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which when translated means to the Front of the Conquest of Syria/the Levant. The group is... 
 

UAE Internet Users with VPNs Could Receive Large Fines

United Arab Emirates residents who use the virtual private networks or VPNs could be imprisoned temporarily and/or fined up to 2 million Dhs under a just enacted law. This new law passed by the UAE government and issued by the President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan last week focuses on battling cybercrime. The new legislation amends an existing federal law in the UAE in combating crimes related to information technology. The first article of the new law is what replaces the text from Article 9 of the existing law. It summarizes... 
 
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