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Flights into Abu Dhabi diverted by technical failure

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - All flights into Abu Dhabi's international airport are being diverted to other airports in the region on Thursday morning because of a technical failure, Abu Dhabi's state-owned carrier Etihad Airways said in a statement. Abu Dhabi airport authorities are working to fix the problem but there is dense fog in the Abu Dhabi area and operations will not resume until the weather has cleared, Etihad said without giving details of the technical problem.

UAE's Mubadala to focus more on U.S., European markets: deputy CEO

By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala Development Co <MUDEV.UL> plans to focus more on U.S. and European markets this year as those economies slowly recover, its deputy CEO said on Tuesday. Mubadala, which has stakes in General Electric <GE.N> and private equity firm Carlyle <CG.O>, shifted some of its focus to emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, China and Indonesia after the global financial crisis hit the United States and Europe.

Abu Dhabi residential real estate rebounds strongly in 2013: report

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's residential real estate market rebounded strongly last year from a slump, helped by government intervention, a report by a real estate advisory firm said on Sunday. Prime residential sales prices jumped 25 percent in 2014, with an increase of 6 percent in the fourth quarter alone, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

Japan gains consent to extend oil rights for offshore oilfield in UAE.

Japan on Monday secured the consent of the United Arab Emirates to extend oil rights for an offshore oilfield for 15 years beyond their expiration in 2026, Japanese officials said. The agreement on the Upper Zakum Field, owned by one of the group companies of Inpex Corp., was reached during talks between Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Japan gains consent to extend oil rights for offshore oilfield in UAE.

Japan on Monday secured the consent of the United Arab Emirates to extend oil rights for an offshore oilfield for 15 years beyond their expiration in 2026, Japanese officials said. The agreement on the Upper Zakum Field, owned by one of the group companies of Inpex Corp., was reached during talks between Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Industry minister Motegi to visit UAE from Jan. 20

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit the United Arab Emirates from Jan. 20 to 22 to strengthen relations with one of Japan's major oil suppliers, the ministry said Friday. The economy, trade and industry minister will attend an international conference on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi and meet UAE officials for talks on energy cooperation.

Abu Dhabi takes on production as oil majors deal ends

Abu Dhabi will take over operations at its onshore oilfields on Friday after a 75-year-old international concession comes to an end, an official statement said. The announcement was made on Wednesday at a ceremony in which Abu Dhabi National Oil Co Director General Nasser Abdullah al-Suwaidi signed the "closeout" agreement to end the concession rights with five international oil majors that was inked on January 11, 1939, an ADNOC statement said.

Rihanna ordered out of UAE mosque complex over photo shoot

Pop star Rihanna was asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque complex for posing for "inappropriate" pictures outside one of the world's largest Muslim places of worship. Authorities said they had taken action before the Barbadian diva entered the mosque itself, which is not off-limits to non-Muslims and has become a major tourist attraction in the United Arab Emirates capital. The 25-year-old, who performed live in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, posted the pictures on online photo-sharing site Instagram.

UAE on track for 3.5 million bpd target

United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suheil al-Mazrouei said Monday the country was on track to achieve its goal of a one-third increase in oil production by 2017. "We are confident and the projects are on time," Mazrouei told AFP at the ongoing World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea. Back in April, the UAE said it wanted to hike its oil production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day by 2017, from the then-level of 2.6 million bpd. Current output is estimated at around 2.9 million bpd.

UAE condemns Indian to death for raping young girl

A UAE court on Monday sentenced to death a 57-year-old Indian man convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl at an Abu Dhabi school, the victim's family lawyer told AFP. A lower court in Abu Dhabi court found the Indian man guilty of raping the girl at a school cafeteria where he was employed and of "threatening to kill" her if she reported the attack, lawyer Hussein al-Jaziri said. The ruling, which must still be confirmed by the courts of appeals and cassation, will "give hope to the victim and her family that justice has been achieved," said the lawyer.
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