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    • Criminal Complaint filed against Al Fajer Properties Sheikh Maktoum
      Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum CEO of Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties The Dubai Sheikh who mislead and extort a German Couple  Germany – Dubai 2011 A German elderly couple , today 80 + 50 years old who have been Dubai Tourists since a decade, bought in 2005 an apartment at Nakheel´s Dubai Residen […]
    • UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating' Officials
      source Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org (Beirut) - The United Arab Emirates attorney general should immediately drop all charges against five pro-democracy activists to halt their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges of "humiliating" top officials relate solely to the defendants' peaceful use of speech to criticize the UAE governmen […]
    • Nakheel Dubai Sunland Case
      June 5, 2011After 21 hearings, Chris O'Donnell, the Australian chief executive of Dubai's major developer, Nakheel, came to the defence of his former colleagues Matthew Joyce and Marcus Lee. Mr Joyce and Mr Lee are accused of profiting from the sale of land that had been earmarked for a colossal high-rise development, which was to include the futur […]
    • Dubai Nakheel CEO decided to leave the company
      Dubai June 7, 2011 Nakheel said on Wednesday that its CEO Chris O'Donnell had left the company "after completing his contract terms". O'Donnell, an Australian who joined the developer in 2006, said he had decided to leave Nakheel following five years spent with the company, the statement added. O'Donnell has overseen a traumatic time […]
    • Owner of Dubai Developer Damac Hussain Sajwani files case against Egypt corruption ruling
      Dubai property developer Damac said on Tuesday it had filed an international arbitration case against Egypt over a land dispute and the conviction of its chairman and owner, Hussain Sajwani.A Cairo court last week sentenced Sajwani in his absence to jail and ordered him to pay a $40.5 million fine in connection with his 2006 purchase of land at Egypt's […]
    • Dubai Palm Jumeriah - Investors plan to take legal action
      Investors in Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile complex will this week serve the developer behind the project with a legal ultimatum to hand over their units or issue them with a refund.Up to ten investors in the luxury complex plan to issue Souq Residences with legal notice in a bid to force a resolution to a dispute that has been ongoing for more than a yea […]
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Archive for June, 2011

Dubai has changed the parameters surrounding property investor visas…again

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 29, 2011


Dubai is increasing Property investor’s residency visa validity period, but will it be enough to rectify the damage?  Eva Fernandes (Kippreport)  certainly doesn’t think so.

Stop the press!

The UAE has changed the parameters surrounding property investor visas…again.

The UAE has extended visas for property investors to a whopping three years from six months. Of course the current visa is granted to investors of property worth more than Dh1 million. The local press has a field day with all of this, with good ol’ Emirates 24|7 publishing an article titled “Real estate industry basks in glow of new property visa ruling.” Nice.

Stop the press! The UAE has changed the parameters surrounding property investor visas…again ....soruce Kippreport

Yes sure, the new 3-year residency visa is a welcome and certainly refreshing change especially in comparison to the existing 6-month residency visa for property investors or the 2-year visa companies will soon grant their employees. But, you will excuse Kipp if we stifle our excitement for the UAE’s track record with property investor residency visas are anything but encouraging.

So when we read about this change, we couldn’t help but remember the story of one Dr Horst Hoeller who bought a 3-bedroom flat in Jumeirah Beach Residence in 2003 purely with the intention………

source Kippreport …..continue reading

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Damac Dubai must pay 1,8 Million after the developer failed to finish the appartment in time

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 27, 2011


Dubai – 26 June 2011

Damac Properties Dubai must pay the Irish couple Noel and Lorna Gaffney compensation for failing to deliver their apartment in Dubai’s Park Towers on time the DIFC Court ruled.

Dubai Property Dispute compensation DIFC Court ruling 2011

Gulf News reported, that the Court also criticised the company for using highly technical arguments and tactics as well as the casual manner in which it had approached the court proceedings — as a result, it ruled that Damac should pay the Gaffney’s Dh200,000 legal fees.

As reported in The National the court awarded the Gaffneys Dh1,781,009 (US$484,872), representing a refund of payments they made towards apartment 602 in Tower B of the development.

The Gaffneys bought their Park Towers apartment off-plan in 2004, according to their original claim. The project consists of two 49-storey cone-like glass buildings and is situated within the grounds of the DIFC, close to the financial district’s central Gate Building.

continue reading….. The National   ….. Gulf News

 

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Dubai Real Estate Dispute Lender has the right to hold debtor ´s passport

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 23, 2011


Dubai Court of Cassation issued the legal principle in the case of a foreigner who works as a Director at a real estate brokerage firm, which prevented him from travelling, after he allegedly embezzled Dh14 million.

The investor had filed a lawsuit before the Dubai Court of First Instance, requesting it to allow him to hold the director’s passport.

The investor claimed that he had handed over two cheques worth Dh14m to the company manager in return for booking a real estate unit in a tower. But he was surprised to learn that the real estate brokerage company sold that unit to another investor.

After several rounds of discussions, it was agreed between the parties that the manager of the company (the defendant) pledged to refund the amount. However, he did not comply with the deal, the investor told the court.

Meanwhile, the investor moved the court to grant him the right to with hold the passport of the defendant so that he did not leave the UAE.

source EMIRATES BUSINESS 247 …….continue reading

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British love triangle jailed in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 23, 2011


Danielle Spencer, 31, who worked in real estate in Dubai , was given a month’s sentence after a court rejected her claim she never slept  with Toby Carroll, a New Zealander

Miss Gomez was also jailed in Dubai for two months, one for sex outside marriage and one for threatening to kill Miss Spencer. The two women are said to have made friends while in custody.

Lawyers for Miss Spencer, a former lap-dancer from Hull, and Mr Carroll, an analyst for HSBC, said they would appeal. Judge Ali Attiyah Sa’ad ordered all three to be deported after serving their sentences.

Consensual sex outside marriage is banned in the United Arab Emirates, and regularly punished by jail terms. The emirate generally operates a “don’t ask” policy, allowing thousands of unmarried couples to take holidays and even live together without interference, as long as the police are not alerted.

source the Telegraph UK

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Nakheel sued by its former CEO Chris O Donnell for breach of Contract

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 23, 2011


Former CEO of Nakheel Dubai Chris o Donnell filed lawsuit for breach of contract

Dubai developer Nakheel is being sued by its former CEO Chris O’Donnell for breach of contract, legal papers have confirmed, reported Arabian Business.

O’Donnell, who stepped down earlier this month after five years at the helm of the Dubai World subsidiary, is seeking a seven-figure sum in the case, Arabian Business has learned.

source Arabian Business

read also

Reuters

and

Financial Times

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British journalist Mark Townsend wins two year criminal libel ordeal in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 22, 2011


Mark T. Townsend was the victim of an unsubstantiated libel complaint. But under Dubai’s criminal libel laws, proceedings were kept pending against him for 22 months during which he was unable to work or leave the country.

Townsend is a former business editor of Khaleej Times. After he left in 2009, allegations of mismanagement at the paper were published on the website www.complaintsboard.com . The allegations were published under a username that resembled Townsend’s surname – but Townsend denied having anything to do with the web posting.

On May 30, British journalist Mark T. Townsend was acquitted in a criminal libel case that had kept him a virtual prisoner in Dubai for nearly two years.

The case arose from a criminal defamation complaint lodged against him by the managers of one of Dubai’s main English language newspapers, Khaleej Times.

source Media Legal Defence Initiative ….. continue reading

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Burj Al Arab Video New – Leave the ordinary behind

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 21, 2011


Jumeirah Group, the Dubai based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai holding, has launched a new social media video advertisement for Burj Al Arab, the World’s most luxurious hotel.

The video was shot over three days on site at the hotel and in studio with a British trampoline champion.

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Former Housekeeping Manager of Jumeirah Essex House sentenced to 23 years jail

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 18, 2011


Jumeirah Essex House Murder sentenced 23 to jail New York

The former Housekeeping Manager of Jumeirah Esssex House Hotel New York, an American man, has been sentenced to 23-years in jail over the weekend for the 2009 murder of Lebanese businesswoman, Sara Bejjani.

The 44-year-old Andree (Sara) Bejjani was president of Royal Investments, LLC, a real estate investment firm based in Dubai and has been staying since 2006 at the luxury Jumeirah Essex House Hotel on Central Park South New York.

Praileau, admitted to using his employee key card to break into her home at Jumeirah Essex House before holding her at knife point and choking her to death after she resisted his sexual assault.

read also New York Daily News

The murder Derrick Praileau, 31, pleaded guilty last month to killing and trying to rape Sara Bejjani. He said he held a knife to Bejjani and choked her to death when she resisted his sexual assault. He told authorities he was drunk and high on cocaine during the September 2009 assault.

“I apologise. I’m sorry for your loss,” he said in a soft, calm voice at his sentencing. “To the courtroom, I’m sorry.”

Sara Bejjani’s sister Nada who arrived at the scene in 2009, to discover the apartment filled with emergency workers said:

“Sara was murdered while we were in the air on our way to see her,“ all of us will pass away, but none of us deserves to be butchered the way Sara was,” Nada, told a court through tears Friday as the former housekeeping supervisor, Derrick Praileau was sentenced 23 years to prison.

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Bundesamt fuer Sicherheit eröffnet Nationales Cyber Abwehrzentrum in Deutschland

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 17, 2011


Berlin / Bonn, 16.06.2011.

Bundesinnenminister Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich eröffnet das Nationale Cyber-Abwehrzentrum. Das Cyber-Abwehrzentrum ist Bestandteil der vom Bundesministerium des Innern erarbeiteten Cyber-Sicherheitsstrategie für Deutschland. Quelle BSI

Gemeinsam mit den Präsidenten der beteiligten Behörden stellte Bundesinnenminister Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich  die Aufgaben des Cyber-Abwehrzentrums der Presse vor. Das Cyber-Abwehrzentrum wurde als gemeinsame Plattform zum schnellen Informationsaustausch und zur besseren Koordinierung von Schutz- und Abwehrmaßnahmen gegen IT-Sicherheitsvorfälle errichtet. Unter der Federführung des Bundesamtes für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) und direkter Beteiligung des Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) und des Bundesamtes für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK) hat das Cyber-Abwehrzentrum bereits am 1. April 2011 seine Arbeit aufgenommen. Die drei Behörden stellen gemeinsam die zehn festen Mitarbeiter des Cyber-Abwehrzentrums. Seit heute wirken auch das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), die Bundespolizei (BPol), das Zollkriminalamt (ZKA), der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) sowie die Bundeswehr als assoziierte Behörden mit.

“Im Kern der Cyber-Sicherheit steht der Schutz kritischer Infrastrukturen”, betont Bundesinnenminister Dr. Friedrich. Kritische Infrastrukturen sind Organisationen und Einrichtungen mit wichtiger Bedeutung für das Gemeinwesen, bei deren Ausfall oder Beeinträchtigung nachhaltig wirkende Versorgungsengpässe, erhebliche Störungen der öffentlichen Sicherheit oder andere dramatische Folgen eintreten würden. “Das Schadprogramm Stuxnet und als jüngstes Beispiel der Hackerangriff auf den französischen Atomkonzern EDF (Electricité de France) haben gezeigt, dass auch die IT-Systeme kritischer Infrastrukturen im Fokus von Cyber-Angriffen stehen. Wir müssen feststellen, dass die Gefahr von Angriffen auf diese Systeme zunimmt.”

continue reading……Source Pressemitteilung Bundesamt für Sicherheit BSI Deutschland

Pdf Präsentation zur Cynbersicherheit in Deutschland

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UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating’ Officials

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 17, 2011


source Human Rights Watchhttp://www.hrw.org

(Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates attorney general should
immediately drop all charges against five pro-democracy activists to
halt their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges of
“humiliating” top officials relate solely to the defendants’ peaceful
use of speech to criticize the UAE government and therefore violate
their freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said. UAE authorities
should release the activists unconditionally and without delay.

The five defendants, who include a leading human rights activist,
Ahmed Mansoor, and a university lecturer, Nasser bin Ghaith, pled not
guilty on June 14, 2011, during a closed-door hearing in Abu Dhabi’s
Federal Supreme Court. The trial follows a campaign of harassment
against the activists after they and dozens of other UAE nationals signed a petition published on March 9 that sought constitutional and parliamentary
changes in the Emirates and free elections in which all citizens could participate.

UAE rulers are prosecuting these activists solely for advocating democratic reforms,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should end this shameful crackdown on peaceful dissent.”
The five activists have been detained and denied bail since early April. Local news reports said that dozens of pro-government protesters holding banners and flags gathered outside the courtroom on June 14 and
shouted slogans condemning the activists. The next hearing is scheduled for July 18.

Authorities arrested Mansoor on April 8 and are holding him at the Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. Mansoor has been a vocal proponent of the petition. Before his arrest, he gave numerous television and other media interviews on the issue.
Mansoor is a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee.

On April 10, security forces detained bin Ghaith, an economics lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’ Sorbonne
University, who has criticized UAE authorities for failing to undertake significant political reforms. The three other detained online activists are Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis, and Ahmed Abd al-Khaleq.
In early June, UAE authorities charged the five detainees under article 176 of the Penal Code, which permits a sentence of up to five years in prison for “whoever publicly humiliates the State President, its flag or national emblem.” Article 8 of the code widens the application of the provision to include the vice president, members of the Supreme Council of the Federation, and others. The charges came after Attorney General Salim Saeed Kubaish said on April 25 that the
five detainees were in “preventive custody” for “instigation, breaking laws and perpetrating acts that pose a threat to state security,undermining the public order, opposing the government system, and insulting the president, the vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.”

In the weeks following the arrests, the UAE expanded its crackdown on civil society by dissolving the elected board of directors of both the Jurist Association and the Teachers’ Association. The decrees, signed by Social Affairs Minister Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, dismissed the boards and replaced their members with state appointees. Both associations, along with two other nongovernmental organizations, had signed a public appeal calling for greater democracy in the country on April 6.

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders provides that countries should “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of everyone against any violence, threats, retaliation, adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action” as a result of their participation in human rights activity.

Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which has been ratified by the UAE, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to impart news to others by any means. The only restrictions allowed on the practice of this right are those imposed for “respect for the rights of others, their reputation, or the protection
of national security, public order, public health, or public morals.”

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Dubai canceled 217 Registered Real Estate Projects

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 13, 2011


217 Real Estate Projects canceled by RERA Dubai

Dubai continues to struggle with its real estate woes, the latest sign that things are not yet quite set to improve comes with the report that Dubai’s real estate watchdog organization has canceled around 217 registered property projects since 2009[. The Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Authority  (RERA), reviewed about 450 projects in the emirate and may have canceled as many as 217, although it admitted that 237 would likely be completed “in due course.”

Last year, the value of property transactions fells to 119.5 billion dirhams ($32.5 billion) from 152.9 billion dirhams in 2009, and residential prices in the region are still falling with declines of 1.2 percent in May.

Home prices are down 64 percent from their mid-2008 peak

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Dubai German Vice Consul accused of Human traffickig

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 13, 2011


Dubai German Vice Consul arrested May 21, 2011 in Berlin

Martin Tscherner, a vice-consul with the German consulate in Dubai, is accused of helping human trafficking rings to smuggle people from Afghanistan to Germany through the UAE.

“He was arrested on May 21, in Berlin.

“The investigations were initiated by the German Foreign Office on suspicion of improper behaviour, and the foreign office informed the German authorities,” Mr Schaefer said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

German prosecutors have charged MT with corruption and human trafficking. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison.

source The National and others

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Dubai Nakheel CEO decided to leave the company

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 9, 2011


Dubai June, 2011
Nakheel said on Wednesday that its CEO Chris O’Donnell had left the company “after completing his contract terms”. O’Donnell, an Australian who joined the developer in 2006, said he had decided to leave Nakheel following five years spent with the company, the statement added.

O’Donnell has overseen a traumatic time in Nakheel’s history during which the developer behind Dubai’s palm-shaped island was the biggest casualty of the emirate’s real estate crash, halting work on a number of
offplan projects.

Nakheel’s inability to meet its obligations left it with billions of dirhams in unpaid bills to contractors and suppliers and helped trigger Dubai’s debt crisis in 2009.

source Arabian Business ….continue reading

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Dubai Developer Case Sunland Nakheel

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 9, 2011


June 5, 2011

After 21 hearings, Chris O’Donnell, the Australian chief executive of Dubai’s major developer, Nakheel, came to the defence of his former colleagues Matthew Joyce and Marcus Lee.

Mr Joyce and Mr Lee are accused of profiting from the sale of land that had been earmarked for a colossal high-rise development, which was to include the futuristic construction known as the Atrium, but which has never got off the ground. In a very Australianstory, the two men are accused of deceiving the buyer of the plot, the
Gold Coast developer Sunland, and harming Nakheel, Dubai Waterfront’s parent company.

Since their arrest in January 2009, Mr Joyce and Mr Lee have maintained they are innocent. Their passports confiscated, neither allowed to work, they are trapped with their families in a city where food prices are soaring and rent remains expensive despite the property crash. If convicted, the men could face long jail terms in the Middle East.

Mr O’Donnell’s testimony may be crucial in proving the sale and value of Plot D17 was approved by Nakheel’s executive committee and there was no deception. Mr Joyce was Dubai Waterfront’s managing director and Mr Lee its commercial manager.

What Mr O’Donnell said in court directly contradicted the Dubai prosecutor’s claims that Nakheel lost millions as a result of the $60 million sale.

The drama began when Mr Joyce and Mr Lee were arrested amid the global  financial crisis and the Dubai government’s crackdown on fraud. Dozens of other senior executives were arrested and charged with fraud in
20The Australian men were locked in prison for nine months, and released in October 2009 once they each raised $295,000 bail. While Dubai police allege the Australian men profited from the sale of the land, testimony
from Mohammad Mustafa, of the Dubai government’s Financial Audit Department, concluded that Mr Lee did not receive any money; nor did he benefit or gain from the transactions.

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Democracy and Human Rights-Middle East Unrest – Repression in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 4, 2011


June 2011 – source The Nation

For the past four months, hundreds of thousands of voices demanding variations on a theme—democracy, human rights, an end to torture, a stop to corruption—have echoed from Morocco to Yemen, each with its own local variation. In the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven small semi-autonomous sheikdoms, that voice sounded a little hoarse. More like a whisper, you might say. And then it went silent.

Unrest and Protest Middle East 2011 - Human Rights - Repression in the United Arab Emirates - Anna Louie Sussman The Nations

Since April 8 , 2011 the Emirati government has arrested five prominent Emiratis—activists, bloggers and an academic—for signing a petition calling for reform, and thrown them in jail, where they remain to this day. They are being held without charges, although they are in contact with their families and lawyers.

The five detainees are among over 160 professionals who on March 9 submitted what has to be one of the gentlest pleas for political reform in recent history, which included a request to make the Federal National Council, the UAE’s powerless legislative body, at least open to universal contestation. On February 24 President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced he was doubling the pool of eligible voters, to around 12,000. That is still less than 2 percent of the Emirati population.

(For the record, here’s what Emirati rabble-rousing sounds like: “Please We, the undersigned, a group of people of the United Arab Emirates, rise up to serve your Generous Highness and Their Highnesses Members of Supreme Council of the Federation of deep appreciation and respect…” the petition begins. “Out of our deep concern for this nation, and its people, who are your sons…” it continues. A fiery battle cry it is not.)

But even this was too much. On April 8, at 3 am, several police asked Ahmed Mansoor, one of the signatories, a blogger and a member of the Human Rights Watch advisory committee, to come down to “answer some questions about his car.” (Incidentally, this was the same approach that security officials used to take Naji Hamdan, a United States citizen who allegedly was tortured in custody.) Fearing a trap, he refused to come down, but was taken away by a second group of security officers that same afternoon.

Two days later Nasser bin Ghaith, a prominent Emirati economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the University of Paris-Sorbonne, was also carted away. His ostensible crime was urging the UAE, on television shows and in panel discussions, to become more transparent, as a means to further economic development. In subsequent days, three other online activists, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, were arrested. In the weeks that followed, the government dissolved the boards of two of the country’s oldest civil society organizations, the Jurists’ Association and the Teachers’ Association, for signing a similar petition.

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Iranian and U.A.E. Government Sites hacked by Anonymous

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 4, 2011


Hackers have broken into the networks of both the Iranian and the Dubai governments, stealing more than 10,000 email messages as well as system usernames and passwords and releasing them online.

Anonymous strikes again: Iranian and UAE governments hacked Report by The Independent Blogs

The hacktivist responsible for targeting Dubai said he had carried out the assault “because it’s time governments learn they have no power on the internet. This is our world”.

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs succumbed to a hacking attack perpetrated by Anonymous, which yielded the bulk of the email addresses. And, on Friday afternoon, a lone hacker – apparently with links to the group – struck the Dubai government’s system, releasing a “historic list of former gov.ae email passwords”, the domain used by the Arab Emirate.

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Middle East Nuclear Mania-Saudi Arabia plans to build 16 nuclear power reactors

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 2, 2011


Middle East Nuclear Mania source Kippreport

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plans to cover 20 percent of its electricity needs using nuclear energy, said Melaibari.
Power demand in the top oil exporter is estimated to grow 7-8 percent during the next 10 years.

Neighbouring United Arab Emirates in December 2009 awarded a South Korean consortium the contract to build four nuclear power plants worth $20.4 billion.

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