Top UAE news of the year

November 22, 2012

UAE Islamic love guru urges women to enjoy sex

Emirati love guru Widad Lootah is not your typical marriage counsellor. She is an ultra-conservative Muslim who wears the full veil and talks a lot about sex, often quoting the Muslim holy book the Koran.

UAE, Qatar stop trade finance to Iran

The central banks of UAE and Qatar have told lenders to stop financing trade with Iran to cut another source of credit for a country struggling under Western economic sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme.

Stricter rules for UAE visit visas

A report that was later denied by Emirati officials, news that residency departments in the UAE was allegedly planning to take on stern measures for nationals of certain countries trying to enter the Emirates on visit visas caused panic.

Woman found dead in a car in Sharjah

The Filipino community in the UAE was shocked when the body of a dead Filipina woman stuffed into a bag was found in an abandoned car in Sharjah.

Emirati tells court her maids photographed her while she slept

Three maids working in the UAE were charged after they took photographs of their Emirati boss as she slept.

Two jailed in UAE for sex out of wedlock

A Pakistani man and a woman from the Philippines were sentenced to two months in prison in Dubai for having sex out of wedlock at the home of the woman's sponsor.

Maid too pretty for Abu Dhabi housewife

An Abu Dhabi housewife replaced her housemaid as she was concerned her husband might find her attractive.

Sharjah skyscraper catches fire

The first of two major fires that hit towers in the UAE this year.

Dubai husband throws wife from the balcony

A businessman allegedly attempted to kill his wife by throwing her out of their second-floor hotel apartment in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi maid charged with sexually abusing baby

A UAE housemaid has been charged with sexually abusing her employer’s one-year-old baby and endangering his life.

Briton faces jail for sex in taxi in Dubai

A British woman in Dubai was accused of romping naked in the back of a taxi in the Muslim emirate.

Dubai woman exposes cheating husband

A pregnant woman separated from her husband caught him cheating on her when she found him hiding a near-naked woman on the balcony of their apartment.

Man arrested for going to Dubai mall in underwear

An Emirati man has been arrested after an undercover cop spotted him at a Dubai mall wearing nothing but his underwear and a pair of shoes.

 'Dubai desert safari turns into nightmare' for Indian couple 

A perfect Dubai desert safari turned into a nightmare for an Indian couple when a catering crew allegedly punched the man in the face and stopped his wife from taking food.

Indian doctor killed at Abu Dhabi hospital

An angry Pakistani man killed an Indian doctor at Ahalia Hospital in Abu Dhabi, after the death of his relative.

Major fire breaks out at Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers  

The massive fire that ripped through a residential building in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). 

Earlier investigations suggested that the material of the building cladding might have helped escalate the fire, but police’s final report revealed that it was a cigarette butt that ignited the blaze.