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This article was originally published by CNN on June 4, 2018. View it here.

On a sunny October morning just over three decades ago, an unknown airline from a little-known city took to the sky for its inaugural flight. With scarce resources, the airline had leased two planes from Pakistan International Airlines for those first journeys to Karachi.

Today, Emirates Airline -- based in Dubai -- is a global aviation giant. Its distinctive logo is splashed across the shirts of Premier League footba...

Look up at the departures screens at any major Indian airport and you are likely to see a familiar pattern: Dubai and Abu Dhabi appear repeatedly on the flickering displays. Roughly one in three international passengers in India are either heading to or arriving from the United Arab Emirates.

Many Indian passengers use Dubai, Abu Dhabi or, increasingly, Sharjah as hub airports, connecting in the UAE to flights bound for Europe, North America, or elsewhere in Asia. Now that the UAE has become Indi...

As South-South trade and investment ties expand rapidly, altering the geo-commercial and geo-political map of the world, one relationship stands out as particularly robust and consequential: the United Arab Emirates and China. It’s already one of the fastest growing trade relationships in the world, and it just got deeper with the announcement of a $10 billion joint strategic investment fund to explore opportunities in both countries and across the “New Silk Road.”

The $10 billion investment fund...

When Jeffrey Singer, former President of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), sat down with senior Dubai-based executives from 15 of the world’s largest banks for a breakfast meeting a few months ago, he asked them a simple question: “what is on your mind?”

The answer was unanimous: Africa.

“They were all pursuing deals in Africa, and all wanted to know how we could support them,” Singer said. “They see significant deal flow in Africa, in mining, agriculture, infrastructure, telecommun...

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