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Fleet maintenance work on Oman Air has begun, and the airline has cancelled its Salalah-Dubai flights on Tuesdays through April 16, 2007 when maintenance is expected to be complete. The airline used to service Salalah-Dubai four times a week but has recently reduced its routes to just two times a week.

A new credit card business will open in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in July 2007. The company is a joint venture between Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim Group and two of Japan’s biggest financial institutions, JCB and ORIX Corporation. The new company will be called MAF JCB Card PJSC.

The University of Connecticut could offer a full four-year undergraduate program in Dubai. The U.S. institution already has plans to build a satellite campus in the UAE, and recently sent a 20-member team to Dubai to assess a site location.

Barclays Wealth Intermediaries & Corporates, which serves affluent clients worldwide, recently opened to the corporate market in Dubai. Barclays Wealth is part of the Barclays Group, with assets worth about $23.7 billion.

With its mild weather and breathtaking landscape, Dubai is becoming a hot spot for filming television commercials. About 180 commercials are expected to shoot in Dubai in 2007, compared to 90 in 2006. Dubai Media City, Dubai Creek, beaches, Sheikh Zayed Road and Hatta are among the top locations to film.

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