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March 11, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Occidental Petroleum Corp. has agreed to jointly fund energy production and refining projects with Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Co., the Westwood-based company said Monday. Ray Irani, chief executive of the nation's fourth-largest oil and gas company, said the deal was part of a move to broaden Occidental's operations in the Mideast and North Africa. The joint venture is the latest of several between Occidental and the government of Abu Dhabi. Occidental has partnered with the emirate in an exploration project in Libya an oil field development deal in Oman and the $5.7-billion Dolphin Energy project, which transports natural gas from offshore Qatar to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
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March 4, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Although the Federal Reserve has been criticized for its unprecedented efforts to fight the 2008 financial crisis, former Fed chief Ben S. Bernanke said Tuesday the central bank could have done more. "Although we have been very aggressive, I think on the monetary policy front we could have been even more aggressive," Bernanke told a bankers conference in Abu Dhabi, according to Reuters. The speech marked his first public comments since stepping down Feb. 2 after eight years as Fed chairman.
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BUSINESS
October 9, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Occidental Petroleum Corp. added to its Middle East portfolio Wednesday with an agreement to develop a pair of small oil and natural gas fields in Abu Dhabi, the largest of the United Arab Emirates. The company's preliminary pact with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. gives Occidental full ownership and operational control of development projects in Abu Dhabi fields called Jarn Yaphour and Ramhan.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Pablo Larrazabal understood his accomplishment in edging Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday. “I was sitting at the presentation ceremony, I said to myself: 'Pablo? What are you doing here?' I've got Rory McIlroy on my left and I am shaking the hand of Phil Mickelson on my right. It's very special for me,” said the 30-year-old Spaniard, who finished at 14-under 274 to earn his third PGA Europe Tour victory. Larrazabal birdied No. 18 to finish the final round with a five-under-par 67 on the National Course in the United Arab Emirates, taking the title by one stroke over his more accomplished competitors.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
France's storied Louvre museum, home to priceless art works such as the "Mona Lisa," said Tuesday it would open a new Louvre in the Persian Gulf boomtown of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, prompting outcries from some who accuse the museum of shilling France's patrimony for $1.3 billion in oil money. The 30-year agreement opens the way for the Louvre Abu Dhabi to display thousands of works from the Paris Louvre and other leading French museums.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Digital Domain, the award-winning visual effects company behind the blockbuster “Transformers” films and “Tron: Legacy,” is expanding into the Middle East with plans to open a 150,000-square-foot production studio in Abu Dhabi in 2015. Parent company Digital Domain Media Group, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., said Sunday night that it was partnering with Abu Dhabi government-backed media and entertainment company twofour54 to build a studio that would create English- and Arabic-language animated movies targeted at Middle Eastern audiences, as well as produce visual and 3-D effects.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Half a world away from the incomparable Louvre Museum in Paris , work soon will begin on another Louvre, with a price tag of about $650 million. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a 2007 cultural partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, won't look anything like the lavish 12th century building where Louis XIV once lived. The mushroom-shaped building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel is slated to be part of a cultural district planned for Saadiyat Island.
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July 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
There's a place in Abu Dhabi where now you can order up milkshakes made with camel milk, locally sourced, of course, in strawberry, chocolate, date, banana or mint flavors. Or an iced camel milk latte. Mohammad Daoud proudly claims the title "camel milk mixologist" at the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Abu-Dhabi, Grand Canal. The shake-it-up wizard says he came up with the idea of muddling ingredients for his smoothie-like creations that cost about $6 each as a special Ramadan treat.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has off-season time in China, Italy and the Philippines -- all while rehabbing his Achilles' tendon. With Lakers' training camp scheduled to start around Sept. 28, Bryant will make one last long-distance trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Support of Diabetes Awareness. Bryant's first stop Sept. 26 will be at the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he'll hold a youth basketball clinic. On Sept.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tiger Woods has missed the cut in the Abu Dhabi Championship after he was penalized two strokes for moving his ball from vines. He'll join top-ranked Rory McIlroy on the sidelines this weekend -- the first time that both have missed a cut in the 41 tournaments they've played together -- because of the blunder. It happened at the fifth hole Friday when his drive sailed to the right of the fairway and landed in a thicket of vines. Woods called playing partner Martin Kaymer over to see if he could get relief, and Kaymer agreed the ball had become embedded in the vines.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf commentator Brandel Chamblee will resign from his job writing columns for Golf.com, acknowledging that he made a "mistake" when he insinuated that Tiger Woods had cheated on the PGA Tour. Chamblee addressed the issue during an interview on the Golf Channel, where he works as a television analyst. "There's no way that I could know with 100% certainty what Tiger's intent was in any of those situations," he said. "That was my mistake. " In his column for Golf.com, which is operated by Sports Illustrated, Chamblee referred to penalties that Woods drew at the Masters, the BMW Championship and a tournament in Abu Dhabi.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Rihanna didn't get the letter of the law, much less the spirit of it, as she wore tight clothing and bright-red lipstick and sexy-posed for pics at the most famous mosque in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. She was, um, asked to leave. RiRi didn't even make it inside, actually, according to a news release issued by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (translated via 7 Days in Dubai ) on Monday.  "The Centre would like to point to a personal visit incident that was carried out by 'a prominent singer' to the mosque.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
New Lakers guard Xavier Henry is up and running on social media. He joined Twitter and the tweeting began.     New Laker Xavier Henry joined twitter over the weekend. Make @xhenry7 feel welcome with a follow. - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 9, 2013 The Lakers signed Henry on Thursday, although the terms of his contract have yet to be released. Henry may have to fight his way through training camp to earn a spot on opening night (Oct.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has off-season time in China, Italy and the Philippines -- all while rehabbing his Achilles' tendon. With Lakers' training camp scheduled to start around Sept. 28, Bryant will make one last long-distance trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Support of Diabetes Awareness. Bryant's first stop Sept. 26 will be at the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he'll hold a youth basketball clinic. On Sept.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
There's a place in Abu Dhabi where now you can order up milkshakes made with camel milk, locally sourced, of course, in strawberry, chocolate, date, banana or mint flavors. Or an iced camel milk latte. Mohammad Daoud proudly claims the title "camel milk mixologist" at the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Abu-Dhabi, Grand Canal. The shake-it-up wizard says he came up with the idea of muddling ingredients for his smoothie-like creations that cost about $6 each as a special Ramadan treat.
WORLD
April 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - U.S. intelligence agencies now believe that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons in its struggle to hold onto power, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Hagel said that the White House sent a letter to members of Congress on Thursday morning disclosing that intelligence agencies had made that assessment, which followed a series of similar conclusions reached by Britain, France and most recently Israel. “The U.S. intelligence community assesses with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin,” Hagel told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he was wrapping up a weeklong Mideast trip that has been dominated by questions over Syria's alleged chemical weapons use. A day earlier, Hagel said that U.S. intelligence agencies were studying the issue and would not rush to make a determination.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Rihanna didn't get the letter of the law, much less the spirit of it, as she wore tight clothing and bright-red lipstick and sexy-posed for pics at the most famous mosque in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. She was, um, asked to leave. RiRi didn't even make it inside, actually, according to a news release issued by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (translated via 7 Days in Dubai ) on Monday.  "The Centre would like to point to a personal visit incident that was carried out by 'a prominent singer' to the mosque.
WORLD
December 1, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Meris Lutz
The flashy spendthrift needs his prim, conservative neighbor to bail him out. Such is the situation between debt-ridden Dubai and flush Abu Dhabi, two Persian Gulf emirates with starkly different financial strategies and temperaments that may grudgingly need each other to prevent long-term investor panic from spreading beyond the United Arab Emirates. Dubai's $80-billion debt, nearly $60 billion of it held by the investment conglomerate Dubai World, is testament to the emirate's overextended reliance on a real estate market whose fortunes tumbled in the global downturn.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
LA JOLLA - For Tiger Woods, the memories rush back in memorable and monumental torrents … of knee pain. His 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines remains the last, heroic, gut-it-out, pre-scandal visage of Tiger before his name brand was irrevocably altered by tabloids and time. No matter what you thought of Woods five years ago, this coming June, you could not deny him his due over a five-day stretch. His accomplishment remains among the most extraordinary feats in sport.
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