Early this month, the United Arab Emirates, home of meeting, convention, and incentive destinations Dubai and Abu Dhabi, announced that it would shut down BlackBerry data service on October 11 if an agreement isn’t reached that allows the country’s regulators to tap into encrypted BlackBerry messages. A similar threat was averted in Saudi Arabia when officials reached an agreement with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., Waterloo, Ontario. Nevertheless, the news from the UAE has ...

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