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December 23, 2014

Nakheel the developer of the project
09:59 GMT

Almost a third of shop space at Nakheel’s new Circle Mall at Jumeirah Village in Dubai has been booked in less than two weeks after its launch, its developer Nakheel confirmed on Monday.

Saudi Investments in Oman
09:42 GMT

There is untapped potential for Saudi investments in Oman, officials said at the Omani-Saudi Investment and Trade Forum which began at the Bank Muscat headquarters on Monday.

 In the year ending September 30 2014, "Global Property Guide" reports that average home prices in Israel rose 6.43%, the eighth largest rate of home price rises of any country surveyed (Thomas Coex / AFP).
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In the year ending September 30 2014, average home prices in Israel rose 6.43%, the eighth largest rate of home price rises of any country surveyed.

December 22, 2014

Saudi Arabia is the only GCC state to allow private investment in the petrochemical sector (File Archive/ AFP).
20:00 GMT

Saudi Arabi plans to spend $91 billion to integrate refineries with petrochemcial units and expand plants over the next decade.

The one-trillion dollar cash pile, which only relates to companies rated by Moody’s, is predominantly held by cash-rich sectors like automotives, oil and gas and utilities (File Archive/ AFP).
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The one-trillion dollar cash pile, which only relates to companies rated by Moody’s, is predominantly held by cash-rich sectors like automotives, oil and gas and utilities.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker poses near one of the two Airbus A350-900 aircrafts for his company on December 22, 2014 at the Airbus Group center in Toulouse, southern France (Eric Cabanis/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

On-demand streaming has surpassed traditional TV viewing in the UAE, according to a new report by technology firm Ericsson.

More than 4 in 10 Gen X and Gen Y professionals, as well as nearly 6 in 10 HR professionals, consider themselves to be a “Supertasker,” defined as an individual who can successfully do more than two things at once, and do them well (File Archive/ AFP).
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Technological shifts will give rise to the “Supertasker” using four devices, and change the way workers and businesses view remote working according to the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report.

With around one third of GDP coming from oil until the recent price collapse, the non-oil sector in the UAE is just not growing fast enough to prevent a recession in 2015 (File Archive/ AFP).
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The recent oil price collapse may bring on a recession for the UAE in 2015.

The World Islamic Travel Summit will focus on the theme of  "driving the Halal tourism revolution" (File Archive/ AFP).
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Halal tourism now represents 13% of the global market and will be showcased at the World Islamic Travel Summit in Abu Dhabi next year.

A glut of wheat for the throngs of Egyptians (Image courtesy of oregonstate.edu)
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Egypt signed contracts for 240,000 tonnes of French wheat and 60,000 tonnes of Russian wheat, at an average price of $273.94 per tonne to be delivered in January, the minister of supply and internal trade, Khaled Hanafi, said Sunday.

Microsoft will offer a direct operator billing facility with Du that will negate the need for customers to use their credit cards online (Shutterstock).
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Microsoft has parternered with Du to offer a direct operator billing facility that will avoid the need for customers to use their credit cards online.

The lines get blurred for many workers who might be out of the office for the holidays but are very much on call or online and staying on the grind from a different location. (Photo: woman working outdoors, Shutterstock)
09:57 GMT

Up to 86.5 per cent of employees in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region say they continue working even during holidays, according to a new survey by job site Bayt.com.

Mohammed Mubarak Al-Shikely (right), GM Marketing, Oman Air and Jamal Al Azki (left), UK Country Manager of Oman Air holding the Skytrax award (Photo courtesy of World Airline Awards).
08:36 GMT

Oman Air won the title of World´s Leading Airline for Economy Class in 2014 in a ceremony in Anguilla.

The new visa system would garner huge revenues for the regional tourism sector and help facilitate financial and administrative procedures.
04:55 GMT

Foreign expatriates residing in the GCC states should be allowed to travel within the six Gulf nations without requiring visas, a senior official has said.

Samsung Note4 was considered the best phone in terms of size and complexity.
04:55 GMT

Hint: it's not the iphone 6