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Hamad International Airport in Doha, designed by HOK. (HOK)
September 27, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Qatar will now allow passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours at Hamad International Airport to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours, without applying for an entry visa ahead of time.
Abraaj has invested in the Pacific Alliance countries of Colombia, Mexico and Peru since 2008 across a range of sectors including retail, tourism, technology, food and beverage and consumer goods. (Trade Arabia)
September 27, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The Abraaj group enters the apparel and footwear retail market in Mexico with a minority stake in Mexican footwear retailer Capa de Ozono.
Apple farmers briefly cut off the highway from Jbeil towards Beirut and dumped their apples on the street in protest of alleged barriers to selling their products. (Panoramio)
September 27, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
A new ministerial decree in Lebanon has imposed mandatory licensing for importers of frozen apples, pears and potatoes after protests from local farmers.
Egypt has been scrambling to attract investment needed to restore growth since the 2011 uprising, which ushered in protracted political turmoil and scared away tourists and foreign investors. (Wikimedia Commons)
September 27, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
Egypt is hoping for ten billion dollars of foreign direct investment in the 2016-17 fiscal year to incorporate a company that will facilitate a 'one-stop shopping' approach to projects.
Many Jordanina MPs have called on the government to shy from importing the Israeli gas, citing the frequent Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people. (Shutterstock)
September 27, 2016 - 06:56 GMT
The agreement with Noble Energy will provide Jordan with 40 percent of its electricity generating needs.
The royal decree also includes a 15 percent reduction in benefits toward a car and housing for Shoura members. (File photo)
September 27, 2016 - 05:41 GMT
A 20 percent salary reduction for ministers and a freeze on hiring of non-essential expats for the private sector are some of the latest budget-trimming measures to be announced in Saudi Arabia.
While consumers strive to lead healthier lives, food manufacturers and retailers are important partners in supporting consumers in looking after their well-being. (File photo)
September 26, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Consumer product marketers, take heed - Gulf shoppers think current product offerings are not healthy enough.
An overstaying expat will have to pay OMR30 at the immigration counter at the airport and OMR18 at the Ministry of Manpower counter for every month they remain in Oman. (Dhaka Tribune)
September 26, 2016 - 11:30 GMT
Government and trade union officials in Oman have called on construction companies to pay overdue salaries and send expat workers home instead of leaving them in dire and illegal circumstances.
By refusing to grant access despite requests from the authority, it was concluded that Ooredoo had damaged competition and “likely maintained artificially high prices for consumers”. (Wearandpoint.com)
September 26, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
Qatar's communication regulatr has ordered telecoms company Ooredo to place 'millions' of riyals in a performance bond for blocking rivals' access to its ducts to install fiber optic broadband.
Build-operate-transfer (BOT) port projects have also seen a high failure rate, including Aqaba New Port in Jordan. (Construction Week Online)
September 26, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
A MEED study of the region’s public-private alliances over the last 20 years failed to deliver, usually due to poorly defined deal structures.
The Dh4-billion medical city will accommodate 732 hospital beds, including two royal and 36 VIP suites, 424 hospital beds for post-operative inpatients and 120 for the maternity and infant ward. (Seha)
September 26, 2016 - 08:30 GMT
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City in the Mafraq area of Abu Dhabi is more than 85 percent complete and is on track for handover to the emirate's health services company Seha in 2017.
The filming of Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the island have increased its ability to reach into new markets. (Pixabay)
September 26, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
Ireland is looking to attract big spenders from the Gulf as a crucial tourism strategy to counter the impact of Brexit.
Headquarters of Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco), the country's largest investment company. (Kipco)
September 26, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco) expects Hessah Al Mubarak, the first mixed-use development of its kind in Kuwait, to be inhabited by 2020.
The Mafraq plant is the first PV solar plant to be financed out of the four planned under the Jordanian government’s second round of solar PV projects, said the statement. (Shutterstock)
September 26, 2016 - 05:39 GMT
The financing package, which includes $21 million from the IFC-Canada Climate Change Programme, will support the construction of Fotowatio Renewable Venture's first solar power plant in the northern city.
None of the available positions were in the main cities of Riyadh, Jeddah or Mecca. (AFP/File)
September 25, 2016 - 13:30 GMT
The total number of women applicants for the Ministry of Education had reached 72,542 when the system froze, prompting the education ministry to extend the deadline for applications.
Saudi Arabia suffered a deficit of $98 billion in 2015, while the projected shortage this year is $87 billion. (Shutterstock/Andrew V Marcus)
September 25, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
With the exception of the UAE, Gulf economies must embrace a new reality of budgetary shortfalls for the foreseeable future.