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March 27, 2013

The Lebanese Central Bank has taken the necessary measures to maintain the stability of local lenders, according to Governor Riad Salameh.
10:07 GMT

The Lebanese Central Bank has taken the necessary measures to maintain the stability of local lenders, according to Governor Riad Salameh.

A reintroduction of a tax on hotels in Jordan will harm the industry, the country's trade association warned on Tuesday
09:39 GMT

The Jordanian government's plan to reintroduce a 16 per cent accommodation tax on the Kingdom’s hotels will negatively impact the country’s tourism sector, the Jordan Hotels Association (JHA) warned on Tuesday.

Qatar has called for a  $1 billion fund to help Palestinians in East Jerusalem
09:07 GMT

Qatar on Tuesday called for the setting up of a $1 billion fund to help Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

The IMF's Middle East and North Africa director has said subsidies are not the best way to help the poor
08:34 GMT

Masood Ahmed, director of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Middle East and Central Asia Department, advocates cutting energy subsidies in the region, arguing that it is costly and inefficient in helping the poor.

Israel is set to transfer taxes to Palestine following a decision to halt payments last year (Photo for illustrative purposes)
07:18 GMT

Israel is to resume the transfer of tariffs and tax monies it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, which were frozen last year as punishment for the UN bid.

A truck ferry route between Jordan and Lebanon launched this week after the trade route between Syria and Lebanon was closed
06:34 GMT

A truck ferry route to Jordan was launched this week almost days after Lebanon’s major transit route through Syria came to a complete halt.

The emir of Qatar called on more economic support for 'Arab Spring' economies at the opening of the Arab league summit
03:05 GMT

Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani calls on Arabs to support 'Arab Spring' countries, especially Egypt, during speech at opening of Arab League summit.

March 26, 2013

Dubai Courts
12:30 GMT

The convicted former CEO's case has been referred to a panel of financial experts, after complaints from the defence team.

Man uses camera (Gulf News Photo)
10:39 GMT

It's a technology geek's paradise at the Dubai World Trade Centre this April.

National Bank of Egypt in Cairo
09:16 GMT

Senior Libyan official denies reports of a $2 billion transfer to Egypt's central bank

A hotel in Tunisia
08:44 GMT

The North African country is faring better than Egypt, which has seen tourist numbers evaporate

Young Jordanians most most affected by unemployment
08:07 GMT

The number falls short of the 18,000 new jobs target set in January

Egypt’s minister of planning and international cooperation Ashraf El-Arabi (Photo: Al-Ahram)
07:36 GMT

Egypt central bank tooking to bolster its depleted foreign currency reserves

Direct trade constituted about 65 per cent of Dubai`s total non-oil foreign trade
06:59 GMT

Non-oil trade booms as Dubai diversifies

March 25, 2013

Caviar
13:54 GMT

Presidential decree will increase custom tariffs on luxury goods including shrimp, video games and caviar.