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September 25, 2014

Jordan has the highest rates of ICT services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
05:55 GMT

Around 7 per cent of the Kingdom’s population work in the ICT sector, whereas the regional rate does not exceed 4 per cent.

The launch of the Passport, which boasts a big square screen and a unique touch-sensitive tactile keyboard, will kick off a frenzied spell for Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry.
04:55 GMT

BlackBerry is set to launch the Passport early on Wednesday in Toronto, with simultaneous events also being held in London and Dubai.

September 24, 2014

Europe does not have the infrastructure to accept LNG in major quantities.
13:04 GMT

Qatar is the world's largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

DAMAS, the Middle East's leading jewelry and watch retailer, has bolstered its presence in the region with the launch of its first luxury boutique in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
12:51 GMT

As part of Damas’s redefined global strategy, the brand has divided its retail stores into two formats - ‘Damas’ and ‘Damas Collections’.

The Global Infrastructure Investment Index ranks the world’s 41 most dynamic countries with the greatest potential for growth and investment in their economic infrastructure.
04:55 GMT

The UAE has overtaken Canada to rank among the top three attractive markets in the world for investment in infrastructure.

According to Israeli military experts, the country's submarines could be used as a second strike capability in case of an Iranian attack using non-conventional weapons.
04:55 GMT

The new vessel means the navy "will double its capabilities, it will be able to reach further and deeper, for a longer period of time, demonstrating force unknown till this day".

September 23, 2014

Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
14:56 GMT

More than 130 companies are involved in producing or trading the equipment, typically marketed to law enforcement agencies, up from about 28 companies a decade ago,

An economic rebound has catapulted house prices and rents in Dubai to Manhattan-like peaks, the Gulf emirate’s top property website says, forcing increasing numbers of residents to move to its cheaper outskirts or even to consider returning home abroad.
14:10 GMT

Research by Dubai website Dubizzle showed rents and house prices in Dubai’s prime locations now match those in Manhattan.

Hundreds of Israelis have filed lawsuits in a New York federal court against Arab Bank for allegedly holding accounts that financed attacks which killed members of their families
13:48 GMT

The law firm listed a number of errors made by the court during the trial.The trial was infected by scores of errors, and the Bank has very strong grounds for appeal.

Both Kuwait and Bahrain are expected to witness a major surge in the value of infrastructure projects this year, according to the report
05:55 GMT

The value of new infrastructure projects across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is poised to hit $86 billion in 2014, up 77.8 per cent compared to last year, said a report.

 A positive response from bank customers to use their Emirates ID cards as ATM cards proves the UAE’s residents’ keenness to adopt latest technologies without any apprehension.
04:55 GMT

Since the bank introduced this service on September 7, more than 8,000 customers have registered their ID cards with the bank to use them as ATM cards.

September 22, 2014

The project, which will come up on 1800-hectare area, includes waterfront villas and chalets in addition to diverse leisure and entertainment services.
19:39 GMT

A leading Egypt-based investment group has signed a deal to acquire a five-star hotel in the Business Bay area facing Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

Cancellation of the tournament will have an impact on the country's economy, particularly the construction sector,
18:45 GMT

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.

The Current TV sale was initially resisted by distributors including Time Warner Cable and AT&T, which argued that they had contracted with Current TV and not Al Jazeera.
04:55 GMT

In a countersuit filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery on Thursday, Al Jazeera is seeking to keep the money that Gore and his former partner Joel Hyatt had sought in a lawsuit filed in August.

is there and you will hear about it soon,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Fiscal Committee said.
04:55 GMT

One of Dubai’s top government officials said on Sunday that he expects state-owned conglomerate Dubai World to reach a deal on renegotiating its debt repayment schedule in the near future