As part of the week, the 10th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) opens tomorrow at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. (
January 16, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by Masdar, is a global platform addressing the interconnected challenges and opportunities of sustainable development, renewable energy and water security.
The figures for November 2016 showed the Omanization rate in private companies in Muscat stood at 8.6 percent.  (Oman Air)
January 16, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Oman's Minister of Manpower is expecting Omani employee numbers to increase following the introduction of the ministry’s development programme.
Energy authorities are desperately cash-strapped, in part because of unpaid bills.  (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
January 16, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Qatar has agreed to pay four million dollars a month over the next three months to alleviate the crippling electricity crisis in Gaza.
Traders and retailers are unable to compensate for the high taxes with purchasing power, as taxes increase and sales decrease, says a spokesman for the Garment Traders Association.  (Shutterstock)
January 16, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Jordan's traders are blaming taxes, customs duties, high-rents, random licensing for shops, and the absence of laws regulating sales and offers in the market for a 40 percent drop in sales.
Prominent newspaper As-Safir closed its doors on Dec. 10 after 42 years of publication.  (File photo)
January 16, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Following a spate of layoffs and reductions in numbers of printed pages at several dailies, the Lebanese government is consulting with the Journalists Union to devise a plan to save the nation’s newspapers.
The annual report by Dubai's Land Department revealed that the sum of real estate investment transactions for the year exceeded $24.7B from 55,928 investors.  (Shutterstock)
January 16, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
A total of 6,416 Arab investors from outside the GCC contributed over $3.2B to Dubai's real estate market last year, with Egyptians topping the list for numbers and Jordanians for value.
The facilities sector is key to having three Saudi cities among the top 100 in the world, which is one of the aims of Vision 2030. (Shutterstock/Fedor Selivanov)
January 16, 2017 - 08:02 GMT
The FM market in Saudi Arabia is worth $20-$29 billion per annum with ten percent annual growth, according to Credo Consulting.
El-Garhy confirmed that the programme also includes lifting fuel subsidies entirely in a period of 3-5 years. (AFP/File)
January 16, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
The most prominent terms of the economic reform program are reducing the overall deficit, decreasing it to 8.5 percent in the coming fiscal year, and turning the initial deficit into a surplus this fiscal year.
The resignations coincided with the introduction of new reforms by the ministry last year that tie public sector worker bonuses to a mandatory assessment and allow them to be fired.  (Twitter)
January 16, 2017 - 06:18 GMT
Nearly 1,500 employees resigned from Saudi government jobs in 2016, coinciding with the introduction of new reforms that included linking bonuses to mandatory assessment and possible dismissal.
On individual criteria, Jordan stayed in 3rd place for size of government, rising from 8th to 7th for legal structure and property rights, and ranking 2nd in terms of access to sound money.  (Shutterstock)
January 16, 2017 - 05:51 GMT
The annual Economic Freedom in the Arab World Index ranks Arab League nations according to five criteria such as access to “sound money”, freedom to trade internationally and the regulation of credit, labour and business.
The ministry invited the private sector to announce their willingness to invest in solar power plants for every municipality. (Shutterstock)
January 15, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Lebanon's Energy and Water Ministry has launched its National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2016-2020, which targets boosting renewable energy sources to cut the country's oil bill.
Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall will cost one billion dollars, making it the most expensive mall in Abu Dhabi’s history.   (
January 15, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Over $4 billion of mall projects will be awarded for retail projects across the UAE in 2017, compared to $502 million last year, according to MEED.
The deal brings well-known titles such as the series How I Met Your Mother, American Horror Story, The Americans, The Strain, Sons of Anarchy, 24 and Homeland to Starz viewers.  (Starz)
January 15, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution adds a large number of blockbuster action and animation movies along with award-winning TV series to the Starz Play content library.
Parental neglect and not taking enough precautions to safeguard their children are among the main reasons for children falling from high-rises, according to a recent study by Dubai Police. (Shutterstock)
January 15, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
The number of children falling from high-rise buildings in the UAE is on the rise, prompting municipalities to tighten building codes and revise regulations.
Tourist visits for the purpose of attending exhibitions and conferences represents more than 15% of total tourism in the kingdom. (
January 15, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The number of licensed activities, including exhibitions, forums, conferences, workshops and meetings held in 2016 in Saudi Arabia reached 8,758 in 2016.
A technical delegation from the IMF will be visiting Cairo this week in order to keep an eye on the implementation of the economic reform programme. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
January 15, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Details of the IMF's $12B loan to Egypt, which were due to be published three months ago, are expected to be released this week.