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July 15, 2014

It is the second largest hospital in terms of bed capacity, with 164 beds.
04:55 GMT

Based in Tunis, Clinique Taoufik was one of the first private healthcare institutions established as part of efforts to modernise Tunisia’s healthcare system,


The A330neo will have a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles, with room for up to 10 extra seats in the cabin,
04:55 GMT

The announcement of the upgraded A330, after months of speculation, is Airbus' attempt to prolong the life of its profitable twin-aisle jet,

July 14, 2014

The Army called on citizens “to use the application in accordance with its indicated purpose,” stating that the application would ask for each user’s name and phone number.
17:02 GMT

The app will allow users to send text, photos, audio and video recordings to report any suspicions of bombs, mines, grenades or rigged cars.

The European Union has annulled sanctions against 14 Iranian entities since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013.
14:43 GMT

“The bowl of sanctions has broken… and [nobody] can return this broken bowl to its previous state,” Rouhani stated.

Although the company will finance half the cost from its resources, it is expecting to receive the remaining funds through the debt market along with the sales of some parts of the project,
04:55 GMT

Dubai’s plans to construct mega projects such as Mall of the World could lead to another boom-bust cycle within the emirate’s real estate market

The Statistical Center of Iran put the inflation rate of the country's rural areas in the 12-month period to the third Iranian calendar month (ended on June 21) at 28.3 percent.
04:55 GMT

"Containing inflation is the main economic priority of the government," he said.

In the UAE, hotel occupancy touched 75 per cent in May.
04:55 GMT

Hotel room rates in Dubai normally peak during the January-April period and the two Eid holidays.

Energy-rich Qatar has come under international pressure to clamp down on violations of the rights of migrant workers, specially those building World Cup infrastructure.
04:55 GMT

A report commissioned by the Qatar Foundation chaired by the ruling emir’s mother charged that the rights of migrants, mainly Asians, are flouted in their home countries from the moment they sign up for work.

July 13, 2014

He called for imposing stricter search measures on female passengers and travelers because terrorists may use women to carry out their operations.
22:25 GMT

A Dammam airport source told Al-Hayat Arabic daily that airport officers have been asked to refer any suspicious passengers for investigation.

The ranking, published by www.TopMBA.com, is unique in that it highlights the value of MBA programs based on employer demands of MBA graduates.
18:32 GMT

The rank was based on the demands of international employers for MBA graduates.

The airline will also operate four flights a week to the world-class tourism and economic hub, Hong Kong, and three flights a week to Algeria’s vibrant capital and largest city, Algiers.
16:47 GMT

Etihad Airways will launch six new routes in the first half of 2015, offering even more choice and improved connections to travellers worldwide.

The results indicate increases of 35 per cent in tourists from the UAE, 6.3 per cent from Saudi Arabia and 10.8 per cent in tourists from Kuwait.
16:26 GMT

The average stay for the Arab tourist — particularly GCC nationals — increased from 9.5 nights in 2013 to 11.6 nights in 2014.

Iran’s Targeted Subsidy Reform remains one of the most ambitious attempts to reform subsidies in an energy-exporting country.
14:11 GMT

A new IMF paper shows how subsidy reform has recently gained momentum in the Middle East and North Africa and outlines the elements of successful subsidy reform.

Yemen has struggled to pay public sector salaries and finance food and energy imports, which has led to power cuts and fuel shortages
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But reducing subsidies is hard in a country where a third of the population of 25 million lives on less than $2 a day, and this week’s austerity package did not address subsidies.

Historically, Iran’s economy has been heavily dependent on oil, and the fluctuations of oil prices and exports over the years have directly influenced the government’s budgets and actions.
04:55 GMT

Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says Iran will no longer promote an oil-based economy even if the economic sanctions which have been imposed against the country are totally lifted.