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September 7, 2014

The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said.
04:55 GMT

Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff last month after Islamic State militants approached Erbil, the region's capital, threatening its vast oil infrastructure.

The first phase of the project will include the Faculty of Medicine and the Dental College, which exists already.
04:55 GMT

The Dubai Healthcare City authority said the university will offer citizens and residents with a host of graduate and postgraduate programmes

Al-Sisi has also charged the council with the responsibility of reducing “the Egyptian brain drain”, which sees many of the nation’s most educated and skilled workers move abroad to find work.
04:55 GMT

Among the attendees of the meeting was Nobel Prize-winning chemist Ahmed Zuweil, renowned heart surgeon Magdy Yacoub, and psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha.

September 4, 2014

Greece is a major transit point for immigrants seeking illegal access to the European Union.
15:50 GMT

Coast Guard officials Thursday said they expect a three-fold increase in the number of immigrants apprehended this year, compared with 2013, with more than half of people entering Greece now coming from Syria.

The UAE ranked first in the world for quality of roads, according to a report prepared by World Economic Forum (Film/AFP)
12:30 GMT

The UAE has the best roads in the world in terms of quality, according to the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) for 2014-2015.

Over 60 per cent of low-cost Hajj slots were filled within the first 24 hours of going on sale (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Hajj Ministry released more low-cost slots for for the annual pilgrimage.

Over two million transactions were recorded in H1, a 12.8 per cent rise from 2013 (File)
11:03 GMT

Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales increased by 11.5 in H1 and it might have something to do the high passenger traffic in the first half of the year.

Hong Kong is a financial hub for foreign investment (File/AFP)
10:13 GMT

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority joined forces with Invest Hong Kong to increase ties and boost development between both organizations.

The results were carried out by a HSBC UAE Purchasing Managers’ Index survey (File/AFP)
09:55 GMT

Non-oil business activity in the UAE expanded in August at the fastest pace on record as the country obtained high points in output and new business.

The Camel Soap Factory makes products from 25 per cent camel milk and olive oil (Image: Flipkart)
09:28 GMT

Dubai-based SME, The Camel Soap Factory, is looking to touch in German and Indian markets next year as it continues to expand.

According to a letter of intent signed by the Israeli side, Jordan will buy 45bn cubic metres of natural gas over a period of 15 years.
04:55 GMT

In August 2014 Jordan’s Energy Minister Mohammed Hamid complained that Egypt’s decision to halt its exports of natural gas to Jordan in April had exacerbated the country’s energy crisis.

Saudi Arabia has approved a number of new airport development projects worth more than SR5 billion ($1.33 billion), according to reports.
04:55 GMT

The projects include building a new airport at Jazan called the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Airport and the expansion of the airport in Arar.

September 3, 2014

 Iran has agreed to export 20 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) of gas to Oman, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said.
20:26 GMT

Oman began importing Qatari gas in 2007, but its demand has risen rapidly since then, threatening its LNG exports and pushing Muscat back to the negotiating table with Tehran.

Fahmy declined to reveal the names of investors that are slated to settle their disputes with government bodies, saying that the settlements have not yet been approved by the cabinet.
19:39 GMT

Fahmy declined to reveal the names of investors that are slated to settle their disputes with government bodies, saying that the settlements have not yet been approved by the cabinet.

Middle East airport traffic grew by 9.2 per cent in July (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT

Middle Eastern airlines recorded the strongest growth in passenger traffic in July with a 9.2 per cent rise, according to a report.