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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.

Crystal Lagoons Corp is the world's leading company for luxury lagoons and resorts (Image: Hospitality Business)
12:19 GMT

The leading world developer of giant crystalline lagoons has unveiled a massive 8-hectare project in the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre to build hotels, a medical city, educational facilities, villas and apartments.

Dubai's Public Transport Agency aims to boost marine transport to 1.25 million customers by the end of 2014 (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT

The PTA and RTA launched a Dubai Ferry line to increase marine transport around the Emirate, with five long-distance trips.

City Centre Muscat will have 60 new stores and a new dining zone, following the expansion project (Image: Blogspot)
09:01 GMT

Leading Dubai developer Majid Al Futtaim announced plans to expand a retail mall in Oman's capital, Muscat, including 60 shopping and dining options.