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June 9, 2014

Bu Shehab pointed out that there are other proposals that would be discussed with the Ministry of Interior and other competent bodies on the federal level in this regard.
09:47 GMT

He noted that the RTA raised the flexible working hours policy three years ago, but it was put on hold because traffic flow was smooth at that time.

Experts have long argued that a skilled Syrian workforce should be turned into an advantage for both sides, with the work permit issue remaining the major obstacle before this.
09:35 GMT

Thousands of Syrian refugees who are currently being employed in different sectors across Turkey may finally receive their work permits from the government.

Etihad and Emirates said that the safety of passengers and crew is of the utmost importance.
09:21 GMT

Militants disguised as police guards armed with machine guns reportedly stormed the airport Sunday night. There are 23 dead, including all of the militants, according to reports.

June 8, 2014

Hamas demanded Thursday that the Palestinian Authority take employees of the disbanded Gaza government onto its payroll, after scuffles broke out at banks in the Palestinian territory.
16:33 GMT

But Hamas has been unable to pay most of its workers for several months, after severe pressure from neighbouring Egypt strangled its cash flow.

Soccer's governing body FIFA is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.
13:19 GMT

Sony has become the first World Cup sponsor to call for a probe into accusations that bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar.

The GCC’s situation is quite unique at the global level.
12:23 GMT

The whole of the region will register a surplus equivalent to 16.7 per cent of its gross domestic product.

The report gave no indication of whether any change in investment strategy was envisioned.
12:15 GMT

The central bank has managed investment of the kingdom's foreign currency reserves until now, much of it in US Treasury bonds.

Alkari said Libya was currently earning around $1 billion each month in oil revenues, having brought in between $4 billion and $5 billion a month before the oil protests started.
12:07 GMT

A wave of protests at oil facilities has reduced the North African country’s oil output to less than 200,000 barrels a day down from 1.4 million bpd in July before the strikes started.

“This is the Kingdom’s duty based on our religion, ethics and the joint destiny of the two countries,” said the king, who is vacationing in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
08:43 GMT

On Tuesday, King Abdullah called for a “Friends of Egypt” conference, which would raise funds for the country to weather its current economic crisis.

High-ranking business leaders and travel and tourism experts welcomed the proposal.
03:55 GMT

“After spending a week in Saudi Arabia, they can go to Oman, Bahrain, or the UAE with the same visa."

Abu Dhabi has been seeing a boom in tourism in recent months, with occupancy levels in the emirate’s hotels reaching 71 per cent in 2013.
03:55 GMT

The beach resort will include a 295-room low-rise hotel in addition to a spa, meeting rooms and 11 villas.

June 5, 2014

The Ministry of Haj has warned local Haj companies against running exaggerated advertising campaigns and to refrain from using language that seemingly promotes special or VIP services.
14:00 GMT

The ministry has also banned companies from publishing photos of scholars on their print advertising campaigns to lure potential Hajis (pilgrims) to sign up with them, Makkah daily reported.

The embassy called on service seekers to book an appointment in advance to submit the required documents to the centers through website http://www.vfstasheel.com
12:18 GMT

Saudi Embassy in Egypt announced that it has decided to start issuing visas to visit the Kingdom through three regulatory stages, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel said after the tenders were published, "This step is the appropriate Zionist response to the Palestinian terror government. I believe this round of marketing is just the beginning."
12:06 GMT

After months of a construction freeze over the green line, the Ministry of Construction and Housing has published tenders for 1,500 new homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

 Ibrahim Saif said that Kim’s visit “sheds light on the repercussions of the refugee crisis on the Jordanian economy”.
11:59 GMT

Harper described Jordan’s response to the refugee challenges as a “model” for the entire world.