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January 5, 2014

 The Gaurdian is placing the country as number 11 on its "Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2014"-list, just behind Bordeaux in France and Alberta in Canada.
16:49 GMT

A trip to Iran could include visiting Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan and Persepolis, at least. So what do you think, a 2014 tourist hotspot?

The Saudi Ambassador in Cairo, Ahmed Kattan said, “Trade between the two states has continuously grown since the January 25th Revolution. It now exceeds $5bn.
16:31 GMT

Large numbers of Saudi businessmen expressed interest in investing in Egypt during the association’s launch party last Thursday.

The life sciences sector was less impacted by recent global economic uncertainty than other sectors in 2013, but regional turmoil and market volatility in the MENA region may undermine this trend (AFP/Getty Images)
12:18 GMT

Market instabilities and political turmoil in the Middle East may limit the growth of the life sciences sector in the region, particularly in terms of pharamaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies.

Saudi Arabia's Iktifaa will grow wheat, corn and oilseeds in Sudan (Courtesy of BBC)
11:33 GMT

Saudi Arabia's agricultural company Iktifaa is investing in Sudan's agriculture industry to produce grain and cattle feed.

Layout of the new Jeddah airport that will be completed by the end of 2014 (Courtesy of Construction Week Online)
11:07 GMT

Saudi Arabia's new Jeddah airport construction will be completed by year's end.

Nakheel wants to use their own funds to back up its new project activity as much as possible. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:56 GMT

Nakheel's future plans include a revised Palm Deira figures on the radar.

Qatar's growth was spurred by double-digit growth in trade, restaurants and hotels; construction; transport and communication; financial, real estate, and business services; as well as domestic services. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:33 GMT

Qatar’s economic growth accelerated at a buoyant 6.2 percent pace in Q3 2013 compared with Q3 2012, according to figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.

Fitch also kept short-term foreign currency credit at B.
03:55 GMT

It is the first time that Fitch upgrades Egypt's economic outlook since 25 January revolution.

Turkey has an official 5% inflation target and a most recent central bank forecast of 6.8% for 2013.
03:55 GMT

Turkish consumer prices rose 0.46% month-on-month in December.

January 2, 2014

Travellers must complete their EVW online at least 48 hours before departure and present a printed copy on departure and again on arrival in the UK.
19:44 GMT

With an EVW there is no requirement to provide biometrics, attend a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel.

Jeddah expects at least one million people to attend the 30-day shopping festival (Courtesy of the Saudi Gazette)
12:19 GMT

Jeddah is holding its third annual shopping festival from January 10 until February 8. More than one million people are expected to attend.

Egypt, Jordan and Iraqi officials are discussing the construction of a tri-country railway network (File Archive/Shutterstock)
12:07 GMT

Officials from Jordan, Egypt and Iraq recently met to discuss ways in which the three countries can boost transportation cooperation, including the proposed construction of a tri-country rail network.

Saudi Arabian Airlines will privatise four of its major sectors over the course of 2014 (File Archive)
11:56 GMT

Saudi Arabian airlines will privatise four of its major sectors in 2014.

The Islamic finance industry growth will go double digit in 2014. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:50 GMT

Islamic finance will grow with rapid pace in the year 2014 and its volume will pass through $2 trillion.

The online booking on the company’s website yields ‘no flights available’. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
07:19 GMT

Confusion reigns among travel agents and passengers of RAK Airways after the low-cost airline announced the suspension of all operations from January 1.