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July 24, 2014

The low-cost airline will launch direct flights to Mumbai starting October 28 (Image: flydubai)
12:07 GMT

Low-cost airline flydubai announced a direct route to India's Mumbai, starting in late October. The carrier will also increase its flights to Delhi to five weekly.

The increase in tourism resulted from Lebanon’s “renewed openness to Gulf countries and the new dynamic in the tourism sector that accompanied the security plan
10:56 GMT

The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.

ADPC’s commercial ports handled 6.4 million freight tonnes (FT) of general cargo in the first half of this year
08:31 GMT

General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial ports increased by 37 per cent this year.

July 23, 2014

Dubai's airport handled 29.6 million passengers in the first five months of 2014 (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Dubai International Airport is expected to be the world's busiest airpot in 2014, beating London's Heathrow with a 9.2 percent rise in passengers.

Consumer confidence in UAE has dropped amid fears over rising rents
11:27 GMT

Many UAE consumers are spending less than they used to due to concerns about rising rents and living standards, findings of a new study suggest.

The Dubai Metro commuters will be able to avail its services for longer hours during the Eid Al Fitr holidays
10:57 GMT

Trains on the red line will begin at 5:30 am on Monday (July 28), Tuesday and Wednesday, and end at 1:00 am the next day. Green line trains will begin at 5:50 am, with other timings remaining the same.

The profit gains add to RAK Petroleum's fifth consecutive year of profitability (File/AFP)
10:48 GMT

Leading energy investment company, RAK Petroleum Public Company, posted $15.81 million net profit since December 2013, marking a fifth year of increased gains.

The department store will be the largest in the GCC region (Image: Aldar Properties)
10:19 GMT

Aldar Properties will join forces with Chalhoub Group to create the regions biggest department store in Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall.

The luxury hotel chain will open a branch in Dubai's Jumeirah Beach later this year (File)
09:30 GMT

Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach is aiming to open on December 1, the hotel chain announced.

Over 300 investors from across the globe visited Damac venues across the UAE (File)
08:38 GMT

Leading housing developer Damac Properties announced that all units from the luxury Loretto project sold out in one evening.

Economists hope the announcement will diversify Saudi Arabia's stock market (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT

Investors have welcomed a Saudi Cabinet decision to allow direct foreign investment in the country's stock market, with the move being seen as an attempt to diversify the economy away from oil.

 The new restaurant offers a fast casual dining experience from its build your own wraps, to its locally sourced salads and indulgent desserts
03:55 GMT

Just T Falafel, the number 1 Falafel franchise in the world, opens another chapter in its Australian expansion by opening its doors in the country’s largest railway station.

These included a number of petrochemical projects and research initiatives for the exploration of mineral wealth.
03:38 GMT

Egypt has proposed three petrochemical projects to the UAE for a total investment of $540m, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Petroleum.

July 22, 2014

Egypt is finalising the details of a long-awaited unified licence which will allow firms to offer both mobile and landline telecommunications.
16:22 GMT

Vodafone Egypt, which is also 45 per cent owned by fixed-line telecoms firm Telecom Egypt, is the leading communications player by customer numbers in the country of 86 million.

On April 20, Jahangiri said that Iran’s unemployment rate had reached a critical level.
05:55 GMT

Iran must create 8.5 million new jobs in the next two years.