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August 31, 2014

With a population of 1.8 million, Gaza is a densely populated coastal strip of urban warrens and agricultural land that still bears the scars of previous rounds of fighting.
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Any effort to rebuild Gaza will be hindered by a blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007

Samsung said the Gear S will start selling from October. It did not give details on pricing or where it will be available.
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The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division

August 28, 2014

CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resorts, Imad Darwish, said there is a greater need of hotels ahead of Dubai Expo 2020 (Image: File)
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Jannah Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand across the UAE by introducing more apartment hotels and brands to the company.

Number plates in Dubai haven’t changed for decades
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Vehicles registered in Dubai will soon have number plates with new designs as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is working on plans to replace the existing designs and colours.

The new models of watches are available throughout the GCC (Image: Casio)
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Casio Middle East unveiled two new Edifice time pieces throughout stores in GCC countries.

Petrochemicals supported the uptrend of the kingdom's stock market (File/AFP)
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The Tadawul All-Share Index breached 11,000-mark with a six-year high. Strong global demand for petrochemicals supported the increase.

Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate is believed to be around 11.4 percent (File/AFP)
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Saudi authorities denied reports that a proposal to reduce public sector working hours to 40 a week was being scrapped.

The objectives are to acquaint the Indian community in Bahrain and nearby countries with the various investment opportunities in India
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A key meeting in Bahrain next week will see discussions between Bahraini and Indian business leaders on bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

The new system is due to be launched on October 1 (Image: Internations)
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Bahrain is due to launch a high tech visa system, which will enable visitors from 102 countries to apply for and secure their visas online.

The Kingdom’s annual rate of energy consumption exceeded 5 percent while the economic growth rate reached 4 percent
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Although the Kingdom has the largest oil reserves in the world and occupies the fifth place in terms of natural gas reserves, yet according to a report by oil specialist the Kingdom faces many challenges as a result of a number of different factors, including its need to meet the requirements of development.

Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to host up to 300,000 visitors during peak time (Image: Khaleej Times)
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Planning for Dubai Expo 2020 has entered the next phase, organizers said in a statement Wednesday.

MPs criticised the government approach in dealing with several large-scale investments in renewable energy
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The Lower House on Wednesday referred the draft renewable energy law to its Energy Committee giving it urgency status, after dozens of MPs took part in the “first reading” of the bill.

August 27, 2014

Residential rents dropped by 2.9 percent in the first half of 2014 (File/AFP)
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Dubai residential rents have dropped slightly in the first half of 2014 by 2.0 percent according to a recent report from the Phidar's House Price Index.

Construction represents an increasing share of overall gross domestic product (GDP)
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The construction sector grew 2% while the cost of key materials including cement, ready mixed concrete, and reinforcement steel grew over 6% in the last quarter,

The new Geant supermarket will be the biggest in Abu Dhabi (Image: Geant)
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Aldar Properties announced another significant phase in the pre-opening of the widely anticipated Yas Mall, due to launch in November 2014.