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July 31, 2014

The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has had a huge impact on app consumption in the UAE.
20:22 GMT

In the UAE, the trend is more towards social rather than content. The social segment is controlled by giants like Facebook, Tweeter and Instagram.

Apple denied creating any "back doors" for intelligence agencies.
20:14 GMT

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees,

The consumer goods and services index hit 196.8, a 1.4 percent rise compared to last month,
16:00 GMT

In March, Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia said the country's inflation would fall below 15 percent.

Outbound tour operators told The Jordan Times the majority of bookings are for all destinations in Turkey, including Istanbul, Antalya and Marmaris.
14:48 GMT

With Eid Al Fitr vacation starting Monday, Jordanians are flocking to seaside destinations, with Turkey topping the list.

The report additionally forecast that Saudi oil reserves will rise to as much as 273 billion bbls by 2017.
04:55 GMT

The country has maintained high oil production and exports by historical standards in the first half of this year.

Exchange houses recorded a significant increase in remittances from the UAE during Ramadan as expatriates sent additional money to their home countries for Eid spending.
04:55 GMT

“There was an increasing trend of expatriates starting to save and send back more money from June onwards, to set the festive mood and bring smiles to their families and friends back home.”

July 30, 2014

A Dh5,000 fine will be imposed on those who misuse the residency system or submit bogus reports to the residency departments across the country.
13:25 GMT

The new measures will include the issuing of a new array of entry permits and visas, such as multiple entry permits for visit or work; the activation of study visas, and entry permits for medical care and attending conferences.

Airlines rely on governments to provide them with the information from sources they don’t have access to, such as military or secret service information.
12:30 GMT

Airlines have been rethinking flight routes since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 people on board, earlier this month over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine.

The start of Eid Al Fitr sees tourists from the region flock to the UK with Worldpay’s data showing that they are set to exceed by a quarter the £152.40 ($258.83) per transaction registered in August last year.
12:19 GMT

Visitors from the Middle East are forecast to increase their spending in the UK by 25 percent post-Ramadan, according to card processing firm Worldpay.

The line provides reassurance about Morocco's economic policies to foreign lenders, investors and rating agencies, allowing it to tap international capital markets at favorable borrowing terms.
04:55 GMT

The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it will provide Morocco a $5 billion credit line to help the North African country pursue a reform agenda to achieve rapid and more inclusive economic growth.

The start of Eid Al Fitr sees tourists from the region flock to the UK with Worldpay’s data showing that they are set to exceed by a quarter the £152.40 ($258.83) per transaction registered in August last year.
04:55 GMT

Visitors from the Middle East are forecast to increase their spending in the UK by 25 percent post-Ramadan, according to card processing firm Worldpay.

July 28, 2014

Stover added that the current Tamar pipeline has on several occasion reached its full capacity due to high demand in Israel.
04:13 GMT

"The third quarter estimate also included a reduced assumption for natural gas sales in Israel as a result of the ongoing conflict."

Boeing also reported it had discussions with the flag carrier's subsidiary, Iran Air Tours, on the potential sale of similar goods and services.
03:47 GMT

Boeing has struck a deal with Iran Air to provide plane parts, the first time the US firm will be doing business with Iran since the US embargo of 1979.

July 27, 2014

 The artificial canal witnessed a passing of 50 ships carrying 3.8 million tonnes on the same day it celebrated its 58 anniversary of nationalisation
23:08 GMT

"The nationalisation of the canal ushered in a process of regaining control over the economic and political keys to national self-determination."

The government's allegations of 'immoral activities' in some hotels are believed to be a reference to prostitution.
22:57 GMT

In the past, Eid has meant an increase in customer numbers for the hotels in Bahrain classified as three-star.