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A draft of the new labour law initially stipulated a 40-hour working week, down from 48
10:26 GMT

A plan by Saudi Arabia’s labour ministry to give two days off a week in the private sector is being shelved following tremendous pressure from investors and the business community.

Prince Faisal bin Salman praised the holy city for its efforts to encourage young people into business (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT

Prince Faisal bin Salman said Medina is an investment-friendly province and called for young people to put their ideas into viable projects.

The completion of the refurbishment is set for 2016 (Image: MAF)
09:12 GMT

Mall of the Emirates has entered the second phase of a major refurbishment plan, carried out by leading developer, Majid Al Futtiam (MAF).

The new guide also includes information on small-business growth
08:41 GMT

Research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group published a new guide to Saudi Arabia's economy and finance.

The project is due to be completed in late 2015 (Image: Tecom Investments)
07:50 GMT

Tecom Investments launched a new 440-villa project close to its DuBiotech business park in Dubai, due for completion in Q4, 2015, according to the National.

The Index posted a monthly average of 33.4 in the first half of 2014, increasing by 16.5 percent from the second half of 2013
07:17 GMT

Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved marginally in January and February, picked up pace in March and April, and regressed in May and June 2014.

That occupancy rates have dropped by 50 percent over the past week
06:57 GMT

Children’s new bedtimes for school are keeping families away from entertainment venues, leading to a sharp dip in revenues following an extravagant 100-percent occupancy rate during Ramadan and Eid.

A Kuwaiti man withdraws cash from an ATM machine (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Bahrain's Gulf Finance House Wednesday signed a $105 million deal with Kuwait Finance House in the wake of the global finance crisis, which hit the Middle East.

Dubai’s households spend between Dh37,000 and Dh85,000 each year
06:24 GMT

Dubai’s impressive average spending power of Dh53,000 ($14,400) per household per year has seen the retail sector riding a wave of growth to reach record figures, a report said.

August 26, 2014

Adnoc will take over 75 service stations in agreement with Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Image: Znews)
11:42 GMT

Abu Dhabi's Adnoc Distribution has bought 34 Emarat service stations and a fuel depot in Sharjah.

The national parliament, early this month, passed the SSP 11.279 billion, up by 8% SSP 0.876 billion from the 2013/14 budget
10:02 GMT

A large portion of South Sudan's annual budget is spent on salaries and operational costs with very little on development projects, a local think tank said in a policy paper.

The program is intended to cut down unemployment among less educated Saudis
09:46 GMT

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a program for training Saudis with high school education or less in coordination with public and private sector agencies.

A construction site in Beirut displays a huge banner for a building, August 12, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:31 GMT

Figures for construction permits being issued in Beirut dropped slightly by 0.2 percent in 2014. Numbers varied for other cities and towns across Lebanon.

Almost 60,000 Chinese tourists checked into Abu Dhabi hotels in H1, an increase of 189 percent from the previous year (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT

Abu Dhabi has seen a huge rise in Chinese visitors in H1 according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority following a Chinese Visitor Summit in the Emirate.

Oman uses two different contracts to sell its crude
06:58 GMT

Oman's crude oil exports to China have continued to soar amid the economic giant’s rising demand for energy and its increasing reliance on Middle Eastern oil supplies.