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May 18, 2015

D&B Business Optimism Index survey showed mixed results across various business sectors in Saudi. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT
Following the release of the D&B Business Optimism Index survey in Saudi Arabia for Q2, it seems hope in business has dropped slightly. But why?

May 16, 2015

Nearly 65 percent of prospective employers use Facebook to check job applicants' shared information, affecting their decision. (Shutterstock)
23:15 GMT
Nearly 65 percent of prospective employers use Facebook to check job applicants' shared information, affecting their decision.

May 7, 2015

Hollande poses with the GCC leaders at the opening of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. (AFP/Christophe Ena)
06:50 GMT
France is playing a dangerous game by flirting with the Gulf nations over multi-billion dollar weapons deals, experts warn.

May 5, 2015

Learning to budget is a basic financial literacy skill. (Shutterstock)
10:52 GMT
The majority of unskilled female expats in the UAE don't know how to match expense with income.
A French Rafale fighter jet. (Wikimedia Commons)
05:30 GMT
French President Francois Hollande oversaw the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar.

May 4, 2015

The decline of the farmers' share is the main reason behind the growing poverty rates in the countryside.(Wikimedia Commons)
14:40 GMT
Roughly 10 million Egyptians own less than 15 percent of the country's agricultural land --a million feddan-- according a report issued on Sunday by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Oil prices are now at their lowest level in a decade, roughly 50 per cent below last year’s peak of $115 (File photo)
07:28 GMT
Low crude production costs and fiscal breakeven prices will support the GCC in a period of low oil prices increasing the pressure to diversify away from the hydrocarbon sector.
Only 36 percent of UAE residents save for retirement, according to a National Bonds study. (Shutterstock/File)
06:26 GMT
Only three in ten residents save up for retirement in the UAE, according to new research by National Bonds. Why is it so important to look out for the future?

May 3, 2015

Scene of destruction in Yarmouk, Syria. (AFP/FIle)
14:30 GMT
The economic and humanitarian impact of ongoing conflicts in the region come at a cost - it's time to use our resources for the greater good.

April 26, 2015

The BDS movement acts against this system by imposing economic, cultural, and academic sanctions on Israel.
10:43 GMT
The anti-BDS law cannot stifle international boycotts, which continue to gather momentum

April 20, 2015

He added that seven to eight Chinese vehicle brands are available in the UAE (image: on file).
05:55 GMT
Despite the fact that Japanese models have been ruling the UAE automotive market for years, Chinese vehicles are also gaining popularity in the country and all stakeholders.

April 19, 2015

The International Monetary Fund, the world’s lender of last resort, has recently released a report on the effect of financial panics on Islamic banks.
14:05 GMT
Preliminary results by the report indicate that Islamic banking branches are less likely to experience a run on deposits compared to their conventional counterparts.

April 16, 2015


The governments need to urgently scale up their efforts, notably to prioritise the education needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged families, urged the report.
19:45 GMT
Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, more than 21 million - one in every four children and young adolescents region are either out of school or at risk of dropping out,

April 15, 2015

The Gulf states saw $2.8 billion of inbound real estate investments in 2014, far less than the outbound investments from the region to destinations such as Europe.
05:55 GMT
“If we are spending $14 billion out, we should at least be able to get $14 billion in. That is what the opportunity is.”

April 14, 2015

The Middle East represents between 58-60 per cent volume of our global business.
06:06 GMT
Fragrances accounted for 19.6 percent of the Middle East and Africa's beauty and wellness market in 2014,