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April 15, 2013

People in Bahrain should request holidays in five-day blocks
11:21 GMT
Private sector employees in Bahrain could actually lose holiday days, despite changes to the law that increased people's annual leave to 30 days, a report said.
No further plans for Egypt pipeline
08:54 GMT
There are no further plans regarding an oil pipeline to Egypt from Iraq, despite agreements between the two to increase the pipeline, according to the Iraqi embassy in Egypt.
A free trade agreement would further push Germany-GCC business ties and encourage bilateral investments
08:46 GMT
Trade between the six GCC states and Germany more than doubled in the last decade, according to a leading banking chief.
Water production in the sultanate is set to rise steadily in the three years to 2016
08:38 GMT
Energy efficient methods for water desalination are increasingly being adopted in Oman, which authorities hope is reducing energy bills for the Sultanate.

April 14, 2013

Egypt is currently in negotiations with the IMF to receive a much delayed $4.8 billion facility targeting fiscal support
11:56 GMT
Following a meeting with an IMF delegation, Egypt's left-wing have denounced the proposed $4.8 billion loan, saying it shouldn't harm the poor and not interfere in domestic politics.
Qatar’s travel sector to top $7bn next year
11:55 GMT
Qatar’s travel market is expected to grow steadily from $5.4 billion in 2012 to $7.7 billion in 2014, signifying a healthy economy backed by government spending on tourism development.
The World Bank’s flagship report on jobs in the MENA region documents high and persistent unemployment rates, especially among youth and women
11:42 GMT
Unemployment, especially amongst the youth of the MENA region, is a problem facing almost every government, but what lays behind it and what can be done to fix it?
Nearly a hundred workers currently are engaged in the trailer and tanker development project
08:13 GMT
A Dubai-based company has started manufacturing large trailers and oil tankers that will help reduce the UAE’s dependence on imported trailers and tankers.
Schools violating regulations face power, water cut
08:07 GMT
Schools in Saudi Arabia that break regulations are being threatened with power and water being cut off.
Government capital spending is likely to remain at a similar level until around 2017
07:59 GMT
Qatar's government spending for the coming financial year is expected to be $ 66 billion, leaving the oil-rich state a budget surplus of $8 billion.

April 11, 2013

Iranian tourism flights to Egypt were recently suspended after protests
12:47 GMT
Iranian tourism flights to Egypt were recently suspended after protests by Egyptian religious conservatives concerned about spread of Shiism, by the north African country's PM is looking positively on the situation.
Expat workers back on the streets after labor reprieve
12:38 GMT
Following Saudi Arabia's decision to deport migrant workers without correct documentation, migrant workers are returning to the streets.
HORECA signals resilience despite turmoil
10:42 GMT
HORECA, the pride of the food industry's calendar, currently being held in Lebanon, is showing string signs of resilience despite regional turmoil.
Profit margins in 2012 were 1.3 per cent; in 2013 this will rise to 1.6 per cent due to the increase in the number of passengers
10:29 GMT
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is witnessing the fastest growth in the aviation sector, higher than the global average growth rate.
Tourism to soon become top earner in oil-dependent nations
10:19 GMT
While oil may be the main source of income for many nations, the tourism industry is poised to overtake it very soon, a minister from South America said in Abu Dhabi.