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October 22, 2012

Hajj is highly spiritual, but can it be done as a VIP?
08:49 GMT
Performing the Hajj pilgrimage can be a costly business, but one a hugely spiritual one journey that is often once in a lifetime. Now, to make it even more special, a pilgrim can have the 'Hajj VIP' Package.
Bank loans are crippling Omanis in a worrying sign for the economy
06:00 GMT
Omani citizens are saddled with more banks loans then they can afford and the increasing number of borrowers is threatening to tip the scale of economy, say financial experts.

October 21, 2012

Lebanon began its bid to join the WTO in 1999. During this time, it has struggled to meet the standards to join the organization due to outdated laws, regulations and quality standards
13:13 GMT
Lebanon is facing a period of political and economic turmoil after the bombing which killed Wissam al-Hassan, leading to the Prime Minister offering his resignation, and concerns over the economy. The country is desperately trying to improve its image and is trying to gain a seat at the influential WTO table.
Nationalisation of jobs remains one key aspect of HSBC's diversity strategy in the MENA region
13:01 GMT
HSBC has announced that it is championing gender diversity in its Middle East and North Africa operations, but evidence shows that only one in five of its senior mangers are women, showing that the company still has a long way to go.
All such restaurants with huge space will now have to lose with the smoking ban
12:39 GMT
A smoking ban in Suadi Arabia is proving to be good for both peoples health, and the economy in the Kingdom, with over 3,500 restaurants and coffee shops being ordered by the Ministry of Interior to turn into smoke-free restaurants or to shut down. Although some business owners remain concerned.
Dubai is planning to invest in road transport in residential areas
09:45 GMT
Preparations are under way to roll out the next phase of Dubai’s major transport infrastructure initiative focusing on building roads for key residential areas, a senior official has said.
As another ship attempts to break the blockade of Gaza, Qatar pledges support
09:34 GMT
As Israel stops another pro-Palestinian ship carrying humanitarian cargo for Gaza on Saturday, Qatari and Palestinian officials said that their Gulf state will start to channel goods and materials to rebuild Israeli-blockaded Gaza via neighboring Egypt.
After the bombing that killed Wissam al-Hassn, what is next for Lebanon's economy?
06:00 GMT
The deadly explosion in Beirut's Ashrafieh neighborhood will likely deal a crippling blow to the already struggling Lebanese economy, experts have said.

October 18, 2012

Tourism recovering in Egypt, but are the figures a true indicator?
12:52 GMT
Inbound tourism over last 4 months increases year-on-year despite ongoing political uncertainty and election of Egypt's first Islamist president.
Is the Jordanian economy about to hit a fuel and energy crisis?
12:30 GMT
Achieving self-sufficiency in Jordan requires the removal of distortions in the energy market and investing nearly $25 billion in the coming years, as the economy struggles against regional and international pressure, according to Jordan Economic Social Council President.
The  petrochemical industry is big business in the GCC
12:08 GMT
The Gulf petrochemicals industry continues to be the largest producer and exporter in the world accounting for 11 per cent of the $600 billion global petrochemical industry, which is set to grow in the region.
A wealthy Qatari man paid more than a quarter million dollars to buy six unique riyal banknotes (Photo courtesy of Bonhams.com)
09:03 GMT
A wealthy Qatari man paid more than a quarter million dollars to buy six unique banknotes of his country on a public auction in London.
Bread subsidies, a mainstay f the life in the Middle East, could be reformed in Egypt
06:08 GMT
The world's largest wheat importer aims to build new silos over next 3-4 years along with potentially controversial moves to reform bread subsidies, as the Egypt plans a crackdown smuggling and illegal trade.
Egypt's Ain Sokhna Port looks set to remain closed as workers take industrial action over the sacking of colleagues
05:00 GMT
Egypt's Ain Sokhna Port remained closed on Wednesday after company management failed to reach an agreement with workers over the latter's demands, but what has caused the industrial action?

October 17, 2012

The Turkish  economy is faltering as it looks set to record a huge deficit
14:06 GMT
The Turkish economy is starting to struggle, being beset by weak growth and high spending as the country, among the fastest growing in 2012, is looking set to record a budget deficit of $18.4 billion.