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December 23, 2012

The growth of PE investment in MENA is expected to be driven by funds that target healthcare, education, infrastructure, oil & gas services and consumer-focused industries
11:24 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are poised to become Mena region’s most attractive private equity destinations according to regional experts, driven by funds targeting healthcare, education, infrastructure, oil & gas services and consumer-focused industries.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi produces more than 90 per cent of the UAE’s crude oil output, the bulk of which is exported
11:13 GMT
The UAE, on average, produced 2.65 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in November, 0.75 per cent lower than its output in October, latest data from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) showed, but there are plans to increase output.
Penny pincher.
08:41 GMT
Saudi prince's crumbling production company awaiting liquidation before staff will get a penny.
Chinese manufactured cars are gaining a foothold in the Lebanese automotive industry
08:40 GMT
Chinese car makers are gaining a foothold in the Lebanese market despite the stigma, as economic conditions toughen and the majority of customers move to cheaper, more fuel-efficient cars.
GCC residents fear they are not saving enough for the future
07:53 GMT
Residents of the GCC are starting to increase personal savings, although many people in the region fear that despite putting more money aside, they don't feel they will have enough for the future.
Jordan imports 96 per cent of its energy needs and reduced fuel subsidies in November to save money
03:00 GMT
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has said that direct cash support to ease the effect of lifting fuel subsidies could be stopped if prices of crude oil drop below $100 per barrel.

December 20, 2012

The US has proposed a deal on Lebanon's maritime economic borders with Israel
12:41 GMT
A U.S. proposal on the boundary separating the Lebanese and Israeli maritime economic zones is presently under consideration by both countries and if accepted could end a lingering dispute over rival claims.
The Yemeni construction industry is in dire straights as workers complain that the government has not paid for projects
12:29 GMT
Yemen's construction industry is in turmoil, with one million workers losing their jobs in the industry because, according to the General Union for Yemeni Contractors, the government is not paying up.
Oman is set to introduce tough new Islamic finance rules
12:19 GMT
Oman is introducing strict new Islamic banking regulations in the Sultanate.
Beirut-based BUTEC Company is to take the energy ministry to court
06:41 GMT
Beirut-based BUTEC Company intends to file a lawsuit against the Energy Ministry for what it terms a violation of an earlier agreement to allow its Spanish partner company to build a power plant in Deir Ammar near Tripoli.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are facing different real estate futures
05:44 GMT
Despite being close neighbours, Abu Dhabi and Dubai face very different futures in the world of real estate.
The Egyptian economy is looking set to face a difficult 2013
03:00 GMT
The Egyptian Pound (LE) is under severe pressure and will continue to drop in value after the postponement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) $4.8 billion loan, a new report by investment bank EFG-Hermes says.

December 19, 2012

Saudi Arabi is introducing a new system to try and increase employment in the Kingdom
13:39 GMT
With the news that unemployment is on the rise in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has launched a system to improve the policy of 'Saudization', which actively promotes natives over foreign-born workers.
No farewell just yet: Disagreements lead to delay of the GCC replacement, the Gulf Union
11:39 GMT
The plan for a new 'Gulf Union', which would supersede the existing GCC and bring member states even closer together, is facing delays a member-states disagree
Lebanon's government is planning a seriers of short-term initiatives to boost the struggling economy
10:18 GMT
Lebanon's economy has had a tough year, with bombings, a Gulf tourist boycott and the Syrian civil war all adding pressure to the downturn. But the government is planning to take a series of short-term measures in an effort to shore-up the ailing economy.