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March 28, 2013

According to the report, GCC banks saw another year of “good” growth in 2012, with 6.9 per cent rise in operating income and 8 per cent in profit
08:28 GMT
Gulf banks, despite being profitable across the region, still could do plenty to improve their operations, according to leading industry experts.
The new rule comes into effect during the next two years
08:16 GMT
Owners of food establishments across Dubai have said that the Dubai Municipality’s Food Code will undoubtedly raise their annual expenditure as they scramble to readjust their menus as per the new regulations.

March 27, 2013

In Syria, it is primarily a media war. Away from the policies of Arab satellite channels, we are starting to read dozens of articles about the real situation on the ground in Syria
11:35 GMT
New media, greatly lauded during the so-called 'Arab Spring', is facing challenges in Syria as the traditional media battles it out with new forms of communication.
11:29 GMT
Emirates and Qantas airlines have been cleared by Australia's authorities for a crucial link-up that proves the Dubai-based carrier's role in the industry.
The Egyptian market is still unable to recover as the government's economic policies and current political stalemate make the stock market 'undesirable' for future investments
11:21 GMT
Two years after Egypt's January 25 Revolution, the stock market remains weak and 'undesirable' for future investors due to political and economic uncertainty.
Kuwait doesn't have the tourism authority to look after the standards of tourism facilities
07:31 GMT
Kuwait should develop its tourism sector and hospitality industry to attract more international visitors or lose them forever, a leading expert has said.
Dubai International Airport
07:28 GMT
Dubai International passenger numbers continued to soar in February, up to over five million passenger per year, the latest statistics reveal.
GCC countries are collectively studying the possibility of Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation by 2015
07:10 GMT
Investment opportunities are highly attractive in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar as international investors benefit from a range of stable factors, according to industry experts.

March 26, 2013

Despite the steady economic growth in the last decade of Mubarak's rule, the proportion of the population living below the national poverty line rose from almost 17 percent of the population in 2000 to 22 percent in 2008
10:06 GMT
The Egyptian Revolution has failed to bring opportunity for all
Studies have shown that teleworking reduces employee turnover, which means saving the thousands of dollars it costs to train and hire new staff
09:59 GMT
Resistance to using remote workers could be holding back business.

March 25, 2013

Moving away from non-Arabic internet namespaces such as .com, .net and .org, will provide the Arabic speaking world with a uniquely Arabic-orientated corner of the internet
09:53 GMT
Arabic businesses and internet users can take pride in no longer having to rely on the universal English worded domain names for the web activity. The global regulator of web addresses - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - has officially approved شبكة. (.shabaka in Arabic - translates to .web in English).
Foreign laborers at the construction site of a new tower overlooking the sea at the commercial center of Tripoli
By: Jamie Dettmer
09:34 GMT
Western companies investors are holding back from throwing their financial weight behind projects in Libya. In spite of the consumer boom they are witnessing, propped up by oil prosperity, when it comes to risk assessments, Libya remains high.
Over 80 per cent of the respondents said well-groomed professionals were likely to be more successful in their careers as there is a link between appearance and success
08:54 GMT
Polished looks can promote career success, according to a regional survey's findings. Middle East professionals admit the belief that looking good in the workplace is the key to climbing the corporate ladder as 'there is a correlation between being well-groomed and growing professionally'.

March 21, 2013

Zero hour for wage hike quandary
11:47 GMT
Lebanon's Cabinet meets Thursday under the shadow of a month-long public sector strike and is expected to meet protesters’ demands, but a dispute over the parliamentary elections law might derail the long-awaited session.
Social media was also found to have a notable positive effect within the workplace
11:13 GMT
Social media can have a dramatic impact on job hunting and entrepreneurship in the MENA region, according to a study by Dubai School of Government.