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September 27, 2012

Tourism  trade from the Gulf region has dropped significantly, with industry bosses fearing the worst
13:24 GMT
With recent difficulties between Lebanon and the Gulf states, tourism chiefs are fearing that a significant blow to the economy.
The banking sector in Dubai is taking a hit as European and US bank cut staff
11:06 GMT
The global economic slowdown is reaching Dubai, an economic powerhouse of the Middle East, with major European and US investment banks retreating from the markets by slashing staffing.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi warns of a collapse in international commerce as the global economic slowdown begins to bite
11:04 GMT
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, warns the health of global trade relations is in an increasingly perilous state as the continuing global economic decline saps the lifeblood from international commerce.
Lebanese farmers don't think the plan to encourage sugar beet farming will work
10:41 GMT
Cannabis farmers in the Baalbek-Hermel area are doubtful that the government's initiative to allocate LL45 billion annually for five years to support the planting of sugar beet
Zein Abdalla is new president of PepsiCo
09:31 GMT
PepPepsiCo Inc., the world's second largest food and beverage corporation, announced this month that it has appointed a new president, Zein Abdalla, who hails from Sudan.
Can women have it all? Christine Legarde doesn't think so
09:14 GMT
Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde has said that women cannot have it all when it comes to juggling career and family life.
Dubai Mall is to be home to the first Vogue Café
08:36 GMT
Publishing house Condé Nast International, known worldwide for its titles — Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Tatler and The New Yorker, among others — has finally decided to enter the market here with the Vogue Café and coffee lounge.

September 26, 2012

Does the Arab mentality towards work need to change?
12:19 GMT
There is a need to change the Arab workforce's mindset to make them more productive, according to a Jordan-based regional training consultant.
The IT sector in the Saudi Kingdom is booming and will account for almost 50 per cent of GCC total ICT investment
12:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia has become one of the fastest growing IT markets in the Middle East region and is set to account for around 50 per cent of the GCC region’s total ICT investments by the end of 2012.
Sudan is struggling to implement austerity plans as the economy shrinks
11:40 GMT
The Sudanese government has revealed that is struggling to implement budget cuts as it seeks to deal with a contracting economy.
Internet shopping is set to take off int he Middle East
10:19 GMT
Shopping in the Middle East and around the world is set to become more sophisticated as an increasing number of international retailers sell their products online.
Tuition fees in Lebanon could 30 per cent, if a draft law proposing higher salaries for public-sector workers is introduced.
08:47 GMT
If a draft law introducing higher salaries for different public sector workers is implemented inflation would rocket to 10 percent, Lebanon's economic committee warned on Tuesday.
Youth unemployment in the Middle East is set to be twice the global average
07:16 GMT
Bahrain's Labour Minister claimed that a quarter of youth in the Middle East will be unemployed by 2017, double the global average.

September 25, 2012

Are railways on track in the Middle East?
13:54 GMT
A project rail boom within the transport sector in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is expected to materialise in the next three years as the region allocates more than $250 billion worth of investments in various rail project
Saudi Arabian students studying at London Metropolitan University have faced being deported after UKBAs action
13:18 GMT
London Metropolitan University has been given a reprieve by the UK High Court, allowing students to continue their studies after action taken by the UK Border Agency removed the university's status to issue visas for non-EU nationals.