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October 16, 2012

Exports to the Middle East from Scotland are booming
13:14 GMT
Scottish exports to the Middle East, driven primarily by the food and drink, energy, business and financial services and the metal goods sectors, currently stand at $1.59 billion, with food and drink alone, growing by 28 per cent last year.
The UK parliaments Foreign Affairs Committee has started an inquiry over the Saudi-Bahrain relationships
12:59 GMT
Saudi Arabia has reacted angrily over an inquiry by Britain's Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) which will review UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Trade between the UK and Saudi is more £4 billion, and the two countries have huge defence deals.
Bahrain needs 'stability' to boost tourism, says industry expert
10:24 GMT
As the security situation in Bahrain remains fragile, with protests continuing and activists being arrested for taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations, the kingdom's tourism expert, Jamil Wafa, says that stability is the key to boosting tourism.
An increasingly vocal President of Lebanon calls for investment in agriculture, coinciding with World Food Day
10:10 GMT
The increasingly vocal President of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman, said on Monday that Lebanon should step up agricultural development to raise the important sector’s share in gross domestic product, boost employment and improve food security.
Will railways be the future of transport in the MENA region?
09:25 GMT
Despite having planning railway projects worth an estimated Dh700 billion (US$190 billion) in the MENA region, only Dh66.3 billion ($18 billion) has so far been invested, as countries look for alternative modes of surface transport for the public and freight.

October 15, 2012

Is a logistical revolution happening in Lebanon?
13:00 GMT
The world might not have a magical solution to shore up ailing economies, but an international private-public coalition says it is developing a comprehensive digital platform that could kick-start an unprecedented upturn in trade and growth.
Egyptian port of Ain Sokhna is forcing a local transit company to ship Turkish goods through Israel instead
11:14 GMT
A strike at the Egyptian port of Ain Sokhna, has ceased operations forcing ships to delivery their cargo via Israeli dockyards, adding pressure to the Egyptian economy.
Recent statistics from the Board of the Saudi Chambers of Commerce confirm that the Kingdom has become one of the largest automotive markets rolling out around 700,000 vehicles in 2011
10:58 GMT
The automotive industry in Saudi Arabia is in the fast lane as sales look set to hit $6.9 billion and the Kingdom is becoming one of the biggest car markets in the world.
What does the currency crisis mean for ordinary Iranians?
07:00 GMT
The Iranian rial crisis has caused red faces around Tehran, after the currency faced rapid devaluation. But what does this mean for the citizens of Iran, and what are the politics of the situation?
The UN is meeting in Rome to look at ways to deal with the global rise in food costs
06:00 GMT
The United Nations is to meet in Rome to consider ways of alleviating the global food price crisis that is engulfing the world, and causing millions of people to go to bed hungry.
Many are heralding the recovery of the Dubai real estate market, but what is the true picture?
06:00 GMT
The real estate market in Dubai is rocketing, all may not be what is seem, as the reality suggest a more subdued recovery.

October 14, 2012

The Arab fashion industry is booming, growing 400 per cent in ten years
12:42 GMT
Arab fashion industry has registered a solid growth of more than 400 per cent over the last decade with the UAE emerging as the regional fashion hub, attracting major international brands, said an expert.
Saudi Arabia is investing to improve Hajj for pilgirms
12:33 GMT
The Saudi Kingdom is investine SR 1.1 billion at holy sites as part of the governments efforts to enhance facilities for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The IMF says that subsidies in the MENA region must be reduced
12:09 GMT
At the IMF general meeting, the Middle East and Central Asia Department boss has said that the Middle East and North Africa region is spending $200 million on general subsidies that need to be reformed.
Does Lebanon need an economic rescue package?
08:26 GMT
the Lebanese Businessmen Association has repeated its cals for an economic rescue plan whilst also lamenting any rise in public sector salaries.