February 14, 2013
In the first step toward creating an estimated $72 million equity fund that would be the largest source of venture capital for Lebanese startups, the World Bank signed a $30 million loan agreement with the Finance Ministry Wednesday.
Protesters blocked roads Wednesday in the northern Lebanon border towns, preventing tanker trucks from transporting diesel into Syria, as protesters claim the fuel is being used by the regime to halt the uprising.
With an average of over four transactions announced globally every day in 2012, the oil and gas sector has remained one of the most active sectors for mergers and acquisitions.
February 13, 2013
Experts in Jordan discussed the problems that undocumented workers in Jordan face yesterday, including the inability to ensuring fair pay and working conditions.
The construction industry in the GGC region could face skills shortage in the near future, according to an industry expert.
The state appears caught between acute diesel shortages and planned reductions of energy subsidies, upon which a proposed $4.8 bn IMF loan is conditional.
Lebanon’s Energy and Water Ministry denied claims yesterday that kerosene or red diesel was being exported to Syria from refineries in Tripoli and Zahrani.
For the first time in 12 years, Lebanon will post a primary deficit of around $460 million in 2012, raising the total budget deficit to around 10 percent of GDP.
GCC countries still have a long way to go to create a sustainable job creation engine for their local populations, although some progress has been made in recent years, according to a new study.
February 12, 2013
After last years controversial press law, which some critics say amounts to censorship especially of online media, several MPs in Jordan are calling for the law to be amended.
With the Egyptian economy deteriorating and job opportunities in short supply, many Egyptians are trying to cover their expenses through the massive grey economy, which operates outside the tax system and most government regulation.
The decision by an Egyptian court to ban YouTube in the country for one month due to its continued hosting of an anti-Islamic film has attracted harsh criticism from human rights organisations, online activists, and disgruntled users of the video-sharing website.
Despite enormous oil wealth, Qatar's public debt as ratio to GDP, is the second largest in the GCC region, new figures show.
Close to 1,000 tons of fuel are flowing each day from Lebanon to Syria as local traders worry about Lebanon becoming entangled by international sanctions against its warn-torn neighbour.
February 11, 2013
In a recent ranking on the quality of living, Lebanon’s capital Beirut, formerly known as the “Paris of the Middle East,” ranked 171st worldwide and 16th in the MENA region.