February 13, 2013
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.
The UAE is set to allow foreigners to fully own companies in the country, if a draft law passes through parliament.
Iranian tankers are traversing the Suez Canal in Egypt to reach Syria, with reported cargos of fuel and weapons, as sanctions stop Damascus exporting to traditional markets.
Saudi Arabia is the UAE's largest supplier of plastics, accounting for 20 per cent of overal imports, well ahead of second place China.
Advertising spending in Lebanon outpaced GDP, with online advertising making a huge improvement on the previous year, growing 29 per cent.