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January 27, 2013

The new structure consists of merging the mobile network infrastructures of the existing state-owned operators touch and Alfa into a single platform
07:38 GMT
A London-based monitoring group has said that restructuring of Lebanon's lucrative mobile phone market could harm any potential of privatisation in the future.

January 24, 2013

The mounting incidents of food safety violations have put consumer safety in the spotlight
11:23 GMT
Laws introduced in 2005 in Lebanon designed to protect consumers from dangerous goods and unsafe food, appear not to be working, with the panel set-up to deal with the law having never met.
Working in another profession other than that stated under the permit is an offence
11:12 GMT
Bahrain is planning a crack-down on undocumented workers, after a report revealed that there could be as many as 50,000 in the small island nation.
Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate
11:04 GMT
Abu Dhabi's economy is famed for its reliance on the black gold of hydrocarbons, but now the Emirate is planning a move into the agricultural sector by growing wheat.
Graph Search, Facebook acknowledged the privacy issue
07:14 GMT
Facebook's new search tool, the 'Graph Search', promises to revolutionise the world of search engines, but it could well end up costing user's their privacy.
Iran knows that it will have more leverage in the talks with the US if it has a bomb
07:07 GMT
Western economic sanctions on Iran may not work and have the inverse effect causing Iran to push harder to make a nuclear weapon to give the Islamic Republic greater negotiating leverage.
Global economic growth is expected to reach 3.5 per cent this year, up from 3.2 per cent in 2012
06:44 GMT
The International Monetary Fund said the global economy wil grow at 3.5 per cent this year in its half-yearly outlook report, with the MENA region needing macroeconomic stability, despite difficult conditions.

January 23, 2013

Tourism in Egypt is returning  and bringing increased revenues
12:33 GMT
Egypt's tourism industry started to recover in 2012, with a 17 per cent increase if visitors, helping to create a 13 per cent rise in income generated.
Confusion over new mortgage rules from the Central Bank of the UAE is leading to an increase in real estate transactions
12:09 GMT
Confusion over new mortgage rules in the UAE, expats and locals alike are rushing to buy homes in the strongest property market since 2006.
As Egypt prepares to commemorate the second anniversary of the revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood announces a new development campaign
10:58 GMT
Days away from the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood announces a new campaign to provide social services called "Building Egypt Together".
Arab investment within their countries to enhance economic development in the Arab region
08:48 GMT
As the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit came to a close yesterday, leaders pledged to push forward greater economic unity between Arab nations.
Airports at Riyadh and Jeddah cater to approximately 75 per cent of the total traffic
08:26 GMT
As Saudi Arabia's economy continues to grow, boosted by high oil prices, fears are rising that the Kingdom's transport infrastructure will soon not be able to cope.
Recent explorations in Iran have found new oil and gas reserves on borders with Turkmenistan and Iraq
08:03 GMT
Iran has discovered new oil fields near the Iraq and Turkmenistan borders, but with Western sanctions hitting the Islamic Republic's ability to export, will Tehran be able to exploit the new discoveries?

January 22, 2013

Demand for food will increase by 35 percent, and the global food production outlook will worsen due to climate change patterns
12:29 GMT
Lebanon's economy is facing uncertain times, with conflict over the border in Syria and a tourism industry in decline, but it can survive if it adapts, according to a leading policy expert.
GCC countries offered $ 5 billion in aid to Jordan and Morocco to implement developmental projects and a similar assistance package to Yemen
12:13 GMT
An official with the GCC has urged the Arab League to set realistic goals for the regions economy, which is continuing to struggle in the wake of the Arab Uprisings.