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December 18, 2012

Retailers in Lebanon have faced a tough year
11:04 GMT
Beirut has had a tough year, with a sharp decline in tourism and an acute economic slowdown
Jordan has implemented a raft of austerity measures to please the IMF, including reducing fuel subsidies
07:56 GMT
Delegates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are currently in Jordan and they are satisfied with the Kingdom’s economic reforms, despite continuing fears for the ailing economy.
The US has formally asked Egypt to delay the IMF loan
07:09 GMT
The US government has formally asked the Egyptian government to delay the $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, after Egypt failed to raise taxes on certain goods, in line with the IMF prescription.
Yemen is in the grips of a food crisis
03:00 GMT
For decades Yemen has suffered critical food shortage affecting nearly half the country’s population of 25 million, including hundreds of thousands of children.

December 17, 2012

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the way for renewable energy in the region
11:52 GMT
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are expected to lead Middle East and North Africa region’s generation of renewable energy, according to a report.
The Syrian economy is at crisis point
10:49 GMT
The anti-regime locals who have thrown together a ramshackle administration to run this northern Syrian town have one main struggle: Finding money to keep their community alive.
Bus drivers in Yemen complain of the 'organizers' who can be imposters and act violently
09:03 GMT
In Yemen, minibuses are a lifeline, providing transport for the masses and much needed employment for many, but unlicensed organizers are supposed
Oil demand in China is up
08:00 GMT
Oil demand in China rose at its fastest pasce in two years in November, calming fears in the MENA region that a prolonged decline could lead to a decrease in revenues for oil exporting nations.
Private sector wages in Lebanon increased by 11 per cent this year and are expected to grow again in 2013
07:45 GMT
Salaries in Lebanon increased by 11 per cent this year, and will continue to grow at 8 per cent next year, according to the international management consultancy, Hay Group.
Kuwait it trying to recoup losses on unpaid water and electricity bills
07:34 GMT
Authorities in Kuwait are taking a harder line with people with arrears on their utility accounts by disconnecting user with large debts as part of a scheme to recover millions of dinar of unpaid bills.

December 16, 2012

Saudi Arabia is planning a big investment in the rail industry
12:56 GMT
Saudi Arabia is to invest SR 365 billion ($97 billion) in railway projects by 2040, as part of the "Saudi Arabia's Railway Master Plan (SRMP) ."
Social media can help businesses improve advertising revenues, according to experts at the 3rd Arab Social Media Forum
09:48 GMT
Social Media is playing an increasing role in business across the region, and experts at the 3rd Arab Social Media Forum, held in Jordan, have predicted advertising revenues to boom because of it.
Not such a festive Christmas for hoteliers in Egypt as political instability leads to cancellations
08:52 GMT
Recent political instability in Egypt, particularly Cairo, has seen 50 per cent of all bookings for the festive period cancelled, although resorts in Sharm Al-Sheikh are expected to keep 90 per cent of bookings.
Iraq's oil output is at its  highest ever level, causing a headache for OPEC and other oil-producing nations
07:17 GMT
Iraq is producing more oil than ever, but this is causing a headache for the rest of the industry and causing Saudi Arabia to lower its own crude export to prevent price declines.
Morocco is planning to increase the use of microcredit schemes to boost employment
04:00 GMT
The Moroccan government plans to use microcredits to create two million permanent jobs over the next ten years instead of the one million currently forecasted.