October 21, 2012
Lebanon is facing a period of political and economic turmoil after the bombing which killed Wissam al-Hassan, leading to the Prime Minister offering his resignation, and concerns over the economy. The country is desperately trying to improve its image and is trying to gain a seat at the influential WTO table.
HSBC has announced that it is championing gender diversity in its Middle East and North Africa operations, but evidence shows that only one in five of its senior mangers are women, showing that the company still has a long way to go.
A smoking ban in Suadi Arabia is proving to be good for both peoples health, and the economy in the Kingdom, with over 3,500 restaurants and coffee shops being ordered by the Ministry of Interior to turn into smoke-free restaurants or to shut down. Although some business owners remain concerned.
Preparations are under way to roll out the next phase of Dubai’s major transport infrastructure initiative focusing on building roads for key residential areas, a senior official has said.
As Israel stops another pro-Palestinian ship carrying humanitarian cargo for Gaza on Saturday, Qatari and Palestinian officials said that their Gulf state will start to channel goods and materials to rebuild Israeli-blockaded Gaza via neighboring Egypt.
The deadly explosion in Beirut's Ashrafieh neighborhood will likely deal a crippling blow to the already struggling Lebanese economy, experts have said.
October 18, 2012
Inbound tourism over last 4 months increases year-on-year despite ongoing political uncertainty and election of Egypt's first Islamist president.
Jordan's energy market needs investment, as the economy is buffeted by regional and international troubles
Achieving self-sufficiency in Jordan requires the removal of distortions in the energy market and investing nearly $25 billion in the coming years, as the economy struggles against regional and international pressure, according to Jordan Economic Social Council President.
The Gulf petrochemicals industry continues to be the largest producer and exporter in the world accounting for 11 per cent of the $600 billion global petrochemical industry, which is set to grow in the region.
A wealthy Qatari man paid more than a quarter million dollars to buy six unique banknotes of his country on a public auction in London.
The world's largest wheat importer aims to build new silos over next 3-4 years along with potentially controversial moves to reform bread subsidies, as the Egypt plans a crackdown smuggling and illegal trade.
Egypt's Ain Sokhna Port remained closed on Wednesday after company management failed to reach an agreement with workers over the latter's demands, but what has caused the industrial action?
October 17, 2012
The Turkish economy is starting to struggle, being beset by weak growth and high spending as the country, among the fastest growing in 2012, is looking set to record a budget deficit of $18.4 billion.
Members of Parliament in the United Arab Emirates have said that low standards of living were driving people onto the streets to commit acts of violence. They said extremists were exploiting youths from poor families and have called on the government to take action.
Siemens Energy Service has signed long-term service contracts with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) for its newest power station in operation, the Jebel Ali M-Station, in a deal worth $450 million.