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September 7, 2014

“The instructions that the IS group gave were shocking to anyone who has a bank account”
04:55 GMT
Every withdrawal comes with conditions, including a three-person committee that asks where the money came from and a compulsory tax for funding the Islamist’s Caliphate.

September 4, 2014

The current outlook in Lebanon, on a security and economic level, has left many students uncertain about the future.
16:04 GMT
Last year’s strikes over a proposed 6 percent hike in tuition fees dominated headlines as thousands of students occupied the campus in protests. It seems as though this year may be similar.
Lebanon's Central Bank will have to come to the rescue if lawmakers don't get their acts together (File/AFP)
12:17 GMT
If lawmakers in Lebanon don't make up their minds about new sovereign Eurobonds, it's likely that the Central Bank will have to step in.
Saudi Arabia is looking to invest more in renewable energy to reduce reliance on diesel (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia aims to increase solar activity in the kingdom by increasing solar activity around residential and industrial areas according to an industry expert.
China’s future depends on the capacity of the GCC to provide a steady flow of oil for the next decades,
04:55 GMT
The relationship between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can only go one way.

September 3, 2014

But oil output from Iraqi Kurdistan, with the largest producing fields like Taq Taq miles away from the fighting, has largely been preserved and in some cases even increased.
20:40 GMT
Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.
In June, Kuwait became the second country in the Persian Gulf that announced its desire to buy natural gas from Iran, which sits on one of the largest gas reserves in the world.
19:45 GMT
The real war between Iran and the United States, which is supported by many European countries, appears to be over energy supply deals.
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
11:22 GMT
In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.
France counts for Saudi Arabia's tenth importer and eleventh with exports (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
Saudi Arabia played an "effective role" in advancing the connections between investments with France, bringing both countries together.
Some of Qatar's top businesses will be attending Milipol 2014 (File/AFP)
10:32 GMT
Milipol Qatar 2014 will address many issues this year including internal state security markets within the GCC and the latest technological advancements.
The UAE has emerged as one of the world's leading economies (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
The UAE is jumping the ranks and emerged as the seventh most competitive economy in the world within the short space of a year.
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
04:55 GMT
In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.

September 2, 2014

Saudi Arabia's economy should gather pace for the second half of 2014 (File/AFP)
09:32 GMT
How well is Saudi Arabia's economy doing? It's time to have optimism towards the non-oil economy as it transitions into the labour market to turn favourable for 2015.
Price hikes resulted in fewer property sales in Q2 across the MENA region (Image: Dubai Marina)
08:17 GMT
As developments are on the rise across the MENA region, the increase of prices have diverted first time buyers from purchasing new homes.

September 1, 2014

Traffic congestion and journeys in old – and not necessarily reliable – vehicles are a way of life in many parts of the Middle East.
20:49 GMT
Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, transport challenges are a way of life in the Middle East – just as they are in many other parts of the world. But technology is beginning to have an impact on this space.