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February 19, 2015

The wonderfully sounding ‘elevated fast casual’ section of the market is the fastest growing segment right now.
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The participants at the second Global Restaurant Investment Forum today believe there may be room for more. Has the market not become rather saturated?
The security problems caused by Daesh (IS) and others are creating a major challenge for the new investments in the Middle East.
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The rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria presents a major challenge for the investment necessary to prevent an oil shortage in the next decade.
The beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, which prompted the air strikes earlier Monday, was an "additional reason for security" for Cairo.
09:37 GMT
Paris hopes the 5.2 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal for 24 Rafale fighters to be delivered later this year -- which comes as Cairo launched air strikes against jihadists in Libya.

February 18, 2015

"Egypt and Jordan are in great need of natural gas, but there is other natural gas in the region besides Israeli gas."
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Egypt and Jordan yesterday announced that they planned to sign memoranda of understanding to import gas from other countries.
But with a market still viewed by most companies and investors as risky, to say the least, Unit One had to go the extra mile to prove his company’s ability to deliver.
14:36 GMT
From a small two-room office in Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza, Lozon and his partner Ahmed Abu Shaban co-founded Unit One as a self-funded software development startup in 2005.
 According to a recent OECD multilateral covenant, the Israel Tax Authority is entitled to receive information about foreign bank accounts that are closed and the names of the account holders.
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Israelis with relatively "small" bank accounts in Switzerland are reportedly emptying them out and bringing the money to Israel in cash, usually through Ben Gurion airport.

February 17, 2015

“People were driven more by emotional investment in the past few years. They have a greater understanding of global economies and markets,” Al Gharabally said.
20:55 GMT
Despite falling oil prices, wealthy GCC investors’ appetite for global investments strategies has increased after a difficult 2013 and 2014.

February 16, 2015

“It’s fair to say that the ‘economic miracle’ seen during the 2000s has come to an end,” said Jackson.
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Concerns are growing over the health of the Turkish economy, long seen as a star performer among emerging markets, partly due to unorthodox statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic policy.
US made equipment accounts for 60% of Egypt’s current military equipment, while the remaining 40% are old Russian weapons, he added.
18:34 GMT
After increasingly strained relations with the US, Egypt is now seeking to diversify its sources of weaponry, Egyptian military experts told Daily News Egypt on Sunday.
Islamic financial companies in the Russian market are likely to make attempts to combine efforts for creation of a fund that would attract investments.
18:12 GMT
Russia is among the largest newsmakers in the world’s political and economic arena. Yet, in the world of Islamic finance, it still lags behind the rapidly developing industry.
The sub-headline of the pro-government Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper 's lead story on 3 February proclaimed: "Egypt to confront summer blackouts with Israeli gas. "
04:26 GMT
More than four years later, Egyptian officials are negotiating a reversal of the gas deal through the very same pipeline that exported the gas to Israel.

February 15, 2015

Global oil prices rallied this week having fallen 60 percent in six months.
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The United States and five of its European allies on Saturday warned that Libya could face bankruptcy if its oil output and prices on international markets continue to fall.
Opec officials have expressed cautious optimism about the price recovery and noted signs of higher demand.
09:30 GMT
The world's three big energy agencies are forecasting higher demand for Opec's crude oil this year, a sign the producing nations' strategy to let prices fall is starting to win them back market share from rivals who are cutting output.

February 12, 2015

According to the aide, the economic cluster, which regularly reports to the president emphasises on developing the agricultural sector
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Concerned about the current decline in prices of crude oil in the global market, South Sudan is turning to mining sector to reduce dependency on oil resources.
Emiratis ended up working for banks, but when it comes to other industries, the rate is still low
08:17 GMT
While the private sector employment rate for Emiratis may be increasing over the years, increasing the Emirati workforce in a number of private sectors, including the insurance industry, remains a challenge.