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Food imports account for around 90 percent of GCC food consumption while the demand for food is set to grow (File/AFP)
April 22, 2014 - 14:35 GMT
While food imports are high in GCC states, agriculture is low, creating a dependancy on foreign countries.

October 1, 2013

Since the 2011 revolution which overthrew long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, the judicial system has issued at least 11 rulings annulling privatisation deals made during his tenure.
15:03 GMT

Explaining the rationale behind its ruling, the court said expanding the private sector's share in public sector companies was a "suspicious policy" that mingled politics with legal matters.

GE Lighting - Crowne Plaza Qatar
11:20 GMT
(press release)

GE Lighting is drawing on the strong growth potential in indoor and outdoor lighting through its advanced range of innovative LED solutions.

"We expect to create around 250 jobs for Bahrainis and Saudis," he added.
05:30 GMT

Gulf Biotech Company, a venture backed by Saudi investors, plans to set up a new insulin factory in Bahrain at an investment of $93 million, said a report.

September 30, 2013

Workforce
12:32 GMT

Epson has announced the Middle East launch of its latest range of A4 scanners to boost paper capture productivity for electronic document archiving and distribution.

The 2022 World Cup, normally a summer tournament, has been cast into doubt given Qatar’s searing summer temperatures.
10:57 GMT

Thomas Bach has claimed that he has received assurance from Sepp Blatter that the tournament will not clash with the Winter Olympics.

September 29, 2013

Many workers told Arab News that their families back home are suffering and had to borrow money for Ramadan and Eid.
13:26 GMT

A total of 700 workers on strike are from India and Pakistan, with 150 hailing from Bangladesh, Nepal and Turkey. They claim they have not been paid for five months.

Simon Herriott, Global Managing Director, Consulting, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
12:02 GMT
(press release)

DuPont will emphasize the importance of adopting sustainable practices to optimize process engineering during the 2013 Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC).

This success is connected to its open policies and the pivotal stature it enjoys at regional and global levels, which contributed to gaining international support for hosting the global event.
05:30 GMT

Shaikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, has discussed ways of cooperation with a number of international ministers and officials.

September 26, 2013

DuPont
11:58 GMT
(press release)

DuPont hosted its Executive Forums this week, bringing together business executives, academics and government officials to focus on accelerating sustainable business growth through innovation and collaboration.

The collaboration of the three companies underscores their strong commitment to support Saudi Arabia’s localization strategies to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and enable the growth of a viable employment sector.
11:10 GMT

The new venture is estimated to create up to 3,000 jobs for Saudi professional females.

Asian Leadership Award, RAK Ceramics
10:35 GMT
(press release)

RAK Ceramics, the world’s largest ceramics manufacturer, had its growing prominence in the global ceramics industry acknowledged last night at the Asian Leadership Awards 2013.

According to the ITF, a standard hiring contract for thousands of the airline’s female workers reads: “You are required to obtain prior permission from the company, in case you wish to change your marital status and get married.
09:26 GMT

Qatar Airways has come under scrutiny on Wednesday after it was accused of forcing its female workers to seek permission from the company when they decide to get married and notify them of pregnancy.

Wilfred de Man, General Manager EMEA Signage Solutions at Philips Signage Solutions
05:40 GMT

Philips has announced that it will participate at The Hotel Show, to be held from 28th September to 30th September, 2013.

September 25, 2013

Gross sports spending totaled GBP 630m, 29 per cent up on the equivalent 2012 figure of GBP 490m and GBP 130m more than the previous record of GBP 500m set in 2008.
14:00 GMT

"Some of the highest net spenders this summer have been clubs with Middle East based ownership. Both the financial backing of the ownership, as well as the impressive revenue growth achieved in recent years, have allowed clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to again compete at the very top of the market to attract leading talent".

Prince Fahd said that some 65 million domestic and foreign passengers use the Kingdom’s air traffic sector in a year (Pictured: Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport).
12:23 GMT

“Those who prove their efficiency would survive and those who fail to do so will be removed from their posts.”