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July 16, 2014

The first of 13 A380 superjumbos ordered by Qatar was scheduled to be delivered in May and exhibited during the industry's key trade show at Farnborough in Britain.
16:01 GMT

"We are a very demanding customer, we want everything to be absolutely perfect. It is absolutely disappointing to Qatar Airways."

It is also the first time Qatar had acquired Patriot missiles, which other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased in the past.
15:25 GMT

"As you know our region is going through a lot of instability. What we bought are weapons to defend Qatar," he said.

The two sides also agreed that the age of a housemaid from India should not be less than 30.
03:28 GMT

He said the recruitment of domestic helpers from India would inject new life into the housemaids market in light of recent problems that stopped the recruitment of labor from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Boosted by this deal, real estate was the most targeted sector, accounting 29 per cent of first half activity.
03:21 GMT

The UAE was the most active nation in the Middle East in terms of debt capital market activity in the first half, accounting for 55 per cent of activity at $12.1 billion,

Speaking at a recent unofficial Lower House meeting, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said the government is working on granting these children access to certain services for humanitarian reasons.
03:04 GMT

“What they are giving us is not enough. We want full citizenship rights for our children,” Habashneh told The Jordan Times in a recent interview.

July 15, 2014

The salaries of officials rarely exceed a few thousand pounds per month. Supplements, which can amount to several tens of times the monthly salary, are in the form of bonuses.
21:18 GMT

Although, three similar decisions were announced by several governments since January 2011, none of them have taken full effect.

Fifteen nations had issued similar warnings following the bombing of a tourist bus in the South Sinai resort of Taba.
20:48 GMT

Zaazou said hotel occupancy rates had climbed to 70 percent on the Red Sea coast and exceeded 55 percent in South Sinai as a result.

Emirates has 208 Boeing 777s pending delivery.
16:03 GMT

The $13 billion (Dh47.7 billion) OnPoint contract is for the engines that will power the airline’s 150 Boeing 777X aircraft that it is buying from Boeing for $56 billion.

The number of domestic and inter-Middle Eastern M&A transactions has declined 49% from 1H 2013 to $6.9bn during 1H 2014, according to the report.
15:38 GMT

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in the Middle East have grown by 250% in the second quarter (Q2) of 2014 compared to Q1 2014,

 
Channeling assets of the capital market - mainly the stock market and the banking sector - into key oil, gas, and petrochemical industries can contribute to the nation’s economic growth.
15:28 GMT

Khamenei outlined the general policies of the program to promote the “economy of resistance”, which can lead the Iranian nation to victory in “the imposed economic war” with the West

It is the second largest hospital in terms of bed capacity, with 164 beds.
04:55 GMT

Based in Tunis, Clinique Taoufik was one of the first private healthcare institutions established as part of efforts to modernise Tunisia’s healthcare system,


The A330neo will have a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles, with room for up to 10 extra seats in the cabin,
04:55 GMT

The announcement of the upgraded A330, after months of speculation, is Airbus' attempt to prolong the life of its profitable twin-aisle jet,

July 14, 2014

The Army called on citizens “to use the application in accordance with its indicated purpose,” stating that the application would ask for each user’s name and phone number.
17:02 GMT

The app will allow users to send text, photos, audio and video recordings to report any suspicions of bombs, mines, grenades or rigged cars.

The European Union has annulled sanctions against 14 Iranian entities since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013.
14:43 GMT

“The bowl of sanctions has broken… and [nobody] can return this broken bowl to its previous state,” Rouhani stated.

Although the company will finance half the cost from its resources, it is expecting to receive the remaining funds through the debt market along with the sales of some parts of the project,
04:55 GMT

Dubai’s plans to construct mega projects such as Mall of the World could lead to another boom-bust cycle within the emirate’s real estate market