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Under the revamp, primary and secondary schools will introduce a new course on IT and programming. (File photo)
August 30, 2016 - 14:00 GMT
Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed has approved a plan which includes new subjects, evaluation policies, a reading program, teachers development, programs for gifted students and more.
Most expats in the region agree that it is not necessary to speak Arabic to get by in everyday life, especially in Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE, where Arabic and English are the main business languages. (File photo)
August 30, 2016 - 13:00 GMT
The third annual InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey ranks Bahrain as the number one destination for expats in the GCC, especially in terms of childcare and education.
Under the proposed scenario, the Iraqi government would be shipping about 150,000 barrels per day of oil through Iran that is being produced from the fields in Kirkuk. (File photo)
August 30, 2016 - 12:08 GMT
Ahead of the Iraqi government and KRG meeting to address the oil payment dispute, Baghdad has announced that it will find a way to sell oil with or without an agreement.
Egypt's tire sales have not recovered despite a traditional uptick in purchases over the summer. (Pixabay)
August 30, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
Egypt's tire sales are down nearly 65 percent compared to the same period last year, as foreign manufacturers raise prices to combat high dollar exchange prices.
Integrating SMEs into the Expo is expected to further stimulate employment, strengthen existing industries, improve SME competitiveness and contribute to sustainable economic growth.  (Expo 2020)
August 30, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
SMEs, which account for nearly 94 per cent of the total number of UAE companies, are expected to get a boost while playing an important role in delivering the Expo.
Kuwait spent KD300m ($995.8m) for treatment of citizens abroad between January 1 and August 15, according to local reports. (File photo)
August 30, 2016 - 08:30 GMT
The budget was designed to protect the country’s reputation with foreign hospitals after warnings that several could resort to legal action over KD150m ($497.9m) of unpaid dues from its overseas treatment program.
Despite plans to close 100 US stores, Macy’s will be opening in Abu Dhabi in 2018. (Arabia Style)
August 30, 2016 - 07:11 GMT
Despite dwindling popularity in the US, the department store and mall concept in the Gulf is proving to be a success for the UAE retail giant.
The IOCs' interest in the third Cypriot licensing round stems from Eni's major Zohr gas discovery in August 2015, in northern Egyptian waters about five miles from Cypriot wa­ters. (Pexels)
August 30, 2016 - 06:02 GMT
Despite hurdles, international gas and oil companies have submitted bids to participate in Cy­prus' third licensing round for three southern offshore blocks adjacent to Egypt's northern waters.
Following laws to mandate Saudization in the telecoms sector, the ministry is expected to focus its efforts on the car sales and rentals sector. (File photo)
August 30, 2016 - 05:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development has been in talks with charities such as Msajidona, which maintains roadside mosques, in an effort to nationalise jobs.
Women make up just 26.7 per cent of all its oil and energy industry profiles, the lowest percentage among the industries examined.  (Mena Herald)
August 29, 2016 - 14:00 GMT
As the energy sector undergoes a rapid transformation, the oil and gas industry is still struggling with exceptionally low female-to-male ratios when compared to other fields of work.
It takes approximately one year to drill, another year for appraisal, two to three years to hammer out a production plan and another two to three years for full production before Lebanon can begin exporting gas. (Shutterstock)
August 29, 2016 - 13:00 GMT
Two decrees on delineating the offshore blocks and laying out an exploration and production-sharing agreement remain stalled in the Cabinet.
The government originally proposed the tax rate to be 14 per cent but agreed to comprise the rate by one per cent to meet the demands of MPs calling for a lower rate. (Wikimedia Commons)
August 29, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
The VAT is expected to replace the current sales tax and broaden the tax base by subjecting all services to the tax while maintaining the principle of exempting basic goods and services that affect the poor.
Queen Rania stressed that patience is essential in every field except in education, due to the fast pace of advancements with which Jordan must keep up. (Instagram/Queen Rania Al Abdullah)
August 29, 2016 - 11:12 GMT
Queen Rania has called for essential educational reforms including improving vocational programs and revamping school curricula to meet present-day needs and standards.
OPEC’s second-largest producer, trailing Saudi Arabia, Iraq depends on oil sales for 95 percent of its public spending. (AFP/File)
August 29, 2016 - 09:54 GMT
Iraq plans to increase its output to expand its market share, despite its commitment to strengthening OPEC's role in balancing the oil market.
The new measures appear to be a response to directives issued by Saudi’s King Salman earlier this month, designed to protect foreign workers and guarantee they are paid. (File photo)
August 29, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia will provide free legal representatives in order to expedite the complaints of expat workers in court, regardless of nationality.
Airport fees have until recently been avoided by Gulf states as they seek to gain a competitive advantage for business and to become regional hubs.  (Flickr/Mohamod Fasil)
August 29, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Qatar's new airport tax of $10 will be applied to exiting and transiting passengers, excluding infants, those that do not require an aircraft change and involuntary rerouting.