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April 28, 2013

Egypt's first no-alcohol hotel was opened in the touristic city of Hurghada on Saturday
13:01 GMT

Egypt's first no-alcohol hotel was opened in the touristic city of Hurghada on Saturday, with an entire floor for women only.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has re-entered commercial operations, to the relief of airlines across the MENA region
12:51 GMT

The Dreamliner aircraft has been cleared for take-off again, much to the relief of Middle East airlines who have ordered hundres of model.

Iraq has suspended ten satellite television channels for allegedly  "encouraging violence and sectarianism" after a wave of violence left hundreds dead (Getty)
12:41 GMT

Ten satellite television channels in Iraq have been suspended by the government for promoting sectarianism and violence, the country’s media watchdog said Sunday.

The price of Kuwaiti crude oil jumped to almost $100 a barrel in weekend trading.
10:25 GMT

The price of Kuwaiti crude oil jumped to almost $100 a barrel in weekend trading.

Lebanon's energy ministry has refused to comment a dip in power ship output
09:47 GMT

Lebanon's Energy Ministry and the Turkish company operating the electricity barge refrained for a third day from making a public statement explaining the sharp drop in electricity production by the ship.

Jordan's Prime Minister has said that no decision on increasing electricity prices will be taken without consulting the country's lower house
09:29 GMT

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Friday said that no decision to increase prices of electricity will be taken without consultation with the Lower House.

Lebanon's tourism ministry has denied that the appointment of Tammam Salam as prime minister has boosted tourism
09:26 GMT

Lebanon's Tourism Ministry is denying that there has been a boost to the countries beleaguered industry following the appointment of Tammam Salam as prime minister-designate.

Arab Bank has said that a New york court has rejected some claims that it provided funding  to terrorist organisations
03:51 GMT

Arab Bank on Thursday said a New York federal court has rejected some of the lawsuits filed against the financial institution that alleged it provided banking services to terrorist groups.

April 25, 2013

the Turkish operator of the power ship hired by Lebanon has cut its electricity production because of poor quality diesel
13:49 GMT

The Turkish operator of the power ship hired by Lebanon has cut its electricity production because of poor quality diesel, according to sources.

Egypt will seek bigger share in oil and gas projects run by foreign companies
13:28 GMT

Egypt will seek a bigger share of production in future oil and gas exploration contracts signed with foreign companies, its petroleum minister said in remarks published Wednesday.

The IMF has warned Sudan to use its new oil money wisely
13:10 GMT

The Sudanese government should use renewed oil revenue to provide a foundation to its economy, an International Monetary Fund representative said.

Qatar has predicted it will need half a million extra workers for upcoming development projects, including the World Cup
12:12 GMT

Qatar has predicted it will need half a million extra workers for upcoming development projects, including the World Cup

The UAE's economy is expected to grow by four per cent, according to the Minister for Economy
12:11 GMT

The UAE's GDP will grow by four per cent by the end of this year, according to the country's Ministry of Economy.

Negotiations between Qatar and Egypt over a $3 billion are on going, according to reports
10:51 GMT

Egypt is still in negotiations over a $3 billion loan from Qatar, with an interest rate of around 5 percent currently being discussed.

Saudi projects in Egypt are stalling, according to a planning minister
10:40 GMT

Saudi-owned projects worth 5 billion riyals ($1.3bn) have stalled in Egypt, with at least 20 projects pending, a senior minister has said.