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September 30, 2013

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.

The agreements will be signed with Japan, the European Union (EU), Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), South Korea, China, India, Turkey, Russia and Australia.
10:44 GMT

GCC countries are set to sign collective free trade agreements (FTAs) with several countries and economic blocs, encouraging foreign investment and creating new job opportunities, a report said.

If it is consolation, Coca-Cola remains far ahead of Apple and Google in likes on Facebook fan pages. Coca-Cola has 73.2 million, compared with 9.8 million for Apple and 15.1 million for Google.
10:15 GMT

The 2013 report begins: “Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but with its ethos. This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global Brands, Interbrand has a new No. 1 — Apple.

Many visually impaired people believe banks could partially ease their situation if they provided ATMs with electronic sounds.
10:03 GMT

In Lebanese society, the visually impaired face a host of problems in their daily lives, including dealing with money. On top of being cheated in daily transactions, banks provide no clear mechanisms for blind people to open and manage accounts independently.

The Global Islamic Economy Summit will initiate a critical dialogue on the development of the integrated sectors covering Islamic financial services, Halal manufacturing and related lifestyle sectors (Photo credit: Shutter Stock).
08:57 GMT

According to Howarth, over the next 30 years, 70 per cent of global population growth will be in Muslim countries as the Muslim population of 1.6 billion is growing at twice the rate of the global population thus representing the fastest growing consumer segment in the world.

September 29, 2013

“It (debt) will not restrain business in the region as debts are a part of a business, but it will definitely affect the confidence of the firms,” said Belindo.
15:29 GMT

In a recent report, the International Monetary Fund estimated that Dubai’s total debt stands at $142 billion, or around 102 per cent of its GDP, with $35 billion of that amount in government and government-guaranteed debt.

Almost 71 per cent of employers in the Middle East and North Africa region have changed their mind about a candidate after researching their activity on social networks, a new study has found.
14:58 GMT

A survey has found that 42 per cent of companies always research a new employee on the internet before hiring them.

Cement consumption in Saudi market has marked a robust growth in the last few years where it increased from 16 million tons in 2000 to more than 48 million tons in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 percent.
13:46 GMT

According to experts, the cement demand in the GCC will exceed $49 billion in the next two years where Saudi share alone will account for 61.22 percent of the overall Gulf demand and consumption.

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.

According to recent estimates, Jordan has opened its borders to more than 580,000 Syrian refugees since the conflict began in 2011.
05:31 GMT

The government on Thursday said that Jordan needs $850 million in additional international assistance should the country’s Syrian refugee community surpass one million persons as forecast by UN agencies.

“Remittances are key for expats in the UAE. A lot of them come here to support families back home,” said one commercial banker.
05:30 GMT

The UAE is considering whether to impose a tax on the billions of dollars which foreign guest workers send back to their home countries every year, government and banking sources said.

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 28, 2013

Blackberry's is way past its golden age.
20:35 GMT

BlackBerry said on Friday that it lost $965 million in the past quarter, confirming preliminary figures showing a rapidly eroding picture for the Canadian smartphone maker.

September 26, 2013

“This is my first trip to Dubai, I’m going to use it to learn about the cultural and business priorities of the region and to understand how they align with my core competencies,” said Bryant. “This is my first trip to Dubai, I’m going to use it to learn about the cultural and business priorities of the region and to understand how they align with my core competencies,” said Bryant.
12:32 GMT

The trade license will allow the LA Lakers’ player to operate a business from Dubai that will be owned entirely by him with no corporate taxes levied on the business.

Describing the performance of the sector as good so far, he credited Syrians in Jordan for higher sales.
12:03 GMT

Jordanian expatriates and Arab visitors boosted clothing sales in summer, offsetting a slowdown in domestic consumer spending, according to a leading merchant.