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March 7, 2013

Dubai is set to be the home of Paramount's first venture into the hotel and real estate industry.
14:12 GMT

Paramount, the maker of movies such as ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Titanic,’ is teaming up with property developer Damac to build a $1 billion hotel project in Dubai.

The International Red Cross has helped transport the first shipment of apples from the Golan Heights to Syria
13:44 GMT

Apples grown in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have entered Syria, after being transported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Syrian officials announced on Wednesday.

Middle East stock markets had a relatively healthy day on Wednesday, despite loses in the UAE.
12:12 GMT

Stock markets across the region had a healthy day on Wednesday, despite a downward trend in the UAE, with Egypt's bourse being lifted out of an 11-week low.

Emirates airline is planning another sukuk sale, its second this year
11:50 GMT

Emirates airline, the UAE's flag carrying airline, is to have its second sukuk sale this year, according to lead arrangers Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Trade unions in Lebanon have warned the country's Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, that delays in pay rises are hurting the economy
11:03 GMT

The head of Lebanon's Union Coordination Committee warned the country's Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, that delaying public sector wage increases is harming the economy,

Delays to the Egyptian election process could delay a long-awaited $4.8 billion loan from the IMF, an economists has warned
09:06 GMT

Delays in the Egyptian election process mean a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF may go on the backburner, an economist warned on Wednesday.

Europeans accounted for 40 per cent of hotel occupancy in Palestine, new figures show
08:47 GMT

More than 40 per cent of the guests who stayed in Palestinian hotels in the West Bank during fourth quarter 2012 were from European Union countries, new figures reveal.

Jordan has said that no locusts have been spotted so far int he country
08:14 GMT

No locusts have been spotted in Jordan so far, according to the country's agricultural ministry, despite swarms being spotted in Egypt and Israel.

The US spent $60 billion on unsuccessful reconstruction projects in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, a report reveals
07:34 GMT

The US poured $60 billion into unsuccessful reconstruction projects in Iraq 10 years after invading the country, an auditor's report has found.

Egyptian steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz has been jailed for 37 years and fined for illegally acquiring shares.
03:05 GMT

Egyptian steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz has been jailed for 37 years and fined for illegally acquiring shares.

March 6, 2013

A new report reveals that many in Jordan are not being paid the minimum wage
11:44 GMT

A significant number of workers in Jordan are paid less than the minimum wage, with some earning just $141 a month, a government department reported on Tuesday,

Mubarak could soon be joined by his sons, who face corruption charges
11:43 GMT

Mubarak and his sons are accused of misusing public funds to build private homes

Deputies in the Jordanian parliament have urged the government to lower the cost of fuel
11:24 GMT

Fuel prices could drop in Jordan, according to a deputy in the country's parliament, following pressure from MPs.

Bahrain's Crown Prince has overseen growth in the Kingdom
11:21 GMT

The Bahraini economy is booming as government officials predict healthy growth in 2013

Teachers and civil servants continue walk out over pay (Photo: Daily Star)
10:35 GMT

Thousands of strikers continue their protest over wages in Beirut