November 5, 2012
Bahrain's cruise season is officially launched on Friday when a German liner carrying 2,300 tourists docks at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port.
The jury might still be out on former General Intelligence Department (GID) chief Mohammad Dahabi but a verdict has been promised for next week.
To avoid inflation, the Lebanese are looking at upping taxes or paying salary increases in installments.
The government will not surprise the public with any decision to lift fuel subsidies which are burdening the state budget and raising indebtedness to unprecedented levels, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said.
November 4, 2012
HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Sunday, 4 November, held an open forum with the Kingdom's ICT figures to discuss ways to take the country's once-thriving hub back to the future. With royal backing, the sector was offered a new lease on a cyber climate hunkered down for crackdowns and censorship.
As the IMF loan deal moves into the 'technical phase', fears start that the financial juggernaut will squeeze Egypt's economy.
While the iPad 'light' comes at just over two thirds the size of the original, the shaved-off versions carries no reduction in price. Many online retailers have started selling the Apple’s newly launched 7.9-inch iPad Mini on the grey market but for a hefty premium in the UAE markets.
Companies involved in Halal products in Bahrain could be set to cash in on the historic agreement by India and Pakistan to open trade links for the first time in 16 years. Bahraini businesses could rake in profits from the re-galvanized trade-link between former enemy states.
Lebanon's banks are set to weather the storm of the economic slump, borrowing on the typical national spirit used to bouncing back from crises, says a bankers' forecast.
November 1, 2012
Bahrain’s ruler King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has issued a decree allocating BD185 million ($490.9 million) funding to support the ailing national airline Gulf Air, after a serious of troubling setbacks.
The UAEs Oil minister has said that the country is preparing for any potential blocking of the crucial Straight of Hormuz with a new pipeline expected to open by the end of 2012.
Egypt’s coastal governorate Port Said will be a pilot case for separating wheat production and distribution, whereby the price of wheat will be determined according to international prices, a potentially risky move in a country that is no stranger to bread riots.
A U.S. inspector general report takes note of progress made in Iraq in terms of internal oil disputes, but said rivalries among various factions remain tense.
Lebanon dropped three ranks in the Legatum Institute's global prosperity index. The country was ranked 85th down from 82nd last year.
October 31, 2012
Doctors in Egypt are planning a wave of new industrial action to voice their demands of healthcare reform, including tripling the state health budget as the Egyptian Current Party, formed by former Muslim Brotherhood youth members, confirm their attendance.