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March 3, 2014

WhatsApp is going to continue to operate completely autonomously
07:55 GMT

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp has raised concerns among its users in Oman, especially after messages doing the rounds about changes in the messenger's privacy rules.

The image below shows the results of the Savillies World Cities survey.
03:55 GMT

Hong Kong is the world’s most expensive city for companies to locate employees, significantly ahead of London and New York, which have been vying for second place over the past two years.

Responding to a question about innovation, Cook said Apple preferred not to talk about new products under development so as not to tip off the competition
03:55 GMT

“We’re working on some things that are extensions of things you can see and some that you can’t see,” Cook said at the annual meeting, referring to a 32 percent increase in research and development costs last year.

The February figure was up from 2.228 million bpd the previous month thanks to the completion of work on expanding the capacity of the southern Basra port, from which the bulk of Iraq's crude is shipped.
03:55 GMT

The increase is likely to restore some confidence in Iraq's oil revival, which got under way in 2010 after decades of sanctions and war, but slowed last year due to technical and security problems.

March 2, 2014

 The 5G mobile network aims to tremendously improve user’s experience with never seen before speed and capacity.
21:28 GMT

By 2020, it is estimated that 6.5 billion people worldwide will use mobile networks for data communications and that 100 billion additional “things” — such as vehicles, metres, medical devices, and home appliances — will also be connected via mobile networks.

The premier said foreign direct investments (FDIs) rose in 2013 by JD1.1 billion, reaching around JD18.7 billion at the end of last year.
17:20 GMT

At the end of November 2013, foreign reserves at the Central Bank of Jordan rose by $5.4 billion or by 81.7 per cent, amounting to $12.1 billion.

GCC countries spend an average of seven percent of their annual budgets on health, whereas OECD countries spend an average of 17 percent (File Archive)
15:00 GMT

The World Bank called on GCC government leaders this week to reform their healthcare sectors and industries this week to systems that promote health rather than only "treating sickness."

The Trina Solar project will be Jordan's first rooftop solar power project (File Archive/Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT

China-based company Trina Solar recently signed an agreement with Amman-based companies to build rooftop solar power plants.

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark told Al Arabiya News that he was “surprised” at a report stating that the carrier could be asked to proceed with an initial public offering (File Archive)
13:00 GMT

State-owned Emirates airline told the media this week that it is under "no instructions" to list on the stock market, despite recent reports suggesting that Dubai is planning to sell off part of the airline.

Saudi Arabian billionaire prince Al Waleed Ibn Talal is expected to announce a donation for the Jerusalem Fund during his visit to Ramallah Tuesday (File Archive)
11:46 GMT

Saudi Arabian billionaire prince Al Waleed Ibn Talal will meet with Palestinian leadership in the public and private sectors this Tuesday.

India imports around 75 per cent of its crude oil
09:55 GMT

Energy-deficient India discussed the possibility of reviving a project for a deep sea pipeline connecting Oman and Iran to India.

A two-bedroom apartment in central Abu Dhabi now costs an average of Dh70,000 per annum
08:31 GMT

Rents in Abu Dhabi’s prime residential areas increased by nearly 17 per cent during 2013 and there are projections for further hikes this year.

The North African country’s economy relies heavily on European tourism and is still recovering from the aftermath of its political upheaval three years ago.
03:55 GMT

It is the biggest loan package Tunisia has received since the 2011 revolution that toppled autocratic president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

 A surge in US oil and natural gas production has lifted hopes about North American energy security, but that growth will plateau and will be difficult to replicate elsewhere.
02:27 GMT

The light tight oil revolution in the United States is changing the geographical map of oil trade.

February 28, 2014

Israel is the third country that will benefit from this kind of cooperation, but Israel's agreement will include unique items for planned cooperation with California.
01:18 GMT

The agreement will give Israeli companies access to California's Innovation Hub (iHub) program, which consists of 16 clusters of R&D groups.