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April 1, 2014

Iran is urging high income countries to invest in its telecom sector (File Archive)
15:00 GMT

Iran's telecom sector is open and ready for business, with Tehran seeking investment from countries looking to establish partnerships in its developing telecom sector.

Oman enjoys breathtaking nature and something for everyone to enjoy. (Image: Oman-nature.com)
14:05 GMT

Oman is working on promoting tourism in the Sultanate across its neighboring GCC countries.

The UAE is the largest re-exporter of tea globally with over 60 per cent of the world’s market share. (Image: Gulf News)
13:32 GMT

300 delegates from over 30 countries will discuss tea at the annual Dubai forum.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Amos Hochstein, speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, March 31, 2014. (Image: The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
12:52 GMT

The US is urging Lebanon not to drill into disputed zones to avoid conflict.

Only limited lanes and counters will be open for services at the four 24-hour centres and the capacity will increase with the hike in demand
10:55 GMT

Motorists can now choose to get their vehicles tested and registered in the quiet of the night, avoiding long queues at daytime as the Roads Transport Authority (RTA) starts 24/7 services at four of its centres.

Inspection teams immediately contacted the visitors and tourists and informed them that the excess money charged would be refunded
09:55 GMT

In an unprecedented move, more than 30 hotel and furnished apartment owners along Jeddah’s Corniche were ordered to pay back customers a combined SR300,000 in excess charges during the 10-day spring break.

People using the cards will now pay LL50 instead of LL100 for every minute of call time from a landline and LL100 instead of LL200 from a mobile line
09:05 GMT

The Telecommunications Ministry has slashed by up to 50 percent the price of local and international phone calls made through prepaid cards issued by the state-run telecom provider Ogero.

Sharjah is likely to see 30 new hotels in the next three years, adding around 4,000 rooms to the existing 10,000 rooms
07:16 GMT

Sharjah’s hotel revenue is expected to increase by at least 10 per cent this year.

The two companies will build power generation facilities in the southern region, each with 10-megawatt capacity
07:07 GMT

Jordan on Monday signed deals with two companies to build two solar energy-run power plants.

March 31, 2014

Qatar Airways will offer up to 293 Economy Class seats in its new expanded route to Melbourne (File Archive)
14:00 GMT

Qatar Airways will add more capacity to its Melbourne route, starting April 1.

Passenger traffic at Beirut's main airport is already down due to deteriorating domestic and regional situations, both of which have taken a critical toll on the country's economy (File Archive)
12:00 GMT

Air traffic controllers are organizing a strike for Tuesday to demand a wage hike as government leadership discusses the issue for all public servants. However, the strike will definitely take a toll on Lebanon's already diminishing tourism and transport sectors.

Earth Hour is an annual, global movement that started in 2007 that called on cities and homes to switch off their lights for one hour to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
09:55 GMT

Despite a busy Saturday night in Dubai, the joint effort of its residents to switch off lights for 60 minutes during Earth Hour resulted in energy savings of 255,000kWh - enough energy to power 16 average homes for one year - which is 22 per cent higher than last year’s savings.

Tourism dirham will not discourage travellers from staying at hotels in Dubai since they are paying a small fee
08:55 GMT

The tourism dirham, a new fee announced by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in January, takes effect on Monday.

Breaking down the power usage numbers between 2005 and 2012, the consumption of electricity has risen steadily over the seven-year study period
07:55 GMT

The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has said that electricity consumption in the sultanate has seen a dramatic 149.5 per cent increase.

The overarching patent battle between Apple and Samsung shows no sign of slowing, after mediation talks failed yet again ahead of the trial.
07:09 GMT

Samsung’s legal tactic mimics Apple’s lyrical retelling of the “revolutionary” iPhone’s creation by its late founder Steve Jobs at the 2012 trial.