Kuwait's private sector will contribute 16.9 percent of the infrastructure spend. (Shutterstock/Mike Dotta)
January 17, 2017 - 12:18 GMT
Kuwait's planned projects cover houses, roads, electricity, ports, airports, telecommunications and renewable energy.
The growth of the renewable energy sector in Saudi Arabia is an opportunity for job generation. (Shutterstock)
January 17, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia's energy minister has announced an ambitious plan to invest $30B-$50B in renewable energy across various sectors.
There have been repeated calls to change the controversial law, since neighbouring countries have already modified their rules to allow expats to work more freely.  (Shutterstock)
January 17, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Expat workers in Oman who cannot obtain a No Objection Certificate from employers in the country must leave and cannot return for two years.
Masdar is leading efforts to link desalination to renewable energy, investigating the latest advances in technologies. (Trade Arabia)
January 17, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
The MENA region accounts for 44 percent of the 87 million cu m of desalinated water used daily but has historically used thermal processes using waste heat from electricity generation.
Employees of the King Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Medina had complained of salary delays even prior to losing their jobs. (SPA)
January 17, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The Saudi Oger workers lost their jobs at King Fahd Quran Printing Complex four months ago and have filed for intervention with the labour dispute committee over unpaid dues.
Bread seller in Hurghada. (Shutterstock/Sergei Butorin)
January 17, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Moody's attributes a potential four percent increase to private consumption and foreign investments which should push forward economic development in Egypt.
In 2016, visitors from Asia and the Pacific increased by 19.5 percent but the number of visitors from Gulf Arab countries dropped by 10 percent compared to 2015.  (Shutterstock)
January 17, 2017 - 06:25 GMT
Jordan's visitor numbers are up, but they have been spending less, according to the Jordan Tourism Board.
Figures indicate that Kuwaiti nationals represent 16.9 per cent of the 2.5 million employed people.  (Shutterstock)
January 17, 2017 - 06:03 GMT
With expats representing up to 70 percent of doctors and 94 percent of nurses in Kuwait, a dramatic reduction of foreigners would present a serious challenges in the health sector.
As part of the week, the 10th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) opens tomorrow at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. (
January 16, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by Masdar, is a global platform addressing the interconnected challenges and opportunities of sustainable development, renewable energy and water security.
The figures for November 2016 showed the Omanization rate in private companies in Muscat stood at 8.6 percent.  (Oman Air)
January 16, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Oman's Minister of Manpower is expecting Omani employee numbers to increase following the introduction of the ministry’s development programme.
Energy authorities are desperately cash-strapped, in part because of unpaid bills.  (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
January 16, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Qatar has agreed to pay four million dollars a month over the next three months to alleviate the crippling electricity crisis in Gaza.
Traders and retailers are unable to compensate for the high taxes with purchasing power, as taxes increase and sales decrease, says a spokesman for the Garment Traders Association.  (Shutterstock)
January 16, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Jordan's traders are blaming taxes, customs duties, high-rents, random licensing for shops, and the absence of laws regulating sales and offers in the market for a 40 percent drop in sales.
Prominent newspaper As-Safir closed its doors on Dec. 10 after 42 years of publication.  (File photo)
January 16, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Following a spate of layoffs and reductions in numbers of printed pages at several dailies, the Lebanese government is consulting with the Journalists Union to devise a plan to save the nation’s newspapers.
The annual report by Dubai's Land Department revealed that the sum of real estate investment transactions for the year exceeded $24.7B from 55,928 investors.  (Shutterstock)
January 16, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
A total of 6,416 Arab investors from outside the GCC contributed over $3.2B to Dubai's real estate market last year, with Egyptians topping the list for numbers and Jordanians for value.
The facilities sector is key to having three Saudi cities among the top 100 in the world, which is one of the aims of Vision 2030. (Shutterstock/Fedor Selivanov)
January 16, 2017 - 08:02 GMT
The FM market in Saudi Arabia is worth $20-$29 billion per annum with ten percent annual growth, according to Credo Consulting.
El-Garhy confirmed that the programme also includes lifting fuel subsidies entirely in a period of 3-5 years. (AFP/File)
January 16, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
The most prominent terms of the economic reform program are reducing the overall deficit, decreasing it to 8.5 percent in the coming fiscal year, and turning the initial deficit into a surplus this fiscal year.