UAE

March 5, 2000

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Population:4.00 million (1999)Religions:Muslim, ChristianGovernment:Democratic Parliamentary RepublicLanguages:Arabic; (French, English and Armenian are widely spoken)Work Week:Government:Monday-Frida

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Population:2.34 million (1998)Religions:85% Muslim (Shi'ite 30%, Sunni 45%, Other 10%) Christian, Hindu, Parsi and other 15% .Government:Constitutional MonarchyLanguages:Arabic (English is widely spok

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Population5.4 million (1999)Religions99% Sunni Muslim; 100,000 Christians (Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic)GovernmentConstitutional MonarchyLanguagesArabic (English is widely spoken)Work WeekPub

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Population:6.1 million (1999)Religions:82% Jewish; 14% Muslim; 3% Christian; 1% Druze and otherGovernmentParliamentary DemocracyLanguages:Hebrew, Arabic (English is widely spoken)Work Week:Public Sect

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Population:68 million (1999)Religions:92% Muslim; 8% OtherGovernment:Presidential/ Parliamentarian RepublicLanguages:Arabic (English and French are widely spoken)Work Week:Commercial:Saturday – Thursd

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Population:0.63 million (1999)Religions:85% Muslim; 15% Christians, Jews, Bahais, Hindus and ZoroastriansGovernment:Emirate, limited monarchyLanguages:Arabic (English is widely spoken)Work Week:Saturd

March 2, 2000

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Iran and Bahrain are looking to strengthen business ties.   An Iranian export products exhibition is now open at the Bahrain International Exhibition

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Once again, Hollywood has demonstrated its affinity for stereotyping all Arabs as ''bad guys,'' in the movie ''Courage Under Fire''.   Dima Hamdan, a

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The Arab public is increasingly tuning out Arab programming and tuning in to foreign stations.  According to Arab News, the recent field study conduct

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It is not the NBA, but Lebanese basketball is still popular and maybe the most competitive in the Arab world.   Sagesse Beirut, the champions of the l

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Bolivia is seeking Egyptian expertise in its fight against drugs.   A high-ranking Bolivian delegation is expected to arrive in Cairo tomorrow, headed

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A recent spate of thefts has reportedly spread across Shaqrah city in Abin governorate.  According to al Ayam daily, burglars have entered private apa

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TradeThe government eliminated import licensing in 1996 and cut tariff rates into four bands between 5 percent and 25 percent ad valorum. The government instituted an excise tax on industrial inputs a

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Adequate IPR laws have been enacted (law 19 of 1994). The problem is the weak legal system. Influence with the judge and government is often more important than the facts. The country is not a member

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In general, Yemen has many adequate business laws on the book. The problem has been enforcement. It is not uncommon for the outcome of cases to depend on someone's relationship with government officia