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A spokesman for the Iraqi embassy in the US denied that Baghdad has ever withheld US military aid to the Peshmerga. (File photo)
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A Kurdish Iraqi official has said that the KRG needs US assistance to cover salaries, logistics and transport in order to defeat Daesh.
Iran's plan to boost oil production cloud prospects for a major rebound in crude oil prices. (File photo)
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As OPEC members continue discussions over how to stabilize the oil market, oil prices continue to slide.
A new 'Minister of State for Happiness' will have the  mission to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society. (Dubai Media Office)
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Sheikh Maktoum has announced sweeping structural changes to federal government which consolidates ministries and incorporates plans for outsourcing to the private sector.
The first-of-its-kind project will be constructed over 250,000sqm of land, located 5km away from Al Mabailah exit at the express way. (Skyscraper City)
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Oman's first light-industries city will cater to the automotive and construction sectors and will create some 8000 jobs after completion.
The personal information of everything from contractors to special agents was released. (File photo)
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Hacktivists announced via a pro-Palestinian Twitter account that it had dumped personal data for 10,000 Homeland Security staff and threatened the FBI was next.
QP have bought the 30% interest in Chevron's deep-water leases for exploration in Cap Rhir Deep, Cap Cantin Deep and Cap Walidia Deep. (Caspian Explorer)
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Qatar Petroleum has acquired a 30 percent stake in three offshore leases held by Chevron Morocco Exploration.
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai. (EAY)
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GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani has laid out five points for Arab countries to focus on for the future.

February 8, 2016

Saudi is encouraging FDI in order to balance its $98B budget deficit. (File photo)
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A Saudi committee is examining the possibility of removing the requirement of having a local partner in order to promote foreign direct investment.
Electrosteel's business of distributing the company’s products is logistically demanding, and involves a high cost with transporting huge volumes of cargo. (Electrosteel Castings)
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The new facility will become the regional hub for the India-based company, the world's third largest producer of ductile iron pipes.
Understanding retail footfall allows retailers to direct sales strategies and plan staffing. (File photo)
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With 90 percent market share, Dubai's Savant Data Systems is helping retailers understand footfall patterns to make the right business decisions.
Sharm El Sheikh has been suffering huge loses and low occupancy rates. (Middle East Collection)
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Solving the tourism crisis in Sharm El-Sheikh requires unconventional solutions, such as a mega-mall, world-class stadium and an international theater, says the IDBE chairman.
Barack Obama has sent a video of congratulations to the UAE as it hosts the three-day event, during which Sheikh Mohammed is expected to announce major structural changes in the government. (Image courtesy of Trade Arabia)
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The World Government Summit will discuss the future of eight vital sectors for development, such as education, healthcare, labor, innovation and government action.
Sultan Taymoor Grand Mosque in Muscat. (Twitter)
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Oman's government must dig deep to make up for the shortfall in revenue due to nose-diving oil prices.
The Bahrain Academic Complex was the first school in the Zaatari refugee camp and houses 16 classrooms and one nursery. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
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Plans for the new school follow the success of the Bahrain Academic Complex in Zaatari refugee camp, which teaches 9000 students a year.
Lean fire lighting, procuring food, wilderness first aid, skinning and gutting, navigation and crossing difficult ground. (Bear Grylls Survival Academy)
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The UAE's Musandam peninsula is the location of the latest survival courses from the famous outdoor adventurer's outfit.
Will Lebanon's consumers have to bear the burdens of failed policies? (File photo)
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With Lebanon's fiscal situation in a precarious state, the question over how a proposed gasoline tax should be funded is igniting debate.
Upgrading your soft skills such as time management and communication can help make you more employable. (Shutterstock)
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Empower yourself and get on the right track to achieve this year's career goals.
Aerial view of Hamad International Airport. (Construction Week Online)
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New tenders include phase one of a $15B passenger and freight network and an estimated $2B expansion of Hamad International Airport.
 Israeli security forces advancing on the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The move follows deadly clashes in the West Bank village last week.
The French shipment in December was rejected for containing high levels of ergot fungus. (Pixabay)
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Egypt's rejection of a 63,000-tonne shipment of French wheat has caused confusion among international suppliers regarding import standards.
Environmentalists want Jordan's lawmakers to understand the link between economics and the environment. (Wikimapia)
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Conservationists in Jordan are calling on Parliamentarians to put the environment on their agenda.

February 7, 2016

The Loon Copter can operate in the air and underwater. (
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The second annual 'UAE Drones for Good' awards celebrates the application of civilian drones for improving lives.
The Arabian oryx can be found in the Empty Quarter. (Twitter)
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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Saudi Wildlife Authority plan 20 ecotourism camps in the Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali).
The Commercial Bank of Qatar earned a net profit of 1.45B riyals, compared to a profit of 1.94B riyals in 2015.  (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)
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Banking sector profitability will be hit by slowdowns in lending, limited earnings growth, and squeeze liquidity.
The dam is scheduled to be completed in 2017. (Twitter)
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The on again, off again discussions between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume in Khartoum to debate the technical reports from two French firms.
Twitter argues that it is walking a fine line between protecting free speech and privacy without sacrificing security. (File photo)
13:41 GMT
The San Francisco-based company steps up its efforts to stop terrorism from spreading through its network.
If you are working from home, consider how you will handle potential increases in costs. (Shutterstock)
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While telecommuting offers greater flexibility, make sure you are aware of all expenses or you could be losing money in the long run.
Passenger demand was boosted by lower airfares in 2015. (Twitter)
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that the Middle East airlines carried the highest percentage of international travelers in 2015.
Non-OPEC suppliers such a the US and Brazil rely on break-even costs above current prices. (Shutterstock)
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A new Bank of America Merrill Lynch report suggests that OPEC will have to increase production considerably to keep up with lower outputs from non-cartel producers.
11:50 GMT
With phone call rates among the highest in the world, Saudis and expats are rejoicing over the lifting of the ban on calls over the internet-based messenging service.
The route will run between Shahid Rajaee and Sohar and will carry agricultural products and perishables between the two countries. (
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The new bi-monthly shipping route is part of Iran's grand plan to build a south to north economic corridor from Oman through to Turkmenistan.
A hybrid taxi in Dubai. (Pinterest)
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The hybrid taxi fleet was beefed up last year after 147 hybrid taxis were added to the existing cars.
Difficult coworkers can cause feelings of unease and stress in the workplace. (Twitter)
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Career experts share their five top tips for dealing with difficult people at the workplace.
Genel has received a total of $16.3M from the KRG for oil exported through a pipeline through Turkey. (Twitter)
08:24 GMT
The Kurdish government has sold approximately 19 million barrels since it began independent oil exports in June.
The website will also offer a ‘Click & Reserve’ In-Store Service for customers to collect online orders froom 25 stores in the region. (The Style Circle)
05:43 GMT
The iconic British retailer has launched an online store and home delivery in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

February 4, 2016

Oil prices are currently hovering around $32 per barrel. (Shutterstock)
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Despite the continuous downward spiral of oil prices, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and a poll by Bloomberg predict a gain in prices by end year.
For the Sobha Group to make an entry into the same space represents a major tweak in strategy. (Shutterstock)
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The luxury property developer aims to offer high quality accommodation at low prices, filling a much-needed gap in Dubai's housing market.
Egypt has been undper pressure to improve its security measures following the downing of a Russian plane in October. (Travel Daily News)
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Two new explosive detectors will be installed at checkpoints on the road to Cairo International Airport.
Applications such as automatic traffic mapping and advanced remote diagnostics and repair are still about five years away from mainstream adoption. (Shutterstock)
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The Connected Car Industry Report predicts that smart cars will be standard in the future.
About 24 percent of samples taken from the plants were found contaminated by E.coli bacteria. (
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A new study has found that the majority of the Kingdom's drinking water bottling plants do not comply with hygiene and environmental protection regulations.
The plant will push forward the green agenda and generate jobs for Bahrainis. (File photo)
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The Solar-1 project will have an initial $2.65M investment and aims to produce 60,000 panels annually.

Reports last month suggested Barclays was looking to cut up to 1,200 jobs worldwide and shut securities operations across Asia. (HITC)
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Barclays announced that it will close its Emaar Square offices in Downtown Dubai and cut jobs as part of a worldwide restructuring.
Take advantage of the space to tell a story of about yourself. (Shutterstock/d8nn)
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If you are a jobseeker and haven't harnessed the power of LinkedIn as part of your hunt yet, here are some basic tips.
Lafarge Holcim workers overlooking their cement plant in Jordan. (Lafarge Holcim)
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Lafarge Jordan awaits approval on a proposed plan to develop the site of cement factory site into a green residential scheme.
The city centers rehabilitation projects in Riyadh Province include Al-Diriyah city center development project. (Haya Tour)
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The World Bank and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) are launching a three-year study to encourage investment in Saudi's historic sites.
The new Recognised Membership application process will help bring the markets of Egypt and the UAE closer together. (AFP/File)
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Dubai's stock exchange has streamlined the membership process to facilitate Egyptian brokerages' easier participation.
The Charter will also inform a new draft law which would protect online media outlets and their employees. (Wikimedia Commons)
06:00 GMT
Over a dozen news websites have signed a Charter of Honor for Electronic Websites, in an attempt to set principles governing electronic media in Lebanon.
There are 2.1 million children out of school in Syria and 700,000 in neighboring countries. (File photo)
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UNICEF is coordinating the appeal on behalf of four million Syrian children whose learning has been disrupted by five years of war.

February 3, 2016

The US will spend some $1.8 billion for smart weaponry in the war against Daesh. (File photo)
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The Pentagon has announced that it is increasing funding for the war against Daesh by more than 50 percent.
Al-Sisi met with Russia's minister of industry and trade to discuss strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries. (AFP/File)
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The commission aims to establilsh a Russian industrial zone as well as stronger bilateral relations between Russia and Egypt.
Oman won't change foreign exchange rates it's had in place since 1986. (AFP)
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Despite cheap oil prices damaging it's economy, Oman refuses to change its foreign exchange rate.
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The delivery is part of a fleet expansion plan from 119 to 200 aircraft by 2020.
Christine Lagarde and other prominent figures have been confirmed as keynote speakers. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Jordan's Queen Rania, the IMF's Christine Lagarde and Italy's Emma Bonino are some of the high-powered women participating at the event on February 23 and 24.
Forecasters predict cheap oil prices will lead to economic turmoil in Saudi Arabia in 2016. (AFP)
11:30 GMT
With oil prices falling, Saudi Arabia's economy is running out of gas.
The trained eagles' claws are tough enough to seize amateur drones without risk of injury. (Google Plus)
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A Dutch company is training eagles to catch amateur drones that are a threat to public safety.
Microsoft's prototype underwater server being lowered into the sea. (Microsoft)
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Following the successful test of a prototype underwater data system, Microsoft is extending the size of the project.
GCC countries are looking closely at how innovative technologies can transform transport and logistics in the region. (Shutterstock)
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Ahead of the Middle East Rail conference, here's a summary of the 16 rail projects currently underway in the MENA region.
An estimated 150,000 housing units should be complete by the end of 2016. (World Bank)
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The loan will help boost liquidity for Egypt.s major national project to build one million units of social housing.
When you are overloaded with work, think about what would happen if you said no to requests for more. (Shutterstock)
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Accepting more work shows you're a team player, but sometimes saying no is the better option.
The mixed-use waterfront of Sultan Qaboos Port is expected to become a major tourist destination for Oman. (Construction Week Online)
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The successful transformation of South Africa's oldest working harbor into Cape Town's premier tourist destination has caught the eye of Oman's developers.
The Mosul dam could potentially collapse if repairs to it are not done soon. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Italy's Trevi group contracted to handle essential repairs to Mosul dam.
During Ramadan, working hours are reduced to seven hours a day or 35 hours a week.(File photo)
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Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has rejected pressure from private businesses to maintain their decision on a two-day weekend and 40 hour working week.
The refugee influx in Europe has prompted countries to call for more stringent border security measures. (File photo)
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International tourism officials are gathering at a three-day summit to discuss the implications of tighter border controls on the industry.
Certain careers such as hospitality, aviation and media.were found to be overlooked by Arab graduates. (File photo)
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A new report indicates that despite opportunities available, many young Arabs are graduating universities and not joining the workforce.

February 2, 2016

The Predator 17 will have you howling with delight. (File)
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The Predator 17 feeds on style and function and will eat its competitors alive.
The study found that the majority of Jordanians believe in the saying: “Spend and God will send.” (Shutterstock)
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A new study has revealed that Jordanians are suffering from shopping addiction, overspending, competitive purchasing and other unreasonable buying behaviors.
Short-sightedness can derail your savings. (AFP)
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Adhering to long-term plans can help you save more over time.
In 'Ultimate Tutankhamun', archeologists apply 21st century research methods to conduct a criminal investigation into the death of Tutankhamun.
(File photo)
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Ultimate Tutankhamun, Saving Egypt's Oldest Pyramids, The Egyptian Job and Time Scanners will be given special air time throughout the month of February.
Total ICT spending in the region this year is expected to total $103bn, split between IT and telecoms. (Shutterstock)
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IT spending in businesses is the latest casualty of low oil prices, with a slowdown in spending forecast for 2016.
Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Company and Trident Petroleum Egypt hpe to havea minimum of $4.5M from the yield. (Shutterstock)
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Egypt's petroleum minister has approved an agreement for two firms to begin excavation on a 191sq km area southwest of Ta'er al-Bahr.
Innovation is only worthwhile if it results in action. (Shutterstock)
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New ideas, and the ability to translate them into reality helps to improve financial performance. Here's how to encourage new ways of thinking at the office.
A Palestinian holds a placard as part of a protest during which they try to set up a tent on 8 June, 2013 near the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin and the West Bank village of Surif, west of Hebron. (AFP/File)
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The BDS movement in Jordan shared its criticism of the gas deal on Twitter, directing questions at officials.
Saudi high school students taking their final exams in Jeddah. (AFP/File)
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Falling oil prices may teach Saudi students planning to study abroad a hard lesson.
The Arab Advisors Groups conducted the ranking based on nine categories, including number of prepaid and smartphone plans. (File photo)
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Lebanon's position near the bottom of the Arab Advisors Group’s Cellular Competition Intensity Index remains unchanged from last year.
The Halal tourism sector has advanced following product investments in the UAE, the Maldives, Spain, Japan, the Philippines and Russia, and others.(AMEinfo)
09:44 GMT
The latest Global Islamic Economy Report indicates that the growing halal industry could be worth $3.7 trillion by 2019 with 10.8 percent annual rise in spending.
Venezuela's oil minister is meeting with Russia, Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia to discuss ways to boost crude prices. (Shutterstock)
09:20 GMT
Analysts from Goldman Sachs cast doubt on the likelihood of harmonized reduction in oil production, despite a campaign from OPEC member Venezuela.
Annual passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport increased by 10.7 percent over last year. (Vision Dubai)
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Dubai International Airport first overtook London Heathrow in 2014 as the world' busiest airport in terms of international passengers numbers.
 The state of the art centre will cover one million square feet and is expected to welcome nine million visitors when it opens. (Image courtesy of The National)
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The mega-library will have more than 4.5 million titles and will open in Al Jaddaf area of the emirate in 2017.
Al Said, the luxury yacht of Sultan Qaboos in the old port of Muttrah in Muscat. (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)
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The cruise will take between seven and ten days, and plans to launch later this year by Khedri Jahan Darya Company.

February 1, 2016

The accumulation of trash has forced municipalities to begin burning it, which creates other health hazards. (AFP/File)
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After false reports of Sierra Leone agreeing to import Lebanon's trash, Russia is the latest country to deny that they would accept the waste.
Banagas plans on multi-million dollar expansion. (AFP/File)
13:45 GMT
With the help of Japanese firm JGC, Banagas plans on expanding its business.
An initial eight commodities will be traded by the end of the year, with plans for expansion in five years. (Eco Global Business)
13:38 GMT
A bourse for the trading of the region's agricultural commodities will be launched as part of Egypt's plans to be a hub for grain exchange.
Saudi Telecom recently gained majority control of Viva. (Mubasher)
13:04 GMT
After months of negotiation, Saudi Telecom ups it stakes in Viva.
The Royal Atlantis Hotel will be an upscale apartment complex on 37 stories in Dubai. (Construction Week Online)
12:51 GMT
The consortium includes Chinese and European partners and will includes plans to build the $1.6B Royal Atlantis Hotel and $386M Palm Gateway project.
Working in the hospitality industry was rated less stressful than banking and finance sectors, according to the Bayt survey. (Shutterstock)
12:33 GMT
A better work-life balance helps to keep stress levels in check, but certain professions put on the pressure. Make sure your interests and disposition are well matched.
Bright ideas to help your savings grow.  (Shutterstock)
10:23 GMT
Weeding out a few misconceptions about money management.
Excessive sharing on social media can leave one with little space for accommodating a partner's needs. (File)
10:07 GMT
Trust, personal opinions, and personal space in relationships all get eroded by overusing social networks.
The sky's the limit for Abu Dhabi's upcoming kite festival. (Pixabay)
09:56 GMT
Abu Dhabi will host its first-ever Kite Festival on February 19.
Traditional health care facilities have not kept pace with demand, leaving a gap being filled by home care treatment. (Shutterstock)
07:18 GMT
Demand for quality home care is outstripping supply in the GCC due to factors such as demographics, over-capacity in public facilities, and high numbers of chronic lifestyle ailment sufferers.
Iraq, Syria and Libya have not prevented commercial airlines from using their airspace as the UN has not declared them as no-fly zones. (World Airline News)
06:13 GMT
Higher security-related costs such as insurance premiums and higher fuel consumption present major challenges for airlines flying over the region.

January 31, 2016

Bahrain has signed an agreement with China that will facilitate tour operators to send large groups to Bahrain this year. (Facebook)
15:28 GMT
Bahrain has enlisted UK agency M&C Saatchi to spearhead a global tourism campaign that will have a soft launch at Bahrain Formula One in April.
The idea of carpooling is not new, but the widespread usage of smartphones has facilitated implementation. (Lebfeed)
14:13 GMT
In a welcome move to ease Lebanon's crowded roads, a Lebanese engineer has invented a new carpooling app that connects hitchers with rides.
Trump's inflammatory comments about Muslims drew the ire of Arab businessmen, with whom Trump has many financial investments. (AFP/File composite)
13:50 GMT
The billionaires continue their battle on Twitter.
Items such as household appliances, food, plastics, and clothing will be affected by the new customs tax increase. (Wikimedia Commons)
13:11 GMT
Under Egypt's latest measures, higher import taxes on hundreds of imported products will be imposed on February 1 in an effort to protect local industries.
The SSE initiative aims to explore how exchanges can enhance corporate transparency. (RT)
08:34 GMT
Qatar becomes a Partner Exchange and commits to transparency and maintaing standards under the voluntary United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.
Save the next generation from financial illiteracy by teaching them about money when they're young. (Shutterstock)
08:19 GMT
Whether it's done with tech or talk, children should learn the basics of financial literacy: saving, borrowing and shopping around.
Be careful about revealing too much to new acquaintances and partners in case the relationship sours. (Shutterstock)
08:15 GMT
Loose lips can sink ships, and your reputation too. Keep it confidential when it comes to talking about your co-workers.
Bahrain's Government Action Plan has made cost-cutting measures, but has not yet adopted all of the IMF recommendations. (File photo)
06:46 GMT
The IMF has warned Bahrain that urgent fiscal reforms are needed to combat the country's widening deficit.
The emirate plans to source three-quarters of its total power output from clean sources by 2050. (File photo)
06:12 GMT
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has opened the tenders for the development of the Dubai Green Fund, the framework for clean energy investment.

January 28, 2016

Le Grand Hotel Paris passed into Qatari hands in 2014 when it was sold by InterContinental for 330 million euros to Constellation Hotels. (
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Landmark hotels in London and Paris have proven to be irresistible to Arab investors.