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State-owned institutions across Turkey, including Turkish Airlines, have begun firing anyone with alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen's religious movement. (Shutterstock)
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The airline said in a statement the employees were sacked for connection to the Fethullah Gulen movement.
A new electronic media law in Kuwait is tightening restrictions on online publications. (Shutterstock)
15:41 GMT
Media companies based in Kuwait must now have a Kuwaiti owner, and existing companies have one year to comply.
A Turkish flag pictured in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)
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They took out advertisements in newspapers in Germany, France, the U.K. and the U.S. on Monday, aimed at boosting the perception of Turkey following the July 15 coup attempt.
There has been an increase in cyber attacks, mainly motivated by corporate espionage. (File photo)
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According to a recent report by Trend Micro, the mining industry is being targeted by cyber criminals.
Among Arab investors in Dubai, Jordanians came in first, followed by Egyptians and Lebanese. (File photo)
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Overall, Arab investors contributed investments worth $1.9 billion in the first half of 2016.
Fadi Bachir is a human resources expert with a broad background in strategic HR and more than 14 years of experience. (Bayt)
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The human resources expert shares the top qualities he looks for, as well as how to create rewarding work environments.
Saudi women shopping in one of the country's many malls. (File)
10:02 GMT
A recent study by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed that closing shops early would have widespread negative economic impact.
Authorities have circulated information to businesses warning them against charging customers extra for choosing to pay with a credit card. (Shutterstock)
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Consumers may soon no longer have to worry about extra fees for paying with plastic.
As technology and online card usage evolves, cyber-criminals also become increasingly sophisticated. (File photo)
08:14 GMT
Credit card fraud is a rising issue in the UAE, with up to one in ten residents victim to fraud.
Riyadh is one of three cities in Saudi in which only nationals can buy property. (AFP/File)
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The council upheld the decision that only Saudi nationals can own property in the two holy cities and country's capital.
Layers of an iPhone 6 - no confirmed images of the iPhone 7 have been leaked. (Shutterstock)
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The rumored removal of the traditional headphone jack has tech insiders contemplating between
Solar energy is one form of renewable energy that could bring millions to Egypt's economy. (Shutterstock)
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Italian renewable energy projects in Egypt are seeking compensation for unhappy investors.

July 24, 2016

Job-hunting can be a daunting task for recent graduates. (Shutterstock)
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Fresh graduates face complex challenges when applying to jobs after university.
Fethullah Gulen, currently in the US. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Turkey will shut down over 2,000 businesses that have links to US-based Fethullah Gulen.
Kuwait awarded KD570 million ($1.7 billion) worth of construction projects in the first half of 2016. (File photo)
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Kuwait awarded KD812 million ($2.7 billion) worth of contracts in Q216, according to Meed Projects, bringing the total value of contracts awarded so far this year to KD2.25 billion ($7.5 billion).
Dubai is seeing exponential growth in foreigners owning property in the emirate. (AFP/File)
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Saudis and Jordanians are the top Arab buyers in the Dubai property market.
One of the biggest mistakes guaranteed to harm your employer brand is to ignore candidate applications. (File photo)
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According to a recent poll, the biggest benefit of employer branding is better employee engagement.
Twitter has 320 million monthly active users, out of which only 187,000 are verified. (File photo)
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Verified accounts are no longer reserved solely for celebrities or brands.
All Dubai residents must have health insurance by the end of 2016. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
A special annual health insurance package is available for Dubai residents, who must have some health insurance coverage by the end of the year.
Before diving into homeownership, do the math and think about the long-term costs. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
Owning a home can be less expensive in the long-run than renting - but there are many factors to consider before taking the leap!
The World Bank is offering a series of loans to Jordan. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The World Bank is offering Jordan $1.4B to address health, education, and employment needs of Syrian refugees.
HSBC Switzerland is at the center of an international, multi-billion-dollar scandal. (AFP/File)
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Yasser Mallawany, an Egyptian businessman with connections to the Mubarak family, may be the "ringleader" in a HSBC banking scandal with $3.5B USD at stake.
Government services are moving online to better understand big data. (Shutterstock)
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Middle Eastern governments are increasingly providing online services in order to collect and learn from citizens' data.
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon dropped the daily minimum wage by roughly $2.65, and activists are protesting the change.

July 21, 2016

The new mobile app, which is based on a 1990s Nintendo game, has created a global frenzy as players roam the real world looking for cartoon monsters (AFP/Josep Lago)
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The incident, which happened last week, is the latest of many “bizarre” situations taking place around the city
The Alcatel Idol 4s with VR headset costs about 1799 AED. (Tbreak)
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Everything about the phone is likeable- starting from the packaging which is basically a VR headset.
Economic growth in the country had been subdued ever since oil prices fell from record highs two years ago. (File photo)
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According to the government, the new law will allow foreign investors 100 percent ownership in various market sectors.
Egypt's rail authority is facing significant losses. (Shutterstock)
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The vital railway suffers from years of negligence due to the reliance on a manual system for maintenance and the signals system.
Saudi tourists are the target market for a new tourism and hotel-booking site. (AFP/File)
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HotelGate is launching a special site focused on the needs and wants of Saudi tourists.
While the value of the Turkish lira has dropped, banks remain stable. (AFP/File)
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Turkish banks and the deputy prime minister and reassuring foreign investors that the country's economy is still stable, despite recent events.
With a little planning, money management doesn't have to be an overwhelming task for millennial expats. (Shutterstock)
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While young expats can be tempted by living lavishly, cutting back is the key to building savings while young.
The world is full of leaders who say, “let’s study it more”, when in reality that phrase means no. (File photo)
08:10 GMT
Leaders who achieve look for reasons to say “yes”. They focus on how to make a good idea great and then to make it happen.
Prime Minister Hani Mulki attends the signing of a deal between Jordan and the EU on simplifying the rules of origin. (Photo courtesy of EU mission)
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The major provision that is expected to make a difference is that the Europeans have allowed made-in-Jordan products to include more than 70 per cent of production inputs from non-local materials.
Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah acts as a parallel government in parts of the country, providing a range of social services. (AFP/Rouba El Husseini)
07:13 GMT
Salameh said the U.S. law must be enforced to keep Lebanon's banks within the global financial system and stabilize the hugely indebted economy as neighboring Syria's civil war hits tourism and growth.
The Middle East, along with Afghanistan and Pakistan, is set to see economic growth of 3.4 per cent this year and 3.3 per cent for 2017. (AFP/File)
06:41 GMT
World forecast, however, revised down to 3.1% in 2016 and 3.4% in 2017.
Built 146 years ago, the Suez Canal is one of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes. (AFP/File)
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Monthly revenues have tumbled at the start of this year in January and February before climbing up again in March by 11.8 per cent compared to the month before, reaching EGP 3.477 billion.

July 20, 2016

Salalah Air has planned to ramp up its fleet size to 22 aircraft over the next five years. (File photo)
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Salalah Air will link the capital of Dhofar with the main destinations in Oman for locals and tourists alike.
Big family conglomerates in Saudi Arabia are also under pressure from authorities to invest more in the economy now that oil prices are low. (File photo)
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SBG has long enjoyed a privileged position in Saudi Arabia, but the group's future will remain under pressure in the face of new economic realities.
Barclays is divesting its Africa unit as part of a plan to simplify its structure and seek higher shareholder returns. (AFP/Carl Court)
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Banks have now been invited to submit bids to takeover Barclays banks in Egypt, with the bank's equity value estimated around $400 million.
In addition to arm sales to the UAE, the US has separately approved the sale of 246 missiles and other equipment to Japan worth $821 million.  (AFP/File)
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The US State Department has authorized the sale of 14,640 bombs and guidance kits to the UAE to fight Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Online courses have a big impact on businesses because they are so much cheaper. (Shutterstock)
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The rapid rise in numbers of professionals looking to undertake further education online is hampered by the lack of suitable courses, especially those delivered in Arabic.
Dubai hopes to make 25 per cent of all transportation trips in Dubai smart and driverless by 2030. (Gulf News)
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The app-based car service said the pods would be safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly than today’s vehicles.
Signature designs, including the MANDA shoe and BOW clutch both of which have been re-invented specifically for the Middle East. (
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Jimmy Choo will be launching a special collection of shoes and bags that will be exclusive to Jimmy Choo stores in the UAE and KSA.
Vacancies on offer in the UAE went up by 10 per cent in June 2016. (File photo)
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Overall hiring activity in the Gulf is still slow, but things are looking better in the UAE.
94 basic food products would be exempted from the tax in the UAE. (File photo)
08:35 GMT
Each of the GCC countries will issue their own VAT legislation, providing details on what would be subject to VAT.
The smart city will be completely sustainable and provide about 200 megawatts of electricity using photovoltaic roofs on homes and other premises.  (Photo courtesy of Gulf Business)
08:30 GMT
The Dhs 30 billion-Desert Rose City will cover an area of 14,000 hectares on Dubai-Al Ain Road, accommodating up 160,000 people.
The B/Attitude Spa in Dubai. (Buddha Bar)
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Euromonitor International's report indicates that UAE captures more than 14 percent of MENA's flourishing health and wellness tourism.
The Central Bank of Jordan said that banks can invest up to 10 percent of their capital. (File photo)
06:30 GMT
The Jordan Investment Fund aims at investing in national development for-profit mega projects in strategic sectors like transportation, energy, water and infrastructure.

The project is divided into several phases and Empower will produce 30,000 RT by the fourth quarter of this year. (
05:44 GMT
Empower will build up to six cooling plants in Jumeirah Village Circle and Jumeirah Village Triangle to provide 260,000 refrigeration tons (RT) for the 400 buildings.

July 19, 2016

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, far left, with African heads of state at the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda. (AFP/Cyril Ndegeya)
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On the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Rwanda, Egypt's President Sisi and Ethiopian PM Desalegn agreed to begin technical studies on the Grand Renaissance Dam.
The new OnePlus 3 retailing for a mere $399. (File photo)
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When you look at the substantially more expensive Samsung Galaxy S7, these two phones have a lot in common.
You will need to know if your employer can cover costs, how much money you will need until you get your first pay cheque and how much additional money you should have access to in case of an emergency. (File photo)
12:11 GMT
Before you embark on a relocation or home renovation, make sure you plan and budget for as much as you can.
Employers of choice do a great deal of listening to discover potential needs and solve problems. (File photo)
12:05 GMT
Taking care of your people is the centerpiece of a successful business.
The group has been beset by financial and legal difficulties due to the crane accident, government cuts and a fall in oil prices. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
The troubled Saudi contractor has requested extra time to meet a debt repayment, claiming it is awaiting outstanding payments from the government for completed works.
Iran has courted potential European and Asian trading partners as sanctions pressures ease. (File photo)
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Iran continues to courted potential European and Asian trading partners as sanctions pressures ease, but operational hurdles remain.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister. (File photo)
10:58 GMT
Mind the gap - in wealth? Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum spotted on the tube.
Egypt's attempts to revive the tourism sector were dealt another blow in May when the Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board. (File photo)
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British aviation security experts have returned to Cairo International Airport to review security measures for London-bound flights.
The joint fleet would also include six Ultra Large Container Vessels.  (
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The new company created between Germany's Hapag-Lloyd and Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company will have 237 ships with a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEUs and revenues of around $12B.
Ras Laffan Industrial City, located 80 km north of Doha is Qatar's main site for production of liquefied natural gas and gas-to-liquid.  (
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The five-year contract covers engineering and support services for its gas-to-liquids complex at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar.
Bank Asya is a participation bank allegedly affiliated with US based cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Turkish authorities accuse of plotting the failed 16 July coup attempt. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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Banking operation Bank Asya, allegedly linked to Gullen supporters, were temporarily suspended in Turkey after the tender for the sale of the bank did not attract any bids.
More than six years have passed since the ratification of the Offshore Petroleum Resources Law. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Despite announcement of a breakthrough in the six-year battle to develop Lebanon's oil and gas reserves, the hopes of passing vital decrees have hit another stumbling block.

July 18, 2016

From a civil aviation perspective, drones are key to promoting the Dubai Smart Government Vision, and the DCAA are ensuring flight safety of Dubai's airspace. (Shutterstock)
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The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has team up with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) to launch a trading platform to boost the commercial drones market.
Qatar emerged as one of the prominent markets for passenger car aftermarket components among the GCC nations. (File photo)
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Increasing motorization rate from a rising number of nuclear families and expatriates in Qatar will boost demand for car components from the aftermarket segment.
APICORP Headquarters in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. (Trade Arabia)
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The Saudi shipping company and the Arabian Petroleum Investments Company (APICORP) aims to own 15 giant oil tankers, financed from the fund's capital.
Pro-Erdogan supporters celebrate in Ankara on July 17, 2016 following the failed coup attempt. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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Turkey's economy suffered immediate fallout after Saturday's failed coup, but will government reforms help it bounce back?
UAE property prices are considerably cheaper than in other leading cities in the world and have dropped significantly since mid-2014. (Shutterstock)
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High mortgage deposit requirements, doubling transfer fees and stringent lending policies remain major barriers to home ownership in the UAE.
Emojis have become a means of daily conversation and expression. (Shutterstock)
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These are the top 25 emojis used across Instagram, released for World Emoji Day on July 17.
Other than credit and debit cards, another mechanism leading the way is prepaid cards. (File photo)
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The rising trend of cashless payments has led to greater financial inclusion, supporting much of the non-bankable population.
Simply put, your employer brand is your promise to your employees and future candidates. (File photo)
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Having a successful employer brand increases employee engagement, higher job acceptance rates and can help you market yourself as an employer of choice.
RWE operates in concession areas at the Red Sea’s Gabal El-Zeit, Ras Gharib, Ras Badran in Abordes in South Sinai, and Desouk in Kafr El-Sheikh. (File photo)
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RWE has allegedly not been paid its accumulative dues by the Ministry of Petroleum for its development in four Suez concessions, leading to unpaid salaries for its workers in June.
Jafza is now one of the world’s biggest free zones, accounting for almost 32 percent of total FDI (foreign direct investment) flow into the country. (Arabian Supply Chain)
07:53 GMT
Free zone growth in the GCC is showing no signs of slowing, but they are not immune from the evolving global dynamics and policy imperatives.
Cost competitiveness has improved in recent decades, allowing nuclear technology to become a serious component of energy diversification strategies. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
The expectation is that nuclear power will account for only three percent of Middle East electricity generating capacity by 2040, according to Apicorp's latest report.
The emirate’s flagship urban project, Dubai South is conceptualised to manifest the themes of happiness as set out in the Dubai Plan 2021. (Trade Arabia)
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The infrastructure and design contracts have been awarded to top industry leaders for development projects in the city's Residential District, adjacent to the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Qatar Airways confirmed that its flights are operating as scheduled to both of Istanbul's airports. (File photo)
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Emirates,Etihad, and Qatar Airways have announced that flights to Istanbul's Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen have resumed following on July 16 attempted coup.

July 17, 2016

A spokesman from the Greater Amman Municipality’s (GAM) traffic department claims the Uber app affects the flow of work for other means of transport. (File photo)
13:00 GMT
Officials in Jordan have warned that the popular car-service app is not licensed in the country and have moved to ban the app, issue fines and confiscate vehicles driven illegally.
The International Finance Corporation sees great opportunities for Jordan to ramp up private sector participation in its economy. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
The Jordan Country Partnership Framework (CPF) 2017-2022 takes aim at economic growth, job creation, social inclusion and the refugee influx.
Once the framework agreement on implementation of VAT is reached, GCC countries have one year from January 1, 2018, to implement it. (File Photo)
10:42 GMT
VAT will be implemented from January 1, 2018. Here's why it is needed and how it will impact residents and businesses.
95% of Middle East professionals think that networking and maintaining relationships has been important to their career success. (File photo)
10:37 GMT
Everyone has a different perspective of success; what it means, how to reach it, what they owe their success to and things to help you stay on top of your game.
Borsa Istanbul said the coup plotters had tried to occupy its building but failed in the face of resistance from police and security officers. (File photo)
10:21 GMT
Top institutions from across Turkey’s business world express support for the country and its democratic institutions.
Despite negative elements, Moody’s noted that the private equity of Lebanese banks will remain stable in general. (File photo)
10:18 GMT
Moody’s latest report about the credit rating of Lebanese banks, maintained its negative outlook of the local lenders amid a volatile regional situation and lower GDP growth., a blend of Netflix and YouTube, will begin searching for Middle East-based content creators to write and produce short shows and films to be hosted on the site. (
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Abu Dhabi-based Advance Digital will will fund and host five to 10 creators to help them make pilot shows on the Netflix rival service.
The app did not send its first notification until over three hours after the Tunisian drove down the Promenade des Anglais seaside boulevard on Bastille Day. (AFP/File)
09:45 GMT
France's SAIP app was supposed to flash a warning on a user’s mobile phone screen if there was an attack close to their location or suspicion of an imminent strike.
According to Euromonitor, the biggest challenge facing Egypt is insecurity. (File photo)
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Egypt is already considered a cheap destination and another round of currency devaluation is unlikely to revive tourism specifically without improvements to security, analysts say.
Arabtec reported Dh46.4 million in net losses for the first quarter of 2016, and earlier reported Dh2.3 billion in net loss for the full-year 2015. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
The facility will provide Arabtec will additional funding to be directly deployed towards delivering ongoing and newly-awarded projects.
The ministry has also set restrictions on offices recruiting workers from overseas, mandating that they submit a two-year bank guarantee of KD 40,000 ($132,358) (File photo)
05:58 GMT
Minimum wage is now set at $198.54 a month, and follows last year's legislation establishing a limit of an eight-hour workday, mandatory weekend and 30 days of annual leave.

July 16, 2016

Flight tracking website so far listed 33 canceled departures for Friday and Saturday. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT
Flights out of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport have been suspended while inbound flights bound are being diverted to nearby countries or turning back in the aftermath of an attempted military coup.

July 14, 2016

The first installment will be allocated to the areas of the relief of the displaced, education, health, and social care.  (File photo)
14:00 GMT
The Iraqi government has received a $634 million installment from the IMF, the first of three payments expected in 2016.
The Omagine Project will have seven pearl shaped buildings, each with a different theme.  (
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The Omagine Project will have three hotels, a boutique mall, an open air amphitheatre, exhibition venues, marina area, offices, dining and entertainment venues.
Why rely on the airplane's inflight entertainment system when you can bring your own in the palm of your hands? (Pixabay)
12:17 GMT
Make your transit more enjoyable with a bit of tech.
The secretary general of the UAB expects the British pound devaluation and resulting inflation following the Brexit vote to have negative implications for Arab remittances.  (
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Remittances of Arab expatriates from Britain to Arab countries amounted to about $560m in 2015 of which 29.8 percent went to Egypt, 27.5 percent to Lebanon, 8.7 percent to Morocco and 7 percent to Yemen.
The most common machines have various security features such as watermark and ultraviolet detection. (Wikipedia)
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If you don't want to invest in a detection device, can you tell the difference between a fake and the real deal?
Of total SWF assets around the world, $4.9 trillion comes from oil and gas. (File photo)
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Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are pools of money stored by governments in funds or corporations to generate profits.
Singapore's Raffles Hotel, the flagship of FRHI Hotels & Resorts. (Wikipedia)
11:00 GMT
With 450 luxury FRHI properties now under its belt, the French chain better known for its mid-market hotels will turn its focus on opportunities in the high-end markets in the Middle East.
The reservoir of King Talal Dam is the largest reservoir in Jordan, storing freshwater and treated wastewater for irrigation in the Jordan Valley. (Wikipedia)
10:00 GMT
The UN-funded project tackles the efficient use of treated wastewater for irrigation by preserving harvested rainwater in sand dams.
Strata is an advanced composite aero-structures manufacturing company and a unit of Mubadala. (Wikimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
Under the new agreement with European planemaker Airbus, Abu Dhabi's Strata Manufacturing will provide components for Airbus A330, A350 and A380 planes.
The number of jobseekers in the region who share the same frustration is actually higher than the global average. (File photo)
08:35 GMT
LinkedIn asks professionals in the region about challenges they face when applying for jobs.
Saudi Arabia will allow imports of beef and beef products from US cattle less than 30 months of age, with the policy expanded after a phase-in period. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
The agreement ends a halt to sales imposed in 2011 after the US had a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) commonly known as mad cow disease.
Egyptair's Boeing 737-800. (Wikimedia Commons)
07:00 GMT
EgyptAir will add another nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its existing fleet of 20, with plans to expand their fleet to 105 airplanes by the end of the 2020/21 fiscal year.
Kuwait is looking into offering 20 to 30 percent of the four subsidiaries’ stocks for public subscription, keeping the majority of stock in government lock. (Shutterstock)
05:54 GMT
Kuwait is currently looking into the potential public listing of four subsidiaries of the national oil company, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).

July 13, 2016

In the absence of reliable market data, developers are continuing to build despite a seemingly saturated market. (Promofair/Dream 2016)
13:00 GMT
Lebanon's Dream 2016 is showcasing a wealth of new real estate projects to attract Lebanese expats and locals, despite a sluggish economy and oversupply concerns.