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Civil Defense volunteers celebrating the decrees to make them full-time employees. (Image courtesy of The Daily Star)
10:56 GMT
Lebanon's Cabinet manages to defuse the issue over civil defense volunteers, but skirted a proposal to add a new fuel tax.
Aim high, but be realistic. (Shutterstock)
10:36 GMT
Sometimes all you need is a visual tool to motivate you to strive for success.
The government has sought to reassure Jordanians that Syrians would not be prioritized in the competition for jobs. (AFP/File)
10:24 GMT
Jordan's lawmakers reassure the public that the new initiative to integrate refugees into the workforce would only concern jobs that are usually shunned by Jordanians.
The TRI/O Tech venture is backed by the MIT Enterprise Forum and Tsofen, an Arab-Jewish organization promoting the integration of Arab Israelis in the high-tech industry.
08:30 GMT
The US-funded school in Kafr Qasim will be supported with MIT and initally take 20 students, with plans to expand to Beersheva and Jerusalem.
Egypt's PM hopes that the debt will “at least [be reduced] to a very reasonable” level by the end of year. (Shutterstock)
07:30 GMT
Delayed payments to gas and oil companies stem from 2011, but half of the $6.3B has already been repaid in the last two years.
Flowers and chocolate, the go-to classic gift on Valentine's Day.  (Shutterstock)
07:19 GMT
For some the most awaited time of the year is just a few days away, for others it is a high-stakes, consumerist, shopping nightmare that can make or break a relationship.
Analysts forecast gold to finish the year above $1200. (File photo)
07:06 GMT
With gold hitting its highest in four months, analysts think that the yellow metal will be the best performing asset this year.
Bahrain's Health Ministry hopes that the higher pirces will provide a financial incentive to quite smoking and alcohol. (File photo)
06:45 GMT
Import taxes on tobacco in Bahrain has jumped from 100 to 200 percent, while imported alcohol duty is now 225 percent from 125 percent.
In December 2015, 72 contracts were awarded for projects for the Expo 2020 in Dubai. (Twitter)
05:28 GMT
With the decline of oil prices is forcing GCC countries to look for alternative options to meet the costs of ongoing infrastructure projects, enter PPPs.

February 10, 2016

The SCTNH is attracted to Morocco's long-term experience in working with rural populations while boosting tourism. (Trip Advisor)
14:00 GMT
As Saudi Arabia looks for ways to boost tourism, it is turning to Morocco for their expertise.
A fall in Russian visitors to the UAE has dented the airline's profits. (File photo)
13:30 GMT
Despite increased passenger numbers, profits from Dubai's second largest airline dropped from Dh240M to Dh100.7M due to 'challenging business conditions'.
The exclusive multi-year output deal with Gulf Film will bring films such as Dirty Grandpa, starring Zak Efron and Robert DeNiro, to OSN screens. (Scoopnest)
13:00 GMT
Movie-lovers can now have the best of both worlds as OSN and Gulf Film have signed a six-year exclusive partnership through 2021 for premium film content.
The IPOs are expected to relate to the retail and food sectors. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Beltone's acquisition by Naguib Sawiris and two former ministers has prompted a new change in investment strategy.
A successful bid for Doha would require a compromise due to soaring temperatures. (Shutterstock/Lazy Llama)
11:52 GMT
Qatar wants to take advantage of all its investment in infrastructure for the 2019 and 2022 athletic events to host the 2028 Summer Olympic games.
As more Instagram users juggle business and personal accounts, Instagram has finally launched support for multiple accounts. (Shutterstock)
11:31 GMT
The long-awaited new feature will allow users to seamlessly switch between multiple accounts on the social media platform.
Job interviews work both ways, and the questions you ask show a potential employer that you're the right person for the job. (Shutterstock)
11:11 GMT
Having a set of questions ready also helps you decide if the workplace is the right fit for you.
PM Netanyahu and EU foreign policy chief Mogherini during their meeting in Jerusalem, May 20, 2015. (AFP/Dan Balilty)
11:00 GMT
Quiet diplomatic efforts are underway to restore relations after the fallout stemming from the EU decision to label goods made in West Bank settlements.
In 2015 the airline issued a record shareholder payout, settled all loans, grew the operating profit, increased the net profit, and attracted more passengers. (Airways News)
10:00 GMT
Kuwait's airline has moved out of a $9M loss, thanks in part to divestment of its fully-owned leasing business.
Some developers also tend to hold back completions to avoid flooding the market. (Gulf Insider)
09:15 GMT
Approximately 70 percent of 26,000 units in Dubai will not be completed as planned, due to financial issues or contractual disputes.
Day One of IFIF examined the transformative impact of social media on banking. (Mapcarta)
08:26 GMT
Over 200 delegates from across MENA are meeting in Sudan to discuss trends in Islamic finance and how it can be used to spur economic growth across the region.
The new agreement adds Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Britain to Mobily's list. (Yanbutoday)
07:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat Mobily has signed an agreement with Vodafone that will permit roaming in 21 countries.
The twinning project will make a significant contribution to the business environment. (File photo)
06:19 GMT
The 18-month project will be carried out in cooperation with the Netherlands and Sweden to create a buildings database using modern technologies.
Egypt relies on the Nile as its main source of water but Ethiopia believes wants to use the water to generate electricity for development. (Twitter)
05:08 GMT
After nearly a dozen tripartite talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, progress is finally being made in selecting the consultancy firms.

February 9, 2016

Lebanon is host to about 1.1 million Syrians registered with UNHCR who have arrived since the onset of the country’s civil war in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons)
14:00 GMT
The United States has pledged an additional $133M for humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, while $290M will be used for education in Lebanon and Jordan.
Growing connectivity across the MENA region is reshaping consumers’ viewing habits. (Wikimedia Commons)
13:21 GMT
Movers and shakers from the world's media agencies will converge on CABSAT 2016's Content Congress to discuss the evolving tv landscape in the Middle East.
Whilst there is a significant Muslim community in Malta, it was not the main contributing factor in deciding to launch the Index. (Malta Today)
12:39 GMT
The Malta Stock Exchange hopes to attract halal companies that have not previously listed with the exchange.
Kuwait is the only GCC country that has not yet raised fuel prices. (Imgarcade)
12:00 GMT
Public sector employees in Kuwait are set to get performance-related bonuses, despite a 64 percent budget deficit.
The students were inspired by a friend's huge phobia of spiders. (Shutterstock)
11:54 GMT
Three university students think their new app can help cure your deepest fears.
Solid colors suit everyone; avoid clothes that have too much going on. (Shutterstock)
11:43 GMT
Prepping for your job interview includes paying attention to how you look as much as preparing what you will say.
A spokesman for the Iraqi embassy in the US denied that Baghdad has ever withheld US military aid to the Peshmerga. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
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)
10:00 GMT
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)
09:00 GMT
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)
08:00 GMT
Oman's first light-industries city will cater to the automotive and construction sectors and will create some 8000 jobs after completion.
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)
07:00 GMT
Qatar Petroleum has acquired a 30 percent stake in three offshore leases held by Chevron Morocco Exploration.
The personal information of everything from contractors to special agents was released. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
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.
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai. (EAY)
05:02 GMT
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)
14:00 GMT
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)
13:00 GMT
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)
12:22 GMT
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)
12:00 GMT
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)
11:04 GMT
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)
11:00 GMT
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)
10:00 GMT
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)
09:51 GMT
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)
09:00 GMT
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)
08:48 GMT
Empower yourself and get on the right track to achieve this year's career goals.
Aerial view of Hamad International Airport. (Construction Week Online)
08:00 GMT
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)
07:00 GMT
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)
06:00 GMT
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)
05:19 GMT
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. (Ingenieur.de)
16:25 GMT
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)
14:30 GMT
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)
14:23 GMT
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)
14:07 GMT
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)
13:26 GMT
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)
13:12 GMT
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)
12:42 GMT
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.
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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. (Ana.ir)
10:00 GMT
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)
09:11 GMT
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)
08:54 GMT
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)
14:00 GMT
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)
13:00 GMT
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)
12:00 GMT
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)
11:26 GMT
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. (Thermomed.com.tr)
11:00 GMT
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)
10:28 GMT
The Solar-1 project will have an initial $2.65M investment and aims to produce 60,000 panels annually.
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Reports last month suggested Barclays was looking to cut up to 1,200 jobs worldwide and shut securities operations across Asia. (HITC)
09:00 GMT
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)
08:07 GMT
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)
08:00 GMT
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)
07:45 GMT
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)
07:00 GMT
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)
05:06 GMT
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)
14:30 GMT
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)
14:00 GMT
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)
13:30 GMT
Despite cheap oil prices damaging it's economy, Oman refuses to change its foreign exchange rate.
(Twitter)
13:00 GMT
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)
12:00 GMT
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)
11:22 GMT
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)
11:06 GMT
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)
11:00 GMT
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)
10:00 GMT
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)
09:12 GMT
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)
09:00 GMT
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)
08:31 GMT
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)
07:57 GMT
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)
06:30 GMT
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)
05:30 GMT
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)
14:49 GMT
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)
14:48 GMT
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)
12:48 GMT
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)
12:36 GMT
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)
12:30 GMT
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)
12:00 GMT
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)
11:39 GMT
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.