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Companies such as Siemens, Lukoil, and Gazprom are attending the show in Tehran. (Shutterstock)
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Attendance is up 60 percent over last year, with a strong presence of European participants at the 21st International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition of Iran.
Prior to the 2011 uprising foreign reserves were almost $36 billion. (File photo)
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Egypt's foreign reserves increased by $449M but is still at less than half of the amount of pre-2011 levels.
Last year, Gulf countries helped UNRWA meet the $101M budget shortfall. (UNRWA)
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UNRWA has requested $80M to help cover the education of 500,000 Palestinian children in the upcoming school year.
“Successful people are those who are committed, open to feedback, and work constructively,” says Alex Idicula of Emaar Technologies. (
11:09 GMT
Web designer Alex Idicula of Emaar Technologies shares his thoughts on how to be successful in his field.
Concerns over what users say online and how it shows up in feeds may be holding back growth. (Shutterstock/Bloomua)
10:43 GMT
Twitter feeds from MENA have declined, but direct messaging apps are gaining in prominence, according to a new report on consumption patterns in the Middle East.
The new stadium will be built on the site of Dubai Sports Club at Al Aweer area in Dubai. (Dubai Media Office)
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Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium will will be built at a cost of Dh3 billion and house 60,000 spectators.
The minister's visit “is part of Saudi policies to find alternatives to oil". (Shutterstock)
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Saudi's oil minister is in Khartoum to discuss cooperation on the Atlantis II project, which hopes to exploit the zinc, copper, silver and gold in the Red Sea area.
Motiongate Dubai will open in October 2016 and include five zones including Sony Pictures studios and Dreamworks Animation.  (Twitter)
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The rights issue is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts' plan to raise $457M primarily to finance its sixth theme park, Six Flags Dubai.
The law would be mandatory, but does not cover setting rents which are subject to supply and demand. (Shutterstock/F Selivanov)
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With 90 percent of leases deemed to be illegal, the new Ejar system is expected regularize tenancy agreements in the Kingdom.
Vodafone Qatar has yet to turn a profit after breaking Ooredoo’s monopoly in the country in 2009. (Facebook)
06:00 GMT
The telecoms company has announced 50 job cuts and the end of some perks, amounting to a 20 percent pay cut.
The Tawke field accounts for 50 percent of the production and 60 percent of the total oil exports from the Kurdish north. (File photo)
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Regular payments by the KRG to Norwegian company DNO will allow further drilling and increased exports from Tawke oil field in Northern Iraq.

May 4, 2016

Ships carrying humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip already unload their cargo at Ashdod Port. (Wikipedia)
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The IDF’s former Southern Command chief has proposed the establishment of a Palestinian-run docking point at Ashdod, for goods bound for the Gaza Strip.
Around 220,000 Jordanians used to come to Lebanon by land but stopped visiting the country when the borders closed following the war in Syria. (File photo)
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Tourism to Lebanon saw a minor boost over Easter but tourism is unlikely to recover without more promotion and political stability, experts warn.
Binladin is currently implementing massive projects worth a total of SR220 billion and is qualified to secure 15 projects valued at SR140 billion within the Kingdom and abroad. (File photo)
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With debts of up to nearly SR30 million and the ongoing protests over unpaid dues an unwelcome spotlight, what are the options for the construction behemoth?
Additional planned improvements in 2016 include commencing operations of the SC Workers’ Skills Training Centre and hiring additional inspectors. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
Impactt Ltd has been hired in response to allegations that Qatar has not done enough to protect the rights of workers involved in construction of FIFA 2022 infrastructure.
The Rock warns that there is no snooze button on his clock! (File photo)
09:48 GMT
A new app featuring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is that extra motivational jolt that you need to get up in the morning.
Iran has been engaged in talks with European and Asian car manufacturers over the past few months to set up joint manufacturing plants inside the country. (File photo)
09:43 GMT
Iran has halted some seven million dollars in orders of US-made cars into the country.
With millennials entering the workforce, be ready to explore new options for delivering employee care in innovative ways. (Shutterstock)
09:33 GMT
Part two of how to better understand what drives Generation Y in the Middle East.
India's Wipro's all-women technology park in Saudi Arabia aims to create 21,000 jobs by 2025. (File photo)
09:05 GMT
The new venture between Saudi Aramco, Princess Nourah University and Indian IT major Wipro will be the first-of-its kind IT hub serving multi-sectors.
The new BD300 fine for violating Bahrainisation laws was issued last month and is now in effect.  (Bahrain This Week)
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Inspections will be increased and fines imposed for offences such as hiring ghost Bahraini workers in order to boost their expat employee numbers.
Almost 20 per cent of all tourists who visit Dubai include a desert experience. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
07:25 GMT
The new benchmarks include regulations covering safety, insurance, marketing, transport, logistics and environmentally sustainable practices.
Alpen Capital forecasts the number of students in the regional education sector would increase to 15 million by 2020. (Twitter)
07:04 GMT
Demographics, explosive demand for the international curriculum and lack of interest from local teachers are the main reasons behind the region's teacher shortage.
 be limited to a lower percentage.

The new rules and their effective date will be published by the end of the first half of 2017. (File photo)
05:11 GMT
After opening the Tadawul to foreign investment last year, Saudi's new reforms include amending its settlement cycle for share trading and new limits for foreign ownership.

May 3, 2016

The centre focuses on providing all the components in an integrated system to take 3D technology from the ideas and innovation stage to the design phase. (Twitter)
12:49 GMT
Sheikh Maktoum inaugurated the centre at Dubai Industrial City, which will host more than 700 local and international companies working with 3D printing technology.
Although your financial adviser should be able to describe the level of risk with each investment portfolio, this person doesn’t know you.  (Shutterstock)
12:38 GMT
Make the most out of your meeting with a financial advisor by thinking about your needs and wants ahead of time.
According to a recent survey, millennials in MENA favor good work/life balance over financial reward. (File photo)
12:27 GMT
If you want to get the most out of your youngest employees, it helps to understand their needs and wants.
Ahram's editorial hit out at the interior ministry's "several mistakes in this past period, concluding with its unfortunate behavior against the right[s] of journalists and media workers." (Twitter)

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In a rare move for the state-owned daily, Egypt's oldest newspaper lashed out at the interior ministry's storming of the Press Syndicate headquarters and arrest of two journalists.
Daily protests over unpaid salaries culminated in seven company buses torched by angry workers on Saturday. (AFP/Mahmoud Mahmoud)
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The embattled construction giant owes SR4.8 billion to employees for 2017 and an additional SR595 million payable in 2018.
Oman's strategy hinges on Oman’s potential as a destination for ‘adventure tourism’ because of its nature, mountains and unspoilt beauty. (Wikipedia)
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Oman's new 20 year tourism strategy will cost $35B and is focused on 'quality vs quantity' rather than overdevelopment for mass tourism.
A third of people overall said they feared retaliation if they reported corruption. (Shutterstock)
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Some 50 million people in MENA paid bribes last year, according to a report from the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International.
Th QNB hackers reportedly had access to the bank’s data systems for 200 days. (File photo)
08:59 GMT
The hackers claiming responsibility for the Qatar National Bank data breach have Turkish connections and are known as Bozkurtlar, but have not yet claimed a motive or made demands.
Saudi's King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. (Wikipedia)
08:00 GMT
Two new causeways linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain and Qatar have been proposed at a sustainable development conference in Doha.
Binladin Group spokesmen have confirmed that some staff have been let go, but gave no numbers. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Suspension of lucrative contracts after last year's deadly crane collapse has reportedly lead to up to 77,000 layoffs and unpaid salaries for workers in Mecca and Jeddah.
Majid Al Futtaim’s investments are anticipated to create more than 42,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in the Sultanate in the next five years.  (Ventures on Site)
06:00 GMT
The retail giant's investments in Oman include the Mall of Oman mega retail complex, City Centre Sohar, My City Centre Sur and other retail projects.
The tax is being implemented in an effort to address a shortage in housing projects, increase transparency and strengthen the tax system.  (File photo)
05:05 GMT
A tax on undeveloped properties has already lead to a 25 percent drop in prices, as owners rush to sell off investments.

May 2, 2016

Jeff Williams of Apple explains the ideas behind CareKit. (Twitter)
14:09 GMT
Apple's new framework is aimed at making people more proactive and empowered to track their own medical conditions.
Parents are increasingly taking out savings plans to cover their child's educational future. (File photo)
13:54 GMT
With the cost of schooling for some amounting to more than their annual rent, some forward thinking and saving is recommended.
This is the developer's first property venture in Egypt which involves a total investment of Dh20 billion.  (Capital Group Properties)
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The Dh20 billion development will target middle income groups and include a shopping mall, schools, theatres and a 70 acre park.
Only 56 per cent of those surveyed said that had specific policies or programs in place on Emiratization, while a quarter felt the policy didn't apply to them. (Twitter)
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A new survey suggests that UAE employers need to work harder on engagement principles and practices in order to reverse the trend of high turnover among Emirati employees.
QNB claimed that the hack would have no financial impact on its customers.  (Qatar is Booming)
11:00 GMT
The 1.5GB data leak of QNB customers data was fundamentally an attack on the bank's reputation, rather than on its customers, according to a QNB statement.
Power plant in Samawah, Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons)
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A daily volume of 50 million cubic meters of Iranian gas will be piped to Basra’s power plant for electricity generation, following a visit to Tehran by Iraqi officials.
Wunderlist acts as a digital to-do list. (Wunderlist)
08:13 GMT
Instead of frittering precious hours away on social media, use your smartphone to be more productive.

The assistance to the families, in the form of land, villas, apartments or financing, will be extended over a year starting on May 8. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
Under Saudi Arabia's sweeping reform plan, the new housing package is part of the goal to increase the rate of home ownership among Saudis by five percent by 2020.
The agreement will also allow the two countries to cooperate in strengthening the technological and information infrastructure of the Bahrain Bourse. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
The new agreement between will allow companies to be listed in both the Egyptian Exchange and Bahrain Bourse.
The independent Australian-based Dunmore Consulting company estimates that the Hatrurim area contains from seven to eleven million barrels of oil. (Wikimedia Commons)
05:00 GMT
Israel Opportunity Energy Resources will begin drilling at the 94 square kilometer site in the Dead Sea area from November 2017.
'Missile Strike' was created in retaliation for the Israeli console game, 'Battlefield', that includes scenes simulating attacks on Tehran and its Milad Tower. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
The game, which allows users to launch Iranian missiles against Haifa, is the latest update in the tit-for-tat virtual war games between Iran and Israel.

May 1, 2016

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced the allocation on Thursday at a Labour Day celebration.  (Parlmany)
16:45 GMT
The EGP100 million fund would go towards supporting workers in ailing sectors such as tourism.
The new power plant will be located 15km south of the capital Doha, adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone.  (Siemens)
13:00 GMT
The deal for Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant is the second major power generation services order from Qatar in past six months, it stated.
In recent months, gasoline prices in Bahrain have been raised by nearly 60 percent. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Despite tax increases on utilities, tobacco and alcohol, more efforts are needed to cut Bahrain's fiscal deficit, which is projected to reach 19.5 percent of GDP in 2016.
Etihad and partners Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, NIKI and Etihad Regional will help fashion’s insiders arrive, connect and present at the industry’s key moments throughout the year. (Twitter)

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Under the first multinational, multi-year airline sponsorship supporting the fashion industry, Etihad Airways becomes the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai.
The card is uploaded off-camp with 62 Turkish Lira per person per month, about 19 euros. It provides each person with an average of 2100 calories per day.  (Twitter)
09:47 GMT
The World Food Programme has been using the e-Food cards in Turkey for three years, where over 2.7 million Syrian refugees are sheltered in 26 refugee camps.
Oman envisages Ras Markaz to be one of the largest oil storage hubs worldwide. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
Financing for the construction of a strategic oil reserve 70km from Duqm requires global financing, according to Oman's oil minister.
Many people feel negative about their jobs because of others’ perceptions, office politics or problems that are not related to the job in itself. (File photo)
05:59 GMT
If career change is unlikely, find ways to change your mindset or an outlet for your job frustrations.
Employees of the Saudi Binladin Group are seen at work in Mecca. (SPA)
05:00 GMT
Daily sit-in protests have become the norm as Binladin workers given the option to take urgent exit visas or wait for payment of arrears, some of which date back six months.

April 28, 2016

Qatar National Bank is one of the largest banks in the Middle East and the largest lender in MENA by assets. (Wikipedia)
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Leaked documents allegedly include photos, bank details and contact details of customers including members of the Al-Thani family, Al Jazeera journalists and government officials.
Teenagers will enter a world with uncertain career paths and high costs of living and need all the financial advice they can get.  (Shutterstock)
11:27 GMT
If the next generation could learn from your financial mistakes, what would you tell them?
The findings have implications for all crowdsharing apps, although Waze is more sensitive because of its location-based data.  (Waze)
11:09 GMT
University of California researchers have found that the navigation and traffic monitoring app can be hacked to track users movements in real time and create fake traffic jams.
Kuwait has announced plans to lay off 'unnecessary' expat employees in an effort to reduce the number of expatriates in the country. (File photo)
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Kuwait continues to put the pressure on expats, who account for 70 percent of the population.
According to the report, Amman is more expensive than Beijing, Luxembourg, Berlin, and others primarily due to the low average income. (Twitter)
10:18 GMT
The Jordanian capital's place at the top of a report by the Economist Intelligent Unit is dividing opinion.
Dubai's real estate developers are expected to continue seeing robust revenues despite the challenges.  (
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A combination of pressures including low oil prices will drive property prices down by ten percent and dampen expansion plans according to Standard and Poor's.
The Dubai Forum was hoped to be a chance for the ministry to woo tourist companies back to Egypt after the slump in touristic trade Egypt has suffered from in the last few years.  (File photo)
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FTI, Germany's fourth-largest tour operator, accused the tourism minister of refusing to listen to the requests of trip organizers.
Dubai's 'Museum of the Future' will be built in 2017 using 3D printing construction techniques. (3D print)
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Sheikh Maktoum has announced Dubai's new strategy to promote 3D printing technology in construction, medical products and consumer products.
If this your first Skype interview, it would do you good to do a mock interview with a friend. (Shutterstock)
07:29 GMT
With online interviews becoming increasingly common, be aware of the extra preparation needed beforehand.
Saudi Aramco plans to sell less than 5 percent of the company via an initial public offering. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
In addition to an IPO, the energy giant plans joint ventures, a focus on local recruitment, a sukuk issue and new management structure.
THAAD, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense is an anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles using kinetic energy. (
05:52 GMT
Qatar's $12.7B budget deficit may delay the sale of a major Lockheed Martin THAAD missile system deal.

April 27, 2016

Swift, or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a cooperative owned by 3,000 financial institutions. (Shutterstock)
13:51 GMT
In the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist, the global financial transfer network revealed that it has been the victim of several cyberhacks.
As part of the Harrods exhibition, Emaar will be selling residential property at Dubai Creek Harbour in projects known as Creekside 18 and Harbour Views. (Harrods)
13:20 GMT
In cooperation with Emaar, Harrods is showcasing the best of Dubai in its second-floor windows in London.
Those who lack motivation to commit to healthier lifestyles can sometimes be encouraged with incentives or rewards. (Shutterstock)
13:01 GMT
From a purely financial standpoint, a sick employee will cost you in more ways than one, so it's worth investing in their wellness.
Internet speed is faster in Syria than in Lebanon. (Shutterstock)
12:45 GMT
Interactive Middle East Company has ranked 22 countries according to broadband speed.
Bahrain's tourism sector contributed around $700 million - around 3.6 percent of GDP - in 2015. (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)
12:00 GMT
Bahrain's Tourism and Exhibitions Authority has launched the 'Ours.Yours.' campaign to stimulate investment and attract tourists.
The disparity in bonuses and benefits being paid to various employees, created discrimination and dissatisfaction among employees. (File photo)
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In an effort to trim budgets, Oman's Finance Ministry is tackling the large discrepancy in bonuses and benefits being paid to public sector workers.
France’s 2003 Lellouche law has been applied to punish Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists for seeking to damage Israel’s economy. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
An account held by BDS with the Credit Mutuel bank in France appears to violate French law, while branches in New York are awaiting the outcome of anti-BDS proposals.
Due to oversupply around the world and low global demand, crude oil prices began falling in June 2014 from $115 per barrel.  (File photo)
09:00 GMT
A World Bank economist predicts a rise in oil prices, unless OPEC significantly increases production.
Jordan's Finance Minister warned that the forecast for economic growth is around 2.7 per cent this year, which is below the 3.5 per cent forecast in the state budget. (Flickr/Andrew E Larsen)
08:00 GMT
The new terms for the IMF's $700M-$800M Extended Fund Facility are expected to include more fiscal reforms and structural adjustments.
The Qatar Airways chief claims the delay in taking delivery of the A320neos has hurt the airlines growth by more than 5 per cent. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
In December Qatar Airways refused to take delivery of Airbus’ new A320s due to technical problems which have not yet been resolved.
A number of agreements will be signed during the forum to increase investment and trade volume between the two countries. (Egyptian Presidency)
06:03 GMT
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is on a two-day official visit to boost bilateral relations and investments.
The 63-storey hotel was evacuated during the fire, which was caused by an electrical short circuit. (File photo)
05:41 GMT
Dubai's Address Downtown hotel will not open this year due to renovations following the New Year's Eve fire.

April 26, 2016

As the head of a startup, it should always be your mission to convey that you are building a great business that will grow into success, to attract the right employees, who are motivated to work with you and help the company succeed. (Bayt)
14:00 GMT
Abrar Ahmed, founder of, Pakistan's largest web portal, shares tips on how he attracts top talent to his startups.
Vision 2030's emphasis on privatization of state assets is designed to help wean the economy away from oil dependency. (File photo)
14:00 GMT
What you need to know about Saudi Arabia's plan for economic transformation.
The P9's dual-lens camera allows photography in colour and black and white. (Gizbot)
13:31 GMT
Huawei's P9 and P9 Plus models take smartphone photography to the next level with help from Leica.
The railway will begin from Kuwait City and will pass through Dammam via Bahrain and  Qatar through Salwa border point.  (Shutterstock)
13:00 GMT
The new targeted completion date for the 2,117km railway, estimated at a cost of $15.4B, is 2018.
The IMF has encouraged steps to lift subsidies and tighten public sector spending. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The IMF's MENA director praised Saudi Arabia for its Vision 2030 plan, but warns that other countries must do more to offset the impact of cheap oil.
The vehicle is designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes and can carry 10-12 passengers.  (Twitter/RTA)
11:09 GMT
Dubai's Crown Prince inaugurated Dubai's first driverless vehicle which is being developed to play a part in Dubai's smart city plans.
Qatar plans to announce five new routes this year. (Twitter)
11:00 GMT
Talks to partner with Saudi Arabian carrier Al Maha have been hit by repeated delays, while Qatar Airways warns that investment in the beleaguered Italian airline will not come without job cuts.
An official from the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Telecommunication and Information Technology Committee suggested a gradual system of training Saudi employees to replace expatriates. (
10:00 GMT
Insufficient local expertise and less-than-suitable workplaces for women may lead to the loss of telecoms businesses as they struggle to meet Saudization regulations.
The gap in estimate means a NIS 100 billion reduction in revenue from gas sales and a reduction of more than NIS 50 billion in state revenues from taxation. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
Israel's energy ministry is investigating a Dutch consultancy's claim that the Leviathan gas reservoir contains almost a quarter less than previously estimated.
Bloomberg reported a meeting between officials from Iran’s Qeshm Free Trade Zone and Bombardier on a project to set up an airline in the southern Qeshm island. (Omnifeed)
07:06 GMT
The Canadian aviation company have only confirmed that 'exploratory discussions' in Iran are underway.
Increasing subsidy allocations will put stress on the state’s budget. (File photo)
06:02 GMT
The government is also battling the effects of pound devaluation by selling commodities at designated locations at 50 percent lower than market value.
Oil exports were not affected by the strike action.  (AFP/File)
05:13 GMT
With production cut by up to 60 percent, the three-day strike over proposed austerity cuts lead to losses between $175M and $200M.

April 25, 2016

More details of the sweeping changes are expected to be released shortly. (File photo)
13:52 GMT
King Salman announced that the much-anticipated transformation plan to move the country away from oil dependency has been approved.
Emirates has said it would now launch flights to Panama at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Emirates' plans for expansion in Latin America are being scuppered by its failure to procure strategic code-share agreements, but the airline remains hopeful.
A row of tombs from the al-Khuraymat group, in the archaelogical Nabatean site of Mada'in Saleh. (Wikipedia)
10:30 GMT
The move is part of 'The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination' tourism initiative and is also available to business visa holders and GCC citizens.
The Vision Council reports an increase in myopia that scientists attribute to a mix of genetic and environmental factors, including increasing near-range activities such as the use of digital devices. (Tech Times)
10:18 GMT
The new app uses facial recognition to alert the user when they are too close to the screen, helping to prevent eyestrain and myopia.
If you’re doing business or shopping online, take the time to investigate the reliability of the sites you are using. (Shutterstock)
10:07 GMT
When it comes to protecting your data online, sweat the small stuff.
If you aren't aware of your communication and management style, do some self-evaluation before the interview. (Shutterstock)
09:32 GMT
If you're looking to move up the corporate ladder, be prepared for tougher questions during the interview process.
The second phase of the project includes 300 residential units, 240 villas and five administrative buildings over 53,000 sq m of land.  (Sedra Homes)
09:30 GMT
The mixed-use, $2.2B Cairo Festival City project enters its second phase of development with plans for more homes and administrative buildings.
Zee's Alphabet is aimed at 3-5 year olds to teach the Arabic alphabet. (AppyKids)
09:14 GMT
Some of the Middle East's best apps for training the brain!
One of Israel's main concerns is that Russian involvement would forestall the development of Leviathan in order to prevent competition with Russian gas. (File photo)
08:30 GMT
The prospect of Gazprom joining the Leviathan partnership, rebuffed in 2013, was raised during Netanyahu's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Russia last week.
The drop in oil prices has severely affected Bahrain’s public finances, with 86 percent of the total revenues dependent on oil. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
Credit rating agencies have put Bahrain under pressure to reduce spending or risk junk bond status.
The proposed solar project will create jobs of 1,000 people locally.  (File photo)
06:30 GMT
A German consortium has plans for a solar power project with the capacity to generate one gigawatt, subject to approval by the Omani government.