Although commodity-exporting countries continue to suffer from falling prices, it's unlikely that 2016 will usher in another recession.
A new project aims to review and modernize laws and regulations for commercial activities.
Most startups won't pay enough to support you full-time right away, but there are some tried-and-true tips to make your hard work worthwhile.
It's only natural you want your partner to be healthy, but you may need to tread carefully to avoid causing offense.
An alternative highway between Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates is taking shape, with 60 per cent of the work completed.
Sound money management and upfront conversations about finances can help keep your relationship happy.
Fog is one resource even a military blockade can't take away.
More than 90 percent of educational institutions in the GCC use laptops and tablets in everyday curriculum.
Politics and production must work together to recover from current prices.
Although the sukuk showed a good profit rate last month, Omantel will not issue it now due to global economic conditions.
Although consumer confidence has fallen regionally, investments in critical sectors gave a boost to the UAE.
Agreements across several sectors were signed during a visit to India by a UAE delegation including Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
More women are looking to private companies for online work which can be done at home.
February 11, 2016
One in three companies globally still have no women in executive roles.
Twitter is unveiling a new formula to push 'more important' tweets to the top, rather than display in chronological order.
An Israeli patrol made off with 100 heads of cattle in the second such incident in six months.
The combination of a long-running pricing issue and a weak currency have led to widespread drug shortages in Egypt.
Lebanon's Cabinet manages to defuse the issue over civil defense volunteers, but skirted a proposal to add a new fuel tax.
Sometimes all you need is a visual tool to motivate you to strive for success.
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 US-funded school in Kafr Qasim will be supported with MIT and initally take 20 students, with plans to expand to Beersheva and Jerusalem.
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.
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.
With gold hitting its highest in four months, analysts think that the yellow metal will be the best performing asset this year.
Import taxes on tobacco in Bahrain has jumped from 100 to 200 percent, while imported alcohol duty is now 225 percent from 125 percent.
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
As Saudi Arabia looks for ways to boost tourism, it is turning to Morocco for their expertise.
Despite increased passenger numbers, profits from Dubai's second largest airline dropped from Dh240M to Dh100.7M due to 'challenging business conditions'.
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.
Beltone's acquisition by Naguib Sawiris and two former ministers has prompted a new change in investment strategy.
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.
The long-awaited new feature will allow users to seamlessly switch between multiple accounts on the social media platform.
Having a set of questions ready also helps you decide if the workplace is the right fit for you.
Quiet diplomatic efforts are underway to restore relations after the fallout stemming from the EU decision to label goods made in West Bank settlements.
Kuwait's airline has moved out of a $9M loss, thanks in part to divestment of its fully-owned leasing business.
Approximately 70 percent of 26,000 units in Dubai will not be completed as planned, due to financial issues or contractual disputes.
After nearly a dozen tripartite talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, progress is finally being made in selecting the consultancy firms.
February 9, 2016
The United States has pledged an additional $133M for humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, while $290M will be used for education in Lebanon and Jordan.
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.
The Malta Stock Exchange hopes to attract halal companies that have not previously listed with the exchange.
Public sector employees in Kuwait are set to get performance-related bonuses, despite a 64 percent budget deficit.
Three university students think their new app can help cure your deepest fears.
Prepping for your job interview includes paying attention to how you look as much as preparing what you will say.
A Kurdish Iraqi official has said that the KRG needs US assistance to cover salaries, logistics and transport in order to defeat Daesh.
As OPEC members continue discussions over how to stabilize the oil market, oil prices continue to slide.
Sheikh Maktoum has announced sweeping structural changes to federal government which consolidates ministries and incorporates plans for outsourcing to the private sector.
Oman's first light-industries city will cater to the automotive and construction sectors and will create some 8000 jobs after completion.
Qatar Petroleum has acquired a 30 percent stake in three offshore leases held by Chevron Morocco Exploration.
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 has laid out five points for Arab countries to focus on for the future.
February 8, 2016
A Saudi committee is examining the possibility of removing the requirement of having a local partner in order to promote foreign direct investment.
The new facility will become the regional hub for the India-based company, the world's third largest producer of ductile iron pipes.
With 90 percent market share, Dubai's Savant Data Systems is helping retailers understand footfall patterns to make the right business decisions.
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.
The World Government Summit will discuss the future of eight vital sectors for development, such as education, healthcare, labor, innovation and government action.
Oman's government must dig deep to make up for the shortfall in revenue due to nose-diving oil prices.
Plans for the new school follow the success of the Bahrain Academic Complex in Zaatari refugee camp, which teaches 9000 students a year.
The UAE's Musandam peninsula is the location of the latest survival courses from the famous outdoor adventurer's outfit.
With Lebanon's fiscal situation in a precarious state, the question over how a proposed gasoline tax should be funded is igniting debate.
Empower yourself and get on the right track to achieve this year's career goals.
New tenders include phase one of a $15B passenger and freight network and an estimated $2B expansion of Hamad International Airport.
The move follows deadly clashes in the West Bank village last week.
Egypt's rejection of a 63,000-tonne shipment of French wheat has caused confusion among international suppliers regarding import standards.
Conservationists in Jordan are calling on Parliamentarians to put the environment on their agenda.
February 7, 2016
The second annual 'UAE Drones for Good' awards celebrates the application of civilian drones for improving lives.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Saudi Wildlife Authority plan 20 ecotourism camps in the Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali).
Banking sector profitability will be hit by slowdowns in lending, limited earnings growth, and squeeze liquidity.
The on again, off again discussions between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume in Khartoum to debate the technical reports from two French firms.
The San Francisco-based company steps up its efforts to stop terrorism from spreading through its network.
While telecommuting offers greater flexibility, make sure you are aware of all expenses or you could be losing money in the long run.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that the Middle East airlines carried the highest percentage of international travelers in 2015.
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.
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 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.
The hybrid taxi fleet was beefed up last year after 147 hybrid taxis were added to the existing cars.
Career experts share their five top tips for dealing with difficult people at the workplace.
The Kurdish government has sold approximately 19 million barrels since it began independent oil exports in June.
The iconic British retailer has launched an online store and home delivery in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.
February 4, 2016
Despite the continuous downward spiral of oil prices, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and a poll by Bloomberg predict a gain in prices by end year.
The luxury property developer aims to offer high quality accommodation at low prices, filling a much-needed gap in Dubai's housing market.
Two new explosive detectors will be installed at checkpoints on the road to Cairo International Airport.
The Connected Car Industry Report predicts that smart cars will be standard in the future.
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 Solar-1 project will have an initial $2.65M investment and aims to produce 60,000 panels annually.
Barclays announced that it will close its Emaar Square offices in Downtown Dubai and cut jobs as part of a worldwide restructuring.
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 Jordan awaits approval on a proposed plan to develop the site of cement factory site into a green residential scheme.
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.
Dubai's stock exchange has streamlined the membership process to facilitate Egyptian brokerages' easier participation.
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.
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 Pentagon has announced that it is increasing funding for the war against Daesh by more than 50 percent.
The commission aims to establilsh a Russian industrial zone as well as stronger bilateral relations between Russia and Egypt.
Despite cheap oil prices damaging it's economy, Oman refuses to change its foreign exchange rate.
The delivery is part of a fleet expansion plan from 119 to 200 aircraft by 2020.
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.
With oil prices falling, Saudi Arabia's economy is running out of gas.
A Dutch company is training eagles to catch amateur drones that are a threat to public safety.
Following the successful test of a prototype underwater data system, Microsoft is extending the size of the project.
Ahead of the Middle East Rail conference, here's a summary of the 16 rail projects currently underway in the MENA region.