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December 1, 2016

Impression of Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project. (OmanGBNews)
14:01 GMT
Omran holds 51 percent of the operating company launched to develop the 64-hectare Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront and is launching the first phase of development while waiting for potential partners to come onboard.
Careem has experienced rapid growth since its lauch four years ago. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
App-based car booking service Careem plans to add 15 cities in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan to its current roster of 47 cities.
Queen Rania dedicated the award to Jordanians, whom she described as the “greatest humanitarians I know” for opening their homes and hearts to Syrian refugees. (Twitter/Rania Al Abdullah)
11:31 GMT
The Foreign Press Association has presented its newly-created Humanitarian Award to Jordan's Queen Rania in recognition of her work addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.
While there are some software bugs peppered through the Xperia XZ, at its heart it is still a great phone with a superior camera that is worth boasting about. (Phone Arena)
11:09 GMT
The Xperia XZ features an impressive camera but there are some bugs that need ironing out.
The new group will seek to encourage self-regulation among advertisers, agencies and publishers. (Flickr/Elvert Barnes)
11:00 GMT
A new advertising industry association which includes brand giants PepsiCo, Emirates, Google and Unilever aims to promote ethical, responsible advertising in the Middle East.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal: Tunisian Assembly President Mohamed Ennaceur; the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani; Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed at Tunisia 2020.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
10:00 GMT
Tunisia's International Investments Conference 2020 assembled global leaders under the theme of 'Road to Inclusion, Sustainability and Efficiency.'
Al-Rajhi Bank is the largest Islamic bank in the world, with assets of SR331.4 billion ($88 billion) at the end of first half of 2016. (Al Rajhi Bank)
09:00 GMT
Saudi Islamic banks will continue to operate in a tougher environment due to slower financing growth, but liquidity has now stabilized with the recent government injection.
The finance for this water project is also in response to Jordan’s call to help in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The French Development Agency will provide two soft loan agreements totalling 132 million euros to support the state budget and the water sector.
The Coca-Cola beverages produced in the new bottling plant will be distributed in Gazan communities through 18 branded trucks which will move from city-to-city and from village-to-village. (Flickr)
07:00 GMT
Following a planned future expansion within the next three years, the Gaza plant will eventually employ 270 people, bringing the total number of direct Palestinian jobs across the West Bank and Gaza to more than 750.
Banking sources estimated CI Capital's market value at near 1 billion Egyptian pounds ($56 million). (File photo)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's largest listed bank is in talks to sell 70-80 percent of its stake in investment banking arm CI Capital.
The deal promises to revive the tattered finances of countries from Venezuela to Libya and restore flagging confidence in the producer bloc that controls 40 per cent of the world’s oil. (File photo)
05:04 GMT
Oil prices jumped to a five-week high on news that OPEC will reduce production by 1.2 million bpd to 32.5 million bpd a day, in the first output cut since 2008.

November 30, 2016

The ministry has received many complaints from domestic workers about how they are treated by their employers, as well as from households employing domestic workers. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Lebanon's labor ministry has made an appeal to improve recruitment agencies as it is revealed that just 441 out of over 700 domestic worker recruitment firms meet legal standards.
A key factor behind declining construction costs has been the lower profit margins charged by building contractors. (File photo)
11:30 GMT
Construction costs have plummeted since the oil-price crash began in 2014, which led to a massive scaling back of building works, the cancelation of many projects, and contractors slashing profit margins.
The UK flight ban was put in place after the October 2015 crash of a Russian airliner in Sinai shortly after it took off from Sharm El-Sheikh. (File photo)
10:30 GMT
The UNWTO and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have appealed to the British Prime Minister to lift the ban on flights to the Red Sea resort, adding that Egypt has taken significant measures to improve security.
Prince Andrew said it was an honour to cooperate with Shaikh Mohammad and with the Khalifa Fund to introduce Pitch@Palace in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf. (Twitter/Khalifa Fund)
10:21 GMT
Britain's Prince Andrew was in Abu Dhabi for the UAE launch of his entrepreneurship initiative Pitch@Palace alongside Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Anglo-Dutch is the operator of the giant Majnoon field near Basrah in southern Iraq which started production in 2014. (Shell)
09:30 GMT
The Anglo-Dutch company, which has been present in Iraq for over a century, has found only limited financial benefits in recent years from its involvement in Iraq’s oil production.
Sadara's first phase commenced operations in 2015, and the remaining operating units are scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. (File photo)
08:30 GMT
The Sadara project is the largest integrated chemicals complex in the world to be built in one phase.
Mobile attacks will combine mobile device locks with credential theft, allowing cyber thieves to access such things as banks accounts and credit cards. (Shutterstock)
08:05 GMT
Intel Security presents the most challenging developments facing the cybersecurity industry in 2017.
Recruiters and HR managers are tasked with navigating large volumes of applications in order to choose the right one. (Shutterstock)
07:48 GMT
Filtering unsuitable applicants from the pile of candidates with the use of online tools can help expedite and smoothen the applicant screening process.
An automated system can streamline the recruitment process and combat hidden trade. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
A new automated job database proposed by Tanfeedh would allow employers to search and recruit qualified Omani staff instead of hiring expat labor.
According to the PIF, Alabbar's Adeptio acquired earlier 67% of Kuwait Food Co (Americana). (File photo)
06:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) has acquired Adeptio as part of it's strategy to boost its non-oil investments.
In 2014, Egypt embarked on a plan to introduce a number of fiscal reforms, including fuel subsidy cuts that increased prices up to 78 percent, as well as imposing new taxes to ease a growing budget deficit. (File photo)
05:25 GMT
Proposed new measures will include imposing progressive taxes and linking the automated wage system with citizens' national identification numbers so as to distribute food subsidies based on monthly income.

November 29, 2016

A special five-member committee has finalized the names of the people killed or injured in the crash after comparing them with the names submitted by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Defense. AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Families of victims who died when a crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque last year have filed five lawsuits demanding private rights.
The GCC region is one of the biggest employers of expatriates in the world, and consequently, a large source of remittances, which hit more than $80 billion in 2015. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
The International Monetary Fund has warned that a tax on expat income and remittances could lower the region’s attractiveness as an expatriate destination and breach double tax agreements.
At the moment, visas can take up to 12 months to be processed and migrant workers have to come to Oman on specific full-time work visas for a period of two years.  (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
Oman plans to introduce a ‘one window' approach to visa issuance, which would reduce the labour clearance process from months to five working days in an effort to speed up the labor market.
British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the stadium earlier this year. (Architect Weekly)
10:00 GMT
A joint venture between Qatari contractor HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has won the contract to build the 80,000 seater Lusail stadium.
Street View, a feature by Google Maps that will allow users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of major streets across the city, has been available in Dubai since 2014. (Google Street View)
09:14 GMT
As the UAE gears up to celebrate its 45th National Day on December 2, Google Maps' one billion daily users can now explore some of Dubai's world-renowned landmarks in crisp 360-imagery.
The shipbuilding complex is expected to cost more than SR20 billion ($5.32 billion) on completion. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The Saudi Aramco joint venture project, which will come up at Ras Al Khair on the kingdom's east coast, is expected to begin production in 2022.
Bilateral trade between Oman and Iran is likely to touch $5 billion within five years, from the current $1 billion.  (File photo)
08:00 GMT
Oman is set to bypass the UAE as Iran's biggest trading partner in MENA.
Whether they’re connecting with other professionals via smartphones, social media, or online job sites, respondents undoubtedly see the importance of networking. (File photo)
07:56 GMT
Online job sites continue to be more popular and more frequently used than the rest of job search tools in the region.
If you're one for handwriting notes but wish that they could be digitized, the Book Pad could be a perfect solution for you.(Lenovo)
07:34 GMT
While Lenovo refers to the Yoga Book as a tablet, it also has the Book Pad, AnyPen and Halo keyboard features.
Uber Egypt faces challenges with patchy network coverage and inaccurate GPS maps. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
Anthony Khoury, General Manager of Uber Egypt discusses the company's expansion plans and challenges of the sharing economy.
Through the Netherlands’ support, up to 8,000 children will be able to enrol in the formal education system after the end of level exam. (WFP)
06:00 GMT
The grants will support Jordan’s efforts in addressing issues such as education, economic development, host communities, social cohesion, human rights and good governance, renewable energy, and humanitarian assistance.
Last week, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said there was a 60 percent chance of a successful OPEC meeting, which from its perspective would put the price for Brent at the end of 2017 at $60 per barrel. (Shutterstock)
05:17 GMT
Scenarios from market watchers were about as fluid as the comments coming out of preliminary OPEC talks in Vienna.

November 28, 2016

The participants, aged between 18 and 32, were guided by world-class mentors to help develop their ideas themed around “The Medical Internet of Things.” (Arab News)
12:37 GMT
With support from Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the MiSK hackathon linked London and Riyadh by live broadcast satellite to allow young British and Saudi innovators to compete to solve health problems.
Saudi Arabia aims to become the main destination for conferences and exhibitions in the Middle East by 2020. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has announced ambitious plans to invest $1.6 billion in its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism industry.
YNAP’s existing multi-brand online stores in the region are Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter, Yoox and The Outnet.
11:00 GMT
The partnership with YNAP will see Mohamed Alabbar focus his entire online luxury retail activity in the region exclusively through the new joint venture.
The facility will also provide a unique prototyping lab with 3D printers, electronics and modern machinery for designers working with metals, wood, plastic and textiles. (Dubai Media Office)
10:00 GMT
The new in5 innovation centre, embedded within the thriving design community at Dubai Design District (d3), will be the third business incubator in the in5 network and will act as a catalyst for supporting industry diversification.
Landscape of Coron, Busuanga island, Palawan province, Philippines (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
The Qatar-based real estate company will explore the lease of private Philippine islands for agroforestry, agro-industrial zones, energy centres, and tourist destinations.
At a time of higher than normal e-commerce, criminals have a piqued interest in exploiting online activity. (Shutterstock)
08:36 GMT
Follow these nine simple security steps to help you stay safe as you hunt for holiday bargains.
If your cash flow isn’t regular, knowing which payments that are coming up should keep you from splurging when a good chunk of income lands into your bank account. (File photo)
08:06 GMT
With a little self-discipline, tracking your spending doesn't have to be as daunting as it seems.
Youth unemployment is predicted to increase from 33.5 percent last year to over 42 per cent in 2030, according to a new report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
Under a new measues being put forth to the Shura Council, the Saudization scheme looks to develop a skilled and educated workforce by increasing employment and productivity.
Someone who has 0-10 connections, has not yet established a profile, and is adding random connections, is not someone you probably want to go ahead and trust right away. (File photo)
07:37 GMT
Scammers can easily create profiles to collect information and data or to make fake job offers; here's how to avoid getting caught in their trap.
CBD Now will allow customers to completely change the way they manage their finances using technology to serve all their banking needs. (File photo)
07:08 GMT
Commercial Bank of Dubai makes a play for Millennial customers with a launch of the UAE's first online bank.
Five consortiums have been shortlisted for the implementation and funding of the project. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
The first phase of the $1.1B Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project comprises the installation of a desalination plant north of Aqaba with a capacity of 80-100 million cubic metres per year of desalinated water.
As the government seeks to diversify its revenues away from hydrocarbon revenues, investment revenue is expected to play a major role in Qatar's economy. (File photo)
05:37 GMT
Reports from BMI Research and Fitch expect Qatar’s current account will return to surplus in 2017, despite being heavily dependent on oil exports.

November 27, 2016

The deal deepens BP and Eni's partnership in Egypt, where they announced a significant gas discovery in the East Nile Delta in June. (File photo)
12:30 GMT
A stake in Zohr, one of the biggest ever gas discoveries, will raise BP's exposure to the gas market, just months after rival Shell became one of the world's biggest gas traders by acquiring BG Group.
The choice of colors and finishing on the back give the phone a super premium look that you don’t always find even in high-end devices.  (Huawei)
11:31 GMT
The Honor 8 has everything you'd expect from a high-end phone at a thousand dirhams less than its rivals.
GCC e-commerce retailer Souq.com, which launched White Friday in the UAE in 2014, offered 25,000 new deals this year. (Shutterstock)
11:30 GMT
Following the commercial success of global shopping events such as Black Friday in the US and Singles Day in China, E-retailers in the UAE are offering discounts for 'White Friday'.
The European Development Partners include the European Union (EU), KfW for German Development Cooperation, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
10:30 GMT
The new large-scale windfarm in the Gulf of Suez area will have the capacity of at least 200 megawatts of renewable electricity generation.
The resources required to develop OBOR are vast, with estimates between $2 trillion and $3 trillion per year.  (YouTube)
10:18 GMT
DP World Group chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem is exploring potential opportunities in China's 'One Belt One Road' initiative.
 Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.  (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Amazon is mulling a bid to acquire the Dubai-based e-commerce platform, but no final agreement has been reached so far, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.
For employers in the UAE, hiring from abroad can be a long and drawn out process and making the final decision can be something of a gamble. (Shutterstock)
09:16 GMT
While expats face great uncertainty over relocation and the nature of their jobs, a bad hire could mean financial and reputational damage for the company.
The public sector’s impact on competitiveness was one of these main causes for low productivity, the report said, urging measures to reform public service and ensure equal opportunity in appointments.  (File photo)
08:46 GMT
The Economic and Social Council’s recent report notes that the Kingdom's public sector is the largest in the world given its ratio to population, and is plagued by challenges that have an adverse impact on competitiveness.
Business leaders and investors said that one of the main duties of the new government is to pass the budget as soon as possible to send a positive signal to the market. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
Lebanon's budget deficit jumped to 26.8 percent of spending up to August 2016, as government revenues fail to keep up with LL 14.17 trillion in spending.
For customers based in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), jewellery and watches, as well as contemporary and Islamic art from regional artists are the biggest draws. (Sotheby's)
07:00 GMT
The British auction house plans to expand its footprint by opening an office in Dubai in the next few weeks, having witnessed a ten percent year on year increase in MENA buyers and sellers in the last five years.
OPEC is trying to cement a preliminary September agreement that would reduce its production to between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
A Monday meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC producers has been cancelled after Saudi Arabia pulled out to focus on finding consensus among OPEC members at a separate meeting on Wednesday.
HE Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Secretary General of the OIC delivering his opening speech at the 32nd Session of COMCEC.
05:19 GMT
Speaking at the OIC's COMCEC in Istanbul, the Turkish minister called on delegates to design specific plans and programs to achieve 25 percent of trade between OIC countries.

November 24, 2016

Medical treatment for employees injured during official visits and training abroad is also covered. (Shutterstock)
13:00 GMT
The new resolution outlines the framework for a compensation system for occupational injuries and diseases; rehabilitation for those affected; and the creation of a safe work environment.
Both Morocco and Tunisia saw a slight increase in visitor numbers in the first nine months of 2016. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Egypt marked a 68.4 percent drop in tourism revenues in the first nine months of 2016, while Turkey registered 30.8 percent fewer visitors., according to the World Tourism Organisation.
Oil prices posted wide swings in trading Tuesday as investors tried to guess what would happen next as OPEC members started preparations for meetings next week on a production proposal. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
OPEC members are working on a proposal that calls for cuts for each member state by between 4 percent and 4.5 percent, with war-torn countries Nigeria and Libya getting exemptions.
Employees producing rubber masks of US President-elect Donald Trump at the Ogawa Studios mask factory in Saitama, north of Tokyo. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)
10:29 GMT
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, considered the biggest regional trade agreement in the world, would eliminate more than 98 percent of customs fees and taxes on imports in its member states.
EDL counts heavily on contract workers to carry out maintenance work and collect electricity bills. (EDL)
10:00 GMT
While the Lebanese government has put a freeze on new recruitment, Electricite du Liban contract workers are pressing to become full-time employees.
Blackstone Science Square, is a 99 percent leased 76,038 square foot office/lab property in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (BldUp)
09:00 GMT
The acquisition of the US properties is in line with Investcorp's strategy of acquiring well-occupied, cash flowing properties in metropolitan areas with strong growth fundamentals.
Some companies are participating just for the brand exposure and to test the water to see how the market works for their future plans. (Big Boys Toys)
08:00 GMT
The retail and technology exhibition, which kicked off on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, features everything from transforming cars to jewellery.
 iPhone users can now book a ride with Careem by politely asking the voice assistant lady.  (Shutterstock)
07:37 GMT
Say “Hey Siri, book me a Careem” and Siri will spring into action and connect the user to the Careem app.
The trick around managing your career employability is making a decision to invest in the things the marketplace wants to buy. (Shutterstock)
07:11 GMT
The failure to plan your career will lead you often into a clear cul-de-sac, and you won’t have job satisfaction or clear success, says career coach Michael Moran.
The objective is to offer newlyweds a variety of options in terms of hosting unforgettable celebrations and spending their honeymoon at the best hotels and resorts in Bahrain, said a statement from BTEA. (ART Rotana)
07:00 GMT
Bahrain's new wedding identity, Island Wedding, has been designed by a group of international experts from the wedding sector in order to showcase the kingdom’s main offering as a wedding destination.
Tucking away cash at home may also be driven by either a distrust of banks or a desire to evade tax authorities who are tracking private assets – or both.  (Shutterstock)
06:50 GMT
The case of the demonetized Indian rupee is just one example of why sitting on stockpiles of cash is not good for your finances.
The announcement comes less than a month after 7Days cut its daily print run to weekly with the aim of refocusing on digital. (YouTube)
06:09 GMT
7DAYS Media said that it will publish the final edition of the printed newspaper on Thursday, December 22, 2016

November 23, 2016

A VAT refund scheme had been suggested during the years 2009-2010, but was not implemented because of political unrest. (Shutterstock)
13:30 GMT
The VAT refund scheme for tourists is being studied in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance in order to increase tourist expenditure at Egyptian tourist destinations and promote Egyptian products.
The total global wealth in 2016 edged upwards by $3.5 trillion to a total of $256 trillion. (File photo)
12:30 GMT
While lower oil prices reduced average wealth by less than half a percent, the UAE and Qatar enjoy the highest average wealth in the region.
This isn't the first time that a crash bug has been discovered in iOS. (Shutterstock)
11:59 GMT
Watching the MP4 file will lock your phone.
Saudi Arabia ranks number 11 in the production of Portland cement.
11:30 GMT
Ras Al-Khair industrial mining city on the eastern Arabian Gulf coast and Wa’ad Al-Shamal in the north are set to open with streamlined processes to encourage investment.
With more than three decades of banking experience, Loutfy had worked across the corporate, SME and retail sectors, with extensive international experience gained in the US, Europe and emerging markets.  (Cairo Portal)
10:45 GMT
The CEO of the ADIB Egypt was the first Arab woman to lead an Islamic bank.
Oman's Ministry of Finance has issued 20 circulars so far this year aimed at controlling and managing spending.
10:33 GMT
Plans for the oil-rich sultanate’s 2017 budget will include a new raft of austerity measures as the projected average price of a barrel of oil remains set to languish at $45 next year.
The talks between Alfano and Saudi officials also touched on several other subjects such as the refugee crisis and the Islamic community in Italy.  (AFP/FIle)
09:47 GMT
Talks between Italy's interior minister and King Salman in Riyadh focused on new initiatives in the fields of security, police training and counter-terrorism, in addition to a range of bilateral and regional issues.
Many companies and organizations resort to job fairs as an expedited hiring method. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
Career fairs are great opportunities for meeting potential employees, but collecting and sorting paper CVs at such events can be cumbersome and lengthy.
The tastes of GCC residents are evolving as they become more familiar with French products, particularly as more Middle East residents decide to vacation in European countries such as France. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
MENA is now a bigger market for French cheese makers than both China and North America, with the Middle East now accounting for $400 million of its total $8 billion global exports.
The contract is the first for Siemens within the project. (Siemens)
07:30 GMT
Siemens will supply Qatar's new Hamad Port with fully-integrated E-House substations, equipment and and power management systems.
The Cairo Governor announced the newly adjusted initial taxi fare rate of EGP 4 to be effective as of Tuesday. (File photo)
06:30 GMT
Egyptian taxi drivers called on the cabinet earlier this month to adjust fares in accordance with the recent hikes in energy and fuel prices.
The strategy will essentially focus on financially-alienated categories that include adults with low income rates, micro-, small- and medium-sized projects, women, young people, non-Jordanians and refugees. (File photo)
05:39 GMT
Jordan has revealed its national strategy for 2018-2020 to raise the low rate of financial inclusion among adults in the Kingdom, standing at 24.6 percent.

November 22, 2016

Failaka Island, Kuwait. (Panoramio)
13:30 GMT
Kuwait is conducting feasibility studies to attract foreign investment for the ambitious development of the islands of Boubyan, Failaka, Warba, Miskan and Awha.
Jordan opened the door to the recruitment of domestic helpers from Ghana, among other countries, in 2015 to meet the rising demand. (Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT
Around 30 Ghanaian domestic helpers tested positive for HIV in the first seven months of 2016, despite bringing health certificates claiming to be HIV-free.
Egypt's banks had attracted about $1.4 billion in the first six days in which lenders began operating under the newly liberalised exchange rate. (File photo)
11:30 GMT
Egypt's Central Bank abandoned its currency peg of 8.8 pounds to the US dollar on Nov. 3 in a move it hopes will unlock foreign currency inflows and end a black market for dollars.
The self-made billionaire and chairman of Al Habtoor Group ranks 335 on Forbes World's Richest People list. (Habtoor)
10:30 GMT
The Emirati construction baron believes that a single GCC currency unhinged from the dollar and a stronger Gulf union will help shelter Gulf economies from uncertainty.
The central bank chief noted that there has been no growth in the restructuring of loans by borrowers. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
In a bid to boost the flow of credit to productive sectors, the specific provisions of restructured loans have been relaxed from 15 percent to 5 percent for 2016.
Alibaba Cloud has established a strong reputation as a leading cloud services provider in China. (Twitter)
09:02 GMT
Alibaba Cloud will offer a portfolio of services to address the increasing demand for affordable and secure cloud computing in the Middle East.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz restructured the ministries responsible for handling water and energy policies in May 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia plans to establish a national program to optimize water and energy consumption, as part of its plan to modernize its public sectors and diversify the economy.
Like Facebook live streaming, viewers will be able to leave comments and ‘like’ the video to their hearts content. (Shutterstock)
08:12 GMT
Instagram's Live Video works in the same way as Facebook’s live streaming, while the disappearing photos and video feature takes a page from Snapchat's book.
The IIF added that Lebanon would post the second smallest increase in net capital inflows among emerging markets in 2016. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
The Institute of International Finance has named Lebanon as one of 22 countries out of the 25 emerging markets slated for increased net capital inflows this year.
You need to differentiate yourself by every means possible in order to stand out and get noticed by employers. (Shutterstock)
07:12 GMT
Qatar offers a variety of job opportunities for locals and expats, but getting noticed by an prospective employer requires effort.
Ministers and officials have said OPEC was moving closer towards dealing with sticking points and most members were prepared to offer Iran flexibility on production volumes. (File photo)
06:43 GMT
OPEC experts have recorded some progress on the first day of a two-day meeting to nail down details of their plan to cut oil output, with some expressing optimism about the prospect of a final deal.
COMCEC convenes annually at the ministerial level in Istanbul under the chairmanship of Turkey’s president "to address the common problems of the Muslim world.” (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
The Standing Committee for Commercial and Economic Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a major economic body for Islamic countries, is holding its 32nd meeting in Istanbul.

November 21, 2016

Under the new guidelines, citizens of the US, Canada, UK and Ireland holding a five-year multiple re-entry visa to Bahrain will be able to stay longer in the country. (Shutterstock)
13:30 GMT
Under the fourth phase of its new visa policy, Bahrain has revealed a new single entry visa and one-year multiple re-entry e-visa for citizens of 114 countries.
In the GCC, for example, 51 percent of young Arabs said they were not concerned about the environment and climate change. (Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT
In ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller's Arab Youth Survey 2016 just 54 percent of young Arabs cited “climate change and the environment” being of concern, compared with 77 percent of respondents for “the rise of Daesh”.
Shares of all three banks were suspended 15 minutes after the market opened, but resumed later after the statements from each bank were issued. (File photo)
11:30 GMT
Share prices of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), and Union National Bank (UNB) dropped on reports that they were considering a merger.
Al Nouran's plant should reduce Egypt's reliance of imported sugar by up to 25 per cent from the first production line. (File photo)
09:47 GMT
The $360M sugar plant facility will be a welcome asset in light of Egypt's sugar deficit.
A survey earlier this year showed that many unemployed Saudis are still put off by the lower salaries and longer working hours in the private sector. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
Increased inspections of compliance with new Saudization rules have led to the closure of over 1000 mobile phone shops.
According to the forum, the confidence in the real economy sub-index rose by 2.62 points in August 2016, the highest since the beginning of this year, reaching 105.47 points. (Jordan Times)
08:30 GMT
The forum seeks to measure the confidence of investors operating in the Jordanian market through three aspects: the Jordanian currency and monetary system, the real economy, and the Amman Stock Exchange.