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November 16, 2015

Customers expect banks to provide more convenience, less paper, more speed, pinpoint accuracy and a friendly service environment. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
Only 14 percent of surveyed MENA customers use mobile banking despite high number of smartphone users, according to a report by Ernst & Young.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the opening of the 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
11:22 GMT
Speaking at the G20 Summit in Turkey, IMF Director Christine Lagarde has said that Islamic financing should be supported.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser recently opened Bin Jelmood House, a museum that charts slavery throughout history. (Twitter)
11:04 GMT
Qatar's new museum charting slavery throughout history is an odd gesture given the controversies surrounding the dire labor conditions of its migrant workers, argues one academic.
There have been 16,500 TEDx Talks in 1,200 cities in 177 countries. (TEDx Blog)
10:28 GMT
Held under the theme 'Blueprints', eight speakers covered a variety of topics from web science, brain drain, polarization of refugees, to oil and gas.
Factory resets still mean that the data is on the flash memory, but it's encrypted. (Timepass 360)
10:05 GMT
A step-by-step guide to making sure your all your data has been deleted securely.
Use the internet to keep your skills up-to-date and to network. (Shutterstock)
09:46 GMT
The transition to parenthood is difficult enough without having to juggle a career from home.
Some UAE residents are using debt to cover basic costs, which is unsustainable. (Shutterstock)
09:31 GMT
With the rising costs of living outpacing salary hikes, it may be time for some tough negotiations at the office.
King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in early 2016. (Al Riyadh City)
09:19 GMT
Saudi Arabia's airports and airport services, followed by the information technology sector, are slated for privatization next year.
Turkey's national carrier suspended flights on 6 November following the Russain air crash. (File photo)
08:48 GMT
The ban on Turkish Airlines flights to the Egyptian resort city, due to end on Monday, has been extended until 30 November.
Turkish President Erdogan speaks to US President Obama during the G20 family photo. (AFP/Pool)
06:41 GMT
Increased border and aviation security measures, the migration crisis and coping with jittery markets are expected to dominate G20 discussions in Antalya.
Burj al-Khalifa, the world's tallest building, lit in the colours of the French flag two days after deadly attacks in Paris. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
06:18 GMT
Social media users were quick to point out that the UAE was slow off the mark to join the world in lighting up their landmarks following the Paris attacks.

November 15, 2015

Director General of Dubai's Department of Economic Development Sami Qamzi. (
23:23 GMT
Dubai SME, an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), identified the top-performing 100 SMEs in a bid to help them grow bigger and support them through their growth.
Prior to the attacks in Paris, Facebook's Safety Check feature had only been used during natural disasters. (Facebook)
22:41 GMT
Facebook is striving to assuage those criticising the social media platform for displaying “double standards” in launching its Safety Check feature, which was activated during the attacks in Paris but not those in Beirut the day before.
Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (Wikipedia)
18:46 GMT
Iran’s media said on Saturday that a new airline will become operational in the country by next April.
Modon plans to build a total of 40 cities in five years. (Twitter)
17:37 GMT
The Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (Modon, in Arabic) is set to establish four new industrial cities in Jeddah, Yanbu, Qassim and Al-Jouf.
The ultra-rich and poor share similar motivations for coming to Europe: a better quality of life. (AFP/FIle)
14:00 GMT
Almost 60 percent of applicants for global second citizenship/residence visas for Europe came from ultra-high net worth Middle East migrants. Can they be part of a funding solution for the less fortunate?
Research shows that 27 percent of high schoolers who smoke in Saudia Arabia began in elementary school. (Map2Care)
13:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia has raised cigarette prices by nearly 11 percent without prior notice, in an attempt to reduce smoking-related illnesses and deaths.
Car sales have dipped from 15 percent growth for four years to five percent in recent years. (Dubai cars)
13:00 GMT
A slowdown in the auto sales market has brought the bargain hunters out, and dealers in the UAE are piling discounts on top of freebies to seal deals.
Despite heavy investment in the energy sector, Bahrain is a major exporter of aluminium products, which dominate the manufacturing sector. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Low oil prices are forcing the GCC to diversify away from oil; Bahrain is turning to aluminium as well as developing its financial sector.
The promotion of healthy living and women's increased participation in sport and fitness are two drivers in the sector. (Pinterest)
11:00 GMT
Public and private investment in the sports industry has increased by 40 percent alongside the boom in the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia.
Jordan's King Abdullah II receives the newly-appointed German Ambassador to Jordan Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle on 8 September 2015. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
Assistance comes as 127.9M euros in soft loans, grants, and technical assistance for the education, energy, environment and sanitation sectors.
Europe imports more than nine million bpd of crude oil from outside the region. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
With the focus is on Russia and Iran, Iraq has quietly overtaken Saudi Arabia as Europe's second largest seller of oil.
Moscow has been receiving EgyptAir flights for over 50 years. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities were reportedly not notified of Russia's decision to suspend all EgyptAir flights from Cairo to Moscow.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. (AFP/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Kayhan Ozer)
07:00 GMT
World leaders begin to arrive in Antalya, where security measures for the G20 Summit have been tightened in light of the Paris attacks.
Facebook's Safety Check feature was rolled out in 2014 and allows you to inform your friends that you, and others in an affected area, are safe. (
05:00 GMT
Social media played a positive role in the deadly violence in Paris and Beirut as users took to Twitter and Facebook to spread information, search for survivors and provide support.
If you put your trust in a family member or a professional to manage your money and investments, you must still keep a critical eye on things. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Putting money matters into someone else's hands is convenient, but a sudden change of circumstances can spell disaster for the financially inexperienced.
Personal and professional training programs are valuable in helping employees' personal growth. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
When a pay bonus isn't an option, keep employees motivated in other ways.
The walls of Jerusalem's Old City are illuminated in the colors of the French flag to express solidarity with France following the terror attacks that claimed at least 128 lives in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Arutz Sheva)
04:45 GMT
Some of the world's most iconic landmarks have been lit with the colors of the French flag to show solidarity for the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris.

November 14, 2015

The French Embassy, Washington DC: a woman leaves flowers at a makeshift tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. (AFP/Getty/TJ Kirkpatrick)
18:20 GMT
In a precautionary move following Friday's terror attacks in Paris, France has temporarily imposed border controls but the Schengen visa application process remains the same.

November 13, 2015

No reason was given by Moscow for the EgyptAir ban. (Truly Egypt)
16:14 GMT
Moscow has announced that all EgyptAir flights to Russia would be banned from November 14.

November 12, 2015

King's College Hospital currently runs a clinic in Abu Dhabi. (Courtesy of
21:08 GMT
The United Kingdom-based King’s College Hospital London has announced that it will open a 80-100 bed hospital and a network of clinics in Dubai.
The sale will take place from November 25-28. (Screenshot from
20:39 GMT
Dubai-based e-commerce site plans to offer up to one million products on sale during its upcoming White Friday event.
Heavy rain has brought severe flooding to Egypt. (Twitter)
18:15 GMT
Egypt will set up a new residential village in the Nile Delta's Beheira governorate to accommodate locals harmed by the past week’s flooding that has devastated parts of the city and forced dozens to leave their homes.
Bank accounts in Lebanon and the UAE are the eighth and ninth most attacked by cybercriminals in the world. (Al Bawaba/File)
17:54 GMT
Bank accounts in the UAE and Lebanon are among the most targeted by cybercriminals worldwide, a new report showed.
The seventh annual event is showcasing the best of coffee, tea, bar and cafe products, equipment and services. (
12:58 GMT
More than 100 tea importers and 1000 pre-registered visitors are expected at the specialized trade show for the coffee and tea industry.
The Panasonic Toughbook 20 will be available for purchase in early 2016 with a starting price of $3,099. (Tech Times)
12:33 GMT
The toughest Windows 10 laptop will soon be available in a lightweight, detachable model. But it's not cheap.
The new minimum balance requirement only applies to customers joining after June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Emirates 247)
12:18 GMT
Banking stalwart Citibank is repositioning itself as a premium-focused institution by imposing a minimum balance of Dh35,000 for new UAE customers.
Majid Al Futtaim's City Centre Muscat expansion comes less than two months after completing the mega Mall of the Emirates expansion. (City Centre Muscat)
11:56 GMT
The year-long expansion by the Dubai-based developer has added 10,000sq m and and 60 new retail stores.
About 900 million people use WhatsApp in Saudi Arabia, according to Al Watan. (Google+)
11:39 GMT
New telecom alliance against free internet-based calling services such as Tango and Whatsapp is an effort to increase revenue.
A major UAE Air Force purchase is expected to tip the value of sales to $100B on the show's final day. (Bizlive)
11:24 GMT
After a slow first day and delays from rain, the five-day event closes today with a predicted $100B in inked deals.
Shiloh wine is produced and bottled at the Shiloh Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank. (New Europe)
09:00 GMT
Israel claims to be unfairly targeted by the new EU label policy for West Bank-produced exports, naming other disputed territories which are not subject to similar guidelines.
The ruling sets a precedent as it is the first time customers have won a case against the telecom giants. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
60 Omanis took on the country's telecom giants TRA, Omantel and Ooredooa nd won in an unprecedented ruling in the industry.
Investors' demands apply to Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor and Aswan, which have been suffering a decline since 2011. (AFP/Mohamed El Shahed)
06:55 GMT
Egypt's tourism investors are requesting the Central Bank of Egypt to extend loan payment periods, reconsider interest rates and delay payments in light of the sharp decline in visitors.
Alpha Star CEO Salim bin Obaid Al-Muzaini and Jet Aviation Group President Robert Smith. (Corporate Jet Investor)
06:22 GMT
Rapid expansion of relative newcomer Alpha Star Aviation Services mirrors the explosive growth in MENA's private aviation sector.
Lebanon has spent only 4 percent of its budget over twenty years on infrastructure projects, which has resulted in a deterioration of services. (Executive Magazine)
05:33 GMT
Improvements to electricity, water, transport and jails should be executed via public-private partnerships, acccording to Lebanon's secretary-general of the Higher Privatization Council.
Taking time to mentally and physically prepare for a brainstorming session can help ideas flow more easily. (Shutterstock)
05:13 GMT
Got the brainstorming blues? Here's your plan for getting your team inspired to find creative solutions.

November 11, 2015

GCC countries are looking to broaden the interpretation of taxable business activities or actions. (Al Bawaba/File)
22:26 GMT
To increase the scope of income tax laws, GCC countries are pursuing tax determinations with significantly broader interpretations of activities or actions that constitute doing business in-country.
Dubai Duty Free's Millennium Millionaire lottery selects a winner every two weeks. (Shutterstock)
20:43 GMT
Nine airport employees just won $1 million (Dh3.6 million) in Dubai Duty Free’s Millennium Millionaire draw.
Subject to approval, the PBE unit will be rebranded ABK Egypt. (Gold News)
14:00 GMT
Kuwait's seventh-largest bank by assets closed a deal to acquire a 98.5 percent stake in Piraeus Bank Egypt, reports Reuters.
Palestinian workers at the SodaStream factory in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim on January 30, 2014. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
13:30 GMT
The European Union has finally passed their directive to clearly label exports from the West Bank settlements, in a move branded as 'anti-Semitic' by Israel.
More testing and adequate training are among the new recommendations from Saudi's Civil Defense Department. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Saudi's Civil Defense Department urges contractors to take increased protective measures, two months after a collapsed crane killed 111 people and injured 238.
The third round of funding for Careem represents one of the largest investments in the region’s emerging technology sector. (Facebook)
12:00 GMT
New investment from the Abraaj Group will allow the taxi-app company to expand and compete with Uber in a rapidly-growing market.
The US is opposed to boycotts against Israel, but does not support settlement activity. (Miraj News)
11:17 GMT
Speaking ahead of the EU publication on settlement product label guidelines, a US State Department spokesman says that it's unsurprising that some would want to limit commercial ties to West Bank settlements.
Berlin's reputation as a cool, thriving city and European center for art and culture ranks it high on Quality of Life and Power Cities lists. (Pixabay)
11:00 GMT
With most Middle East currencies pegged to the dollar, the weaker euro means more bargains for Arab real estate hunters in Berlin.
The third phase of the newest metro line is funded by the French Development Agency, the European Investment Bank and the European Union. (HitekNOFAL)
10:00 GMT
Egypt's new metro line running from the national airport to Cairo University is on track for development.
Major Mariam Al Mansouri from Abu Dhabi made headlines in 2014 as the first female pilot to lead strikes against Daesh in Syria. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
Emirates' new Flight Training Academy in Dubai will be taking on up to 400 cadets a year, and is expecting to see more interest from women.
007 fans queued up to get a closer look at one of the ten Aston Martin DB10 cars built especially for the latest Bond movie, ‘Spectre’. (Google+)
08:31 GMT
The biggest names in the car industry unveiled their latest offerings at the Dubai International Motor Show, but here's a look at the 15 craziest models on the floor.
Grand Hyatt Kuwait will be designed by RTKL Architects, which also designed the existing 360 Mall. (248am)
08:00 GMT
The international hotelier will develop the 261-room hotel as part of Tamdeen's mall expansion and the Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex.
Mohamed works for the UK-funded NGO Doctors of the World at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. (DFID)
07:59 GMT
Consider the rewards and job satisfaction of working at a non-governmental organization (NGO).
The project was originally envisioned as a 1,680km double pipeline that would pump 1 million barrels of oil a day from Basra on the Arabian Gulf to Aqaba Port. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
An Iraqi delegation will head to Amman next week to hammer out the Iraqi-Jordanian pipeline deal, which is expected to cost $15B.
According to Global Jet Capital, Saudi Arabia has the largest fleet of private jets in the Middle East, with 144 planes. (Sandpeople Communication)
06:00 GMT
London-based company Global Jet Capital has said that 11 percent of their private jets with Middle East owners are up for sale.