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September 3, 2014

Middle East airport traffic grew by 9.2 per cent in July (File/AFP)
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Middle Eastern airlines recorded the strongest growth in passenger traffic in July with a 9.2 per cent rise, according to a report.
Crystal Lagoons Corp is the world's leading company for luxury lagoons and resorts (Image: Hospitality Business)
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The leading world developer of giant crystalline lagoons has unveiled a massive 8-hectare project in the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre to build hotels, a medical city, educational facilities, villas and apartments.
Dubai's Public Transport Agency aims to boost marine transport to 1.25 million customers by the end of 2014 (File/AFP)
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The PTA and RTA launched a Dubai Ferry line to increase marine transport around the Emirate, with five long-distance trips.
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
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In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.
France counts for Saudi Arabia's tenth importer and eleventh with exports (File/AFP)
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Saudi Arabia played an "effective role" in advancing the connections between investments with France, bringing both countries together.
Some of Qatar's top businesses will be attending Milipol 2014 (File/AFP)
10:32 GMT
Milipol Qatar 2014 will address many issues this year including internal state security markets within the GCC and the latest technological advancements.
City Centre Muscat will have 60 new stores and a new dining zone, following the expansion project (Image: Blogspot)
09:01 GMT
Leading Dubai developer Majid Al Futtaim announced plans to expand a retail mall in Oman's capital, Muscat, including 60 shopping and dining options.
Siemens aims to increase its presence in the GCC region (Image: Designmena)
08:37 GMT
Global tech giant Siemens handed over the Shuweihat S3 power plant in Abu Dhabi to begin commercial operations.
The UAE has emerged as one of the world's leading economies (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
The UAE is jumping the ranks and emerged as the seventh most competitive economy in the world within the short space of a year.
More than 61,000 Turkish nationals have traveled to Mecca this year to perform the hajj, a ritual compulsory for all Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the journey.
04:55 GMT
Turks are expected to spend $1.1 billion on pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca this year.
Lebanon's economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 per cent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 per cent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria,
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Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
04:55 GMT
In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.

September 2, 2014

Flights will start to Oslo and Brussels on September 2 (File/AFP)
12:29 GMT
The biggest Middle Eastern airline, Emirates, added two more destinations to its network this week including Oslo and Brussels.
Emirates NBD will expand operations in Saudi, according to the company's CEO, Shayne Nelson (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT
Dubai's largest bank, Emirates NBD, is looking to increase its presence in Saudi Arabia, CEO of the company announced.
One of campaigners’ key demands is that the ministry should not be responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring executive regulations.
11:58 GMT
Egypt’s manpower ministry and many labour activists agree that the country’s labour legislation is inadequate and needs reform. But bigger questions remain.
Siemens will construct static var compensators across several substations in Saudi Arabia (File)
11:39 GMT
German technology giant Siemens won two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company to construct static var compensators (SVCs), across the kingdom.
Oman, one of the Gulf’s least developed states, makes arguably the most interesting case study in how ports can help influence economic policy and even political directi
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While economic growth and job creation will be the underlying drivers of GCC port development strategy, much will also hinge on how these strategic assets integrate into new, efficient transport networks being built.
Total earnings across the GCC rocketed by 11 percent to $33 billion in comparison to the same period in 2013 (File/AFP)
11:03 GMT
UAE corporate earnings increased by 16 percent in the first half of the year, surpassing the average growth rate for the GCC region.