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September 4, 2015

The FTSE All Share dropped 6 percent in August. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT
It's tempting to want out when you see the stock market dip.
Egypt's culture minister said the country may be establishing a holding company for cinematic productions. (AFP/File)
02:16 GMT
Egypt's culture minister said the country may be establishing a holding company for cinematic productions.
The Islamic bonds will be worth about $211 million, the finance ministry said Thursday. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
00:28 GMT
The Islamic bonds will be worth about $211 million, the finance ministry said Thursday.

September 3, 2015

The private sector contracted further in August as business conditions and political tensions worsen in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
23:10 GMT
The private sector contracted further in August as business conditions and political tensions worsen in Lebanon.
Camels walk along sand dunes in the Liwa desert, 220 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, as the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival takes place on Dec. 22, 2013. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
22:50 GMT
Baharash Architecture won a contract to design a luxury eco-retreat in the Liwa desert.
Low oil prices took a toll on Iraq's revenue, which saw a decrease of nearly $1 billion compared with the previous month. (AFP/File)
22:31 GMT
Low oil prices took a toll on Iraq's revenue, which saw a decrease of nearly $1 billion compared with the previous month.
The Chinese manufacturer launched its new flagship phone Mate S on Wednesday. (Courtesy/Business Wire)
22:18 GMT
The Chinese manufacturer launched a new flagship phone on Wednesday.
The Sahel-Saharan Bank for Investment and Trade, Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. (AFP/File)
22:03 GMT
"Financial inclusion can be a gateway out of poverty."
The non-oil private sector in Egypt grew last month despite increasing unemployment rates, a survey said. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
18:07 GMT
The non-oil private sector in Egypt grew last month despite increasing unemployment rates, a survey said.
A legal rights organization wrote a letter to General Electric saying the movement was "unlawful racial discrimination." (AFP/Sebastien Bozon)
16:16 GMT
A legal rights organization wrote a letter to General Electric saying the movement was "unlawful racial discrimination."
If you have a vision of what success looks like, work out how to get there and re-visit your plan often. (Fastweb)
05:00 GMT
Ten steps towards achieving professional success!

September 2, 2015

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the country will boost oil production by over 1.5 million barrels a day. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the country will boost oil production by over 1.5 million barrels a day.
15:40 GMT
The new Voyager Focus UC, with a wireless stereo and noise cancelation, is designed for those working in loud environments.
Iranians accounted for 12 percent of Dubai's real estate transactions in 2010. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
The impact of sliding oil prices has been felt in a parallel decline in real estate transactions, but lifting of sanctions brings hope for increased Iranian investment.
The GITEX Technology Week runs on October 18-22 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. (Twitter)
11:00 GMT
Report ahead of Dubai's GITEX Technology Week forecasts 24 percent growth since 2011 to $551M, and pushes for further healthcare innovations.
Thales will be providing security solutions for Muscat and Salalah airports. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
The value of the contract was undisclosed, but includes high-tech equipment provision, training, and procedures development.
The forum will run alongside an 'Invest Saudi' exhibition that will showcase opportunities in the health, transport, ICT and mining sectors. (Global Research)
08:00 GMT
Forum to be held on the sidelines of King Salman's visit to the US on Thursday.
UNIDO Headquarters in the Vienna International Center, Austria. (UNIDO)
07:00 GMT
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, to be held in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, will be held in late 2016 in Abu Dhabi.
Saudi landmarks on the planes include the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque. (Photo courtesy of The Saudi Gazette)
06:32 GMT
Four decorated Saudia planes debuted a new look for National Day.
Lebanon was the seventh largest source of greenfield FDI projects among 19 Arab countries, behind the UAE. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
Lebanese investors have put $7.2 billion in outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) between January 2003 and May 2015, according to a report by fDi Markets.
Gold traders are speculating that ABN Amro's negative forecast  for 2016 Q4 will be revised closer to the time. (AFP/File)
05:41 GMT
ABN Amro's bearish forecast was met by skepticism from gold traders.
Show flexibility and set common goals to bridge the gap between young and old. (LinkedIn)
05:00 GMT
If you are managing someone older than yourself, be confident while showing reciprocal trust and respect for your subordinates' abilities.
HH Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned and Sepp Blatter celebrate Qatar's winning bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.  (EPA)
04:43 GMT
New agreement comes amid heavy international criticism for migrant labor abuse and stalled legal reforms.

September 1, 2015

Dubai plans to reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent in five years. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT
Dubai plans to reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent in five years.
A few tips could help boost your productivity and concentration at work.
13:55 GMT
A few tips could help boost your productivity and concentration at work.
OPEC said Iran created a list of 50 oil and gas projects worth $185 billion to start developing this year. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
Iran is planning its return to the global energy stage with a bang.
Leviathan gas field in Israel. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
The delay came one day after news broke on the discovery of a natural gas field in Egypt.
Austrian teens Samra (17) and Sabina (15) travelled to Syria to become jihadi brides and were desperate to return home a few months later. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The International Organisation for Child Protection said that the move would help protect children from joining armed conflicts abroad.
Eni's discovery in the Zohr field could become one of the world's largest natural gas finds. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
Fears that Islamist militants will derail the development of largest ever gas discovery in Egypt's Mediterranean, after offices of Italian firm Eni suffer damage from bombing.
The Middle East ice cream market is small but expanding. (Google)
07:21 GMT
Scientists in the UK have discovered a heat-resistant protein that can bind ice cream and slow the melting process.
Oman hopes to receive gas from Iran through a separate pipeline that has yet to be built. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Possible shift follows rising levels of domestic consumption of liquefied natural gas and shrinking exports.
Data traffic is expected to grow 14 times from .8GB to 5GB per device by 2020. (Shutterstock)
06:19 GMT
The networked society demands faster network performance and creates new needs based on behavioral changes.
Fears abound that the ruble will continue to drop due to close links with oil prices. (Fb.ru)
06:02 GMT
The weakening ruble has had a tangible impact on Russian tourists in the GCC.
The city of Jouf has around 12 million olive trees that produce olives for export. (Flickr)
05:00 GMT
Saudi exports include olives, wheat, dates, watermelon, poultry, eggs and fresh milk.
A weakness in the American currency could erode foreign workers' remittances. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Following China and Kazakhstan’s devaluation of their currencies, what are the implications for expats if GCC countries follow suit?

August 31, 2015

Palestinian students play in a classroom at a UN school in Gaza City on Sept. 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
15:06 GMT
The academic year for the UNRWA's 250 schools in Gaza began on Monday with nearly 250,000 children attending.
Sukleen, the company responsible for collecting Lebanon's trash, started a strike and began a crisis that evolved to a call for economic reform. (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq asked the Lebanese prime minister to appoint someone in his place.
Mexico, Malta, Singapore, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Thailand Panama, Canada and Australia made the top 10. (Amazon)
13:00 GMT
The biggest expat survey in the world have made a list of most livable countries based on support services and overall quality of life. How did your country do?
Environmentalists fear that removal of fresh water from Lake Kinneret will endanger the lake's ecosystem. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
The transfer of 50 million cubic meters of fresh water from Israel in return for desalinated water in Jordan has upset environmentalists.
The Nasir al-Mulk mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, in Shiraz, Iran. (Pinterest)
11:00 GMT
Waiver requests and establishment of an electronic visa facility part of Iran's ambitious plan to boost tourism.
The cool water unit of the Al-Hamra electricity station leaked highly flammable Mazut oil. (Pixabay)
11:00 GMT
Flammable oil leaked from an electricity station in Assiut on Friday, forcing the closure of 10 water stations.
Oman continues to increase spending on oil production despite calls for more diversity in Gulf funds. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Oman continues to increase spending on oil production despite calls for more diversity in Gulf funds.
The discovery was made in the Shorouk block that was awarded to Eni in January 2014 following an international bid. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
Find could be one of the world's largest natural-gas discoveries.
The World Health Tourism Congress will be held in Dubai Health Care City. (Intertrans.cz)
08:00 GMT
Health tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with $100B being spent a year.
Egypt's biggest exports are to Iraq first, followed by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya and then Sudan.(Ecomena)
07:00 GMT
Forty percent of Egypt's exports are destined for Libya and Iraq; is the Islamic State imposing fees on Egyptian goods?
Avoid going off-topic by sticking to an agenda and redirecting conversations when necessary. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Whether its an low-key internal touch-base or high-level power session, here are some ways to make your next meeting more efficient.
The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country.
Hinge allows users to reveal if they are 'open to' a relationship, dating or want to keep it casual. (Product-Reviews.net)
05:00 GMT
A survey by dating app Hinge claims that 63 percent of polled users were interested in relationships, against two percent wanting casual hook-ups.
Facebook launch of M is an attempt to increase interactive communication among users. (The Next Web)
05:00 GMT
Social media site makes a foray into the virtual assistant market with a feature that helps complete organizational tasks.
A joint account for household expenses may be the transparency needed for discussions about spending. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Financial disagreements can quickly lead to fractured relationships; especially if talking about money doesn't happen until there is a problem.

August 30, 2015

Qatar is developing five separate lines, including 148kms to the border with Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
15:00 GMT
Undisclosed deal is a welcome development in a project that has been fraught with delays.
Credit growth is expected to remain largely unchanged for 2015, according to Standard & Poor's analysts. (File photo)
14:00 GMT
Standard and Poor forecast slow growth for global sukuk and islamic financial services in light of declining oil revenues.
Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million. (Flickr)
14:00 GMT
Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million.
Casualties were reported to be represented by various nationalities. (Mia.mk)
13:44 GMT
Deadly blaze at residential complex rented by Saudi oil giant Aramco began in the basement and was first spotted around 6am.
The joint company will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of Saudi helicopters, both commercial and military. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The new joint company will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah.
DP World's portfolio includes 65 terminal operations worldwide. (Shutterstock)
12:31 GMT
The Dubai company eyes expansion into Iran, Africa and Latin America.
Jordanian authorities are preparing to supply charging stations in the country for electric cars. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Jordanian authorities are preparing to provide the infrastructure, with electric charging stations.
A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years.
Arab unemployment is due to cultural and social factors, as well as economic ones. (File photo)
11:23 GMT
In the face of the debate over nationalization of jobs, there are many capable, skilled Arabs, primarily Saudis, that are voluntarily choosing unemployment.
The union's stance emerged after a meeting with Palestinian trade unionists at the World Social Forum in Tunisia. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have reportedly become the first nationwide union to join the boycott against Israel.
Industrialists have been forced to send Jordanian exports destined for Iraq via Kuwait, a costlier option. (File photo)
06:49 GMT
The Turaibil/Karameh crossing has been closed since mid-July over security concerns, adding to Jordanian exporters' woes.
Being glued to your gadget makes you unsocial and can have grave implications on the health of developing minds in particular. (Pixshark)
05:30 GMT
Looking at your phone instead of paying attention in a social setting is not just an adolescent occupation; parents should check their own behavior and monitor their children's habits.
The luxury iPhone 6s can be personalized with laser engraving. (Goldgenie)
05:00 GMT
Goldgenie has announced that the Limited edition iPhone 6s in 24K Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum will be available for pre-order on August 31.
Enhanced due diligence has been a feature of modern regional banking, especially in combating terrorism financing. (Saida Online)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese and Arab banks are feeling the strain from high compliance costs, hampering their ability to properly finance regional economies, says union official.
The UAE boasts one of the most diversified economies in the region. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Global market volatility requires a smart strategy to pick selective stocks.
Consider telling your colleagues about personal distress on a need-to-know basis. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Be selective about what you divulge at the office, especially in times of personal distress.

August 27, 2015

Turkish soldiers take position in a marijuana field during an operation on July 8, 2013 in the Lice district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Mehmet Engin)
18:19 GMT
Sources said the PKK made between $500 million and $2.5 billion a year from its drug trade.
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism." (Wikimedia Commons/Jamal Nazareth)
18:03 GMT
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism."
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday.
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area.
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding. (Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction)
15:40 GMT
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding.
Egypt had previously banned the rice export years ago and said the good needed to be saved for local consumption. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
A ministry official said the prohibition will begin Sept. 1.
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs.
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy. (AFP/File)
13:25 GMT
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy.
Maldives Tourism has organised showcases in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. (Pixabay)
12:41 GMT
As European tourists decline, the Maldives is turning its attention towards the GCC market, which accounted for only 2.9 percent of tourists in the last six months.
Petrol prices rose by 24 percent in August. (CNET)
12:27 GMT
Deregulation caused a spike in petrol prices last month, but the ministry of energy plans to reduce gas prices by 8 percent next month.
Nearly three-quarters of Qatar Airways' 9000 cabin crew are female. (Qatar Airways)
11:30 GMT
Airline was criticized heavily as having restrictive and discriminatory policies with regard to female staff, particularly newly married or pregnant cabin crew.
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has reaffirmed its commitment to peg the riyal to the USD. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A gradual tightening of Saudi Arabia's budget would still imply a double-digit deficit next year, according to Merrill Lynch.
A Yemeni market. Micro-businessess account for around 50 per cent of GDP in Arab countries. (File photo)
10:43 GMT
With nearly 90 percent of regional economies being driven by SMEs, regional experts met in Amman to discuss challenges to stability and growth.
Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos sent home $20.2B from the UAE in 2014. (File photo)
10:16 GMT
In a first for the industry, overseas workers can now redeem awards when sending money through the Xpress Money Rewards Program.
In Beirut, trash mounds as there is no system in place for disposing the waste or recycling it. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
The village of Arabsalim knows how to manage its waste.
Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is a successful example of a luxury watch's foray into wearable tech. (Montblanc)
06:53 GMT
Find the time to look good and have the best of wearable tech on your wrist, with a roundup of the best smartwatches that manage to do both.
Business cards can be creative to be memorable, but ensure there is enough white space to avoid a cluttered look. (Web Designer Depot)
06:03 GMT
The business card is an important tool in networking - take advantage of these tips to be sure that yours is professional.
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe. (AFP/File)
02:49 GMT
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe.
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
02:37 GMT
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits. (AFP/File)
02:29 GMT
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits.
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns. (AFP/File)
02:02 GMT
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns.
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions. (Shutterstock)
01:51 GMT
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions.
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process. (Shutterstock)
01:39 GMT
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process.
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets. (AFP/File)
01:32 GMT
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets; here's what you need to know.
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves. (AFP/File)
01:22 GMT
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves.
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares. (AFP/File)
00:55 GMT
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares.
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience. (AFP/Nelson Almeida)
00:40 GMT
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience.
Global marketing company J. Walter Thompson was selected for a contract with Egypt to campaign for the country's tourism. (AFP/File)
00:20 GMT
Global marketing company J. Walter Thompson was selected for a contract with Egypt to campaign for the sector.
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable. (AFP/File)
00:04 GMT
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable.

August 26, 2015

China's state bank implemented an interest rate cut Wednesday that had mixed reactions from shareholders. (AFP/File)
23:46 GMT
China's state bank implemented an interest rate cut Wednesday that had mixed reactions from shareholders.
Only 3 percent of women make it to the CEO level among the 34 democratic, free market nations included in the study.
22:54 GMT
The Middle East loses an average of 40 percent of income per person from gender inequality in the workplace.
Turkey's defense sector grew 21 percent in the past five years. (AFP/File)
22:37 GMT
The country's defense sector grew 21 percent in the past five years.
Jordanian King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss better cooperation to improve Jordan's infrastructure. (AFP/File)
22:28 GMT
Jordanian King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss better cooperation to improve Jordan's infrastructure.
Lebanese street cleaners collect trash from Beirut a week after protesters shut down the country's largest landfill, leaving piles of trash on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
22:22 GMT
More garbage truck drivers staged a sit-in and demanded to know the fate of their jobs after the company's contract expires.