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Middle Eastern tourists have been flocking to Bosnia in recent years. (Pixabay)
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Dubai developers plan a multi-billion dollar tourist resort, in one of the biggest foreign investments in Bosnia of its kind.
Sulaibikhat cemetery. (
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The Kuwait City Municipal Council has sparked protests with plans to convert its unused cemeteries into parks.
If you've messed up an interview, analyze what happened, do some damage control, and develop a future strategy. (Shutterstock)
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To err is human, but if you've blown a coveted interview, take these steps to recovery.

October 12, 2015

Beirut protests and clashes have recently deterred many tourists from visiting the city. (Al Bawaba)
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The anti-government protests in Downtown Beirut and the sharp decline in the number of tourists are forcing the closure of Markazia hotel permanently at the end of this year.
The acquisition is the technology industry's largest in history. The merge will make Dell the world's largest privately owned technology company. (AFP/File)
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PC maker Dell will acquire U.S.-based data storage company EMC for $65 billion, Dell said in a statement on Monday.
OPEC Secretary General Abdullah el-Badri noted that the "market remains oversupplied." (Al Bawaba/File)
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Secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says the global oil market will be "more balanced" next year as non-OPEC oil output has started to contract and global demand is increasing.
A model of the new administrative capital project. (Al Bawaba/File)
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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has set a two-year deadline to complete the first phase of Egypt's new administrative capital project, starting January 2016.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will speak at the forum. (Al Bawaba/File)
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A plethora of bilateral agreements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France worth billions of riyals will be signed in Riyadh during the 2nd Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum, which will be held in Riyadh on Tuesday.
According to the study, 48 percent of working children have stopped their education at the preparatory stage. (Flickr)
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The study, conducted by the University of Qassim, found that the majority of child laborers were adolescents coming from illiterate families.
An additional five cooperation deals were signed during the Indian President's visit. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Credit line agreement will boost trade and economic cooperation and was made on the back of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Amman.
Ready to try out the new notebook? Do. Or do not. There is no try. (HP)
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The Force is strong with HP as they reveal their branded special edition Star Wars notebook!
The crumbling Continental Hotel was damaged by an earthquake in 1992. (Grand Hotels Egypt)
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The iconic hotel was built in 1833 and has hosted prominent figures from Saad Zaghloul to Thomas Edward Lawrence (of Arabia).
Beat the winter blues by getting enough sunlight and connecting with people. (Twitter)
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Don't let the cold weather bring you down!
In May of this year, the IMF estimated MENA export earnings to fall around $380B by the end of 2015. (AFP/File)
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Shifting from consumption to investment will improve fiscal sustainability in the shadow of the refugee crisis and low oil prices, according to the IMF.
The Haj minister is expecting to issue 60 million visas by 2018, compared to five million in 2013. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia is expecting an increase from 400,000 to 1.25 million Umrah pilgrims each month from next year.
From fake reviews to cherry-picking comments, online customer reviews can be easily manipulated. (Pixabay)
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If you're the internet to score cheap deals and holiday homes, that five-star customer review may not be all that it seems.
American hostage James Foley was beheaded after the US refused to negotiate with Daesh.  (AFP/File)
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A recent investigation has uncovered large sums of ransom flowing to militant groups to secure the release of hostages.
Daesh may be exporting tahini from Mosul via smugglers in Kurdistan. (Pixabay)
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Daesh’s control of Mosul has given them access to goods such as tahini and barley, which smugglers can then export to international markets.

October 11, 2015

Apple is the strongest brand in the UAE, the US, and Mexico. (AFP/File)
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Apple has outranked Samsung as the brand with the strongest connection with consumers in the UAE, according to a new study.
Engineering salaries in Saudi are much higher in the private sector than the government sector. (Shutterstock)
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The chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Council of Engineers, Jamil Al-Bagawi, said that the number of expat engineers in the Kingdom stands at 200,000 against 35,000 Saudi engineers registered with the council, accounting for just 14.8 percent of the total.
Orascom was initially disqualified from the tender for missing the application deadline. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Lebanon's Tender Office postponed the announcement of the telecommunications firms that would operate Lebanon's cellular networks, after the Shura Council ordered the participation of Cairo-based Orascom in the bidding process.
IMF Middle East Director Masood Ahmed (AFP/File)
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The gap in Egypt's financing is estimated at $20 billion over the coming two years, according to Masood Ahmed, IMF director for Middle East and Middle Asia.
“When we talk about the halal economy growing by 20 per cent, it is the conversion from indiscriminate we-don’t-know-what’s-in-it economy to a definitely halal-certified economy,” said Muhammad Chaudry (Al Bawaba/File)
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The halal economy is set to grow as the world’s Muslim population expands and more products are certified to comply with Islamic sharia law, experts said on Tuesday.
The new ship will have satellite controls, digital navigation, radar systems and modern evacuation procedures. (Scanvine)
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A replica of the original ship will set sail from Jiangsu China on its maiden cruise to Dubai.
The app was launched in 2013 and has been growing up to 20 percent each month.  (JetSmarter)
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Clients can grab seats on private jets with a click of a button.
Rather than changing jobs out of frustration, consider other solutions. (Shutterstock)
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If you're considering changing careers because of job frustration, consider the causes before you make the switch.
The members of the GCC are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Shutterstock)
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The GCC General Secretariat is pushing through with plans to introduce a unified visa for the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The new tax increase is expected to rake in EGP 600M ($76M). (
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In an unexpected announcement, Egypt's President Sisi announced a new tax on airline tickets, effective immediately.
Israel annexed the southern part of the Golan in 1981, and Syria wants it back. (AFP/File)
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Genie Energy, which has strong links to Netanyahu and former US VP Dick Cheney, was awarded drilling rights in 2013.
India's President Pranab Mukherjee with HM King Abdullah of Jordan. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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The two leaders met in Amman to discuss boosting bilateral trade, joint projects in defence, medicine, IT and the fight against terrorism.
The warships were initially built for Russia, but the deal was canceled over the Ukraine conflict. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Egypt signed a deal with France Saturday to buy two Mistral warships originally ordered by Russia as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls began an Arab tour.

October 8, 2015

Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri (Al Bawaba/File)
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The total volume of foreign investments in the UAE, at present a regional base for over 500 international companies, exceeded $100 billion in the past 10 years, according to Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri.
The project is intended to protect Jordan from external threats. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The Kingdom of Jordan has awarded Raytheon an $18.6 million contract to expand its border security work on the country's border with Syria.
If the trial run is successful, the Roads and Transport Authority will install the system in 1,500 buses. (AFP/File)
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A new smart system has been installed in 50 public buses to monitor the physical condition of bus drivers and spot signs of exertion and fatigue.
According to the Central Bank of Egypt, international foreign reserves reached their highest level this year in April. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Egypt’s foreign reserves decreased by $1.76bn of their value in September, reaching $16.334bn, compared to $18.096bn in August, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced on Wednesday.
A UAE passport allows holders to travel to 113 countries without a visa. (AFP/File)
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The UAE has the most powerful passport in the Mena region, which lets Emiratis travel to 113 countries visa-free, a report said, highlighting that it is the first Arab country to be granted a European visa waiver.
The shifting sands of the Rub'al Khali Desert presented a major challenge in construction. (Flickr/for illustrative purposes only)
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New road between Saudi Arabia and southern Oman cuts the distance by 800km, and passes through 600,000 sq km of barren desert.
Do your homework and know your market. (Shutterstock)
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Starting your own business requires motivation and total commitment. Here are a few must-know tips from the founder of Slickr.
The latest procedure is part of the Smart Government Programme to encourage switch to e-services. (Google+)
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New streamlined procedures will allow an automatic refund as long as the visitor complies with all regulations.
The 2013 Dubai Airshow saw Emirates place multi-billion dollar orders for new aircraft. (Adeco)
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A record number of exhibitors and visitors are expected for the week-long industry event starting November 8.
Kickstarter has waived its usual fee and funding target thresholds to raise nearly $800,000 so far. (AFP/File)
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A call from the White House got Kickstarter on board to bring refugees much-needed aid.
AMP should load page content before ads. (Shutterstock)
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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages promises shorter page load time is good news for consumers, but bad news for marketers.
King Salman ordered SR1 million in compensation for the kin of each of the dead or permanently disabled victims and SR500,000 for the injured. (AFP/File)
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As committees begin the compensation process for victims' families, King Salman warns that the payments will not protect the Binladin Group from private lawsuits.
Medical tourists are coming for a range of treatments from plastic surgery and orthopaedic operations to infertility treatments. (Shutterstock)
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Visitors to Dubai's health care facilities reached 260,000 in the first half of 2015 alone.
Telecom revenue is the treasury's second largest source of income. (Arabsolaa)
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Lebanon's Tender Office must uphold the Shura Council decision to allow Orascom to bid for the lucrative operation of one of Lebanon’s cellular networks.
Household spending in the UAE is expected to double this year compared to last year. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Consumers in the UAE can expect to see their household spending to double this year compared to a year ago, although prices are expected to ease in the last quarter of 2015. Experts expect the overall inflation to average 4.37 percent.

October 7, 2015

Moody's expects Oman's real GDP growth to slow, but remain positive. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") has assigned a provisional rating of (P)A1 to the proposed Omani rials certificates to be issued by Oman Sovereign Sukuk.
Firnas Airways hopes to serve the UK's large Muslim population. (Twitter)
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UK-based Firnas Airways has launched a Gulf funding campaign in a bid to raise the $50 million it requires for expansion.
Emirates Islamic Bank CEO Jamal bin Ghalaita announced the Index at the 2015 Global Islamic Economy Summit. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Emirates Islamic on Monday launched the UAE's first Islamic Banking Index. Its findings highlighted a significant opportunity for the growth of Islamic banking in the UAE.
Both the KRG and the central government in Baghdad are insisting that they have fulfilled the conditions of the agreement. (Shutterstock)
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The Kurdish Regional Government exported 18.6m barrels of crude oil, despite the ongoing issues with Baghdad over oil payments.
Iraq has introduced provisions for widening its tax base. (
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A recent Deloitte report states that Iraq still offers numerous investment opportunities despite complicated tax laws.
The BMWi8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car with small-car emissions. (Google Plus)
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The Dubai Motor Show will be at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 10-14, showcasing the latest green technologies in the auto industry.
The Honor 7's rear fingerprint sensor allows you to unlock your phone with a light touch. (FoneArena)
12:39 GMT
Huawei's storming the Middle East with its mid-range smartphone with a top-end feel.
Bahrain's real gross domestic product expanded by 2.9 per cent last year, according to the EDB chief. (Shutterstock)
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Investment aimed at improving participation in manufacturing, energy, healthcare and education sectors and improving diversification.
Price Al Waleed owns 95 percent of Kingdom Holding. (Aleqt)
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The Saudi Arabian billionaire first invested in Twitter in 2011.
One Palace Street is scheduled for completion in 2017 and has a development value of £600 million. (Pinterest)
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One Palace Street is added to portfolio that includes New Scotland Yard, purchased last year.
The countries need to agree on a technical track standard train and signalling systems, border and customs controls and most of all, financing. (Shutterstock)
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Still in the planning stages, the ambitious GCC raillway is unlikely to meet the official 2018 launch date.
Is overwork or understimulation contributing to your stress? (Shutterstock)
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Combat stress to improve your overall health and working life.

October 6, 2015

Lebanon's Finance Ministry selected Fransabank, SGBL, Citigroup, and Standard Chartered Bank to manage the issuance of the new eurobonds. (AFP/Daniel Roland)
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Lebanon has designated four Lebanese and international banks to co-manage the issuance of $1.3 billion in new eurobonds, sources said Monday.
A recent study found that most people in the UAE don't think they will be targeted by a cyber attack. (Al Bawaba/File)
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An IT security company has expressed concern that most people in the UAE are underestimating the threat of cyber security attacks
The Haramain train will travel at a speed of 300 km per hour. (AFP/File)
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The Haramain train, linking the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah as well as the business city of Jeddah, will transport more than three million passengers a year.
Prices are down due to increased regulations, inflation, and the strength of the UAE Dirham, according to a report. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The apartment prices in Dubai, UAE have fallen 11 per cent in the past one year and will decline further because of tighter regulations, rising inflation and a strong UAE currency, said a report.
The apps seek to improve the productivity of a business and its employees. (Pixabay/File)
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Google has offered small-sized Egyptian businesses and start-ups discounted prices for purchasing Google’s applications through “Google Apps for Work”. It dropped the cost of the business-application bundle from $50 per person per year to only $30.
At $397B, the size of GCC pension funds is relatively low. (Shutterstock)
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A new report examines public pension funds for nationals and expatriates, and suggests that it's time for a rethink.
The Petronas Towers in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Facebook)
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership lowers trade barriers between the US and 11 nations, but the deal awaits approval from the US Congress.
The grant will also boost facilities to control and move goods through the country. (AFP/File)
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Kuwait's Arab Fund will finance the deal which is part of the Jordan 2025 vision for commercial development.
It is possible to live a cost-efficient lifestyle in the UAE. (Shutterstock)
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Cut the cost of living with careful spending in order to save, while enjoying what life has to offer.
Egypt has previously imposed rice export bans according to fluctuating demand. (Shutterstock)
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Ban was introduced last month when reports indicated consumption exceeded production.
Sure you could lug around a power pack, but why not settle for a better battery? (Shutterstock)
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If losing your connection hub is a major concern, check out these models which scored highly for long-lasting batteries.
Financial institutions must deliver digital services to appeal to milennials, a lucrative market.
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Banks are struggling to keep up with the digital revolution, with customers expecting a seamless delivery of services across various online channels.
Mutual feedback, and learning to cope with criticism will help your rapport grow. (Shutterstock)
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Establishing and maintaining a good professional relationship with your manager can affect short and long term success career success.

October 5, 2015

The tennis arenas are part of a massive expansion of 360 Mall in Kuwait. The project intends to attract a wider range of visitors to the mall. (Facebook)
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A developer confirmed Monday that a tennis stadium will be built at the 360 Mall in Kuwait. The project will begin next month and should be completed in 2019.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch will be available in the UAE in one month. (Twitter)
19:41 GMT
Samsung Electronics on Saturday unveiled its Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch for the first time in the Middle East at the 25th anniversary edition of Gitex Shopper in Dubai.
Standard & Poor's will host the 4th Annual Islamic Finance Conference in Dubai on October 6, 2015. (Al Bawaba/File)
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2016 will be a crossroads for Islamic finance, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P). Falling oil prices and low interest rates internationally present a challenge, while the standardization of Islamic finance products
Lebanese youth stage a protest in Beirut in September 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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A coalition of trade and teachers' unions Monday declared a general strike for Oct. 20, 26 and Nov. 4 to bring attention back to their four-year-long struggle for wage hikes.
Cyber crimes that promote terrorist thought or organizations or harm state interests or reputation will be sentenced to prison for 10 year and fined the maximum amount of $2.67 million. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Saudi Arabia plans to combat cyber crime by stiffening punishments for offenders. The proposed amendments include imprisonment for a maximum period of 10 years and fines with a ceiling of SR10 million (USD2.67 million).
According to industry expert Shaheen Chohan, oil prices could drop to $60 a barrel in the next 12-18 months. (Al Bawaba/File)
16:53 GMT
While the Middle East still has one of the lowest break-even prices for crude oil, falling oil prices will put pressure on fiscal budgets and could result in a knock-on effect as governments reduce spending on certain projects.
Rotana's Al Marwa Rayhaan hotel in Mecca. (Agoda)
11:26 GMT
Rotana grabs a bigger share of Saudi Arabia's hotel market, the largest in the Arab world.
A company source was quoted as saying that VW was considering a move into Iran with the mass-market Skoda and Seat brands. (Pixabay)
11:13 GMT
Looking to exploit the potential of Iran's promising car market, VW officials joined German reps from Daimler, Siemens, BASF and tourism officials on a fact-finding visit to Iran.
Karpowership works on a power-generating ship off the coast of Zouk Mosbeh, just north of Beirut. (Shutterstock/Canghai76)
10:37 GMT
'Karpowership' contracted by state-run EDL denies registering over 50 Turkish professionals under fraudulent job titles.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with Mr. David Thomson during the #2015GIES opening ceremony. (Twitter)
10:07 GMT
The event will be examining the seven core pillars within the Islamic economy, including halal tourism and Islamic finance.
The Dubai Parks and & Resorts project will include three theme parks and over 65 restaurants. (The Arab Weekly)
09:24 GMT
Bridges contract is for the 25 million sq foot project which will include Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, and Legoland Park and Legoland Water Park.
Egypt's President Sisi and Ethiopian PM Desalegn had previously confirmed the date of the meeting at the UN General Assembly. (File photo)
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Ethiopia's latest meeting with Sudan and Egypt to resolve building of Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant has been postponed again.
The biggest branch network and latest technology becomes irrelevant with poor customer service. (Shutterstock)
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Finding the right bank can make a huge difference when settling in to a new life. Choose wisely!
Being discerning in prioritizing projects can help in managing your time. (Shutterstock)
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Work, like life, is busy. Make the most of what matters by managing your time effectively.

October 4, 2015

The Etisalat ad showed a father slapping his son. (Screenshot)
20:28 GMT
Egypt's Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) banned an Etisalat ad for featuring domestic violence.
The Ferrari GTB 488 will be unveiled for the first time in the Middle East at the Luxury Motor Show (EXCS) this October. (Twitter)
19:29 GMT
The 9th edition of Luxury Motor Show (EXCS), the prominent luxury motor show in the Middle East, is expected to reveal most important automotive industry technologies and trends and host premier luxury models of 2016.
The camp is a national project for college students that will include economics and investment workshops. (Twitter)
18:23 GMT
An investment camp for youth will kick off tomorrow, October 5, to encourage those interested in trade and investment.
Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud is the wealthiest Arab in the world with $22.6 billion. (Al Bawaba/File)
17:15 GMT
There are nearly 6,000 ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals in the Middle East with a combined net worth of $995 billion, according to a Wealth-X study. Forty-five percent of these individuals live in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
The loan is designated for a $2.8 billion sanitation project that targets 155 rural Egyptian villages. (Twitter)
16:49 GMT
Egypt signed an agreement on Sunday with the World Bank for a $550 million loan to fund the country's rural sanitation project.
Jordan and Lebanon have welcomed 627,287 and 1.183 million Syrian refugees respectively. (File photo)
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Gulf nations are being expected to open doors, and not just their wallets, to help the refugee crisis.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Dubai, 2008. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives is an umbrella organization that will focus on spreading knowledge; combating poverty, empowering communities and innovation for the future.
Siemens will be establishing six new electricity transmission stations over 18 months. (Shutterstock)
11:04 GMT
Deal with the German industrial company is part of a $1.7B much-needed plan to boost Egypt's power grid.
The app is part of a streamlined process introduced by the Ministry of Interior. (YouTube screenshot)
10:42 GMT
Short-term visas to the UAE can now be obtained 24/7 via the Ministry of Interior's website or smartphone app.
Cut-price deals have brought shoppers out in hordes at Gitex 2015. (Holiday travel)
07:56 GMT
These are the top ten trends at Gitex Shopper 2015 in Dubai, an eight-day shopping fest of the best technology on the market.
The US suspects Abou Merhi's maritime network to be tied to the Joumaa criminal organization, which has links to Hezbollah. (Shutterstock)
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Abou Merhi is a well known Shia businessman who controls the Abou Merhi Group, a company that is on the sanctions list.
Revising verb tenses and preparing relevant vocabulary will help you feel more confident at your interview. (Shutterstock)
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Going the extra mile with a little grammar and vocabulary revision before your interview could land you the job.
Qatar Airways first class cabin. (Shutterstock/Vanderwolf Images)
05:53 GMT
Want to travel in style for less? Check out these tips on how to enjoy the perks without the payout.
Last month Indonesia announced a recall of some 700,000 workers from Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
05:29 GMT
Mauritania prevents nearly 1000 women from departing for domestic jobs in Saudi Arabia.

October 2, 2015

Ahmed al-Asir was detained last month on charges of fighting against the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
Ahmed al-Asir was detained last month on charges of fighting against the Lebanese army.