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May 25, 2017

Ramadan for Muslims is much more than a time to abstain from eating, drinking or smoking between sunrise and sunset. (Shutterstock)
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Here's everything you need to know about the holy month of Ramadan.
A Kuwaiti judge (C) and his aides count the ballots at a polling station at the end of the parliamentary elections in the Sabah al-Salem district on the outskirts of Kuwait city on November 26, 2016. (AFP/ Yasser Al-Zayyat)
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Kuwait is working on a plan to limit all administrative jobs in the private sector to Kuwaitis.
Remarkable leap in crude oil prices are not expected for the rest of 2017. (File photo)
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An extension of the cut deal by OPEC won't have a long-term impact on crude oil prices, according to experts.
OPEC members decide to extend the oil production cut. (AFP/ File)
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OPEC members have decided today to extend oil production cuts.
The Saudi Ministry of Labor has forced a cleaning and maintenance company to release overdue paychecks to more than 450 male and female workers. (AFP)
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Saudi cleaning firm forced to pay delayed salaries to hundreds of workers.

May 24, 2017

OPEC members will meet on Thursday to discuss the prolongation of the oil cut deal. (AFP)
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A formal OPEC meeting is set for Thursday in Vienna.
The Emirati, who made his name at Emaar, also has several other e-commerce plays going after acquiring a large stake in regional venture capital fund MEVP last Thursday. (File photo)
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Emaar Malls has acquired a 51 percent stake in Namshi - the latest move by Emirati billionaire Mohamed Alabbar.
Filipino low-cost airline Cebu Pacific is suspending operations to and from Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha, claiming that these routes are no longer viable. (AFP/ Jay Directo)
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Filipino low-cost airline Cebu Pacific said they will be suspending their GCC flights.
Qatar said Wednesday it had begun an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach by hackers who posted fake news stories attributed to its ruler on highly sensitive regional political issues. (AFP/ Marwan Naamani)
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The cyber attack, which hit Qatar's official news agency website and Twitter account, caused ripples inside the Gulf state and across the Middle East.
The UAE and Qatar have announced reduced working hours in Ramadan for all employees. (File photo)
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Working hours will be reduced for the holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on March 16, 2017. (AFP/ Amir Cohen)
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Israel has voiced concern following the $110 billion arms deal signed between the US and Saudi Arabia.
Bayzat has raised $3 million in new funding, after it raised $3.5 million in November last year in a round led by BECO Capital. (YouTube/ Bayzat)
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The investment follows $3.5 million raised by the firm in November last year.

May 23, 2017

Then French President Francois Hollande (L) and French President-elect Emmanuel Macron at a special ceremony at the Jardin du Luxembourg, on May 10, 2017. (AFP/ Eric Feferberg)
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A senior French diplomat has said that Saudi Arabia is France’s largest market in the Middle East.
A Boeing aircraft takes off in Belgium. (AFP/ Philippe Huguen)
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The aviation sector play a central role in relations between the US and Saudi Arabia.
A worker looks at the 9HA Gas Turbine, at the General Electric (GE) plant in Belfort, France, on May 28, 2015. (AFP/ Frederick Florin)
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General Electric (GE) is looking to expand its operations in Qatar.
All private sector establishments in Saudi Arabia with an annual revenue of over SR375,000 ($100,000) will be paying monthly VAT starting January 2018. (Shutterstock)
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The VAT will be 5 percent of the revenue starting January 2018.
Cyber criminals are going after the weakest link: Employees. (Shutterstock)
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Cyber criminals are going after the weakest link: Employees.
‘Ok Google, send $25 to mom’ is all you need to do - say - to transfer money from the debit card linked to your Google Account to the recipient (AKA your mom). (Shutterstock)
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Google is set to let users pay off their debts without lifting a finger.
Built in 1907 by the Italian architect Antonio Lasciac for Princess Aisha Fahmy, whose father was the head of the army during the reign of King Fouad I, the mansion is considered one of that era’s masterpieces. (Daily News Egypt)
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After 15 years of renovation, Princess Aisha Fahmy’s palace has finally opened its doors.
Ajman is offering a 50 percent reduction on the most improbable thing. (Pixabay)
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Ajman is offering a 50 percent reduction on the most improbable thing.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi seeks to rationalize 50 percent of the water used in mosques by replacing normal taps with other more efficient ones. (Shutterstock)
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Abu Dhabi is working to reduce the consumption of water at mosques by half.
Taking place in Dubai on 22-23 May, the Arab Luxury World 2017 forum features an agenda of speeches and panel discussions by more than 70 speakers. (Arab News)
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Will e-commerce replace brick-and-mortar luxury retail? It is a question that panelists at the Arab Luxury World forum in Dubai sat down to discuss.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) "hesitantly" shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after a joint press conference following their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on May 3, 2017. (AFP/ Alexander Nemenov)
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Turkey and Russia signed a declaration in Istanbul on Monday to remove restrictions on bilateral trade.
US President Donald Trump submitted a proposal to sell off half of the US oil stockpile as a way to curb the national debt. (AFP/ File)
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Oil prices fell on Tuesday, weighed down by US President Donald Trump's plan to sell off half the country's oil stockpile.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurates the RTA's Enterprise Command & Control Centre (EC3) on May 22, 2017. (Dubai Media Office)
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates a state-of-the-art traffic control centre in Dubai.
Last week, Reuters reported that Noon’s CEO Fodhil Benturquia and other staff had left the company. (Noon)
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JadoPado was acquired by Mohamed Alabbar earlier this month.

May 22, 2017

South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman with the Virgin Rainbow opal — one of the highlights of the exhibition. (Peninsula)
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The exhibition is set to open at the Australian Embassy in Doha on Wednesday.
Step 1: Focus on what the employer needs. (File photo)
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Some tips from Bayt.com to help your job search.
Outgoing Ford CEO Mark Fields. (AFP)
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Ford Motor has announced the departure of its CEO Mark Fields.
The chaotic scene at OPEC’s ordinary meeting on December 4, 2015. (AFP/ File)
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The Opec faces three choices ahead of Thursday's meeting in Vienna.
Passengers standing at the Philippine Airlines terminal at Manila International Airport on August 11, 2015. (AFP)
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Philippine Airlines is cancelling all flights between Abu Dhabi and Manila, effective July 8.
The list of goods includes flour, sugar, rice, pasta, oil, milk and many other commodities. (File photo)
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Qatar has announced new prices for some 418 consumer goods ahead of Ramadan.
Burj Khalifa is the world’s fifth most photographed location with 1,446,682 images on Instagram. (File photo)
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The findings are part of a study of the top 30 most photographed locations in the world.
Foreign laborers working in road construction in Oman. (AFP)
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Oman has announced that procedures for obtaining work permits for expats will be facilitated.
Due for completion in 2020, the tower is a mixed-use high-rise building in the heart of Dubai. (Arabtec Holding)
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Arabtec said it has won a $398 million contract for the construction of the 2020 Tower in Dubai.

May 21, 2017

The Commercial International Bank (CIB) received the Bank of the Year award, following a year of strong and balanced performance. (Daily News Egypt)
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The Commercial International Bank (CIB) received the Bank of the Year award, following a year of strong performance.
Jordan is joining reconstruction efforts in war-ravaged countries in the region, a World Bank official said. (AFP/ File)
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Jordan is joining reconstruction efforts in war-ravaged countries in the region, a World Bank official said.
Paypal said it will submit a roadmap for the launch of its services in Tunisia before June. (Shutterstock)
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Paypal will soon submit a roadmap for the launch of its services in Tunisia.
Step #1: Know yourself. (Pixabay)
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Follow these 12 steps to ensure a better return on any investment decision.
Limiting your TV screen time is just one way to get your job search on track during Ramadan. (Pixabay)
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In Ramadan, follow these steps to get an edge over other job seekers.
Gym owners and users in Jordan will now be obliged to pay an additional tax of 16 percent, set by the government recently. (Pixabay)
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Gym owners and users in Jordan will now have to pay an additional tax.
Google announced it is doing away with their often-criticized "blob" emojis. (Twitter)
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Google announced it will replace its "blob" emojis with standard faces used on other mobile devices.
A picture taken on April 25, 2013 shows a Lamborghini (L) and Ferrari police vehicles at the foot of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. (AFP/ Karim Sahib)
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This video by Nilanjana Gupta of Khaleej Times shows you the 14 most unexpected things inside a Dubai Police car.
Launched by philanthropist businessmen, the fund aims to revamp the Palestinian education system in an initiative that could ultimately be expanded across the entire Arab world. (AFP/ Mahmud Hams)
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A $100 million fund has been launched to change the Palestinian and Arab education systems.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani taking a tour of Russian-backed Bushehr nuclear power complex on September 10, 2016. (AFP)
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Iran has stepped up electricity exports to neighboring Iraq even as the Arab country owes Iran $800 million.
Traffic jams around the Financial Centre area and other roads in Dubai led to the closure of The Dubai Mall, The Mall of the Emirates, and Mirdiff City Centre. (Khaleej Times)
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There was a shopping frenzy in major malls across Dubai with the citywide three-day Super Sale.
Participants arrive at the congress center prior to the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21, 2014. (AFP/ File)
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Arab youth and unemployment were identified as the region's key issues at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.
Donald Trump and King Salman during a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on Saturday May 20, 2017. (AFP)
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The US has closed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion.

May 18, 2017

A new research has revealed that users in the MENA region spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan. (Shutterstock)
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It’s that time again for your weekly dose of the top business news on Al Bawaba.
Financial problems, mainly liquidity and debt, are the main reasons for the closure of 249 companies in Tunisia between 2005 and 2015, according to a study. (Shutterstock)
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Lack of liquidity and debt are the main reasons for the closure of companies in Tunisia.
HTC U11 is a phone like no other, and not just because it is squeezable. (Pixabay)
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Here's the unboxing video of the all-new HTC U11.
Bill Gates. (AFP/ Pascal Guyot)
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Bill Gates delivered a virtual commencement address in the span of 14 tweets.
The highest number of work injuries recorded last year in Saudi Arabia were of workers falling off high platforms at construction sites. (Pixabay)
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Saudi Arabia said that work injuries cost over SR370 million ($98.6 million) in 2016.
King Salman's freeze on perks and allowances encouraged many Saudi civil servants and their families to reduce spending to adjust with the falling revenue. (File photo)
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The Saudi government freeze on perks encouraged individuals and families to reduce spending.
US President Donald Trump will leave for Saudi Arabia on Friday on his first foreign visit as president. (Photos: AFP)
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The US president will attend a Tweetup and three important summits in Riyadh.
According to officials, the presence of illegal workers in the country is a security, economic, social and health risk for Saudi Arabia. (AFP/ File)
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Saudi Arabia said it would reward anyone who reports labor violations involving expatriates.
In 2016, 90 percent of all dollars invested in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region went in to the UAE. (File photo)
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The UAE remains the preferred destination for investors and entrepreneurs for the fourth year in a row.
The wholly government-owned, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) aims to become one of the world’s top 25 defense companies by 2030. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the creation of a new national military industries company.
A new report shows that 88 percent of the UAE's population were born outside the UAE, with almost 3.5 million from India, 935,000 from Egypt, and 906,000 from Pakistan. (Shutterstock)
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The UAE is the country with the most immigrants per head of its population, at 88 percent.
Qatar’s cost of living, based on consumer price index (CPI), fell marginally by 0.2 percent month-on-month this April, according to official estimates. (File photo)
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Qatar’s cost of living fell marginally by 0.2 percent month-on-month this April.
The $49-million hospital is scheduled to open in Dubai Science Park by late 2018. (Pixabay)
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Saudi and Qatari investors will establish a new neuroscience and spinal hospital in Dubai.

May 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia is planning to turn over 374,000 job opportunities in the private sector into jobs that can be performed from a distance and paid by the hour. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia is planning to introduce a new “flexible work” system for Saudis.
Sharm El Sheikh has been named Pinterest and Airbnb’s top trending destination. (Shutterstock)
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Sharm El Sheikh is — believe it or not — Airbnb and Pinterest's top trending destination.
A new research suggests that Internet trolls may be the product of nurture, not nature. In other words, they're made, not born. (Shutterstock)
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A new research suggests that Internet trolls may be a product of nurture, not nature.
A new study has shown that the majority of millennials in the UAE still haven't started saving for their retirement. (Shutterstock)
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A new study suggests that millennials in the UAE aren't properly planning for their retirement.
Face-to-face interaction yields much better results than an email request, according to a new study. (File photo)
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If you need a favor or answer the good ol' face-to-face request is the way to go.
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania step off a plane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 19, 2017. (AFP/ Mandel Ngan)
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Aramco plans to sign at least 10 energy agreements during Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.
A Chinese traditional dance troupe performs at the inauguration ceremony of the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Project in Riyadh on January 20, 2016. (AFP/ Fayez Nureldine)
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Saudi Aramco, Chinese groups sign a deal to build an oil refinery in China.
The number of Qataris employed by the country’s energy and industry sector has tripled from 2,900 to 9,300 in 16 years, but challenges remain. (AFP)
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The Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry says that Qatar has achieved a Qatarization of 29 percent.
Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar has announced that his e-commerce platform, noon, will go live this year and will be based in Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
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Mohamed Alabbar said noon will be launched this year with a permanent base in Riyadh.
The surprise strike by maintenance workers of Air Algérie left hundreds of passengers stranded in Houari Boumediene airport in Algiers on Tuesday. (Twitter)
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A surprise strike by maintenance workers of Air Algérie left hundreds stranded in Algiers.
The new CEO of Kuwait Airways, Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam, assumed his role on May 4, 2017, following the resignation of Rasha Al-Roumi.
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Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam will be tasked with reversing the airline’s two-decade slide in profits.
Saudi Arabia's consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.8 percent in April showing a drop in consumer prices for the fourth month in a row. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia’s inflation declined 0.6% year-on-year in April.

May 16, 2017

Customs officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia seized 330 endangered tortoises in suitcases that had been packed in cardboard boxes and falsely labeled as "stones". (AFP)
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Malaysian authorities seized 330 endangered tortoises that were falsely labeled as "stones".
The majority of Egyptians are investing in real estate as a safe haven against the large changes in the value of the Egyptian pound. (Shutterstock)
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More and more Egyptians are choosing to buy property as a safe haven against the unstable Egyptian pound.
Saudi Aramco has appointed a new senior deputy chairman, eight executives and six deputy chairmen ahead of its much- anticipated IPO. (AFP/ File)
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Saudi Aramco has announced several new appointments in the run-up to its IPO.
15 companies are set to hire in UAE this month including Microsoft, Coca Cola and Facebook. (pexels)
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Facebook, Coca-Cola and Microsoft are on the list.
The use of mobile wallets as a means of payment will perhaps be the biggest disruption the financial sector in the UAE has ever seen. (Pixabay)
17:32 GMT
Get ready to pay for everything with your phone.
HTC has officially announced the HTC U11. (Mashable)
17:24 GMT
Here are the 5 things you need to know about the new HTC U11.
Night shifts dampen men's sex drives and reduce their ability to father children, according to a new study. (Shutterstock)
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A new study links shift work to erectile dysfunction and lower testosterone levels in men.
Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a graduation ceremony for the American University in Dubai this week. (Facebook)
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Donald Trump Jr. had some contradictory messages for students in Dubai this week.
Currently foreigners are only allowed to acquire property in defined tourism communities, but Oman wants to change that. (Pixabay)
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Oman is considering plans to allow foreigners to buy property outside of tourism complexes.
The Chinese government is set to pump in around $40 billion into big development projects in Egypt as part of its ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. (AFP)
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China is set to pump in around $40 billion into big development projects in Egypt.
An Emirati man with his falcon. (Pixabay)
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The UAE's non-oil growth is expected to pick up in 2017 as the oil market stabilizes.
Kuwait’s oil minister Essam Marzouk has expressed his country’s support for an oil cut deal extension previously agreed by Saudi Arabia and Russia. (AFP/ Yasser Al-Zayyat)
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Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia and Russia, Kuwait has announced its support for an oil cut deal extension.

May 15, 2017

All four and five star hotels in Abu Dhabi will now be required to serve Emirati food under a new regulation. (Pixabay)
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The new initiative will apply to restaurants and room-service offerings at four and five star hotels.
The clock tower at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in downtown Tunis. (File photo)
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A Tunisian official said that the state can generate billions of dinars if it invests in the fight against corruption.
A view of the Galata Tower in Istanbul. (File photo)
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Foreign direct investment in Turkey increased 43 percent in January-March this year.
How can you make financial decisions today that don’t backfire in a few years? Here's a 5-step guide to ensure you’re not willingly walking into a financial trap. (Pexels)
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Here are some steps to ensure you’re not willingly walking into a financial trap.
The Opus project. (Omniyat)
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After almost a decade in development, The Opus Omniyat is finally taking shape in Dubai.
With the Samsung Galaxy S8 being covered in glass, it's not surprise that it is quite fragile. (Pexels)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been described as more fragile than any other phone on the market.
With global oil stocks still too high and US supply recovering faster than anticipated, Brent is seen averaging $54 per barrel in 2017 and $56 per barrel in 2018. (File photo)
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Brent is seen averaging $54 per barrel in 2017 and $56 per barrel in 2018, says a report.
Egypt has reported a decline in the unemployment rate during the first quarter of 2017, to reach 12 percent of the total labor force, compared to 12.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016, with youth (15-29 year-olds) making up 79 percent of the total unemployed ratio. (AFP)
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Egypt has reported a slight decline in the unemployment rate during the first quarter of 2017.
People buying clothes in front of Al-Husseini Mosque on December 9, 2016, in downtown Amman. (Shutterstock)
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The average spending of a family in Jordan is around $1,200 monthly.
The research shows that usage peaks at 3:00AM during Ramadan among Facebook's 152 million monthly active users in the MENA region. (Pexels)
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A new research has shown that Arabs spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan.
More than 87,000 nurses of different nationalities work in Saudi Arabia. Only a few of them are Saudis. (Shutterstock)
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The acute shortage of Saudi nurses can be blamed on the poor standard of nursing education.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem. (File photo)
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At present, Palestinians use the Euro, US dollar, Israeli shekel and Jordanian dinar.
Lebanon must start its offshore gas and oil exploration by no later than mid-2018 to benefit from the low cost of oil services, according to an energy expert. (File photo)
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According to an energy expert, Lebanon must start its offshore exploration by no later than mid-2018.
Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend the oil output reduction deal for another nine months, until march 2018. (AFP/ Joe Klamar)
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Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend the oil output cut deal for another nine months.