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The SFD has signed over some $1.2B in projects for Jordan. (File photo)
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Saudi grant to Jordan includes $65M for road rehabilitation, $100M for communities hosting Syrian refugees, and a $53.3M soft loan agreement.
Qatar Airways will continue to service Tokyo, and has launched several new routes around the world this year. (File photo)
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In a rare move, Qatar Airways has announced suspension of its daily service between Doha and Osaka from March 31.
French President Francois Hollande speaks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris. (AFP/Philippe Wojazer)
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As world leaders converge on Paris for COP 21, the spectre of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol still looms large.
Since Turkey has refused to issue an apology to Russian for downing the plane, Russia responded with economic sanctions. (File photo)
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Turkish President Erdogan says he will resign if Russian accusations that Turkey is involved in oil trade with Daesh prove true.

November 30, 2015

According to Emirati energy company Dana Gas, the agreement was "amicable and mutually beneficial." (Al Bawaba/File)
21:18 GMT
Emirati energy company Dana Gas said it resolved a dispute with its German partners regarding joint-venture operations in the Kurdish north of Iraq.
Egypt imported oil from Iran prior to the 2012 sanctions. (Al Bawaba/File)
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A senior oil official says Iran is ready to resume crude exports to Egypt which used to transport Iranian oil through the Suez Canal and internal pipelines before 2012 sanctions on Tehran dried them up.
The exemptions were made based on a court ruling regarding Banque Misr. (AFP/File)
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A total of six banks were exempted from applying the maximum wage on their employees after the judicial ruling issued last week for employees of Banque Misr.
Saudi's Communications and Information Technology Commission found around 700 violations in a 12-month period. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has slapped a fine of SR552 million ($147 million) on several service providers for violating CITC rules and licence conditions during the 12 months ending mid-October.
Chris Milk, speaking at a TED Talk on how virtual reality can make us more empathetic towards the plight of others. (Conscious Life News)
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Filmmaker Chris Milk has used virtual reality technology to capture life for Syrians in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp.
Delegating job duties is sometimes essential to ensure business continuity. (Shutterstock)
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Having a back-up plan to ensure others are cross-trained to take over in an emergency situation will ensure minimal disruption to the work flow.
Kingdom Tower is located in Jeddah's Economic City, which will include the largest mall in Saudi Arabia. (
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Jeddah Economic Company, an affiliate of Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Holdings, has secured $2.2B to complete the mixed-use Kingdom Tower by 2018.
SpiceJet operates 291 daily flights to 40 destinations, including 34 domestic and six international. (Rediff)
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As SpiceJet plans more flights from India to Dubai, Gulf airlines want a slice of the budget airline market.
Do you really need that 24K gold iPhone 6S, or would you rather repair your leaking roof?
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Be realistic about your actual needs and never make an unplanned purchase.
Gas reserves in Irbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah are estimated to stand at more than 5.7 trillion cubic feet. (Facebook)
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The Kurdish Regional Government claims that it has enough natural gas to supply all of Europe via Turkey, and delivery is scheduled by 2017.
Abu Dhabi Education Council has been fighting to curb absenteeism in schools. (File photo)
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Facebook and Whatsapp have been the bunking students' communication tool of choice.
The roof of Doha’s new $15B Hamad International Airport was leaking during the heavy rains. (VN News)
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Following severe rains and floods in Qatar, the government has launched an investigation to determine responsibility for damage to buildings and roads.
The wind power station was signed in 2008 but was delayed by the 2011 uprising.  (Shutterstock)
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The $286M EU and German-funded wind farm in Gabal Al-Zeit will save 175,000 tons of equivalent oil to generate electricity.
New EU labels on Ahava Cosmetics. (CJ News)
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Netanyahu orders suspension of diplomatic contacts with EU regarding peace negotiations with the Palestinians, in protest over new EU guidelines to label products made in Israeli settlements.
New regulations regarding the provision of services and visa allocation have been put in place for Umrah season 1437. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia prepares to welcome over six million Umrah pilgrims to the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque.
The Stop G4S campaign at a 2013 protest in London. (Facebook)
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Activists are putting pressure on the UN to terminate its contract with G4S, a security firm which also provides prison guards and equipment to Israel.
Oil-dependent Kuwait has suffered from the 17 months of declining oil prices. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Kuwait has replaced its oil minister with finance minister and deputy premier Anas al-Saleh as the country is squeezed by falling oil prices.

November 29, 2015

Some online retailers launched their Cyber Monday sales a few days early. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Move over, Black Friday. UAE online retailers have jumped on the bandwagon with its global peers to launch Cyber Monday deals.
About 6.1 percent of Jumeirah's guests are Saudis. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Jumeirah Group is planning to open branches in five major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These are Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, and Makkah.
The New Suez Canal opened on August 6, 2015. (Al Bawaba/File)
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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi decreed on Saturday that the area of the Suez Canal Axis Development project has been made an economic zone.
Clockwise from left, Onsi Sawiris and his sons Naguib, Nassef and Samih
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Onsi Sawiris and his three sons are Egypt's leading private sector investors in the construction, hotels, telecom, and media sectors.
Saudi Aramco plans to start natural gas production at a field near Jordan. (OilPro)
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Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in exploration, as demand for natural gas is expected to nearly double by 2030 from 2011's levels.
The researchers claimed that their ultra-thin display material can produce vivid colour displays at very high resolution, even in bright, direct sunlight. (Twitter)
11:27 GMT
British scientists have created new technology for vivid smartphone displays, which could also be useful for smart eyewear, windshield displays, and synthetic retinas.
Jordan's 2004 census put the total number of the Kingdom’s population at 5.1 million. (Launchgood)
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Over 25,000 people will be involved in conducting the ten-day exercise, in which refugees and temporary visitors are expected to be included alongside the national population.
Dubai's solar park will enter the second phase of development and will be the largest in the world upon completion. (Facebook)
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Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to provide 75 percent of the emirate's future energy from clean energy sources with a five-pillar approach.
BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Schlumberger, Eni, Gazprom, and Statoil are some of the 137 companies are in attendance. (Petronoticias)
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Tehran is presenting 50 oil and gas projects in a new contract format, with hopes for investment from some of the biggest names in the oil and gas industry.
Turkey's first nuclear power plant at Akkuyu will be built in Mersin by the Russia's Rosatom for $22B. (Real Estate News Turkey)
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Russia's call for economic sanctions against Turkey puts the future of Turkey's first Russian-funded nuclear power plant project and Russian natural gas flows to Turkey in question.
Disengaged employees means a higher turnover if you don't work hard on retaining highly qualified employees. (Shutterstock)
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Motivation plays a crucial factor in keeping highly qualified employees on board.
Find ways to start saving in small ways. (Shutterstock)
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If you're living in a country where pensions and social benefits don't exist, saving for the future is particularly important.
Meezan Bank and Ufone have 10,000 points of service across 500 cities between them. (
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Kuwait-based Meezan Bank and Ufone launch 'Meezan-Upaisa', while the State Bank of Pakistan' also taps the trend with new Islamic banking services.
IRENA Headquarters, Masdar City Abu Dhabi. (BSB Gulf)
05:55 GMT
The new Israeli representative mission will be attached to the inter-governmental International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Abdoun Bridge, Amman. (Twitter)
05:21 GMT
The new Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the first UAE-Jordan Economic Forum held in Amman last week.

November 26, 2015

“We have seen some significant international effort to eliminate funding lines off Daesh. This effort is being led by a number of Saudi officials," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The White House has praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for the Daesh militant group, local media reported Wednesday.
The plastics manufacturing complex will enable Oman to produce polyethylene, the form of plastic in highest global demand. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Oman's state-owned ORPIC has finalized negotiations with four preferred bidders for $4.5 billion worth of contracts to build a major plastic manufacturing unit called Liwa Plastic Industries Complex in Sohar.
According to real estate investment and advisory firm JLL, apartment prices fell by 11 per cent over the past year. (Al Bawaba/File)
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With the tapering of the house price surge, a bottoming out in Dubai property market is likely to happen as prices are set to decline between three per cent and five per cent by the end of 2016.
"As one of the countries that signed this international pact early, it will contribute to the well-being of humanity as a whole," said Tawfik Khoja. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the first Arab country and the tenth internationally to join the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
Founded in 1999, Travelstart now has 200 employees across 6 global offices including Dubai, Cairo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Lagos and Istanbul. (Arabnet)
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Following launches in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Morocco, customers in KSA can now enjoy an end-to-end service in Arabic on the travel booking portal.
Hotel Intercontinental in Aqaba. (Dari Tour)
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Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba is hoping for a tourism revival as Russian flights start arriving; Hungarian low-cost flights are in the pipeline.
The feminization campaign began in 2012, but recent amendments to the labor law make certain conditions for female employment mandatory. (Twitter)
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The deadline for 'feminizing' women's retail stores in Saudi Arabia has been extended to allow companies more time to adapt working practices and conditions to women's needs.
The guitar has 400 carats of diamonds, 1.6kg of gold and won the Guinness World Record for most valuable guitar. (Image courtesy of GDN Online)
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The top international names are exhibiting unique showpieces at Jewellery Arabia 2015, including the makers of the Guinness World Record's most expensive guitar.
The agreement aims to enhance cooperation in Islamic affairs, in order to increase religious and Islamic cultural awareness. (Islampos)
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Egypt's leading Sunni Islamic institute has signed an agreement to open the Al Azhar College for Islamic Science and Dawaa in the UAE.
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku on June 13, 2015. (AFP/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)
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Russia is Turkey's main gas supplier, while Turkey is the largest joint buyer of Russian wheat. With $100B worth of bilateral trade targeted for 2020, much is at stake.
Etihad Airways placed ninth on the list of the most in demand employers in MENA. (Etihad)
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A new survey by the professional networking site revealed that oil and gas, real estate, construction, transport, telecommunications and technology are the most in-demand sectors in MENA.
The expansion will include the building a new unit for electricity generation using steam inside the West Cairo Power Station. (Shutterstock)
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The Saudi Fund for Development loans supplement grants by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, to help meet Egypt's growing energy needs.
Life insurance is another cost, but it gives you peace of mind. (Shutterstock)
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It's a myth that life insurance is only something to think about when you get old.
Syrian businessman George Heswani had already been sanctioned by the EU in March. (Inside Biz)
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The US Treasure Department has sanctioned the Syrian owners of HESCO Engineering and Construction Company and two Russians for its business associations with Daesh and the Assad regime.
Decide whether you will use Twitter to engage with the community, follow news, or a bit of both. (File photo)
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If you're not yet using Twitter for professional purposes, here's how to get started.
Royal Savoy Hotel and Villas, Sharm El Sheikh. (Sharm News)
06:06 GMT
Local operators in Egypt are complaining that foreign holiday packages are better value when compared to the high costs of domestic air travel.

November 25, 2015

UberCHOPPER will fly passengers between the Atlantis hotel in Dubai and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. (Twitter)
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Not sure how to get to Yas Island this weekend? UberCHOPPER's got you covered.
Dubai plans to host over 25 million visitors during World Expo 2020. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Dubai was officially declared as the venue for the World Expo 2020 at the 158th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris on Wednesday.
The pen can transform any wall into an interactive board. The young inventors hope teachers will use the pen in their classrooms. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Three Emirati female students have invented a smart pen that can convert any wall into an interactive board.
Egypt exported €9M ($9.56M( worth of fruits, vegetables, and juices in the past nine months. (Twitter)
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Over the past period, Egyptian-German commercial relations witnessed growth despite the problems facing the Egyptian economy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and officials discuss the Russian MetroJet crash over Egypt's Sinai. (AFP/Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky)
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Following his two-day visit to Cairo, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed Egypt's request to purchase arms in a rumored $1B deal.
Many UAE retailers are holding sales between November 25-28 with discounts as high as 75 percent. (Shutterstock)
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MENA follows in the footsteps of the US and China by launching pre-holiday online sales.
The Binladin Group has been suspended from taking on new contracts following a crane accident at Mecca's Grand Mosque in September. (AFP/File)
13:10 GMT
One of Saudi Arabia's biggest construction firms has announced the immediate layoff of 15,000 staff in order to trim budgets affected by low oil prices.
The basis for negotiations is an estimated supply of not more than 4 BCM (billion cubic meters) of gas annually for 10-15 years. (Shutterstock)
12:40 GMT
US Noble Energy and the partners in the Leviathan gas discovery have signed a letter of intent with Egypt's Dolphinus Holdings
Non-traditional perks include subsidized wellness programs and flexible working arrangments. (Shutterstock)
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Attracting and retaining top talent and getting employees motivated doesn't always have to involve a generous salary and benefits package.
Governments are urged to pass cyber-specific laws and establish procedures for breach reporting. (Shutterstock)
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A new report has seen a doubling in cybercrime in the first half of 2015, with the energy and telecom industries being the most targeted.
The oil market has been on the defensive in recent months amid uncertainty about how quickly the global glut of crude is set to shrink. (Shutterstock)
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As OPEC prepares to convene on December 4, Saudi Arabia has pledged to work towards stabilizing the market, but analysts doubt that there will be plans to cut production.
The circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba has been undergoing renovation for almost three years. (Skyscraper City)
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Some 35,000 workers are putting the final touches on the circumambulation area and northern plazas of Mecca's pilgrimage site.
The attacks in Belgium and Paris, the downing of a Russian plane over Turkey and a US travel advisory weighs heavy on the markets. (Aleqt)
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Global markets, travel and hospitality stocks slump in the wake of recent high-profile events.
Somalia's mahogany trees provide charcoal for the Middle East's shisha smokers.
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Ahead of the climate change conference in Paris, Somalia claims that its forests have been destroyed to cater to the Middle East's hubbly bubbly obsession.
Egypt is hoping to formalize an additional $1.5B in loans from the World Bank and African Development Bank by the end of the year. (Shutterstock)
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The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development have agreed to a five-year financing agreement that will boost housing and power projects.
The Cyprus exploration has raised Lebanon's hopes that their hydrocarbon industry will also attract developers. (Shutterstock)
06:42 GMT
The new British Gas plans to develop Cyprus' hydrocarbon industry has given hope to Lebanon for future spoils - but can they overcome political obstacles?

November 24, 2015

Fakih IVF is looking to expand within the UAE and the GCC region. (Courtesy of
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Abu Dhabi-based NMC Health announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51 per cent shareholding in Fakih IVF Group for Dh696 million.
Glowork seeks to empower Saudi women in business in Saudi Arabia. (LinkedIn)
21:52 GMT
Glowork, a Saudi agency that matches job-seeking Saudi women to jobs online, took home the social entrepreneurship award at the second iteration of the 2015 Emirates Award for Arabian Gulf Youth.
The investment will be used to produce oil equipment locally in Egypt. (Al Bawaba/File)
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China Petroleum and Technology Development Corporation (CPTDC) intends to invest approximately $10m in Egypt, Li Qitang, Egypt’s chief office representative, told Daily News Egypt.
Sharjah will be the first location in the Middle East to have smart bins with Wi-Fi. (Twitter)
16:37 GMT
The UAE plans to install innovative solar-powered bins across Sharjah that double as hotspots, in line with the country's Innovation Week.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due to open in Abu Dhabi on December 17. (Mashable)
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Jedi or Sith? Join the fun ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, by logging in to your Chrome browser and changing the look of your apps.
The study found that wearable banking will witness a faster adoption rate than mobile banking. (File photo)
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A new study by Juniper Research has found that the future of banking includes the use of apps accessed via smartwatches.
UAE Innovation Week is hosting 900 activities across the country  to foster innovation across education, health, judiciary, human resources and other sectors. (Twitter)
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The new initiative will provide funding and loans to innovators working in collaboration with UAE financial entities as part of a nationwide sustainable development strategy.
Front Row Filmed Entertainment are the Middle East distributors for the latest Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette rom-com, 'Miss You Already'. (Facebook)
12:00 GMT
The media group continues its push into movies and entertainment content with a new deal with the Dubai-based Middle East film distributor.
FGB has slashed nearly 100 jobs in the UAE last week, with plans to cut 15,000 jobs globally by 2018. (UAE Interact)
10:40 GMT
First Gulf Bank, the UAE's third largest lender, follows Standard Chartered and HSBC in cutting jobs in response to worsening economic conditions.
An estimated 15 percent of smartphone users in Saudi Arabia are using apps for free calls. (Gadgets.Ndtv)
10:18 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission quashes rumors that free net-based apps such as Tango and Whatsapp would be blocked.
Iran's economy is more diversified than that of the UAE, according to the IIF. (Shutterstock)
09:37 GMT
Washington-based Institute of International Finance expects Iran's economy to increase by six percent in 2016, compared to MENA's combined growth projection of three percent.
Jordan's Google images now joins MENA landmarks Dubai's Burj Khalifa, Egypt's Pyramids of Giza, Abu Dhabi's Liwa Desert and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. (Engadget)
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Petra and the Dead Sea are some of Jordan's wonders now available as part of Google's Street View Special Collects.
Industry experts are moving quickly to seal deals with Egypt. (Shutterstock)
06:16 GMT
Egypt's major gas discovery may lead to future self-sufficiency, but in the immediate term, Israel may still meet Cairo's needs.
Bilateral trade volume  between Jordan and the UAE exceeded $1B last year. (Ciel Voyages)
05:51 GMT
Officials from the UAE are headed to Amman this week for the first bilateral economic forum aimed at exploring ways to boost investment opportunities between the two countries.
When it comes to credit card offerings, the range of options entails a close eye on benefits and fees. (Pixabay)
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Ask the right questions and make informed choices when it comes to selecting and maintaining a credit card.
Arrive early for set up and be less intimidating by standing in front of, or beside the table. (LinkedIn)
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With so many people to meet and greet, it pays to prepare for job fairs in advance.
Emirates group is exploring the possibility of using driverless cars to transport parts between the hangars. (Wikipedia)
00:23 GMT
Emirates, the world’s biggest airline by international passenger traffic, conducted a trial using a drone to inspect an aircraft earlier this year and is now looking at using driverless cars as it explores new ways to improve efficiency.
Though GCC governments depend heavily on oil revenue, declining oil prices are pressuring them to diversify their sources of revenue. (Al Bawaba/File)
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With the current oil price being lower than the breakeven oil prices, the fiscal surplus of GCC countries, which stood at 4.6 per cent of the combined gross domestic product in 2014, is expected to turn into deficit to the tune of 7.9 per cent of GDP in 2015.

November 23, 2015

Lulu Group is a hypermarket chain based in Abu Dhabi. (Wikimapia)
23:26 GMT
Middle Eastern retail major Lulu Group is in the final stages of starting its operations in Malaysia with the first hypermarket slated to open in February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur city (Jalan Munshi Abdullah), the company said in a press statement.
The initiative provides scholarships to 2000 Egyptian students. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
The first 250 out of a projected 2000 trainees have graduated from the online initiative, which aims to empower Egyptian youth while boosting Arabic online content.
Saudi Arabia's booming hospitality market is a big draw for luxury hoteliers. (Facebook)
13:24 GMT
Jumeirah, part of Dubai Holding, has 23 hotels across the globe but plans 100 hotels by 2020, with Saudi Arabia being top priority.
The cheekily named free app was created by an Iranian university student. The Emad missile. (Today in Pakistan)
12:54 GMT
University student Arshia Badi created the free app for Android, which has pictures and descriptions of Iran's missiles.
The workshop also focused on implementing standards to prevent the exploitation of the charity sector to finance terrorist activities. (Shutterstock)
12:36 GMT
International delegates convened under the theme of 'Charitable Donations; Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Violent Extremism'.
The figure of three billion barrels of oil and refined products stored, while technically accurate, is still misleading. (Shutterstock)
11:03 GMT
Despite the high volume of crude petroleum and refined products being stored by oil firms globally, these numbers be understood in context.
Wuzzuf is in partnership with 5000 companies and has helped 55,000 people find jobs via its website. (Facebook)
10:19 GMT
Following a two billion dollar investment, plans to reach one million users by 2020, with ambitious expansion plans in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Turhan argues that Islamic finance has a part to play in supporting infrastructure in emerging markets. (Pixabay)
09:36 GMT
The instruments of Islamic finance offer a more secure approach to debt than western finance, according to a Turkish economist and parliamentarian.
Yemen is the lowest-ranked country on the index, but Egypt has not shown any improvement in the political empowerment of women since 2006. (Pixgood)
09:04 GMT
Can you guess which MENA country nabbed a spot among the worst countries for women's empowerment?
A strike by oil and gas trade unions was averted after successful negotiations. (
08:00 GMT
Companies must find new ways to cope with the oil slump without firing local staff, as previously laid-off workers return to their jobs.
In addition to personal recommendations, look at independent experiences that are similar to your needs. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
It's easy to rely on friends or family for financial advice, but the wealth of information available online should also inform your decision making.
The new EU guidelines on labeling products made in Israeli settlements has been met with anger by the Jewish community in Germany. (CPP Luxury)
05:42 GMT
The Berlin department store bows to pressure over pulling its settlement-produced wines off the shelf on Saturday.
Working in a team improves personal communication skills and helps exchange of information. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Fostering a spirit of teamwork is beneficial for your career as well as for the company. Here's why.

November 22, 2015

House sales to foreigners in Turkey increased 19 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
23:00 GMT
Investors from the Gulf Cooperation Council are among the biggest international investors in Turkey’s real estate market.