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June 2, 2015

A Saudi grant to the Lebanese army was frozen after the Hezbollah chief called the coalition's war "takfiri ideology." (AFP/File)
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A Saudi grant to the Lebanese army was frozen after the Hezbollah chief called the coalition's war "takfiri ideology."
A World Bank report said Jordan's economy has slowly but steadily picked up despite regional tensions. (AFP/File)
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A World Bank report said Jordan's economy has slowly but steadily picked up despite regional tensions.
The government's spending in 2015 is expected to stay high despite a sharp decline in oil prices. (AFP/File)
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The government's spending in 2015 is expected to stay high despite a sharp decline in oil prices.
Oman Oil Company invited bids from international energy infrastructure contractors for the construction of a giant crude oil storage terminal. (AFP/File)
20:54 GMT
Oman Oil Company invited bids from international energy infrastructure contractors for the construction of a giant crude oil storage terminal.
The foreign deposits in banks in the Egyptian market jumped in March compared with 8.1 percent the previous month. (AFP/File)
20:47 GMT
The foreign deposits in banks in the Egyptian market jumped in March compared with 8.1 percent the previous month.
Mahan Air will begin using the first of eight Airbus aircraft on Wednesday after Iran purchased the planes from the UAE. (AFP/File)
20:29 GMT
Mahan Air will begin using the first of eight Airbus aircraft on Wednesday after Iran purchased the planes from the UAE.
Demonstrators hold signs saying, "No Dutch support for apartheid in Palestine. Boycott Israel," during a protest in Amsterdam. (AFP/Erik Van 'T Woud)
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The UK's National Union of Students passed a motion Tuesday to join worldwide efforts to boycott Israel over human rights violations.
The UAE airline has issued its strongest response yet to the joint campaign by three US airlines to regulate Gulf competition. (AFP/File)
19:18 GMT
The UAE airline has issued its strongest response yet to the joint campaign by three US airlines to regulate Gulf competition.
The projector lens of the Asus E1Z is illuminated with LED bulbs. (Screenshot)
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Asus showcases the tiny projector that turns your phone into a portabe entertainment hub.
Dubai-based stables were hit by a doping scandal in 2013 and animal welfare concerns this year. (Shutterstock/Cheryl Ann Quigley)
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Following the 2013 doping scandal, the UAE has been trying to rein in cheating in equestrian sports.
The industrial cities are planned in the governorates of Tafila, Madaba, Jerash and Balqa. (Shutterstock)
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Second phase of $30m Saudi Development Fund grant is to help finance infrastructure in four cities, with completion expected in 2017.
Political stagnation is causing delays in issuing decrees that would open bidding for licensing. (Shutterstock)
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Delays in oil and gas licensing procedures may drive international investors elsewhere, according to Lebanon's minister for energy and water.
Despite the glitz of Riyadh, thousands live below the poverty line in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
07:19 GMT
Sharp rise in housing prices after Saudi housing ministry scraps financing program, but others blame investors' greed.
Insurance companies assess the applicant's overall health and potential future risks, including diabetes and cancer. (Shutterstock)
06:40 GMT
Being overweight can mean a higher insurance premium, by as much as 25 to 40 percent.
Bayt's new app gives you one-click access to thousands of jobs. (Bayt)
05:00 GMT
Bayt.com launches their revamped mobile app.

June 1, 2015

Saudi Dur Hospitality will be investing in 20 hotels and six residential complexes over the next seven years. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Dur Hospitality will be investing in 20 hotels and six residential complexes over the next seven years.
Soldiers man mobile launchers of the US-made TOW anti-tank missiles during a drill held in the northern Taoyuan county on April 18, 2012. (AFP/Mandy Cheng)
16:05 GMT
A shipment of weapons pledged to the army arrived Monday at Beirut's airport.
Iran and China have agreed on a new arrangement for crude oil payments. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
Iran and China have agreed on a new arrangement for crude oil payments.
The UAE is gearing up for the Dubai World Expo, forecasting 20 million visitors a year by the time of the event in 2020. (apexluxurycarhire.com)
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The UAE is gearing up for the Dubai World Expo, forecasting 20 million visitors a year by the time of the event in 2020.
Egypt signed an exploration worth $2 billion with Italian company Eni for four years of exploration activities in the Sinai and Nile Delta regions. (AFP/File)
15:29 GMT
Egypt signed an exploration deal $2 billion with Italian company Eni for four years of exploration activities in the Sinai and Nile Delta regions.
The record-breaking plane began its journey in Abu Dhabi on March 9. (Solar Impulse)
15:18 GMT
The record-breaking plane began its journey in Abu Dhabi on March 9.
Nuclear and renewable energy are not subject to the same price fluctuations as fossil fuels. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
US-based Westinghouse Electric looks to create regional hub in Abu Dhabi as Barakah nuclear power plant is scheduled to become operational in 2017.
The report found that many ME countries lack basic strategies for encouraging healthy behavior at work. (Shutterstock)
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Stress at work may be a global issue, but it is one that's largely hidden in the Middle East, according to a recent study.
Jordan and the US on Sunday signed a third sovereign bond guarantee loan agreement to raise $1.5 billion this month on global financial markets. (Shutterstock)
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Jordan and the US on Sunday signed a third sovereign bond guarantee loan agreement to raise $1.5 billion this month on global financial markets.
Israel's blockade on the strip caused a 50 percent decrease of Gaza's GDP, the World Bank said. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Israel's blockade on the strip caused a 50 percent decrease of Gaza's GDP, the World Bank said.
Don't forget to pack your charger. (Shutterstock)
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Make the most of your next trip with these 7 useful apps.
Once businesses improve accountability and governance, they will be even more attractive to international investors. (Shutterstock)
08:45 GMT
The private equity market in the Middle East has matured in the last five years, but there is still work to do to attract overseas private equity firms.
There are no signs of improvement in demand from Asia. (Pixabay)
07:00 GMT
Slowdown in Asia's imports and exports will have a trickle-down impact on GCC revenues.
MENA spending accounts for 14 percent of global wellness tourism spending. (Shutterstock)
05:28 GMT
A recent report registered 39 percent growth in MENA, in the wellness tourism industry worth $439 billion.
The Kurdish regional administration may sell oil independently and sign free trade deals. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Erbil asserts that they have the legal right to export oil without consent from Baghdad, if remuneration agreement is not upheld.
Learning the names of everyone, including support staff, is always helpful. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
FIve tips on making the most of your first week at work.

May 31, 2015

This year's Tehran Auction has broken the record of the country's art auctions after a painting by a renowned poet sold for over $845,000, bringing the total revenue of sales to $6.4 million. (ISNA)
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This year's Tehran Auction has broken the record of the country's art auctions after a painting by a renowned poet sold for over $845,000, bringing the total revenue of sales to $6.4 million.
A Pakistani Muslim man arranges Iftar food for Muslim devotees before they break their fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Karachi on June 30, 2014. (AFP/Asif Hassan)
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Food business in the UAE is expected to see good times ahead.
GCC economies benefited from their currencies being tied to the US dollar. (Shutterstock)
14:30 GMT
The top 25 banks in the GCC, ranked by asset size.
TIMEZ5 is the first Muslim innovation company to be recognized to work with NASA. (TimeZ5.com)
14:00 GMT
Nader Sabry is a leader in the $2 trillion lifestyle market, having invented the innovative prayer mat with the challenges of elderly worshippers in mind.
A banker stacks packed Syrian lira bills at the Central Bank in Damascus in 2011. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The Syrian regime continues to face losses in the civil war, leading to shrunken revenues and depleted resources.
Israel's deputy foreign minister told visiting German foreign minister on Sunday that Israel expects Germany to lead the fight against product labeling. (Facebook)
09:47 GMT
Israel's deputy foreign minister told visiting German foreign minister on Sunday that Israel expects Germany to lead the fight against product labeling.
Egypt's state grain buyer said the purchase is due for an early July shipment.
09:18 GMT
Egypt's state grain buyer said the purchase is due for an early July shipment.
Asian laborers work at the construction site of a new track for the Dubai Metro, on May 22, 2013. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
09:04 GMT
The forecast for projects planned is the highest on record to date as the region continues to invest in infrastructure and capital projects.
Jordan remains a top medical tourism destination for patients around the world. (Shutterstock)
08:49 GMT
Jordan remains a top medical tourism destination for patients around the world.
Companies in Lebanon said they receive hundreds of CVs every year from college graduates they can't hire. (Shutterstock)
08:36 GMT
Companies in Lebanon said they receive hundreds of CVs every year from college graduates they can't hire.
The World Bank will be cooperating with the Social Fund for Development on the projects. (Mashable)
08:02 GMT
A $600m World Bank grant will support small and micro-enterprises, especially among youth.
Palestinian youth in Hebron. (Pixgood)
07:35 GMT
An International Labor Organization report for 2014 reveals grim prospects for the Palestinian economy.
The Blue Topaz Samsung Galaxy S6. (Photo courtesy Daily Tech)
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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge now available in blue topaz and green emerald in the UAE
'Adidas: Nothing is impossible with slave labor. Proud sponsor of FIFA World Cup 2022' (Imgur.com)
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Internet activists have been using creative license on the logos of the 2022 World Cup sponsors, to protest Qatar's record on human rights.
There is a greater need to monitor cash movements across borders. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Lebanon is committed to fighting money laundering and terrorism funding, according to the Central Bank governor.
You don't have to be wealthy to start investing. (Pixabay)
05:00 GMT
What's so magical about compound interest?

May 29, 2015

With a network of 500 destinations, Etihad Airways is the largest Middle East carrier — and it just keeps getting better. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
With a network of 500 destinations, Etihad Airways is the largest Middle East carrier — and it just keeps getting better.
The nine projects will be the first EU support program for Jordan's energy sector, officials said Thursday.
03:24 GMT
The nine projects will be the first EU support program for Jordan's energy sector, officials said Thursday.
Hundreds of residents in the UAE have paid the Pakistani IT company for credentials issued by non-existent colleges. (Shutterstock)
02:34 GMT
Hundreds of residents in the UAE have paid the Pakistani IT company for credentials issued by non-existent colleges.
Economics professor Mohammad Qoli Yussefi said trying to control liquidity is "like prescribing an overweight person to stop eating in order to get into shape." (AFP/File)
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Economics professor Mohammad Qoli Yussefi said trying to control liquidity is "like prescribing an overweight person to stop eating in order to get into shape."
Qatar's shares dropped significantly after Swiss authorities opened a criminal case against FIFA officials. (AFP/Karim Jaafar)
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Qatar's shares dropped significantly after Swiss authorities opened a criminal case against FIFA officials.

May 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen meeting with top military generals for emergency talks in Cairo on Feb. 15, 2015 in a photo issued by his office. (AFP/File)
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A group of army generals and senior government officials are using almost 7,000 unaudited accounts in the country.
FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordon arrives for the Asian Football Confederation Extraordinary Congress meeting in Melbourne on Jan. 9, 2015. (AFP/William West)
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One day remains until the FIFA elections, where the first Arab figure to run for presidency is challenging the incumbent.
The Pointe is located across the bay from Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah. (Nakheel)
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Nakheel has signed up nearly 100 restaurants and shops at its massive waterfront complex in Dubai, a year prior to completion.
Egypt will only be pumping gas to three stations due to shortages and high temperatures. (Shutterstock)
09:15 GMT
High temperatures and high consumption factories are forcing Egypt to ration gas supply.
Over 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. (Shutterstock)
08:07 GMT
Investment in technology in MENA can help tackle unemployment as well as transform education, healthcare, energy, security, and transportation.
Emirates announced that they were hiring over 11,000 staff this year. (Photo courtesy of Emirates)
07:46 GMT
Only five percent of the 400,000 cabin crew applicants were hired by Emirates Airlines last year.
The National Organisation for Military Production is already involved in mega-projects in Egypt. (Wikimedia Commons)
07:27 GMT
New multi-industry firm will be entirely owned by the Egyptian ministry of military production.
Defaulting on loans could turn out to be the end of the road for expat bank borrowers as banks opt to file criminal cases. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Defaulting on loans could turn out to be the end of the road for expat bank borrowers as banks opt to file criminal cases.
The bug can only be spread among iOS users. (Shutterstock/ymgerman)
05:27 GMT
A new bug in the form of a text message containing Arabic and Chinese characters is causing iPhones to reboot.
That's a lot of eyeliner! The Saudi cosmetics market is the largest in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
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The cosmetics market in Saudi Arabia is estimated at $16 billion annually, with an 11 percent annual growth rate.
Looking at things from someone else's perspective can transform your work life. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Sometimes it's a small detail that delivers the biggest impact. Here are a dozen ways to improve your work life, in just just an hour.

May 27, 2015

Behind the sparkle of luxury developments, others are struggling to save. (Pixabay)
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For some, spiralling costs of living and meager salary hikes are making the UAE an increasingly unattractive place to live.
Amman's municipality is anticipating more traffic congestion as tens of thousands of visitors from the Gulf region are expected to arrive over the summer. (Shutterstock)
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Amman's municipality is anticipating more traffic congestion as tens of thousands of visitors from the Gulf region are expected to arrive over the summer.
Etihad Boeing 777-300ER. (Wikimedia Commons)
15:27 GMT
Against the backdrop of the US airlines accusations over subsidies, Oxford study commissioned by Etihad predicts massive contribution to US economy under 'Open Skies' agreement.
The men accused Germany of letting the US use its Ramstein air base to conduct lethal drone strikes. (AFP/File)
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The men accused Germany of letting the US use its Ramstein air base to conduct lethal drone strikes.
The state telephone company will see new leadership through seven government representatives appointed on Wednesday. (Shutterstock)
13:30 GMT
The state telephone company will see new leadership through seven government representatives appointed on Wednesday.
The Algerian capital of Algiers. (Wikimedia Commons)
12:00 GMT
Algeria's trade deficit is revised upwards to $4.3B from last year due to steep drop in oil prices.
Cross country legal and regulatory differences are obstacles to consolidation. (Shutterstock)
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There are significant obstacles to creating a pan-GCC stock exchange, but consolidation offers economies of scale and other benefits.
President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, gives an interview on May 15, 2015 at the organization's headquarters in Zurich. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Top officials from world soccer's governing body were arrested on US corruption charges Wednesday.
The chemical-free snow is produced year-round. (Photos courtesy of Desert Snow)
11:25 GMT
Dubai-based Desert Snow is behind the 'snow rooms' promoted as 'snow for your health'. What is the true cost to the environment, given that 98.8% of Dubai's fresh water comes from desalination?
Flights were canceled Tuesday morning from Libya's three main airports after ground staff began strikes for not getting paid. (Twitter)
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Flights were canceled Tuesday morning from Libya's three main airports after ground staff began strikes for not getting paid.
Developers claim that there is little demand for luxury apartments in Beirut. (Shutterstock)
08:04 GMT
Vacant properties worth $480m are a symptom of Beirut's stagnating real estate sector.
Orange Jordan's 4G services will be nationwide by the end of the year.
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Orange Jordan's 4G services will be nationwide by the end of the year.
Egypt has chosen banks to handle its return to the international bond market after a gap of five years. (Shutterstock)
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Egypt has chosen banks to handle its return to the international bond market after a gap of five years.
Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that often suits working mothers. (Shutterstock)
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Flexible working arrangements can benefit all parties if done right. Here's how to get started.
LG is the last company standing to continue to offer a removable battery in its leading smartphone. (CNET/Roger Cheng)
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LG is the last company standing to continue to offer a removable battery in its flagship smartphone.
Most expats will at some point have to send funds overseas. (Shutterstock)
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Most expats will at some point have to send funds overseas.
Farmers pick olives from their trees in Ajlun during the harvest season. (AFP/File)
03:16 GMT
The six-year initiative aims to support more efficient agricultural services in areas classified as "poverty pockets."
The UAE government is seeking a world-class health system within six years.
02:50 GMT
The UAE government is seeking a world-class health system within six years.
The cotton crop harvested in provincial farms has increased by five to seven times, an Iranian official said. (Shutterstock)
02:42 GMT
The cotton crop harvested in provincial farms has increased by five to seven times, an Iranian official said.
China's Silk Road makes the Asian partner essential for many traders in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
02:35 GMT
The country hopes to enhance trade relations with China, a top partner over the past two years.

May 26, 2015

The first shipment of Qatar's liquefied natural gas arrived in Aqaba Port earlier this week. (AFP/File)
20:32 GMT
The first shipment of Qatar's liquefied natural gas arrived in Aqaba Port earlier this week.
Electricity and water subsidies is next to be axed as part of the Bahrain government's cost-cutting measures. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)
20:18 GMT
Electricity and water subsidies is next to be axed as part of the Bahrain government's cost-cutting measures.
The meeting comes as part of a two-day investment forum between the two countries. (AFP/File)
20:01 GMT
The meeting comes as part of a two-day investment forum between the two countries.
An Iranian worker walks near the phase 12 of the South Pars gas field facilities near the southern town of Kangan on the shore of the Gulf on Jan. 22, 2014. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
19:55 GMT
Iran to increase the price of natural gas supplied to households, businesses and state-run buildings by 15 percent.
The cost of producing renewable energy is higher than that of relying on fossil fuels, according to Egypt's electricity minister. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
Egypt commits to resolving energy crisis with promise to invest $45B into the energy sector in the next ten years.
Burj Al Sarab is Jannah's fifth hotel in the UAE. (Jannah Hotels & Resorts)
06:46 GMT
Jannah Hotels and Resorts look to capitalise on growing halal tourism market with their Burj Al Sarab hotel and plans for 30 more.
Jordan cancelled plans to build renewable energy power plants over limited grid capacity last year. (Pixabay)
06:17 GMT
Jordan says that the $310m grant from China's Hanergy company will go towards expanding the national grid and creating more renewable energy projects.
Most English teachers have the TEFL accreditation in Dubai. (Shutterstock)
05:27 GMT
There is a strong demand for English teachers in Dubai. Follow our guide to land your dream job!
The update has not changed battery life of the Apple watch. (Shutterstock/Canadapanda)
05:00 GMT
Apple announces an update for its much-hyped smartwatch, just weeks after its release. Here is a run-through of key changes.
The Bahrain World Trade Center. (Shutterstock/Orhan Cam)
05:00 GMT
100 business leaders from China are on a two-day visit to Bahrain in a bid to boost trade ties between the two countries.
Adoption of 4G technology in the Gulf is at 70 percent. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Akamai Technology has released its top 10 list of countries for fastest internet connection speed. How does yours compare?
Iranians with homemade cars previously enjoyed 60 liters of subsidized fuel a month. (Pixabay)
04:45 GMT
Iran scraps gas subsidies in an effort to curb smuggling.

May 25, 2015

Cheap gasoline in Dubai offers less incentive for residents to switch to electric cars. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
So far, next to no one drives an electric car.
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year.
Fenwick store in Mayfair. The Abu Dhabi Royal family are now the largest landowner in Mayfair after the Duke of Westminster. (Wikimedia Commons)
14:00 GMT
Emiratis' visa-free access to the EU expected to boost property investment.
Sectors such as clothing, footwear, and furniture marked 10-14 percent drop in sales in Lebanon in Q1. (Pixabay)
13:49 GMT
Political impasse in Lebanon and regional conflict are squeezing the retail sector.
Approximately 60% of the Saudi population uses the internet, yet local businesses are not yet taking full advantage of the potential. (Flickr)
12:58 GMT
Google Partners will pair local agencies with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia to help grow their businesses online.