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April 8, 2015

Mobile application messages alert users on locations of bomb threats and resulting traffic jams.
07:39 GMT
Mobile application messages alert users on locations of bomb threats and resulting traffic jams.
Many UAE workers likely to feel economic pinch as 5-6% pay hike is hardly enough to cover rising living costs, experts say
07:27 GMT
Many UAE workers are likely to feel the economic pinch as 5-6% pay hike is hardly enough to cover rising living costs, experts say.
Kuwaiti-based AFESD is considered a main partner in supporting the Kingdom's development efforts through extending soft loans to the country (Image: file photo)
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Jordan on Tuesday signed a $100 million soft loan agreement with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) to fund small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran.
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Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran, just days after Tehran and world powers reached a framework nuclear deal, and with the OPEC nation’s oil minister due to arrive Thursday.
Helpless Hannah, Moody Mariam, or Successful Salma? Which one are you? (Image: Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
The average office is made up of a complex cast of characters - knowing who's who and recognizing the stereotypical elements in yourself will help you through your day.

April 7, 2015

Devastation caused by the July 2014 attacks in the Gaza Strip. Oxfam estimates the rebuilding will take at least a century at the current rate of progress. (Image: AFP/File)
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Palestinian importers claim lumber imports to the Gaza Strip are being restricted by Israel, which will further hamper the reconstruction efforts.
The property seizure is related to a disupted claim over former employees' salaries. (Image: Screenshot)
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Jordanian newspaper Al Arab Al Yawm's assets and properties are seized following court decision over labour disputes, management refutes claims.
Damac Properties extended gains on Monday after showing interest in a project in London.
13:46 GMT
Damac Properties extended gains on Monday after showing interest in a project in London.
Operating profits at Samsung Electronics Co fell 30.51 per cent in the first quarter of 2015
12:33 GMT
Operating profits at Samsung Electronics Co fell 30.51 per cent in the first quarter of 2015
Saudi Arabia's Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud comes in at number one again, followed by Joseph Safra from Lebanon. (Image: Wikipedia)
09:03 GMT
Forbes Middle East releases its list of the 100 wealthiest arabs in the world, who are worth $174.37 billion (Dh639.94 billion) in total.
The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers could lead to a burst in the country’s oil exports and open the way for international energy groups to return to the country after a five-year absence.
08:57 GMT
The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers could lead to a burst in the country’s oil exports and open the way for international energy groups to return to the country after a five-year absence.
As electronic commerce changes relationships, Saudi Arabia hopes to increase employment as well as create new markets. (Image: Shutterstock)
08:44 GMT
Addressing unemployment in the GCC must take into consideration the rapid shift towards digital interaction. Saudi Arabia considers the opportunities for women and youth that electronic commerce provides.
The Dubai index extended gains for sixth straight day on Monday to hit its highest level in nearly a month buoyed by positive performance in crude oil prices. (Image: AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
The Dubai index extended gains for sixth straight day on Monday to hit its highest level in nearly a month buoyed by positive performance in crude oil prices.
The lucrative contract will last for five years to meet the needs of locals and tourists to the second holiest city of Islam. (Image: Wikipedia)
08:06 GMT
In a deal worth SAR375 million, French firm Louis Berger will be tasked with developing Madinah's extensive transport plans for metro, bus, road networks and support facilities.
Bone crusher or wet fish? Does your handshake knock you out of the competition before you open your mouth? (Image: Pixabay)
08:00 GMT
It all begins with the handshake, or not. Here are seven common greeting styles. Which one is yours?
New sponsorship regulations, coupled with ongoing security situation in Syria has caused a labor shortage in Lebanon, leaving farmers scrambling to find alternative solutions. (Image: Pixabay)
07:42 GMT
The number of Syrian laborers working in the fields of Lebanon has plummeted by 80 percent, which will have an adverse effect on Lebanon's agricultural sector.
A recent report by the World Bank highlights the importance of business regulations and their effects on productivity and information in the MENA region. (Image: Pixabay)
06:59 GMT
There are promising signs of change in business practices, with regard to informational transparency. Nevertheless, the MENA region still lags behind.
Companies with more than 50 Saudi workers now have to train 12 percent of their total work force. (Image: file photo)
06:33 GMT
Labor Minister Adel Fakeih announced 38 amendments to the country’s labor legislation recently including more training for Saudi workers, longer fixed-term contracts, and greater inspection powers for ministry officials.
Oil and gas revenues account for more than 50 per cent of the federal budget revenues in Russia. (Image: file photo)
06:16 GMT
As the Russian economy shrinks due to sanctions and falling oil revenue, the country is seeking to strengthen its trade ties with the UAE and other Gulf countries.

April 6, 2015

Many adults lack the discipline required to stay on track when a big goal is far in the future. (Image: Pixabay.com)
12:47 GMT
Many adults lack the discipline required to stay on track when a big goal is far in the future.
MasterCard is developing payment options that include one-click, card-less shopping from web-connected television, among other devices. (Image: Pixabay)
10:14 GMT
MasterCard thinks outside the box and looks to digital payment solutions from any internet connected device.
dressing professionally is a very important part of your career. It leaves a lasting impression on both your colleagues and clients, and prompts people to take you more seriously.
09:57 GMT
dressing professionally is a very important part of your career. It leaves a lasting impression on both your colleagues and clients, and prompts people to take you more seriously.
The government’s efforts over the past days have resulted in reopening the Iraqi market for local produce. (Image: file photo)
09:38 GMT
The Iraqi government on Sunday allowed the entry of Jordanian vegetables to the Iraqi market following a two-week suspension for security reasons, according to government officials.
Egypt's escalating military involvement in the Yemen conflict has had a negative impact on investor's confidence. (Image: file photo)
08:58 GMT
Investor bearishness and hostilities in Yemen weigh heavily on Egyptian stock market as stocks fall sharply for the second consecutive session.
Dubai is trying to end the city's love affair with the SUV by mulling initiatives for more eco-friendly vehicles. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
08:30 GMT
Considering subsidized car prices and increasing the number of electric charging stations are some ways in which Dubai is looking to promote the switch to more eco-friendly options.
The UAE PMI dipped to a 17-month low of 56.3 in March, down from 58.1 in February. (Image: file photo)
07:51 GMT
The Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) data for March points to a further slowdown in the UAE’s non-oil private sector, with operating conditions improving at the weakest rate since October 2013.
The probe's journey is expected to take nine months and travel more than 60 million kilometers. (Image: planetfacts.org)
07:49 GMT
UAE Space Agency visits NASA to meet key industry players in a bid to launch a mission to Mars by 2021.
Close circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems will be installed in Ajman to help police and other security forces keep an eye on the public to enhance security and prevent crimes.
07:32 GMT
Close circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems will be installed in Ajman to help police and other security forces keep an eye on the public to enhance security and prevent crimes.
National Bank of Abu Dhabi managed around $3.9 billion (Dh14.3 billion) of international Sukuk issuance in the first quarter of 2015, representing about 69 per cent of the global market by value.
07:16 GMT
National Bank of Abu Dhabi managed around $3.9 billion (Dh14.3 billion) of international Sukuk issuance in the first quarter of 2015, representing about 69 per cent of the global market by value.
Celeb stoner Bob Marley. The Tobacco Traders Association has called for a 10% tax on cannabis, which could potentially save EGP 4.2bn. (Image: Hippi.in)
07:05 GMT
The head of the tobacco traders association in Cairo has submitted a proposal to legalize the hashish trade as a means of decreasing the national budget deficit.
Growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector accelerated to a six-month high in March, a survey of businesses shows.
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Growth in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector accelerated to a six-month high in March, a survey of businesses shows.

April 5, 2015

Social network marketing shows strong growth, with Facebook raking in 75 percent of social media ad spending last year, eMarketer reports. (Image: Pixabay)
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Facebook continues to dominate advertising on smartphones and tablets, despite EU watchdogs closing in. Mobile advertising is expected to almost double between 2016 and 2019, and account for more than 70 percent of digital ad spending, according to a report by eMarketer.
The Nile River and basin as seen from space. The Baro-Akobo-Sobat sub-basin stretches from Ethiopia to South Sudan. (Image: WIkipedia)
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The study takes into account irrigation, wetland management, basin rehabilitation, power generation and will address the cross-border implications of the projects.
The new law contains 378 articles intended to promote sustainable economic development and to strengthen competitiveness. (Image: File photo)
12:18 GMT
New companies law in the UAE eases flotation rules and raises the level of regulation to international standards.
For those concerned with security or who do not own a credit card, the new direct operator billing facility will charge their app purchases to their Viva Bahrain account. (Image: Pixabay)
11:35 GMT
App purchases in the Windows store can now be made via a direct operator billing facility, for Viva Bahrain customers.
The right approach to cold calling can result in bypassing the hiring process. (Image: Pixabay)
11:05 GMT
The prospect of job hunting without a personal contact, job description or advertisement can intimidating. Follow these steps to master cold calling.
Experts warn that even a 2020 completion, two years past the projected deadline, is likely to be overly optimistic. (Image: Pixabay)
10:17 GMT
Challenging plan to link the GCC by rail is beset by delays in nearly all six member states, as the 2018 deadline for completion nears.
Shaikha Budoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) (Image: Vision.ae)
09:31 GMT
Shaikha Budoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi will co-chair 2015 World Economic Forum to be held in Jordan May 21-23, becoming the first Emirati woman to be selected for the role.
East side of the colonnade hall, Luxor Temple, Egypt. Egypt's tourism industry has been battered by political turmoil and fears of militant attacks. (Image: Roland Unger, Wikimedia Commons)
09:05 GMT
France revises travel bans for its citizens to Egypt, following the lead of several european countries who lifted their restrictions in 2014.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman is the latest celebrity to front the UAE's national airline, and is featured in a print and video campaign series entitled 'Flying Reimagined". (Image: Etihad Airways)
08:40 GMT
A US flight attendant's union has criticized actress Nicole Kidman, a UN goodwill ambassador for women, for becoming the public face of Etihad Airways. The unions blame the airline for its poor treatment of pregnant flight attendants; Etihad dismisses their claims.
The new gmail app for Android will allow users to view and respond to all emails without having to hop between many accounts. (Image: Shutterstock)
08:01 GMT
Google's upgraded app now allows users to see all their messages from different accounts on gmail.
The Jaber border crossing (known as the Nasib border in Syria) was closed following clashes between rebels and Syrian government troops. Lebanese truckers were kidnapped and goods seized during the fighting. (Image: AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
The closure of the Nassib border crossing between Jordan and Syria following violent clashes cuts off a vital network for trade between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Gulf countries.
The historic agreement between Jordan and Israel was stalled several times last year due to anti-trust concerns and political opposition. (Image: Shutterstock)
06:49 GMT
The controversial deal is worth $500 million and involves the sale of 1.87 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Israel to Jordanian companies over the next 15 years.