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November 18, 2015

The pyramid of Khufu illuminated with the French, Lebanese and Russian flags in Giza. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:45 GMT
With MENA's tourism industry in the Middle East is already feeling the pinch, the Paris attacks can have a wider economic impact, according a senior analyst.
Russian tourists awaiting evacuation from Sharm El Sheikh airport. (AFP/Mohamed El Shahed)
13:39 GMT
The majority of Russian tourists have been repatriated from Sharm El-Sheikh following the deadly Metrojet crash, with under 2,500 remaining, according to Russia's transport minister.
The Jaber/Nasib border crossing has been closed since April 2015 due to conflict. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The closure of the Nassib/Jaber border and the absence of government subsidies for maritime exports triggered a drop in Lebanese industrial exports in the first half of 2015.
Industry experts argue that more tour guides and infrastructure improvements are necessary to accommodate more foreign tourists.  (Scta)
12:00 GMT
As the GCC continues study into Schengen-style visas for foreign visitors, industry experts suggest that regional tourism infrastructure needs strengthening.
OSN CEO David Butorac with Warner Bros staff. (Image courtesy of Trade Arabia)
11:00 GMT
The Dubai-based pay-TV network has signed a long-term deal for exclusive access to the Hollywood studio's premium content.
Several energy companies evacuated non-essential staff from northern Iraq last year due to security risks. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
The Kurdistan Regional Government has approved an oil exploration plan that is expected to produce 15,000bpd by next year.
Oil companies are waiting for the Lebanese Cabinet to pass two decrees related to the model of licensing round and delineation of the offshore gas blocks. (Maersk)
09:00 GMT
As Egypt and others press ahead with plans to drill and export gas to Europe, Lebanon's stalled political situation is letting opportunity pass in front of their eyes.
The college will be situated at King Fahd International Airport. (Yamasaki)
08:00 GMT
Construction of the college and a five-star hotel in Dammam is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.
Microsoft has donated $3M to since it was founded in 2013. (Geeksroom)
05:00 GMT
Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft's Mojang has led to a new free tutorial, in a bid to teach kids (and adults) the basics of coding.
In addition to 'The Martian', Wadi Rum has also been used as a film location for 'Mission to Mars' and 'Red Planet' films. (YouTube screenshot)
05:00 GMT
Jordan's new tourism ad capitalizes on the phenomenal success of Ridley Scott's film 'The Martian', in which the Wadi Rum's desert stood in for the planet Mars.
Dimpy Patney Dsouza, HR Manager at Al Gurg Consultants, UAE. (Bayt)
05:00 GMT
HR Manager Dimpy Patney Dsouza of Al Gurg engineering consultants in the UAE shares her tips on hiring and retaining top talent.

November 17, 2015

EasyJet noted that some passengers do not show up for their flight to France (Al Bawaba/File)
23:49 GMT
The French economy minister has reassured business leaders that security measures put in place after the Paris attacks are not designed to paralyse economic activity.
Data users are expected to use 10GB per month by 2021. (Al Bawaba/File)
22:54 GMT
By 2021, Mobile data traffic will experience 16 times the growth it experienced in 2015.
Major upcoming world events, including World Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup are taking place in the Gulf. These events call for complex and innovative architectural designs. (Courtesy of Hok)
22:38 GMT
In 2016, the GCC’s construction industry is set to reach a record high of $126 billion
The contracts contain in-country value terms to support growth and industry development in Oman. (Twitter)
21:59 GMT
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has signed six contracts worth $650 million for the next ten years, which will boost Omani job and training opportunities, according to a report.
The aftermath of last week's twin suicide blasts in Beirut which left 37 dead and 181 injured. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
15:00 GMT
The global economic cost of terrorism has risen to an all-time high, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index.
Non-oil GDP growth in Bahrain is vulnerable to internal political concerns, which has an impact on business optimism. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
Bahrain's budget deficit is expected to widen from five percent of the GDP in 2014 to 15 percent in 2015, according to NBK.
The luxury industry includes luxury cars, hospitality and personal goods which account for 80 percent of the total market. (Champs Elysees Dubai)
13:00 GMT
Currency fluctuations, the rise of e-commerce and tourists heading to Europe are part of a general decelerating trend in the luxury goods market in MENA.
The Royal Oman Police deported a group of 70 illegal workers in August 2015.  (ONA)
12:00 GMT
With illegal foreign labor doubling since 2010, Oman is cracking down to open up more jobs for Omani citizens.
MENA's emerging digital economy is widely seen as a 'game changer' in tackling youth unemployment. (Noonpost)
11:00 GMT
WIth the highest rate of youth unemployment in the world, MENA's private sector is expected to step in as the main source of job creation.
Six residents of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh are behind the #SupportEgypt initiative. (Facebook)
10:15 GMT
A new Facebook initiative to drape your profile picture with the Egyptian flag received 10,000 likes on the first launch day.
Both the Zohr and Alexandria gas fields will start production in 2017. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
Egypt's petroleum minister is hoping that the recent major gas finds will make the country a regional center for energy and gas.
In addition to government action, MENA needs to re-examine food and water consumption patterns. (AFP/FIle)
09:13 GMT
With rising consumption, solid waste is the most significant environmental problem in the Arab world, according to a recent Arab Forum survey.
The investment plans were announced at the 17th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference being held in Abu Dhabi. (Shutterstock/Elena Ermakova)
08:19 GMT
The UAE continues its push forward to boost innovation in every aspect of governance, public sector and economy, with a heavy investment over the next five years.
The weapons include 1,000 Paveway II laser guided bombs. (Military Aerospace)
07:15 GMT
The US sale of over 10,000 air-to-ground munitions still needs approval from Congress.
Can you hold a dinner conversation without looking at your device? (Shutterstock)
06:16 GMT
Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes believes that technology at the table is getting in the way of healthy food and conversation, especially for children.
Scan, prioritize your emails, and keep your replies simple. (Shutterstock)
05:53 GMT
Poor management of emails is a major cause of inefficiency - here's how to keep your inbox under control.

November 16, 2015

Previously, Arabtec said it would build one million homes in Egypt. It is unclear whether the 13,000 homes are included in the project. (Al Bawaba/File)
19:24 GMT
Dubai-listed construction firm Arabtec has made a proposal to build 13,000 homes in Egypt, and its chairman has expressed confidence of receiving positive feedback.
Saudi's Tadawul All Share Index dropped to its lowest close since January 1, 2013. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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A region-wide sell-off on Sunday saw benchmark indices in the UAE, Saudi, and Egypt fall to 2015 lows.
Teaching is not a delivery system, it’s not Fedex, teaching is about knowing each student, finding their unique interests and nurturing potential," said education expert Graham Brown-Martin. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:38 GMT
Educators, regulators and investors have come together in Dubai to discuss how innovative education models can help to transform the efficacy of education delivery in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
The new Fenyr Supersport from W Motors is targeted to buyers in the GCC. (Twitter)
17:43 GMT
Five days of motoring madness has wound to a close following the final day of the Dubai International Motor Show held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
A box of dates conforming to the EU settlement label guidelines, from the UK supermarket chain Tesco. (Vosizneias)
13:00 GMT
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó dismisses the new EU decision on settlement product labels as 'irrational' and potentially more damaging to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Customers expect banks to provide more convenience, less paper, more speed, pinpoint accuracy and a friendly service environment. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
Only 14 percent of surveyed MENA customers use mobile banking despite high number of smartphone users, according to a report by Ernst & Young.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the opening of the 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
11:22 GMT
Speaking at the G20 Summit in Turkey, IMF Director Christine Lagarde has said that Islamic financing should be supported.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser recently opened Bin Jelmood House, a museum that charts slavery throughout history. (Twitter)
11:04 GMT
Qatar's new museum charting slavery throughout history is an odd gesture given the controversies surrounding the dire labor conditions of its migrant workers, argues one academic.
There have been 16,500 TEDx Talks in 1,200 cities in 177 countries. (TEDx Blog)
10:28 GMT
Held under the theme 'Blueprints', eight speakers covered a variety of topics from web science, brain drain, polarization of refugees, to oil and gas.
Factory resets still mean that the data is on the flash memory, but it's encrypted. (Timepass 360)
10:05 GMT
A step-by-step guide to making sure your all your data has been deleted securely.
Use the internet to keep your skills up-to-date and to network. (Shutterstock)
09:46 GMT
The transition to parenthood is difficult enough without having to juggle a career from home.
Some UAE residents are using debt to cover basic costs, which is unsustainable. (Shutterstock)
09:31 GMT
With the rising costs of living outpacing salary hikes, it may be time for some tough negotiations at the office.
King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in early 2016. (Al Riyadh City)
09:19 GMT
Saudi Arabia's airports and airport services, followed by the information technology sector, are slated for privatization next year.
Turkey's national carrier suspended flights on 6 November following the Russain air crash. (File photo)
08:48 GMT
The ban on Turkish Airlines flights to the Egyptian resort city, due to end on Monday, has been extended until 30 November.
Turkish President Erdogan speaks to US President Obama during the G20 family photo. (AFP/Pool)
06:41 GMT
Increased border and aviation security measures, the migration crisis and coping with jittery markets are expected to dominate G20 discussions in Antalya.
Burj al-Khalifa, the world's tallest building, lit in the colours of the French flag two days after deadly attacks in Paris. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
06:18 GMT
Social media users were quick to point out that the UAE was slow off the mark to join the world in lighting up their landmarks following the Paris attacks.

November 15, 2015

Director General of Dubai's Department of Economic Development Sami Qamzi. (
23:23 GMT
Dubai SME, an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), identified the top-performing 100 SMEs in a bid to help them grow bigger and support them through their growth.
Prior to the attacks in Paris, Facebook's Safety Check feature had only been used during natural disasters. (Facebook)
22:41 GMT
Facebook is striving to assuage those criticising the social media platform for displaying “double standards” in launching its Safety Check feature, which was activated during the attacks in Paris but not those in Beirut the day before.
Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (Wikipedia)
18:46 GMT
Iran’s media said on Saturday that a new airline will become operational in the country by next April.
Modon plans to build a total of 40 cities in five years. (Twitter)
17:37 GMT
The Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (Modon, in Arabic) is set to establish four new industrial cities in Jeddah, Yanbu, Qassim and Al-Jouf.
The ultra-rich and poor share similar motivations for coming to Europe: a better quality of life. (AFP/FIle)
14:00 GMT
Almost 60 percent of applicants for global second citizenship/residence visas for Europe came from ultra-high net worth Middle East migrants. Can they be part of a funding solution for the less fortunate?
Research shows that 27 percent of high schoolers who smoke in Saudia Arabia began in elementary school. (Map2Care)
13:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia has raised cigarette prices by nearly 11 percent without prior notice, in an attempt to reduce smoking-related illnesses and deaths.
Car sales have dipped from 15 percent growth for four years to five percent in recent years. (Dubai cars)
13:00 GMT
A slowdown in the auto sales market has brought the bargain hunters out, and dealers in the UAE are piling discounts on top of freebies to seal deals.
Despite heavy investment in the energy sector, Bahrain is a major exporter of aluminium products, which dominate the manufacturing sector. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Low oil prices are forcing the GCC to diversify away from oil; Bahrain is turning to aluminium as well as developing its financial sector.
The promotion of healthy living and women's increased participation in sport and fitness are two drivers in the sector. (Pinterest)
11:00 GMT
Public and private investment in the sports industry has increased by 40 percent alongside the boom in the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia.
Jordan's King Abdullah II receives the newly-appointed German Ambassador to Jordan Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle on 8 September 2015. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
Assistance comes as 127.9M euros in soft loans, grants, and technical assistance for the education, energy, environment and sanitation sectors.
Europe imports more than nine million bpd of crude oil from outside the region. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
With the focus is on Russia and Iran, Iraq has quietly overtaken Saudi Arabia as Europe's second largest seller of oil.
Moscow has been receiving EgyptAir flights for over 50 years. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities were reportedly not notified of Russia's decision to suspend all EgyptAir flights from Cairo to Moscow.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. (AFP/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Kayhan Ozer)
07:00 GMT
World leaders begin to arrive in Antalya, where security measures for the G20 Summit have been tightened in light of the Paris attacks.
Facebook's Safety Check feature was rolled out in 2014 and allows you to inform your friends that you, and others in an affected area, are safe. (
05:00 GMT
Social media played a positive role in the deadly violence in Paris and Beirut as users took to Twitter and Facebook to spread information, search for survivors and provide support.
If you put your trust in a family member or a professional to manage your money and investments, you must still keep a critical eye on things. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Putting money matters into someone else's hands is convenient, but a sudden change of circumstances can spell disaster for the financially inexperienced.
Personal and professional training programs are valuable in helping employees' personal growth. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
When a pay bonus isn't an option, keep employees motivated in other ways.
The walls of Jerusalem's Old City are illuminated in the colors of the French flag to express solidarity with France following the terror attacks that claimed at least 128 lives in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Arutz Sheva)
04:45 GMT
Some of the world's most iconic landmarks have been lit with the colors of the French flag to show solidarity for the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris.

November 14, 2015

The French Embassy, Washington DC: a woman leaves flowers at a makeshift tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. (AFP/Getty/TJ Kirkpatrick)
18:20 GMT
In a precautionary move following Friday's terror attacks in Paris, France has temporarily imposed border controls but the Schengen visa application process remains the same.

November 13, 2015

No reason was given by Moscow for the EgyptAir ban. (Truly Egypt)
16:14 GMT
Moscow has announced that all EgyptAir flights to Russia would be banned from November 14.