November 18, 2015
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.
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 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.
As the GCC continues study into Schengen-style visas for foreign visitors, industry experts suggest that regional tourism infrastructure needs strengthening.
The Dubai-based pay-TV network has signed a long-term deal for exclusive access to the Hollywood studio's premium content.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has approved an oil exploration plan that is expected to produce 15,000bpd by next year.
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.
Construction of the college and a five-star hotel in Dammam is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.
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.
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.
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
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.
By 2021, Mobile data traffic will experience 16 times the growth it experienced in 2015.
In 2016, the GCC’s construction industry is set to reach a record high of $126 billion
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 global economic cost of terrorism has risen to an all-time high, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index.
Bahrain's budget deficit is expected to widen from five percent of the GDP in 2014 to 15 percent in 2015, according to NBK.
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.
With illegal foreign labor doubling since 2010, Oman is cracking down to open up more jobs for Omani citizens.
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.
A new Facebook initiative to drape your profile picture with the Egyptian flag received 10,000 likes on the first launch day.
Egypt's petroleum minister is hoping that the recent major gas finds will make the country a regional center for energy and gas.
With rising consumption, solid waste is the most significant environmental problem in the Arab world, according to a recent Arab Forum survey.
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 US sale of over 10,000 air-to-ground munitions still needs approval from Congress.
Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes believes that technology at the table is getting in the way of healthy food and conversation, especially for children.
Poor management of emails is a major cause of inefficiency - here's how to keep your inbox under control.
November 16, 2015
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.
A region-wide sell-off on Sunday saw benchmark indices in the UAE, Saudi, and Egypt fall to 2015 lows.
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.
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.
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.
Only 14 percent of surveyed MENA customers use mobile banking despite high number of smartphone users, according to a report by Ernst & Young.
Speaking at the G20 Summit in Turkey, IMF Director Christine Lagarde has said that Islamic financing should be supported.
OPINION: With controversy surrounding migrant labor, Qatar's new slavery museum is sending mixed messages
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.
Held under the theme 'Blueprints', eight speakers covered a variety of topics from web science, brain drain, polarization of refugees, to oil and gas.
A step-by-step guide to making sure your all your data has been deleted securely.
The transition to parenthood is difficult enough without having to juggle a career from home.
With the rising costs of living outpacing salary hikes, it may be time for some tough negotiations at the office.
Saudi Arabia's airports and airport services, followed by the information technology sector, are slated for privatization next year.
The ban on Turkish Airlines flights to the Egyptian resort city, due to end on Monday, has been extended until 30 November.
Increased border and aviation security measures, the migration crisis and coping with jittery markets are expected to dominate G20 discussions in Antalya.
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
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.
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.
Iran’s media said on Saturday that a new airline will become operational in the country by next April.
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.
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?
Saudi Arabia has raised cigarette prices by nearly 11 percent without prior notice, in an attempt to reduce smoking-related illnesses and deaths.
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.
Low oil prices are forcing the GCC to diversify away from oil; Bahrain is turning to aluminium as well as developing its financial sector.
Public and private investment in the sports industry has increased by 40 percent alongside the boom in the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia.
Assistance comes as 127.9M euros in soft loans, grants, and technical assistance for the education, energy, environment and sanitation sectors.
With the focus is on Russia and Iran, Iraq has quietly overtaken Saudi Arabia as Europe's second largest seller of oil.
Egyptian authorities were reportedly not notified of Russia's decision to suspend all EgyptAir flights from Cairo to Moscow.
World leaders begin to arrive in Antalya, where security measures for the G20 Summit have been tightened in light of the Paris attacks.
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.
Putting money matters into someone else's hands is convenient, but a sudden change of circumstances can spell disaster for the financially inexperienced.
When a pay bonus isn't an option, keep employees motivated in other ways.
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
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
Moscow has announced that all EgyptAir flights to Russia would be banned from November 14.