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July 7, 2015

Analysts expect a growth in mid-market properties in Dubai as the hotel market seeks to provide a more diverse product offering. (Wikimedia Commons)
20:06 GMT
Demand for mid-scale hotels remains strong, as the industry seeks to cater to cash-strapped younger generation and middle class travellers.
The investment comes following a recent visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia. (Geopolitics)
19:47 GMT
The funds will be reportedly invested in infrastructure and agriculture, as well as healthcare, retail and real estate.
The Ghurairs are one of the leading merchant families in the UAE. (Photo courtesy of Emirates 247)
18:58 GMT
Following in the steps of Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the chairman and founder of Mashreq Bank pledges $32bn to a foundation supporting education in the Arab world.
A four-day campaign in the country started Monday to raise awareness about the dangers of electricity theft. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT
A four-day campaign in the country started Monday to raise awareness about the dangers of electricity theft.
A Chinese tourist from Hong Kong looks at the columns of the ancient Persian city of Persepolis near Shiraz in southern Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
12:04 GMT
The World Travel and Tourism Council put the value of Iran's tourism industry at about $7.8 billion in a recent report.
The country's third quarter of the fiscal year saw a significant decline in foreign debt. (Shutterstock)
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The country's third quarter of the fiscal year saw a significant decline in debt.
Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration on July 23, 2014 in front of the Invalides in Paris, to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and to show their support to the Palestinian people. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)
11:16 GMT
Thousands of Israeli employees could lose their jobs if the country is subject to a full international boycott.
HSBC fired six of its employees after they created a mock execution video mimicking Daesh footage. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT
A video posted on Instagram showed five men wearing balaclavas and forcing a colleague to kneel down while wearing an orange jumpsuit.
Palestine's Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf in front of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. (Facebook)
07:52 GMT
New mobile app uses facial recognition to verify your identity and has the potential to replace passwords or PIN codes.
Cuba’s new foreign investment law allows 100 percent foreign ownership and offers substantial tax breaks. (Trip Advisor)
07:31 GMT
Lebanese businesses seek to capitalize on the relaxed US embargo and new investment laws on foreign investment in Cuba.
Suspicious activity typically comes from online and out-of-town/overseas transactions. (Shutterstock)
07:06 GMT
Don't just rely on your bank's monitoring system to inform you of suspicious transactions. Be proactive and monitor your accounts.
Being a life-long learner helps to expand your skill set and keep you competitive. (Shutterstock)
06:53 GMT
High turnover rates and less job security are a fact of the modern working world. For those who are afraid of losing their job, advice is at hand.
Egypt is trying to attract investments to repair an economy battered by years of political turmoil.  (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
The EGX closed at its lowest in over a year on Monday.

July 6, 2015

In the UAE and Qatar, nationals constitute only 1 per cent of the workforce in the private sector. (Shutterstock)
17:04 GMT
Private sector employers are struggling to find suitable national staff due to high salary expectations of youth and lack of suitable skills.
The crisis in Greece spells bad news for already low oil prices. (Shutterstock)
16:43 GMT
The price of the global benchmark fell to $58.80 on Monday.
The State Departments comments were the first time that the administration had publicly responded to the controversial amendment. Netanyahu, Obama, and Abbas.  (AFP/File photo)
16:34 GMT
New US policy distinguishes between 'Israel' and 'Israeli-controlled territories' and reiterates that it does not pursue policies that would legitimize Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 lines.
The growth experienced in the GCC market was mainly due to a strong push from up-and-coming vendors. (Pixabay)
16:03 GMT
The GCC smartphone market grew 21 per cent year-on-year in volume terms during the first quarter, with Saudi Arabia consuming over 50 percent of volume.
The airline announced plans to start operating regular flights between Amman and Tabuk by July 15. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
The airline announced plans to start operating regular flights between Amman and Tabuk by July 15.
A partial view of west Beirut's suburbs is seen from a sniper hole in the Holiday Inn hotel in the Lebanese capital. (AFP/File)
12:10 GMT
Despite tourism growth, the average occupancy rate at Beirut hotels stands at the second-lowest rate in the region.
The Ministry of Agriculture has approved repeated imports of GM crops in the absence of clear regulations. (AFP/Yang Xin)
11:55 GMT
The Ministry of Agriculture has approved repeated imports of GM crops in the absence of clear regulations.
Leaving Spotify also means leaving your old music playlists, saved songs and listening history. (AFP/File)
10:59 GMT
The free trial makes it worth a try — but is it worth moving over entirely?
Cardholders aren't using their plastic money wisely.
10:48 GMT
Cardholders aren't using their plastic money wisely.
The eurozone crisis has placed Middle Eastern economies at risk in the past. (AFP/File)
10:31 GMT
The eurozone crisis has placed Middle Eastern economies at risk in the past, especially trading partners like Egypt and Tunisia.
Dana Gas shares jumped Sunday following a court ruling in an arbitration case in London. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT
Dana Gas shares jumped Sunday following a court ruling in an arbitration case in London.
A good follow-up letter after an interview can clinch the deal. (Shutterstock)
09:20 GMT
The second instalment in a two-part series of essential skills in your job-hunting toolkit.

July 5, 2015

A visitor walking past an installation of a connected home system at the Panasonic booth at IFA. (AFP/File)
21:38 GMT
Telecom operator du said the services will be offered by October.
National carrier Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year. (AFP/File)
21:20 GMT
National carrier Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year.
Iranian President Rouhani and Russian President Putin. (AFP/File)
14:14 GMT
The two countries are taking steps to boost bilateral trade and provide direct flights.
The Egyptian pound weakened to 7.73 against the dollar in a central bank auction on Sunday.
13:53 GMT
The Egyptian pound weakened to 7.73 against the dollar in a central bank auction on Sunday.
The total value of disputes relating to major construction projects in the region increased significantly compared with the previous year. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
The total value of disputes relating to major construction projects in the region increased significantly compared with the previous year.
Farmers condoned the government's decision to subsidize agricultural exports but said it wasn't enough. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
Farmers condoned the government's decision to subsidize agricultural exports but said it wasn't enough.
Break away from the herd, and take a contrarian investment approach. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Going against the grain of investors' opinion takes conviction, but can be lucrative. Just ask Warren Buffet.
Ramadan in Jerusalem. (File photo)
06:30 GMT
The holy month provides a wealth of opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship as it becomes a global shopping phenomenon online and offline.
The site is the location where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist.(Jordan360inworld.net)
06:00 GMT
Jesus' baptism site (Bethany Beyond the Jordan) becomes Jordan's fifth World Heritage site.
Putin toasts to more collaboration with Saudi Arabia, as the latter seeks to wean itself away from dependence on the US. (Brookings)
05:30 GMT
Meeting of the oil giants suggests signs of an emerging partnership.
Clear your desk of everything except the most essential items used daily. (Shutterstock)
05:30 GMT
Disorganization affects time, money and image. Here are 18 tips on streamlining your workspace for efficiency.
Snapchat has also added a two-tier security verification feature. (Mashable)
05:00 GMT
Snapchat introduces the 'Tap to view' feature that allows one-click viewing, plus reveals upgrades that improve security and help you connect to friends nearby.

July 2, 2015

Facebook made a subtle change to its logo this week.
12:48 GMT
Facebook made a subtle change to its logo this week.
The currency is at its lowest level since auctions began in December 2012. (AFP/File)
12:10 GMT
The currency is at its lowest level since auctions began in December 2012.
Fiber-optic networks will be installed in Lebanon over the next five years.
10:26 GMT
Fiber-optic networks will be installed in Lebanon over the next five years.
A federal appeals court ruled the tech giant conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
A federal appeals court ruled the tech giant conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices.
Alwaleed bin Talal announced Wednesday he would give all of his money to charity in the coming years. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
Alwaleed bin Talal announced Wednesday he would give all of his money to charity in the coming years.
The GCC’s population will surge by 30 per cent by 2020. (Pixabay)
06:15 GMT
The GCC has one of the highest rates of population growth, but the rapidly changing demographics require government policies to keep apace.
This Friday’s play at Wimbledon will be delayed as part of the minute’s silence in memory of those who died in Sousse. (Facebook/Malek Jaziri)
06:13 GMT
The Tunisian World No. 83 conceded his Wimbledon run with a plea for tourists not to desert Tunisia in their time of need.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved the budget on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
06:11 GMT
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved the budget on Wednesday.
The opening of Credit Libanais in Bahrain. (Joseph M Torbey)
06:08 GMT
Arab banks must remain stringent with international compliance in the face of weakened confidence from US banks.
Malta’s investor programme requires an investment of 650,000 euros (Dh2.6 million). (Gov.Mt)
05:00 GMT
Second passports don't come cheap, but residence and citizenship planning is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Be sure to build and maintain your network while looking for work. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Every successful job seeker needs a game plan for finding work. Here's how to get started.
A Rheinmetall armored personnel carrier. (Wikimedia Commons/Department of Defense)
02:02 GMT
German defense company Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles is to supply a dozen armored trucks to Kuwait.
A seismic vessel is pictured off the coast of Lebanon on Sept. 24, 2012. (AFP/File)
01:43 GMT
Lebanon told a senior US official it would not make any concessions on the disputed maritime border zone with Israel.
Tourists walk on a platform at a station in Tehran after arriving in the Iranian capital on a luxury train from Budapest on Oct. 27, 2014. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
01:09 GMT
France signed an agreement Wednesday to redevelop three railway stations in Iran, marking a return of European companies.
A Gulf Petrochem storage terminal on the coast of Fujeirah emirate near the Strait of Hormuz in the UAE. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
00:57 GMT
Gulf Petrochem Group announced the acquisition of Essar Petroleum East Africa.
The World Food Program will halve the value of food vouchers given to refugees in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
00:42 GMT
The World Food Program will halve the value of food vouchers given to refugees in Lebanon.

July 1, 2015

The Terminator said 'Hasta La Vista' to an anti-LGBT follower after he criticized Arnie for changing his FB pic to a rainbow flag. (Facebook)
08:45 GMT
Never underestimate the power of peer pressure on social media to bring about change.
Completion of the Riyadh Airport expansion is planned for May 2019. Interior of Riyadh's domestic terminal. (Panoramio)
08:00 GMT
The construction group will construct new terminal lounges, renovate existing terminals as well as install of internal systems.
Facebook assumes that you like a viewed video, even if you do not like, share or comment on it. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
The social media site will now monitor your viewing and will offer to show you similar videos.
US airlines have accused three Gulf carriers of receiving $43B in subsidies over a decade. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Emirates President Tim Clark calls out the US carriers' methods of discrediting Emirates as 'surprising and repugnant'.
There is little room for waste in a small business. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Streamlining your hiring practices and smart advertising are easy ways to extend your budget.
Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can cut the production time by 50-70 percent. (The Tech Bulletin)
05:00 GMT
The 'Office', interior furniture, and structural components will all be built using 3D technology and assembled within a few weeks in the heart of Dubai.
When you go in for an interview, always make sure to check the status of employees around you. (Fotolia)
05:00 GMT
Is your future employer a bad boss? Here's what to look for before you sign that contract.

June 30, 2015

Etihad and Australia have had a commercial partnership since 2012. (Twitter)
15:01 GMT
The Abu Dhabi based carrier is extending its three year marketing deal to promote Australia within Europe in cooperation with its partner airlines.
Flydubai chief Ghaith al-Ghaith stands next to the government-owned low-cost carrier on Nov. 14, 2011, at the Dubai Airshow. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
15:00 GMT
Flydubai may be the second or third airline to get deliveries of the new aircraft after Southwest.
International tourists in Sousse gather around a memorial for the slain. (AFP/Fethi Nasri)
11:18 GMT
The massacre of foreign tourists in Sousse was a calculated attempt to destroy the biggest revenue earner and source of employment in Tunisia.
The social media giant is opening a new office in Johannesburg, only the second office in the entire Middle East and Africa. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
The social media giant has only one office located in the MENA region, in Dubai.
The tourism minister remained cautiously optimistic, recognising that the political impasse and the Syrian conflict threaten Lebanon's stability. (Shutterstock)
11:04 GMT
The country has witnessed a 25 percent increase in tourist numbers over the last nine months, in spite of recent attacks.
The Omagine Project will incorporate cultural, heritage, entertainment and residential components. Yiti Beach, Muscat. (Shutterstock)
10:41 GMT
The ambitious complex will cover one million square meters of beachfront west of Muscat.
Partner Communications will cease to use the Orange name within 24 months, the companies announced Tuesday. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
10:12 GMT
Partner Communications will cease to use the Orange name within 24 months, the companies announced Tuesday.
Employers make a statement by hiring a certain candidate; validate the decision. (Shutterstock)
08:50 GMT
Employers make a statement by hiring a certain candidate; validate the decision.
Apple is ready to give iPhones Force Touch, a feature that lets the phone know how hard its screen is being pressed. (AFP/Robyn Beck)
08:28 GMT
Apple is ready to give iPhones Force Touch, a feature that lets the phone know how hard its screen is being pressed.
Tourists on safari in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, second on the list for value against the dirham. (Shutterstock/Grigvovan)
08:26 GMT
Rio tops the list for a budget-conscious traveller, where the dirham's value increased by 35 percent over the Brazilian real.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius walks with others during a break in a meeting with world powers seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, on March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
08:03 GMT
France is ready to travel to Tehran in the event of a signed nuclear agreement with the US.
The anti-BDS law was part of a deal with Asian states known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
The bipartisan bill conditions any free trade agreement with the European Union on its rejection of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).

June 29, 2015

Each plant in Upper Egypt is expected to generate 143 GWh per year. (AFP/Abdelhak Senna)
20:56 GMT
Each plant in Upper Egypt is expected to generate 143 GWh per year.
Thailand welcomed about 650,000 Middle Eastern visitors in 2014. (AFP/File)
19:13 GMT
Thailand welcomed about 650,000 Middle Eastern visitors in 2014.
The Institute for Economics and Peace said dealing with Egypt's levels of violence cost the nation $62.5 billion in 2014. (AFP/File)
16:48 GMT
The Institute for Economics and Peace said dealing with Egypt's levels of violence cost the nation $62.5 billion in 2014.
Delegates attend a signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP/Takaki Yajima)
16:37 GMT
Nine nations in the Middle East are founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
People's bad moods can be contagious — but there are ways to counter them. (Shutterstock)
16:17 GMT
People's bad moods can be contagious — but there are ways to counter them.
Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion in revenues by 2020. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT
Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion in revenues by 2020.
Recent cases include busting a fake recruitment agency, money fraud, and manipulation of university degree certificates. (Shutterstock)
10:23 GMT
Dubai Police are increasingly tackling sophisticated technology-assisted crimes.
The Nabatean site of Madain Saleh in Tabuk became Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage site. (The Culture Trip)
09:39 GMT
The Umrah Plus program will allow foreign pilgrims to visit Saudi's tourist destinations beyond Mecca, Madinah and Jeddah.
Research costs before hand, and set a budget. (Wikimedia Commons)
09:15 GMT
Curb your duty-free spending on overpriced items with these tips.
Lebanon and Israel are disputing a maritime zone of 854 square km with suspected energy reserves potentially worth billions of dollars. (Shutterstock)
08:51 GMT
US Dept of State official to mediate talks between Lebanon and Israel over disputed maritime zone and exploration of lucrative energy reserves.
Saudi seeks to finance slaughterhouses and access to Hungary's $130B food market. (Pixabay)
08:04 GMT
Prince Al Waleed bin Talal has visited Hungary to strengthen partnership and investments between the two countries.
Technology can help bring family members together from near and far. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Are you Instagramming over Iftar? Saudis weigh in on the use of social media during Ramadan.

June 28, 2015

Palestinians walking through Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
18:43 GMT
Palestinian ambassador to Qatar confirms that up to 20,000 Palestinians are expected to take up more specialised jobs in Qatar, such as in education.
The traditional Silk Route extended 4000km across an extensive transcontinental network. (Wikimedia Commons)
18:42 GMT
Egypt officially joins the trade union as part of comprehensive strategic partnership agreement that includes some $500M of Chinese investment in Egypt.
The reasons for quitting the jobs ranged from resignation, firing or dismissal to voluntary retirement. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
Nearly 14,000 employees resigned in the last seven months, of which over 5,000 were teachers.
The new owners of La Maison Cannelle plan expansion into the US and the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
Middle East consortium poised for majority stake acquisition in Canada's La Maison Cannelle, maker of gluten-free health food products.
An exodus of tourists followed the attack on a beach resort Friday. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
An exodus of tourists followed the attack on a beach resort Friday.
The Business Monitor International said Iran could see a major increase in car production if a nuclear deal with world powers is struck. (Shutterstock)
07:22 GMT
The Business Monitor International said Iran could see a major increase in car production if a nuclear deal with world powers is struck.
The new center will be managed by the Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture, a Lebanese NGO. The Palace of Justice in Beirut. (IFPO)
06:28 GMT
New center to meet with every new detainee in Tripoli, collect forensic evidence of torture and provide support.
The World Investment Report 2014 reported a near-46 percent decline of foreign investments into Israel after an international boycott movement. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The World Investment Report 2014 reported a near-46 percent decline of foreign investments into Israel after an international boycott movement.
The barter shop is an cash-free exchange. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
EZHeights.com is a new website that allows UAE residents to trade items, products or services.
Embassies have rejected visit visa applications if UAE residency visas are valid for less than six months. (Shutterstock)
04:12 GMT
Embassies have rejected visit visa applications if UAE residency visas are valid for less than six months.
People can generally afford to commit to a mortgage two to two-and-a-half times their gross annual income.
04:11 GMT
Buying property is one of the biggest personal expenses people commit to in a lifetime — do it right.
Be careful about your technique or your ambition might backfire. (Shutterstock)
03:59 GMT
Be careful about your technique or your ambition might backfire.

June 27, 2015

Lebanon is the eighth most expensive destination for sending money from the US among 30 countries with available data, a report said.
09:59 GMT
Lebanon is the eighth most expensive destination for sending money from the US among 30 countries with available data, a report said.
The Gulf state's oil facilities will be protected by maximum security after increased fears of more extremist attacks. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT
The Gulf state's oil facilities will be protected by maximum security after increased fears of more extremist attacks.
The movement to boycott the country's three mobile service providers for poor quality and high prices launched Thursday.
07:06 GMT
The movement to boycott the country's three mobile service providers for poor quality and high prices launched Thursday.

June 26, 2015

Iran has accelerated drilling of its largest oilfield that it shares with Iraq to catch up with other nations' production. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
Iran has accelerated drilling of its largest oilfield that it shares with Iraq to catch up with other nations' production.