May 12, 2013
We knew it, we just knew it. Wael Kfouri is not leaving fans high and dry mid-season of the hit talent show, the X Factor, after all. The Lebanese superstar returned to show his face again on the latest episode.
In what was billed as his first media interview since he was detained after his removal from power in 2011, former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said it was too early to judge President Mohamed Morsi.
Emirati youngsters have seemingly settled for a bad diet, leaving them either too fat or too thin
Get excited, Gulfis, Nawal Al Zoghbi has an entire album coming your way. The Lebanese songstress will be introducing a single from the set on this week’s Arab Idol.
The four UN peacekeepers were captured by Syrian rebels last week in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights
It's been too long since Yemen has had a taste of theatrical culture, but the Yemeni Theater Week started a change in the right direction for the film-deprived country.
Kurdistan thumbs its nose once more to Federal Iraq in a long-running feud that threatens to boil over
A solo multimedia show by Egyptian artist Doa Aly, inspired by Ovid's famous poem 'Metamorphoses,' is set to open on Tuesday at Cairo's Townhouse Gallery.
For budding talents wishing for the “YouTuber-turned-celebrity” dream to come true, just like it did for American pop sensation Justin Bieber, Google says it can offer a helping hand.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler blames groups supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the twin car bombings in Turkey on Saturday, which killed at least 43 people and left 140 wounded.
Nokia is preparing to launch Asha 501 across the Saudi market in July. A senior Nokia executive made this announcement as the company unveiled a new family of Asha smart phones in New Delhi.
Social media giant Facebook is in talks with GPS mobile app Waze for a deal worth a whopping one billion dollars.
While they continue to reduce dependence on energy resources, GCC countries are increasingly spending locally and redirecting a greater portion of foreign investments back into the region.
Qatar Shell has unveiled new supply chain business opportunities for local companies following the agreement it signed with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) earlier this year to provide local companies and manufacturers access to new business opportunities,
The appointment of both agencies will ensure Commercial Bank, one of the leading full service banks in the region, benefits from a naturally integrated approach to communications planning, beginning with the Bank launching a new campaign and re-positioning the brand.
The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has mandated all banks operating in the sultanate to allocate five per cent of their total credit portfolio to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by the end of December 2014.
The KSA government to allow a woman's gym to open and finally the ladies of Saudi can get their aerobics on! Certain unspoken rules for bloggers; Syria takes its war to Turkey; and will the next batch of MPs in Egypt be burnt too?
May 11, 2013
The Latics completed one of the biggest shocks in modern FA Cup history by disposing of the strong favourites with a last-minute goal after Pablo Zabaleta had been sent off
Supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak rallied outside court in his support during his retrial.
Two car bombs exploded outside government buildings in a Turkish border town Saturday, killing at least 40 people, the government said.
Manchester United players reportedly want their retirement-bound boss Sir Alex Ferguson to be the person to be presented with the Premier League trophy on Sunday, instead of captain Nemanja Vidic .
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said that even winning the FA Cup by beating Wigan at Wembley in the Saturday showpiece may not be enough to save him from getting sacked, as rumours of Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini replacing him swirl on.
The US charge d’affaires to Lebanon met with PM Mikati and expressed concern that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria could drag the country into conflict.
Two big banks in Dubai and Oman were targeted by cyber criminals in a major heist yesterday, making off with $45 million in just 10 hours.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said on Friday that the only way to protect the country against Israeli aggression is to place Hezbollah's arms under Army control
Rotana records this week ruffled some feathers by covering up the exposed shoulders and chest of Moroccan star Jannat on the front of her new album.
Abu Dhabi airport has introduced new 'sleeping pods' for jet-setting travellers who need a bit of shut-eye on the go.
With the international community finally taking a more active stance on the Syrian crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said said Friday there was “strong evidence” that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons.
After looking at all the criteria involved in becoming a candiate for Iranian president, one writer sees it more as finding the best mouthpiece for the Ayatollah: America's motives in Syria; and technology is ruining the finer things in life.
May 10, 2013
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said that manager Roberto Mancini and the club can hope to win more silverware following Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's imminent retirement.
hand-picked successor and outgoing Everton boss David Moyes is reportedly planning a 40 million-pound double raid on his current side for the next season following his taking over the Premier League champions as manager after Ferguson's retirement.
Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale has expressed his contentment with his club, saying that he can achieve his dreams with a thriller at the White Hart Lane club.
Egyptian singer Hatem Fahmi has been taken into police custody over fraud allegations.
Israeli policies in East Jerusalem "deteriorated socioeconomic conditions for Palestinians" - UN report
A new report, the first of its kind made by the UN, has provided insight on the ways in which Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem since the 1967 war has significantly decreased their standards of living, housing, health care and education.
Saudi Arabia may drop its strict visa regulations with other GCC members so as to increase tourism
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that as a result of Israeli airstrikes on Damascus last weekend, the Shiite group would be provided with weapons he described as "game changing" by the Syrian regime.
May 9, 2013
The Bosnia international has suggested that he could be tempted by a move away from the Etihad at the end of the season, but he is concentrating on winning the FA Cup first
When you decide again to open your wallet to throw a coin to a beggar, remember that this charity could cost another child’s life; in memory of Helmi Habbab; Obama's “red line” changes to “white flag”; and the safest app with your information is Twitter.
Belgian representative Daniel Striani unleashes onslaught on Uefa as he takes the fight over controversial FFP rules to the courts
Ahlam is stealing the show once again this series of Arab Idol. From catty comments to outrageous outfits and silly stunts, the UAE’s most notorious loud-mouthed diva has made the region’s favorite talent show all about her.
The Brazilian defender's representative admits it would be difficult for Paris Saint-Germain to sell this summer, but claims the door is open for the Catalans to swoop
On Saturday 11 May, Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Ivanovic will be joined by soloists Ines Abdel Dayem on flute and Mohamed Hamdy on clarinet.
The card produced by NobleWorks Inc depicts a Muslim girl as a suicide bomber
Syria has already began payments for a $900 million purchase of an advanced air defense system from Russia and an initial delivery was due within three months..
Everton manager David Moyes is set to be named as the new boss of Premier League champions Manchester United, and has been handpicked by soon-to-retire United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Policewomen in glitzy Dubai are literally zooming in style on the front lines of law enforcement, driving some of the world’s priciest and fastest sports cars to go after the bad guys.
A World Bank report released Wednesday cautioned Jordan of a “moral hazard” phenomenon.
The report represents a collection of articles prepared by KPMG specialists throughout the Middle East and provides insight into the recent trends and developments in SWF investment strategies
The Saudi Presidency of Meteorology and the Environment department seeks to develop and activate all possible means, as well as deploy the latest technology, to protect people and properties from the elements and environmental pollution.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has reportedly hinted at a quick exit from the Premier League champions after he removed the name of the club from his Twitter account.
Legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators would block Iran's access to billions of dollars worth of foreign currency reserves.
Madonna says she wants "to make many girls smile like Malala all around the world" by donating $7.2 million from the sale of art piece.
If only it were just an act that International actress Menna Shalabi who suffered food poisoning after a day on the set of "Friendly Fires".
ikoo, the integrated digital marketing solution provider with the largest reach in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA], announced a major partnership with STC Ventures, backed by Saudi Telecom Company, which has invested US$3 million in the company.
Despite the strong trust online customers in the Middle East have for brands, many of them fail to optimise their sites on mobile devices and tablets.
Gulf countries should prioritise investing in green energy to sustain their economic and infrastructure growth
Qatar Petroleum plans to list on Qatar Exchange four subsidiary companies worth $50 billion over the next two years, Qatar Exchange Chairman Hussein Ali al Abdullah said, in Doha, on Wednesday.
Israel has given the go-ahead to build nearly 300 homes in the settlement of Beit El near Ramallah, a spokesman said, just two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly ordered a freeze on construction.
Jordan's Foreign Minister told John Kerry that Syrians could make up 40% of the Jordanian population by mid 2014
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, also known as Taqa, on Wednesday said its first-quarter profit before tax fell 68 per cent to Dh445 million due to lower production in the UK North Sea.
Tamkeen signed an agreement with Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) to add BD10 million to the Enterprise Financing Portfolio
Young actor Mohammad Ramadan was released after spending a couple days in the slammer for carrying firearms and an electric shocker in his car, which he claims was actually planted by the police!
US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of a transitional government in Syria.
Syria's internet and phone services resumed on Wednesday afternoon following a two-day blackout that left much of the war-torn country cut off.
The German production upset some audience members in Baghdad, which is currently the Arab capital of culture
Proceeds from the unique contest on May 10 will go towards helping distressed women in the UAE.
Marriott International plans to aggressively grow its portfolio of 'extended stay’ segment which includes brands like the Marriott Executive Apartments and the Residence Inn, in the Middle East over the coming few years, according to a senior Marriott executive.
Who knew that short-shorts could look so classy? In a feat that only fashionistas Nancy Ajram and Elissa could pull off, the two superstars changed up their style on set of the talent shows that they judge.
Saraya Bandar Jissah will have a major positive impact on the economy of the sultanate, said chief executive Sheikh Hamood Sultan al Hosni on Tuesday, as he hailed the progress in ongoing construction work.
A crowd-funded short film being shot in Dubai will give UAE actors the chance to get their names under the Hollywood spotlight, and help develop the next generation of aspiring filmmakers.
The resort will be operated by Anantara Hotels & Resorts, which is opening a resort on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in September.
The Coastal Zone and Waterways Management Section at Dubai Municipality has recently started running a website which details the coastal monitoring programme.
UAE trade with GCC countries through Dubai is estimated at Dh95 billion in 2012 up 28 per cent compared to the previous year. Saudi Arabia accounted for 41 per cent of overall trade, Dubai Exports, An Agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) said yesterday.
Apparently, Justin Bieber was not the only high-profile celebrity in the UAE recently - popular skateboarder par extraordinaire Tony Hawk was in town too.
Acting President of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra says that the two Greek Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria are being held in a small village northwest of Aleppo by a rebel group.
The Saudi stock market could possibly take the lead in any moves for integration of regional exchanges, say industry analysts.
From eye witness accounts, Ali at-Kayyali is responsible for the slaughter of entire neighborhoods, both young and old; Yemeni protestors and the nature of the emerging political transition; and a campaign for a domestic abuse campaign in Egypt.
May 8, 2013
After just 10 minutes of the New York Stock Exchange opening, share prices fell from £12.08 to £11.51 following the 71-year-old's announcement on Wednesday morning
No action will be taken against songs about Rio and Anton Ferdinand in March's World Cup qualifying match against San Marino, though Fare calls for "preventative measures"
This month (15th May) marks the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - 'Catastrophe'. Will Israelis empathize with Palestinians this year? A good use of a horn in Jordan; some Western journalists in Syria fail; and more on the 'Homophobic Raid' in Dekwaneh.
The Capital Market Authority is finalizing a regulatory framework which will allow foreigners to directly own stocks in Saudi Arabia, though the market has no need for liquidity from international investors, says its Chairman Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh.
Israeli police say they released Mohamed Hussein, the top Muslim cleric in the Holy Land, on Tuesday
Lebanon’s cement market is an oligopoly controlled by Holcim, Sibline and Cimenterie Nationale, three producers benefiting from government regulation of imports which has effectively been a ban since import licenses were last granted in 2001.
The US $7.6 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) today gave the go-ahead to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia to proceed with an updated version of a sweeping plan.
Wayne Rooney has told his team mates he wants to leave Manchester United and sign for Bayern Munich this summer.
Egypt's 'killing culture': As police and politicians lose their grip, mobs take justice into their own hands
Videos of brutal public executions have become increasingly common in Egypt. Experts say lynching phenomenon could spread to major cities.
The revered scientist's name was removed from the list of attendees for the event organized by Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Majed Al Mohandes has got it going on with a Rotana Records renewal and now a guest star appearance on the hit talent show X Factor Arabia where he will release a new single "Mallak Ya Khilli".
Jordan’s Parliament votes to expel Israel’s ambassador from the Kingdom in retaliation for Israeli measures against Al-Aqsa mosque.
Would anybody in their right minds accept a two to three per cent annual return on an investment selling at an all-time high with a potential to lose half its value and perhaps as much as 10-15 per cent in a single day?
No more rumors, let's get down to business. Scandalous actress Ghada Abdul Riziq assures that nothing is standing in the way of her portraying a challenging character this Ramadan in "Hikayet Hayat".
The Premier League champions have confirmed the most successful manager in the history of British football is to stand down at the end of current season
The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has identified four potential locations for the establishment of large-scale solar power projects, and land has been allocated at two of these places, according to a senior official.
Abu Dhabi is eyeing a space program as a key new sector in the country
The UAE is in talks with Virgin Galactic to start commercial space flights in 2013 with Abu Dhabi as a regional hub for the 21st Century spaceport, said Frank Rose, deputy assistant secretary (Space and Defense Affairs) at the US Department of State.
New documentary shines light, and hopefully tourism, once again to a special area of downtown Cairo, which specializes in the type of fabric from which traditional tents are made.
Today, well over two years into the Egyptian revolution, increased numbers of Egyptian youth are still struggling to find jobs. With political instability looming large, the economy receives one blow after another.
Arsenal has signed the biggest kit deal in English football history with sports giants Puma.
Some things just shouldn’t be on display for the world to see, and religion is a private matter for Syrian singer George Wassouf who denies a recent conversion to Islam.
Water provision and road development projects worth SR 1 billion are progressing well in the governorates of Al-Kamil and Khulais, according to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.