Al Bawaba - Daily Headlines http://www.albawaba.com/rss/all en Over 100 global firms to invest $1.8 billion in Bahrain http://www.albawaba.com/business/bahrain-investment-571099 <p><a href="http://tradearabia.com/news/IND_256675.html" target="_blank">As many as 103 companies have committed</a> to investing a total of $1.8 billion at the <a href="http://www.biip.com.bh" target="_blank">Bahrain International Investment Park</a> (BIIP) in Salman Industrial City, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro said.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/bahrain-investment-571099" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Bahrain_markets.jpg" alt="The move will also create over 10,000 new jobs according to the Industry and Commerce Ministry (File/AFP)" title="The move will also create over 10,000 new jobs according to the Industry and Commerce Ministry (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.tradearabia.com/" title="Trade Arabia" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/6.png" title="Trade Arabia" border="0" /></a> Copyright 2014 Al Hilal Publishing & Marketing Group </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/bahrain-investment-571099" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/business/bahrain-investment-571099#comments BUSINESS Economy & Trade Main headlines Bahrain Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:08:58 +0000 571099 at http://www.albawaba.com Syrian lawmaker to run against Assad http://www.albawaba.com/conflict-syria/syria-presidential-elections-571095 <p><a href="http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Apr-23/254125-syria-lawmaker-becomes-first-presidential-challenger-tv.ashx#axzz2zhBQ8AVG" target="_blank">A Syrian lawmaker has registered for the upcoming presidential elections</a> in Syria. He is the first person ever to run against President Bashar al Assad.</p> <p>Aleppo born Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar is an independent MP, AFP reports.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/conflict-syria/syria-presidential-elections-571095" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Syria5.jpg" alt="Elections will take place June 3 despite heavy ongoing fighting within the country. (AFP/File)" title="Elections will take place June 3 despite heavy ongoing fighting within the country. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2014 Al Bawaba (Albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/conflict-syria/syria-presidential-elections-571095" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/conflict-syria/syria-presidential-elections-571095#comments Conflict in Syria NEWS Main headlines Syria Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:06:43 +0000 571095 at http://www.albawaba.com It's official! "Star Wars VII" is on location in Abu Dhabi http://www.albawaba.com/al-bawaba-buzz/star-wars-episode-vii-571089 <p>I mean, <a title="Action in the UAE" href="http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/star-wars-episode-vii-568389" target="_blank">we pretty much knew it already</a>, but it's nice to know that it's no longer just a "rumor has it" that the latest greatest Star Wars will be shot, at least in part, in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>Walt Disney Co. finally confirmed our suspicions with an announcement that the seventh installation of the film franchise is already underway in the sand dunes just outside the UAE capital.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/al-bawaba-buzz/star-wars-episode-vii-571089" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Entertainment/Star_Wars_Episode_7_shooting_abu_dhabi.jpg" alt="Star Wars is in Abu Dhabi!" title="Star Wars is in Abu Dhabi!" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2014 Al Bawaba (Albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/al-bawaba-buzz/star-wars-episode-vii-571089" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/al-bawaba-buzz/star-wars-episode-vii-571089#comments Al Bawaba Buzz ENTERTAINMENT In the limelight Latest News UAE Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:22 +0000 571089 at http://www.albawaba.com Netanyahu to Abbas: Choose whether you want peace with Israel or Hamas http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-hamas-571083 <p>Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needs to choose whether he wants peace with Israel or Hamas, because he cannot have both, <a href="https://www.google.jo/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CDQQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.albawaba.com%2Fmain-headlines%2Fabbas-netanyahu-prefers-settlements-over-peace&amp;ei=zphXU8zgF-SD4gS5goD4CQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNEwk291AvBfVRUaPhI0hphOEyeKiA&amp;bvm=bv.65177938,d.bGE" target="_blank">Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</a> said Wednesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/israel-palestine-hamas-571083" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Benjamin_Netanyahu_glasses_Israel_PM_AFP.jpg" alt="Netanyahu and Israel rejected Abbas&#039; conditions for extending the peace talks earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)" title="Netanyahu and Israel rejected Abbas&#039; conditions for extending the peace talks earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.jpost.com" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1492.png" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" border="0" /></a> All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-hamas-571083" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-hamas-571083#comments NEWS Conflict With Israel Main headlines Israel Palestine Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:45:46 +0000 571083 at http://www.albawaba.com Saudi hospitality sector to grow by 2.5 percent annually by 2017 http://www.albawaba.com/business/saudi-hospitality-tourists-571075 <p><a href="http://saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&amp;contentid=20140423202836" target="_blank">The hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia</a> is set to grow on a steady average of 2.5 percent year-on-year between now and 2017 and this week sees the industry bring the very latest products and solutions to the Kingdom as the Hotel Saudi 2014 opened its doors in Jeddah Tuesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/saudi-hospitality-tourists-571075" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/300935020.jpg" alt="Saudi Arabia&#039;s hospitality sector is currently worth $1.3 billion in 2014 (File/AFP)" title="Saudi Arabia&#039;s hospitality sector is currently worth $1.3 billion in 2014 (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.saudigazette.com.sa" title="The Saudi Gazette" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1526.png" title="The Saudi Gazette" border="0" /></a> © Copyright 2014 The Saudi Gazette. 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Here is how both sales and leases are interlinked http://www.albawaba.com/business/abu-dhabi-properties-571069 <p><a href="http://gulfnews.com/business/property/uae/rent-or-buy-how-abu-dhabi-rents-impact-sales-1.1322757" target="_blank">The factors that are driving Abu Dhabi’s rents</a> in the residential space will also have a role on the sales cycle.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/abu-dhabi-properties-571069" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/gaps_10172013.jpg" alt="Abu Dhabi&#039;s rental prices rose by 17 percent in 2013 (File/AFP)" title="Abu Dhabi&#039;s rental prices rose by 17 percent in 2013 (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.gulfnews.com" title="Gulf News" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/57.png" title="Gulf News" border="0" /></a> © Al Nisr Publishing LLC 2014. 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Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis are UAE bound" href="http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/macklemore-ryan-lewis-555230" target="_blank">Ryan Lewis</a> has revealed his mother is HIV-positive.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/entertainment/ryan-lewis-571061" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Ryan_Lewis_hiv_mother_fb.jpg" alt="Ryan Lewis has launched the 30/30 Project to provide access to affordable healthcare across the globe just before he travels the world himself, making his way to the UAE this weekend (Image: Facebook)." title="Ryan Lewis has launched the 30/30 Project to provide access to affordable healthcare across the globe just before he travels the world himself, making his way to the UAE this weekend (Image: Facebook)." class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bangshowbiz.com" title="BANG ShowBiz" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1018.png" title="BANG ShowBiz" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2009-2014 BANG Media International </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/ryan-lewis-571061" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/ryan-lewis-571061#comments ENTERTAINMENT In the limelight Latest News Star Scoop International Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:57:35 +0000 571061 at http://www.albawaba.com BT joins forces with Viva to build interoperability hub in Bahrain http://www.albawaba.com/business/bt-bahrain-571064 <p><a href="http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_256676.html" target="_blank">BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications</a> services and solutions, has signed an agreement with Viva Bahrain, a leading mobile operator in Bahrain and a subsidiary of Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), to build a Global IP Exchange (GIPX) interoperability hub in Bahrain.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/bt-bahrain-571064" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/thumb-99360200154-smartphone-resized.jpg" alt="Communication hub: Viva Bahrain and BT announce a global partnership (File/AFP)" title="Communication hub: Viva Bahrain and BT announce a global partnership (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.tradearabia.com/" title="Trade Arabia" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/6.png" title="Trade Arabia" border="0" /></a> Copyright 2014 Al Hilal Publishing & Marketing Group </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/bt-bahrain-571064" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/business/bt-bahrain-571064#comments BUSINESS IT & Telecom Main headlines Bahrain Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:22 +0000 571064 at http://www.albawaba.com Official: Rival Palestinian factions to form unity government "within five weeks" http://www.albawaba.com/news/palestine-government-571053 <p>Rival Palestinian factions officially agreed Wednesday to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks," <a href="http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=692112" target="_blank">according to Agence France Presse.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Members from the West Bank-based Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Gaza-based Hamas reached the following agreement during talks in Gaza City Wednesday, a PLO member who wished to remain anonymous told AFP.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/palestine-government-571053" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/fatah_hamas_meeting_april_2014.jpg" alt="Hamas and Fatah have tried to establish a unity government previously, but all such efforts collapsed (Mahmud Hams/AFP)" title="Hamas and Fatah have tried to establish a unity government previously, but all such efforts collapsed (Mahmud Hams/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2014 Al Bawaba (Albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/palestine-government-571053" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/palestine-government-571053#comments NEWS Main headlines Palestinian Arena Palestine Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:56:42 +0000 571053 at http://www.albawaba.com