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January 28, 2013

Official numbers show that total Lebanese exports to Syria grew 36.7 percent in 2012, reaching $294 million
09:28 GMT
Lebanon’s trade deficit widened 6 percent in 2012 to a five-year high of $16.8 billion as Lebanese fuel imports, which are partially being re-exported to Syria, soared.
World oil markets are tightening as Chinese fuel demand increases
09:18 GMT
The recent dip in Saudi Arabian oil production could hurt the the global oil industry, especially when coupled with any slowdown in Chinese economic growth.
Abu Dhabi gross output of economic activities in 2011 exceeded Dh1tr ($272 billion) for first time
08:56 GMT
Abu Dhabi's economic output has reach over one trillion dihrams ($272 billion), which demonstrates, "the robustness and stability of the emirate’s economy," according to the statistic department.

January 27, 2013

Development had defaulted on a BD47 million ($123.1 million) loan repayment last May
11:14 GMT
Owners of new homes in a high-end housing development in Bahrain are being denied title deeds after the company behind the project defaulted on a loan.
No room for complacency warns forum
11:00 GMT
Experts at the World Economic Forum at Davos has warned that there is no room for complacency in the global economy, which still faces grave threats, ranging from a slowing in China to the Syrian civil war.
The roughly 240,000 street vendors in Morocco's towns and cities are the breadwinners for over 1.3 million people
10:37 GMT
Street vendors in Morocco have long been marginalised, but a new framework will enable them to work legally, according to a statement from the trade minister.
In today’s world, countries are going away from nuclear fission and towards nuclear fusion
07:43 GMT
Iran will keep pushing forward with its disputed nuclear programme, special advisor on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, said in an interview with semiofficial state media.
The new structure consists of merging the mobile network infrastructures of the existing state-owned operators touch and Alfa into a single platform
07:38 GMT
A London-based monitoring group has said that restructuring of Lebanon's lucrative mobile phone market could harm any potential of privatisation in the future.

January 24, 2013

The mounting incidents of food safety violations have put consumer safety in the spotlight
11:23 GMT
Laws introduced in 2005 in Lebanon designed to protect consumers from dangerous goods and unsafe food, appear not to be working, with the panel set-up to deal with the law having never met.
Working in another profession other than that stated under the permit is an offence
11:12 GMT
Bahrain is planning a crack-down on undocumented workers, after a report revealed that there could be as many as 50,000 in the small island nation.
Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate
11:04 GMT
Abu Dhabi's economy is famed for its reliance on the black gold of hydrocarbons, but now the Emirate is planning a move into the agricultural sector by growing wheat.
Graph Search, Facebook acknowledged the privacy issue
07:14 GMT
Facebook's new search tool, the 'Graph Search', promises to revolutionise the world of search engines, but it could well end up costing user's their privacy.
Iran knows that it will have more leverage in the talks with the US if it has a bomb
07:07 GMT
Western economic sanctions on Iran may not work and have the inverse effect causing Iran to push harder to make a nuclear weapon to give the Islamic Republic greater negotiating leverage.
Global economic growth is expected to reach 3.5 per cent this year, up from 3.2 per cent in 2012
06:44 GMT
The International Monetary Fund said the global economy wil grow at 3.5 per cent this year in its half-yearly outlook report, with the MENA region needing macroeconomic stability, despite difficult conditions.

January 23, 2013

Tourism in Egypt is returning  and bringing increased revenues
12:33 GMT
Egypt's tourism industry started to recover in 2012, with a 17 per cent increase if visitors, helping to create a 13 per cent rise in income generated.