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Dramatic changes loom as TV faces oversupply

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

More than 140 free-to-air television stations in the Middle East shared just US$80 million in advertising revenue according to a report from business consultants Booz Allen Hamilton.

Agency ‘dinosaurs’ under fire

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Middle East advertising agencies are the “dinosaurs” of the marketing scene and the discipline is rapidly becoming a devalued commodity, according to a UK PR agency head.

Tech Data calls time on Avaya telephony

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Distributor Tech Data’s regional operation has ditched its Avaya telephone system and replaced it with a Cisco internet protocol (IP) call centre solution.

Yes, ministry: Raya to install 101 services in eight months

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Raya Holding has just eight months to put 101 government services online at the Qatar Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture — a process it said would normally take years.

Saudi construction firm to deploy ERP

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

A leading Saudi Arabian construction firm is deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Oracle. The system will help the firm more efficiently plan its projects, including a number of deals it is working on with Aramco.

Microsoft inks US$1.7bn Indian investment deal

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Microsoft plans to plough US$1.7 billion into India over the next four years and create another 3,000 jobs in the country, chairman Bill Gates revealed on a whirlwind visit to India this month.

Go gaming, Gartner tells CIOs

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

CIOs and IT managers should try their hands at video gaming if they want to keep their companies on track next year, analyst firm Gartner said this month.

Rotana enters extended stay market

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Regional hotel chain, Rotana Hotels Suites & Resorts, celebrated the opening of its all-suite hotel, the new Villa Rotana Suites property, last month.

Mindware bags Citrix award

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Regional distributor Mindware has picked up an award from access infrastructure solutions vendor Citrix. At its recent EMEA distribution conference in Berlin, Stephan Sjostrom, VP at Citrix, presented Mindware with the award for fastest growing distributor in the theatre for the second year in a row.

Aptec launches kiosk business unit

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

The trend for Middle East IT distributors to diversify their business activities shows no signs of abating. Aptec Holdings, the parent company behind Aptec’s Middle East distribution business, has launched its latest new venture, Aptec Kiosk Services (AKS).

Dubai’s US$500 million underwater hotel resurfaces

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

The group behind Dubai’s US$500 million underwater hotel says work on the venture could start in the first quarter of next year, and is considering the opening of another undersea development off the coast of Oman.

ART first in region to launch interactive TV service

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Arab Radio and Television (ART) is set to roll out a range of interactive TV services next year in a bid to offset the rise of free to air channels, Arabian Business can reveal.

UK spa group to build huge resort in Dubai

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

UK tourism magnate Steve Purdew is planning to open the world’s largest health club in Dubai, Arabian Business has learned.

Ramsay mulls IPO for restaurant business

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

Three Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay is considering a floatation of his restaurant business on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), in a bid to fuel his international expansion ambitions.

Second Report Mehlis upholds implication of Syria in Hariri killing

Sunday, 18 December 2005 4:00 AM

In his second report into the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Hariri, UN investigator Detlev Mehlis upheld his original thesis and implicated Syria in the assassination, as well as bringing new evidence to light that could be damaging to Damascus.


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