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Dubai stock exchange closes at 34-month high

So-called "smart money" from foreign investors into economic recovery pushes index higher

Cairo hotel tweets SOS after gunmen siege

Intercontinental in Egyptian capital was stormed by armed gunmen early Tuesday

Syrian refugees top 700,000; UN struggling to cope

Revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has lasted for almost two years

UAE's NBAD quarterly profit tops estimates

Gulf state's largest lender posts 55 percent rise in Q4 profit to US$305.2m

Land prices crimp Bahrain's low-cost homes plan

Gov't plans may need to be altered to better reflect demand, says CBRE

Saudi schools close after minimum pay rule

Private schools in Jeddah shut down due to gov't's Saudi teacher salary increase

UAE's Julphar to launch $9.6m plant in Ethiopia

Pharmaceuticals giant to open first overseas plant next week; Saudi Arabia, Algeria to follow

Mubadala to launch $2bn refinancing

Abu Dhabi investment vehicle to launch revolving credit facility next week

Investcorp eyeing Italy luxury brands

Bahraini private equity firm says it is looking at "well-known" Italian brands

TAQA's Canada unit lays off 5% of staff

Abu Dhabi-owned energy giant makes 50 of 950 employees in Canada redundant

Kuwait awards $487m port contract

State oil company hands deal to build small port to Turkey's STFA

Iraq approves Baghdad free zone

New free zone hoped to promote local economy


Is the equities boom back on?

Investors are confident that Dubai's growth plans are realistic and achievable


Qatar Motor Show 2013

Some of the world’s top auto makers are exhibiting at this year’s event

French-led forces advance on Timbuktu

French-led troops were advancing on Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Sunday

Israeli forces bulldoze structures in East Jerusalem

Silwan is one of the tensest neighbourhoods in Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem

Classic cars start the Monte Carlo rally from Scotland

Around 100 cars set off from The People’s Palace at Glasgow Green


Is this the greatest image on earth?

It is arguably the greatest image on earth - a 360 degree panoramic view from the very top of the world's tallest tower

Motorcyclist narrowly escapes death as truck overturns in China

Security camera footage released as a motorcyclist narrowly escapes being crushed as a truck overturns in eastern China

Iran successfully launches a monkey into space

A monkey has been sent into space onboard a Kavoshgar rocket as part of Iran's space programme

Egyptian protesters defy emergency law

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Egyptian cities of Port Said, Ismailiyah and Suez

Iranian students abroad feel sanctions pinch

Iranian students in the US and Canada says banks are closing their accounts amid sanctions

Latest Reader Comments

Revealed: average GCC exec monthly salary is $11,211
Chris : Unless you properly define 'Exec' and 'White-collar' this survey is is meaningless....
Bahrain - Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:23 AM

Saudi Arabia at war: Who's who in the coalition against Yemen's Houthis
Chris : While I do not condone violence, and do believe diplomatic solutions are best when possible, I echo others who commend the GCC for looking after its own security. Too many conflicts of interest emerge when Western Powers get involved.

The Gulf and wider Middle East can be a complicated web...
Bahrain - Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:23 AM

Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?
Barry MCK : To this day, Nakheel invoices out full year service charges in advance.

They 'imply' in the text that these fees must be paid immediately.
Theses fees can be thousands and thousands of dollars upfront...

We own with 3 other developers who abide (are basically good) and they in...
USA - Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:24 AM

Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?
Rafi : Gaja, You said it in one sentence. Anil can't comment because Modi is an elected leader. He can't comment because India is the biggest democracy. While it's a fact that India is the biggest democracy and Modi is an elected leader, you need to learn what's democracy and the basic rights provided by I...
India - Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:24 AM

Bringing malls to the masses: Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq
Karmi : as much as I agree with both remarks, i believe that the business structure that we see in kuwait is still consumer centric, and does not present an way to move to the new Knowledge based economy. Building Malls, and shopping centers may be needed in the event of its absence, but this is not what dr...
Kuwait - Saturday, 28 March 2015 2:24 AM




REVEALED: Top 50 banks in the GCC

Gulf’s 50 biggest banks have a combined market cap of more than US$249bn


What next for Boeing and the Dreamliner?

What does the grounding of the 787 mean for the $24.2bln fleets of Middle Eastern carriers?

Talal Al Zain interview: PineBridge Investments

Talal Al Zain has been chosen by PineBridge to take the firm into the Middle East

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