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Tunisia: Understanding corruption to fight it better
Economics
Tunisia - Understanding corruption to fight it better

Corruption in the public sector is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon. It can take on a myriad of forms and come to light in various areas.

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Bahrain raises game to attract foreign students
Economics
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With the aim of creating a niche for itself as a top student destination in the Gulf, Bahrain hopes international students will fill up to 35% of all university places over the next decade, according to projections from the national education plan.

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Dubai considers electric car solutions
Economics
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Electric vehicles may be set to become a more familiar sight on the streets of Dubai. The emirate has one of the world’s highest car ownership ratios and the authorities are expanding the infrastructure for battery-run cars and introducing new incentives to encourage people to switch to more envir [ … ]

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Algeria aims to energise the bourse
Finance
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The Algerian stock market has launched reforms to encourage new listings and bolster its market capitalisation, although private sector representatives have pushed for greater regulatory transparency.

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Jordan’s tourism industry feels impact of regional volatility
Travel
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A concerted drive is under way in Jordan to reinvigorate the important tourism sector that has been curtailed by regional instability.

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Bahrain introduces measures to spur property growth
Real Estate
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With gains in the Bahraini real estate market demonstrating a gradual return of investor and developer confidence, a drive to restart work on long-delayed residential developments is likely to give further impetus to the recovery.

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Oman moves to broaden health care base
Science & Health
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The opening of a multimillion-dollar cardiac centre outside of Muscat in May marked the latest milestone in Oman’s drive to broaden the scope of its health care sector.

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New oil finds in Kuwait underscore expansion plans
Economics
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The discovery of four new oil fields has drawn fresh attention to Kuwait’s long list of expansion projects, as the country aims to raise output by nearly one-third by 2020.

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Despite worries, Ramadan is special month in the Arab world
Culture
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Despite challenges, Ramadan has a special meaning to world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, of whom one-third are Arabs.
For children across the Arab world, the holy fasting month of Ramadan means lit crescents, decorations, lanterns and sweets. For adults, it’s time for worship, charity and family gathering [ … ]

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ISIS, Kurds deprive Syrian state of revenues
Economics
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Syria’s oil and gas wealth is being shared by ISIS and Kurdish armed groups, which heavily rely on it to finance war efforts.

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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?
Opinion
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Of all the fraudulent fictions and fantasies of the ‘war on terror’, the “we are united against a common enemy” mantra seemed the most hollow, the most disingenuous.

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Tourism set for growth in Ras Al Khaimah
Travel
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Ras Al Khaimah saw its tourism industry hit a high note in 2014, with revenues surpassing Dh1bn ($242.9m), bolstered by the addition of new rooms and a rise in the number of hotel nights spent by visitors in the emirate.

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Saudi Arabia rail project progresses
Economics
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Further progress has been made in plans to build the Gulf region’s rail network, with Saudi Arabia looking to closely align the project with its economic and social priorities.

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Kuwait homes in on property market
Real Estate
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Last year saw a record high in real estate sales, which surged 18.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) to KD4.3bn ($14.3bn). Sales in the investment segment rose 30% to a value of KD1.8bn ($6.0bn), while residential sales increased 5% to KD1.9bn ($6.3bn).

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Double-edged sword for Omani industry
Industry
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From the start of this year, Oman has doubled gas tariffs for industrial producers, with the move expected to squeeze margins for operators. However, the higher prices may spur a move towards greater efficiency, which could benefit the sector over the long-term.

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Morocco retail sector mirrors growing wealth, changing habits
Economics
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More than three-quarters of Morocco’s retail activity takes place among small-scale or informal retailers, but that is beginning to visibly change, with dedicated retail property growing and large foreign retailers expanding.

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Made in Algeria campaign shifts up a gear
Economics
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Faced with a slowing economy, Algeria has launched a drive to revitalise its industrial sector and boost agricultural productivity by upping the focus on locally made products.

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Egypt gains momentum in ICT outsourcing
Technology
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Egypt has long been a cost-competitive destination for offshore services, such as business process outsourcing (BPO), but a spate of new agreements with a number of large investors has given the ICT sector a further boost, with thousands of potential new jobs in the offing.

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Most glorious days of freedom
Media
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Self-censorship, refusal to push limits just in case someone might disapprove, is more insidi­ous, more slippery and far harder to fight.

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Urban farming a solution for Gulf countries
Economics
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It becomes increasingly clear that harnessing new technologies and research related to climatic and soil conditions will become critical fac­tors in achieving food security.

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