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Tunisia: Understanding corruption to fight it better

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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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?
Global Arab Network - Chris Doyle

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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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Bahrain raises game to attract foreign students


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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Tourism set for growth in Ras Al Khaimah


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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Dubai considers electric car solutions


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 environmentally-friendly options.

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Saudi Arabia rail project progresses


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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Algeria aims to energise the bourse


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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Kuwait homes in on property market
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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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Jordan’s tourism industry feels impact of regional volatility


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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Double-edged sword for Omani industry


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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