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Dubai: Health insurance makeover
Science & Health

Plans by the emirate’s authorities to tighten regulatory oversight for health insurance and put in place a long delayed scheme for mandatory coverage will likely result in major changes to the sector.

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UAE: Shopping with confidence in Abu Dhabi

Rising confidence among local consumers is being matched by the steadily strengthening economy, both of which should encourage spending in Abu Dhabi’s retail sector.

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Export oil, import water – the Middle East’s risky economics


The world’s driest region, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is getting drier at an alarming rate.
And yet, despite massive population growth (the Middle East’s population grew 61 percent from 1990 to 2010 to 205 million people)* predictions of so-called “water wars” have failed to materialize.

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UAE: RAK Boosting cement production

With demand for cement in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) poised to rise and regional projects already driving up exports, there are signs that the industry could be turning a corner.

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UAE: Dubai Supporting health tourism

New visa regulations designed to allow foreign visitors undergoing medical treatment to stay for up to nine months are expected to reinforce Dubai’s appeal as a health tourism destination, and are part of a long-term plan to further build on the solid health care industry that has been developed.

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UAE: Dubai Aviation gaining altitude

The emirate’s aviation authorities have floated a proposal to expand what is already one of the busiest airports in the world, looking to double the planned capacity of Dubai International Airport (DXB) as part of what could be a major shift in government policy.

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Banking regulation and supervision in the Arab world

Did you ever want to know more about banking regulation and supervision in Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? It has been possible, for some time now, to get a good sense of MENA's banking regulations and how they compare to other countries and regions in the world.

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No Secrets - How Arab states build their foreign policy


In courses first taught at any school of international affairs, it is said that in their foreign policies, countries adopt one of three great strategies.

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UAE: Dubai trade figures hit record levels

Dubai’s external trade figures hit record levels in 2012, assisted by its strong transport and logistics infrastructure and underpinned by areas of the economy that remain in recovery mode,

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UAE: Rail link to Dubai and Abu Dhabi under tender

Railway developments are moving forward in Abu Dhabi, with the first phase of an expansive national project expected to be completed this year.

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UAE: Market responds to rapid growth in Dubai


Despite achieving record growth in 2012, telecoms operators in the UAE have seen their profit margins affected by a new royalties programme introduced by the federal government.

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UAE: Key role for defence in diversification efforts in Abu Dhabi


The spate of large defence contracts recently awarded to Abu Dhabi-based firms, together with the emirate’s growing success in attracting investment for technology, has highlighted the key role earmarked for the industry in the emirate’s long-term plans to diversify its economy.

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UAE: Mohammed bin Rashid City setting new benchmark in Dubai development

Setting new benchmark in urban development, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the establishment of a new city within Dubai,

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