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Oman takes another step towards takaful legislation
Economics
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 17:48

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Legislation regulating Oman’s sharia-compliant insurance market has moved a step closer to being finalised after the State Council approved a draft law that will help encourage new investment in the takaful (Islamic insurance) industry.

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Egypt, UAE ink deal to build brand new capital east of Cairo
Economics
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 21:44

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Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday signed a deal to build Egypt’s new administrative capital, east of the existing capital Cairo.

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Gulf women and competing economies
Economics
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 21:38

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‘Arab Women’ are the subject of Western and Eastern curiosity and, often, fascination. However, most attempts to investigate ‘Arab Women’ reduce them to one entity, ignoring their multitude of experience. The fact is Arab women are very different from each other.

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Omani:Balancing a healthy economy with social achievements
Global Arab Network - Hussein Shehadeh
Economics
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:21

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Solid economic growth projected at 7 per cent with inflation expected to remain at the previous year’s level of 4 per cent, a boost to educational and job sectors for citizens are among other key goals as the State Budget for 2012 was unveiled on Monday.

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Oman celebrates International Women’s Day
Global Arab Network - Hussein Shehadeh
Culture
Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:06

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The recent International Women’s Day on the 8th of March was an occasion to take stock of the status of Oman women in society and feel proud of their achievements. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said who has taken a deep interest in their welfare.

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Qatar’s technological ambitions: The future is now
Technology
Friday, 06 March 2015 12:11

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With the announcement of another milestone in Qatar’s satellite programme coming at the end of last year, the body of material evidence suggesting significant recent ICT sector development in the state grew in both size and quality.

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Bahrain brings new utility projects to light
Economics
Friday, 27 February 2015 18:44

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Major investments are underway in Bahrain to reinforce the electricity grid and broaden distribution as the kingdom tries to keep up with increasing demand for power.

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Qatar taps into retail growth
Economics
Thursday, 26 February 2015 22:22

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Higher income levels, together with greater choice for consumers and changes in shopping patterns, are set to drive growth in Qatar’s retail sector, despite mall operators finding themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

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Kuwait’s retailers face uncertain times
Economics
Thursday, 26 February 2015 22:04

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Long established as a destination for major brands, Kuwait has witnessed steady retail expansion in recent years, but falling oil prices and forecasts of a budget deficit risk clouding the outlook for 2015.

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Saudi home loan growth rate to cool
Economics
Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:50

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A boom in bank lending in Saudi Arabia may have reached its peak as tighter credit conditions and weaker private sector activity could curb loan growth this year despite a long-term undersupply of property for sale in the Saudi Arabian market.

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Education for all is a distinct priority in Oman
Global Arab Network - Hussein Shehadeh
Culture
Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:34

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“We are determined to teach our children even in the shadow of a tree”
This statement was made by Sultane Qaboos when he came to power on the 23rd. of July, 1970.

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GCC building construction, interiors markets buoyant
Economics
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:42

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Saudi Interior Contracting and Fit-out Market biggest with a 43% share at $3.4b UAE second, valued at $2.3 billion, represents 31% of market

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Oman adds links to food chain
Economics
Monday, 16 February 2015 19:51

Oman adds links to food

Major investments in agri-businesses this year look set to help Oman improve food security and develop an export capacity in processed foods from its new hub in the northern port city of Sohar. The expansion will also produce spin-off benefits for the freight and packaging sectors.

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UAE: How the world's top donor spends its aid
Economics
Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:48

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During 2013 the United Arab Emirates spent over US$5.5 billion on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) – at 1.33 percent, it had the largest ratio of aid to Gross National Income of any country globally during that year.

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