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Exclusive to The Middle East Online – New expatriate tax could add billions to Omani coffers

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A new proposal to impose a tax on the billions of riyals sent home by expatriate workers in Oman, could add as much as 60 million riyals (OR1=$2.6), annually to the Sultanate’s coffers, according to reports in the local Times … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online -OPEC’s recent debates in the spotlight

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OPEC is discussing this week how to react to falling demand for its crude oil and – as Gerald Butt explains – MENA governments will soon have to react to declining appetite for the region’s natural gas exports. MENA states … Continue reading

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BUSINESS – Exclusive to The Middle East Online – “Dubai effect” fuels GCC metro boom

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By Peter Feuilherade Five years after it opened in 2009 the Dubai Metro, the world’s largest driverless metro network, has reported a 19% annual increase in passenger numbers for 2013-14, with more than 12.4 million journeys completed in August 2014. … Continue reading

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BUSINESS – Casting light on Dubai’s Islamic Finance Industry

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      CEO of Dubai’s Noor Bank, Hussein Al Qemzi talked to The Middle East about Noor, the UAE’s Islamic finance industry and the prospects for greater prosperity in the markets. “There has always been an interest in this … Continue reading

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BUSINESS – Cyber security becomes a multi-billion $ market

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  By Peter Feuilherade The annual global cost of cyber crime is estimated at more than $113 billion annually, with some 380 million victims, making cyber security one of the fastest expanding markets. Across the Middle East alone, spending in … Continue reading

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BUSINESS- World Economic Forum Debate

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Working towards greater prosperity & security At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Istanbul the Chief Executive Officer of UAE-based Crescent Petroleum, Majid Jafar, discussed the shale boom that has rocked the United States in terms of providing energy self- sufficiency, … Continue reading

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BUSINESS -The Guardian report on Qatari acquisition bid

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  A report that appeared in the UK daily newspaper The Guardian has revealed that Qatar plans to add yet another London landmark to its string of assets in the English capital with a bid to take over the company … Continue reading

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BUSINESS – $18 BILLION OPPORTUNITY IN EGYPT’S ICT SECTOR

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After a period of political and financial turbulence, there are strong signs of recovery in the Egyptian economy and this week, the country’s positive transjectory was highlighted when representatives from more than 500 technology companies – including Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, … Continue reading

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BUSINESS – Exciting times for GCC entrepreneurs

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By Peter Feuilherade The lure of entrepreneurship is growing in the GCC countries, as the region plans ahead for when oil and gas run out. Diversification plans for the Gulf economies involve not only investing in the growing non-oil sectors … Continue reading

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BUSINESS: Crunch time for Lebanon

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    The Lebanese economy is under increasing strain, not least because of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have entered the country but also because pleas for international help are falling on deaf ears. By Dominic Dudley The Lebanese … Continue reading

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