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JORDAN: narrowing the gender gap with EBRD support

Opportunities for Jordanian women do exist but they need to be opened up

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to $ 2 million in local currency to the Microfund for Women (MFW) for on-lending to female entrepreneurs in Jordan. Access to finance through banks remains extremely limited for micro, small and … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia signs $multi-billion deal with Trump


Saudi/US deals; $multi-billion deals between US & Saudi Arabia; The Middle East magazine Continue reading

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JORDAN: SESAME opens the way for a new era of science & diplomacy

SESAME is based  in Allen, Jordan


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Iran Air takes delivery of new A330

Making up for lost time, Iran has ordered

An Airbus A330 airliner has arrived in Tehran, the second of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year. The long-haul aircraft, carrying IranAir Chairman Farhad Parvaresh and other officials, landed at Tehran’s … Continue reading

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IRAN Election: Will Rouhani be allowed to run?

President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

A rumour, gathering pace within Iran, concerns the eligibility of President Rouhani to run in the upcoming elections on 19 May. There are concerns that the country’s Guardian Council make take steps to disqualify Rouhani from participating in the polls. … Continue reading

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West Bank land grab boosts Israeli economy

Israeli settlements and industrial areas are mushrooming across Palestinian lands


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UAE: Ferrari World breaks new barriers


The third new ride within 12 months puts guests through an endurance challenge, as they attempt to becomeFerrari Test Drivers In its ongoing attempt to offer tourists something they could never expect to get anywhere else in the world, Ferrari … Continue reading

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GCC: concerted drive to beef up regional security


Saudi Arabia, forced out of decades of self-imposed insularity by the political convulsions of the Middle East, is finalising an agree­ment with the strategic Horn of Africa state of Djibouti to establish a military base to bolster the king­dom’s security … Continue reading

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TRUMP: Contemplating a costly & bloody error


Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – should it go ahead – will lead to an escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians such the new president cannot imagine and the conflict is … Continue reading

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OMAN: New austerity measures include tax hike on the rich

Ordinary, working Omanis will not be affected by the tax increases, the government has promised

By Sayyid K. Jaffar With flaccid world markets, all the oil-rich producers of the Gulf are feeling the financial pinch and making their individual plans on how best to weather the storm. In a move that reflects the altruism of … Continue reading

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