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Nurol Park
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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Turkish conglomerate eyes GCC investment

Turkish industrial conglomerate Nurol Holding, is inviting GCC investors to commit to its properties in Istanbul, Turkey. Present as Nurol Construction and Trading Company in the GCC since 2003 – one of 40 subsidiary More...

Jebel Ali School
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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ALEC to construct school within Akoya

UAE contractor ALEC, has won the contract for The New Jebel Ali School located inside Akoya by Damac earlier today. The new school will comprise separate foundation, primary and secondary school buildings, including More...

TOURISM AUTHORITY WELCOMES CROATIAN DELEGATION TO ABU DHABI
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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Google unites Abu Dhabi TCA and Croatian National Tourism Board

Google MENA facilitated a best practice forum between Abu Dhabi TCA and the Croatian National Tourism Board to assist the two in collaborating in the realms of digital content brand development and marketing. “The More...

Omar Soudodi
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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PAYFORT launches “game changing” E-commerce payment system

Online payment gateway, PAYFORT, has introduced an installments service for clients in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, offering merchants the ability to offer pay-via-installment options to customers. The product More...

Nathalie Visele, director Shamal Marketing Communications
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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WorldWise PR Affiliates adds to international PR alliance

WorldWise PR Affiliates, co-founded by Dubai-based Shamal Marketing Communications, has announced SGR Comunicaciones of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sabina Covo Communications of Cartagena, Colombia have joined its More...

Tasneef irshad-vessel
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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Tasneef and Irshad sign agreement for maritime compliance

Tasneef and Irshad have signed a one year contract to survey and classify 31 of offshore vessels, including tugs, pilot boats, crew boats and barges. The agreement is aligned with the strategy to cover 50% of the More...

Four Points Istanbul 2
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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Starwood debuts Four Points in Turkey

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has added its seventh brand to its Turkish portfolio, with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton in Dudullu, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Owned by Ever Group, the 182 room hotel is More...

Mark Pheonix  omniyat
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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“Poor FM planning increases developer costs”

Managing director of Omniyat Mark Pheonix in an interview with Construction Business News Middle East said that facilities management (FM) team should be considered as during the design brief in the initial stages More...

Mohamed Alabbar, chairperson Emaar Properties PJSC.
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Emaar records H1 net profit of $600m

Emaar Properties PJSC has posted H1 2015 net profit of $600m, up 12% YoY, with revenues of $1.769bn, up 13% YoY. Emaar’s retail, shopping and hospitality operations were responsible for the steep increase contributing More...

عبور السفن (15)
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Suez Canal completion “astonishing” says ICS

Ahead of the official inauguration of the Suez Canal, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has praised its timely completion as “astonishing”. “The impression we’re taking away is this is a huge undertaking More...

Xperia M5 Aqua Dual
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Revealed: Sony Mobile’s Xperia C5 Ultra Dual and Xperia M5 Dual

Sony Mobile has unveiled its two new smartphones with near professional camera quality, advanced selfie capabilities and up to two days battery life. The Xperia C5 Ultra Dual and Xperia M5 Dual go on sale in the More...

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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GCC lags behind OECD countries’ healthcare systems

Current healthcare facilities across the region lag behind those of other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to healthcare director of AECOM, Carl McKenzie. In an More...

Hussein Hachem
By Melanie Mingas On Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Aramex seeks acquisitions after Q2 profit boost

Dubai-based courier Aramex has stated intentions for multiple acquisitions in the second half of 2015, following strong Q2 performance of $25m net profit, support by a boost in online shopping. According to a bourse More...

Dubai Metro
By Melanie Mingas On Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Gulf infrastructure projects up 78% to $86bn

Awards for commercial and civil infrastructure projects in the Gulf region reached values of $86bn in 2014, up 78% on 2013 contract awards. The materials handling sector has seen huge gains on the back of the announcements More...

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By Melanie Mingas On Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Rolls-Royce appoints Alan Davis as non-executive director

Rio Tinto chief executive Alan Davis has been appointed non-executive director of the board of Rolls-Royce and member of the Nominations and Governance Committee, and Audit Committee, effective from 1 November 2015. Currently More...

d3 Masterplan 1
By Melanie Mingas On Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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Dubai creative industry boost credited to political vision

Multiculturalism and shared political vision have been hailed as key driving forces between the establishment and growth of the creative industries in the UAE. Speaking at a panel discussion in London, Cyril Zammit, More...

china trade
By Melanie Mingas On Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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Dubai-China trade worth AED 47 billion in Q1 2015

China is well positioned as Dubai’s top trading partner, with bilateral trade volume valued at$12.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015, director of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, revealed recently following More...

One of Dubai's many luxury hotels
By Melanie Mingas On Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Family tourism to boost hotel revenue

Research released by , SweetBeam, has suggested that luxury hotel stock in Dubai could experience a surge in revenues, buoyed by family tourism, in the run up to 2020. The research was conducted over a random sample More...

jetsmarter
By Melanie Mingas On Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Saudi royal-backed “Uber jet” raises $20m investments

A startup billed as “Uber for private jets” has reportedly raised $20m in investments from members of the Saudi Royal Family, world-renowned music and entertainment moguls, London-based private equity fund, More...

du tuesday cannes prize
By Melanie Mingas On Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Du becomes first MENA firm to win Cannes Lions Film Craft

UAE telecoms giant du has become the first company from the Middle East and North Africa to win the Cannes Lions Film Craft category for two consecutive years. The telecommunications operator’s multi-award-winning More...

petrol pump
By Melanie Mingas On Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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ENOC to expand operations beyond UAE

Emirates National Oil Co, ENOC, is to expand beyond its native UAE following the deregulation of fuel prices from Saturday, 1 August, 2015. The deregulation is expected to lift considerable financial pressure off More...

kuwait
By Melanie Mingas On Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Drake and Scull secures AED1.57bn in project awards YtD

Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI) has announced its total projects year to date are valued at AED1.57bn, following the award of a prestigious contract in Kuwait, worth AED216m. The MEP contract is for a More...

doha
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Qatar Jordan post double digit performance declines

Hotels across the Middle East and Africa reported declines in occupancy, ADR and revenue per available room during June 2015, with Jordan and Qatar experiencing the worst drop in performance. Data from STR Global More...

Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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MoF engages in World Bank Group knowledge exchange

Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, has met with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group (WBG), at the World Bank Group’s headquarters in Washingt  on, according to More...

dubai airport DXB
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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DXB passenger traffic hits 5.9m in June 2015

Dubai Airports has announced that passenger traffic during June 2015 was 16.7% higher than June 2014, with a total of 5.9m passengers recorded. The figures mean Dubai International Airport is on track to meet its More...

Depa's work at Dubai International Airport T3
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Depa confirms AED719m contract value, H1 2015

Depa Limited, the global interior contracting company based in Dubai, signed contracts worth more than AED 719 million in the first half of 2015. Nadim Akhras, Group CEO, Depa , said: “Depa has started 2015 More...

Nigel Moulton, CTO, EMEA, VCE
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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The counterintuitive CIO: Advanced business needs simple IT

IDC estimates that in 2015 around one in every $10 spent on IT infrastructure will be invested in integrated systems, rising to one in every $6 by 2018. For many firms, when it comes to their IT infrastructure, More...

kids feature image
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Updates to T3 Concourse at DXB Emirates Terminal

A New family area has opened at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, featuring a children’s area with creative play equipment, television screens, and baby changing rooms. The new facility is located at Concourse More...

Doha - Qatar
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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QIB YoY net profit up 23%

Qatar Islamic Bank’s (QIB) net profit for the first half financial period ended June 30 has increased 23% to QR 895 Million compared to the same period in 2014, according to the Qatar News Agency. Total assets More...

NBK
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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National Bank of Kuwait posts H1 results

National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) reported net profits of $541million during H1, 2015, up 12.8% YoY from $479.4m, H1 2014. NBK Group 1Q 2015 net profits included the gain from the sale of NBK’s 30% stake in IBQ with More...

The Palm Jumeirah, a Nakheel development
By Melanie Mingas On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Nakheel reports H1 profit of AED2.83bn

Nakheel has announced a net profit of AED 2.83 billion for the first six months of 2015; an increase of nearly AED1 billion – or 53 per cent, compared to the H1, 2014 profit of AED1.85 billion, according to WAM, More...

Reem Mall forms a significant elements of the overall vision for Reem Island, which will eventually become home for more than 200,000 residents
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, July 27th, 2015
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In pictures: Reem Mall project plans

Images have been released of the entertainment and leisure destination planned for Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. The $1bn plans unveiled by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, include 200,000 residential capacity, 2 million More...

150615 Destinia ENG
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Destina.com to offer travellers free Uber on arrival

Controversial private taxi app Uber, has partnered with Destina.com, the international OTA (online travel agent), to give travellers who book through the site, AED100 credit for a free taxi on arrival in Dubai, More...

Batelco
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Batelco deploys point-of-presence in datame

datamena, the carrier neutral data centre and connectivity platform based in the UAE and serving the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, has announced that Bahrain’s leading integrated communications’ provider More...

space agency UAE
By Melanie Mingas On Monday, July 27th, 2015
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UAE and Bahrain to collaborate on space science and technology

The UAE and Bahrain have announced intentions to collaborate their efforts in space science and technology following the arrival of a visiting delegation from Bahrain to the UAE Space Agency in Abu Dhabi. According More...

B777-300ER Inflight 1
By Melanie Mingas On Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Etihad Airways reports record guests over Eid Al Fitr

Etihad Airways has experienced one of the busiest travel periods in the history of the airline with 291,518 guests flying across its global network during Eid-Al-Fitr, an increase of 12% on the 260,641 guests flown More...

JA port
By Melanie Mingas On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Jebel Ali Port named world’s most productive

Ship moves per hour up 10% YoY, beating ports in the Far East to take top global ranking. Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, operated by DP World Journal of Commerce (JOC) has named Jebel Ali Port as the world’s most productive, More...