Thursday 3 September 2015

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SOLAR-POWERED PROJECT
London firm to design desert eco-retreat in UAE

Baharash Architecture, an award-winning design studio based in London, UK, has won a contract to design a solar-powered luxury desert eco-retreat in the Liwa region of the UAE.

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LEVY ON SMALL PLOTS TOO
Saudi Arabia 'mulls tax on all undeveloped urban land'

Saudi Arabian authorities are considering imposing a tax on undeveloped urban land across the board, even on small plots, to prevent landowners from evading the levy, the Okaz newspaper reported on Thursday.

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NEW ORDERS KICK IN
UAE, Saudi record sharp growth in non-oil business

Business activity growth in UAE’s non-oil private sector accelerated in August to a six-month high, while the same in Saudi Arabia rose to a five-month high during the month, buoyed by the impact of increasing oil production, a report said.

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SPOTLIGHT
Saving migrant workers from slavery -TripAdvisor-style

Contratados.org, a site for migrants from Mexico working in the US, is described by the founding labour rights group as a TripAdvisor for migrant workers, many of whom pay large fees to agencies but are then trapped in abusive employment.

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TECHNOLOGY
Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.

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NEWS IN PICTURES
Heart-rending!

Turkish gendarmerie stand near the washed up body of a refugee child who drowned during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos, at the shore in the coastal town of Bodrum, Mugla city, Turkey.

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Top Trade News

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Construction & Real Estate
Retail & Wholesale

Saudi groups plan $320m shopping complex

Saudi-based Raj Real Estate company, a subsidiary of Al-Rajhi United, and Baseel property company, have announced plans to develop a SR1.2 billion ($320 million) shopping complex - The Riyadh Walk.

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Energy, Oil & Gas

Saudi Khurais oilfield expansion delayed

The expansion of Saudi Arabia's Khurais oilfield is expected to be delayed from the originally planned time-frame of 2017 and the start-up date is now unclear, industry sources said.

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Finance & Capital Market

Bahrain banks ‘ready to face global headwinds’

Bahrain’s banks have strong liquidity and capital buffers that would enable them to tide over global headwinds due to continuing low oil price and low growth expectations, experts from ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service said.

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Analysis, Interviews, Opinions

Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.

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Industry, Logistics & Shipping
Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

Dubai Airport welcomes 6.6m passengers in July

Dubai International Airport saw passenger numbers climb up to 6.68 million In July this year, up 29.6 per cent from a temporary dip in the same month last year when traffic numbers were affected by a runway refurbishment programme.

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Lifestyle

New BMW 3 Series to launch in Bahrain

Euro Motors, the official BMW Group importer in Bahrain, said the new BMW 3 Series will go on sale in showrooms across Bahrain this month.

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Health & Environment

Infectious diseases focus of key Bahrain conference

Infectious disease and antibiotic misuse were at the forefront of discussions at a major new medical conference that opened in Amwaj Islands yesterday (September 2).

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Media & Promotion

Google redesigns logo for the fifth time

Google unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo on Tuesday, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post.

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Education, HR & Training

War stops 13 million from going to school in Mena

Conflicts across the Mena are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

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Miscellaneous

Bahrain delays plan to cut meat subsidy

Plans to scrap meat subsidies have been postponed for another month in Bahrain as MPs and the government continue to review the effect that the move will have on citizens.

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