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Cigarette tariffs to be raised in Bahrain

A cigarette shortage was reported by shops and supermarkets after it was confirmed that Bahrain had raised import duty on alcohol and tobacco – a move that is expected to drive up prices in the market. Information, Parliament and Shura A

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Premature births double in Bahrain

Premature births have more than doubled in Bahrain in the last six years, prompting calls to establish a dedicated public paediatric hospital. Latest statistics show that the number of births at less than 37 weeks jumped from four per cent in

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Du app downloads double as customers go digital

Following major upgrades to its design and functionality in April, the number of customers downloading the Dubai-based telecom operator du’s application has doubled. In June alone, the number of downloads and active users of

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Saudi shipper Bahri doubles Q2 profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, said on Monday its second-quarter net profit more than doubled due to increased fleet size and rates for transporting spot crude. The c

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Dubizzle goes global with OLX 



Dubizzle, a leading free classifieds website for users in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, is now a part of the OLX global recognised network that reaches more than 200 million monthly active users and 25 million monthly listings

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World Bank doubles education pledge to $5bn

Leading learning company Pearson has welcomed the World Bank’s renewed commitment to improving basic education in some of the world’s poorest countries. On the eve of the World Education Forum in South Korea, the Presi

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Saudi’s ICD to double its capital as pipeline grows

The private sector arm of the Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank group received approval on Thursday to double its capital, as it aims to keep pace with a growing project pipeline ranging from Africa to China. The move will allo

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Etisalat launches ‘Double Data’ offer for Wasel customers

UAE’s leading telecommunication company Etisalat has launched its ‘Double Data’ promotion for Wasel prepaid mobile customers to enjoy the benefits on their daily, weekly or monthly packages. The promotion will pr

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Meat prices may double in Bahrain say experts

Proposed government cuts could result in the price of subsidised meat more than doubling in Bahrain, according to experts. The government on Monday (May 18)  announced plans to reduce spending by BD386 million ($1.01 billion)

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Stroke a top cause of disability among adults, deaths to double

Stroke is increasingly becoming a major health issues in the Middle East and North Africa region, with projections that deaths from it will nearly double by 2030, according to experts. It is the top cause of disability among adult

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