Wednesday 26 November 2014

Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels

At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with US help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say. The camp, south of the capital between Sa


27 pavilions take part in SIAL Middle East

As many as 27 pavillions are taking part in the Middle East’s fastest-growing professional trade exhibition for the food, drink and hospitality industry which concludes today (November 26) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The three-day SIAL Middle East also played host to five additional


Better deal for Gulf domestic workers on way

Domestic workers in the Gulf states will receive a better deal from their employers under a new plan that the labour ministers of the countries have agreed. Gulf labour ministers agreed on some minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve their working conditions,


Samsung partners with Christie’s in ‘gold TV’ auction

Samsung Electronics, multinational conglomerate company, has announced a partnership with Christie’s, an art business and a fine arts auction house, to auction a gold lacquer-painted 78” Curved UHD TV, for charitable purpose. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to


Charity dinner during VFDE raises $1.08m for WFP

A charity dinner gala hosted by Vogue Italia and Emaar, during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience (VFDE) which took place recently, raised Dh4 million ($1.08 million) for the World Food Programme. The gala was held under the patronage of UN Messenger for Peace and Chairperson of


‘Traffic Black Points’ counter opened in Abu Dhabi

The Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters (GHQ) has designated a counter for the Traffic Black Points Reduction Program in the reception of the customer service in the main centre in the emirate. It falls in line with the directive


Brother launches new ScanNCut machine

Brother International (Gulf), a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, has announced the Middle East launch of the revolutionary ScanNCut machine, the world’s first home and hobby cutting machine that comes with a built-in 300-DPI scanner. The machine offers users th


Dubai Court to boost status services unit

Dubai Court has opened a branch of the personal status services department in Hatta in cooperation with the Centres of Dubai Municipality to provide hassle free services to the audience. The new unit opened by Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, director general of Dubai Courts, will provide


Norton Rose targets for 30pc female partners by 2020

Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice, has revealed its global diversity and inclusion target of reaching 30 per cent female partner in 2020. This is in addition to a target of 30 per cent female partners on all board and management committees globally, said a statement.


Syria to increase spending by 12pc in 2015

Syria's state spending is expected to rise 12 per cent to 1.55 trillion Syrian pounds ($9.10 billion) next year, driven by higher social support costs, state news agency Sana reported citing a draft budget presented to lawmakers on Sunday. Syria's civil war, whic

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