Saturday 25 October 2014

Iran’s rising divorce rate touches 20pc

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party. Local media outlets and blogs have been abuzz for mon


Abraaj set to seal purchase of Saudi fast-food chain

Private equity firm Abraaj Group hopes to conclude a deal soon to buy a majority stake in Saudi fast-food chain Kudu alongside TPG Capital, a senior Abraaj executive said. The Middle East's largest private equity firm has been in exclusive talks for months to buy a controllin


UK hails Bahrian’s human rights success

Bahrain has been praised for its 'real efforts' in the area of human rights by the UK government. In its latest Human Rights and Democracy Report, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) outlined the steps taken by Bahrain as part of its reform programmes between Ap


Top coffees and teas to be showcased at Dubai fest

Coffee, tea and related products in the Middle East are set to showcased at a leading festival for enthusiasts across the region in Dubai next month. The International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF) will run from November 12 to 14 at the Meydan Hotel Gallery, said a statement.


UAE mission to Mars in seven years

The UAE has taken one step closer to its planned mission to Mars with the signing of a partnership agreement between the Emirati Mars probe teams. The agreements were signed in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Rul


US agrees sale of $600m tank ammo to Iraq

The US government on Monday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of $600 million in tank ammunition manufactured by General Dynamics Corp, saying it would help the Iraqi government establish an integrated ground defence capability. Congress now has 30 days to block the sale, alt


Simmons & Simmons opens new office in Riyadh

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has expanded its alliance with Jeddah-based Hammad & Al-Mehdar in Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new office in Riyadh. The official office opening was held today (October 20), with an exclusive event held at The British Ambassa


Sony Pictures Studio, Smurfs Zone to come in Dubai

Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone will come up at motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-inspired theme park taking shape at Dubai Parks & Resorts, the newest leisure and entertainment destination in the UAE emirate. The new attractions will be set up under an agreement between Dub


OSN brings live action of Indian Super League

OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, is now bringing to its subscribers the live action of the new Indian Super League football championship. From cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to Bollywood’s leading heroes Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan,


UAE aims to become 'most innovative nation' in 7 years

The UAE aims to become one of the most innovative countries in the world in the next seven years under a national strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The National Innovation Strategy will foc

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