Saturday 5 September 2015

Somali Islamists warn against 'immoral culture'

Islamist militants al Shabaab issued a warning against Somalis who frequent hotels, beaches and nightclubs in the capital Mogadishu, saying it will target men and women who engage in "immoral culture." Al Shabaab frequently stages bomb and gun attacks in the capital - a


Islamic fashion sector to hit $327bn

Islamic art and fashion are quickly becoming burgeoning industries within the diverse landscape of the Islamic economy, and are dominating a key market share in the global lifestyle sector.    Last year the Islamic fashion sector expenditure reached $230 bi


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. Originally set to be scrapped from August 1, the subsidy cuts were delayed by a month on the orders of His Royal Highness


26 people charged with arms cache in Kuwait

Kuwait has charged 26 people with possessing weapons and having contacts with Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in order to plot attacks against the Gulf state. The case relates to the seizure of an arms cache in Kuwait last month which local newspapers have reported was smuggled i


Saudi probes man charged with money laundering

A Saudi Arabian court has ordered a probe find out whether a man, accused of money laundering SR2 billion ($532 million), has other accounts and property in the UAE, India and China, a report said. The Saudi man, in his 30s, should be held in custody until the investigation is co


New guidebook highlights women’s rights in region

A Guidebook that outlines rights of women and girls in the region has been released. It was initiated by the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) in co-operation with Bahrain’s National Human Rights Institution (NIHR), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (


Dewa honours women at first Emirati Women's Forum

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) Women’s Committee recently organised the first Emirati Women’s Forum, in celebration of Emirati Women's Day, at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai. The forum honoured Emirati women and recognised their role in serving the nation.


Dubai gold retailer defaults on $136m

A Dubai-based gold and jewellery retailer has defaulted on loans worth about Dh500 million ($136.2 million), with banks considering options including legal action to retrieve the money, four banking and trade sources told Reuters. The non-payment by Atlas Jewellery, which has mor


Safety alert after Bahrain suq shop blaze

Safety concerns in the Old Manama Suq were highlighted again yesterday (August 30) after a shop was completely gutted by fire.  The clothes shop went up in flames at around 8am as an employee was opening it for the day, according to sources. A short circuit is suspected to be the cause o


Opposition ‘creating fertile ground for IS’ in Bahrain

Radical opposition groups behind a spate of attacks on Bahrain’s police could unwittingly be creating a ‘fertile environment’ for Islamic State (IS) sympathisers, according to an intelligence report. IHS Jane, a British publication specialising in defence and intelligence, h

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