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GCC’s travel catering business to grow 5pc annually

The GCC travel catering market is expected to witness an annual growth rate of five per cent, a recent report said. This is due to the rapid increase in passenger volumes, expansion of GCC airline fleets and the high priority given to t

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GCC plans unified tourist visa system

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have planned to start a joint tourist visa system by first targeting expatriates, according to a report. Expatriates with valid residency permit of a GCC state would be issued a unified

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GCC tourist numbers increase at Mazagan resort

Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, a leading destination in North Africa, said there has been a rise in inflow of GCC tourists to the resort during the first nine months of the year. Stephan Killinger, president, attributed this growi

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GCC infrastructure contract awards to top $45bn in 2014

Infrastructure contracts worth more than $45 billion will be awarded in the GCC by the end of the year, double the value of contracts ($22.6 billion) given in 2012, said a report. The lion's share of the contracts will focus o

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GCC plans to launch joint naval force

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have planned to launch a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defence official said, in a bid to protect waters shared with neighbouring Iran. The new force is expected to be formed in the &ld

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New Zealand targets niche industries for export

New Zealand's niche industries including wood products for construction and architecture, health IT systems and agricultural production technology could broaden the country’s offerings to Middle East region now dominated by dairy and m

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Unified environment strategy for GCC planned

GCC representatives convened in Bahrain to discuss the creation of a national environmental report for each country. They are aiming to adopt a unified environmental strategy following a two-day workshop hosted by the Supreme Coun

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GCC-UK join hands to face challenges

The GCC countries and Britain reiterated the importance of enhancing relations and dialogue to address regional challenges including the threat of terrorism. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa led Bahrain's de

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Qatar Emir says steps taken to end GCC rift

Qatar's Emir told Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah this week his country had done everything it could to resolve a dispute over Doha's links with Islamist groups, but the monarch appeared unconvinced, a Gulf security source said on Tuesd

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Damas launches Tanishq across the GCC

Damas, a leading jewellery and watch retailer in the Middle East, has signed a deal to launch Tanishq, an India-based premium jewellery brand from the Tata Group, in the region. The brand’s jewellery collection will now be a

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