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GCC states in global top 10 facing water crisis

Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations. Thirteen Middle Eastern countries plu

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Gulf bonds lose some safe-haven pull in cheap oil era

International bonds from the Gulf's wealthy energy-exporting countries are losing some of their safe-haven status as an era of low oil prices looms. For several years, bonds from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) a

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Bahrain to reduce roaming rates to GCC countries

International roaming rates between Bahrain and other GCC countries will drop next year. The move was announced as His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday (August 24)

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Ritz-Carlton 'tops in positive brand association'

The Ritz-Carlton hotels in the GCC have received the highest positive brand association with consumers, with 26.3 per cent of consumers identifying the brand's hotels in the region as “best”, “excellent” or “ama

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Maldives looking to woo GCC tourists

Maldives Tourism is looking to attract more holiday-makers from the GCC with a series of planned roadshows within the Gulf region beginning today (August 23). Running till August 27, the roadshow will see Maldives representatives

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VAT plans delayed by disagreement in region: UAE

The United Arab Emirates is still studying a proposal to impose a value-added tax but introduction has been delayed by a lack of agreement among neighbouring states on rates and exemptions, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday.

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VAT in the GCC – Old news or new chapter?

The recent action taken by the UAE to eliminate fuel subsidies has rekindled the debate on tax reform in the GCC, with the focus on domestic implementation of a broad-based Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. While countr

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Hunter Douglas' new sun control fabric to cut energy costs

Hunter Douglas, a Dutch window coverings and architectural products manufacturer, has launched a new line of sun control fabric that can help buildings in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reduce energy costs by up to 25 per cent, according t

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Hunter Douglas' new sun control fabric to cut energy costs

Hunter Douglas, a Dutch window coverings and architectural products manufacturer, has launched a new line of sun control fabric that can help buildings in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reduce energy costs by up to 25 per cent, according t

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UAE launches new e-visa service for GCC residents

GCC residents visiting the UAE can now apply for visit visas using a new online service launched by the Ministry of Interior, said a report. The e-service, which can be accessed through the “Fawri” portal on the ministry&rsq

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