Dubizzle finds overall decline in rental and sale prices for housing in UAE

 Dubizzle’s first northern emirates property report, comparing rental and sale price trends in the first quarter of  2016 to the same period last year across Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, indicates that the property sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has seen an overall decline in prices. The rental market, however, has experienced less of a decline than the sale sector. Read More »

Saudi Telecom extends Intelsat partnership to expand broadband services

Riyadh-based Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has extended its partnership with Intelsat S.A. with a contract to deliver satellite services on Intelsat 15, situated at 85.15 degrees east. The agreement enables STC to expand services and develop networks in banking, government and energy sectors throughout Saudi Arabia and furthers its existing business relationship with Intelsat. Read More »

Council of Saudi Chambers, Senegal commerce minister discuss economic alliance

Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CSC) Chairman Abdulrahman Al Zamil recently met with Alioune Sar, who serves as Senegal’s commerce minister, to consider economic relations between the two nations. Sar said that Senegal’s newly-approved social and economic development plan encompasses potential private sector growth in Saudi Arabia and Senegal. Read More »

DLA Piper appoints sixth partner for Middle East legal team

Ramsey Jurdi becomes the sixth partner of the Middle East litigation, arbitration and investigation team at global law firm DLA Piper. "The Middle East is fast becoming a major hub for international trade ... we are seeing an increasing amount of ... regulation in the region, on which our clients require guidance," Henry Quinlan, head of the DLA Piper Middle East team, said. Read More »

What You Can Buy

Located in Dubai's sought-after The Springs development, this stylish corner villa sits on a large lot and boasts a bright and airy floor plan with 1,792 square feet of living space. The villa is flanked by two large lakes that provide excellent views. The floor plan includes spacious living and dining areas, a study and a tasteful kitchen. Read More »

Job training for the physically challenged a priority for Qatar Chamber

A training program, “Basics and Principals of Computer,”  for 18 attendees from the Qatari Cultural Social Center for the Deaf recently ended with a ceremony at the Qatar Chamber. Qatar Chamber Director General Saleh Hamad Al Sharqi said the chamber is eager to work with all individuals to build skills and develop the potential of those who live within the region. Read More »

Oberthur Technologies’ Dubai office receives UnionPay certification for magstripe, EMV cards

Dubai trade stands to benefit from upgraded security software in the form of UnionPay International certification, an official bank card personalization program developed by Oberthur Technologies (OT), a global provider of embedded security software products and services. Dubai has invested in the technology to make financial transactions for visitors as smooth as possible. Read More »

Bahrain Institute of Public Administration exec meets with Australian Human Resources Institute CEO

Bahrain Institute of Public Administration Executive Director of Learning and Development Ishaq Amin Al-Koohej said BIPA's global agents provide Bahrain's public civil servants with excellent training programs developed to cope with BIPA's strategy of improving government performance to achieve sustainable development during a meeting with Australian Human Resources Institute's CEO. Read More »

Dubai Chamber welcomes West African ambassadors to gathering in Ghana

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Ghana office recently hosted a networking luncheon for regional emissaries in Accra, Ghana. Ambassadors from Nigeria, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ivory Coast and Benin joined private sector business representatives and the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce to hear presentations from Dubai Chamber officials. Read More »

Ibdar Bank welcomes new board members

Ibdar Bank recently named a new board of directors that will serve the Islamic investment and financial institution for the next three years. The board will be lead by Chairman Tareq Sadeq, who is the managing director of Keystone Consulting and is also a board member of Ahli United Bank Kuwait. Former Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait CEO, and current Nassej Co. Vice Chairman Abdulkarim Ahmed Bucheery has been named Ibdar Bank's vice chairman. Read More »

Dubai Smartpreneur Competition produces three finalists

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Smart Dubai Office, announced the winners of its Dubai Smartpreneur Competition. The top winning entry was LoadMe, an online platform that uses GPS tracking and smartphone apps to provide the Middle Eastern transporters market with real-time information regarding available freight and trucks in a specific area. Read More »

Sultanate boosts tourism activities by receiving international delegations

The Sultanate of Oman recently began hosting wedding planners as well as event organizers from India in order to help visitors better plan their tourist activities in the Sultanate. The wedding planners are visiting the area to collaborate with Sultanate leaders and suppliers who work in the wedding industry. The goal is to strengthen the cooperation between the two nations in this industry. They hope to support the Sultanate as an events and wedding destination. Read More »