Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association has new chairman

Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association Vice Chairman Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan recently became the association's chairman. Al-Benyan, who leads the global management team at Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) as its CEO and vice chairman. Al-Benyan has held many roles since joining SABIC in 1987, including executive vice president of corporate human resources. Read More »

Dubai Chamber adopts special office hours during Ramadan

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is operating on a modified work schedule for Ramadan. The temporary schedule is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Thursday through the end of Ramadan and applies to the chamber’s head office in Deira; the Jebel Ali Branch in the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and the representative offices in the Dubai Airport Free Zone and Al Aweer. Read More »

Boston Market to bring its casual dining concept to Middle East

Boston Market CEO George Michel signed a deal with Kuwait’s Al-Ghunaim Trading Co. Ltd. to bring the successful eatery to the Middle East with 25 to 30 branches planned initially for Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar and Jordan. The company has just passed its 30-year mark in business, dishing up fresh, hormone-free rotisserie chicken among its many selections. Read More »

BGR the Burger Joint franchise opens in Kuwait's Promenade Mall

BGR the Burger Joint has opened an international franchise in Kuwait's new Promenade Mall. BGR features a better-burger concept with a menu focused on cooked-to-order burgers over an open flame, as well as food made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The chain is owned by Chanticleer Holdings; the franchise is owned by Master Franchise Operator Al Bassamiah. Read More »

Dubai International Arbitration Center workshop focuses on constriction industry

Guided by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) along with three affiliated Korean organizations recently led a dispute resolution seminar in Dubai focusing on the construction industry. The seminar emphasized the role of in-house legal counsel and similar associated practitioners in resolving disputes. Read More »

Etihad Airways adds three Emiratis to international management ranks

Etihad Airways recently appointed three Emiratis to management positions in South Korea, Seychelles and Saudi Arabia, increasing the number of UAE nationals on its international management staff to eight. All three designees will serve as airport managers - Fatima Al Hashemi in Incheon, South Korea; Yousuf Mohammed for Medina, Saudi Arabia; and Mansour Hamad to Mahe, Seychelles. Read More »

Make yourself at home on Al Reem Island, Shams Gate District or Dubai Silicon Oasis

United Gulf Properties has listed a gorgeous studio apartment on Al Reem Island with reserved parking, walk-in closets and a view of the water for $145,655. The 424-square foot apartment shows unique panoramic views of Al Reem Island. Large windows let in lots of light, and the full kitchen is perfect for those who love to cook. Amenities include a shared pool and spa. Read More »

Saudi Electric Company seeking developers for two solar photovoltaic power plants

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) invites expressions of interest regarding potential development of two solar photovoltaic independent power plants, to be located in Al-Jouf and Rafha. SEC will select a developer or developer consortium to develop and operate the sites. The new power plants will support existing conventional power plants in their respective locations. Read More »

Dubai Chamber promotes food export trade with Azerbaijani, Georgian merchants

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry members recently completed food import trade missions to the capital cities of Baku, Azerbaijan, and Tbilisi, Georgia, to publicize potential export advantages and industry practices for the two locales. The delegation organized two successful food export briefings, attended by over 70 public and private sector representatives in each city, Read More »

Bahrain Cinema Company launches deluxe 13-screen Cineplex in Qatar mall

Bahrain Cinema Company’s new 13-screen Cineplex recently opened at Qatar’s Gulf Mall located in Gharafa, with seating for 2,318 viewers, multiple viewing levels, an exclusive VIP entrance and additional well-appointed facilities. Cineco 13 boasts state-of-the-art entertainment technology and audio amplification provided by a next-generation Dolby Atmos system. Read More »

Middle East delegation talks up business investment at Scotland seminar

Representatives from Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE visited Scotland to discuss investment prospects at a government-hosted seminar led by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s economic development agency. The Edinburgh-based event featured a panel of experts on high growth markets in the fields of energy, education, technology and finance. Read More »

Developer promotes upscale project in Australia at Dubai presentation

Australian firm LK Property Group recently promoted an ambitious residential/retail complex near Melbourne as being accessible by direct daily flights from Dubai to UAE and Gulf investors in Dubai. Company representatives complimented Dubai’s strong presence in the luxury property arena as they presented an inside view of Capitol Grand - Australia’s newest ultra-posh development. Read More »