Archive for July, 2010

Qatar’s villa rents are likely to plummet as businesses told to move out of villas in residential areas

July 31, 2010
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Qatar’s villa rents are likely to plummet further as businesses other than beauty parlours, nurseries and health clinics currently operating from villas in residential areas have been asked by the government to move to commercial premises starting November. Numerous villas currently being used as offices are expected to be vacant as a result, and...
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Qatar group to help build houses for homeless Pakistanis

July 26, 2010
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Al Mannai United, a Qatar based group, has inked an agreement with the Fiza Social Welfare Organization of Pakistan for the co-operation of 10,000 houses for homeless middle-class people in Pakistan. Ahmad Abdullah Isa Al Mannai, Chairman of Al Mannai United, said after the signing ceremony that he would give a subsidy of $5,000...
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New Iranian ambassador to Iraq to take up post this week

July 23, 2010
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Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq is an important figure in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and resents the Kurdish inclination towards separatism. Hassan Danaifar, born in Baghdad in 1962, was deported with his family by Saddam Hussain during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88) because of his Iranian origins and initially joined the Badr militia,...
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Kuwait to decrease prices of 400 food and non-food commodities by up to 55 percent

July 23, 2010
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Kuwait’s Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies has pledged to work on decreasing the prices of around 400 food and non-food commodities by up to 55 percent, in attempt to ease financial pressure on consumers during the holy month of Ramadan. “The union is keen on providing the best available goods at the most suitable...
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Lawmaker wants powerful community to explain support as battle for parliamentary elections heats up

July 23, 2010
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A Bahraini lawmaker in the outgoing parliament has urged the powerful business community chamber to come forth and declare fully its support of candidates for the legislative elections. “Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) needs to clarify its support to candidates so that there would be no abuses,” Jassem Husain said. “There are...
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Qatari ban on two shampoo variants has not been lifted as discussions with company continue

July 23, 2010
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A Qatari ban on two international shampoo variants has not been lifted as the local authorities are discussing the issue with a delegation from the manufacturing company. Qatari media reported that a high-level delegation from Procter & Gamble Arabian Peninsula (P&G) on Thursday failed to convince Qatari officials that P&G’s banned shampoo brands met...
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Analysis argues pipelines can energise peace and cooperation instead of sparking competition and tension in the region

July 23, 2010
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An analysis paper on the role of pipelines in energising peace and cooperation instead of sparking competition and tension in the region will be soon released by a research centre in Qatar. The paper “Energizing Peace: The Role of Pipelines in Regional Cooperation”, by the Brookings Doha Center discusses competition over natural resources, such...
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Kuwait’s education ministry rules out Bahrain’s private colleges

July 22, 2010
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Kuwait’s education ministry has published the names of 62 Arab colleges and universities where Kuwaiti nationals could have their higher studies. Only degrees and diplomas from the endorsed private and public universities would be recognized by the ministry in a move that seeks to bring under control the ruckus that has rocked the local...
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Kuwaiti teen missing in the US found safe and unharmed

July 22, 2010
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Kuwaiti teen missing in the US found safe and unharmed

Eman, the 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl who absconded from a house in Florida where her family was vacationing, has been found safe and unharmed. Dean Sparks, Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff, said that Eman who was vacationing with her family in Kissimmee, Florida, was found living with an American family in McCook, a small city in...
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Al Asala defends decision to support independent candidates

July 22, 2010
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Al Asala, Bahrain’s second largest parliamentary bloc, has defended its decision to support independent elections candidates as part of its strategy to “serve the nation.” The society, the flagship of Salafism in Bahrain, has a major alliance with the Islamic Menbar, the third largest parliamentary bloc in the outgoing lower chamber, to work together...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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