Archive for July, 2011

US Navy dismisses reports it is moving out of Bahrain

July 22, 2011
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US Navy dismisses reports it is moving out of Bahrain

The US Navy has denied media reports it is planning to relocate its Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet to a neighbouring country due to fears about continued unrest. “The speculation in the London Times article about Fifth Fleet leaving Bahrain is false,” Commander Amy Derrick-Frost, US Navy Fifth Fleet public affairs officer, said.
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Gulf Air soars towards new heights

July 22, 2011
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Gulf Air soars towards new heights

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s flagship carrier, has unveiled a range of new products, services and incentive packages in a bid to grow its home market share to 50 per cent, raise its load factor to 78 per cent within 18 months from the 2010 level of 72 per cent and return to profitability within three...
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Qatar’s first eco-friendly mall to open on Friday

July 22, 2011
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Qatar’s first eco-friendly shopping centre, Parco Mall, will open on Friday amid a week-long festival of games, fashion shows and painting competitions. “Parco Mall is the first green mall in Doha with its unique and yet grand vertical garden which will greet customers with a fresh burst of oxygen each time as they pass...
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South Korea keen on better cultural ties with Qatar

July 22, 2011
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South Korea, one of Qatar’s strong trading partners, is seeking enhanced cultural exchange with Doha, as part of its foreign policy to better understand the region and its ethos. Six middle school students from the Asian country are now on a week-long visit to Qatar on “Global Youth Leader Training Programme’, to them to...
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Qatar-based Indonesians concerned with children’s limited cultural background

July 22, 2011
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Qatar-based Indonesians have warned against the younger generation’s growing disconnection with home cultural roots. “There is a growing concern among Indonesian parents in Qatar about the need to educate and reintegrate their children to let them appreciate better their cultural norms and heritage,” Mohammad Al Aula, Third Secretary of the Indonesian embassy in Doha...
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Bahrain seeks to boost ePayment facilities

July 22, 2011
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Bahrain has urged citizens and residents to embrace ePayment facilities that ease the process of paying fees. An awareness campaign launched by the eGovernment Authority said that it seeks to help the public with online payment for government transactions through a mobile portal, a mobile version of the National eGovernment Portal and one of...
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More children reduce divorce risks: Qatar study

July 22, 2011
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Having more children lowers the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce, a Qatar study has found. According to the research on marriages and divorces in Qatar in 2009 by Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), 57 percent of the registered divorce cases in 2009 occurred among couples who had no children, 16 per cent among...
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Liberal societies remain engaged in national dialogue

July 22, 2011
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The pullout of Al Wefaq Islamic Society, Bahrain’s largest opposition group, from the national dialogue was not followed by its former allies who said that they would continue to attend the talks. “We are engaged in the national dialogue because we believe that all components of the society have the right to contribute to...
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Kuwait sets up 27 centres to collect Ramadan donations

July 22, 2011
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Kuwait’s Zakat House said that it had set up 27 donation centers to receive donations and calculate zakat, the compulsory giving of a set proportion of one’s wealth to charity, throughout Ramadan. The centres will also provide gold weighing services and will offer brochures and pamphlets to increase awareness on different issues dealing with...
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Qatari foundation to spend $4.4 million on Ramadan charity work

July 22, 2011
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A Qatari foundation said that it would spend 16 million Qatari riyals ($4.4 million) on charity work in Qatar and abroad during Ramadan. Shaikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) will spend QR10 million ($2.750 million) in Qatar and QR6 million ($1.650 million) outside the country, Ayid Bin Dabsan Al Qahtani, RAF Director-General,...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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