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Demand for natural gas will grow in 2017 but at a slower rate than in recent years, Qatar's energy minister said on Thursday ahead of a meeting of exporting countries.
 
Dubai business magnate Mohamed Alabbar announced Sunday the launch of a US$1 billion regional e-commerce site in a joint venture with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund and other Gulf investors.
 
Egypt throws out rules that it has long lived by
From as early as the 1950s, Egypt's rulers have had an unspoken social contract with Egyptians: Forfeit genuine democracy and freedoms and, in return, you get to live on the cheap with heavy state subsidies keeping down prices of basic items and services -- bread, sugar, rice, fuel, water and electricity.
 
Iranians hope relaxed rules will attract tourists
Iranian investors are pouring money into Kish island in the Gulf, hoping its white sand beaches, coral reefs and more relaxed Islamic rules, could make it a major tourism destination.
 
Pakistan's top civilian and military leaders traveled to the country's southwest on Sunday to open a new international trade route by seeing off a Chinese ship that's exporting goods to the Middle East and Africa from the newly built Gwadar port.
 
Dubai opens canal in fresh boost for tourism and commerce
Dubai inaugurated a new canal Wednesday after a three-year construction project costing US$735 million, in a fresh boost for tourism and commerce in the booming Gulf city state.
 
At least 26 Shiite Muslim pilgrims headed to Iraq were killed and 28 injured in a bus accident in southern Iran, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
 
Iran inks offshore gas deal with France's Total
Iran signed a deal with France's Total on Tuesday to develop a major offshore gas field, its first big contract with a Western energy firm since sanctions were loosened in January.
 
Dubai-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop mooted
The futuristic city-state of Dubai announced a deal on Tuesday with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One to study the potential for building a line linking it to the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi.
 
Saudi Arabia raised US$17.5 billion in its first international bond offering, HSBC said Thursday, reflecting strong interest as the kingdom seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy.
 
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