Thursday 25 August 2016

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SMALL TOWNS DESTORYED
Death toll in Italian quake rises to 73

At least 73 people have died in an earthquake which devastated a string of small towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, the civil protection department said.

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KEY VISITS PLANNED
Saudi prince to discuss reform drive in China, Japan

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will discuss the kingdom's drive to cut its reliance on oil exports in visits to China and Japan that begin next week, Saudi media and sources said on Wednesday.

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MANY BURIED IN RUBBLE
Quake devastates mountain towns in central Italy; 20 killed

An earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns over a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents under hills of rubble, with at least 20 people believed killed and many missing.

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ANALYSIS
Arab SMEs getting a lift from social media

Popular social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and LinkedIn are becoming major business enablers for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Arab World, a report said.

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TECHNOLOGY
Coming - edible food packaging

Scientists are developing an edible form of packaging which they hope will preserve food more effectively and more sustainably than plastic film, helping to cut both food and plastic waste.

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NEWS IN PICTURES
Oman's cave opens

Al Hoota Cave, Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, will reopen to the public on September 5. The cave system is one of Oman’s true natural wonders and stretches more than 4.5 km, with only 500 m accessible for visitors.

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Top Trade News

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Construction & Real Estate

Atlas Copco commissions largest hydraulic breaker

Atlas Copco Middle East, a leader in engineering solutions, recently commissioned the region’s first HB 10000 hydraulic breaker at the Eastern Province Cement Company (EPCC) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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Retail & Wholesale

Landmark plans 20 new stores in Reem Mall tie-up

Landmark Group, a top retail and hospitality conglomerate, has announced a major new agreement with Reem Mall, Abu Dhabi’s latest retail and leisure destination, which will see 23 new stores opening in the UAE capital in 2018.

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Finance & Capital Market

Emirates NBD unit cuts 100 jobs - sources

Emirates Islamic, the sharia-compliant arm of Dubai's largest bank Emirates NBD (ENBD) , has laid off more than 100 people as part of cost cutting to adjust to a cooler economy, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Analysis, Interviews, Opinions

The age of the aircraft carrier may be over

The United States has more aircraft carriers than any other country - depending on how you define "aircraft carrier," it's 10 times as many.

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Industry, Logistics & Shipping
Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

Shaza Hotels to open 20 properties in ME

Luxury hotel brand Shaza Hotels, a joint venture between Qatar-based Barwa Real Estate and Kempinski Hotels, is set to open 20 hotels in the Middle East by 2020, a senior official has revealed.

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IT & Telecommunications
Lifestyle

Crystal Lagoons to showcase Egypt projects at Cityscape

Crystal Lagoons, a global developer of giant crystal-clear lagoons, has announced two new project wins in Egypt, bringing its total portfolio of active and under-development projects in the Middle East and India to 15.

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Motoring

All-new Harley-Davidson offers more power

The all-new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine, ninth in the lineage of the company’s iconic Big Twin engines, delivers more power and an improved motorcycling experience for riders, a company report said.

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Health & Environment

NMC Health H1 net profit up 48pc

NMC Health, a leading integrated private healthcare network operator in the UAE, today reported a net profit of $67.8 million for the six months ended June 30, an increase of 48.2 per cent year-on-year.

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Media & Promotion

Photobooth-ME launches 3 new products

Photobooth-ME, leaders in photobooths in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE has launched three new world-leading products and has trebled its photo/videobooth range due to demand.

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Education, HR & Training

Invita opens training centre in Bahrain

Invita Training Centre (ITC), an internationally accredited training services provider, was launched in Bahrain yesterday (August 23), reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. To read further, please visit

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Miscellaneous

Al Ain Water launches sodium-free bottled water

Al Ain Water, a major bottled water brand in the region, has expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of Al Ain Zero, a new sodium-free bottled water variant.

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