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More than 90% of children in the Arab region have no access to preschool, kindergarten

More than 90 percent of children in the Arab region are not getting access to preschool and kindergarten-level education, Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the executive director of the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) Nasser Bakr Al-Qahtani said.
 
He said sustainable development goals could not be achieved without progress on five major agendas. These included early childhood, women’s empowerment, civil society, and open education for young people and young women.
 
 

“World’s largest book sale” comes to Middle East at giant hangar in Dubai

A gargantuan touring book sale that touts itself as the world’s largest is making its first stop in the Middle East, filling a huge hangar in Dubai with stacks of 3 million discounted books, open around the clock.
 
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, has since regularly toured Asian cities including Jakarta, Manila, Cebu, Colombo, Bangkok and Taipei. Organizers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai.
 
 

UAE tops economic rankings in the Middle East

Source : Al Arabiya / 08 Sep 2014

The United Arab Emirates landed at the top of Middle Eastern countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report, in one year jumping seven spots to 12th place globally and coming in ahead of Qatar, which took 16th place.

 

Petroleum producers ‘shift attention from Mideast’

By John Kemp / reuters / 19 Aug 2014

Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalisation and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East.

The countries around the Gulf and on the Arabian Peninsula still contain the greatest concentration of giant and super-giant fields anywhere in the world and have some of the most attractive oil and gas geology.

 

What are Mideast governments doing to combat Ebola?

By Paul Crompton / Al Arabiya / 18 Aug 2014

As the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus takes its toll in West Africa, killing more than 1,100 people this year, Middle Eastern governments and health authorities are introducing measures to prevent the disease spreading to their shores.

Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been hardest hit by the latest epidemic of Ebola, which the Geneva-based World Health Organization has claimed is the worst outbreak of its kind in four decades.

 

Middle East economies need to grow 6.5% in seven years to reduce unemployment

Source : Middle East Monitor / 11 Aug 2014

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region needs to grow at 6.5 per cent annually in order to provide 30 million jobs over seven years in the period between 2014 and 2020, so as to reduce the high unemployment rates in the region.

 

Executions rise worldwide in 2013

Source : AP / 19 Jul 2014

The number of executions worldwide rose last year despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition, according to a report released Friday by an Italian anti-death penalty group.

 

Fasting? Liven up Ramadan with delicious dishes from the Mideast

Source : Al Arabiya / 02 Jul 2014

With the holy month of Ramadan now upon us, different cultures around the world are cooking up their traditional Ramadan treats. Muslims who observe the month of Ramadan will abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset and break their fast with an array of delectable dishes.

 

ME investors to spend $180bn in real estate over next decade

Source : Saudi Gazette / 17 Jun 2014

Middle Eastern investors are expected to spend $180 billion in commercial real estate markets outside of their own region over the next decade, the latest research from global property advisor CBRE revealed.

 

Iraq insurgency threat pushes oil prices higher

Source : Euronews with Reuters / 16 Jun 2014

Oil prices have continued to rise on concerns that the Islamist rebel insurgency in Iraq could trigger civil war and eventually hit exports.

Brent crude was over $113 a barrelon Friday, having risen about $4 since the start of the week.

 
 

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