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  • DUBAI, Oct 2- Aldar Properties:. *Aldar Properties, Sorouh Real Estate says due diligence on potential merger ongoing- statement. *Abu Dhabi's Aldar, Sorouh say merger discussions at an advanced stage.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- U.S. crude eased closer to $92 a barrel on Tuesday, as concerns over the pace of economic recovery in the United States and the possibility of a recession in Europe weighed on investors. was down 14 cents at $92.34 a barrel by 2338 GMT, after settling up 29 cents at $92.48 on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iran's rial plunged against the U.S. dollar in open-market trade on Monday, taking its loss in value over the past week to more than a quarter in further evidence that Western sanctions are shattering the economy.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- For weeks, a manifesto complaining about Iran's stumbling economy circulated in secret among factories and workshops.

  • The report raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing "regret" over the issue. "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values," the company said.

  • By Dinesh Nair and Patrick Werr DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's Attijariwafabank have bid for BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks look to pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. launched a five-year, $650 million bond at 210 basis points over midswaps, arranging banks said on Monday. Citi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank are arranging the deal.

  • *Dubai lender ENBD and Morocco's Attijari among bidders. DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's AttijariWafabank have bid to buy BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • The report raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing "regret" over the issue. "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the IKEA Group values," the company said.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Russia's Gazprom Marketing and Trading has signed a legally binding agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to India's GAIL for 20 years, the companies said on Monday.

  • *Barwa is part-owned by Qatar Holding. DOHA/ DUBAI, Oct 1- Barwa Bank, a Qatari lender part-owned by Qatar Holding, plans an initial public offering on the Doha stock exchange and is being advised by local investment bank QInvest, Barwa's top executive said on Monday. Barwa Bank is 37.3- percent owned by Barwa Real Estate Co.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. FGB's existing 2017 maturity- a $500 million Islamic bond, or sukuk,- was yielding about 2.7 percent on Monday, according to Thomson Reuters data, at a z-spread of about 207.6 basis points. Benchmark-sized is understood to mean at least $500 million.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 1- Danish freight forwarder DSV. has agreed to buy Dubai- based Swift Freight, it said on Monday, with the aim of expanding in the Middle East and Africa.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. Citi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank. Reuters reported last week that the lender, the second biggest by market value in the United Arab Emirates, was eyeing a new bond sale.

  • Under new rules, announced in early April with a Sept. 30 deadline, any bank's lending to the governments of the seven-member UAE federation and related entities is capped at 100 percent of its capital base, while lending to a single borrower is curbed at 25 percent.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the cash-rich emirate's sovereign wealth fund, has hired Colm Lanigan to head principal investments at its private equities department, it said on Monday. Lanigan was most recently the managing partner of Tara Capital, a New York- based boutique private equity firm that he started in 2005..

  • KUWAIT, Oct 1- Banks in the United Arab Emirates will not be given an extension of the Sept. 30 deadline for them to limit their exposure to state-linked debt, a UAE central bank official said on Monday. Shamsi said the UAE central bank would deal on an individual, case-by-case basis with commercial banks on the issue of the deadline.

  • The prompt October/November spread climbed $1.25 to a backwardation of $10.25 a tonne, the highest in more than two weeks, according to Reuters data. Strong gasoline demand in the United States will see more naphtha being reformed into the transport fuel, instead of being sent to Asia.