• *Kuwait says moving ahead with privatisation programme. *Partial deregulation, financing schemes in Saudi, UAE. DUBAI, Oct 26- Kuwait's privately owned Jazeera Airways is preparing to bid for a big stake in state-run flag carrier Kuwait Airways, Jazeera's chairman told Reuters.

  • *UAE, Qatar change direction as Western markets dip. DUBAI, Oct 20- Most Middle Eastern stock markets fell on Monday as a rebound by global equities turned out to be short-lived, but Saudi Arabia's bourse rose after a string of strong quarterly earnings. Stock indexes in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar rose in early trade but quickly gave up all their gains after...

  • ROME, Oct 15- India has until next Tuesday to support a global trade deal struck last year or risk being left out of the agreement to ease worldwide customs rules, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Wednesday. India in July blocked what would have been the first global trade reform in two decades, which according to some estimates would add $1 trillion and 21...

  • Retail consultancy Verdict predicts the global sector should return to growth in 2014 and expand by 22 percent to about $450 billion by 2019. The recovery will be driven by expansion in emerging markets, with China set to account for 30 percent of total spend five years from now. Pioneered in France, Britain and the United States from around the 1840 s by...

  • Oil heads to bear market as Saudis signal price war Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Workers at an oil facility near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Oil could continue its deep slide, under new pressure from Saudi Arabia's decision to cut its selling price rather than cut production.

  • Airbus says in final stages of A320neo ground tests Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 16- Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. Airbus is sticking to its target for a first flight in the third quarter, or by the end of September, the spokesman said.

  • US Soccer chief (an economist) wants big changes Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 PM ET
    FIFA President Joseph S Blatter presents Qatar for the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    The top soccer official in the U.S. wants to change the way FIFA, soccer's world governing body, does business.

  • Heat’s off Qatar World Cup workers after reforms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    Qatar has introduced reforms aimed at its migrant workforce following criticism of conditions at its sites for the 2022 World Cup.

  • Possible Gaza sticking point: Hamas' payroll Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Israeli soldiers ride on an armored personnel carrier outside the Gaza Strip.

    Before fighting in Gaza can end, Hamas may need to address a problem—its payroll.

  • Qatar needs to fully address criticisms: Pro  Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 11:42 PM ET

    James Dorsey, Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, discusses whether corruption and labor abuse claims could cost Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup.

  • Qatar central bank: Don't worry about overheating  Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 AM ET

    Khalid Al Khater, Director, Department of Research and Monetary Policy at Qatar Central Bank, outlines how the government has taken steps to contain overheating in its economy.

  • Qatar has 'huge financial stability': CEO  Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank, says Qatar has a history of financial stability with solid underlying economic fundamentals, and discusses the World Cup corruption allegations.

  • Will Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?  Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    Kevin Carpenter, sports lawyer at Hill Dickinson, discusses the latest corruption allegations regarding Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid and the different options available to FIFA.

  • Qatar World Cup: Heat caused deaths before  Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Mel Goldberg, solicitor at Mel Goldberg Law, discusses the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the FIFA investigation into corruption allegations.

  • Can Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?  Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    Jonathan Taylor, U.K. partner at Bird & Bird, talks about the investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding the 2022 World Cup bidding process.

  • Qatar Airways: Expect Airbus delivery in December  Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    Qatar Airways will be expecting its first Airbus A350 delivery this year. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah speaks to CEO Akbar Al Baker on the airline's fleet expansion plans.

  • Workers at ‘extreme risk’ in World Cup host Qatar Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    World Cup host Qatar has been downgraded to "extreme risk" for working conditions, following multiple deaths at its sporting construction sites.

  • Could 2014 be the year for sukuk bonds? Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Islamic bond issues could hit record levels this year, Fitch said on Thursday — the same day as Qatar launched a $3 billion issue of "sukuks".

  • State does not finance Qatar Airways: CEO  Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, explains that the group's financing does not come from the government but from its cash flow and its international lenders.

  • Qatar World Cup bribery claims examined  Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 4:40 AM ET

    Mel Goldberg, senior partner at Mel Goldberg Law, discusses FIFA's investigation on corruption and bribery claims regarding Qatar's successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022.