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  • DUBAI, April 17- Amina al-Rustamani, a member of a prominent UAE family, raised eyebrows among friends and relatives when she started her career in Dubai 13 years ago as an electrical engineer, becoming one of few females in the Middle East to enter the profession.

  • WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh. WWE has an Arabic website and debuted live in the region in Egypt in 2012. Matches also have been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates since.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, April 9- Major Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons expects labour reforms to keep weighing on its bottom line for a few more years, but the situation will start improving in the second half of 2014, its chief executive said.

  • Second-in-line to Saudi throne denounces banks -media Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    DUBAI, April 9- The second-in-line to the Saudi Arabian throne has denounced banks in the kingdom, saying they are contributing too little to society compared to what they take, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead at where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • LONDON, March 15- New York has knocked London from its position as the world's leading global financial centre after seven years, according to the Global Financial Centres Index compiled by London- based consultancy Z/Yen.

  • Commodities Next Week: Ukraine drives gold     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to next week. Oil and nat gas were up slightly today, Gold hit a six-month high, but dropped after word came out Russia would not intervene in Ukraine.

  • Commodities Next Week: Jobs impact     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Crude was up after a stronger-than-expected jobs report; gold prices were weaker for the same reason; and natural gas was off slightly on the day.

  • Gulf's rift over Qatar may slow investment, reforms Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Qatar's wealth means it doesn't need GCC. DUBAI, March 5- A diplomatic split between Qatar and its wealthy Gulf neighbours may disrupt billions of dollars of investment in the region and slow efforts to make economies more efficient through trade and transport reforms.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • *Macroeconomic figures patchy, often unreliable across region. *Causes include secretive govts and firms, undeveloped tax systems.

  • Commodities Next Week: $7 nat gas?     Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Traders say $7 nat gas is not out of the question. Cold weather continues to stifle oil supply, and that's driving prices higher. And gold stayed steady on the day.

  • RIYADH, Feb 21- Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, perhaps the most powerful younger prince in the ruling al-Saud family, is shaping Riyadh's new emphasis on protecting the kingdom from a fresh wave of Islamist militancy inspired by the war in Syria.

  • PANAMA CITY/ MADRID, Feb 20- A Spanish-led consortium resumed expansion work on the Panama Canal on Thursday, raising hopes the two sides will finally draw a line under an acrimonious stand-off over massive cost overruns.

  • *Spain likely to help Sacyr get backing for loans. PANAMA CITY/ MADRID, Feb 20- A deal to resume work on the multibillion-dollar Panama Canal appeared in doubt on Thursday, just hours after an apparent breakthrough, in the latest twist in a protracted dispute over massive cost overruns.

  • *Spain likely to help Sacyr get backing for loans.

  • DUBAI, Feb 19- When Dubai's biggest property developer decided to change its chief executive last year, it did not inform the stock market for weeks. Index compilers MSCI and S&P Dow Jones are upgrading the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to emerging market status.

  • Commodities Next Week: Gold up again     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. There was a mixed session for crude today. Nat gas was down after there was some relief from the weather. And gold closed just about $1318.

  • Feb 13- Beverage cans maker Rexam Plc said it bought a 51 percent stake in Saudi Arabia's United Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier to The Coca-Cola Co, for $122 million as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets.

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