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  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Nov 4 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Oct 24- For other related diaries, please. COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presents 2015 budget in the parliament. SEOUL- South Korea's Central Bank Governor Lee Ju- yeol and Finance Minister Choi Kyung- hwan will appear before lawmakers.

  • *Dubai's retail investors return to the market. *Dana Gas jumps after collecting some cash in Egypt, Iraq. Dubai's index rose 0.6 percent on the back of lenders Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank, both of which reported strong profit growth and beat analysts' estimates on Wednesday.

  • *Airbus seen aiming for' A380neo' debut 2022-23. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 23- The case for developing new engines for a sales-boosting upgrade to Airbus's A380 passenger jet has been called into question by a partner in one of the planemaker's engine suppliers. A lean sales patch has increased pressure on Airbus to bow to the demands of its biggest customer- Dubai's...

  • *Gulf airlines using Italy as base for expansion. Italy is Europe's fourth largest travel market, one of the world's top tourist destinations and its thriving fashion and leather industry underpin demand for business travel. That is taking passengers away from Germany's Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France-KLM in Europe, and Delta Air Lines and American...

  • Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. Where cosmopolitan Beirut was once the region's best known city for going under the knife, turmoil in Syria and...

  • MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets rally further on solid Q3 results Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Qatar's Doha Bank disappoints investors. DUBAI, Oct 22- Most stock markets in the Middle East continued to recover from last week's sharp declines on Wednesday thanks to generally strong third-quarter earnings and a supportive global environment. Dubai's bourse rose 2.3 percent, largely on the back of lenders Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank, both of which...

  • CAIRO, Oct 21- Egypt is seeking billions of dollars in investment to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure as part of efforts to attract multinationals and restore growth after three years of political upheaval, the telecoms minister said. Atef Helmy said Egypt needs investment of $5- $6 billion to build broadband internet across the nation and some...

  • *Qatar, Saudi Arabia supported by solid Q3 results. DUBAI, Oct 21- Solid corporate earnings and rebounding global equities lifted most stock markets in the Middle East on Tuesday, while Saudi Arabia led the rally after stabilising oil prices provided additional support to its petrochemical stocks. European shares, which have largely set the direction for...

  • *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...

  • EU seeks $1.27 billion in Ebola aid for W. Africa Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG— The European Union committed itself Monday to step up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region. So far, the overall anti-Ebola total for the EU, including EU national contributions, stands at 500 million euros, with Britain contributing 160...

  • *Kuwaiti banks leaving financial crisis overhang behind. DUBAI, Oct 20- Commercial Bank of Kuwait, the Gulf state's fifth-largest lender by assets, has reached a string of debt settlements with clients that have helped to slash its non-performing loans, the bank's acting chief executive said. This has pressured Kuwait's banking sector over the last several...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1900 GMT / 3:00 PM ET Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    LONDON- A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial inspection of the euro zone's biggest banks show that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has had to shoot down countless pleas from banks and national supervisors for special treatment. STOCKHOLM/ OSLO/ COPENHAGEN- When it comes to...

  • *Dubai's Arabtec surges after promising Egypt deal soon. DUBAI, Oct 19- Most exchanges in the Middle East rebounded on Sunday after global stock markets recovered on Friday from a big sell-off triggered by worries about the impact of weak earnings reports on growth and businesses. Those worries had sent Middle East bourses tumbling, with Dubai's index down 13.6...

  • Rules vary about travel to countries hit by Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. No direct flights from the three affected countries to London's...

  • With seizures up, Indian gold smuggling loses its shine Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 17- Gold smuggling into India, the world's second-biggest consumer of the precious metal, is becoming more risky for couriers following a surge in seizures and less profitable for the gangs behind the practice. "Gold smuggling was highly profitable.... but now with the drop in premiums and tight security, legal imports are increasing," said Milind...

  • *Saudi Arabia tumbles ahead of National Commercial Bank IPO. DUBAI, Oct 16- Markets across the Middle East tumbled on Thursday as global equities and oil prices continued to decline, while Saudi Arabia's drop was magnified by investors selling to prepare for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares. "Lower oil prices shouldn't cause too many problems for the...

  • *Gulf of Oman port bids to become transhipment centre for region. Instead they can have goods delivered to a port in Oman, outside the Gulf, and bring them into the region by road. The cheeky advertisement has been posted by Sohar Port and Freezone, an ambitious facility on Oman's northern coast about 200 kilometres to the southeast of Dubai.

  • MSCI's emerging equity index slipped 0.9 percent after the previous day's 1 percent fall, sparked by a Wall Street rout and flight to safe-haven bonds after disappointing U.S. data reinforced worries about the global economy. Dubai's stock market fell 2.4 percent while Abu Dhabi's index slipped 2.1 percent and Qatar slid 1.4 percent. While central Europe is...

  • DUBAI, Oct 16- Saudi Arabia's main stock index plunged 5 percent on Thursday amid panic selling by retail investors, dragging down other stock markets in the Gulf. In response, Dubai's index tumbled 4.7 percent and Qatar lost 2.3 percent. Also, a $6 billion initial public offer of shares by state-owned National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia's largest lender, is due...

  • Falling oil prices shake up global economies Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The global price of oil closed at $84.47 per barrel Thursday, down about $31, or 27 percent, from its high point for the year. "The problem is that countries get accustomed to a certain level of income, and then spend," says Edward Chow, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Increased production in the U.S., Canada, Iraq and elsewhere made up...