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  • *151 founders include top UAE businessmen. DUBAI, Sept 25- Shares in Dubai retailing and restaurants group Marka jumped 77 percent upon listing on Thursday in the first flotation on the emirate's main stock market since 2009..

  • DUBAI, Sept 25- Shares in Dubai retailing and restaurants group Marka jumped 77 percent upon listing on Thursday in the first flotation on the emirate's main stock market since 2009..

  • *Big infrastructure projects pushing up spending. DUBAI, Sept 24- Saudi Arabia's state finances could fall into the red next year and the country could start running down its huge foreign reserves if it does not rein in the growth of government spending, the International Monetary Fund said.

  • BlackBerry showed off the new device at events in Toronto, London and Dubai. The smartphone, which has a large touchscreen and a modified version of the company's well-known keyboard, comes to market as the phones of BlackBerry's rivals all converge on a tall, rectangular profile.

  • UPDATE 1-EU plans for Iran gas imports if sanctions go Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    *Iran has world's second biggest gas reserves. LONDON, Sept 24- The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier.

  • EU plans for Iran gas imports if sanctions go Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    *Iran has world's second biggest gas reserves. LONDON, Sept 24- The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier.

  • BlackBerry set to launch Passport amid turnaround Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    BlackBerry is set to launch an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport, as it embarks on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround.

  • TORONTO, Sept 24- BlackBerry is set to launch an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it embarks on potentially the most critical phase of its long turnaround. "BlackBerry is still fighting for survival.

  • DUBAI, Sept 22- An economic rebound has catapulted house prices and rents in Dubai to Manhattan- like peaks, the Gulf emirate's top property website says, forcing increasing numbers of residents to move to its cheaper outskirts or even to consider returning home abroad.

  • The next Alibaba could come from the Middle East Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The market is fixed on Alibaba's IPO, but there's another emerging middle class creating an e-commerce giant—and in the land of Ali Baba.

  • DUBAI, Sept 18- Falling oil prices may prove the best medicine for economies in the Arab world, rebalancing growth towards countries struggling to recover from the Arab Spring uprisings without doing major damage to the oil exporters of the Gulf.

  • *Size $500 mln; order book about $1.5 billion. DUBAI, Sept 16- Goldman Sachs raised $500 million with its debut sale of Islamic bonds on Tuesday, becoming the first conventional U.S. bank to issue sukuk as Islamic finance develops beyond its traditional homes in the Middle East and southeast Asia.

  • DUBAI, Sept 16- The opening of Saudi Arabia's stock market to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth in the kingdom, which has lagged the region in the past few years.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • *Gulf better able to handle U.S. rate hikes than most regions. *Bahrain and Oman budgets, Dubai property market may be losers.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • *To list shares in Dubai on Oct. 2. DUBAI, Sept 14- Dubai's Emaar Properties is seeking to raise as much as 5.8 billion dirhams from an initial public offer of shares in its shopping malls unit that is expected to be the Gulf's biggest stock sale since 2008..

  • *SocGen, BTMU, Goldman set up sukuk programmes since June. Sept 14- Islamic bond programmes from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance, helping open the market to first-time issuers while testing the banks' ability to win over industry purists.

  • DUBAI, Sept 13- Dubai retailing and restaurants group Marka will list its shares on the Dubai Financial Market on Sept. 25 in the market's first flotation for five years, the company said on Saturday.