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Business Middle East

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Oil fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $3.27 to $108.30 a barrel by 1454 GMT.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Dubai's bourse hit its highest level in five months, while Abu Dhabi's index ended at a fresh 14- month high, as confidence in the reviving local property market boosted real estate stocks.

  • KHASAB, Oman, Oct 3- The fibre-glass skiffs hurtle across the water at break-neck speed, skirting the rocky cliffs on the last leg of the perilous journey from Iran to the sleepy backwaters of Oman's Musandam peninsula.

  • CAIRO, Oct 3- A trickle of foreign donor aid looks like Egypt's best hope of averting a balance of payments crisis for now because many of the investors who fled the country last year are loath to return until the government seals a loan from the IMF.

  • *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore.

  • There were twice as many restaurant openings than closings in New York over the past year and diners still eat out three times per week-- the same number as in each of the past three years, according to the survey of 44,306 people, which will be released on Wednesday.

  • CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said on Wednesday that an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume negotiations on a loan sought by Egypt and that his government was still working on the key issue of how to reduce fuel subsidies.

  • INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Dubai's Emaar Properties will set up a new joint venture with the Iraqi government to develop housing in the war-torn country, Iraq's construction and housing minister said on Wednesday. Nine years after the United States invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, there are signs that foreign investment in the country is finally building momentum.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 3- Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Co expects to award a contract to double the capacity of a lubricants refinery in Yanbu this month, the company's spokesman said on Wednesday.

  • BEIRUT-- At least three explosions ripped through a house in a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two others, a senior Lebanese security official said. Soldiers and Hezbollah members cordoned off the area, blocking access to journalists.

  • NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. will give investors a first look at how the hotel industry weathered a tough summer when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes. Still, observers think Marriott will be able to keep its vow to improve earnings, because it's still been able to raise prices.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $2.11 to $109.46 a barrel by 1257 GMT.

  • The bank promoted Min-Lan Tan, who was most recently head of Singapore equities and research, to global head of macro strategy research. The asset manager named David Brunner as a regional sales manager within the UK third-party distribution team. The asset management business of Aviva Plc named Patrick Brien as chief executive of its Asia Pacific region.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Riot police clashed with demonstrators and foreign exchange dealers in Tehran on Wednesday over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said.

  • *Strong demand for deal; order books over $6 billion. DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, returned to global debt markets after two years with a $750 million Islamic bond sale on Wednesday, tapping into strong liquidity for regional issuers.

  • CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said on Wednesday that an International Monetary Fund team will come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume negotiations on a loan sought by Egypt. Egypt has been negotiating a $4.8 billion loan from the fund, but has indicated it may seek to increase that amount.

  • By Jason Hovet and Krisztina Than. PRAGUE/ BUDAPEST, Oct 3- The zloty jumped half a percent on Wednesday after the Polish central bank held interest rates, surprising analysts who had expected a cut to counter a slowdown in the region's largest economy.

  • BEIRUT-- A senior Lebanese security official says at least three explosions have ripped through a house in a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon. The official says the cause of Wednesday's blasts near the city of Baalbek was not immediately clear, and that there were no reports of any casualties. Baalbek is located in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon.

  • *Cityscape projects include $1 bln Taj Mahal replica. DUBAI, Oct 3- Developers unveiled billion-dollar projects and new high-end residential developments at Dubai's Cityscape property show this week, as optimism returned to the emirate's battered real estate sector.