*City seen as bastion of loyalty to Assad before uprising. *Businessmen hit by attacks, kidnapping, extortion. AMMAN, Oct 24- Top Syrian businessman Fares Shehabi says he lives in constant fear of being kidnapped by rebels fighting loyalist forces for control of his home city Aleppo.
DUBAI, Oct 24- Private equity firms in the Middle East are preparing to exit a range of investments, a sign that asset markets in the region are recovering from the twin blows of Arab Spring uprisings and the global financial crisis.
DUBAI/ ABU DHABI, Oct 24- An official document clarifying ultimate responsibility for new debt issuance by Abu Dhabi's government-related entities aims to eliminate any risk of a Dubai-style debt crisis in the emirate.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- In back-to-back Asian summits this month, Iran's president made sure to carve out special time to look east. At one gathering in Azerbaijan, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reminded the president of Kazakhstan about the vision of a railway linking the heart of Central Asia with Iran's warm ports.
GAZA- The Emir of Qatar embraced the Hamas leadership of Gaza on Tuesday with an official visit that broke the isolation of the Palestinian Islamist movement, to the dismay of Israel and rival, Western-backed Palestinian leaders.
*OPEC secretary general post comes up in 2013. LONDON/ DUBAI, Oct 23- OPEC remains in a stalemate over selecting its next secretary general, delegates to the producer group said on Tuesday after a two-day meeting, due to rivalry between four member-countries over its top administrative post.
A four-year boom in U.S. oil production is accelerating so fast it could help soon make the U.S. the world's top producer of oil and liquid hydrocarbons. The U.S. passed Russia this year, and is now second behind Saudi Arabia. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- The Dubai- based developer of the world's tallest building reported a nearly 5 percent drop in net profit Tuesday, citing a seasonal slowdown, but said the balance sheet for the year remained strong.
Civil unrest and conflict in Syria has spilt over into neighboring countries recently, but despite this the Middle East is very much a place for growth and a good place for investment opportunities according to Simon Williams, HSBC’s chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa.
HOUSTON-- Schlumberger's exposure to global markets separated it from the pack as the world's biggest oilfield service company posted a 10 percent jump in net income during the third quarter.
KASHAGAN OILFIELD, Kazakhstan-- The manmade islands that are home to Kazakhstan's mammoth Kashagan oilfield project rise like a mirage to the boats churning through the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. When surveyors confirmed in 2000 that Kazakhstan had a new supergiant oil reserve, the world's energy companies reacted with glee.
CUTTING THE LINES: Airport security needs a radical overhaul to avoid more disgruntled passengers, longer lines and overwhelmed terminals, airline executives said at a global aviation conference in Abu Dhabi.
"We simply can't cope with the expected volume of passengers with the way things are today," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airlines' trade group. Tyler spoke at an airlines conference held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
India's Essar Oil has offered its first November loading cargo which will make it the company's fifth diesel export in two years.
LONDON, Oct 12- European stocks were set to open slightly lower on Friday as expectations for a weak earnings season and lingering uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis kept investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 15 to 18 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent.
Porsche indicated 0.6 pct lower, Volkswagen 0.1 pct lower. The holding company of German carmaker Porsche has received a fresh lawsuit from the family of a deceased industrialist, linked to its 2008 attempt to take over Volkswagen.
*Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange. FACTORS TO WATCH* Infosys, India's no. 2 software services provider, will report September quarter earnings. *A committee, led by prime minister's Economic Advisory Council chief C. Rangarajan, will recommend lifting curbs on India's tightly controlled sugar sector.
SINGAPORE, Oct 12- U.S. crude rose towards $93 a barrel on Friday, supported by escalating tensions between Turkey and Syria and supply disruptions at North Sea oil fields. climbed 25 cents to $92.32 a barrel in early Asia trading, after gaining nearly a dollar the previous session.
*Aabar stake falls to zero from 3.07 pct on Oct. 5. FRANKFURT, Oct 11- Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund Aabar sold its remaining 3.07 percent stake in Daimler worth about 1.25 billion euros on Oct. 5, the German carmaker said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.
BAKU/ LONDON, Oct 11- Azerbaijan accused BP on Wednesday of making "false promises" on oil output and said the state had missed out on $8 billion of potential revenues from what is one of the company's biggest projects in the world.