27/09/2014 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkey’s main opposition leader has said his party is against the Turkish military’s possible operations in neighboring countries.President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 26 gave the clearest signal yet of Turkey’s readiness to join a possible ground operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “Related countries are now planning a ground operation,” Erdoğan said, while mentioning Oct. 2 as the key date the Turkish Parliament is expected to vote on a new motion to expand the scope of motions authorizing the army to conduct cross-border operations into Iraq and Syria. “We will first check the content of the motions,” Republican People’s Party (CHP) leaderKemal Kılıçdaroğlu told reporters on Sept. 27 in Bolu’s Mengen town when asked about the possibility of the Turkish military getting involved in a ground operation in Syria and Iraq…
27/09/2014 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Even as the high-end iPhone 6 sold out within hours at most retail stores across the UAE post its midnight launch on September 27, Gitex Shopper this year is marking a ‘notable’ change in trend with customers demanding a more cost effective alternative to pricier smartphones.As the eight-day consumer electronics exhibition kicked off at the Dubai World Trade Centre, retailers are noticing a surge in demand for smartphones from China and other markets that are offering a ‘packaged product’ for prices below Dh549.Fuelling this price war further between low-end and high-end devices is the launch of several new brands introducing smartphones at the Gitex Shopper.Vishesh Bhatia, CEO of Jumbo Electronics said: “Over the last few years, the smartphones segment has been the biggest driver of sales for most retailers. While this trend is expected to continue this Shopper, what is putting up a tough fight are the new smartphones coming out of China…
27/09/2014 (Arab News – KSA): The Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen signed here this week a contract with three local companies to manufacture, supply and implement a feeder line project in the capital from the water tanks to three locations within the city at a total cost exceeding SR1.4 billion.Outlining the contracts, Al-Hussayen, who is also chairman of the National Water Desalination Company, said that a SR373 million contract for manufacturing and supplying iron pipes was awarded to a local company. This was in addition to another contract for SR1.03 billion for implementing the pipeline project.The project consists of three pipelines, of which two are 80 inches in diameter with a total length of 92.5 km., while the third pipeline measures 100 inches in diameter with a length of 41 km. These pipelines will connect the reservoirs at the highest point with the reservoir terminals. He noted that the implementation of the project will take 915 days for the B1 part and 1,095 days for the B2 part from the date of submitting the site to the contractors..
27/09/2014 (Al Arabiya – UAE): The United States launched a new wave of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants in Syria, marking a fifth consecutive day of aerial bombardment in the country, a defense official told Agence France Press Friday. “I can confirm U.S. air operations are ongoing in Syria,” a senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. The mission is now similar to U.S.-led air raids undertaken in Iraq, with “near continuous” combat flight operations over Syria, the official said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday’s air strikes targeted militants in the city of Homs, marking the first bombardment in an area under government control.Washington has been keen not to let Assad’s forces exploit the air campaign against ISIS to take the upper hand in the more than three-year-old civil war…
27/09/2014 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Starting today (Saturday), and for two days only, all open archaeological sites in Egypt can be visited for free.Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh El-Damaty told Ahram Online that the decision is the ministry’s way of marking World Tourism Day and an attempt to encourage Egyptians and foreigners who live in Egypt to know more about the country’s civilisation. It also, he added, reflects the country’s stable security condition. “Egypt is safe,” El-Damaty asserted.El-Damaty went on saying that in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, a number of cultural events are to be held, including musical concerts, folk dance performances and poetry recitals organized in Al-Muizz Street, Al-Suhaimy House in Old Cairo, Manial Palace, the garden of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, at the Abu Simbel temples and Qayetbay Citadel in Alexandria.Nashwa Gaber, head of the technical office, said that the documentary film department of the Ministry of Antiquities is to provide to the media documentaries on Egypt’s different archeological sites, aiming to raise cultural awareness of Egypt’s heritage and get foreigners more acquainted with Egypt’s civilisational history…
22/09/2014 (Today’s Zaman – Turkey): “Dreams can come true.” You must have either uttered or heard this sentence at least once in your life, though you may not truly believe it. But now it is high time that you experience how a dream is coming true in a museum overlooking the Bosporus.The museum is İstanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), which is currently home to the exhibition “Joan Miró — Women, Birds and Stars.” Apart from being a major showcase for the Catalan artist’s works, the exhibition is like a symphony where you can feel the visual music composed and conducted by Miró himself, making you feel as though in a dream.On display from Sept. 23 to Feb. 1, the show brings together a total of 125 paintings, lithographs, etchings and drawings as well as textile and ceramic works focusing on the artist’s later period, paying particular attention to the themes of women, birds and stars, as the title suggests. Inspired by the Mediterranean landscape and culture, Miro used these themes for a period spanning over four decades…
22/09/2014 (The Peninsula – Qatar): DOHA: The value of new infrastructure projects awarded in Qatar is expected to hit $26.2bn by the end of 2014. The value of new projects across the GCC is expected to surge 77.8 percent year-on-year to $86bn.Citing data released by leading Mena construction project tracker Ventures ONSITE, Global Investment House (GIH) noted in its second quarter of 2014 GCC Construction Contractors report that value of new projects in the UAE would rise significantly to $15.8bn in 2014 from less than $3bn in 2013. Small contributors in 2013, such as Kuwait and Bahrain, are expected to witness ten-fold and eight-fold jump in total value of projects to $3.5bn and $3.4bn, respectively, in 2014.Value of new projects undertaken in Oman is projected to increase 35 percent year-on-year to $7.4bn in 2014. However, the total value of new projects in Saudi Arabia declined 13 percent YoY to $29.3bn from that in 2013.The GIH note said profits of GCC contractors dropped 17.7 percent YoY to $42m in Q2, 14 from $51m in Q2, 13, the first decline in five quarters. Total value of projects awarded fell to $1.6bn in Q2, 14 from $2.9bn in Q2, 13, mainly due to a decline in the order receipt of UAE-based companies…