Muscat: With Oman’s tourism sector witnessing a strong growth a new five star Intercontinental Hotel Golf Resort and Spa is set to open its doors in September 2018 and is likely to create 300 to 350 jobs in Oman.
17/05/2015 (Times of Oman – Oman): Speaking to Times of Oman, CEO and Chairman of Muscat Hills, His Highness Sayyid Al-Rawy Kais Al-Said that this for the first time a five star hotel is coming up on a non beach front. “The hotel will have 250 keys and will create around 300 to 350 jobs maintaining the Omanisation standard,” he said.The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will be awarded this year end and the construction work for the hotel will be completed in 24 months.For this, all investors signed the shareholder’s agreement on May 14, 2015. “The signing of the shareholders signifies a long standing relationship that will provide valuable input and oversight for the project,” he said. Muscat Golf Course Project LLC the major shareholder signed with all other shareholders namely Oman Investment Fund, National Bank of Oman and PACRIM…
17/05/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): Speaking at Istanbul’s Sultangazi Municipality Public Opening Ceremony on Saturday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commentated on the death sentence of 106 people including democratically elected ex-President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted after a bloody military coup headed by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.”Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death? Why isn’t the West taking a stand against the el-Sissi rule? They are just sitting back and watching the death sentence in Egypt,” said President Erdoğan in his speech.Reminding that Morsi was an elected president, taking 52 percent of the votes, Erdoğan said: “Unfortunately, Egypt has given a death sentence to an elected president with 52 percent of the votes…
17/05/2015 (Gulf Times – Qatar): Most of the migrants were Somalis and Ethiopians and included “pregnant women”, said Mohammed Abdelsalam al-Kuwiri, spokesman for a unit in the Tripoli-based government that combats illegal migration.He said they were arrested as they were getting ready to board boats in Tajura, east of the capital.An AFP photographer said dozens of migrants were taken by car to a detention centre in Tripoli.A migration squad official said the arrests coincided with the launch of an operation targeting people smugglers.The operation, run by the Tripoli-based government which is not recognised by the international community, calls for “coordination between various security services”, the official said.The government in Tripoli was created by the powerful Fajr Libya militia alliance last August during a power struggle with the internationally recognised administration now based in the east.Fajr Libya is one of several heavily armed militias that have been vying for power in Libya since the end of the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Jihadists from the Islamic State group have also gained a foothold in the oil-rich North African country, feeding on the political breakdown and lawlessness…
17/05/2015 (Anadolu Agency): Gaziantep’s municipality started work on a planned Turkey-Qatar international university for Syrian refugees, the mayor of Turkey’s southeastern province said Sunday.“The Embassy of Qatar has been conducting planning studies for the university,” Mayor Fatma Sahin told Anadolu Agency. “Our Minister of Education also recently asked for help in the allocation of land and we have been in consultation with Minister Nabi Avci and have identified several places.”Sahin added that the planned international joint-degree university will primarily serve Syrian refugees and will also expand scientific and technological cooperation between Turkey and Qatar. In October 2014, Sheikha Mozah, the Emir of Qatar’s mother, paid a visit to a tent city that shelters Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, along with Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan.Soon after, the two countries signed joint education projects for refugees. Last week, Avci met with Qatar’s ambassador to Turkey, Salem bin Mubarak Al-Shafi, and discussed the two countries’ joint education agreement…
17/05/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s unemployment rate fell slightly in the first quarter of 2015 to 12.8 percent from 13.4 percent in the same period the previous year, state-run statistics body CAPMAS announced on Sunday.The CAPMAS quarterly report attributed the minimal decline from the previous quarter when it stood at 12.9 percent to improvements in economic activities.Egypt’s economy is set to grow by at least four percent in 2014, up from just 2.1 percent in 2013, Planning Minister, Ashraf El-Araby, announced last week.Almost 65.6 percent of unemployed people were aged between 15 and 29, and more than 76 percent hold diplomas or university degrees.Urban unemployment fell to 16 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from 16.5 percent in the same period the previous year, while unemployment in the rural areas fell to 10.3 percent from 11 percent…
09/05/2015 (The Peninsula – Qatar): DOHA: The Qatar University’s Research Complex with 14 unique research centres was inaugurated by HE Ahmed Bin Amir Al-Humaidi, Minister of Environment recently. The state-of-the-art facility houses the Biomedical Research Center, Center for Advanced Materials, Environmental Studies Center, Gas Processing Center and Laboratory Animal Research Center. The development of the multi-million research complex is in line with QU’s growing stature as a leading research institution and its commitment to Qatar’s research priorities as evidenced by the university’s ambitious research road map featuring the priority areas of energy, environment and resource sustainability, social change and identity; population, health and wellness; and information, communication and technologies. The inauguration of the research complex was part of the annual QU Research Forum, and was attended by members of the university community, partners and researchers and included addresses by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, and guest speaker Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Prof Stacey Sorensen of Lund University, Sweden…
09/05/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called on the leaders of Turkey’s opposition parties to retire from politics in case of a defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections, which is scheduled for June 7.”Here I am making the call: Whoever loses the elections shall leave politics,” he told a campaign rally of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the southeastern province of Adıyaman on Friday.Davutoğlu’s resignation call came after leaders of three U.K. opposition parties-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage – resigned on Friday after suffering severe losses against PM David Cameron’s Conservative Party…
09/05/2015 (Arab News – KSA): Social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp are playing a big role in increasing the number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia. According to one report, more than 30,000 divorces take place in the Kingdom every year and 82 every day.The Justice Ministry reported 33,954 divorce cases in 2014. Makkah region accounted for the largest number of 9,954 cases while Jeddah topped among Saudi cities with 5,306 cases.Fadhil Al-Omani, a Saudi researcher, identified 10 main reasons for the increasing number of divorce cases in the country including the misuse of Internet and social media that triggers distrust, especially among new couples.Other reasons include a lack of understanding among the couple, cultural and educational differences, extramarital affairs and negligence of wives and husbands in carrying out their duties in addition to financial and family problems..
09/05/2015 (Arab News – KSA): The Ministry of Labor plans to create jobs for 8 million citizens over the next 20 years, with a special focus on women and young people under the age of 22, according to reports in the local media.The plan is based on the strategic program approved by a royal decree four years ago. It would take into account the increasing numbers of university graduates and holders of diploma degrees in health specialties.There would be a specific focus on employing women and young people. Units would be set up at labor offices across the country to provide guidance for women job seekers, which would include remote, part-time and full-time work.Units would also be set up for young people under the age of 22, to provide guidance and facilitate training. Companies would be urged to follow the training programs that Saudi Aramco has in place…