News from the MENA region

OPEC oil output rises in July on fragile Libyan rebound

Despite the increase, unrest in Africa and the Middle East is still weighing on supply

Alitalia said to present final proposal to Etihad on Thursday

Italy’s loss-making flag carrier aims to lock in an investment by the Abu Dhabi-based airline

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Kuwaiti students held by NYPD after cookers mistaken for bombs

Hotel doorman reportedly alerts police after spotting two pressure cookers in the back of a car

UAE to set up hospitality federation to develop skills

New organisation will provide hotels sector with training to international standards amid tourism boom

UK’s Premier Inn sets sights on Gulf economy hotel push

Senior exec says budget hotel brand is working on ‘several projects’ in Dubai to fill gap in regional market

Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks out as more than 1,000 Gazans die in 22 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants

French firm wins $268m supply deals for Qatar reservoirs

Saint Gobain PAM to supply pipes for five reservoirs being built to ensure emergency supply of drinking water

Akbar Al Baker’s double standards?

The Qatar Airways boss changes his tune depending on what hat he wears, says Ed Attwood

Spanish firm set to sue Qatar Foundation over health project

OHL says to take legal action after it was sacked as one of the contractors on $2.3bn Sidra Medical and Research Centre project

Dubai-set book nominated for Man Booker Prize

Joseph O’Neill’s The Dog set to be released on August 14; tells story of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai

Sharjah said to mandate banks for debut sukuk deal

Emirate appoints HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered to manage transaction – sources

UAE issues new law to crack down on shark finning

Ministry of Environment and Water takes tough line on hunting and trading of shark fins in the UAE

UN Security Council calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Council urges Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to call truce beyond holiday of Eid al-Fitr

UAE boosts Eid traffic patrols, issues driver guidelines

Ministry of Interior says traffic police patrols will be increased in all streets and roads during the busy period

Iraq picks new president

Iraqi parliament elects senior Kurdish politican as president, the second step towards forming a government

Saudi flight returns to airport due to cabin fire

Flight returns to Riyadh after 40 minutes following oven blaze occurred onboard

Palestinian dead in Gaza tops 1,000

The pause in Israel’s violence is the only tangible result so far to a halt in the hostilities

Geopolitical crises drag down German sentiment index

German business sentiment fell to its lowest level in nine months in July 2014, reflecting companies’ concerns about the crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza

Dubai’s Marmum Dairy Farm eyes big rise in juice exports

Dubai Investments unit plans to extend footprint of Raha juices to Oman and Qatar amid overseas push

Abu Dhabi ports see 37% increase in H1 cargo volumes

Commercial ports handle 6.4 million freight tonnes during the first six months of 2014

Japanese car giant appoints new chief to drive MidEast growth

Toyota hires Takayuki Yoshitsugu as car maker seeks ‘next phase of growth’ in region

Twelve-hour cease-fire takes effect between Israel, Gaza militants

Truce comes after Gaza Health Ministry says family was killed by Israeli tank shelling in southern Gaza Strip

UAE set to bring in new visas system to boost economy, tourism

New amendments to start in August; to include activation of multiple entry permits, study visas and permits for medical care

Indian IT major inks JV deal for Saudi Arabia

Tech Mahindra Ltd signs agreement with Midad Holding to boost services in Gulf kingdom

Pearl-Qatar developer posts 34% rise in Q2 net profit

United Development Company chief says confident that momentum will be continued in remainder of 2014

Rising fuel costs, unrest hits Jazeera Group H1 profits

Aviation firm posts 35% slump in net profit in first six months but still second best H1 figures

French car maker sees 33% rise in H1 Gulf sales

Renault says it sold nearly 8,000 vehicles in region, with Saudi Arabia named as the top market

Emirates REIT sees huge profit rise after NASDAQ listing

Shari’a compliant regulated real estate investment trust says net profit rose 194% in first half of 2014

Air Algerie flight crashes with 116 on board

Airbus A320 en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar over Gao, Mali

Dubai’s DP World says volumes up 10.7% in H1

One of the world’s biggest port operators sees performance boosted by new business at its London, Brazil facilities

Dubai’s Aramex posts 12% rise in Q2 net profit

Logistics firm says second quarter performance boosted by growing revenue in its core Gulf market

UAE’s RAK Bank says in talks to acquire RAK National Insurance

Majority stake deal would be a rare example of takeover attempt involving two public UAE firms

Dubai Int’l runway closure leads to 8.5% drop in June passengers

Operator Dubai Airports says first-half of 2014 still saw 6.2% rise in users despite 80-day closure

UAE sets up moon-sighting committee for Eid decision

Minister of Justice will chair committee responsible for confirming the first day of Eid Al Fitr

Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

US Secretary of State says ceasefire talks have made some progress but Israel continues to pound Gaza