Month: December 2008

Bulgaria’s economy has growth of 7 percent in first quarter

Gross domestic product in Bulgaria grew by 7 percent in the first quarter of 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the National Statistics Institute. The country’s GDP in the first quarter stood at 13.5 billion leva. The growth was achieved mainly through a 7.7 percent expansion of industry… Read more »

Shopping Festivals to boost tourism in Dubai

Larger and more frequent shopping bonanzas may play a role in boosting tourism in Dubai , sources have said. Hoteliers, mall managers and tourism officials have been working together to develop an incentive package to encourage tourists to choose Dubai. The Dubai Shopping Festival in 2006/2007 attracted 3.5 million visitors, and it is believed that… Read more »

Healthcare initiative in Ras Al Khaimah

Elderly Emiratis in Ras Al Khaimah now have access to healthcare services from their own homes. Two specially trained teams will be available in Ras Al Khaimah to assist the elderly and provide them with the necessary healthcare. The Julfar Medical Centre is behind the programme that aims to provide better services to the elderly… Read more »

Turkey’s EU journey in the record books

Turkey’s journey to the European Union has already found its place in the union’s records under a title "The Case of Turkey." The Virtual Research Centre for Knowledge about Europe in Luxembourg has allocated a file for Turkey . The file introduces an article summarizing Turkey’s accession process that includes some cartoons depicting its winding… Read more »

Dubai receive ‘Best e-Government Initiative’ Award

The 'Best e-Government Initiative' Award at the Arabian Business Awards for 2008 was handed to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). Walid Akkawi, CEO of ITP, publisher of the Arabian Business Magazine said that, 'The specialized committees selected DNRD as one of the Arabian Business Awards winners after thorough examination to ensure its compliance… Read more »

Ras Al Khaimah housing initiative for Emiratis

The Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, who is also the President of the Saud Housing Programme and one of the board members of the Zayed Housing Programme in Ras Al Khaimah, said families in Ras Al Khaimah with old houses should register with housing programmes in the emirate in… Read more »

Turkey receives World Bank loan

The Turkish Treasury said on Wednesday that the World Bank will loan Turkey 342.8 million Euros for use in boosting job creation and structural reform. The loan is designed to support the programme of reforms implemented in Turkey since 2007. Ulrich Zachau, the World Bank's country director for Turkey, said, 'Turkey's programme aims to improve… Read more »

Dubai Duty Free launches commemorative book

Dubai Duty Free has launched a book written by Dubai based author Graeme Wilson to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Fly Buy Dubai was launched today at Magrudys’ Bookshop in Jumeirah. Dubai Duty Free managing director Colm McLoughlin said, “It has been a remarkable 25 years and our success is due in no small part to… Read more »