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A star is born …

A star is born … Andrew Hammond A row has erupted in Egypt over who penned the anti-Israel lyric that has made a superstar of a previously little-known working class singer. Andrew Hammond reports from Cairo. Shaaban Abdel Rahim became the toast of the nation when his song I hate Israel and I love Amr […]

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Lebanon Imposes Food Laws

Lebanon Imposes Food Laws Robert Tuttle After months of bickering between farmers, food processors, food importers and various government ministries, Lebanon has imposed a range of new restrictions on food and agricultural imports, designed to shield Lebanon’s fragile but important agricultural sector from the threat of cheaper imported produce. The new food and agriculture measures […]

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Equity Culture Among Muslim Investors

Islamic Mutual Funds: Equity Culture Among Muslim Investors Moin A Siddiqi There is a strong desire to participate in Islamic equity funds among private investors and institutions in Muslim countries. Islamic mutual funds have high ‘orrelations’ with the Sharia (Islamic Law) principles of equity participation and the sharing of risks. As Professor J Presley of […]

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weeks of speculation ended in August when a company controlled by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai announced it was buying a Formula One racing team

Dubai buys Formula One team: weeks of speculation ended in August when a company controlled by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai announced it was buying a Formula One racing team Stephen Williams GRAND PRIX INVESTMENTS (GPI), a company controlled by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai, has acquired a controlling […]

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Ma’aden signs contract with Bechtel for feasibility study

Ma’aden signs contract with Bechtel for feasibility study * The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has signed a SR30m ($8m) contract with Bechtel to conduct a feasibility study on a $3.2bn project to set up a 1.4m ton capacity alumina refinery and a 620,000 ton capacity aluminum smelter plant. COPYRIGHT 2003 IC Publications Ltd. COPYRIGHT […]

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Mel Frykberg reports from the occupied territories

Hope on the horizon: Mel Frykberg reports from the occupied territories Mel Frykberg [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CERTAIN PALESTINIAN BUSINESS sectors IN THE WEST BANK HAVE STARTED TO SLOWLY recover. “I believe the country is on the right track and I feel very optimistic for the future,” Bassim Khoury, chairman of the Palestinian Federation of Industries in […]

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The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon Nadia Amin Nadia Amin reports on the tragic life and death of movie legend Soad Husni, Soad Husni was born in Cairo, on 26 January 1942. Nicknamed Egypt’s Cinderella she took her own life in London this summer solstice, 21 June, aged 59. One of the foremost Egyptian symbols […]

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The return of Roger Tamraz

The return of Roger Tamraz Lebanese Financier Roger Tamraz is out to put his famed midas touch to test in the wide expanse of former Soviet Union republic of Turkmenistan. After five years of avoiding the limelight, Tamraz has surfaced in Turkmenistan, owning oil and gas concessions reputedly worth $1.5bn and hot in pursuit of […]

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How Greek Science Passed To The Arabs

How Greek Science Passed To The Arabs Fred Rhodes By Delacy O’Leary published by Kegan Paul ISBN 0 7103 0747 0 price 75.00 [pounds sterling] hardback The history of science is one of knowledge being passed from community to community over thousands of years, and this is the classic account of the most influential of […]

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Keep it in the family

Keep it in the family Mohammed Aslam The UAE is helping to cut wedding costs and offering other financial incentives to encourage more Arab men to marry Arab women. The oil boom of the 1970s and 1980s brought an influx of foreigners and the number of exclusively Arab marriage declined. Now the government is trying […]