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    DIABETIC DANGER: The Dark Side of the Gulf’s Economic Boom

    Oil wealth has given Kuwait and nearby countries in the Gulf some of the highest per capita incomes in the world. But it has also created lifestyles - overeating, high-sugar diets, cushy jobs and heavy reliance on automobiles for transport - that are leading to an explosion of diabetes in the region

    July 7, 2012 5:38
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    EASING TENSION? Why Syria is reverting to socialist economic policies

    Many Syrians say economic liberalisation enriched oligarchs close to the Assad family. But the government's retreat from reform is worrying businessmen, who have long blamed public sector inefficiency, bureaucracy and rampant corruption for stifling the private sector.

    July 6, 2012 5:34
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    HIGH EXPECTATIONS? Saudis may be betting too much on mortgage law

    Saudi Arabian banking and real estate shares have surged since the government approved a long-awaited law allowing the development of a housing mortgage industry. But investors may be getting ahead of themselves.

    July 6, 2012 5:31

    ON TRACK? Bahrain’s economic reform

    Bahrain's ambitious economic reform programme is still on track, the head of the country's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat said this week, despite a year of turmoil in the Gulf Arab state as the monarchy tackles a pro-democracy protest movement.

    July 5, 2012 6:08
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    FALLING SHORT? Oman protests suggest jobs and reform pledges are not enough

    An official in the Oman Employment Committee, part of the Ministry of Manpower, said the government created 50,000 jobs but still sporadic protests have taken place since last year's unrest.

    July 5, 2012 5:28

    A FRESH NEW START? What the elections mean for the Libyan economy?

    The election is expected to lead to reforms and investors want to know what those policies will be. In May, the economy ministry issued a decree enabling foreign companies to set up joint ventures, branches and representative offices in most sectors, more easily.

    July 5, 2012 5:23

    UAE seeks stronger Egypt ties after Islamist win

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) called for stronger bilateral ties with Egypt on Tuesday following the swearing-in of the new Islamist president of the largest Arab nation.

    July 4, 2012 1:07