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Kuwait travelers exhibit high future travel optimism

Posted by on 30/07/2015
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Kuwait travelers exhibit high future travel optimism

Kuwait travelers exhibit high future travel optimism

KUWAIT: Future travel optimism among Kuwaiti travelers is high in the Middle East and Africa region, according to the latest Global Travel Intentions Study 2015 launched by Visa (NYSE:V), the global payments technology company. 91% of travelers from Kuwait plan to travel over the next year. This optimism is reflected largely by the Millennial generation […]

Kuwait readies sukuk laws as budget deficit hits $9bn

Kuwait readies sukuk laws as budget deficit hits $9bn

Posted by on 29/07/2015
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Kuwait readies sukuk laws as budget deficit hits $9bn

KUWAIT: Kuwait is preparing legislation to facilitate issues of Islamic bonds by the government as it assesses options to finance a big budget deficit caused by low oil prices, Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh said yesterday. “It is among the priorities of the government,” Saleh said of the sukuk legislation. He was speaking via Twitter in […]

$11.5bn contracts awarded for Zour

$11.5bn contracts awarded for Zour

Posted by on 29/07/2015
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$11.5bn contracts awarded for Zour

KUWAIT: National Petroleum Co said it awarded four contracts worth $11.5 billion (10.5 billion euros) to international consortia yesterday to build a 615,000 barrel per day refinery. A $4.25 billion contract for the main manufacturing units went to Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, China’s Sinopec Engineering and South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp, spokesman Khaled Al-Assoussi […]

Gold loses traction, closes 5-1/2 year low

Gold loses traction, closes 5-1/2 year low

Posted by on 28/07/2015
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Gold loses traction, closes 5-1/2 year low

LONDON: Gold lost ground yesterday, moving closer to last week’s 5-1/2 year lows below $1,100 per ounce, with expectations for a near-term US interest rate hike seen keeping momentum firmly with the bears. While the market has been fixated on US monetary policy, traders said further selling yesterday may have come on the back of […]

Wall St slumps after China stocks stumble – Dow hits lowest level in five months

Posted by on 28/07/2015
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Wall St slumps after China stocks stumble – Dow hits lowest level in five months

Wall St slumps after China stocks stumble – Dow hits lowest level in five months

NEW YORK: Wall Street began the week in the red yesterday and fell sharply on concerns about China’s slowing growth in the wake of the biggest drop in Shanghai shares in eight years. China’s top securities regulator, China Securities Regulatory Commission, said yesterday that Beijing would continue to buy shares to stabilize the stock market. […]

Oil prices retreat as Opec production hits new highs – NBK Economic Report

Posted by on 28/07/2015
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Oil prices retreat as Opec production hits new highs – NBK Economic Report

Oil prices retreat as Opec production hits new highs – NBK Economic Report

KUWAIT: International oil prices retreated in June as OPEC continues to ramp up production, putting pressure on prices. Although oil prices were jittery ahead of the deadline for a final agreement over Iran’s nuclear program as well as the unfolding of the Greek debt crisis, dated Brent, the international benchmark retreated to $60.65/bbl. It was […]

Ooredoo announces partnership with Huawei

Posted by on 28/07/2015
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Ooredoo announces partnership with Huawei

Ooredoo announces partnership with Huawei

KUWAIT: Ooredoo Kuwait, a member of the international Ooredoo Group, announced its partnership with the leading company Huawei. The partnership will bring together an elite team of global Huawei consultants and engineers to support Ooredoo in providing ubiquitous connectivity to its local customers while guaranteeing an exceptional user experience for all. The agreement underscores the […]

Gulf Insurance Group reports 23.4% net profit growth for H1

Posted by on 28/07/2015
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Gulf Insurance Group reports 23.4% net profit growth for H1

Gulf Insurance Group reports 23.4% net profit growth for H1

KUWAIT: Gulf Insurance Group (gig) announced a net profit of KD 7.5 million (US$ 24.8 million) for the first six months of 2015, compared to KD 6.1 million (US$ 20.1 million) for the corresponding period in 2014, representing a double digit growth of 23.4%, with Earnings Per Share (EPS) at 41.75fils. In the second quarter […]

FDI in Arab states fell 8% last year

FDI in Arab states fell 8% last year

Posted by on 27/07/2015
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FDI in Arab states fell 8% last year

KUWAIT: Foreign direct investment into Arab states dropped 8.0 percent last year with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia accounting for close to half the total fall, a report said yesterday. Arab states attracted FDI worth $43.9 billion in 2014 compared with $47.5 billion the previous year, the Kuwait-based Arab Investment and Export Credit […]

Greece pushes for quick cash injection – Debt problem to keep Greek banks in months-long freeze

Posted by on 27/07/2015
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Ooredoo posts KD 359.1m revenue for H1 of 2015

Posted by on 27/07/2015
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Ooredoo posts KD 359.1m revenue for H1 of 2015

Ooredoo posts KD 359.1m revenue for H1 of 2015

KUWAIT: National Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C.P – NMTC (Ooredoo) yesterday announced its financial results for the first half of 2015: Financial highlights * Total customer base increased to 24.0 million at the close of H1 2015, versus 21.6 million for the same period in 2014, amounting to growth of 11.3%. * Revenues for H1 of […]

Warba Bank invests in US real estate

Posted by on 27/07/2015
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Warba Bank invests in US real estate

Warba Bank invests in US real estate

KUWAIT: Warba Bank has announced investing in a real estate in New York state in the US, consisting of nine floors with 85 residential units stretching over 18,000 square feet. The process was made through a fund where the bank is a main investor, Warba said in a statement yesterday, adding that the real estate […]