UN Arabic Language Day on December 18

Today December 18, is Qatar National Day. UN Arabic Language Day on December 18 is observed annually; it was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is “the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language:” Wikipedia. The National posted an article to mark the UN Arabic Language Day on December 18, Anna Zacharias, a former journalist at The National, tells us about her time in Oman. Tea and culture: my journey to learn Arabic in Oman Anna Zacharias December 15, 2016 Updated: December 16, 2016 Last year, I left work in the UAE to study Arabic full-time in Oman. After almost two decades in the Arabian Gulf, I decided it was time. When I first arrived from Canada at the age 13, Arabic wasn’t offered to me at school. I was told I was too old to learn the language and I should focus on GCSE French. I didn’t mind. I only planned to stay a couple of years in the Gulf. Years passed. I picked up what academics call Gulf Pidgin Arabic or “taxi Arabic”, a mish mash of Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi spoken by South Asian labourers, maids and shopkeepers. I had a smattering of Emirati words from majlis sessions but no grammar [. . .]

PREFERRING TO EXPLORE OMAN THIS HOLIDAY

MUSCATDAILY.com produced on November 23rd, 2016, this article written by Maryam Khan on the occasion of the country’s National Day on how the Omanis preferring to explore Oman this 4-day holiday despite or because of their current difficult times, do manage to take advantage of the natural beautiful spots of their country.
The same media reported that Oman budget shortfall crossed the US$11 mark and spending declined 8% and that the Oman Government’s total income fell 26% as net oil revenue dropped 42% and gas revenue 6%, whilst the country’s daily average oil output rise was 2.8% and total oil exports during the January-October period increased 4.2% to 268.7mn barrels in 2016 from 257.9mn barrels in the same period of 2015. Meanwhile, the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) 30 climbs 0.5% on hopes of an OPEC oil deal at their forthcoming meet in Vienne by end of this month . . .

Moody’s Investors Service in the GCC

According to Moody’s Investors Service in the GCC, after their rating actions on 26 GCC banks declared that “A combination of lower growth, higher debt levels and smaller domestic and external buffers leave the Kingdom less well positioned to weather future shocks.”  Reuters reported late last week that Saudi Arabia and two of its neighbours had their […]

One week in Saudi Arabia and in the US

The opening of the road between the 2 largest countries of the GCC for the first time ever, Saudi’s unprecedented budget shrinkage becoming more important and planning the issue of sovereign bonds together with possibility of doing away with petrol subsidies is now more certain whilst a Saudi – US gathering reviews the situation that presumably does not include consideration of the Syrian refugees’ plight.

Ooredoo worldwide

Ooredoo crosses 100 million subscribers worldwide with 6.5 million in Tunisia Published by MaghrebEmergent  http://www.maghrebemergent.com/ Thursday, 5 March 2015 Ooredoo announced having passed the threshold of 100 million subscribers in its operations worldwide.  According to figures published recently, the operator has achieved these results in the Middle East, North Africa with 6 million and a […]

The MENA region’s renewable energy great potential

The region has an abundance of solar and wind resources, and these are expected to attract a significant amount of investment once political stability is established and / or restored.  A review of each of the region’s countries is proposed : Algeria The country’s solar potential being of the greatest as Algeria has an abundance […]