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SAP announces four-year US $450 million additional spend in MENA

More than 500 new SAP jobs to be created, consultant capability to triple DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 12, 2012 SAP AG SAP +0.43% today announced a four-year plan worth US $450 million (AED1.65 billion) to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The decision highlights the region as a fast-growth market …

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Amadeus receives 2012 Air Transport News award as Best IT Company

  The ATN Global Awards recognise the companies that contribute most to the industry. Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2012 – Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, was given the 2012 Air Transport News award as Best IT Company of the year during the official ceremony held in Athens …

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Investors eye UAE prospects as hotel revenues soar

  UAE spends heavily on transport infrastructure to support tourism sector – GDP contribution set to reach US$19.9 billion this year Top industry executives and officials will head to the annual Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2012 (AHIC), which takes place in Dubai on 28-30 April at Madinat Jumeirah, to discuss investment opportunities in the Gulf where governments are ploughing billions …

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India to boost science collaboration with Africa

[NEW DELHI] India and Africa have agreed to boost scientific collaboration at a high-level meeting of science ministers from both countries. At talks in Delhi last week (2 March), the ministers identified four areas for closer ties: capacity building; science, technology and innovation for development; knowledge transfer and adoption; and identifying common research priorities for the future. They agreed to set up a range of collaborative strategies including …

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Royal Jordanian celebrates International Women’s Day

The Women Committee of the General Union of Air Transport and Tourism celebrated women’s day with Royal Jordanian women employees in the presence of airline’s President/CEO Hussein Dabbas. At the ceremony, Dabbas said that the International Women’s Day is a landmark in the working women’s long march to emancipation. He expressed appreciation for the women’s active role and positive inputs …

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Qatar is investing $125 billion on construction & energy projects

10 Smart cities projects already underway The Qatari government driven by its Vision 2030 plan, has committed over US$140 billion for investment, infrastructure and expansion in a wide range of sectors, including energy, health, education, transport, infrastructure and tourism.  The government recently announced a US$125bn spending plan for construction and energy projects. This includes spending for the 2022 World Cup …

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Morocco: Japan pledge 300 million yen for provision of industrial projects

Japan / Meeting between Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs and H.E. Dr. Saad Dine El Otmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco TOKYO, Japan, March 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Monday, March 5, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Saad Dine El Otmani, Minister …

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Saudi Arabia: Potato and plantain batteries show promise

A simple battery powered by potatoes may soon become a reality as scientists in developing countries move closer to commercialising their research. The idea of batteries made out of vegetable matter sandwiched between zinc and copper plates is being trialled by several groups around the world, including Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Suliman Abdalla, professor of physics at King Abdulaziz …

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ManageEngine Middle East User Conference 2012

United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced the opening of its first user conference and training event in the Middle East. Bringing ManageEngine users from around the region together with the company’s product management teams and industry experts, the Middle East User Conference and Training creates a forum to discuss the state of real-time IT and to showcase …

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World Bank Announces Broadband Connectivity Initiative for Middle East and North Africa

The World Bank launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing utilities’ fiber optic networks into broadband use. The Bank also announced a new focus on citizen participation in the creation of information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions to development problems, building on the success of the Cairo WaterHackathon. …

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