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Wyndham Hotels plans 30% portfolio growth in the Middle East

Wyndham Hotels plans 30% portfolio growth in the Middle East

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the New York-listed hospitality company, expects to grow its portfolio of hotel rooms by 30 per cent by 2022 from 10,500 rooms today, to capitalise on rising demand in the mid-scale sector as travellers seek cheaper deals. “We always say ‘follow the planes’ as this is the best indicator of which […]

Gaza UNRWA workers go on strike to protest layoffs

Gaza UNRWA workers go on strike to protest layoffs

Agency serves nearly five million Palestinian refugees (Mohammed A Alhajjar/ MEE) GAZA CITY, Palestine – Thousands of workers went on strike in the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest US funding cuts for the UN Palestinian refugee agency, which have led to the dismissal of hundreds of its staff members in the besieged enclave. Earlier […]

Philippines posts 15 percent drop in cash remittance from Middle East

Philippines posts 15 percent drop in cash remittance from Middle East

MANILA: Cash remittance from Filipino workers (OFW), particularly those in the Middle East, saw a steep decline from January to July this year, figures from the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) show.A lawmaker noted that even the lifting of the ban on deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait last May failed to stop the remittance plunge.Based […]

As time runs out for traditional customer acquisition by banks, digital onboarding comes of age

As time runs out for traditional customer acquisition by banks, digital onboarding comes of age

Banks can treat onboarding as a process digitization project, or a module to implement as part their digital banking platform. However that would be wasting the potential of one of the most strategic digital banking initiatives possible. Research has consistently shown that customer experience in financial services is leagues behind other verticals that consumers regularly […]

For Palestinians, Jewish holidays mean uncertainty, closed roads and lost income

For Palestinians, Jewish holidays mean uncertainty, closed roads and lost income

Palestinian youths play on empty East Jerusalem roads as Jews mark Yom Kippur (AFP) QALANDIYA, Occupied West Bank – Every year, the Jewish high holiday season marks a time when many in Israel turn to God – but for Palestinians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, it is a time of confusion, amid further […]

Behind the scenes of the Turkey-Russia Idlib deal

Behind the scenes of the Turkey-Russia Idlib deal

Putin and Erdogan met in Sochi on 17 September ten days after their trilateral summit in Tehran with Iranian president Rouhani. (Reuters) A deal to prevent a Syrian government assault on Idlib, the last rebel-held province, has been hailed by all sides in the conflict for averting catastrophe for the local population of 3 million. […]

Trump on Twitter (Sept. 20) – North Korea, Middle East, OPEC

Trump on Twitter (Sept. 20) – North Korea, Middle East, OPEC

The following statements were posted to the verified personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House, to travel to Nevada for a campaign rally, in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. […]

Rita Ora performs live at Esquire Middle East 100 party in Dubai

Rita Ora performs live at Esquire Middle East 100 party in Dubai

British singer and actress Rita Ora performed live at the Esquire Middle East 100 party on Wednesday September 19 at the iconic Dubai Opera. The superstar stunned the audience with four live songs as the crowd celebrated the magazine’s 100th issue at renowned restaurant and rooftop terrace Sean Connolly, with the celebrity chef flying into […]

Here are the Oscar contenders from the Middle East

Here are the Oscar contenders from the Middle East

With Monday night’s Emmys already in the bag, the annual award season is underway, and while October 1 is the deadline for nominations for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, the nominations from the region are already flowing in. Sadly, the Gulf states have so far not nominated a film – countries are […]

Trump shifts refugee focus away from Middle East and Africa

Trump shifts refugee focus away from Middle East and Africa

The Trump administration intends to set the refugee ceiling at 30,000 in fiscal year 2019, down from an already-historic low of 45,000 this year. When President Donald Trump entered office the ceiling exceeded 100,000. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo President Donald Trump’s refugee plan for the coming fiscal year would nearly halve the number of refugees […]

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