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UK launches negotiations for free trade deal with GCC

The deal would add at least £1.6bn a year to the UK economy and support new jobs across key industries

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Bahrain’s Gulf Air begins services to Milan

The inaugural flight left Bahrain International Airport on June 1

Bahrain’s BBK appoints seven women to boards of group firms

The Bahraini women are among a growing number of females taking on leadership roles across the Gulf region

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OPEC+ ministers say pumping more oil won’t ease gasoline prices

Soaring demand ahead of the peak US driving season is sending refining margins to extraordinary heights

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UK to waive visa requirement for Saudi, Bahraini nationals from June 1

They will need to fill out an online visa waiver application which will be processed within 48 hours and at a cost of GBP30

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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to start new route to Manama

The new service represents the 22nd route for the carrier since the launch of its service from Abu Dhabi International Airport in July 2020

Oil exporters bagging $818bn windfall are cautioned by IMF

The IMF said it expects the bonanza “to improve fiscal and external balances” in a region that includes 13 exporters in total

Bahrain seizes on oil windfall to rebuild funds hit by pandemic

The country will put $2 into the Future Generations Reserve Fund for each barrel of crude sold at over $80

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Bahrain’s InvestCorp in exclusive talks to buy AC Milan

Investcorp, backed by Abu Dhabi sovereign fund Mubadala Investment Company, is in discussions with Elliott Management to buy the club for EUR1bn

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Bahrain’s King Hamad discuss cooperation ties

The two leaders stressed the importance of further developing trade and investment cooperation

Mideast asset manager Investcorp seeks cash for blockchain fund

The eLydian Lion fund will be based in Abu Dhabi

Citi to sell its consumer unit in Bahrain to Ahli United Bank

The transaction includes Citigroup’s retail-banking, credit-card and unsecured-lending businesses

Bahrain sees higher oil helping it beat budget balance target

The International Monetary Fund estimates Bahrain needs oil prices of around $107 a barrel to balance its budget

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Investcorp’s investments into European real estate portfolio climbs to EUR1.1bn

The investments were spread across 80 properties in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium

Bahrain’s Central Bank issues operating licence to Binance

Bahrain is the first GCC country to issue regulatory approvals to the blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets King of Bahrain in Abu Dhabi

The two leaders reportedly discussed ways to expand cooperation across all fronts

Bahrain to hire advisers for privatisation of state oil firms

Bahrain produces about 200,000 barrels a day

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Special report: The power of the GCC as a source market for global tourism

The size and monetary value of the outbound GCC tourism market were never in question – but what are its challenges, opportunities and key growth drivers in the foreseeable future?

Special report: How the GCC is poised to develop as a major destination market for global tourism

The region is building its infrastructure and programmes to transform into a major tourist destination over the next few decades

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Bahrain begins construction on United States Trade Zone

The USTZ will be initially spread across approximately 1.11 million sq m and built at a cost of around BHD75m

Bahrain scraps PCR testing, quarantine requirements on arrival

The directive will come into effect on Sunday, February 20, 2022

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The Middle East’s first large-scale NFT collection to launch in Dubai

The Bored Falcon initiative has been created and fuelled by a collective of artists across Dubai, Manama, Beirut, and Damascus

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Bahrain’s Investcorp acquires 64 industrial properties worth $640m in the US

The latest acquisitions grows Investcorp’s US industrial real estate holdings to approximately $3.5bn across approximately 32 million sq ft

Flooss, a new digital payment platform, launched in Bahrain

Mastercard has partnered with Payment International Enterprise to launch Flooss across Bahrain and the region

Why the CEO of CoinMENA thinks cryptocurrencies are the future of finance

Looking to invest in crypto assets? Talal Tabbaa advises starting small, paying attention to trends and adopting a long-term outlook

Oracle named as Red Bull Racing F1 title sponsor

The Formula 1 2022 season begins March 18-20 with the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in Bahrain

Bahrain’s GFH Financial Group reports net profit of $84.22m in 2021

The group’s net profit increased by 86.77 per cent over 2020, supported by diversification and an international investment portfolio

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Bahrain introduces permanent residency golden visas

Open to both residents and non-residents, as well as their families, the visa can be renewed indefinitely

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UAE-Bahrain nanosatellite Light-1 launched from International Space Station

The Light-1 CubeSat is the region’s first scientific mission to monitor and study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes from thunderstorms and lightning

Bahrain’s Al Waha Fund of Funds invests in $50m fintech fund

The VentureSouq MENA FinTech Fund will support fintech companies in Bahrain and across the region