Business briefing: 9 Dec 2013

Qatar’s non-oil sector set for growth, plus other news

Economics and Policy

Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.

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Qatar’s diversifying economy is set to reap rewards with the non-hydrocarbon sector predicted to be worth more than half of the country's GDP by 2015, according to the country’s biggest bank.

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Lebanon has launched a tender to import liquefied natural gas in a bid to cut the country’s energy costs by $2 billion per year, the caretaker energy and water minister has said.

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Companies and Business

Middle East carriers witnessed a stellar 14 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger traffic in October, much higher than the global average of 6.9 per cent, according to the latest report released by the International Air Transport Association.

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Football fans in the Gulf will be able to get a glimpse of the FIFA World Cup trophy when its official global tour stops off in the region this month.

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