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Iran to Construct 3000 New Small-Scale Solar Plants in Rural Areas

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Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Sadeghzadeh said 3000 new small-scale solar plants are going to be constructed in the country’s underprivileged and rural areas by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2019), IRNA reported.

Sadeghzadeh, who is the Head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) noted that 2000 small-scale solar plants are currently operating in the country’s rural areas and with ne new plants constructed the number will reach 5000 by yearend.

The electricity generated from the renewable sources will reach 1000 megawatts by March 2019. (Shutterstock)

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Jordan’s Decision to Reduce Sales Tax on Commodities Criticised as an Effective

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The government’s recent decision to reduce sales tax on 61 commodities has drawn mixed reactions, with critics describing it as “ineffective” as it does not include most essential items, experts said.

Last Wednesday, the Cabinet decided to slash the general sales tax on 61 commodities down to 4 per cent from 10 and 16 per cent.

A statement by the Prime Ministry said that the move was meant to ease economic hardships on citizens and help balance the tax burdens.

The Cabinet decided to slash the general sales tax on 61 commodities down to 4 per cent from 10 and 16 per cent. (Shutterstock)

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Rise in Public Spending to Boost GCC Economic Growth

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GCC countries are expected to grow by 2.3 per cent in 2019 and 2.6 per cent in 2020, from an estimated 2.4 per cent in 2018, driven by increased public spending and various measures to stimulate private sector, according to National Bank of Kuwait.

In its Mena Outlook Report, the bank’s economists said the region’s positive economic growth is backed by expansive public spending and private sector stimulus, leading regional governments to continue their infrastructure and development projects, with Saudi Arabia’s record budget of SR1.1 trillion.

Economists believe the UAE economy to perform better than most expect over the coming years. (Shutterstock)

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Tunisia’s Workers Strike Demanding Higher Pay

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Most businesses and public services came to a halt on Thursday with some 700,000 civil servants observing a nationwide strike demanding payments’ hike.

Witnesses said operations at Carthage International Airport stopped, with large numbers of passengers packing the terminal halls, many having failed to board departing aircraft.

Some 700,000 civil servants observing a nationwide strike demanding payments' hike. (KUNA)

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Dubai Route 2020 Trials Marked Successful

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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the successful trials for the automated fare collection gates which will be installed in Route 2020, the Dubai Metro extension project.

The RTA has verified the functionality of Automated Fare Collection (AFC) Gates as well as Central System Software of Route 2020 Perfect.

The Dubai RTA has collaborated with big global firms for the extension of Dubai Metro Red Line up to the site of Expo 2020, which will kick off in last quarter of 2020.

The Dubai RTA has collaborated with big global firms for the extension of Dubai Metro Red Line up to the site of Expo 2020. (File/Photo)

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Your Smartphone Battery Will Live Longer With These 10 Tips

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Smartphones have come a long way over the last few years when it comes to design, camera, or even processing power. However, we have not seen much breakthroughs when it comes to battery technology –which is critical today given that handsets come packed with mammoth sized displays, multiple sensors, and faster processors that take a toll on battery life.

While a number of smartphone makers offer ‘Fast charging’ and ‘Power modes’ to deal with the situation, a concrete solution is still nowhere to be seen.

While a number of smartphone makers offer 'Fast charging' and 'Power modes' to deal with the situation, a concrete solution is still nowhere to be seen. (Shutterstock)

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Lebanese Youth Protests Demanding Economic Change

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University and youth union members gathered Thursday evening on the steps of the National Museum to protest the current economic situation, which said was failing Lebanon’s youth.

The Lebanese Communist Party coordinated the protest, with 11 university societies and youth unions participating under the banner “The National Student Movement.”

Between 50 and 100 students participated in the demonstration, holding signs protesting the cost of education and lack of job opportunities. (Shutterstock)

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Chinese Contractor to Deliver 6,000 Housing Units in Kuwait

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Minister of Housing and Public Works, Jenan Bushehri recently met with the contractor and agent of the Chinese company involved in the implementation of the second contract containing 18,519 housing units in the presence of the general manager of the Chinese company who came to the country to commission the parent company to make the necessary commitments to deliver the work of the project on time, reports Al- Qabas daily.

According to the agreement signed with the housing authority, anticipating the total number of housing units will be between 5,000 to 6,000. (Shutterstock)

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From Solar Boats to Electric Buses, UAE Diversifying Its Eco-Friendly Transportation Means

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Want to take a trip to the future using eco-friendly transportation? In the UAE, you can enjoy a ride on a solar-powered abra on Dubai Creek, or hop on an electric bus in the capital. 

While Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is shining a light on big renewable energy projects, some more practical uses are already underway in the UAE, serving as a taster of the ground-breaking initiatives the Gulf is expected to witness as it moves toward a sustainable future.

The world’s largest concentrated solar plant is due to be completed by 2021 near Dubai and is expected to have a 1,000-MW capacity. (Arab News)

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Abu Dhabi Hyperloop, a Dream Costing up to $40 Million per Kilometre

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The world’s first commercial hyperloop system, which is set to open in Abu Dhabi in 2020, will cost “between $20 million to $40 million per kilometre,” Bibop Gresta, Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, has revealed.

In an exclusive interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Gresta announced that Abu Dhabi’s Hyperloop capsule has left the assembly facility in Spain to Toulouse, France, where it will be tested and optimised, adding that this first-of-its-kind project in the world “can recoup the investment in 8 to 15 years”.

It's a dream set to come true in the UAE by 2020. (Shutterstock)

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