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Brands call for governance of Middle East’s vaping market

Leading e-cigarette and vaping brands are calling for more regulation to tackle counterfeits, youth vaping and the environmental impact in the Middle East.

Jacques Li and Lauren Huang from Elfbar told AGBI how these issues are affecting their business.

Watch the video to find out more.

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IMF lowers Saudi growth forecast over oil output cuts

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for economic growth in Saudi Arabia by almost an entire percentage point, as cuts in oil production continue to weigh heavily on the kingdom’s economy.  In its World Economic Outlook Update, the IMF reduced its forecast for Saudi GDP growth to 1.7 percent for this year, down […]

People, Person, Groupshot APQ CEO Ebubekir Koyuncu (sitting left) and Aramco acting senior vice president of new business development Mohanad M Alamdar at the signing ceremony

Saudi Aramco bolsters blue hydrogen portfolio 

Saudi Aramco has acquired a 50 percent stake in Jubail-based Blue Hydrogen Industrial Gases Company (BHIG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Products Qudra. No financial details were disclosed. The transaction, subject to standard closing conditions, includes options for the oil giant to offtake hydrogen and nitrogen.  The remaining 50 percent will be owned by APQ, […]

Egypt's SCA is seeking revenue of $9 billion from the Suez Canal operation in 2024/2025, 25 percent more than the previous year

Egypt to float Suez Canal subsidiary next year

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is planning to list Canal Mooring & Lights Company, a specialist in the mooring and unmooring of ships, on the local bourse, a news report said. The proposed listing will take place early next year, Bloomberg Ashraq reported, quoting SCA’s chairman Osama Rabie. In June 2023, the official confirmed the […]

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Near-space balloon flights to start from Abu Dhabi next year

European space exploration company Eos-X Space will begin operating balloon flights to the edge of space from Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of 2025, as it aims to gain a bigger stake in the $9 billion space tourism industry. The UAE capital will host the launch facility and spaceport, including a hotel complex on […]