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Gulf Broadcast now does video!

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Shameless plug warning! Based on the wealth of experience gained over the last 16 years in consulting, supplying and providing services to regional and international radio and television stations and high-end production companies, we at Gulf Broadcast are proud to announce that we have now joined this illustrious group of luminaries by adding a media production capability to our repertoire of services. We specialise in the production of documentary, promotional, instructional, and advertising videos for industrial …

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Improving the Investors’ Centre

The idea of having most of the relevant government ministries or their representatives in one location where an investor might go to register a company to establish a business in Bahrain is a fantastic step. One no longer has to spend days driving from one ministry to another to get a transaction done, now all one has to do is drive to the Seef Mall, pick a number and then go from one cubicle to another …

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Mickey & Minnie coming to Bahrain!

Al-Waqt was the only paper this morning to carry the story that Disney World might be coming to Bahrain, and a collection of investors including Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Finance House and a collection of Bahraini companies and investors putting up 3 billion US$ Bahraini Dinars (US$7.95 billion) to build it over 6 years. The government of Bahrain’s equity in the deal is the provision of land, 16 million square feet …

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Insisting on a wrong

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I’m curious, what makes the Muharraq governor Salman bin Hindi so adamant on insisting on a wrong? And now he’s even supported by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. What’s going on? It just does not make sense, unless of course this is another “test balloon” being released by the government to see the reaction of people if (when) they produce laws to divide Bahrain into cantons housing specific sects and not allowing any intermingling …

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We Own McLaren!

We, as in the “Royal” We, as in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as in Mumtalakat Holdings, the totally Bahraini government owned company which is supposed to also own all of the government companies and companies which the government has a better than 50% stake in, nows owns 30% of McLarren! How sweet is that? Here’s the gen: LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Saudi investor Mansour Ojjeh are selling half their stakes …

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Holiday!

(you HAVE to sing the title of this post in a Madonaesque voice, do it again, go on, do it in a loud voice so everyone can hear you in the office!) A reader sent me an email asking for the upcoming holidays for the private sector a few moments ago and although I am not an official information service, the question prompted me to dig a bit. I fortunately remembered that one of my Bahrain …

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Bahrain government buys C&W’s Batelco share out!

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This off the presses: LONDON (AP) – Cable & Wireless PLC said Wednesday it will sell its 20 percent stake in Bahrain Telecommunications Co. BSC (Batelco) for $506.1 million to Bahrain government agencies. The Middle Eastern monarchy will pay cash upon completion of the deal, expected in January, Cable & Wireless said in a statement. Cable & Wireless’ stake will be bought by Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co. BSC, General Organization for Social Insurance, and The Pension …

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It’s that itch again

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and it’s got to be scratched. You know the one… the one that tells you that its time to change your career again. It’s been 15 years with me running this business; however, while we have had quite a number of changes imposed upon us by market forces, I feel that I want to something other than just box moving. I am itching to do something creative with my time. I am itching for a change. …

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New Weekends!

It’s not many times in a person’s life that a new weekend is declared, so we should feel quite privileged that our government has decided to implement a new weekend spanning Friday and Saturday, rather than the so far usual Thursday and Friday. This new weekend is set to start from September 1st, 2006 and I’m looking forward to it like you wouldn’t believe! During my early life, I worked in a stationer’s/bookshop/art supply store owned …

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Mine!

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My sister is over with her kids for the summer break, and we meet almost every lunchtime at dad’s house, and as she’s got young kids, they come with their cartoons library of DVDs for their lunchtime drugged silence while we eat! One of the DVDs they’re watching now is Finding Nemo which I love to bits too, and it certainly keeps me quiet 🙂 The point? I love the seagulls in that movie, especially as …

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