16-Dec-2014 - Authorities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE say they are increasing inspections of organic products, both imported and home-grown, in order to protect consumers.
Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.
Oman’s Ompet is set to open a new US$600m PET beverage packaging factory, capable of producing 250,000 tonnes of bottles a year, by 2016.
Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi has revealed plans to pump US$100m into his stalled 15,000-hecatare Ethiopian rice farm project, as part of a US$500m investment plan.
Egypt is revamping 93 of its regional wheat storage facilities to cut wastage and improve efficiency, as part of an estimated US$350m development plan.