Useful Links

Useful Links

United Arab Emirates

Government, business and trade

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry –
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry –
UAE Federal e-Government –
UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce –

News and media

AME Info –
Gulf News Daily –
Khaleej Times –
UAE Interact –

Travel and tourism

Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai –


Government, business and trade

Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry –
Kuwait Investment Authority –

News and media

Kuwait Times –

Travel and tourism

Kuwaitiah Net –

Saudi  Arabia

Government, business and trade

Chamber of Commerce Eastern Province  – (Dhahran) –
Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce  –
Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry  –
Saudi Arabian General Investment Organization –
Saudi Arabian Information Source –
Saudi Arabian Standards Organization  –
Tradearabia –

News and media

Arab News –

Travel and tourism

Saudi Arabian Internet Pages –


Government, business and trade

ArabNet –
Chamber of Commerce and Industry – –

News and media

ArabNet –
Oman Daily Observer –
Times of Oman –

Travel and tourism

Oman Ministry of Tourism –

Government, business and trade

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce –
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs –
Trade Arabia –

News and media –
Bahrain Tribune –
Gulf News –

Travel and tourism

Bahrain Tourism –


Government, business and trade

Ministry of Foreign Affairs –
Qatar e-Government –
Qatar Info –

News and media

Gulf Times –
The Peninsula –

Travel and tourism

Explore Qatar –
Qatar Tourism Authority –


Government, business and trade

General Investment Authority –

News and media

Yemen Times –

Travel and tourism

Yemen Tourism –


Government, business and trade

Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce –
Ministry of Economy and Trade –
Ministry of Industry –


Government, business and trade

Amman Chamber of Commerce –
Amman Chamber of Industry –
Customs Department –
Jordan Investment Board –
Jordanian Free Zones Corporation –
Ministry of Finance –
Ministry of Industry and Trade –

News and media

AME Info –
Jordan Information Centre –
Jordan News Agency –
Jordan Times –

Travel and tourism

HM King Abdullah Official Website –
Queen Rania Al Abdullah Official Website –
Visit Jordan –


Government, business and trade

Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines –
IRI Customs Administration –
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance –
Ministry of Foreign Affairs –

News and media

Net Iran –
Tehran Times –

Travel and tourism –

Reference websites

Comprehensive websites

Council for Australian–Arab Relations
Includes reference material for this publication.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Essential advice on countries, trade developments, travel advisories.

Valuable information on preparing for export, data on overseas markets.

Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Essential site for Australian exporters to the Arab world.

Australian Arab Communities Council
The Australian Arab community. Cross-cultural awareness seminars.

Gulf Co-operation Council
Home page for the GCC.

UK Trade & Investment
Country profile and market information from the UK Government.

Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
A good guide to doing business in the Middle East.

Country Commercial Guide-Saudi Arabia
Industry Canada site. Access Country Commercial Guides by US Department of Commerce.

Produce market research reports on Saudi Arabia.

General information on the Arab world

The Countries and Peoples of Arabia
Excellent introduction to the Arab world.

NITLE Arab Culture and Civilization
Good material on Arab culture.

Arab World Documentation Unit
Economics, politics, history, and social issues in the Gulf.

World Press Review
Press articles on current events in the Middle East.

Middle East maps
Maps of the Middle East.

Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Country data for the UAE and other Arab countries.

Executive Planet
Guide to international business culture and etiquette.

Business and political information.

News and opinions on the Middle East. Country profiles.

Saudi Arabia websites

Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce
Business news and events in Saudi Arabia.

Saudia Online
Business news and services in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi American Forum
Comprehensive coverage of Saudi Arabia from a US perspective.

World Bank
Saudi Arabia at a glance – economic fact sheet.

Saudi Info
A Saudi government web page.

Arab business websites

One of the best business websites for the Middle East.

WN MidEast
A comprehensive news service on the Middle East.

MEED (Middle East Economic Digest)
Authoritative business magazine covering events in the Middle East.

Zawya Arab Business
First class site for commercial and industry news.

Trade Arabia
Arab business site.

EIN News
News site.

Company websites dealing with business in the Middle East

Ernst & Young Middle East
Advice on company formation and tax.

Economic data

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
See the IMF World Economic Outlook 2004 for country data.

Oxford Business Group
Economic and political analysis on a range of countries.

Major Saudi bank. Good economic analysis in the Corporate Banking section.


Asinah Travel Guide
A global travel guide. Good country summaries on the Arab world.
Accommodation service.

All you need to know about oil and energy.

Arab world news

Qatar-based Arab news service.

Middle East Information network
Middle East news services.
News on the Arab world.

Articles from leading Middle East journalists.

Al bawaba Middle East gateway
Good country profiles.

Middle East newspapers and magazines

ABYZ News Links
Links to online news.

Saudi Times
Saudi daily newspaper.

Haven Works
News and links on Saudi Arabia.

Arab News
English language daily, published in Saudi Arabia.

Gulf Business
Business monthly with regional coverage.

Middle East Times
Egypt-based daily with regional coverage.

Legal websites

Gulf Law
Information on law in the Arab Middle East. Includes Shariah law.


Middle East Newsline
Mainly defence news.

Jane’s Middle East News
Business news with emphasis on defence and transport.

Other sites

US Geological Survey
Survey of Saudi Arabia’s mineral industry – 2001.

Halal helpline
Islamic dietary custom and laws.

Islamic Co-ordinating Council of Australia
Halal foods and certification in Australia.

Australian–Arabic Council
Human rights and community relations issues affecting Arabic culture.


Council for Australian Arab Relations
CAAR Secretariat
Middle East and Africa Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221
t: (02) 6261 2090 f: (02) 6261 2640
Description:For a fresh look at globalization.

Organization name:ICC
Description:ICC website in Arabic.

Organization name:International Monetary Fund
Description:Working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.

Organization name:UN Development Business
Description:For consulting, contracting,
and export opportunities worldwide.

Name:Investment Climate Database
Description:This site contains data on the investment climate in 58 countries, based on surveys of more than 28,000 firms. The surveys prov ide indicators of firm productivity and performance.

Organization name:World Trade Organization
Description:A rules-based, member-driven organization.

Organization name:World Bank
Name:Doing Business Database
Description:The Doing Business database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 145 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity and growth.

Organization name:Parnerships Central
Description:Helping partnerships become a major force in sustainable development.

Organization name:International Trade Forum
Description:The magazine of theInternational Trade Centre.

Organization name:International Trade Centre (Intracen)
Description :The technical cooperation agency of UNCTAD and WTO for operational, enterprise-oriented aspects of trade development.