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Japan's Leading Industrial Company Asahi Yuzikai Launches Middle East Operations at Dafza

Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2018: Asahi Yukizai Corporation – Japan’s leading company in industrial resins and plastic valves –  successfully held the opening ceremony for its Middle East operations at Dubai Airport Freezone – DAFZA. The new office will play a key role in expanding the company’s business across the Middle East and North Africa region. The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr.Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), Mr.Akima Umezawa Ph.D, Consul-General of Japan in Dubai, and Kazuya Nakano, President of Asahi Yukizai Corporation.   The event was attended by honored industry representatives, senior ranking officers from DAFZA and Dubai Economy Foreign Investment (FDI), as well as Japanese and local guests. “Today marks ......read more

Malaysia Eyes Dubai to Explore Markets in the MENA Region

Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 19 September 2018: The Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA), which aims to promote entrepreneurship through franchising, has chosen Dubai – a global business and financial destination and the 3rd edition of ‘The Global Franchise Market Exhibition’, to explore the emerging and lucrative markets in the Middle East North Africa region, connect with local, regional and international franchisors and brand owners and expand their businesses within the region.  This year, TGFM, the official franchising event in Dubai, brings together leading investors, master franchisees, licensees, entrepreneurs, and leading brands in various sectors and it is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors and participants and witness the participation of over 100 leading brands from 80 countries. ......read more

UAE Residents Should be Aware of the Circumstances in which Personal Bank Accounts can be Frozen

Debt and visa changes are the most common reason for not being able to access funds short term September 2018, Dubai: According to the experts at Guardian Wealth Management, most residents are not aware of the various reasons as to why bank accounts in the U.A.E can be frozen. When people are denied access to their bank account, even if it is just for a short period of time, it can ultimately have a knock-on effect on their short-term finances including the payment of rent, school fees and savings.  The most common reason universally for a frozen bank account is when the bank feels that the transaction in the account is suspicious and may involve an illegitimate business transaction. However, specialists at Guardian Wealth Management claim that in the UAE, it is mostly as a result of visa changes or visa ......read more

Mobility MEA becomes the first approved Android zero-touch enrollment partner for the region

16th September, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Mobility MEA, a leading systems integrator, enterprise managed mobility service provider and a GEMA alliance partner, is now the first approved Android zero-touch enrollment partner for the MEA region. The company will serve to accelerate automated deployments, reducing dependency on internal IT support, simplifying setup and management of Android mobile devices; and making time-consuming device configuration a thing of the past through processes that create better user experiences. Zero-touch enrollment, which supports OEMs, carriers and companies, eliminates the need for users to configure their Android devices while ensuring corporate policies are in place. With this enrollment, companies can configure the devices they purchase and have them shipped with management and settings ......read more

The Higher Sharia Authority at the Central Bank Held A Consultation Meeting with The Members of the Internal Sharia Control Committees Prior to Its Fifth Meeting

Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2018:  The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held a Consultation meeting with the members of the internal sharia control committees (ISCC) of Islamic financial institutions operating in the UAE on 9 September 2018. Islamic Banks, commercial banks’ Islamic windows and Islamic finance companies, represented by the members of their ISCC, the head of the internal Sharia control departments and the heads of the internal Sharia audit, attended this first Consultation meeting to exchange views on various issues that concern Sharia compliance and Sharia governance.   His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, the Chairman HSA noted during this meeting that “this initiative is part of the consultative approach that HSA adopted. This ......read more

FDI flow in to Bangladesh jumps 22.52% last year to US$2.45 billion that prompts UAE businesses to invest in Bangladesh

More and more Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are opening companies in the UAE as economic relations between the two countries grow   News Highlights FDI in to Bangladesh jumped 22.52% to US$2.45 billion (Dh9 billion) in 2016-17 fiscal year Bangladesh is the world’s 32nd largest economy with US$687.14 billion Gross Domestic (GDP) based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Bangladesh seeks investment in 100 new economic zones where UAE investors could invest and own 100 percent export-oriented industries and benefit from duty-free quota access to Europe and the United States Dubai, September 08, 2018:  An attractive investment climate and a higher return on investment has helped 22.52 percent jump in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in to Bangladesh to US$2.45 billion in 2016-17 financial year, up from US$2 ......read more

New drops mean more good news for gold investors

As the US dollar continues to hold strong in international markets, gold prices fall as investors search out safe bets elsewhere. As the week started, UAE 24-karat gold fell from Dh147.25 per gram to Dh146.75 per gram as Monday played out. You can check the live rates on business24-7.ae   Other karats are also available at bargain prices -  22K at Dh137.75, 21K gold at Dh131.50 and 18K gold at Dh112.75 per gram. You will be able to buy those kind of gold online on business24-7.ae   Vijay Valecha of Century Financial has been watching the situation carefully. “Gold prices weakened for the start of this week as rising interest rates and a strong bull market in global equities signals that there are better avenues for investment,” he said. In the UAE, Valecha expects the price of 24K to move between ......read more

Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 7th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018

Dubai, UAE, September 03, 2018:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 7th meeting for 2018 at 9:30am on Sunday, 2nd September 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Al Kindi, the Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman of the Board and H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer and Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by H.E.Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor and a group of senior Central Bank staff.    The Board reviewed a memo regarding the Macro Prudential Policy stance report – Q2 2018, and instructed necessary action be taken in respect thereof.  The Board also ......read more

The Central Bank warns consumers against disclosure of their credit information

Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) reminds consumers of their responsibility to protect their credit information and credit/debit cards from fraud and unauthorized use. CBUAE also directs consumers not to disclose their PIN to any persons or institution. If somehow this information is disclosed, it is the consumer’s responsibility to immediately contact their bank to freeze the card and change the PIN. CBUAE advised consumers to take caution when using their cards and ATM machines in order to avoid any leakage of information that may expose their accounts to possible fraud.      

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Central Bank of the UAE Celebrates Emirati Women's Day

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28th August 2018:  In line with H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak’s “Mother of the Nation” declaration to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day on the 28th of August each year, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has organized a special event to mark the day and join the nation in celebrating the achievements of women in the UAE. To mark this occasion, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of CBUAE announced that the Central Bank would be honoring H.H. Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, by awarding her the two most valuable commemorative coins issued by the bank, in recognition of her efforts in the advancement and empowerment of women in the UAE. H. E. greeted numerous guests of honor and CBUAE female Emirati leaders and took the opportunity to praise H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak as an ......read more

Debate about auditor scepticism must address public concerns, says ICAEW

Debate about auditor scepticism needs to be more substantial and constructive, according to ICAEW’s latest report Scepticism: The Practitioners’ Take. The report captures fresh insights from auditors, and those who train and regulate them. It highlights what auditors are doing and recognises that they have lessons to learn, but also says that it is unhelpful to use ‘lack of auditor scepticism’ as a catch-all explanation for anything that goes wrong on audits.   Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2018:  Professional scepticism is at the heart of what auditors do. Without it, the audit has no value. The current debate about the need for auditors to exercise more scepticism is important. But the quality of the debate on scepticism has, to date, been somewhat superficial.    “Simply calling ......read more

WCU: Commodities await the greenback's fate

Dubai, UAE, August 26, 2018:  Most major commodities were headed for weekly gains as the short-term focus on growth and demand risks related to emerging markets faded. This was helped by the dollar, which was heading for a second weekly loss. Overall, commodities have had a very bumpy ride this month that at one stage saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index hit a one-year low before recovering.  With so much of the direction still depending on the direction of the dollar and US interest rates, the focus this week is firmly on the annual gathering of central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, made his symposium debut at a discussion about the economy and monetary policy. During the week, the minutes from the August 1 Federal Open Market Committee meeting were ......read more

LIC International expands into the UAE to tap into local insurance and investments from 2.5 million NRIs

IBMC to promote life insurance, reinsurance and Takaful products to support NRIs and corporations in the UAE Abu Dhabi, August 25, 2018:  India’s state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is expanding in the region with key partnerships and tie-ups as it targets to tap the growing Non-Resident Indian (NRI) market for insurance coverage and investments. The India-based company’s subsidiary in Bahrain, ‘Life Insurance Corporation ‘(International), has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UAE-based management and financial consultancy firm ‘IBMC International’ for marketing its life insurance and investment products in the UAE. The strategic tie-up will enable LIC to introduce more life insurance products such as Takaful and reinsurance products to support NRIs and ......read more

Hong Kong Trade Fairs from September to November

Strengthening bilateral trade between Hong Kong and the UAE   Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2018:  The bilateral trade relations among Hong Kong and the UAE have long been robust. Adding to the Hong Kong’s business advantages, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organises more than 30 exhibitions each year to bring together buyers and suppliers from both economies to develop their business.    Mr. Abdul Aziz Nasser, Deputy Director, Middle East, HKTDC announced that nine international fairs, which cover watches and clocks, fashion, electronic products, lighting products, green products and spectacles, will be held in Hong Kong from September to November. These fairs will serve as ideal platforms for traders and suppliers from the UAE to expand their businesses into new markets. The fairs are as ......read more

WIBC announces landmark 25th edition in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) announces landmark 25th edition in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain  Over 1200 global industry powerhouses, policy makers, innovators and stakeholders will converge for the three-day long forum. Dubai, UAE, August 13, 2018:  Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the strategic partnership of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) will take place on November 26th, 27th & 28th in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA), a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based ......read more

WCU: Commodities struggle to navigate sanctions and tariffs

By Ole Hansen , Head of Commodity Strategy / Saxo Bank Dubai, UAE, August 12, 2018:  August is normally a quiet month for markets, but this year it has so far been anything but. The markets have been rattled by a continued escalation of the trade war rhetoric between the US and China, with investors concerned this increases the future risk to global growth and demand.  We see raised geopolitical tensions after the US slapped additional sanctions against Russia and Turkey while resuming sanctions against Iran. The latter could potentially result in a looming supply crunch for crude oil, which could divert the current focus away from the price-negative impact of the trade war.  The latest trouble to hit the markets has been a simmering financial crisis in Turkey which blew up this past week when the Turkish lira at ......read more

MEFMA reaffirms commitment to promote entrepreneurship & innovation across local thriving FM industry

Association successfully organizes workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Facilities Management’  Dubai, UAE, August 07, 2018:  The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), a non-profit association that provides a dedicated platform for facilities management (FM) professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders, and owner associations, reaffirmed its commitment to nurture and guide entrepreneurs as well as promote innovation in the regional FM industry through proper skills development and effective knowledge sharing.  MEFMA made the statement during the conclusion of a workshop it recently organized entitled, ‘Entrepreneurship in Facilities Management,’ which was held recently at the Al Mugairen Hall, Riyadh Chamber in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The event was attended by ......read more

Promoth Manghat wins first ever NRI Professional of the Year Award instituted by Dhanam

Dubai, UAE, August 01, 2018:  Promoth Manghat, Chief Executive Officer of UAE Exchange Group, has won the first ever Dhanam NRI Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented by the Minister for Industries- Kerala, A C Moideen at a function held at the Le Meridien Convention Centre in Kochi on the 26 of July in the presence of many business and political luminaries. Promoth is an Executive Director of Finablr, a holding company in the UK, which brings together category-leading global financial services brands under one network. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UAE Exchange Group, a Finablr network brand that is a leading global provider of diversified and innovative financial solutions in money transfer, foreign exchange and payments. According to the eminent jury which selected the winners, Promoth ......read more

Barclays: Global Economy likely to continue rewarding Stock Tilted Investment Portfolios

Dubai, UAE, July 29, 2018:  Barclays announced today the findings of its Q3 2018 Compass Report, which outlines the Private Bank’s tactical recommendations on portfolio asset allocations for investors around the world. The report’s key takeaways note that the global economy is likely to continue to reward investment portfolios titled toward stocks. Barclays’ investment experts see stocks more likely to outperform the bond market, which is expected to face both greater inflation as well as increasingly resolute central bankers.  Commenting on the Q3 tactical investment recommendations, Bjorn Holderbeke, Head of Investment Advisory, Middle East and North Africa, said: “Our team of experts believe that the acceleration phase of global economic expansion seems to be passing, according to the latest ......read more

Arab Bank Group reports profits of $436 million for first half of 2018

Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2018:  Arab Bank Group reported net income after tax for the six months period ended 30 June 2018 of $ 436 million compared to $415 million in prior period, recording a growth of 5%. The Group’s net income before tax grew by 6.4% to reach $582 million with net operating income reaching $ 668.5 million and recording a solid double digit growth of 13%. Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors stated that the solid performance of Arab Bank Group confirms the success of the Group in dealing with the challenging operating environment. Mr. Nemeh Sabbagh, Chief Executive Officer, stated that the strong underlying performance of Arab Bank Group is reflected in the growth in net operating income achieved during the first half of the year and which was driven by core banking income generated from ......read more

On the right side of the tracks

Xi Jinping’s “express train of development” has the potential to create whole new communities in Dubai and the UAE DIFC Wills outreach to enable future planning for the new wave of investors and multigenerational Chinese families Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2018:   Xi Jinping rode what he calls China’s “express train of development” through the Middle East and Africa region – including a three-day stopover in the UAE – as trade with China is set to surge to $80bn annually over the next two years.  In Dubai, individual deals tell the same story as the headline figures. Chinese investors have an increasing appetite for real estate, with Dubai Land Department statistics showing that property investment by Chinese buyers is up from eighth to sixth highest in Dubai, ......read more

Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Business Announces New Company Name: Refinitiv

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 July 2018 –   Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk business today announced that following the closing of the strategic partnership transaction between Thomson Reuters and private equity funds managed by Blackstone, the Financial & Risk business will be known as Refinitiv.  Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second half of 2018 and until then the business will continue to be known as Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk. The new name Refinitiv was created based on feedback from customers and industry influencers on the intrinsic value of the Financial & Risk business to the industry. It is a name that aims to blend definitive action in financial markets and a bold focus on the future with a 160-year legacy of excellence as a pioneer in financial ......read more

Minhaj Advisory welcomes the resolution of obligating the Islamic financial institutions to apply Shari'ah Standards in the UAE

Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2018:  Minhaj Advisory, a Dubai-based Co, the best training institute for the year 2017, praised the newly-pioneering step taken by the Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) at Central Bank of the UAE to enforce the Internal Sharia Control Committees (ISCC) of the Financial Institutions in the United Arab Emirates to apply the Shari’ah Standards issued by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) as of the first of next September onwards. These standards are related to the Islamic financial industry. In the company’s press release given on this occasion, Dr. Amin Fateh. General Manager of the company mentioned that this resolution comes in line with the Federal Law No. (6) of 1985 on Islamic banks, financial institutions and investment companies, issued by the ......read more

GCC Hospitality industry set for steady growth, says Alpen Capital

Dubai, 26th July 2018:   Alpen Capital, an investment banking advisory firm, announced the publication of its report on the GCC Hospitality Industry. The report presents a synopsis of the demand-supply dynamics and key performance indicators of the hospitality industry across the GCC countries. The report also covers recent trends, growth drivers, and challenges in the industry. It profiles some of the renowned hospitality companies in the GCC and evaluates their financial and market valuation metrics.   “The GCC hospitality industry, which has been under pressure in recent years is expected to gain positive momentum on account of recovery in oil prices, upcoming mega events, increased tourist inflow, positive regulatory initiatives and increased government spending/investments towards the hospitality and ......read more

Emirates Glass organises glass testing training for Dubai Municipality's Dubai Central Laboratory

Dubai, July 25, 2018:   Emirates Glass, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC] and a leading architectural glass provider in the Middle East, has announced that it recently organized a two-day training program for Dubai Central Laboratory, the testing and certification wing of Dubai Municipality. The training program focused on glass performance and testing for the construction and building industry, underlining the company's commitment to uphold the highest quality and testing standards in the glass industry. It included presentations about glass manufacturing and processing and applications in the sector; factory tour of Emirates Glass in Al Quoz and the coating plant in Dubai Investments Park; as also practical testing sessions at its state-of-the-art laboratory. Rizwanulla Khan, Executive President ......read more

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Locus Chain Foundation Launches Fourth Generation Blockchain Technology…

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Great Place to Work® reveals UAE's ‘Best 25 Workplaces'…

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Boehringer Ingelheim Has a Very Successful 2017 Financial Year…

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flynas, the first airline in Saudi Arabia to offer travel insurance in partnership with Chubb Arabia…

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Intersec Saudi Arabia 2018 Opens for Business Featuring 150 Exhibitors from 20 Countries…

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FINABLR Launched To Accelerate Customer-Focused Technology Innovations…

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DP World, UAE Region Wins Supply Chain Hub Award…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23rd April 2018: DP World, UAE Region has underlined its position as the leading trade enabler by winning the Supply Chain Hub Award at the Logistics Middle East Awards 2018 organised by ITP Media Group. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer of DP World, UAE Region received the award in the presence of leading industry executives from across the Middle ......read more

GN Group inaugurates MENA Head Office in Dubai…

The mothership of aural technologies Jabra and ReSound, GN Group breaks camp with its first office in Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22 2018 –   GN Group, a global leader in intelligent audio and hearables solutions that let one hear more, do more and be more, opens a base in Dubai with its first office in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. With world-leading ......read more

Ashridge to help Saudi leaders explore and implement strategies for growth…

KSA; 19 April 2018:   Ashridge Executive Education, with over 20 years of experience in training regional business leaders, is focusing on helping Saudi businesses to effectively execute their strategy for growth. As companies in Saudi Arabia face the challenges of digital disruption, a relatively young workforce, and changing customer demands, it is imperative to turn strategies into ......read more

Iron Mountain® acquires Derby Records Management FZ LLC expanding presence in UAE…

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Labuan IBFC Launches Gulf Roadshow Showcasing Unique Shariah-Compliant Solutions and Structures for ...…

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InfoFort awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label…

Recognised for its outstanding efforts for the 5th consecutive year Dubai, UAE, April 16, 2018:   InfoFort, an Aramex company and a leading information management solution provider in the Middle East and Africa, was awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for the fifth consecutive year. The initiative established by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry aims to encourage and ......read more

Mint Middle East to Collaborate with Interac in UAE…

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300 companies from Middle Eastern countries recorded in 2017 employing + 24,000 people United Arab Emirates, April 8, 2018.   “The 2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France – The international development of the French economy” just released, provides confirmation of the renewed confidence global foreign investors have in France as a business location. ......read more

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Mashreq named Best Call Centre 2018 at the Service Olympian Awards…

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Axis Bank starts operations in Sharjah…

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Dubai, UAE, March 05, 2018:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 2nd meeting for 2018 at 9:30am on Sunday, 4th March 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the ......read more

UAE Exchange partners with Kayan Labs for rise mobile application, the world's first migrant wealth ...…

Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The UAE population comprises of approximately 80% migrant workers, with blue-collared constituting the major segment. The blue-collared workers are also among the underserved and unbanked communities who have no or limited access to the financial services. To bring such workers under the financial realm, UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, ......read more

Ithmaar Bank reports 2017 profits…

Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   Ithmaar Bank B.S.C. (c) [“Ithmaar Bank”] [“the Bank”], a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ithmaar Holding B.S.C, reported today (ed note: 27/02/18) a net profit of BHD6.24 million for the period ended 31 December 2017. The net profit attributable to equity holders of the Bank for the period ended 31 ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange to accept VAT payments on behalf of corporates…

UAE, February 28, 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, announced that they start accepting Value Added Tax (VAT) payments to the Federal Tax Authority. All entities that are registered under the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) and possess a TAX Registration Number (TRN) and a GIBAN bank account number can visit any of the 180 branches of Al ......read more

AED 878.371 Million Worth Deals Signed during UMEX and SIMTEX 2018…

Deals worth over AED294.225 Million signed on day three of the dual event Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28, February, 2018 –  Major Pilot Saeed Mohammed Al Yamahi, the Official Spokesperson of Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX) 2018 and Simulation & Training Conference and Exhibition (SimTEX) 2018 announced at a press conference that 10 defence deals worth AED294.225 million were signed on ......read more

FERG Launches the Second Edition of AML Standardisation Manual with updated guidelines for Exchange ...…

Version 2.0 of the manual launched at a high-power conference attended by leading AML and Operations experts from Exchange Houses across the region Dubai, UAE – February 27 2018:   The UAE’s Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG), comprising of businesses engaged in money exchange and remittances in the country, has officially launched the second edition of the ......read more

FranGlobal seeks over USD 100 million investments from Gulf investors…

Franglobal hosts leading International & Indian brands into the lucrative GCC markets for Master Franchise partnerships   Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2018:  FranGlobal, a market leader enabling successful India market entry for countless Brands over the last 18 years inaugurates the 2nd Edition of Global Investor Meet in Dubai on 3rd February 2018. The event provides an opportunity ......read more

Mashreq Bank Selects Blue Prism to Drive Innovation Across All Banking Functions…

UAE’s leading bank adopts Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce to transform business operations while increasing customer satisfaction Dubai, UAE, February 25, 2018:  In its efforts to continue pioneering innovative banking solutions, UAE’s leading financial institution, Mashreq, announced that it is working with Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) to increase productivity, improve ......read more

G4S UAE honours outstanding employees at annual awards…

Dubai, UAE – February 25, 2018:  G4S UAE, the world’s leading integrated security solutions provider, held its annual employee award ceremony along with the organization’s 24th year celebration in the UAE. The ceremony was held at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort, where employees were honored in eight categories across various business services.  Since its inception in the ......read more

GCC Financial Forum 2018 Puts Spotlight on Digital Transformation…

Dubai, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Speakers and participants of 7th edition of regional conference discuss the shape of the financial system of the future and unanimously underline the importance of driving technological innovation   Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; 22nd February 2018: The GCC Financial Forum, held on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Manama, Bahrain, put digital ......read more

Jaleel Cash & Carry to develop AED 100 m facility at Dubai Wholesale City…

DUBAI – February 22, 2018:   Jaleel Cash & Carry, the region’s largest bulk buy outlet chain and a division of UAE-based leading investment company Jaleel Holdings, has announced the development of its biggest facility at Dubai Wholesale City (DWSC) at an investment of AED 100 million. The DWSC is the region’s largest fully integrated wholesale hub.  Jaleel ......read more

Central Bank Hosts first meeting of the new Higher Shari'a Authority…

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 21st February 2018:    The HIGHER SHARI’A AUTHORITY held its 1st meeting of 2018 at 9:00am on Wednesday, 21st February 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi.   The meeting was attended by:  His Excellency Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori  His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, ......read more

USD 16 million global investment will help drive the growth of co-working in Middle East, says ...…

Substantial investment by Servcorp has already seen the opening of co-working facilities in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and London Deployment of funds will see the launch of co-working spaces in Dubai, Riyadh and Bahrain by June 2018 Additional USD 8 million allocated globally to enhance customer experience Estimated growth of 22% for worldwide co-working industry spaces in 2017, with ......read more

Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence…

Emirati conglomerate has shaped the landscape of the UAE for six decades Dubai, UAE, 19 February 2018 –   Established in 1958 by brothers Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah as a modest trading venture with a capital investment of only 2,000 rupees, Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group comprise one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected Emirati conglomerates with a diverse ......read more

WGS 2018: Global Policy Platform Panel Considers Supporting Female Entrepreneurs Essential for ...…

Her Excellency Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimi: UAE was the first Arab country to close the gender gap in the labor force Dr Jim Yong Kim: We need to close a US$300 billion funding gap to support women entrepreneurs Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –   A special Global Policy Platform panel discussion on the emergence of female entrepreneurs worldwide highlighted ways to ......read more

Forex Broker ADS Securities' New Entity Operating Outside the ADGM…

In December 2017, ADS Securities incorporated a new subsidiary called ADS Investment Solutions Limited (ADSI) in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). After immediately applying, by the end of the year ADSI had been granted a Financial Services Permission (FSP) by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of the ADGM. With the new entity out of the ADGM and fully licensed by the appropriate ......read more

Qualcomm Extends Cash Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares of NXP…

DUBAI – February 11, 2018 –   Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Qualcomm River Holdings B.V., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI). The tender offer is being made pursuant ......read more

UAE Exchange Partners with Groupe Banque Populaire for Remittances to Morocco…

offers account credit and cash payout remittances to customer’s beneficiaries    Dubai, 07 February 2018:   UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, has partnered with Groupe Banque Populaire in Morocco, historical leader in the Moroccan Diaspora Market. The partnership will enable remitters to send money from ......read more

Central Bank launches an initiative to Develop a Pioneering and Customer-Centric National Payment ...…

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 6th of February 2018:   The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates launched an initiative to develop a National Payment Systems Strategy for the U.A.E. The initiative aims to position the U.A.E. at the forefront of innovation and establish a world-class payment system to enable safe, efficient and customer-centric domestic and cross-border payments. This ......read more

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