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Investment Opportunities in the GCC-India Corridor Continue to Grow, Says Alpen Capital

Dubai, 19th September, 2017: Alpen Capital, an investment banking advisory firm, announced the publication of its research report titled “GCC-India corridor – Investment opportunities and challenges”. This report presents the state of economic relations between the GCC and India by analyzing the trend in investment flows and the strategic government initiatives to strengthen ties. It assesses the competitiveness of countries in ease of doing business and further identifies and discusses the potential sectors for cooperation and investment in both the regions. It also outlines the investment drivers and challenges in the regions. Lastly, the report profiles some of the prominent companies in the regions. “The GCC nations and India are strengthening historic ties across cultural, trade, economic, defense and ......read more

Alliance 2022: New Plan Targets Annual Synergies of €10 Billion and Forecasts Unit Sales of 14 Million & Combined Revenues of $240 Billion

RENAULT, NISSAN & MITSUBISHI MOTORS TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION AND ACCELERATE USE OF COMMON PLATFORMS, POWERTRAINS & NEW TECHNOLOGIES   New six-year plan set to achieve the following objectives: More than 9 million vehicles to share four common platforms Proportion of common powertrains to rise from a third to three-quarters of total volumes Additional synergies expected from electrification, connectivity and autonomous technologies 12 pure electric models to be launched, utilizing common EV platforms and components 40 vehicles to be launched with autonomous drive (AD) technology To become an operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services Alliance 2022, a six-year plan announced today, has set a new target to double annual synergies to €10 billion by the end of the plan.   Carlos ......read more

Swych Closes Series a Funding Round with Lead Investment from UAE Exchange Group

UAE Exchange Group leads Series A investment round and will leverage the award-winning Swych platform to offer digital gifting services to its global consumer base, enabled through purpose-based remittances. Abu Dhabi, 17 September 2017:  Swych, Inc., the pioneer of the revolutionary Swych™ digital gifting platform, today announced the successful completion of its Series A round, with a major strategic capital investment by UAE Exchange Group, a leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions provider.  Through this partnership, the two brands seek to tap into their collective strengths and customer base to develop a symbiotic relationship that will deliver a convenient and enriched digital gifting experience, unrestricted by borders.  Gift cards have become the de facto choice among ......read more

AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank Selects ICS BANKS® ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

September, 2017 Dubai, UAE: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank a newly established bank in Iraq, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS® ISLAMIC System. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank is a newly registered Iraqi bank that will be offering banking and financial services in Iraq.  It will be implementing ICSFS’ universal Islamic flagship, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Core Banking, Murabaha, Musharaka, Ijara,  Mudaraba, Al Qard  Al Hasan, Time Deposit, Profit Distribution Trade Finance Module, Credit Facilities & Risk Groups, Remittances. The signing ceremony took place at ICSFS’ regional office in Amman, Jordan. Attending the ceremony were  the Executive Representative of ......read more

NBK Capital Partners Closes NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II with $160 Million in Capital Commitments, invests in Saudi and Turkey

Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2017:  NBK Capital Partners announced today that it has successfully closed its second mezzanine fund, NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II, with US $160 million in capital commitments, driven by strong demand from institutional investors and family offices. NBK Capital Partners’ experienced team of investment professionals in Dubai, Istanbul and Kuwait will manage the Fund, which will maintain its predecessor’s (Mezzanine Fund I) proven investment strategy of providing capital to middle market companies in consumer-centric sectors in the MENA region by way of mezzanine investments. The team’s track record has been one of the most consistent in the region, having fully exited seven investments and thus, achieving top quartile returns for their first fund relative to global and ......read more

AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank selects ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2017: April, 2017 Amman, Jordan: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank a newly established bank in Iraq, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank is a newly registered Iraqi bank that will be offering banking and financial services in Iraq.  It will be implementing ICSFS’ universal Islamic flagship, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Core Banking, Murabaha, Musharaka, Ijara,  Mudaraba, Al Qard  Al Hasan, Time Deposit, Profit Distribution Trade Finance Module, Credit Facilities & Risk Groups, Remittances. The signing ceremony took place at ICSFS’ regional office in Amman, Jordan. Attending the ceremony were the ......read more

30 Senior Economists Will Take Stage at Sharjah FDI Forum 2017

Experts to address the fundamentals of ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ at forthcoming investment event taking place September 19-20 Sharjah, September, 17, 2017:  Sharjah FDI Forum 2017 - the prestigious investment conference held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah - has announced that more than 30 senior economists from the public and private sectors will participate in the event, which takes place September 19-20, 2017 at the Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre in Sharjah. Organisers of the forum, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), have revealed that the host of invited experts include high ranking government officials, senior CEOs, top decision-makers ......read more

Prosperity in UK Cities Gains Momentum as Wider Regional Growth Lags Behind

Third edition of UK Prosperity Map from Barclays ranks UK regions and cities according to their current affluence 1 in 79 Brits is now a millionaire, up from 1 in 84 last year  Regions aren’t seeing the boost in prosperity they enjoyed last year – but the picture is much brighter for cities, with Birmingham and Newcastle emerging hotspots of growth    16  September 2017: The UK saw uneven rates of prosperity growth over the last year, according to the third edition of the annual UK Prosperity Map from Barclays. Against a backdrop of fluctuating economic conditions and Brexit negotiations, the 2017 UK Prosperity Map shows that, while most areas of the country are more prosperous overall than last year, in many cases cities are outpacing their wider region, with clear disparities opening up ......read more

Global Cashback Mart – Mashreq's newest e-commerce platform

Dubai, UAE – 14 September 2017:  Mashreq Bank, the leading financial institution across the Middle East & North Africa, has launched an exclusive e-commerce platform for its credit card customers in the UAE: Global Cashback Mart. The Global Cashback Mart is currently accessible at zero cost to customers who hold the Mashreq SmartSaver Global Credit Card and enables customers to shop online, choosing from over 2,500 global brands including Amazon, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Hotels.com, Flipkart, Marks & Spencer and Mothercare; it also gives them an additional cashback of up to 6% on purchases made through the platform. And that’s not all, to complete the last-mile on the purchase experience, Mashreq has partnered with Shop & Ship to offer its customers 15% off on delivery charges. Pankaj ......read more

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Allocates US$50 Million for UAE Companies Investing in Chad

Fund delegation attends UAE-Chad Investment Forum  His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi: “ADFD is proud of the UAE’s US$150 million contribution to support Chad’s National Development Plan 2017-2021” Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 September, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced the allocation of US$50 million for UAE companies wishing to invest in the Central African nation of Chad. The announcement came during the participation of an ADFD delegation at the UAE-Chad Investment Forum that took place today in Abu Dhabi.   Several ministers and senior officials from the public and private sectors of the two countries attended the event, organised by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Industrial Development, Trade and ......read more

EcoSys™ Rebrands to Hexagon PPM, Signaling an Even Stronger Future for the Industry Standard in Enterprise Project Controls

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2017:   EcoSys, the industry standard for enterprise project control software, announces a corporate rebrand to Hexagon PPM. The change comes days after Intergraph Process, Power, and Marine rebranded to Hexagon PPM – the software division of Hexagon focused on empowering customers to visualize, build, and manage structures and facilities of all types of complexities. Hexagon acquired its PPM division (formerly known as Intergraph Process, Power & Marine) in July of 2010 to leverage and expand the efficiencies of PPM’s end-to-end information technology solutions from design, construction and operation of industrial facilities to any large-scale construction project, an industry Hexagon knows well. Being the definitive solution for addressing the time and cost ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency announces new AED25 million sewerage connection project

Nearly 600 plots in Al Maarid to be added to the existing network AED65million Al Feliyah Wastewater Treatment plant nears completion  Ras Al Khaimah, 11 Sept 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Waste Water Agency (RAKWA) has announced a project to connect residences and businesses in the Al Maarid area to the sewerage network as part of its ongoing programme to expand the wastewater infrastructure in the Emirate. 565 plots are due to be connected to the local wastewater grid between now and June 2018.  When the project is complete residents will no longer have to operate their own septic tanks or put up with the odours that are associated with their regular emptying. Septic tanks can also become hazardous during the rains when there is a danger of overflow and health risks can increase, and are attractive to flies and insects. A ......read more

Huge Strides: UPC Reveals 2016 Annual Report

Report highlights key projects and achievements in national housing, infrastructure planning, sustainable living and training and development.  ABU DHABI, 10 September, 2017:  The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has published its 2016 Annual Report, detailing some of its most impressive achievements, which have kept the Emirate on course to reach objectives outlined in the Abu Dhabi Plan. Last year, the UPC made huge strides in important projects for national housing, infrastructure planning, sustainable living and spatial data, while also offering more opportunities for Emiratis to build a rewarding career in urban planning and providing training on the latest industry techniques to hundreds of employees and external partners.  In July this year, Abu Dhabi was ranked by Ipsos* as the second-best city in ......read more

Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties Wins Best Property Management Team – UAE 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 10, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (ADCP), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) announced today that it has been recognised with the ‘Best Property Management Team – UAE 2017’ Award for the second year in a row by the Capital Finance International (CFI). CFI, an international print journal and online resource; reporting on business, economics and finance, identifies individuals and organisations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders. Speaking on the occasion, Mohamed Binbrek the General Manager of ADCP emphasised “We are honored once again to be a recipient of this recognition and are committed to continuous improvement in the quality of our service standards through ongoing staff training and an ......read more

SOUQ.com to acquire Wing.ae to enhance fast shipping options for customers

Wing.ae poised to grow and support even more businesses  September 6, 2017 – DUBAI:  SOUQ.com today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Wing.ae, a marketplace for merchants and couriers in the UAE, providing innovative mobile and web-based user-friendly delivery solutions for businesses and individual consumers. SOUQ.com previously invested in Wing.ae and will be acquiring 100% of the company.  Wing.ae now has the full backing of SOUQ.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and this investment demonstrates the continued commitment of all three companies to provide SOUQ.com customers with a world class experience. Wing.ae will continue to invest in growing its same and next day delivery service in the region, enabling greater convenience for Wing.ae’s customers, including ......read more

Mashreq's Back2School Promotion: Free smart device, when you pay school fees on your Card

UAE – Dubai 06 September 2017:  As the new academic year begins in September, Mashreq - the UAE’s leading institution is supporting parents’ aspirations for their children with its unique Back-to-School promotion that offers a free smart device when school fees are paid using a Mashreq credit or debit card. No lucky draws, no games of chance; Mashreq cardholders get guaranteed rewards in the form of smart devices ranging from the HP Sprocket photo printer on the one hand to the Apple Watch, iPad Pro and XBox One console on the other, when they make school payments as low as AED 10,000 between 10th August and 15th September. Mashreq is also giving its customers a chance to win a Mashreq Millionaire certificate for every AED 5,000 payment of school fees, so the more they spend the better their chances of ......read more

CESI rolls out second phase of Oman's smart metering project

Oman; September 5, 2017:  CESI, world-leading technical consulting and engineering company, has been awarded the second phase of the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology implementation project by Nama Group (NG) Oman.   Closely monitored by the Authority for Electricity Regulation and in line with their vision, the AMR implementation project for high value customers was made to serve the distribution companies in Oman (Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC), Mazoon Electricity Company (MZEC), Majan Electricity Company (MJEC), Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) & Dhofar Power Company (DPC)) to create a higher level of interconnectivity, engagement and sustainability. With a goal of enhancing the quality and speed of processing metering data, this AMR rollout will work towards improving billing accuracy, ......read more

Mashreq Bank to Deploy NCR Tablet and Video Banking Technology

The bank is United Arab Emirates’ first financial institution to implement NCR Interactive Teller, Banker solutions to better engage customers  DUBAI, UAE, September 05, 2017 – NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions today announced that Mashreq Bank, one of the largest banks in the UAE, will revamp its banking services in the country with a host of innovative technologies from NCR over the next six months. Mashreq Bank will be the first in the region to deploy NCR’s tablet-based Interactive Banker, targeted to help financial institutions to transform their branches by converting branch tellers into financial advisors. Aided by this innovative solution, tellers can come out from behind their counters to help customer’s complete transactions faster. “Ensuring ......read more

The Lombard Odier Group reports results for the first half of 2017

Total client assets rose by 4% to CHF 242 billion in the first half, of which assets under management were CHF 164 billion, with growth in all three business lines Consolidated net profit amounted to CHF 69 million, up 13% versus half year 2016  Strong fully-loaded Basel III CET1 ratio of 28.7%  Increased client assets and positive net new money Client assets grew across all three of our business lines: private clients, asset management, and technology for banking. Net new money flows were positive and market performance lifted assets, as global protectionist threats and European political risks diminished, resulting in a “risk-on” investment environment.  As a result, total client assets stood at CHF 242 bn at end-June 2017, up from CHF 233 bn at end-December 2016. Within this, client assets ......read more

300 Chinese investors to discover growth opportunities at RAKEZ

RAS AL KHAIMAH, 4 September 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) announces its sponsorship of the 3rd annual Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Summit set to take place from 13 to 14 September 2017 in Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, China. The two-day event is one of the major international business summits, which is expected to gather over 300 senior executives from China’s most influential enterprises as well as representatives from global free zone and economic zone authorities.   “Thousands of Chinese companies are supplying goods and services to the rest of the world. What’s interesting is that 60% of China’s export to the Middle East goes through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) according to Thomson Reuters,” said Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, RAK Free Trade Zone and RAK ......read more

Exclusive Cashback Offer for Mashreq's Business Customers

Dubai- UAE, 04 September 2017:  Mashreq, one of the UAE’s leading Financial Institutions, is celebrating its 50th year now. As part of the bank’s endeavour to keep offering more rewarding banking relationships to customers, the bank is offering its Business Banking customers an attractive cashback offer, giving them an opportunity to earn rewards up to AED 25,000.  The offer requires these customers to grow their Business Account Balances by AED 50,000 or more to get a guaranteed cashback; the cashback amount shall be  AED 350 for every AED 50,000 grown over the campaign month. The Campaign period is July – September 2017.   Rohit Garg, Head of Business Banking at Mashreq, said, “We have an attractive Business Account proposition for SMEs that offers strong transactional capabilities ......read more

GFG Alliance completes landmark acquisition of Arrium

Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  Global metals, industrials and energy group, the GFG Alliance, today completed the acquisition of Australia’s leading integrated mining, recycling, steel manufacturing and steel distribution business, creating a new future for thousands of workers and their communities.   Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, and his team, working closely with management and the workforce, will now embark on a 100-day review of the business and finalise a transformation plan to put the 6,000-worker enterprise, on a competitive, sustainable footing.   This will include finalisation of plans for major capital investments across several sites, utilisation of excess production capacity, reduction in raw material costs, greater energy efficiency, the development of new high ......read more

Henkel Reports Robust Performance in Q2, Confirms Guidance for Fiscal Year 2017

Company records significant nominal sales growth of 9.6% to €5,098 million, with organic growth of 2.2%  Africa / Middle East region posts sales growth of 1.1 % Operating profit* increases by 11% to €909 million  EBIT margin* improves by 20 basis points to 17.8% Earnings per preferred share (EPS)* surges 10.7% to €1.55  Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2017:  In Q2 2017, Henkel delivered a strong performance in a highly challenging market environment. The company reached new highs in quarterly sales, adjusted operating profit and EBIT margin, and increased earnings per preferred share.    “All three of our business units contributed to the positive growth we witnessed in Q2,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen. “Sales grew significantly to around €5.1 billion. We ......read more

Dubai Land Department reveals the top 10 nationalities that invested in Dubai's real estate market over the past 18 months

AED 151 billion invested by 217 nationalities Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 August 2017:  Dubai Land Department has revealed a list of the top 10 nationalities that invested in Dubai’s real market between January 2016 and the end of June 2017. The new list confirms that UAE nationals are in the lead, outperforming all other nationalities.  His Excellency Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department, commented: "217 nationalities have invested a total of AED 151 billion in Dubai’s real estate market. This demonstrates the confidence that the world has in our real estate environment, which is characterised by a strong regulatory system that provides safety and security for all parties.”  The recent research found that Emiratis made close to 12,000 investment ......read more

Intercoil Commences Operations at its New 20 Million SAR Manufacturing Facility in Saudi Arabia

Expansion into the Kingdom Strengthens Two Decade Long Relationship with Home Centre 27 August, Dammam – KSA:  Intercoil International, UAE’s leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of total sleep solutions across the MENA region, recently commenced operations at its new manufacturing facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The firm’s entry into the Kingdom with an investment of 20 million SAR, marks a major milestone in the company’s growth outside the UAE. The new state-of-the-art facility which, spans over a gross area of 7,000 sq. meters and mirrors its UAE facility, will manufacture a comprehensive range of orthopaedic mattresses. The facility will begin production with a daily capacity of 500 mattresses with plans to gradually double mattress capacity over the next three years. ......read more

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QNET Extends Partnership With Manchester City Football Club…

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National Bonds Corporation Announces Results of 2016 Savings Index for GCC Region…

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Heathrow and Travelex Launch New Appointment Service for VAT Refunds…

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UAE's Dh522 Billion Islamic Banking Assets Will Boost the Country's Halal Sector…

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Dubai, UAE — June 27, 2017 — Cisco and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today expanded the portfolio of the industry’s fastest growing integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems  with a new offering that is uniquely designed for emerging business challenges.  The new FlexPod® SF solution offers an ideal infrastructure for the data-intensive scale-out ......read more

Xpress Money sees 12% rise in remittances in the first two weeks of Ramadan…

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ENBD REIT Announces First Dividend Payment of USD 0.0382 per Share…

Annualised equivalent dividend yield is 7.1%  Dividends will be paid to shareholders on 12th July 2017  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 June 2017: ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited (“ENBD REIT” or the “REIT”), the Nasdaq Dubai-listed Shari’a compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management, has announced its first dividend ......read more

Ministry of Interior awards ‘Community Service' medal to SAAE Chairman Salem Almoosa…

June 22, 2017: H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has awarded H.E. Salem Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Salem Ahmad Almoosa Enterprises (SAAE) with the ‘Community Service’ medal in recognition of his contribution in creating a positive impact in the community. The award was given following his recent hosting of a ......read more

Networked Energy Services Corporation organises roundtable at World Scientific & Engineering ...…

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Al Ansari Exchange commits AED 10 million to Dubai Cares…

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Mashreq wins big at Global Gallup Awards…

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DAFZA participates at the 19th International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition in Barcelona…

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NES Announces Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Appointments…

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National Bonds Reveals Results of Financial Health Check for H1 2017…

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Al Ansari Exchange announces Grand Prize of AED 1 million for 2017 Summer Promotion…

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Bosch posts stable performance across the Middle East…

Annual financial results 2016 AED 1.800 billion (nearly 450 million EUR) in consolidated sales across 14 countries in the Middle East Consumer Goods and Mobility Solutions divisions display strongest performance Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2017:  Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, ended its 2016 fiscal year with AED 1.800 billion (nearly 450 million EUR) in ......read more

Senior bankers gather for SWIFT UAE User Group forum…

Event hosted in partnership with the UAE Banks Federation addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the banking industry Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2017:  Over 60 senior executives from leading banking and financial institutions in the UAE gathered recently in Abu Dhabi for a forum for the SWIFT UAE User Group. Hosted by SWIFT, the global provider of secure financial messaging services, ......read more

ICS BANKS Treasury System from ICSFS Recognized as Sustainable Treasury Management Solutions ...…

June 05, 2017 Dubai, UAE: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that its ICS BANKS Treasury System has been recognized as Sustainable Treasury Management Solutions Leader -MENA by CEO Insight.   The CEO Insight provides comprehensive coverage of the strategic management decisions facing the ......read more

Empower to extend its district cooling solutions to Al Jaddaf area in Dubai with 30,000 ...…

Dubai, UAE, 5 June 2017:  Continuing its growth across Dubai, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has announced that its district cooling services will now be available in Al Jaddaf area for all the residential and commercial buildings and projects under construction.  Empower will provide its services ......read more

Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est. and Dubai Municipality breaks ground for modern AED 10 Million ...…

June 5, 2017: Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est., the sole importer and distributor of Bridgestone brand tires for Dubai and the Northern Emirates within the UAE, in partnership with Dubai Municipality, has successfully broken ground for the construction of a modern AED 10 million Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre. The new facility, which spans across 52,000 square feet, is part of ......read more

RAK Petroleum plc: Results of 2017 Annual General Meeting…

United Kingdom, 3 June 2017:  RAK Petroleum plc, the Oslo-listed oil and gas investment company, announced that all resolutions put to its 2017 Annual General Meeting held in London today were passed by shareholders on a poll. Of 603,158,681 eligible votes, a total of 354,034,927 were present or represented by proxy at the meeting.   RAK Petroleum plc (the Company) Registered ......read more

SWCC Chooses DuPont Sustainable Solutions to Accelerate Operational Improvements…

June 1, 2017 – Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is collaborating with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), the operations consulting business of DuPont, to improve operational performance and safety in the country’s desalination facilities. SWCC is responsible for about 70 percent of the total production of desalinated water in Saudi Arabia. The ......read more

MyUS Launches ‘Share Your Iftar Moments' Photo Contest…

June 1, 2017 To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, MyUS, the number one ranked U.S. shipping company for international shoppers, launched its ‘Share Your Iftar Moments’ Photo Contest. The contest encourages people to share their Iftar pictures by uploading them to MyUS’ Facebook contest page. The picture with the most likes by the end of Ramadan will receive an online U.S. ......read more

Qatar-Based Seib Insurance and Reinsurance Co. LLC Outlook Revised to Positive; ‘BBB', ‘gcAA' ...…

In a short span of one year May 30, 2017 – Doha, Qatar:  In light of its exceptional growth and outstanding performance throughout the past year, Seib Insurance and Reinsurance Company LLC (Seib) S&P Rating has revised its outlook of Seib to positive from stable and affirmed its BBB counterparty credit and insurer financial strength ratings and is also affirming its gcAA Gulf ......read more

DED – Ajman collaborates with MPD – Ajman to set up team to take charge of environmental & health ...…

UAE, 30 May, 2017- With the aim to support the comprehensive and sustainable development process, the Department of Economic Development – Ajman’s (DED – Ajman) Directorate of Control and Consumer Protection has collaborated with the Municipality and Planning Department – Ajman (MPD – Ajman) to set up a joint team to organize health and environmental activities in ......read more

Renu Misra the new GROHE President Middle East, Africa and East Mediterranean…

Dubai, UAE, May 30, 2017:  GROHE announced the appointment of Ms. Renu Misra, as the President of GROHE Middle East, Africa and East Mediterranean. With this appointment, Renu will represent GROHE Group’s interests in the region - reporting directly to Michael Rauterkeus, CEO of Grohe AG. Renu Misra joined GROHE in 2010 as CFO of GROHE India, was then promoted to CEO of GROHE India ......read more

Noor Bank to Apply Dubai Font Across Internal Platforms…

Dubai-UAE: 29 May, 2017 – Noor Bank today announced that it has become the first bank in the UAE to implement the Dubai font across internal platforms. Employees of the bank will apply the iconic font to all documents created in Microsoft Office programmes. The transition from Arial to the Dubai font is in line with Noor Bank’s vision of being recognised as the financial icon of ......read more

National Bank of Yemen Selects ICS BANKS® from ICS Financial Systems…

May 29, 2017 Dubai - UAE: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that National Bank of Yemen, which was established in 1969, It is reckoned to be one of the largest Commercial Banks and a prominent contributor in the economic and social development in Yemen, has selected the multi-awards winning systems ......read more

S&P Global Ratings: The Overall Effect Of IFRS 9 On Rated Gulf Cooperation Council Banks' Financial ...…

  In the run-up to the adoption of IFRS 9 in January 2018, S&P Global Ratings has assessed the potential impact on the GCC banks that it rates. We expect that GCC banks will show resilience to the change in reporting standard, with the impact on their financial profiles manageable on average. This is thanks to GCC banks' relatively good earning capacity and conservative ......read more

Unlock the Door to Your New Home this Summer…

UAE Exchange Summer Promotion 2017 offers brand new home to grand prize winner Ramadan campaign will also see 25 winners walk away with AED 10,000 each Dubai, UAE, May 29, 2017:  This Ramadan, UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, continues its tradition of improving the lives of the expatriate communities in the UAE. The brand ......read more

HASAAD to Increase Participation of UAE Nationals in Workforce…

  UAE Internal Auditors Association (IAA) to increase number of UAE nationals working in private and government sectors by tenfold by 2021 UAE-IAA leads the region in quality internal auditing training DUBAI, May 28, 2017: The UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE-IAA) is actively working towards increasing the participation of UAE nationals in the workforce through its recently ......read more

Noor Bank Marks Participation at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2017…

Dubai-UAE: 27 May, 2017 – Noor Bank, a leading Shari’a-compliant bank in the UAE, announced today that it joined the region’s prominent financial, legal and insurance institutions as a Gold Sponsor at the latest edition of the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East conference. Organised by GFC Media Group, the region’s largest finance and investment conference ......read more

Philips Dubai Lamp hits the shelves this Ramadan…

Industry experts and stakeholders gather to discuss consumers’ role in reducing energy consumption as world’s most energy efficient light bulb becomes commercially available across the UAE May 24, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting has announced that Dubai Lamp, the world’s most energy efficient ......read more

Department of Economic Development – Ajman meets representatives of local supermarket chains to ...…

UAE, May 24, 2017– The Department of Economic Development – Ajman’s (DED – Ajman) Directorate Control and Consumer Protection recently met with representatives of local chain of supermarkets to discuss guidelines for commodity price regulations during the upcoming month of Ramadan. During the meeting, all parties agreed to cooperate and coordinate with the UAE Ministry of ......read more

Officials of DED – Ajman visits patients at Khalifa Hospital as part of ‘Giving Hands' initiative…

UAE, May 23, 2017– In line with the declaration of 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving,’ a delegation of directors and officers from the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED Ajman) visited the Khalifa Hospital in the emirate. During the tour of the facility, they met patients and presented them with souvenirs, offering moral and psychological support to bring them joy. ......read more

Doha Bank Won the “Best Bank Governance – Qatar 2017”…

Dubai, May 23, 2017:  Doha Bank won the “Best Bank Governance – Qatar 2017” at Capital Finance International (CFI) co Awards 2017 in Second week of May 2017 at London.  In recognition of the award, Dr. R. Seetharaman Doha Bank CEO said “The Best Bank Governance award is a recognition for Doha Bank Board for its active involvement in promoting excellence in ......read more

National Bonds Corporation Announces 2016 Savings Index for the UAE…

91% of regular savers save monthly, marking a 4% increase from 2015 64% of savers plan to increase their savings, 68% plan to start saving Potential for saving increases by 19% compared to 2015 55% saved less in 2016 than they did in 2015 45% expect an increase in their income 89% think their savings are not enough for the future 55% saved less than planned, while 28% saved about ......read more

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