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Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 1st Board of Directors Meeting for 2019

Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2019:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, held its first meeting for 2019 following its restructuring, on 14th January 2019, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Hareb Masood Al Darmaki, the Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, Deputy Chairman of the Board and H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Younis Haji Al Khoori, Khaled Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer and Ali Mohammed Al Madawi Al Remeithi, as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Deputy Governor, Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor and a group of senior Central Bank staff.    H.E Chairman of the Board opened the meeting by thanking the ......read more

Al Habtoor Group denies any link or relationship with Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2019:  In an official statement, released to the media, Al Habtoor Group announced its wish to clarify that the Group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (AKA Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al Habtoor.   This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al Habtoor, founder and owner of Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises.   A spokesperson for Al Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is ......read more

Statement for “Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Declaration”:

Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2019: We are [/ the Central Bank is] committed to supporting the UAE’s Green Agenda 2015 – 2030 and the National Climate Change Plan 2017 – 2050 as well as helping the UAE to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the climate change objectives of the Paris Climate accord.  To do this we need to create a financing ecosystem in the UAE that is geared towards not only improving economic efficiency and prosperity but also contributes to the protection of our ecological systems; this in turn will enhance social well-being and create lasting benefit for the people of the UAE (and the world).  Making sustainable financing a reality will require government and the private sectors to work closely together to put concrete measures in place that stimulate investment ......read more

Indian wins ‘Dream Home' grand prize from Al Ansari Exchange

Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2019:  Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, announced Donson Michael from India as the winner of the ‘Dream Home’ grand prize of Al Ansari Exchange’s Winter Promotion 2018. The draw, which was streamed live on the company’s social media platforms, was attended by Al Ansari Exchange’s senior officials and managers and a representative of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai.  Donson, won the 'Dream Home' prize worth AED 400,000, in the campaign that ran from November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. He qualified after transferring AED 265 to his home country through Al Ansari Exchange Clock Tower branch in Sharjah. Meanwhile, Mohammed Hira Ali from Bangladesh, won 1 kilogram of gold after being ......read more

Citi UAE opens Citigold lounge in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 14, 2019:  Citi UAE announced the opening of its Citigold Lounge in Abu Dhabi designed to provide enhanced professional wealth management services across the UAE. The centre was inaugurated at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by: Gonzalo Luchetti, Citi EMEA and Asia Head of Consumer Banking; Elissar Farah Antonios, Citi UAE Chief Country Officer; Dinesh Sharma, Citi Middle East Head of Consumer Banking; Venkat Mahadevan, Citi Middle East Wealth Management Head; Mohammad Ali Abdulla, UAE Wealth Management, Branch Banking Sales and Distribution Head, Ganapathy, N, Market Head – Abu Dhabi and Kiani Abbas, Branch Manager & Team Leader – Abu Dhabi Branch. Located in Najda Street, Abu Dhabi, the Citigold Lounge covers close to 2,700 square feet and is equipped with private meeting rooms, ......read more

Alawwal bank becomes first Middle East firm to offer AI training for all staff

Dubai, UAE, January 13, 2019:  Alawwal bank has partnered with leading global tech firm Reaktor to train its entire workforce on the basics of artificial intelligence (AI). Through the AI training, Alawwal bank hopes to lead the region’s financial services industry in adopting a technology estimated to contribute $320bn (11%) to the Middle East’s GDP by 2030*.  The bank took the unusual step of training all staff in the technology so every team could spot opportunities where AI could benefit the business and its customers. Alawwal bank staff will use an online course specially designed by Reaktor for people without a professional digital background, along with workshops exploring how AI could make a difference at the bank.  Commenting on the initiative, Soren Nikolajsen, Managing Director, Alawwal bank ......read more

Trade optimism drives commodities higher

By Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank Dubai, UAE, January 13, 2019:  The early January recovery across key commodities extended into a second week with the Bloomberg Commodity index rallying by more than 4% since touching a near three-year low on the first trading day of year.  From an historical perspective we have often found that the initial direction financial markets take at the beginning of a new calendar year can end up being the wrong one. To avoid a turnaround, the market will be closely watching the current trade negotiations and whether China, the US and Europe manage to steer away from a looming economic slowdown.  Back to the current market, it has been the combination of renewed trade optimism, the US Federal Open Market Committee signalling its willingness to hold back on further ......read more

The Commemorative Silver Coin

Dubai, UAE, January 08, 2019:  Central Bank of the UAE announced that it will be issuing a commemorative silver coin and a commemorative one Dirham coin, on the occasion of hosting the Asian Cup - UAE 2019, with effect from Wednesday 09/01/2019.   First: The Commemorative Silver Coin:-   Following are the general specifications of the commemorative silver coin:-     1. Diameter  : 40 mm. 2. Weight     : 40 gms. 3. Alloy        : 92.5% Silver.                        7.5% Copper.   4. Issue Size  : 1,000 Coin.   Face:-   The obverse face of the Coin depicts the logo of this occasion.   Back:-   The back depicts the ......read more

Morison Menon strategically integrates with Kreston International and rebrands itself as Kreston Menon

Dubai, UAE, January 07, 2019:  After 25 years of professional service in the region, Morison Menon has made a strategic alignment with the 12th top global accounting network Kreston International. Announcing this progression to Kreston Menon in a press conference, Raju Menon, Chairman and Managing Partner, Kreston Menon said that with this strategic movement, the organization is all set to enhance their service range. “ At Morison Menon we have been providing professional assurance, consulting and business advisory services in the UAE and across the region for the last 25 years. Our commitment and the cherished values have enabled us to successfully expand our footprint in the UAE with 9 offices and over 300 people. We felt an inherent need to associate with one of the top global accounting network and the result is ......read more

Dubai Investments confirms AED 460 million Fujairah Business Centre project ahead of schedule

Dubai, 05 January 2019:   Dubai Investments PJSC has announced that work on the AED 460 million Fujairah Business Centre project, developed by its joint venture entity Al Taif Investment, is 20.5% complete and on track to finish in June 2020, well ahead of its scheduled completion date of Q4 2020. The joint venture between Al Taif Investment and Fujairah Investment Establishment will have a total built-up area of 96,400 square meters, offering a 19-level office tower and 19-level hotel and apartment tower as well as a shopping mall and retail area with parking for over 670 vehicles. Dubai Investments MD and CEO Khalid Bin Kalban recently toured the site with the Board of Directors, and received a status update on the project.    The hotel tower is now 18 floors high, with just two slabs left to cast and complete ......read more

Visa brings exciting deals to help cardholders find their escape during this Dubai Shopping Festival

Visa on board as the official partner and key sponsor for Dubai Shopping Festival for the 24th consecutive year Cardholders can take advantage of exclusive discounts and spend offers for hotel stays, retail, dining, entertainment, and more, through promotions with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Dubai Pass, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment, and Meraas Dubai, UAE; 30 December 2018:   Visa (NYSE:V), the world leader in digital payments, renewed its sponsorship of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) for the twenty-fourth consecutive year. This year again, Visa brings many exciting deals for its domestic and international cardholders to help them find their escape during DSF 2019.    This DSF, Visa cardholders can benefit from attractive deals and promotions across some of UAE’s well-known ......read more

High-level Chinese delegation of leading construction experts explores investment potential in UAE

Dubai, December 27, 2018:   A delegation of 16 senior Chinese business executives attended a workshop entitled “UAE Investment Landscape” to explore investment potential in the UAE recently. The group included CEOs, CFOs, Vice Presidents and Senior Managers from the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), China’s largest international contractor listed among the world’s top 225 international contractors. The state-owned mega-enterprise administered by the Central Government of China operates actively in domestic and international markets with construction and real estate as its core business.  The workshop was facilitated by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in collaboration with Oriental Wise Educational Consulting FZ-LLC and delivered by the Faculty of Management consisted of ......read more

Sharjah Chamber organizes a workshop on the Balanced Scorecard system

Sharjah - 25 December 2018:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has organized a workshop entitled "Strategic Planning and the Balanced Scorecard for Leaders and Decision-makers," which reviewed the chamber’s new strategic goals, the Balanced Scorecard system, and the initiatives and activities that are related to the chamber’s operational plans for the year 2019. The workshop, which was held Today (Tuesday) at the chamber’s headquarters, was attended by HE Mohamed Ahmed Amin, Acting Director-General of the SCCI; and the heads of the departments at the SCCI, as well as a large number of employees at the chamber. HE Mohamed Ahmed Amin, Acting Director-General of the SCCI, stated that the chamber is keen to achieve a beneficial partnership between its leadership and all of its ......read more

TBI Participates in Conference Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce to Discuss Investment Opportunities in Iraq

Dubai, UAE, December 24, 2018:  Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) officials met with Douglas A. Silliman, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and a delegation of American companies at a conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held recently at the Babylon Warwick Hotel in Baghdad.   The meeting delegates discussed several solutions to help enhance the Iraqi economy and accelerate the delivery of high-quality services throughout the country.   During his address to the delegation, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman & President of Trade Bank of Iraq, highlighted the significant role TBI plays in assisting the ongoing reconstruction of Iraq as the bank continues to define its reputation as a competent institution with access to global financial networks.   Mr. Faisal said: “Trade Bank of Iraq ......read more

Noor Takaful reports double-digit percentage profit growth in 2018

Celebrates 10 years of growing customer base as Takaful insurance gains ground in the country Closed the year with eight awards for ethical product excellency and customized services Dubai, UAE; December 23, 2018:   Noor Takaful - amongst the first Takaful insurance companies to be established in the UAE - has reported significant double-digit percentage profit growth for 2018 even as early next year it crosses a significant milestone of celebrating 10 years of increasing customer base. With close to 300,000 members, Noor Takaful, a sister company of Noor Bank, provides ethical, Sharia'a compliant, innovative, unique and comprehensive Takaful (Islamic insurance) products aggregating close to AED550 million in business this year.   The company also reported an increase in premium value of 5 percent ......read more

Central Bank Of The UAE Announces New Interest Rates.

Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, effective, Thursday 20 December 2018, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today. The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points. Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues to banks operating in the country, are the monetary policy instrument through which changes in interest rates are transmitted to the UAE banking system.

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Marafiq Powers the Growth of Saudi Arabia's Largest Industrial Cities and Initiatives with Utilities Digitization

Marafiq, a utility business in Saudi Arabia, is embarking on a journey to enhance its intelligent, digital-utility enterprise using SAP SAP’s intelligent enterprise enables customer centricity, growth agility, holistic visibility, and differentiate innovation to digitize utility businesses in the Kingdom  December 17, 2018:  As the Saudi Arabian utility sector undergoes digital transformation to optimize its operations, modernize its infrastructure, and reshape offerings, all aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabian utilities provider, Marafiq, has embarked on enhancing its digital intelligence with SAP.   Marafiq provides power and utility infrastructure to industrial cities within Saudi Arabia, which hosts some of the world’s largest hydrocarbon conglomerates in Yanbu and Jubail. Digital ......read more

SaxoSelect sees 14% increase in AUM despite uncertain economic backdrop in Q3

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  SaxoSelect, the digital service that enables Saxo Bank clients to invest in pre-selected investments, saw a 14% increase in total Assets Under Management (AUM) across all its portfolios, with 10% coming from capital inflows and 4% from investment performance.  The increase in AUM in the current market signals a desire from investors to make their money work, take calculated risk and look for a differentiated offering to traditional portfolios. Strong performance was also recorded over the third quarter for the range of Managed Trading Strategies, which experienced a 36% increase in AUM.  The two managed equity portfolios of global stocks, which utilise the strategies and research from world leading experts at Morningstar and most recently, Nasdaq, target strong growth over the medium ......read more

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) is closely monitoring Invest Bank's financial developments

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) is closely monitoring Invest Bank's financial developments for some time and has been working with the bank and the Government of Sharjah to develop a plan to strengthen its capital base. In this regard, the Government of Sharjah, is firmly committed to support the bank via a direct equity investment and this plan will be presented at the bank's AGM scheduled for the 29th December 2018 for approval.    In the meantime, the CBUAE will support Invest Bank with all the available liquidity facilities, which remain at Invest Bank’s disposal; if, and when, needed.   

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UAE, Saudi Arabia using fintech for cross-border settlements

December 15, 2018:  Some media have reported incorrectly that UAE and Saudi Arabia have started using digital currency for cross-border settlements which will be backed by fiat currencies of the 2 nations.  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) would like to clarify that CBUAE is working with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) on a joint project which constitutes a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for experimenting with Blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border payments between the two countries.  The PoC is still at an early stage and will help CBUAE gain a deeper understanding of the feasibility of distributed ledger technology in this field and explore the potential opportunities and benefits of a digital currency. CBUAE and SAMA have selected a tech company to support the implementation of this PoC, which ......read more

Fine hosts visually-impaired mountaineering hero Erik Weihenmayer

The event is part of a series to empower partners and employees  Dubai, UAE – 13 December 2018: Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hygienic paper products, hosted Erik Weihenmayer, a visually-impaired mountaineering hero, at an event called ‘No Barriers’ in Dubai last night. Weihenmayer spoke about his perseverance, bravery and accomplishments, including the ascent of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents during the event, which was co-hosted by James Michael Lafferty, CEO of FHH. FHH is hosting a series of ‘No Barriers’ events in December for Erik’s visit to the Middle East as part of its drive to motivate and empower employees and partners to reach their full potential. As an American adventurer, activist, athlete, author and ......read more

Oman UAE Exchange Launches Online Money Transfer Service

Send Money Anywhere Anytime with Oman UAE Exchange’s Mobile App and Website   Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Tired of standing in queues to transfer money? Worry no more because now with Oman UAE Exchange you can send money online conveniently and easily from the comfort of your own space – be it home, office, the supermarket or anywhere. Oman UAE Exchange, a renowned money transfer, foreign currency exchange and payment solutions brand in the Sultanate of Oman, today announced the launch of its new money transfer mobile app and website as part of its digital offerings. The new online service offers customers a secure, swift and hassle-free way to send money anywhere anytime from Oman, at preferential exchange rates.    With the introduction of this latest service, Oman UAE Exchange ......read more

CBUAE and Central Bank of China meet to Enhance Renminbi Clearing in the UAE

Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) today hosted a workshop with the People’s Bank of China (Central Bank of China) and the Agricultural Bank of China on “Improving the Renminbi Clearing in the UAE”.    The aim of the workshop is to present the results achieved by the RMB Clearing Centre to date, and to identify the actions to be taken to improve the arrangements for Renminbi clearing in the UAE.   This workshop is taking place almost a year and half after the official launch of the Renminbi Clearing Centre in the UAE (Dubai) on May 10, 2017. The Centre represents a major part of the efforts to foster further economic ties between China and the UAE. The importance of Renminbi Clearing has become increasingly important as the UAE and Chinese Government’s ......read more

Banks to Assess Credit Worthiness of Customers with Al Etihad Credit Bureau Before Issuing Cheque Books

Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2018:  Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has issued a circular to banks regarding the issuance of cheque books as part of ongoing efforts by CBUAE to improve responsible lending practices by banks. Before issuing customers with cheque books, banks are now required to carry out checks with the Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB) to ensure the creditworthiness of their customers.  Furthermore, for any new customers, banks shall issue a cheque book containing a maximum of 10 individual cheques to their customers. After a period of six months and providing no cheques are returned (unpaid), further cheque books may be issued to customers, as per the approved procedures. Banks should advise their customers that returned cheques due to insufficient funds on the account will be recorded with the AECB and will ......read more

2018 Business Review of Saudi Arabia

December 10, 2018:   Saudi Arabia has experienced tremendous transformation in 2018, bouncing back from low oil prices with the largest expansionary budget and history-making reforms. King Salman’s Vision 2030 was a guiding principle for many of the country’s reforms along with Crown Prince Mohammed’s leadership has lead Saudi Arabia to modernise the Kingdom. Reviewing 2018, we can see major shifts that will impact Saudi Arabia’s future.  One of the major business reforms this year was the introduction of VAT. We also saw other GCC countries undergo the shift with Saudi Arabia. The tax was set at a standard rate of five percent however, there were some exemptions. The exemptions are basic necessities and medical, cultural and educational products, financial and insurance services. The tax helped ......read more

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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 ......read more

NetApp Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results…

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

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Hong Kong Trade Fairs from September to November…

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

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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 ......read more

Emircom reaps new awards during Cisco Regional Partner Summit…

Abu Dhabi, August 11, 2018: Emircom, one of the UAE’s leading systems integrators, bagged new awards during the Cisco Regional Partner Summit held recently at The Ritz Carlton in Dubai. Being recognized as the ‘Service Provider Partner of the Year,’ ‘Commercial Partner of the Year,’ ‘Highest Adoption at a Customer for Collaboration EA,’ in UAE and ......read more

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

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

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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 ......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 ......read more

On the right side of the tracks…

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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 ......read more

Minhaj Advisory welcomes the resolution of obligating the Islamic financial institutions to apply ...…

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 ......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 ......read more

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

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Preliminary results for second quarter exceed expectations – outlook raised for full year 2018…

Sales up by 7 percent to €3.9 billion Adjusted EBITDA rises 16 percent to €742 million Outlook raised for FY 2018: adjusted EBITDA between €2.60 and €2.65 billion expected Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2018:  Germany. Evonik has increased adjusted EBITDA to €742 million in the second quarter of 2018 (prior-year: €640 million). All three chemical segments ......read more

Trade Bank of Iraq reveals its latest international expansion plans as it celebrates an incredible ...…

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Leading UAE businesswoman awarded doctorate by Queen's University Belfast…

Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:  Dr Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Managing Director of the multifaceted conglomerate, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast, for services to business and commerce. She was among twelve individuals who received honorary degrees this summer at the university. Other individuals awarded included Professor Martin ......read more

Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 6th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018…

Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:   The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 6th meeting for 2018 at 9:00am on Sunday, 22nd July 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their ......read more

Islamic Insurers' Net Income Continues To Fall But The Sector Will Stay Profitable In 2018…

Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:  In the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC), net income of listed companies in the Islamic (takafuland Islamic cooperative tawuni) insurance sector nearly halved in 2017 to US $375 million, from US $674 million in 2016.The decline in 2017 netincomewasmainlydrivenbyweakerresultsinthe Saudi Arabian insurance sector and follows an increase in earnings by about 151% in ......read more

United Arab Bank Announces Financial Results for H1 2018…

H1 2018 Highlights  AED81m Net Profit, up 46% vs. H1 2017 Operating Expenses decreased 4% vs. H1 2017 Provision for Credit Losses decreased 20% vs. H1 2017 Robust liquidity profile with UAB comfortably above regulatory requirements  Loan : Deposit Ratio managed to 92% Common Equity Tier-1 (CET1) ratio comfortably in excess of regulatory requirements at ......read more

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Partnership aligns with DIB’s strategy to offer customers innovative, value added solutions Card available in three variants offering up to 2 Skywards Miles on every equivalent US dollar spent  Earn up to 75,000 bonus Skywards Miles* and receive unlimited access to airport lounges worldwide via LoungeKey Dubai, UAE; July 22, 2018:   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the ......read more

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UAE, July 21, 2018 - In line with the nationwide celebrations of UAE-China Week, and in honor of the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the UAE, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has reaffirmed its commitment to building bridges of knowledge, cultural, and economic exchange with China by organizing the China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance (CUCIBF III) for the ......read more

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Customer friendly and  cost effective package to set up a new business in the free zone  An easy and convenient process to own a business in the United Arab Emirates World class infrastructure hub focuses on SME and entreprenuers  Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Ajman Media City Free Zone, a world class free zone hub for the creative, media and entertainment ......read more

ICAEW: GCC businesses must comply with GDPR or risk hefty fines…

Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Many businesses in the GCC still do not comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and must act immediately or risk falling behind and potentially facing fines of 20 million euros or four percent of global annual turnover, according to ICAEW. The global accountancy and finance body has put together a GDPR checklist to facilitate ......read more

Turkish Airlines continues its growth trend without slowing down…

The flag carrier airline, who announced the traffic results for June 2018, has now reached the highest first-half Load Factor (LF) rate of its history with 80.4%.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 July 2018 :   Turkish Airlines, that announced the results of June 2018 passenger and cargo traffic, achieved the highest rate of Load Factor (LF) in the first six months of ......read more

Alvarez & Marsal's UAE Banking Pulse Report for Q1 2018 Analyzes Performance of Banking Sector…

Overall increase in profitability due to higher return on equity (RoE) and return on assets (RoA) Deposits and loans & advances showed similar growth levels to Q4 2017 Stable liquidity and loan to deposit (LDR) ratio Dubai, UAE, July 15, 2018:  Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) today released its latest UAE Banking Pulse for Q1 2018, ......read more

Al-Futtaim and PVR signs a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Joint Venture cinema ...…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 10, 2018:   Al-Futtaim, one of the most diversified and progressive privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, and PVR Limited, the largest and most premium film exhibition company in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for jointly developing a cinema business in the MENA region. The joint venture ......read more

Dubai South witnesses 400% growth in the number of companies operating in the Business Park…

Annual growth of 35% in number of new companies at the Business Park  Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018:  The Business Park at Dubai South has revealed it has witnessed a 400% growth in the number of companies operating in the park since its inception in early 2015. The number of companies that have set up operations in Business Park has increased from 900 in 2015 to 4500 in ......read more

Inaugural class of 50 distinguished Qimam Fellows graduates in Riyadh…

Riyadh, 5th July 2018:   More than 100 senior industry leaders from the private and public sectors as well as noted KSA academia attended the graduation ceremony of the inaugural class of 50 Qimam Fellows yesterday. They commended the quality of Saudi talent represented by Qimam’s inaugural fellowship and the rigorous program that helped develop their leadership skills and build ......read more

MEFMA records key milestones in efforts to boost sector's growth during H1 2018…

July 04, 2018: The Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA) recorded major milestones and key achievements during the first half of 2018 in its continuing efforts to provide a dedicated platform for facilities management (FM) professionals and stakeholders as well as support the regional industry’s sustainable growth and acceleration in the 21st century. The association’s ......read more

Khalifa Fund and startAD invite Emirati entrepreneurs to apply for Ibtikari…

btikari is a six-month incubator aimed at helping technology startups advance their businesses The new partnership will offer chosen teams an updated version of Ibtikari, which will mark its fourth edition this year Abu Dhabi, July 4, 2018:   startAD, the innovation and entrepreneurship platform anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, has partnered with Khalifa Fund for Enterprise ......read more

DED Ajman's business confidence index score reaches 116 points during Q1 2018…

UAE, July 2, 2018- The Department of Economic Development in Ajman (DED Ajman) has achieved a remarkable business confidence index score of 116 in the first half of 2018, up from 109 points in the first half of 2016. The high score, which reflects the positive prospects within the local business and investment environment, is due in part to the department’s efforts to attract more regional ......read more

Buy to live or Buy to let?…

Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  As you grow in life, you write a list of accomplishments for yourself, of which the one that probably tops the list for many is – buying a house!    As you dive into this decision, you may consider whether you want to buy to live or buy to let?   Do you want a home or do you want to buy a property, not to live in immediately, but ......read more

The Higher Sharia Authority at the Central Bank Held Its Forth Meeting…

Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:   The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held its forth meeting on 24th -25th June 2018. The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, the Chairman Higher Sharia Authority, and attended by Their Eminence the members of the HSA, Sheikh Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi, Sheikh Issam ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange named “UAE Superbrand” for the 13th year in a row…

UAE, 29 June 2018 -  Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, have won the ‘UAE Superbrands’ award for the 13th consecutive year. The award is granted by the UAE Superbrands Council, the internationally-acclaimed independent authority for branding excellence. Ali Al Najjar, Assistant General Manager and Head of Operations Department ......read more

Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 5th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018…

Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:   The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 5th meeting for 2018 at 10:00am on Sunday, 24th June 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, ......read more

DIB Champions Customer Happiness With 9th Double Your Salary Draw…

UAE, Dubai, June 24, 2018:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the UAE’s largest Islamic Bank, has announced the ninth winner of its “Double Your Salary” monthly campaign, held at DIB’s City Center Sharjah branch, officiated by a representative of Sharjah Economic Development Department “SEDD”.  DIB launched its “Double Your Salary” promotion in ......read more

NAMA and UN Women Collaborate to Create New Entrepreneurial Opportunities for 25,000 Women in S. ...…

NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and UN Women sign MoU in New York Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018:  UN Women and the UAE-based non-profit NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New York recently, to consolidate their efforts in implementing the UN Women Flagship Programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in ......read more

Emirates Insolaire's first-of-its-kind coloured solar panel technology gets strong response at ...…

Dubai, June 23, 2018:   Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced that its joint venture Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in new solar technologies, has received strong response for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology at Intersolar Europe exhibition, the leading solar ......read more

Salim & Sons Group to capitalize on growth opportunities in the region…

Group invests more than AED 5 million in the expansion of Sleep Fine mattresses’ product line Dubai, UAE, June 23, 2018:  In light of the growing volume of exports to the MENA region, Salim & Sons Group has announced expansion plans by capitalizing on the emerging presence of business opportunities. The Group, which unifies and streamlines the operations of its various ......read more

Zurich launches Allocated Passive funds, offering investors a new, simple, low-cost investment ...…

Five ready-made portfolios to invest simply with ZAP funds Each fund created with 6,000 to 20,000 underlying holdings One-stop access to the world’s equity and bond markets Full range of sectors including technology, media and energy Low-cost, easy to maintain, scalable solution that is rebalanced regularly Dubai, UAE, June 21, 2018:  Zurich International Life Ltd. ......read more

SBWC Visits Italy to Analyse Advantageous Trading Opportunities…

5 SBWC members in Milan explore Italian supply chains in fashion, jewellery, furniture and F&B Sharjah, June 21, 2018:  Through several trade missions and strategic matchmaking, the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) has been supporting new and established female entrepreneurs in the UAE by taking them to key overseas markets and showcasing their capabilities to potential buyers, ......read more

Why The Global Sukuk Market Is Stalling In 2018…

Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2018:  The global sukuk market experienced a significant slow down in issuance in the first half of 2018, as we predicted in January. Total sukuk issuance dropped by 15.3% compared with the same period last year, reaching $44.2 billion compared with $52.2 billion first half of 2017. This drop was even more pronounced for foreign currency sukuk issuance a t45%. We believe ......read more

CBUAE Announces New Caps on Banking Fees for Customers…

Abu Dhabi – 19 June 2018:   UAE Central Bank (CBUAE) announces that it has published an Amendment to ‘Annexure 2’ of the Regulations Regarding Bank Loans & Services Offered to Individual Customers (2011). This Amendment sets out the new maximum limits or ‘fee caps’ for fees or commissions charged on retail customer service. The fee caps apply to banking ......read more

A Fresh New Look to the World's Oldest Islamic Bank…

DIB’s new website focused around the theme “tech that helps” Customer First concept core to the enriched user experience Dubai UAE, 18 June, 2018:   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has launched a new and completely revamped website (www.dib.ae), which offers a vastly enriched and superior experience to its fast growing customer ......read more

Dubai FDI organises economic mission to Australia to boost trade ties…

Dubai, 17 June 2018​: Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of the Dubai Economy, is organising one of the largest economic delegations from Dubai in recent years for an official economic mission to Australia as part of its continuing efforts to strengthen existing economic cooperation and attract investments into the emirate. The mission, which will take place from June 25 to 29, ......read more

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