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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 transformation in the financial industry in the spotlight and reinforced the significance of pursuing a forward-thinking approach with respect to integrating new technologies into existing business models and strategies.  Euromoney Conferences and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) were honoured to welcome HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Finance, HE Mr Zayed R. Alzayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and ......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 Cash & Carry has revolutionized the FMCG wholesale market in the region. Jaleel Holdings introduced the popular cash-and-carry concept of the European and US markets to the Middle East region with due consideration to the unique characteristics and requirements of the region. Jaleel Cash & Carry stocks products in categories like foodstuff, non-food, cosmetics, home appliances and other FMCG items. The Jaleel Cash & Carry unit at ......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, Chairman.  Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi, Board Member.  Dr. Issam Muhammad Ishaq, Board Member.  Dr. Oznan Hasan, Board Member.  Dr. Usaid Muhammad Adeeb Al Kilani, Board Member. In addition to a group of Central Bank’s senior officials.   H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Central Bank Governor, welcomed the Chairman and the Board Members of the Higher Sharia Authority in his opening remarks where he highlighted the ......read more

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

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 1.18 million individual users, according to “2017 Global Co-Working Survey” Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 February 2018:   Servcorp, an originator and innovator in serviced offices, virtual offices and co-working environments, has said that the investment of over USD 16 million in its global product offering will have a direct impact on the co-working market in the GCC and Middle East. The investment has already seen ......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 portfolio of businesses, today. This year, the Group is commemorating its 60th anniversary milestone with a year-long celebration, themed ’60 Years of Excellence’.  Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group’s 60th anniversary coincides with the Year of Zayed, underscoring the vision and foresight of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In setting the foundations of modernity, the late Sheikh ......read more

WGS 2018: Global Policy Platform Panel Considers Supporting Female Entrepreneurs Essential for Society Advancement

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 support and empower women to become entrepreneurs and contribute to the economy on day two of the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai today.    Conducted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the World Bank and its sister organization, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ‘Women Entrepreneurs Rising Worldwide’ session introduced a new financing ......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 to the Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2016, by and between Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. and NXP. The tender offer is now scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on February 23, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated, in either case pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement.  American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, has advised Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. ......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 UAE Exchange branch to Groupe Banque Populaire or third-party bank accounts in Morocco, while also providing the beneficiaries with an option for cash pay-out at all Banque Populaire branches.    Promoth Manghat, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Exchange Group, said: “Our strategic partnership with Groupe Banque Populaire aims at bridging the growing demand for instant remittances among the Moroccan customers. The bank’s ......read more

Central Bank launches an initiative to Develop a Pioneering and Customer-Centric National Payment Systems Strategy for the U.A.E.

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 initiative will enable the U.A.E. in transitioning to a cashless society, reducing the cost of domestic and cross-border payments, promoting innovation and positioning the country as a global leader in payment systems in line with the U.A.E. Vision 2021. H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, said “In recent years, countries across the world have harnessed technology to accelerate economic development and ......read more

UOWD Board Chairman Peter Robson awarded Order of Australia (OA) in Australia Day Honours List

Dubai, February 1, 2018:   Mr Peter Robson, Chairman of the University of Wollongong in Dubai’s (UOWD) Board, has been awarded the Order of Australia (OA) for his outstanding service to business through research and development in government advisory and leadership roles in the manufacturing and industrial relations sectors, and to engineering.  Nearly 900 Australian citizens were recognised for excellence, achievement and commendable service and contributions in various fields such as sports, science, performing arts and media, in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List. Mr Robson was appointed to the UOWD Board in 2003 and has been the Chairman since 2010. He has made a significant and long-standing contribution to the growth and development of quality Australian higher and vocational education both domestically ......read more

Central Bank of the UAE Participates in Tawdheef 2018

As a Strategic Partner Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31st of January 2018:   Central Bank of the UAE is participating as a strategic partner in the Tawdheef Annual Career Fair currently taking place in ADNEC between the 29th and 31st of January. The Banks’ participation comes in line with the UAE Governments’ strategy to develop human capital and enhance Emiratization ratios in the banking sector. Central Bank also aims to build capabilities and develop leadership in the sector through selective Emiratization and to attract talented nationals to work at local and international banks and financial institutions.  During its participation, Central Bank is announcing over 100 job opportunities across several departments in both specialized and administrative roles. H.E Mubarak Rashid Al Mansoori, Governor of the ......read more

BCG Expands its Middle East Roster to Tackle the New Year and New Opportunities

The global management consulting firm expands its roster of partners in the Middle East to bolster its People & Organization and Energy Practices Dubai, 31 January, 2018 —  The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) today has announced that it will be joined by two new Partners to its Middle East system, in order to bolster its People & Organization and Energy Practices. Effective immediately, Yves Morieux, and Andreas Kyrilis will each serve as Partner for their respective practice.  BCG welcomes Yves Morieux to Dubai. He is transferring from Washington DC, as Senior Partner and Managing Director, and he will be helping to simultaneously increase productivity and employee satisfaction in the region. Andreas Kyrilis was promoted from within BCG’s Middle East system and will play a prominent role in ......read more

6% Increase in Total Number of Establishments Registered at Ras Al Khaimah Chamber in 2017

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 30/January/2018:   Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reported that 1,821 new establishments were registered during 2017. 247 of these were in the free trade zones and 119 were new branches of establishments based inside and outside the Emirate. AS a result the total number of Ras Al Khaimah Chamber members rose to 33,652 by the end of last year, an increase of 6% over 2016. Some 19,680 licenses were renewed during 2017. According to Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Shemaili, Assistant General Manager, Commercial Services and Business Development at Ras Al Khaimah Chamber, memberships were spread through the Chamber’s various membership grades which are classified by market capitalization.  Memberships of registered establishments were spread as follows: 2,965 establishments were ......read more

Mashreq posts a 6.5% y–o–y growth in Net Profit for 2017

Dubai, UAE; 28th January 2018: Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, today has reported its financial results for the year ending 31st December 2017.    Key highlights [2017 vs 2016]: Healthy growth in Net Profit  Net profit for YE 2017 stood at AED 2.1 billion - a 6.5% increase YoY Impairment Allowance down by 14.2% YoY; Operating expenses lower by almost 2% on the back of effective cost management High proportion of non-interest income Mashreq’s best-in-class non-interest income to operating income ratio remained high above 40%  Investment income up by 84.9% YoY Strong balance sheet Total Assets increased by 1.9% and stood at AED 125.2 billion while Loans and Advances grew by 2.9% in the year to reach AED 62.7 billion Customer ......read more

FILMFARE Middle East is all set to re-launch in March 2018

28th January/2018; Dubai:  Danube Group, UAE's largest diversified conglomerates with interests in building materials, property, construction and home furnishings is all set to re-launch India's biggest Bollywood film and celebrity magazine ‘Filmfare Middle East’ in March 2018. With a clear focus on films, fashion and lifestyle and in-depth exclusive interviews with Hindi, Malayalam, Arab and Pakistani cinema, FILMFARE Middle East will be catering predominantly to the large Asian expatriate population in the UAE and the GCC, as well as a significant Arab population who love their Bollywood cinema and celebrities. Rizwan Sajan, Founder and, Chairman Danube Group said: “Filmfare re-launch was an ambitious dream but I was confident that my team and I would get the best result possible. We took some ......read more

Arab Bank Group reports net profits of $533 million for 201730% cash dividends

Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  Arab Bank Group closed 2017 with solid results, reporting a growth in net operating income of 8% as compared to prior year. Excluding the effect of foreign currency devaluations, net operating income achieved double digit growth of 12%. Net income after tax is at $533 million as compared to $532.7 million in 2016, whilst loans and advances grew by 6% to reach USD 25.1 billion.In view of the results, the Board of Directors has recommended to the shareholders the distribution of 30% cash dividends for the financial year 2017.  Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors stated that the strong performance of Arab Bank Group confirms the success of the Group in dealing with the challenging and changing operating environment and reflects the Group’s prudent operating policies.Mr. Nemeh ......read more

Al Ahli Holding Group's CSR Division Launches Women for Business Initiative

Partners with Union National Bank and La Rochelle Education Group, France to empower Emirati women in social entrepreneurship   Dubai, UAE (January 27, 2018):  Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG), the multi-diversified international conglomerate, unveiled the first edition of Women for Business, a multicultural CSR program designed by AAHG, in partnership with Union National Bank and La Rochelle Education Group, France to promote Emirati women entrepreneurs. The program commemorates the Year of Zayed initiative honouring the UAE founding father's vision, achievements as well as his inspiring values and principles.  A ceremony to mark the launch of the program was held at the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi in the presence of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, the French Ambassador to the UAE and representatives from Union ......read more

MEPCO and WASCO Attend 15th International Saudi PPPP 2018 Exhibition in Riyadh

MEPCO showcases its latest product innovations to regional and international audiences at Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial gathering Wholly-owned subsidiary WASCO exhibits its core operations alongside MEPCO   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 24 January 2018:  The Middle East and Africa’s leading vertically-integrated paper manufacturer, the Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO), showcases its latest product innovations serving the packaging industries at the 15th edition of the Saudi Print, Pack, Plastics, and Petrochem Exhibition. MEPCO participate alongside its wholly-owned waste management arm, WASCO, which is responsible for supplying MEPCO roughly 90% of its raw material.  Commenting on MEPCO’s participation at the exhibition, Eng. Sami Safran CEO of MEPCO said: “MEPCO is a KSA-based entity with ......read more

More than 6000 new companies join the Sharjah Chamber in 2017

6.8% growth in the Chamber membership and the total membership exceeds 69,000 companies Sharjah, 24 January, 2018.  Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that 6000 new companies will be joining the Chamber in 2017, reflecting Sharjah’s continuous attractiveness to foreign investment and a modern business environment capable of adding value to the companies that set up business in the Emirate. The total number of members increased by 6.8% year on year to 69,108 members by the end of 2017, compared to 64,688 in 2016, reinforcing the Chamber's position as the main reference for business in the country. The exports and re-exports of the Chamber members reached to 20 billion dirhams in a natural reflection of the advanced infrastructure provided by the Emirate to its merchants willing to expand their trade ......read more

CBRE Group, Inc. Named a World's Most Admired Company by Fortune Magazine for Sixth Consecutive Year

Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2018:  CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that Fortune magazine has named the company a World’s Most Admired Company in the real estate industry for the sixth consecutive year.  Fortune rates companies on nine attributes related to corporate performance. In 2018, CBRE was ranked second overall in the real estate sector (behind only Host Hotels & Resorts) and was among the top three companies on all nine attributes, including global competitiveness, people management, financial strength and long-term investment.  “Our continued recognition as a Fortune Most Admired Company reflects our people’s deep commitment to excellence and producing great outcomes for our clients every day.  We are very proud of their accomplishments,” said Bob Sulentic, president ......read more

Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre meets with DP World to explore collaboration

Dubai, UAE, 22 January, 2018:  Continuing its efforts to boost confidence within the maritime industry for arbitration and mediation, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) has approached 2018 with the intention of visiting leading maritime stakeholders to introduce and explain the benefits of its services. These meetings are scheduled around EMAC’s impressive, yet busy events schedule for the year. The first in a series of meetings for the year, has taken place at the DP World Head Quarters in Jebel Ali Port, where senior executives have gathered to learn about the benefits of using EMAC to resolve maritime disputes, and what this means for all maritime stakeholders. Present at the meeting, Mr. Majid Obaid bin Bashir, Acting Chairman and Secretary General from EMAC and Mr. Mohamed Yousef Al Muallem, Senior ......read more

UOWD's Master of Quality Management students celebrate 5th World Quality Day

Dubai, UAE, January 21, 2018:   Master of Quality Management students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) along with American Society of Quality LMC (ASQ) recently celebrated the 5th World Quality Day at the University’s campus with the aim to engage students and quality professionals in dialogue regarding quality challenges, opportunities and the value it adds to businesses worldwide. Around 100 quality professionals from all levels and students attended the one-day event which included various engagement activities, presentations by industry experts and panel discussions focussing on topics such as Future Insights on Quality and Business Excellence Frameworks, Employee Engagement and Customer Experience Management.  “Celebrating World Quality Day provides a great platform for quality ......read more

Dubai's Star Business Centre becomes the first commercial centre to accept cryptocurrency as mode of payments

Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2018:  The Star Business Centre, offering state of the art fully furnished offices for new investors, business people and those international companies seeking suitable ready-made fully furnished plug-and-play workplaces, has announced that it is now ready to accept cryptocurrencies – especially Bitcoin – as a mode of payment for its services.  The company’s commercial tenants are now able to pay rents and service charges by using digital currency along with the traditional payment systems, which saves time and effort.  The digital payment system will allow Star Business Centre customers – who are multinationals and SMEs – from various industries, to focus on their business growth and expansion, without having to go through the time-consuming manual processes. ......read more

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches a Venture Capital Fund to Invest Up to $1 Billion Over Five Years

Alliance Ventures to Prioritize Next-generation Mobility With $200 Million Year-one Funding  New entity to act as main interface for start-ups, investors and the venture capital ecosystem Fund prioritizes open innovation in new mobility, including electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence First deal to be a strategic investment in Ionic Materials, a US company developing cobalt-free solid-state battery materials Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2018:  Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced the launch of Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion to support open innovation over the next five years.    In its first year, the fund expects to invest up to $200 million in ......read more

Mashreq Bank offering credit cards for every passion

Credit Card holders to also benefit from instantly redeemable rewards  Dubai, UAE—10 January, 2018:  Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution, is offering a range of credit cards that cater to the diverse passions and lifestyle of a broad range of customers. Commenting on the credit cards, Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments at Mashreq said, “Research has shown that the majority of consumers choose a credit card based on the reward points program or based on the discounts and benefits offered by the card. The UAE is a multicultural market with residents from various walks of life, and Mashreq would like to start the New Year by focusing on the UAE consumers and their passions. Be it dining, travel, shopping, fitness, or golf, Mashreq has a perfect Credit Card for every individual. ......read more

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RSM hosts workshop on Understanding VAT and its Implications in the UAE…

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Mashreq Bank Unveils a Brilliant New Digital Bank, Mashreq Neo, in the UAE…

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Sheraa partners with Khalifa Fund to bring Pitch@Palace competition to the UAE…

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Fahad AlDehais ‘Emerging Leader 2017'…

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Mashreq offers its cardholders Triple Rewards at GITEX Shopper…

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Super General Company and GECO successfully holds VAT awareness seminar for its dealers…

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Xpress Money awarded the coveted 2017 Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry CSR Label…

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IDE To Align Its Business Strategies With Year of Zayed…

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Al Tayer Opens Emirati-French Business Summit as 63 Entities Attend…

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GCC Fertilizer Production Capacity Surges by 12% in 2017, Posting Highest Growth Rate in Six Years…

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16 MENA IPOs Recorded in H1 2017: EY…

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ADCB launches first Target Date Fund in MENA region…

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Mashreq Bank Accelerates Branch Automation Journey With Diebold Nixdorf Technology and Software…

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Alpen Capital recognised once again for its commitment towards CSR with the Dubai Chamber CSR Label…

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

EcoSys™ Rebrands to Hexagon PPM, Signaling an Even Stronger Future for the Industry Standard in ...…

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

Al Ansari Exchange integrates the “Direct Payment System” in its ‘eExchange' online platform for ...…

UAE, September 11, 2017- Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has integrated the new Direct Payment System into its online remittance platform www.eexchange.ae, to provide faster and more secure transactions to its customers across the country as well as enhance their digital experience and satisfaction. The move has effectively reduced the ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

Noor Capital with its subsidiary Noor Index launches latest innovative Financial Trading tools ...…

Noor Index has today launched its extensive range of software solutions for the financial services industry, focusing on easy-to-use and customized online trading platforms serving multiple sectors including physical currency, precious metals commodities, forex Contract For Difference (CFD) derivatives, and equities such as shares and bonds. The Dubai-based software development company is a ......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 ......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 ......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, ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange's ‘Beat the Heat' initiative provides cool and refreshing water containers for ...…

UAE, September 3, 2017 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money Transfer Company, successfully distributed water bottles filled with cold water to laborers and workers across different Emirates. The move is part of the company's ‘Beat the Heat’ initiative, which aimed at distributing over 1,000 water bottles in select locations -handing over these ......read more

Brazilian coffee exports to MENA region witnesses 30 per cent increase during first seven months of ...…

UAE, August 29, 2017 - A rise in coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region led to sales of USD 122 million, as shipping volume increased during the first half of 2017. According to the Brazilian Coffee Exporter Council (Cecafé), revenue gained from coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region witnessed a 29.7 per cent increase at USD 112 million during the first seven months of the year, in ......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: ......read more

Dubai Land Department reveals the top 10 nationalities that invested in Dubai's real estate market ...…

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

RTA hosts UAE-France Business Development Summit in Sept…

The event takes place in coordination with the French Business Council Ibrahim Al Haddad: Our aim is to promote bilateral trade & investment  Roads & Transport Authority - Nashwan Atta’ee: Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2017:  The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates, will host the ......read more

Filipino wins AED 1 million grand prize of Al Ansari Rewards – Summer Promotion 2017…

UAE, August 23, 2017– Al Dizon Bansil, a Filipino based in Sharjah has been announced as the winner of the AED 1 million grand prize of this year’s ‘Al Ansari Rewards – Summer Promotion 2017,’ during a special event held today, August 23, 2017. Bansil is the fourth millionaire to win big in this annual promotion of Al Ansari Exchange, which ran from June 15 to August ......read more

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