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UAE Exchange Gives Away Home to Lucky Summer Promotion Winner

Ubaidulla Neralakatte from India walks away with life-changing grand prize of a home in Dubai. 25 lucky participants, from Egypt, Kenya, Philippines and the Indian subcontinent, each win AED 10,000 in cash.  Dubai, 26 July 2017:  The door to good fortune opened for 26 lucky participants as UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, announced the winners of its recently concluded Summer Promotion 2017 ‘Win a Home in Dubai’. The announcement was made last evening at a celebratory event, held at W Hotel, Dubai, amongst an august gathering of dignitaries and customers.  The grand prize winner, Mr. Ubaidulla Neralakatte, could not believe his luck when he got to know that he won the top prize of a brand-new house in Dubai, worth AED 500,000. “I’ve ......read more

Business confidence improves in Dubai during Q3-2017

Dubai Chamber survey shows improvement in Dubai business leaders’ expectations for access to financing, manpower quality 39% of respondents expect business conditions to improve and 45% expect business confidence to strengthen in Q3-2017 SMEs were more optimistic than large companies in their expectations on business conditions and confidence  Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2017:  Business leaders in Dubai are more positive about their expectations of business conditions and business confidence in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new survey conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   The Business Leaders’ Outlook Survey revealed that 39% of respondents expect to see business conditions improve in Q3-2017. Around 43% of surveyed business leaders expected no change in business ......read more

BOND Goes Live on ICS BANKS from ICS Financial Systems

Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2017:  Ghana, Africa: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that BOND Savings & Loans Ltd, has gone live on its awards winning universal banking solution ICS BANKS. BOND Savings & Loans Ltd, selected ICS BANKS in February,2017 and has successfully gone live in the 20th of May, of the same year. BOND Savings & Loans Ltd chose ICS BANKS to provide its customers with the most innovative and richest possible suite of services. The implementation process was smooth, swift and transparent. The CEO of BOND; Mr. George Ofosuhene stated; “We are looking forward to this partnership where we have selected ICSFS for its wide experience in Africa. We are confident that by choosing ICS BANKS it will assist us ......read more

Malta's favourable tax climate and burgeoning tourism sector attractive to developers, says DAMAC's Sajwani

DAMAC Chairman meets Maltese PM Dr. Joseph Muscat during first of several planned visits to explore investment opportunities Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 July 2017:  DAMAC International Chairman, Hussain Sajwani, sees Malta as a favourable investment destination, following a tour of the island-nation and a private meeting with Maltese Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat. The two discussed the increasing growth of tourism in the EU-member country and Malta’s historical appeal as business-friendly investment location. “Malta presents an ideal mix of investment benefits that make it a very attractive place for luxury and hospitality developers looking to expand into the EU zone. Thanks to favourable tax incentives for foreign investors as well as a stable government and leadership that continue to drive ......read more

US technology stocks most popular for UAE investors in H1 2017

Dubai, UAE. July 23, 2017:  UAE stock investors aligned with global investment trends during the first of half of 2017, according to Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, which has published results announcing the most traded stocks on SaxoTraderGO – the trading platform that provides instant access to global financial markets – between January and June of this year.  Saxo Bank’s most traded stocks list reveals UAE investors largely favoured US technology stocks, with Apple Inc. ranking top among the country’s investors, despite the company not having its best quarter with shares largely flat in comparison to significant competitor growth with Samsung’ share value swelling 15% in H1.  “While investors predict continued slow growth for Apple Inc. - the ......read more

Digital Shadows lifts the lid on credit card fraud gangs cashing in on $24 billion a year

Reveals step up in sophistication with Russian language e-learning courses, allowing aspiring criminals to make $12k in monthly earnings A snapshot of just two of the most popular criminal forums finds 1.2 million card holder details are on sale Dubai, UAE, July 20, 2017:   Digital Shadows, the industry leader in digital risk management, today reveals the findings of an in-depth study carried out by its team of multilingual analysts assessing the changing habits and tactics of organized credit card fraud gangs. It points to increased sophistication of a professional ecosystem as fraudsters seek to up-skill themselves and novice would-be cyber criminals.   By analyzing hundreds of criminal forums, Digital Shadows discovered a new trend in the form of remote learning ‘schools’. Available to Russian ......read more

Dubai Islamic Bank Group 1st Half 2017 Financial Results

Robust profitability growth continues with net profit rising by 7% YoY to AED 2.143 billion Financing assets grew by 9% YoY to AED 125.4 billion Deposits increased by 16% YoY to AED 141.4 billion Dubai, July 19, 2017:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DFM: DIB), the first Islamic bank in the world and the largest Islamic bank in the UAE by total assets, today announced its first half results for the period ended June 30, 2017.   H1 2017 Results Highlights: Sustained profitability and growth on the back of managed expenses Group Net Profit increased to AED 2,143 million, up 7% compared with AED 2,004 million for the same period in 2016. Total income increased to AED 4,865 million, up 15% compared with AED 4,235 million for the same period in 2016. Net Operating Revenue increased to AED 3,676 million, up 10% ......read more

32,801 businesses registered in Ras Al Khaimah by the Chamber of Commerce in the first half of 2017

Ras Al Khaimah – 19 July 2017:  The Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce has announced that Chamber membership numbers reached 32,801, and that 10,093 members had renewed their membership by the end of the first half of current year. The number of new private members registered during the first half of current year came to 970, 130 of which were in free zones along with 54 new branches for establishments inside and outside the emirate. Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Shemaili, Assistant General Manager Commercial Services and Business Development at Ras Al Khaimah Chamber, said that the results of the first half of 2017 reflect the vision that targets facilitating business for businessmen and investors, as well as enhancing the emirate's position in providing a supportive environment for economic growth, which showed continued ......read more

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Appoints Director of Marketing and Communications

Dubai, 18 July2017:  Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Ottoman inspired resort located on Palm Jumeirah, has announced the appointment of Ms. Raziena Cajee, the new Director of Marketing and Communications. A South African national, Raziena has over 12 years’ of corporate Marketing Communications experience and has been working with Jumeirah Group since May 2005. Prior to joining Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Raziena previously represented Corporate Brand Marketing at Jumeirah Group, leading Brand Strategy, Brand Development and Management in Dubai.  Hakan Petek, General Manager of the resort said “I am pleased to welcome Raziena to the team and am confident she will deliver continued success to the marketing function at the resort”.   Raziena will work with Katja Graf, Director of Sales and Marketing, ......read more

Oman Insurance Company employees support patients in need of blood

Dubai, UAE, July 17, 2017:  As a leading and trusted healthcare insurer in the region, Oman Insurance Company recognizes the fact that hospitals are in constant need of blood to treat their patients. According to statistics, an organ transplant can require up to 18 litres of blood, which is equal to total blood in 3 – 4 adults. Arranging for such large quantities can become challenging especially if it is a rare group like AB negative.  Understanding that supplies depend on voluntary contributions, the company has been extending its support to the people in need, by organizing a blood donation event in its premises since 2015. More than 100 employees volunteer every year to donate blood. Onkar Shukla, Head of Wellness at Oman Insurance said, “We ......read more

United Arab Bank Announces Financial Results for H1 2017

H1 2017 Highlights  AED55m Net Profit in H1 2017 50% Y-o-Y reduction in Impairment Losses ‘Non-Core’ portfolio managed down to 3% of Total Loans Robust liquidity profile with UAB comfortably above regulatory requirements  Loan : Deposit Ratio managed to 97% Capital Adequacy stable at 13%   Sharjah, UAE, 17July 2017:  United Arab Bank P.J.S.C ("UAB" or “the Bank”) announces its Financial Results for the six months ended 30th June 2017.   UAB continues to record tangible progress against its Transformation Strategy set out in H2 2015 to become a safer, stronger and sustainable Bank. Solid performance is evidenced across H1 2017 with the Bank reporting a Net Profit of AED55m, with UAB continuing to: strengthen its core businesses; run-down ......read more

UAE-IAA organises series of activities during International Internal Audit Awareness Month

Abdulqader Obaid Ali: Internal auditing plays key role in enhancing UAE’s competitiveness UAE ranked among world’s 10 most competitive economies DUBAI, July 10, 2017:  Joining the global internal auditors’ fraternity to promote the internal audit profession, the UAE Internal Auditors Association (IAA) organised a series of awareness activities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during the International Internal Audit Awareness Month.  The activities included roundtables, workshops and seminars, conducted across government and private sectors throughout the UAE.  Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Chairman, UAE-IAA, said: “UAE’s ranking among the world’s top 10 most competitive economies indicates the economy’s strength in terms of business efficiencies and productivity and internal audit plays ......read more

Lombard Odier Named Western Europe's Best Bank For Wealth Management At Euromoney Excellence Awards 2017

Dubai, UAE, July 10, 2017:  Lombard Odier has been named Western Europe's Best Bank for Wealth Management for 2017 by Euromoney, the leading global financial publication, at its prestigious annual Awards for Excellence. “We are honoured to have received this award for our longstanding commitment to accompany families, entrepreneurs and private individuals on their wealth management journeys,” said Lombard Odier Senior Managing Partner Patrick Odier. “This acknowledgment inspires us to continue to cultivate our 221-year-old tradition of servicing our clients in a secure, innovative way in each and every aspect of their financial lives”. The award recognises Lombard Odier’s leading position in wealth management, with the judging panel highlighting Lombard Odier’s understanding of the ......read more

Named as One of the Biggest Deals in the Industry:Empower Seals Deal with Trane® Commercial for Purchase of New Chillers

with total RT of 200,000 at the end of the IDEA Annual Conference 2017 in the USA “New line of chillers is highly efficient and eco-friendly,” says Empower Chief Dubai, UAE, 9th July 2017: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), the world's largest district cooling services provider, has announced a partnership with Trane Commercial for purchase of new chillers for the company. The agreement is considered the biggest deal in the district cooling industry worldwide and was signed at the end of the IDEA Annual Conference&Tradeshow 2017 held in Arizona, USA. In accordance with the agreement, Trane Commercial will supply Empower with 30 advanced, eco-friendly chillers, with total RT of 100,000. By Virtue of the deal, Empower has the right to buy additional 30 chillers with a total RT of 100,000 in ......read more

FX: Peak Goldilocks and Then More Volatility

05 July 2017 By John. J. Hardy, Saxo Bank's Head of FX Strategy STANDFIRST: The predominant Q3 risk in forex markets is rising volatility. At present, the “Goldilocks combination” of weakening inflation and a softer USD reigns, but this will weaken as central banks retreat from their hyper-accommodative stance. PULL QUOTE  1: “The most significant risk to global growth and near-record levels of global complacency is the policy tightening out of China” PULL QUOTE 2: “EM currencies face the greatest risk of downside in Q3” BANNER QUOTE: “The Goldilocks narrative will likely prove increasingly difficult to maintain” The second quarter of 2017 was one of declining volatility across global markets, especially once Europe got beyond the French presidential election. ......read more

Al-Futtaim Engineering Appointed Exclusive Distributor for York Air Conditioners

Dubai, July 04, 2017: Al-Futtaim Engineering, a multi-disciplinary engineering organisation, has been appointed exclusive distributor for York Air Conditioners by Johnson Controls – a Fortune 100 company.  The Al-Futtaim company’s Air Conditioning division will distribute the 2- and 3-star rated Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) compliant products with 12,000 to 36,000 BTU range to the retail-dealer’s segment in the UAE.  Dr. Hayan Sayed, CEO of Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, said: “We are extremely pleased to continue our association with Johnson Controls. York Air Conditioners are known for their innovative design and user-friendly features that help save energy, ensure sustainability and simplify maintenance. With our strong service track record and the ......read more

PSA Group reinforces its Sales and Marketing Division in MEA region

Dubai, UAE, July 4, 2017:  Samir Cherfan is appointed Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Middle East and Africa at PSA Group effective July 1st 2017. This new role has been created to support the achievement of the strategic plan Push to Pass in the Middle East and Africa region aiming at delivering 1 Million units by 2025.  The role covers the Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands. Samir Cherfan joins with 25 years of experience spanning across the full automotive value chain with with increasing responsibilities. Graduated from Polytech Paris engineering school in 1992, Samir joint Renault Group and spent the first 11 years of his career in vehicle engineering. Then he was appointed Program Director for mid-range sedan and hatchback models. He was instrumental in leading the development of this strategic segment ......read more

Oromia International Bank Opts for ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

July 03, 2017 Dubai, UAE: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that Oromia International Bank (OIB) which is a massively growing  bank in Ethiopia, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC. Oromia International Bank (OIB) will be implementing ICSFS’ universal Islamic flagship, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC in its head quarter and its 200+ branches;  this mile stone project will  provide Oromia International Bank with world-class fully integrated banking solutions which are designed and developed following the principles of Shari’a of which; ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Core Banking, Murabaha, Musharaka, Ijara, Istisna’a Tawaruq, Mudaraba, Salam, Qard Hasan, Salam Islamic,  Deposit, Profit Distribution, ......read more

Chairman of Metito Joins in Eradicating Malnutrition in Support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings accepts his appointment as IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador Dubai, 03 July 2017: The Intergovernmental Institution for the use of micro-algae spirulina against malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council has appointed Mr Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings as a Goodwill Ambassador.     Commenting on this appointment, H.E. Mutaz Ghandour said: “The objective of this institution is to eradicate malnutrition in Africa by 2030 in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Human access to basic nutrients, be it food or water, is a basic right yet 1 out of 6 people lack access to safe drinking water, and 1 in 3 people suffer from malnutrition. With 60 years of experience ......read more

QNET Extends Partnership With Manchester City Football Club

United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 2 July 2017:  Prominent Asian direct selling company, QNET, has extended its partnership with English Premier League team, Manchester City Football Club for a further three years.  The partnership extension sees QNET remain the Official Direct Selling Partner of the Club until 2020.   QNET, the flagship international direct selling subsidiary of the QI Group of Companies, said that the partnership allows the company to expand its global brand presence further and establish more diverse marketing platforms.   “We are absolutely thrilled with this on-going partnership with Manchester City. This is a significant relationship between two brands that are both keen on taking on any challenges for the taste of success. With this renewed relationship, we get to engage and ......read more

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

61% of savers in Saudi Arabia plan to save more in 2017 Upsurge in Savings Index score for Oman (+15.91) and Bahrain (+13.73) 48% of non-savers in Saudi Arabia and 39% of non-savers in other GCC countries intend to start saving 79% of respondents in Saudi Arabia and 88% in other GCC countries expect to be financially stable in 2017 39% of respondents in Saudi Arabia and 43% in other GCC countries foresee higher income in 2017 Dubai-UAE: 1 July, 2017:  National Bonds Corporation (National Bonds), the leading sharia-compliant savings and investments company in the UAE, has announced the results of its 2016 Savings Index for select GCC countries based on a survey conducted across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.    The results showed that the UAE recorded the highest percentage of regular savers ......read more

Heathrow and Travelex Launch New Appointment Service for VAT Refunds

New booking system provides enhanced service in Heathrow Terminal 5 Travelex has partnered with Heathrow to launch VAT Refund by Appointment, a new service for customers reclaiming their tax when leaving the UK. Customers flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 can now book private refund appointments for a fast, efficient service at a time convenient to them. John Rayment, UK Commercial Director, Travelex explains: “Tax-free shopping is one of the great benefits of coming to the UK. But we recognise that our customer’s time is precious. This new, exclusive experience will ensure customers can complete their VAT Refund in a relaxed environment, safe in the knowledge that their refund will be completed in a timely fashion.”  The appointment service offers: Private, one-to-one consultations at a screened ......read more

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

Islamic banks’ gross credit increased 8.4 per cent to Dh343 billion in the first quarter of 2017, including Dh325 billion domestic credit that grew 7.4 per cent that will help the UAE’s Halal Economy to grow faster than non-Halal sectors  Dubai, UAE, June 29, 2017  Key Announcements:  Islamic banking assets grew 3.2 per cent in the UAE to Dh522 billion quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2017, up from Dh506 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, UAE Central Bank report says  Islamic banks’ gross credit increased 8.4% to Dh343 billion in the first quarter of 2017   Islamic banks’ domestic credit grew 7.4% to Dh325 billion in Q1, 2017, which is expected to fuel the growth of the Halal sector  UAE’s Islamic banking assets are growing faster than that ......read more

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

Season of generosity translates to more remittances to friends and family back home  Dubai, June 24, 2017:  Xpress Money, one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands has recorded a 12% increase in remittances in the first two weeks of Ramadan as compared to the same period last year (first 2 weeks of Ramadan last year). The increase is reflected in outward remittances to South Asia, the Levant and other parts of the MENA region.  “Ramadan is the month of giving, and we traditionally witness that remittances back home to friends and loved ones increase during the month. This year, we have registered a 12% increase in remittances in the first two weeks of the holy month, and this figure may change once we tabulate data for the entire month after Eid-al-Fitr. The increased remittances are a ......read more

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 payment since listing on Nasdaq Dubai in March. The REIT will pay an interim dividend of USD 9,713,207, or USD 0.0382 per share. Shareholders must own shares in ENBD REIT before market close on 2nd July 2017 to be entitled to claim a dividend. The dividend record date will be 5th July 2017.  The dividend payment represents an annualized dividend yield of 7.13%, based on ENBD REIT’s closing share price of USD 1.08 on 21 June 2017 and ......read more

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Wealth protection and creation are integral part of growing banking business models…

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Doha Bank hosted a knowledge sharing session “enhancing customer value through wealth management” on 19th April 2017 at its Doha Bank Auditorium in Doha Qatar. The Guest of honour at the event was Qatar Exchange CEO, Rashid Bin Ali Al Mansoori. The Speakers at the event include Mr. James' Robertson, Head of Corporate and Wealth Managing Partner Taylor ......read more

Doha Bank achieves 2.9% profit growth with impressive ratios…

Dubai, April 19, 2017: His Excellency Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doha Bank, announced Doha Bank's financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Net profit for the first quarter of 2017 recorded an impressive QAR 364 million as compared to QAR 354 million for the same period in 2016 showing an increase of 2.9%. H.E. Sheikh Fahad said ......read more

UBF Hosts Meeting with SWIFT's Regional Chief Executive to Discuss Key Payments and Cybersecurity ...…

April 20, 2017 - Dubai, UAE: The UAE Banks Federation (UBF), a professional body representing 49 member banks operating in the UAE, today hosted a high-level delegation from SWIFT, the global provider of secure financial messaging services. The delegation – led by Mr. Alain Raes, Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific for SWIFT – met with UBF’s ......read more

GCC Islamic Banks Stay On Course Through Glum Operating Conditions, Says S&P Global Ratings Report…

•    We think GCC Islamic banks' financial profiles will continue to falter in 2017-2018.  •    We foresee weaker growth prospects, higher cost of risk, and lower liquidity for GCC Islamic banks.  •    Still, most of these banks have built sufficient capital buffers to weather the sluggish operating environment. DUBAI ......read more

Third Edition of TOP CEO Awards 2017 Announces Winners…

The rankings are finalised on the basis of listed statistics and numbers, making it the most credible system in the Gulf Dubai, UAE, 19 April 2017:  The winners of the Top CEO Awards 2017 have been announced, following the successful conclusion of the Top CEO Conference on April 11. The awards ceremony was hosted at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, King Abdullah Economic City, where the ......read more

Mashreq Launches Quick Remit to Pakistan…

Free of charge transfers with zero remittance fees  Dubai, UAE – 19th April 2017: Mashreq, one of UAE’s leading financial institutions, announced the exclusive launch of Quick Remit service to Pakistan. Mashreq customers can transfer Pakistani rupees free of charge either - via MashreqOnline or Snapp and enjoy instant credit to all bank accounts in Pakistan.  The new ......read more

17th Middle East Network Operators Group Conference Kicks off in Oman…

UAE, April 19 2017. The 17th Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG) conference, the latest edition of the international forum featuring key players from the region’s internet network operations field, officially opened today (Wednesday, April 19 2017) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Muscat, Oman. Running until April 20 2017, the conference will bring together global Internet and ......read more

Maktoum bin Mohammed reviews Dubai Holding's new strategic direction aimed at boosting Group's ...…

New organisational structure and debt management programme to deliver stronger balance sheet Seeks to enhance Dubai Holding’s role in Dubai’s economic diversification Dubai, April 18, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai reviewed Dubai Holding’s new strategic direction aimed at boosting the Group’s ......read more

Dabur International recognized at 38th Package of the Year Awards…

Dubai, UAE, 18 April, 2017-  Dabur International has won the 2016 Visual Impact Award in the Personal Care category for Vatika Advans Transparent Hair Gel’s Viva IML Tubes at the 38th Package of the Year Awards. The annual gala ceremony was organized recently by the New Jersey Packaging Executive Club (NJPEC), an organization of packaging professionals, at the Madison Hotel in ......read more

Mashreq Bank and Daman Investments Successfully Conclude One of the Largest Family Business LBO ...…

18 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Mashreq and Daman Investments have successfully advised Gargash Family to acquire 100% equity in Gargash Enterprises LLC for an undisclosed amount. Gargash Enterprises is the largest independent Distributor for Mercedes Benz Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles in the world.  Commenting on the deal, H.E. Abdulaziz Al Ghurair, CEO at Mashreq ......read more

Senior Regional Emissaries Map Out pan-Arab Business Strategy…

Business roundtable organised by Invest in Sharjah in conjunction with Jordan Business Council attracts over 100 stakeholders from across the region Sharjah, April 17, 2017 The rich array of investment opportunities to be leveraged from effective pan-Arab collaboration was the topic under discussion at a high level business event held yesterday (Monday) in Sharjah. Hosted by the Sharjah FDI ......read more

S&P Global Ratings: Sukuk Accounting Proposal Takes The Standardization Debate To A New Level…

Dubai, April 17, 2017 S&P Global Ratings believes the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)'s proposal for accounting and classification guidelines for sukuk issued by Islamic financial institutions, if implemented, represents a boost for proponents of standardization. In our view, this--coupled with AAOIFI's recent proposal on centralized ......read more

Dubai International Financial Centre Calls on Applicants for FinTech Hive at DIFC…

Online application process goes live on 17 April 2017  Applications will be evaluated by Dubai International Financial Centre, Accenture and participating Financial Institutions Dubai, UAE: 17 April 2017 - Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has today announced that applications for its ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ accelerator programme will open on 17 April 2017, ......read more

OSGP Alliance to Host 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit in Dubai…

UAE, April 17, 2017- The OSGP Alliance, the global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications, will organize the 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit on May 22, 2017 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. Networked Energy Services Corporations (NES), a global smart grid market leader with ......read more

Mashreq Bank and Daman Investments Successfully Advised Gargash Family for one of the Largest ...…

UAE – Dubai, 16 April 2017 - Mashreq and Daman Investments have successfully advised Gargash Family to acquire 100% equity in Gargash Enterprises LLC for an undisclosed amount. Gargash Enterprises is the largest independent Distributor for Mercedes Benz Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles in the world.  Commenting on the deal, H.E. Abdulaziz Al Ghurair, CEO at Mashreq ......read more

LED and Textile printing - a major focus at SGI Dubai 2018: IEC…

‘SGI Dubai 2018’ show will be held from January 14th to 16th at the Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai, UAE, April 16th, 2017: International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that the LED and Textile Printing industry is slated to grow exponentially in 2017 across the UAE and the Middle East region and is set to propel the retail sector. SGI Dubai is one of the most ......read more

Doha Bank Re-ignites Qatar's Property Market with New Loan Offer at 3.99% with 12 Months Payment ...…

Dubai, April 13, 2017 – Doha Bank announced the launch of its new retail home loan offer which now features an interest rate of 3.99% for the first year. What makes this offer so irresistible is also the 12 months payment holiday offered to customers with a an option to get up to QAR 20,000 to offset the early settlement fees whenever you are transferring your home loan from another bank to ......read more

Mashreq posts a 3% increase in Net Profit for first quarter 2017…

Dubai, UAE; April 13, 2017:  Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, today has reported its financial results for the first quarter ending 31st March 2017.  Key highlights [1Q 2017 vs 1Q 2016]: Stable growth in Net Profit  Net profit increased by 2.7% year-on-year to AED 546 million primarily due to a 15% decrease in impairment ......read more

ICS Financial Systems Successfully Participates at Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention…

  13 April, 2017  Dubai UAE: ICS Financial Systems (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, showcased its multiple award winning Islamic banking software, ICS BANKS® ISLAMIC, at Sub‐Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention which was held in Uganda at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on the 6th of April 2017. The event ......read more

Danube Group Chief hosts Lavish Four-Day Wedding on Cruise…

The UAE-based Indian business tycoon Rizwan Sajan exclusively booked a whole ship from the Costa fleet, to celebrate the wedding of his son Adel Sajan There are over 1,000 guests, among them numerous Bollywood stars, who were on board during a Mediterranean cruise which touched Italy, Spain and France.  Dubai, April 12, 2017 – Rizwan Sajan, Chairman and Founder of Danube ......read more

National Bonds Boosts Financial Happiness, Registers 75% Increase in Regular Savers in 2016…

  Up to 4% Annualized Returns Distributed to Sukuk Holders Dubai-UAE: 12 April, 2017 – National Bonds Corporation PJSC (National Bonds), the unique sharia-compliant investments company in the UAE licensed by the UAE Central Bank and owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, Dubai Government’s principal investment arm, today announced that its consistent message of ......read more

UAE IAA to host the Annual Regional Audit Conference on April 19-20…

Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan to present ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ to internal auditors Decision-makers, internal auditing professionals to attend two-day conference in Abu Dhabi Largest smart conference and a premier internal audit event DUBAI, April 12, 2017: Key decision-makers, thought-leaders and eminent global internal auditing professionals will converge at the ......read more

Private Equity Forum & Awards 2017 puts spotlight on investment flow in MENA private equity…

UAE, April 12, 2017- The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) private investment community is set to address the regional investments’ future direction at the first of a kind regional forum, Private Equity Forum & Awards 2017, which will be held on April 19, 2017 at the St. Regis, Al Habtoor City in Dubai. The event will bring together regional and international private equity (PE) and ......read more

Dubai Courts tasks ‘Taaheed' Offices to take charge of processing remote registration of labor ...…

UAE, April 12, 2017- In line with the efforts to facilitate litigation and ensure customers' happiness, Dubai Courts has confirmed the outsourcing of all remote registration of labor cases, (district court and plenary court), to the authorized service provider ‘Taaheed’ through its ‘Al Salfa’ service, the first program of its kind in the Middle East that provides ......read more

Dry Powder Hits New Record High As Private Equity Continues To Outperform, But Competition For ...…

April 12, 2017- Global markets experienced a roller-coaster 2016 as the outcomes of the U.K.’s Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential election rocked investors. Yet, the global private equity (PE) industry proved its resilience, turning in healthy results for the year.  Exit activity was strong, but overall totals for 2016 declined as deals that had been on hold during the global ......read more

Changing dynamics make financial markets more volatile, says Doha Bank Group CEO…

Dubai, April 11, 2017: Doha Bank hosted a knowledge sharing event titled “New world order and opportunities” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi recently. The speakers at the event were Mr. Craig Wing, Partner and Future Strategist at Future World and Mr. Kamal Sharma, Director & G10 FX Strategist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. Speaking at the event Dr. ......read more

Dubai Islamic Bank 1st Quarter 2017 Net Profit reaches AED 1.042 Billion…

Net profit up by 4% compared to same period in 2016 Financing assets up by 6% to AED 121.4 billion Deposits up by 12% to AED 137.2 billion Dubai, April 11, 2017 Dubai Islamic Bank (DFM: DIB), the first Islamic bank in the world and the largest Islamic bank in the UAE by total assets, today announced its first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2017. 1st Quarter Results ......read more

Intesa Sanpaolo expands corporate & investment banking in the UAE and Qatar…

New offices opened in Doha and Abu Dhabi  The new offices, alongside its existing Dubai presence, will be part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Corporate and Investment Banking Division (CIB) which has a growing footprint in 29 countries. The increased presence and commitment to the Gulf region will help support the international growth plans of Italian businesses, as well as strengthen the ......read more

New IBPC Board Announces Plans to Help Boost India-UAE Strategic Relations…

IBPC announces line-up of year-long events and plans to offer strategic advisory to investors and stakeholders to help strengthen bilateral relations between India and the UAE as new Board takes charge following unanimous election of the Office Bearers IBPC will increase the number of events to promote India-UAE relations in the UAE As UAE-India relations reach a strategic level, ......read more

ICAI Dubai Felicitates Doha Bank CEO…

Dubai, April 11, 2017: The ICAI – Dubai Annual Conference was held on 7th and 8th April 2017 at the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies, Academic City, Dubai. The Theme of the Conference was: "FUTURE OF FUTURE” H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Honourable Cabinet Member & Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development, Government of UAE inaugurated ......read more

World Retail Congress Celebrates the Global Leaders of Retail…

Amazon wins Retailer of The Year Award   Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths South Africa, wins the inaugural Woman of The Year award Fashion Retail Academy, London, wins the Future Retail Challenge Award Terry Lundgren, Martha ‘Marty’ Wikstrom, Micky & Renuka Jagtiani inducted into The World Retail Hall of Fame. Dubai, UAE, April 11, 2017:   The 11th edition ......read more

Al Ghurair International Exchange Joins Hands with Western Union to Facilitate Remittances to ...…

11 April 2017 – Dubai: Al Ghurair International Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide Money Transfer Company, announced its reach to over billions of bank accounts by joining hands with Western Union’s  account payout service which connects cross border consumers and eases the account credit facility with its fast, secure,  reliable and vast  global ......read more

Study: Corporate governance and succession issues still hound GCC family businesses …

UAE, April 11, 2017- While family businesses in the GCC region continue to carve important niches and mark footprints in the global economy, they also face serious challenges in a highly competitive modern-day business environment. This is according to the findings of a recent report on ‘Family Matters: Managing the GCC’s Family Business Powerhouses’ released by Orient Planet ......read more

Najibi Investments' SANAD Capital Australia Set its Eyes on Hospitality for Sunshine Coast Project…

Phase one of the AED1 billion development approved in February 2017; allies with top global hotel consultant for hotel roll out plan to open in 2020 The Dubai-based Najibi Investments announced today that its Australian development arm, SANAD Capital, currently developing the AED1 billion ‘Active Lifestyle’ project, code named ACTVE, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, is set to ......read more

ADCB launches Travel Credit Card to offer unprecedented savings to the globetrotters and the ...…

In partnership with Cleartrip, Hotels.com and MasterCard, travellers can get unprecedented savings and rewards Abu Dhabi, 10 April 2017: Leading regional bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has unveiled its trailblazing Traveller Credit Card with incomparable rewards and benefits that deliver generous savings for the UAE’s globetrotters, the adventurers and the day-trippers. The one ......read more

Emirates Digital Wallet LLC in Final Development Stage Toward Establishment…

Set for imminent launch, first-of-its-kind initiative will mark a major milestone in the UAE’s journey towards a cashless future April 10, 2017 - Dubai UAE: The UAE Banks Federation (UBF) has announced that the establishment of Emirates Digital Wallet LLC, a company owned by 16 shareholding banks and fully sponsored by UBF, has reached its final development stage. The launch of ......read more

Wadi and Al Rajhi Bank announce new partnership…

Wadi.com, KSA’s fastest growing e-commerce platform, announces its latest and first of its kind partnership with KSA’s leading bank Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 9, 2017 – Wadi.com, KSA’s home-grown online shopping marketplace, today announced a new strategic partnership with one of KSA’s most trusted banks, Al Rajhi Bank. This unique collaboration between the ......read more

Xylem Opens New Office in Saudi Arabia…

Dubai, UAE/Saudi Arabia, 9th April 2017 – Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company, today announced the opening of a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new office is part of Xylem’s $35 million investment in the Middle East North Africa region, which includes additional resources to help provide localized products, services and capabilities in key markets ......read more

Dunia Group Reports 6th Consecutive Year of Profit…

•    Dunia Finance 2016 operating income increases 12% to AED 806.8 million •    Customer-centric strategy leads to a 21% increase in total dunia customers in 2016    •    Board of Directors recommends a dividend of AED 56 million   Abu Dhabi [9 April 2017]: Dunia Group today released its audited full year ......read more

Alawwal Bank Redefines What Branch Banking Means in the Digital Age…

Synechron designs first-of-its-kind café branch complete with barista and digital onboarding    Riyadh, KSA, 09 April 2017 - Continuing to lead the innovation space in the financial industry and delivering truly digital banking solutions, Alawwal bank has unveiled its new digital branch in the form of a coffee shop that aims to set the global benchmark for branch banking. ......read more

United Arab Bank celeberates the graduation of its UAE Nationals…

DRIVING AND DEVELOPING THE BANK’S UAE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP Sharjah, UAE, 8th April 2017 - United Arab Bank P.J.S.C ("UAB" or “the Bank”) celebrated recently the graduation of 10 of its promising Emirati employees from the prestigious ‘Reyadah’ Program for Accelerated Learning.  ‘Reyadah’ is UAB’s flagship Training and Development ......read more

City Index Looks at UAE Credit Rating to Impact Forex within the GCC…

As of the latter part of 2016, Moody’s credit rating within the UAE countries saw the banking sector as holding steady. Despite what is being labelled as an ‘economic slowdown,’ this global credit ranking agency still sees investments in the region as being ‘stable’ due to a noted liquidity of assets and overall stability within the region. Their report, ......read more

DuPont Announces Agreement with FMC…

April 5th, 2017- DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) to divest a portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business, including certain research and development capabilities, and to acquire substantially all of FMC’s Health & Nutrition business. The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of $1.6 billion ......read more

MENA insurance markets – shifting landscape amidst four-pronged disruptive events…

While the UAE insurance market was supported by the roll-out of the mandatory Dubai health scheme (premium growth of 19% in 2016), recent premium growth in other MENA insurance markets has been subdued Clear signs of industry consolidation are evident with a number of KSA insurers making merger announcements Four-pronged disruption affecting MENA insurance markets: increasing customer ......read more

Moody's affirms Mashreq Capital's “Very Good” Investment Manager Quality Assessment…

Dubai, UAE – 4 April 2016:  Moody’s, the independent credit rating agency, has rated Mashreq Capital at “very good” (MQ2) for its investment manager quality assessment.  This is the third consecutive year that Mashreq Capital – Mashreq Bank’s investment arm with $1.5billion of assets under management - has received this score.   The investment ......read more

Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies Conducts Cybersecurity Conference for 30 UAE ...…

Experts: Banks must prioritize enhancement of cybersecurity programs Dubai-UAE: April 4, 2017 – Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, hosted a workshop titled Cybersecurity in the UAE Banking Sector. Highlighting the growing cyber risks in the region, the conference drew more than 30 mid- to ......read more

Arab startups lead new generation of tech-savvy enterprises, says new study…

April 04, 2017: Nearly 500 startups opening businesses and seeking funding are spurring a new round of entrepreneurial boom across the Arab World as more young executives take on the new roles of business owners or managers, according to a new report titled ‘The Future of Arab Startups: Challenges and Opportunities in a Connected World.’ The report published by Orient Planet Research, ......read more

Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2017) to focus on varied topics for attracting foreign direct ...…

The forum discussed ‘Relationship between international investment and competitiveness and how it is changing the current global economic landscape’ Dubai, UAE, 3 April 2017:  The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2017) has brought together on day two a wide range of attendees including renowned personalities, key decision makers in industry, finance and politics from the MENA ......read more

Majid Al Futtaim Fashion Announces Franchise Partnership With Crate & Barrel…

Home Furnishings Specialty Retail brand marks Majid Al Futtaim’s first entry into the Home Fashion and Furniture market Dubai, UAE – April 3, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, today announced the signing of an agreement with Crate and Barrel to operate their stores and showrooms in ......read more

Day one of AIM Startup 2017 showcases innovative big and small projects…

Around 100 exhibitors are showcasing their unique ideas at AIM Startup 2017 Dubai, UAE, April 3, 2017:  The inaugural edition of AIM Startup, organised in conjunction with AIM 2017, commenced today on Sunday, April 2nd in Dubai World Trade Centre. The new initiative witnessed a prolific gathering of visitors, investors and officials.  AIM Startup 2017 aims to extend support ......read more

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