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Harris Pye UAE strengthens its footprint in Egypt

As per the company’s strategic growth plan, Harris Pye is effectively stabilizing its presence within the Egyptian market through its contractual contributions to the Canal Sugar (S.A.E)refinery project. Dubai – United Arab Emirates –18th of August 2019:  Harris Pye Engineering Group UAE, a global service provider supplying the offshore, marine and industrial sectors, recently signed a contract with Egyptian Joint Stock company, Canal Sugar. As per the terms of the agreement, Harris Pye will supply five 40tph, horizontal, three-pass, and multi-tubular smoke tube boilers to what is expected to be one of the largest beet sugar production facilities in the world. Harris Pye’s involvement with this mega project builds upon the UAE’s reputable business standing by contributing to the country’s ......read more

Gold reigns as global bond yield collapse continues

By Ole S. Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy, Saxo Bank | August 18, 2019 Global growth concerns and ample supply of key commodities have been the main drivers behind the weakness seen across the sector so far this quarter. Precious metals remain the exception with gold responding strongly to the ongoing collapse in global bond yields.  The trade war between the US and China remains one of the main drivers behind global growth concerns. This in turn impacts the demand prospects for growth-dependent commodities ranging from crude oil and industrial metals to some agricultural products. As a result, the market has been “pumping and mostly dumping” as news from Washington and Beijing continued to alternate between hope and despair. Such volatile market conditions have not been helped by lower liquidity during the peak ......read more

Saxo Bank completes acquisition of BinckBank

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  15, August 2019:  Saxo Bank and BinckBank announce that Saxo Bank has completed the acquisition of BinckBank. The acquisition of BinckBank marks an important milestone for the Saxo Bank Group that now services approximately 860,000 clients and holds approximately EUR 46 bn in client assets. By gaining scale and reducing cost and complexity, the Group can continue its ambitious investments in the digital client experience and expand its product offering, delivering more relevant and intuitive platforms and services. Clients and partners will significantly benefit from being serviced by a much larger Group with enhanced resources and capabilities for innovation and development. Saxo Bank and BinckBank will now start working on the integration of the two companies to share technology ......read more

Ajman Free Zone signs MoU with Dubai Insurance Company

The new service will replace the current bank guarantee Ajman, United Arab Emirates - August 14, 2019:  Ajman Free Zone has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and associated documents with Dubai Insurance to provide insurance services to workers employed by companies operating within the Free Zone.  The new service will replace the current bank guarantee system and will cover all workers’ dues including the end of service gratuity, annual leave unpaid salaries and the cost of a return ticket home.   Mohammad Tahsin Al Ali, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Insurance Company attended the signing ceremony, with Fatma Salem, Acting General Manager of Ajman Free Zone and senior representatives from both parties.  Acting General Manager of Ajman Free Zone, Fatma Salem commented: “This ......read more

UK: The power of credit impulse at work

By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  14, August 2019:  The negative Q2 growth print is the perfect example of the power of credit impulse. However, contrary to an increasing number of market participants that consider the UK economy is already in recession that began in April, we think that Q3 GDP growth bounce is on the cards. We explain you why.  The UK growth is like a bouncing ball: in the first quarter, it grew by 0.5%, higher than the average of the G7 countries, and in the second quarter, it went into negative territory at minus 0.2%, rising fears that recession has started. This downturn resulted from factory shutdowns and the fallout from pre-Brexit stockpiling. However, more fundamentally, the disappointing Q2 growth print reflects the lack of new ......read more

Evonik sticks to full-year outlook despite cooling economy

• Outlook for 2019 confirmed: Sales and adjusted EBITDA to remain at least stable • Second-quarter sales and earnings below year-ago period • Compared with the first quarter all three chemical segments increase earnings      Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    Evonik is sticking to its full-year outlook despite an increasingly gloomy economic environment. The company expects sales and adjusted EBITDA from continued operations to remain at least stable compared with last year. In 2018 Evonik generated - not including the divested Methacrylates business - sales of €13.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA of €2.15 billion.   In the second quarter of this year sales declined 3 percent to €3.31 billion compared with the prior-year quarter. While ......read more

FireEye Identifies Prolific Chinese Cyber Threat Group

APT41 – a dual espionage and cyber crime threat actor – is responsible for targeted operations against organizations in 15 jurisdictions, across multiple industries including healthcare, gaming, high-tech and the media.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the intelligence-led security company, today released the details of its newly named Advanced Persistent Threat group – APT41.   “APT41 is unique among the China-nexus actors we track in that it uses tools typically reserved for espionage campaigns in what appears to be activity for personal gain. They are as agile as they are skilled and well-resourced,” said Sandra Joyce, SVP of Global Threat Intelligence at FireEye. “Their aggressive and persistent operations for ......read more

Sharjah Exports Development Center Achieves Record Results in First Half of 2019

Sharjah, 8 August 2019:  The Sharjah Exports Development Center (SEDC), one of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s (SCCI’s) initiatives, said that it has achieved record results during the first half of 2019, adding that the center has managed to accomplish the various aspects of its operational plan and objectives. “This is evident in the center’s effective results in terms of bolstering and promoting services for domestic companies and opening new channels to connect local companies with global markets. In addition to the initiatives launched by SEDC to connect Sharjah’s trade sector with new markets through a series of events involving exhibitions and trade missions to new markets,” added SEDC. Providing Perfect Environment for Exports HE Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, ......read more

New Mimecast Report Reveals Analysis of 67 Billion Rejected Emails

Report Discovers Trojans Made up 71% of Opportunistic Attacks, and Education as the Most Targeted Sector   Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:   Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ: MIME), a leading email and data security company, today launched its first Threat Intelligence Report: Black Hat Edition 2019. The report provides technical analysis of emerging threats identified as attempts to get through the security environment of Mimecast customers.   Within the report, Mimecast Threat Center researchers outline tactics and techniques of emerging threats, active threat campaigns observed, primary threat categories and volume, and the top targeted sectors. Researchers also offer their insights into how the threat landscape may change over the next 6-18 months based on observations made during this ......read more

Three Bangladeshi businessmen from same family awarded UAE Gold Visa – a first in the country

M. Oliur Rahman, Vice-Chairman of Al Haramain Group and M. Emadur Rahman, Deputy Managing Director of Al Haramain Group, receives UAE Gold Visa, following M. Mahtabur Rahman, Chairman and Managing Director of Al Haramain Group – making the first businessmen trio from the same family and same company to receive the coveted UAE Gold Visa    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:   Three Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) businessmen – M. Mahtabur Rahman, M. Oliur Rahman and M. Emadur Rahman – from the same family and same company, Al Haramain Group of Companies, have been awarded the UAE Gold Visa – a first in the country’s history.   M. Oliur Rahman, Vice-Chairman of Al Haramain Group and M. Emadur Rahman, Deputy Managing Director of Al Haramain Group, received UAE ......read more

9th Muslim World Business and Investment Zone to host Jewels of the Muslim World Award and The Muslim World Rania Award

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:   Time is getting closer to the much awaited OIC International Business Centre’s 9th Muslim World Business and Investment Zone annual trade exhibition and conference with preparations to welcome local and international participants from 4-6 September 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Organised in collaboration with the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) in Morroco, a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Saudi Arabia, together with the Association of Muslim World Business Malaysia, the 9th Muslim World Biz will be introducing new activities and involving more participants. Exhibitors, trade visitors, speakers and delegates from over 35 countries have confirmed their participation in the event. The profile ......read more

Eyes of the World on Expo 2020 Dubai

India home to greatest number of global Expo 2020 Dubai searches  Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    With a little over a year until Expo 2020 Dubai, international sentiment remains overwhelmingly positive with global interest in the emirate’s six-month long trade fair at an all-time high, according to the latest research from SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. Online research conducted by SEMrush, the all-in-one marketing toolkit for digital marketing professionals, shows India leading the country-specific rankings in search volumes related to Expo 2020 Dubai, which runs for 173 days from 20 October 2020. India was closely followed by Italy, with the USA and UK tied in third place and Germany ranked fourth. Pakistan, Canada, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia all followed with ......read more

Oman Insurance Retains Its Positive Business Momentum

75% Net Profit growth and over 225% solvency recorded in 1H2019  Oman Insurance retains its positive business momentum as the Net Profit grew by 75% to AED 105.6 Million in 1H 2019, as compared to AED 60.2 million for the same period last year.    Oman Insurance retains its positive business momentum as the Net Profit grew by 75% to AED 105.6 Million in 1H 2019, as compared to AED 60.2 million for the same period last year.  This growth is supported by strong underwriting results, increased investment income, accelerated collections and leaner operating expenses. The company has posted the highest half yearly net profit over 5 years that marks a key milestone for the company. The solvency ratio now stands above 225%, more than double the minimum regulatory requirement of 100%.     While the Gross ......read more

Schneider Electric is Founding Member of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance

• New levels of industry collaboration will protect and secure people, processes and technology • Extends ability to help customers establish and adhere to standards-based best processes, practices and policies  • Fulfills commitment to fostering open, transparent knowledge sharing, education and advocacy; drives needed change   August 6, 2019:   Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has joined the newly formed ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance as a Founding Member.    The International Society of Automation created the Global Cybersecurity Alliance to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in worldwide manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. Bringing together end-user ......read more

Beware of fraud! Protect yourself from falling victim to job and immigration scams

By Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO - Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global   Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  06, August 2019:   Going hand in hand with the number of people aspiring to work or settle abroad, are the scams that prey on this aspiration. One often hears about cases of people being defrauded on false promises of jobs or immigration abroad by fraudulent entities, which impacts applicants not just financially and emotionally, but also put them at a risk of their personal data being misused.   In 2018, VFS Global, the world’s largest visa processing service provider for governments, received more than 560 complaints, via emails from affected parties, about fraudulent entities posing as company representatives and making bogus job and immigration offers, in exchange for ......read more

GIAS 2020 to feature investment opportunities for participating countries

$600 billion needed to meet regional aircraft demands by 2038   • Regional markets will be in need of 10,550 new aircrafts by 2038 • Asia Pacific accounts for the biggest market share of 28% • UAE maintains its regional aviation leadership  • More than 200 investors expected at GIAS 2020   Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  05, August 2019:   Regional aircraft markets will need $600 billion in investments to meet the demand for 150-seat 10,550 aircrafts by 2038 due to rise in air travellers, according to a report by aerospace company Embraer.  Market growth will drive 65 per cent of this demand for the aircrafts, while the remaining 35 per cent will replace ageing aircrafts, the report adds.   These developments will be one of the highlighted investment ......read more

Empower enhances the professional performance of its employees

Bin Shafar: Our human resources are our local and global ambassadors Dubai, UAE, 4 August 2019:   Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world's largest district cooling services provider, organised various training courses for its employees during the period January to July 2019. These courses were conducted as part of its annual training and development agenda, and benefitted to more than 200 employees in its workforce.  The training courses and programs represent a major part of Empower's annual strategy to raise the performance level of its staff to the highest international standards and to motivate them to continue gaining more knowledge and skills in district cooling. The employee training workshops included various technical, safety and soft skill courses such as; supervisory ......read more

Giorgio Stock Named President, Warnermedia Entertainment Networks, Distribution and Advertising Sales, Emea & Apac

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  04, August 2019:   WarnerMedia Chief Revenue Officer Gerhard Zeiler today announced the appointment of Giorgio Stock to the new role of President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Distribution and Advertising Sales, EMEA and APAC. With immediate effect, Stock, previously President Turner EMEA, takes on responsibility for all entertainment networks, distribution of all networks, advertising sales and the kids networks operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. He will continue to report into Zeiler. In his new role, Stock will be supported by the leadership team of Ricky Ow, President Turner Asia Pacific, Hervé Payan, CEO HBO Europe, and Jonathan Spink, CEO HBO Asia, all of whom now report into him. He continues to be based in London. Announcing the ......read more

Trade Bank of Iraq Continues Strong Annual Growth and Records Impressive Financial Results

The bank is upgrading its license in Abu Dhabi to an asset management company from a representative office TBI ranked first in the BIS Capital Ratio (Global) by The Banker Annual audit of TBI’s performance, complied by Ernst and Young, show a 20% increase in net operating income and a 30 % increase in funds held in customer accounts Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 August 2019:   Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) achieved another consecutive year of expansion and growth with an increase in revenues and major growth recorded in key financial areas, according to an audit of the institution’s annual operations by Ernst and Young. Financial statements for the year ending 31st December 2018 reveal strong results for TBI as a result of year-on improvements across important sectors including net operating income, ......read more

Union Coop Distribute 1000 gifts packs to Hajj pilgrims

Union Coop – The largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE distributed 1000 gift packs consisting of travel essentials to people performing the Hajj pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  03, August 2019:   Retail Pioneer ‘Union Coop’ distributed 1000 gift packs to people performing the Hajj pilgrimage, at Dubai International Airport, Terminal – 3 for the fourth consecutive year. This initiative comes as a service to the community and contributes to the promotion of good values among its members and the promotion of cohesion and interdependence while instilling positive customs and traditions. Explaining Union Coop’s commitment towards such initiatives every year, Ms. Huda Salem Saif, Communication and Social Service Section ......read more

ENBD REIT announces Q1 NAV of USD 255 million; active leasing strategy protects occupancy

Ex-dividend NAV at USD 255 million or USD 1.02 per share Cum-dividend NAV of USD 260 million or USD 1.04 per share prior to final dividend of USD 5.4 million approved by shareholders on 24th June 2019 and subsequently paid on 15th July 2019  Active leasing strategy boosts Burj Daman occupancy to 77%, Binghatti Terraces to 89% Blended occupancy steady at 82%, down by just 4% despite loss of significant tenant    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1st August 2019: ENBD REIT (CEIC) PLC (“ENBD REIT”), the Shari’a compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited, has announced its Net Asset Value for its first quarter ended 30th June 2019. ENBD REIT’s NAV stood at USD 255 million ex-dividend (USD 1.02 per share) at the close of the quarter, which ......read more

Silah Gulf is Official Customer Experience Partner of the Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum

August 01, 2019:   Bahrain, Riyadh- Silah Gulf a leading, multi award winning Customer Experience solutions provider becomes the official customer experience partner of the  Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum to be held in Riyadh, KSA from 11-13th of November, later this year.   Billed as the largest R&D event in the region focused on the disruptive technologies of what has been labelled the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum will welcome over 50 government officials and senior-level executives, more than 50 speakers, leading 12 panel discussions with the participation of 500 attendees, 60 exhibitors, 12 Certified Technical Workshops, 30 Proof of Concepts & Live Demo Sessions, and a dedicated focus day for IIOT. Furthermore, 10 Pioneers in innovation will be celebrated ......read more

New Business Ventures on the Rise in UAE as Economic Initiatives Pay Off

U.A.E – 1st August 2019 - A range of initiatives such as new visa regulations has led to a major spike in entrepreneurs deciding to set up businesses in the UAE. Flying Colour, a company which opens both free zone and onshore businesses, say the growth covers a range of sectors such as hospitality, IT and retail and that it covers the whole of the country.   In the first half of 2019, enquiries to start-up a new business are up by around 20% and show no signs of stopping.   Flying Colour CEO, Meet Joshi, said: “The introduction of new licensing and visa regulations have really eased the process of starting a new business. The UAE is vibrant, but it is also solid and has a proven track record, which is why so many people are attracted to open a business in the country.   “Flying Colour has a ......read more

Dubai Investments reports 17% increase in second quarter profits

Dubai, Aug 1st, 2019: Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, reported profit of AED 151 million for the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 17% when compared to the same period last year.  Profit for the first six months of the year was AED 353 million as compared to AED 491 million in the previous year. These included gains on M&A transactions of AED 64 million and AED 333 million for the respective periods. Profits for H1 2019 without considering these exceptional items has increased by AED 131 million when compared to the previous period.  Company’s total assets grew by AED 1.09 billion during H1 2019 and reached AED 20.65 billion as on 30th June 2019. The annualized return on equity for the period was 5.9%. In his comments, ......read more

UAB reports Net Profit of AED36m for H1 2019

Financial Results    H1 2019 Highlights  Interest income increased by 6% compared to prior year Operating Expenses decreased by 6% vs. H1 2018 Provisions for Credit Losses decreased by 5% vs. H1 2019 Capital Adequacy at 16.5%  CET1 ratio at 15.4% Coverage ratio increased to 93.6% compared to 91.5% in December 2018 Sharjah, UAE, 31 July 2019 - United Arab Bank P.J.S.C ("UAB" or “the Bank”) announces its Financial Results for the six months ended 30th June 2019.   UAB reported a Net Profit of AED36m in H1 2019 as the Bank continues its prudent approach to recognize provisions and increase its coverage. The Bank has reported an increase in interest income of 6% and a reduction of 6% in Operating Expenses which provides further evidence that the Bank is well ......read more

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Deloitte's Corporate Finance practices recognized by Mergermarket as the most active M&A advisor in the world 04 March 2019 - United Arab Emirates:  Mergermarket, an Acuris company and a leader in M&A intelligence, has ranked Deloitte's global Corporate Finance practices as the number one most active M&A advisor in the world, based on deal volume, in its latest Global ......read more

Takaful Emarat reports financial results for the twelve-month period ended 31st December 2018…

Dubai, UAE 4th of March 2019: Takaful Emarat (“the Company”), the DFM-listed, Shariah-compliant Life and Health Takaful provider, announced its full year financial results for the twelve-month period ended 31st December 2018 which has been approved by the Board of Directors.    Key Financial Highlights  • Net profit for the 12 months ended 31st December ......read more

ICSFS & PBZ Celebrates Successful Go Live of ICS BANKS ISLAMIC and ICS BANK…

March 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: The People’s Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ), a state-owned and one of the oldest commercial banks in Tanzania, has successfully deployed and gone live on ICS BANKS ISLAMIC and ICS BANKS universal software suites from ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions. The People’s Bank of ......read more

Trade Bank of Iraq wins two top titles at the EMEA Finance Awards…

TBI named the ‘Best local Bank in Iraq 2018’ and ‘Best Investment Bank in Iraq in 2018’ at annual awards ceremony  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2019: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has been presented with two prestigious financial industry awards in recognition of its ongoing work to expand and develop the banking services landscape for its private and business ......read more

UAB Reports Financial Results for the Twelve Months to 31 December 2018…

Financial Results –FY 2018   FY 2018 Highlights  Net Profit of AED77mwhich represents an increase of 345% compared to prior year Total Operating Income of AED647m Interest Income increased by 11% compared to prior year Operating Expenses decreased by 11% vs. 2017 Provisions for Credit Losses decreased by 16% vs. 2017 Loans : Deposits ratio improved to ......read more

Visa and PayMate Team Up to Expand Regional B2B Payments…

Collaboration will help Visa’s commercial financial institution clients extend PayMate’s proprietary platform to their Enterprise & SMB customers to help make faster payments United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 03 March 2019:  Visa (NYSE: V) and PayMate, a leader in India’s Business-to-Business (B2B) payments landscape, announced an expanded collaboration to provide ......read more

Emirates Development Bank successfully closes first Fedral entity issuance of USD 750 million bond…

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 02nd March 2019: Emirates Development Bank, rated AA- by Fitch has successfully closed a USD750 million 5-year Senior Bond. Emirates Development Bank (EDB), a development bank fully owned by the UAE federal government launched its debut $750m five-year bond issue at 3.516 per cent coupon in the Regulation S markets. The inaugural USD transaction was issued ......read more

Saxo Bank announces 2018 results…

Saxo Bank reports a record profit following the sale of its shareholding in Saxo Payments, while the number of new clients for both direct and wholesale businesses reaches new highs.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 28, 2019:  Saxo Bank Group (“The Group”) reported a positive net profit of DKK 955.8 million for 2018, a record profit for the Group, an increase ......read more

Nine companies were awarded winner trophies at the UAE Innovation Award Ceremony 2nd cycle…

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum The 4 star winners are Dubai Taxi Corporation, Global Food Industries LLC and SAP MENA The 3 star winners are Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – SEHA, ASGC Construction LLC, Emirates NBD and Mashreq Bank The 2 star winners are British Orchard Nursery and Tafkeer - Institute of Vocation Innovation   Dubai 28 ......read more

Trade Bank of Iraq promotes investment opportunities in Iraq at Global Trade Review MENA 2019 summit…

TBI reiterated their commitment towards the reconstruction of Iraq through its activities in the trade finance sector   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 27 2019:  Investment opportunities in Iraq was one of the hot topics at the Global Trade Review (GTR) MENA 2019 summit held in Dubai where Trade Bank Iraq (TBI) was on hand to give its expert advice and opinion on the ......read more

Agriculture Investment Forum to Highlight Multi-Billion Dollar Regional Opportunities…

Leading regional investment heads set to take part in the one-day forum  27 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE:  Following on from the success of last year’s investment gathering, the organisers of AgraME, one of the region’s leading exhibitions focusing on the burgeoning Agriculture industry, will once again be hosting a number of government investment heads from across the ......read more

UAE's Etisalat and Emirates Global Aluminium Among BCG's 100 Global Challengers…

UAE’s Careem is the only tech unicorn to emerge from the Middle East Dubai, February 26, 2019— Thirteen companies from the Middle East are among a new class of ‘global challengers’ that are leapfrogging their developed market counterparts to achieve global leadership positions according to Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) report, Global Challengers 2018: Digital ......read more

MENA Sovereign Borrowing To Increase By 25%To $136 Billion In 2019, Says Report…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Feb. 24, 2019:  S&P Global Ratings believes sovereign long-term commercial borrowing in the Middle East and North African (MENA) could increase by 25% this year after falling 38% in 2018. See the report "Sovereign Debt 2019: MENA Borrowing To Increase By 25% To $136 Billion, " published today. This is chiefly because higher oil prices and fiscal ......read more

Procter & Gamble Announces Newest Commitment to Gender Equality Across the Indian Subcontinent, ...…

P&G’s declaration came as part of the P&G and UN Women co-hosted regional #WeSeeEqual Summit with equality advocates  Mary Kom, Bonang Matheba, Amina Khalil, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi & Richa Chadha   Dubai UAE, 21 February 2019: Procter & Gamble (P&G) today announced a new commitment around a number of initiatives that will promote gender equality ......read more

International Holdings Company (IHC) marks major strengthening and diversification with PAL ...…

The acquisition sees IHC enter one of the region’s core utility sectors, with attractive margins and high growth potential  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 21 February 2019: International Holdings Company (IHC) (ADX:IHC), one of the UAE’s foremost holding companies with investments in diversified operating businesses, signed today an Implementation agreement to acquire PAL Cooling Holding LLC ......read more

Ahli United Bank B.S.C. reports a 12.7% surge in 2018 net profit…

ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE BANK TO US$ 697.5 MILLION  20 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its equity shareholders of US$ 697.5 million for the year 2018, representing a rise of 12.7% as compared to the net profit of US$ 618.7 million in 2017. The net profit in Q4/2018 was US$ 169.3 million as compared to US$ 150.0 million ......read more

Emirates NBD partners with noqodi to facilitate electronic payments for businesses.…

Business customers can make electronic payments through the platform for various government services   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 20 February 2019:  Emirates NBD has tied up with noqodi, a leading payment gateway and financial service provider in the UAE, engineered by emaratech, to enable businesses to make electronic payments for a range of government ......read more

Ahli United Bank B.S.C. Reports A 12.7% Surge In 2018 Net Profit Attributable To Owners Of The Bank ...…

19 February 2019: Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its equity shareholders of US$ 697.5 million for the year 2018, representing a rise of 12.7% as compared to the net profit of US$ 618.7 million in 2017. The net profit in Q4/2018 was US$ 169.3 million as compared to US$ 150.0 million in Q4/2017.  Operating income increased from US$ 1,119.4 million to US$ ......read more

CPA Australia opens branch in UAE…

CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, today opened its new branch in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in Dubai, the branch is within the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Free Zone. CPA Australia CEO Andrew Hunter said opening the branch is an important milestone for local members.  “CPA Australia is very proud to be opening our new branch ......read more

KSA survey identifies security as top concern in adopting effective intelligent workspace strategies…

IDC Survey commissioned by Citrix analyzes the Kingdom’s readiness to build the future workplace   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 19 February 2019: An IDC survey commissioned by Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) found security and data leaks to be a key concern in adopting intelligent workplace strategies. The survey results were presented at an event at the Riyadh Four ......read more

ICS Financial Systems Ltd.'s ICS BANKS gains 4.5x Faster Batch Processing & 27x Increase on Digital ...…

ICS Financial Systems Ltd.’s ICS BANKS gains 4.5x Faster Batch Processing & 27x Increase on Digital Banking Transactions Running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine February 18, 2019 - Dubai, UAE   ICS Financial Systems Ltd. today announced it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that ICS BANKS 6.0 has been tested and ......read more

Julphar Announces 2018 Preliminary Results…

Drop in revenue due to slowdown in certain markets Company putting strategy in place to help strengthen financial health February 16, 2019, Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) - Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has announced its preliminary 2018 results. The company reported non-audited 2018 net sales of AED 863 million and a net loss of AED ......read more

The French Tech takes centre stage at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) in Barcelona (Spain)…

The MWC is a key event for global mobile, services and content that brought together over 2400 exhibitors and 107 000 visitors from 208 countries in 2018. United Arab Emirates: February 14th 2019- For the 13th consecutive year, from 25 to 28 February 2019, Business France, national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing a French Tech pavilion ......read more

RAK Ceramics Announces FY 2018 Financial Results…

Board announces cash dividend payment of 15 fils per share and 5% bonus shares Total revenue was AED2.78 billion, -2.8% YoY, slightly decreasing due to a lower non-core revenue contribution Total gross profit margin reached an all-time high of 33.2%, an increase of +160bps YoY Reported net profit was AED225.1 million, -28.7% YoY, a decline due to an increase in energy costs and a ......read more

Dubai Financial Services Authority hosts 10th Annual Audit Outreach for Registered Auditors…

Dubai, UAE; February 13, 2019: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) hosted today the tenth Annual Audit Outreach for registered auditors. The DFSA provided an overview of the Audit Monitoring Findings from 2018, and a range of updates that are intended to strengthen audit quality.    In his opening address, Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the DFSA, underlined the growth ......read more

RAKBANK proposes dividend for 2018…

February 12, 2019 - Dubai UAE RAKBANK proposes a dividend of 30% of the paid-up capital for the financial year ended 31 December 2018. The proposed dividend will be presented for approval by the shareholders in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 20 March 2019 at the Bank’s headquarters in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. ...read more

WCU: Commodity markets roll over as macroeconomic concerns weigh…

February 10, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The US dollar, which has been strengthening every day since the dovish shift by the Federal Open Market Committee on January 30, only added to the market’s unease.  The index, which tracks a basket of 22 major commodities, was being dragged lower by continued losses in natural gas and renewed weakness in crude oil. Despite the deteriorating growth ......read more

UPS Achieves EPS Target on Strong Revenue Yields…

   4Q18 EPS of $0.52; Adjusted 4Q EPS up nearly 17% to $1.94   Pricing and Mix Strategies Lift 4Q Revenue Quality  U.S. Domestic Revenue up 6.3% on 4Q Yield Growth   International 4Q Achieves Record Profits; Margin Rises above 20%   Supply Chain & Freight Revenue Rises, driven by Forwarding and Logistics  2018 Full-year Cash ......read more

UAE to host Middle East's biggest facilities management event in March…

February 10, 2019: The UAE will host the biggest facilities management (FM) event in the region this year after the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) announced that it is holding the 9th edition of its MEFMA CONFEX in the country in March. Happening from March 10 to 12, 2019 at the Address Hotel – Dubai Marina under the theme ‘Business Intelligence & ......read more

Dubai Investments acquires stake in Globalpharma for 100% ownership…

Dubai, February 7, 2019: Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the diversified leading company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, today announced the acquisition of an additional 66% stake in Globalpharma. Following the acquisition, made through Dubai Investments Industries, the pharmaceuticals company will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments. In 2014, Dubai Investments ......read more

Central Bank of Iraq signs investor partnership agreement with Dubai Quality Group (DQG)…

Dubai, 05th February 2019, UAE; Central Bank of Iraq has signed an investor partnership agreement with Dubai Quality Group (DQG). This partnership aims at enabling the transfer and exchange of expert knowledge, experiences, best practices, ideas, and the expansion of optimal & productive cooperation, to activate fruitful cooperation between both parties to foster quality, business excellence, ......read more

Emirates Development Bank launches AED 100 million ‘Credit Guarantee Scheme' for SMEs in ...…

February 04, 2019: Emirates Development Bank (EDB) held a signing ceremony on February 4th in the presence of H.E. Obaid Humaid El Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Development Bank, and members of the EDB Board of Directors for the launch of the new Credit Guarantee Scheme, amounting to AED 100 million in support of SMEs. The new scheme aims to boost ......read more

Unexpected child reaction wins UAE-based family a dream trip worth AED20,000…

RSA announces winner of the Unluckiest Traveller most epic travel photo competition Dubai, UAE, 03 February 2019: Following the launch of the UAE’s Unluckiest Traveller, the search for the most epic travel photo fail is now over. RSA, leading provider of insurance services in the region, announces the winning entry which won its owner a dream trip valued at AED20,000 to redeem ......read more

Arab Bank Group reports net profits of $820 million for 2018…

45% cash dividends [Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 02, 2019] Arab Bank Group closed 2018 with solid results reporting net income after tax of $820.5 million as compared to $533 million in 2017 with net income before tax reaching $ 1.1 billion. The Group’s equity grew to reach $8.7 billion while the return on equity increased to reach 9.5%. In view of the solid results, the Board ......read more

Tabreed's 2018 Full Year Net Profit Increases 7% During its 20th Year of Operation…

Board of Directors recommends increasing dividend by 19% to 9.5 fils per share   31 January, 2019 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading UAE-based regional cooling provider today released its audited financial results for 2018. Tabreed reported a 7% increase in net profit to AED 427.6 million for the full year by ......read more

12 winners of the 5th Annual RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards revealed…

Ras Al Khaimah, 30 January 2019:   Twelve outstanding free zone and non-free zone businesses have been named as the winners of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) Business Excellence Awards 2018. In collaboration with RAK Department of Economic Development (RAK DED), RAKEZ has given away a total of AED 200,000 worth of cash prizes to the winners during the awarding ceremony held at ......read more

A statement launching “Aber” project, the common digital currency between Saudi Arabian Monetary ...…

Abu Dhabi – 29th January 2019:   The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the United Arab Emirates Central Bank (UAECB) clarified in a joint statement that one of the objectives of launching the common digital currency project " Aber" is for use in financial settlements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers ......read more

TBI NAMED ‘BEST TRADE FINANCE BANK IN IRAQ 2019'…

Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman & President of Trade Bank of Iraq, received the award from ‘Global Finance’ magazine at a ceremony held in London recently. Abu Dhabi, January 28, 2019: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has been recognised for its continued commitment to accelerating economic growth with the award of ‘Best Trade Finance Bank in Iraq 2019’ at the Global Finance ......read more

CBUAE to Showcase Career Opportunities at Tawdheef 2019…

CBUAE highlights ‘Future Leaders Programme’    Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2019:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) will be showcasing the exciting range of career opportunities it has available at one of the UAE’s leading career fairs, Tawdheef, on the 28th – 30th January 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. CBUAE has an ambitious program ......read more

The Higher Sharia Authority at the Central Bank held its first meeting of the year 2019…

Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2019:  The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held its first meeting for the year 2019 on 13-14 January 2019. The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Haddad, the Chairman of the HSA, and attended by Their Eminences the members of the HSA:  Sheikh Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al ......read more

ICAEW: region's investment management industry must evolve…

Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2019:  New savings and investment products that are easy to understand and available to everyone are urgently needed, according to a new report by ICAEW. In ‘Audit Insights: Investment Management’, the accountancy and finance body warns that indecipherable statements, high fees and a perception of exclusivity mean many feel alienated from the investment ......read more

NY Koen Group (Dubai) to invest in and construct a $500 million trade and exhibition center near ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 26, 2019:  Naum Koen, Founder and CEO of NY Koen Group, has recently announced the news that his well established holding group will be funding and constructing a large complex to be used for exhibitions and trade shows, with the development process starting in January 2019. The multipurpose space, named NY Trade Centre Kiev, that will cost $500 million, is located on a ......read more

Summary Report: Monetary & Banking Developments – December 2018…

Dubai, UAE, January 26, 2019:  The Central Bank announced that the Money Supply aggregate M1 increased by 1.3%, from AED 479.5 billion at the end of November 2018 to AED 485.6 billion at the end of December 2018.  The Money Supply aggregate M2 increased by 1.6%, from AED 1288.4 billion at the end of November 2018 to AED 1308.4 billion at the end of December ......read more

Saudi Finance Minister to Bloomberg: 2.6% GDP Growth In 2019…

January 24, 2019:   Speaking to Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua and Haslinda Amin, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said he expects 2.6% GDP growth in 2019.    Other highlights include: • Saudi may issue non-USD bonds this year • Looking at Euro or other currencies for bond ...read more

Report Sees Overcast 2019 Outlook For Banks In The Middle East, North Africa, And Turkey…

Dubai (UAE) Jan. 23 2019- After a difficult 2018, banks in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey are likely to face more of the same this year due to tighter global liquidity conditions, a stronger U.S. dollar, and geopolitical as well as local instability, S&P Global Ratings said in a report published today, "Banks In Emerging Markets: The Overcast 2019 Outlook For Banks In The ......read more

Emirates Islamic announces winner of AED 1 million cash prize for award-winning Kunooz Savings ...…

Dubai, 22 January 2019:   Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, recently handed over the AED 1 million cash prize for its monthly Kunooz Savings Account draw to the lucky winner, Ms. Armaz Abdullah Fadel Mohamed, a citizen of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. Commenting on her win, Ms. Armaz Abdullah Fadel Mohamed said: “I was overjoyed when I ......read more

Financial Institutions Can Out-Innovate Fintechs Through Greenfield Approach, According to Oliver ...…

Annual State of Financial Services Report “Time to Start Again” Released at Davos   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 22, 2019 –   The next big wave of innovation in financial services will be driven by incumbents starting with a blank canvas, according to Oliver Wyman’s 2019 State of Financial Services report titled “Time to Start ......read more

Emirates NBD encourages UAE citizens and residents to ‘give in to giving'…

Dubai, 21 January 2019:   Emirates NBD, a leading banking group and a pioneer in private sector volunteering in the UAE, is calling on citizens and residents to ‘give in to giving’ by sharing videos of themselves giving to friends, family or community members.   Inspired by the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, which will promote philanthropic behaviour across the ......read more

Barclays: Equities to Outperform Bonds as Global Economy Expected to Continue Growing…

Dubai, UAE- January 21,2019:   Barclays has released its Q1 2019 “Compass” report, which examines major asset classes globally, and provides tactical recommendations on portfolio asset allocations. The report outlines that carefully calibrated risks can help investors steady their ships after a turbulent 2018. In particular, the report highlighted how investors will be well ......read more

Double Win for Trade Bank of Iraq at the International Finance Awards…

Trade Bank of Iraq awarded the ‘Best Retail Bank’ and ‘Best Priority Bank’ in Iraq in 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 20, 2019:   Trade Bank of Iraq’s (TBI) has been recognised for their outstanding performance and service, taking home two awards at the International Finance Awards 2018. London based ‘International Finance’ ......read more

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