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Bank Al Bilad invests in leaders through Ashridge flagship program

July 18, 2018:   More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st Century Leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast moving Saudi banking sector. With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not only to address the specific challenges facing the Bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock the emerging opportunities in the future. Mr. Haitham Al-Medainy, General Manager of Bank Al Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly ......read more

Ajman Media City Free Zone , the brand new investment hub of UAE, announces a strong portfolio of cost effective business services

Customer friendly and  cost effective package to set up a new business in the free zone  An easy and convenient process to own a business in the United Arab Emirates World class infrastructure hub focuses on SME and entreprenuers  Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Ajman Media City Free Zone, a world class free zone hub for the creative, media and entertainment industry  announces a range of customer friendly cost effective packages for the potential business owners.   H E Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Media City Free Zone said ahead of the official launch of the free zone:  “Globally, entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are widely considered to be vital to national economies. We are committed to support the small and mid size ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Many businesses in the GCC still do not comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and must act immediately or risk falling behind and potentially facing fines of 20 million euros or four percent of global annual turnover, according to ICAEW. The global accountancy and finance body has put together a GDPR checklist to facilitate compliance. GDPR is a complex process that requires all large and small businesses, in all regions and in all industries, to strengthen protection of personal data of all EU citizens. If an organization based outside Europe is processing personal data related to data subjects in the EU that organization may be subject to compliance with the regulation. Companies in the GCC – and elsewhere in the world – may potentially be impacted by the ......read more

Turkish Airlines continues its growth trend without slowing down

The flag carrier airline, who announced the traffic results for June 2018, has now reached the highest first-half Load Factor (LF) rate of its history with 80.4%.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 July 2018 :   Turkish Airlines, that announced the results of June 2018 passenger and cargo traffic, achieved the highest rate of Load Factor (LF) in the first six months of its history with a brilliant performance of 80.4%. The double-digit growth that the flag carrier recorded in the number of international non-transit passengers, marks an increasing interest in Turkey.    According to the June 2018 Traffic Results;  During the period of June 2018 passengers carried increased by 10.6%, to 6.3 million passengers from 5.7 million passengers for the same period of 2017. Increase in number of ......read more

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

Overall increase in profitability due to higher return on equity (RoE) and return on assets (RoA) Deposits and loans & advances showed similar growth levels to Q4 2017 Stable liquidity and loan to deposit (LDR) ratio Dubai, UAE, July 15, 2018:  Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) today released its latest UAE Banking Pulse for Q1 2018, showing that UAE banks continue to perform well, with higher levels of profitability, and liquidity is expected to remain healthy for the remainder of 2018.  Comparing the data of the 10 largest listed banks in the UAE, this UAE Banking Pulse report looks at the first quarter of 2018 (Q1 2018) against the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4 2017), identifying the prevailing trends throughout the intervening period.   Key trends for Q1 2018 ......read more

Al-Futtaim and PVR signs a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Joint Venture cinema business in MENA

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 10, 2018:   Al-Futtaim, one of the most diversified and progressive privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, and PVR Limited, the largest and most premium film exhibition company in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for jointly developing a cinema business in the MENA region. The joint venture will introduce a collection of unique experiential cinema formats to the region including, PVR’s Director’s Cut, a format that blends the best in high-end hospitality and entertainment. “We see great potential in the cinema business in the region, and particularly in Saudi Arabia, following the government’s decision to reopen the cinema industry,” said Marwan Shehadeh, Group Director, Corporate Development at ......read more

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

Annual growth of 35% in number of new companies at the Business Park  Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018:  The Business Park at Dubai South has revealed it has witnessed a 400% growth in the number of companies operating in the park since its inception in early 2015. The number of companies that have set up operations in Business Park has increased from 900 in 2015 to 4500 in 2018.   The Business Park has also revealed that an average of 1500 new companies have joined the park every year. Furthermore, the park also has a high customer retention rate of 98%, which is an indication of the unique services and the added value that Business Park offers to companies operating in its district.   The Business Park at Dubai South offers an environment that enables and encourages businesses to grow, which is due ......read more

Inaugural class of 50 distinguished Qimam Fellows graduates in Riyadh

Riyadh, 5th July 2018:   More than 100 senior industry leaders from the private and public sectors as well as noted KSA academia attended the graduation ceremony of the inaugural class of 50 Qimam Fellows yesterday. They commended the quality of Saudi talent represented by Qimam’s inaugural fellowship and the rigorous program that helped develop their leadership skills and build their network.    Launched in February 2018, the Qimam Fellowship Program attracted more than 13,000 applications. Of these, 150 applicants were invited to Riyadh for two in-person interviews conducted by more than 50 senior leaders from the public and private sector. Based on the interview outcomes, an admissions committee comprising members of Qimam’s partner companies selected 50 students as Qimam ......read more

Khalifa Fund and startAD invite Emirati entrepreneurs to apply for Ibtikari

btikari is a six-month incubator aimed at helping technology startups advance their businesses The new partnership will offer chosen teams an updated version of Ibtikari, which will mark its fourth edition this year Abu Dhabi, July 4, 2018:   startAD, the innovation and entrepreneurship platform anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi, has partnered with Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development for the first time to present an updated version of Ibtikari (My Innovation). The fourth edition of Ibtikari will be an intensive six-month incubator aimed at helping UAE nationals advance their technology startups. Scheduled to take place between September 30, 2018 and March 31, 2019 at NYU Abu Dhabi, Ibtikari is open to startups with at least one UAE national partner. Five teams will be identified through a rigorous evaluation process ......read more

Buy to live or Buy to let?

Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  As you grow in life, you write a list of accomplishments for yourself, of which the one that probably tops the list for many is – buying a house!    As you dive into this decision, you may consider whether you want to buy to live or buy to let?   Do you want a home or do you want to buy a property, not to live in immediately, but as an investment? Would you rather swap your monthly rent to pay towards a mortgage or would you rather rent out for potential additional revenue? Here are a few tips that will help you decide whether you should buy to live or buy to let.    Investment Buy-to-let is an attractive investment option offering regular rental income, long-term capital growth and security, even for those with a mortgage to pay. vs When you are ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:   The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held its forth meeting on 24th -25th June 2018. The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, the Chairman Higher Sharia Authority, and attended by Their Eminence the members of the HSA, Sheikh Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi, Sheikh Issam Muhammad Ishaq,Sheikh Dr. Oznan Hasan, and Sheikh Dr. Usaid Muhammad Adeeb Al Kilani.  The HSA discussed a number of matters related to prudential standards and guidance for the banking system in the UAE. The HSA passed a number of resolutions and directives related to the Sharia aspects of these standards taking into consideration the requirements of Islamic financial institutions (IFIs).   The HSA has also discussed the draft ......read more

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

Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:   The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 5th meeting for 2018 at 10:00am on Sunday, 24th June 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Younis Haji Al Khoori, Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer, Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Deputy Governor, Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor and a group of senior Central Bank staff.  The Board reviewed a presentation regarding CBUAE Governance (Committees’ Terms of Reference & Secretariats, ......read more

DIB Champions Customer Happiness With 9th Double Your Salary Draw

UAE, Dubai, June 24, 2018:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the UAE’s largest Islamic Bank, has announced the ninth winner of its “Double Your Salary” monthly campaign, held at DIB’s City Center Sharjah branch, officiated by a representative of Sharjah Economic Development Department “SEDD”.  DIB launched its “Double Your Salary” promotion in September 2017. The monthly draw selects a new customer that has moved their payroll or salary account to the bank, and doubles their salary for that month. 10 runners-up are also selected and each receives an AED 5,000 pre-loaded DIB card.  Commenting on the draw, Nasser Al Awadhi, Chief of Consumer Banking, at Dubai Islamic Bank said; “The promotion has enjoyed unprecedented success, providing our customers with rewarding schemes ......read more

NAMA and UN Women Collaborate to Create New Entrepreneurial Opportunities for 25,000 Women in S. Africa, UAE and the Region

NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and UN Women sign MoU in New York Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018:  UN Women and the UAE-based non-profit NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New York recently, to consolidate their efforts in implementing the UN Women Flagship Programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the region, with support from UN Women headquarters. To be implemented in a period of three years, the programme will target approximately 25,000 women, especially those living in poverty and facing heightened social discrimination, and seek to stimulate demand for women entrepreneurs’ products and services by promoting gender-responsive public and private procurement; and promote women ......read more

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

Dubai, June 23, 2018:   Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced that its joint venture Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in new solar technologies, has received strong response for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology at Intersolar Europe exhibition, the leading solar exhibition in the world. Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments’ joint venture with SwissINSO Holding Inc., which offers the world’s-first KromatixTM coloured solar panels technology, generated a lot of enquiries for building integrated photovoltaic modules from consultants, architects, entrepreneurs and photovoltaic manufacturers at the exhibition, held between June 20 and 22, 2018 at Munich, Germany. Over 800 exhibitors and ......read more

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

Group invests more than AED 5 million in the expansion of Sleep Fine mattresses’ product line Dubai, UAE, June 23, 2018:  In light of the growing volume of exports to the MENA region, Salim & Sons Group has announced expansion plans by capitalizing on the emerging presence of business opportunities. The Group, which unifies and streamlines the operations of its various divisions, ensures an enhanced product and customer experience with a focus on innovation. Under the Group’s umbrella are the ‘Three Stars Foam Factory,’ ‘Sleep Fine,’ ‘Premiere Furniture (Restonic),’ ‘Top Line Furniture Industry,’ ‘Deyar Real Estate,’ ‘Suwaidi Gulf General Transport,’ ‘Al Jawal Contracting Company,’ ‘KSS Contracting,’ ‘Al Muadalah ......read more

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

Five ready-made portfolios to invest simply with ZAP funds Each fund created with 6,000 to 20,000 underlying holdings One-stop access to the world’s equity and bond markets Full range of sectors including technology, media and energy Low-cost, easy to maintain, scalable solution that is rebalanced regularly Dubai, UAE, June 21, 2018:  Zurich International Life Ltd. (Zurich) is today launching Zurich Allocated Passive (ZAP) funds, a new investment solution which provides customers with five ready-made portfolios that make investing simple.   Some investors love the thrill of anticipating and identifying growth opportunities. Others prefer a simpler lower-cost investment strategy, so if you are looking for a simple and low cost investment strategy with potential for strong returns, then passive ......read more

SBWC Visits Italy to Analyse Advantageous Trading Opportunities

5 SBWC members in Milan explore Italian supply chains in fashion, jewellery, furniture and F&B Sharjah, June 21, 2018:  Through several trade missions and strategic matchmaking, the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) has been supporting new and established female entrepreneurs in the UAE by taking them to key overseas markets and showcasing their capabilities to potential buyers, investors and trading partners. In a recent four-day trip to the Italian fashion capital, Milan, SBWC - one of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s (NAMA) entities – organised one-to-one matchmaking and business prospect meetings for five of its members, with Italian suppliers in a number of sectors including furniture and interior design, fine jewellery making, fashion and the F&B sectors. The meetings enabled the ......read more

Why The Global Sukuk Market Is Stalling In 2018

Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2018:  The global sukuk market experienced a significant slow down in issuance in the first half of 2018, as we predicted in January. Total sukuk issuance dropped by 15.3% compared with the same period last year, reaching $44.2 billion compared with $52.2 billion first half of 2017. This drop was even more pronounced for foreign currency sukuk issuance a t45%. We believe thatt his is due to the absence of major issuances from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries seen in 2017. In the second half of 2018, we expect sukuk issuance volumes will continue to be slowed by the global tightening of liquidity conditions as well as byl ower financing needs of some GCC countries as a result of oil prices stabilizing at higher levels.The sharp increase in geopolitical risks int he Middle East will also likely ......read more

CBUAE Announces New Caps on Banking Fees for Customers

Abu Dhabi – 19 June 2018:   UAE Central Bank (CBUAE) announces that it has published an Amendment to ‘Annexure 2’ of the Regulations Regarding Bank Loans & Services Offered to Individual Customers (2011). This Amendment sets out the new maximum limits or ‘fee caps’ for fees or commissions charged on retail customer service. The fee caps apply to banking consumer related charges for example, home loans and late fees for credit cards.   This Amendment comes as CBUAE is undertaking more active supervision of the banking sector with the adoption of consumer protection principles - competition inhibiting, usury, notary function, and strategic related principles. Furthermore, banks and finance companies must have the appropriate product approval processes in place for all products which ......read more

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

DIB’s new website focused around the theme “tech that helps” Customer First concept core to the enriched user experience Dubai UAE, 18 June, 2018:   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has launched a new and completely revamped website (www.dib.ae), which offers a vastly enriched and superior experience to its fast growing customer base. The redesigned website will allow users to easily access information relating to DIB’s products and services, while enjoying a new, modern and simplified layout complemented by significantly enhanced and rich content.   The mobile-friendly website has been aesthetically enhanced with advanced functionality supported by the latest technology to deliver a more intuitive and user-friendly experience. The list of the new ......read more

CBUAE will raise interest rates by 25 basis points

Dubai, UAE, June 14, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, effective Thursday, 14 June 2018, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today. The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points to 2.25%. Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues to banks operating in the country, are the monetary policy instrument through which changes in interest rates are transmitted to the UAE banking system.  

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Crowe Horwath announces global rebrand to “Crowe” Sometimes a smart decision is a simple one.

Crowe Horwath, the eighth largest global accounting network, has announced that the network and its member firms have rebranded to “Crowe”.    Dubai, UAE, June 11, 2018:  The rebrand has seen over 220 member firms globally adopt the name, Crowe, reflecting the increasingly integrated and seamless nature of the network as well as its shared values and core purpose.     The move has assisted in promoting the network’s shared knowledge and global resources in response to changing client needs, driven by digitalization and the borderless world of modern business. The change of brand happens shortly after another significant development for the network, the appointment of a new Global CEO, David Mellor, who took over leadership as of 1st April 2018.      Under the new brand ......read more

Central Bank of the UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11, 2018:  Central Bank of the UAE announced that it has decided to downgrade the license of the following exchange houses to deal in sale and purchase of foreign currencies and travelers cheques only:  1.    Taher Exchange Est. 2.    Al Hadha Exchange LLC 3.    Al Hemriya Exchange Company LPC 4.    Dubai Express Exchange 5.    Sanaa Exchange 6.    Cosmos Exchange 7.    Bin Bakheet Exchange Est. As the above exchange houses violated Central Bank’s regulations, including Anti-Money Laundering regulations. Based on this decision, the above exchange houses were prohibited from conducting any activities relating to remittances or payment of wages. This decision comes after ......read more

Global payment solutions leader EastNets partners with Kuwait's Boubyan bank to launch SWIFT gpi for faster cross-border payments

Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2018:  Leading provider of compliance, payment and cloud solutions, EastNets has announced its partnership with Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank to roll out SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service for its customers across the country. With the introduction of SWIFT gpi, Boubyan Bank will offer its customers high-speed cross-border payments with end to end tracking, transparency on bank fees and FX rates (Foreign Exchange), ultimately allowing the bank to credit payments to end beneficiaries within minutes, even seconds.  EastNets will assist Boubyan Bank in implementing SWIFT gpi without having to re-engineer the bank’s existing payment systems, thereby lowering the cost of ownership, decreasing time to market, reducing risks and providing greater payment efficiency. The roll-out of ......read more

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Lombard Odier Demonstrates Growing Commitment to Region With GCC Private Bank of the Year Award…

Dubai, UAE, November 11, 2017:  Lombard Odier, leading global wealth and asset manager, has reinforced its dedication to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region with the prestigious ‘Overall GCC Private Bank’ award at the 2017 WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards ceremony last night.  With over 50 years of service in the region, Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd - ......read more

EFS Facilities Services Wins Integrated Facilities Management Contract With King Abdullah Economic ...…

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UAE Exchange Unveils Money Transfer Mobile App and Website…

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UAE Ranks Number One amongst Next Emerging HR Hubs in Market Research Study…

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Ourshopee Launches Online Shopping Website in Qatar…

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Strong UPS Execution Drives Positive 3Q Results…

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Al Mal Capital signs strategic partnership with Azimut to launch UCITS MENA Equity Fund…

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Al Naboodah Group Enterprises Kicks Off Sustainability Week…

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National Bonds launches nationwide campaign to encourage personal saving…

The UAE-wide campaign aims to encourage an open and honest dialogue about poor spending habits and the barriers to saving. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2017:  National Bonds, a leading UAE investment company, has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage UAE residents to identify personal challenges to saving in a bid to instill a culture of saving across the ......read more

Growing appetite in region for cutting-edge security solutions…

Leading international brands line up range of innovative offerings customized for regional requirements at Intersec 2018 Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Businesses and commercial enterprises in the Middle East are on the lookout for the latest in security solutions and foolproof monitoring systems, as they endeavour to ensure a safe and secure environment to conduct business.  This ......read more

Mashreq Bank - Official Banking Partner for Dubai Property Show in Mumbai…

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Lombard Odier Celebrates 30 Years in Asia…

Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Lombard Odier, global wealth and asset manager for private and institutional clients, is pleased to celebrate 30 years in Asia as it continues to grow its business in the region. Lombard Odier first established its Asian presence in 1987, to fulfil the investment goals of global clients. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, today it manages ......read more

Unveiling of Unilever Gulf report on ‘Mobilizing Collective Actions to Achieve Sustainable ...…

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Al Ansari Exchange launches ‘Win Your Dream Home' winter promotion 2017…

UAE, October 31, 2017 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has launched its latest Winter Promotion under the theme ‘Win Your Dream Home’. Exciting prizes will be given away, including 1 kilogram of gold and cash prizes worth more than AED 75,000. The two-month long promotion will start on November 1 and will conclude on December ......read more

Tabreed's Stock Becomes Shari'a Compliant…

October 31, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading regional UAE-based district cooling utility company, announced today that its stock has become certified as Shari’a compliant.  The announcement follows the recent meeting of the Islamic Banks’ Unified Committee for Shari’a Screening. As a result, ......read more

Ahli United Bank B.S.C. Net Profit Attributable to the Equity Shareholders Surges by 6.0% to US$ ...…

Dubai, UAE, October 31, 2017:  Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its equity shareholders of US$ 468.7 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, an increase of 6.0% as compared to US$ 442.1 million achieved in YTD Q3/2016. The net profit achieved for the third quarter of 2017 was US$ 157.4 million, higher by 11.7% than 2016 third quarter reported ......read more

UAE Exchange Smart Pay Hosts High-Power Summit to Drive HR Innovation…

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Etihad Rail DB and ADVETI Introduce UAE's First Rail Diploma…

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International Islamic Bank Goes Live on ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS…

Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2017:   ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that International Islamic Bank (IMTB), has gone live on the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC. International Islamic bank chose ICS BANKS ISLAMIC to provide its customers with the bespoke products and services, ......read more

Mashreq posts a 12.0% y–o–y growth in Net Profit for the first nine months of 2017…

Dubai, UAE; 19th October 2017:  Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, today has reported its financial results for the first nine months ending 30th September 2017.    Key highlights [9M 2017 vs 9M 2016]: Healthy growth in Net Profit  Net profit for 9M 2017 stood at AED 1.7 billion - a 12.0% increase YoY Impairment Allowance down ......read more

Eutelsat consolidates its presence in Middle East with the acquisition of NOORSAT…

DUBAI, 18 October 2017:  Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) has acquired NOORSAT, one of the leading satellite service providers in the Middle East, from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group. Established in 2004, NOORSAT is the premier distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle East, serving blue-chip customers and providing services for over 300 TV channels almost ......read more

Mashreq leads Stanbic Zambia Bank loan syndication for US$ 50 million…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates- 18 October 2017:  Mashreq bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution closes a US$ 50 million two-year syndicated term facility for Stanbic Zambia Bank - a subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group (“SBG”). The transaction closed nearly two times oversubscribed.  Mashreq, the coordinating bank and book-runner for Stanbic Zambia ......read more

UAE Exchange Introduces Enhanced Lounge Experience to Deliver Premium Customer Service…

Upscale offering includes dedicated Relationship Manager and priority service for corporate clients and Club Exclusive members Dubai, 17 October 2017:  UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, took select Club Exclusive and corporate clients on a demonstration of its exclusive new Lounge facilities at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai. ......read more

Winston & Strawn LLP Joins Pearl Initiative's Partner Network to Drive Corporate Governance, ...…

Partners encourage accountability, transparency, accurate reporting as part of mainstream business practice Dubai, UAE, October 17, 2017:  The Pearl Initiative, a leading Gulf-based non-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency as a key driver of competitiveness across the region, has welcomed international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP to ......read more

Ashridge offers coaching for Saudi HR leaders to become strategic partners in organizations…

KSA; 17 October 2017:  Today’s organizations are awash in a sea of continuous change and new skills are needed for business leaders to succeed; and this applies to HR leaders too. Based on their experience of working with HR leaders in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, Ashridge Executive Education has customized its five days programme on ‘Advanced HR Strategy and ......read more

Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum to Set the Stage for Impact-led Solutions to Usher in Diversity ...…

Themed ‘The Butterfly Effect – From Intent to Impact’ the forum organised by Naseba under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy, will focus on social change through impact entrepreneurship and investment, diversity & inclusion Lead speakers at the event include Tonye Cole, Vibha Bakshi, Haben Girma and Anurag Kashyap Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of ......read more

Barclays gives back with the launch of “Payroll Giving” initiative…

In support of the UAE’s Year of Giving, Barclays has partnered with Al Jalila Foundation, UNICEF and SOS Children’s Villages International to raise funds Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2017:  Barclays announced today the launch of its Payroll Giving initiative, in support of the UAE’s Year of Giving, as declared by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin ......read more

54 hours challenge to build 8 startups in Ras Al Khaimah…

Over 100 entrepreneurs gathered at the first business incubator which was officially launched at Startup Weekend Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah – UAE: 15 October 2017:  In the presence of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development, the first startups incubator in Ras Al Khaimah was inaugurated last Thursday at Julfar ......read more

Dubai Investments supports Dubai Investment Week, targets strategic growth and innovation prospects…

Dubai, October 15, 2017:  Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading diversified investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced its support to the Dubai Investment Week 2017 as a strategic partner, with the objective to eye opportunities for growth, partnership, innovation and investments across diverse sectors and markets around the globe. The Dubai Investment ......read more

Jafza hosts 1154 companies in electronics sector…

Mr. Bin Sulayem: Electronics trade worth over AED 113 billion in freezone Dubai, 15 October, 2017:  The electronics sector has grown into one of largest in Jafza with 1154 companies from 87 countries serving local and regional markets. The value of trade in the sector through Jafza companies is over AED 113 billion, approximately 38% of the total value of Jafza trade AED 294 billion ......read more

Al Naboodah Group Enterprises Creates Sustainable Futures for its Labour Workforce with ...…

In-house Trade School seeks to ‘unlock the potential’ of skilled and unskilled labourers and empower them with practical skills development.  Labourers rewarded with designation and salary increases, in addition to opening up new vocational opportunities.  Recently earned Internationally-recognised City & Guilds accreditation for all training programmes, one of ......read more

Jafza named best free zone in the world for large companies…

Sultan Bin Sulayem: DP World implementing award winning Jebel Ali model around the world Dubai, 14 October 2017:  Jafza has been named the world’s best free zone for 2017 in key categories of the FDi magazine's annual awards for global free zones. Jafza won Free Zone of the Year 2017 for Large Tenants in Middle East and globally and was highly commended in the Global Overall ......read more

Iconic Awards 2017: nine awards for GROHE…

Category “Product”: three “Best of Best“ Iconic Awards 2017 for Blue Home, Concetto Professional and Euphoria 260 as well as for Sense and Sense Guard, Lineare, Essence Professional and Smart Control Concealed Category ”Communication“: award for the publication series "GROHE Architekturlösungen” (“GROHE Architectural ......read more

MEFMA-commissioned report says KSA's FM market to reach USD 49.82 billion by 2030…

October 11, 2017: The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) has forecasted that the value of Saudi Arabia’s flourishing facilities management (FM) market is expected to reach USD 49.82 billion by the end of 2030. The statement is part of a report commissioned by MEFMA, also showing that the expected growth can be attributed to key drivers that include steadily booming real ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to transform businesses with tech investments worth SAR8.3 billion…

Business leaders highlight key opportunities posed by government investments to advance the adoption of HR technology systems, ahead of the HR Tech Saudi Summit  Dubai, October 11,  2017:  Delegates at the HR Tech Saudi Summit taking place on November 20 – 21, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will enjoy a unique opportunity to discuss how government investments worth SAR 8.3 ......read more

FixOnClick.com - A Services-Matching Platform to Help Fix your Services Need Easily. Stop ...…

Now available on the AppStore and Playstore DUBAI – October 9, 2017 – UAE’s services industry is about to be revolutionized with the launch of FixOnClick. It is the latest services matching platform which helps users meet their everyday household requirements with a few clicks. Fixonclick’s aim is to simplify a normal person’s life by giving them options. The ......read more

Etisalat sign MoU with Federal Electricity and Water Authority…

Dubai, 10 October 2017:  Etisalat and Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to appoint FEWA as one of its key retail partner for Etisalat’s elife packages.  The MOU was signed at GITEX Technology Week 2017 currently being held from 8-12 October at Dubai World Trade Center by Adnan Nasib our Executive Director, FEWA and Sultan Al ......read more

UAE Exchange Celebrates October as Customer Month…

Month-long activities on the theme of happiness across global operations Abu Dhabi, 10 October 2017:  UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, is celebrating October as its annual Customer Month. In the four-week long celebration, the brand puts its customers firmly in the spotlight, and will be conducting various activities and ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange & British Council join forces to offer convenient payment option for IELTS ...…

UAE, October 10, 2017– Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, recently entered into an agreement with the British Council, the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations, to facilitate a faster, easier, and more convenient payment option for all test takers of the International English Language ......read more

UAE Organizations Embrace Unified Communications…

More than 50% of organizations report savings from optimization of travel allowances reduced travel costs  41% report improved connectivity with stakeholders anytime, anywhere to enhance collaboration and customer experience  DUBAI, UAE – October 10, 2017:   Polycom today launched the results of a new study that aims to understand the drivers and benefits of ......read more

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