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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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Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2017) opens door to investors from all over the world…

In contrast to 2015, FDI inflows in 2016 have shrunk to $ 1.5 trillion: The global forum brings together public and private sector leaders across the world to provide an array of dynamic business opportunities Dubai, UAE, April 3, 2017:  The seventh edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM 2017) which aims to bring together public and private sector leaders across the world, ......read more

Doha Bank illustrates strong reputation with key award at EMEA Finance Middle East Banking Awards ...…

Award for ‘Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East’ shine a light on Doha Bank’s leading banking solutions Dubai, April 02, 2017: Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar, illustrated the competitiveness of its banking services by bagging a key trophy at the ‘EMEA Finance Middle East Banking Awards 2017’ in the category of the ‘Most Innovative ......read more

Menacorp remains first on Nasdaq Dubai's Equity Futures trade…

April 02, 2017: Menacorp has been ranked number one on Nasdaq Dubai’s Equity Futures market for the first quarter of the year. With more than 64.17 per cent share in terms of trading volume, the financial services firm maintains its leadership on this sophisticated and fast-growing market. This achievement confirms Menacorp’s previous rankings as the company topped the Nasdaq ......read more

Dabur International named ‘Global Retailer of the Year' at 2017 Middle East Asia Leadership Summit ...…

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Al Ansari Exchange donates AED 325,000 for Dubai Autism Center…

UAE, April 01, 2017- Expressing its solidarity towards 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving,’ Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has pledged to donate AED 325,000 to Dubai Autism Center towards funding a new Speech Lab equipment. The donation will facilitate the construction of the modern laboratory that is part of the Speech and ......read more

Abu Dhabi Ports Highlights Investment Opportunities to 15,000 Investors…

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GPSSA urges employers in both Government and Private sectors to adhere to registration and ...…

Free Zone, tourism and hospitality registered companies included Abu Dhabi 1 April 2017:  In a circular distributed to employers, the General Pension and Social Security Authority (“GPSSA”), called yesterday for employers’ compliance with the registration and contribution requirements for their UAE employees. GPSSA stressed that registering UAE employees with the ......read more

ABK Launches Its Debut $500 Million Senior Unsecured Bond Issue…

Dubai, UAE – April 1, 2017:  Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P. (ABK) announced today the successful debut issue from its recently established US$1.5 billion Euro Medium-Term Note (EMTN) programme. The Bank is issuing a first Tranche benchmark of $500 Million under the programme, which is being jointly lead managed and arranged by Citibank, HSBC and National Bank of Abu ......read more

LIXIL's SATO Toilets Named a Finalist in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards…

SATO Already Improving Sanitation Conditions for Over Five Million Worldwide Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017:  LIXIL Corporation (“LIXIL”), a global leader in housing and building materials, products and services, announced its SATO toilets have been selected as a finalist for Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards in two categories: Health and the general World Changing ......read more

Mashreq Al Islami and Emirates Red Crescent tie up to make difference…

Mashreq fulfils its promise of donating proceeds from its credit card feature! Dubai, UAE – 30 March 2016:  Mashreq Al Islami - the Islamic banking division at Mashreq bank, as part of its  ongoing campaign to make a difference to the lives of the underprivileged, has tied up with Emirates Red Crescent to deliver its promise of the ‘contribute for good’ feature on ......read more

Accenture Launches Upgraded Banking Technology Platform at National Commercial Bank…

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Jaleel Holdings emerges as the first wholesale business in the UAE to migrate to cloud platform…

The company has partnered with BIOS ME to build customised cloud solutions and achieve increased adaptability in a dynamic market environment  Dubai - March 29, 2017: Jaleel Holdings, UAE-based leading investment company, announced its strategic partnership with niche Cloud Services provider, Business Integrated Operating Systems (BIOS) ME to manage the business-critical IT systems of the ......read more

UAE Exchange Partners with eZ Cash for Real Time Mobile Wallet for Cross Border Payments…

First-of-its-kind remittance service from UAE to Sri Lanka Sri Lankan customers can directly send foreign remittances to their beneficiary’s mobile Dubai, 29 March 2017:  UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, has partnered with eZ Cash, Sri Lanka’s largest and pioneering mobile payment network managed by Dialog Axiata ......read more

Transguard secures new contracts worth over AED850 million…

Leading UAE business support services provider confirms over 310 new contracts worth AED850 million; new business successes supported by 95% retention rate of existing contracts  Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  The Transguard Group, the multifaceted business support services company, has announced more than 310 new contract wins’ worth over AED850 million annually. The new ......read more

Amazon to Acquire SOUQ.com…

Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  Amazon (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. Joining the Amazon family will enable SOUQ.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring even more products and offerings to customers worldwide. “Amazon’s entry into the region reflects the visionary foresight ......read more

Annual Investment Meeting 2017 to focus on government's role in attracting investments and ...…

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Farnek enters Abu Dhabi security services market…

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KIZAD Reveals Largest Free Trade Zone at GMIS 2017…

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UAE Banks Federation holds its Ordinary Annual General Assembly Meeting…

Dubai, UAE, March 28, 2017:  The UAE Banks Federation (UBF), a professional body representing 49 member banks operating in the UAE, held its Ordinary Annual General Assembly Meeting at Commercial Bank of Dubai Head Offices. The meeting, chaired by H.E. AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of UAE Banks Federation, was attended by UBF Board members and representatives of member banks. During the ......read more

MEIRA signs MOU with Boursa Kuwait in efforts to strengthen Middle East IR practice…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 28, 2017:  The Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boursa Kuwait in efforts to raise awareness of the Investor Relations (IR) function across the region through collaboration initiatives at local levels. Alex MacDonald-Vitale, MEIRA Chairman, joined Mr. Khaled AlKhaled, Boursa Kuwait Vice ......read more

ZonesCorp Maintains Highest International Standards across its Operations with 4 ISO Certifications…

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 28 March 2017:  ZonesCorp demonstrated its on-going commitment to internationally recognised best practice and excellence, by successfully acquiring 5 ISO certifications for its operations. This follows the development, documentation & implementation of a comprehensive, integrated management system for quality, and environmental management systems (MS) according to ......read more

ADCP Awarded the OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification in Health and Safety Standards…

Abu Dhabi, 27 March, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (ADCP), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has recently been awarded with the OHSAS 18001:2007 Certificate by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) Ltd., a leading international certification body. The receipt of the certification is a testament of the sincerity of ADCP's commitment to health and ......read more

Mashreq and Mastercard Offer Ultimate UEFA Championships League Experience for UAE Football Fans…

Dubai, UAE, 27 March 2017:  Mashreq, one of the UAE’s leading financial institutions has announced a one month campaign running until 31st March promoting spends on its suite of Mashreq Mastercard Credit Cards. The UEFA campaign with Mastercard, in association with Mashreq, will see cardholders entered into a draw to attend the UEFA Champions League Semi-finals and Finals when ......read more

France records 21 Investment Decisions per week in 2016…

The highest record since 10 years 380 companies from the Middle East operate in France  United Arab Emirates, March 27, 2017:  Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy just released 2016 Annual Report of Foreign Investment in France, enlightening the results of foreign investment decisions in France and their ......read more

Doha Bank switches off for Earth Hour…

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DIB launches Panin Dubai Syariah Bank in Indonesia…

The  bank holds nearly 40% stake in the newly rebranded entity Launch marks DIB’s first entry into Asia-Pacific 95% of Indonesian population is Muslim - acquisition eyes strong growth potential Dubai, UAE, 27 March 2017:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has celebrated the launch of Panin Dubai Syariah Bank in Indonesia, in the presence of ......read more

International Islamic Bank Opts for ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS…

Dubai, UAE, March 27, 2017:  Amman, Jordan: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that International Islamic Bank (IIB), a newly established bank in Iraq, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC. International Islamic bank (IIB) is a newly registered Iraqi bank that will be ......read more

Future Cities Show to focus on six core elements of sustainability…

The show will highlight and provide details on waste management, water management, green building, sustainable cities and communities, economic growth and clean energy. Dubai, UAE March 23, 2017:  The UAE has become a pioneer in environmental and sustainable work, under the wise vision of its leadership that foresees the future and believes in the ability to achieve the impossible. In ......read more

ENBD REIT Admits Shares to Trading on Nasdaq Dubai…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23 March 2017:  ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited (“ENBD REIT”), a Shari’a compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited (the “Fund Manager”), has announced that its ordinary shares have been admitted to the Official List of Securities of the DFSA and to trading on Nasdaq Dubai ......read more

Russia maintains foreign investor interest…

Foreign direct investment in Russia surged to $8.3 billion during 2016, more than the $5.9 billion as reported for 2015, according to central bank data Explore big investment opportunities in the Russian capital city of Moscow at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2017 Dubai, March 23, 2017:  Foreign direct investment in Russia surged to $8.3 billion during 2016, more than the $5.9 ......read more

Sony Middle East & Africa to grow volume of business by 20% in 2017…

Veteran consumer electronics professional Taro Kimura outlines growth strategy across television, camera and headphones segments  Dubai, UAE, 23 March 2017:  Sony Middle East and Africa (MEA) has unveiled a new business strategy that aims to increase its regional presence and grow business by 20 per cent in 2017. Driving Sony MEA’s strategy, new managing director Taro ......read more

UBF CEOs Advisory Council meets to chart the future course for the UAE banking industry…

New platform for cyber intelligence sharing is among the steps proposed to make the banking system more robust Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2017:  The CEOs Advisory Council of the UAE Banks Federation (UBF), a professional representative body comprising 49 member banks operating in the UAE, met in Dubai today (March 22, 2017) to discuss latest developments in the banking sector in UAE. The ......read more

People's Leasing & Finance, Sri Lanka secures USD 35 million funding from the Middle East market…

Dubai, 21st March, 2017:  People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, a market leader in the leasing and finance industry in Sri Lanka successfully raised a USD 35 million Medium Term Facility from the Middle East market.  The three year US Dollar term loan facility has been funded by way of a Club Deal by the National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK) for USD 20 million and Union ......read more

ICC-UAE Commission on Banking approves 2017 programme of action…

Commission elects new steering committee for two-year term Emirates Islamic CEO Jamal Bin Ghalaita appointed to ICC Banking Commission’s Executive Committee  Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2017:  The International Chamber of Commerce UAE chapter’s (ICC-UAE) Commission on Banking recently held a meeting in Dubai, where its members approved the ICC-UAE’s programme of ......read more

Jafza organises American Business Forum…

Mr. Bin Sulayem: Jafza provides commercial and logistical support to US companies to ensure growth and prosperity Commercial Attaché: UAE’s strategic location and infrastructure unmatched. US-UAE Business Council: $25.74 billion of trade between US and UAE in 2016. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 March, 2017:  Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), a DP World Company and the UAE’s ......read more

Doha Bank honoured with “Company of the Year Award” by Qatar University…

Dubai, March 21, 2017:  Doha Bank, one of Qatar’s largest private commercial banks, was honored “company of the year award” by Qatar University on 20th March. On receiving the Award from Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Doha Bank CEO said the award was given for Doha Bank’s contribution to sustainable development in ......read more

Brazil's agribusiness trade to Middle East reaches USD 1.336 billion during January & February 2017…

UAE, March 21, 2017– The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) is confident that the vibrant trade relations between the Arab region and Brazil will continue this year as reflected by the considerable growth in Brazil’s agribusiness exports to the Middle East during the first two months of 2017. According to the recently released data by the South American nation’s Ministry ......read more

New report places Dubai as the leading destination for regional HQs of Fortune 500…

Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2017:  Infomineo, the leading market research company has just released a new report that focuses on multinationals looking at entering or are already present in the Middle East and Africa region. Overall, there was a 17% increase in the number of companies in MEA in 2016 compared to 2015, with Dubai being the leading destination for regional HQs by ......read more

Gateway to Capital, Growth and Value - 2nd Successful Arab IPO Summit Hosted in Dubai…

Over 150 participants in attendance from leading regional businesses, stock exchanges, banks and regulatory bodies Industry experts participated in panel discussions and debates including Rashid Al Mansouri, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange; Nikhil Rathi, CEO of London Stock Exchange; Ahmed Aweidah, CEO of Palestine Exchange; Yarub Awadh Albadi, Head of IPO Unit at Capital Market Authority KSA; ......read more

Impact BBDO Crowned Agency of the Year at Dubai Lynx 2017…

Impact BBDO Middle East, Africa and Pakistan awarded with prestigious ‘Network of the Year’ and impact BBDO Dubai with ‘Agency of the Year’ award at Dubai Lynx Awards Dubai, March 19, 2017 – This year’s Dubai Lynx Awards were a triumphant evening for Impact BBDO Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, that saw the group taking home a total win of 40 trophies and ......read more

ADNOC Distribution Awards Grand Prizes of ‘Oasis of Surprises' Promotional Campaign…

Abu Dhabi, 19 March, 2017:  ADNOC Distribution hosted an event to honour the winners of its ‘Oasis of Surprises’ promotional campaign, which gave customers of ADNOC Oasis convenience stores a chance to win a total of 295 prizes worth AED1 million. The company conducted the second and final draw of the campaign at the end of February.  Saeed Mubarak Al Rashdi, Acting Chief ......read more

SAP Invests USD 200 Million in UAE and Opens New MENA HQ…

Senior Officials Attend Opening Ceremony at MENA Headquarters in Dubai Internet City  Investment to Include New UAE Cloud Data Center  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 17 March 2017:  SAP SE today announced a five-year USD 200 million investment in the UAE, underpinning objectives outlined by the UAE Vision 2021 plan to create economic diversity and jobs for ......read more

ICS Financial Systems to Exhibit at the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention 2017…

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  ICS Financial Systems (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, will be exhibiting at the Sub‐Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention & Innovation 2017 in Uganda, which is a new frontier of opportunity of Islamic finance expansion in the region, and will be held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, on the ......read more

Doha Bank named ‘Best Trade Finance Bank' in Qatar at Global Finance Awards 2017…

Dubai, March 16, 2017:   Doha Bank, one of Qatar’s largest private commercial banks, was named the Best Trade Finance Bank in Qatar at the Global Finance Awards 2017. Awarded by the Global Finance magazine, the annual award is considered one of the most prestigious in the banking and finance world, and recognizes leading trade finance providers in 9 regions and 84 countries around ......read more

Experts Recommend Financial Institutions to Anticipate Potential Challenges of Digital Economy at ...…

Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies hosts FinTech 2017, bringing together specialists from global academic and financial establishments Dubai-UAE: 16 March, 2017:  The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, lately examined the role of technology in banking and financial services, ......read more

Barakah One Company Announces Board Members at First General Assembly…

H.E. Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi appointed Chairman of the Board Abu Dhabi, UAE, 16 March 2017:  The Barakah One Company (BOC), a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), held its first General Assembly today and announced the members of its Board of Directors. Led by the Chairman of the Board, H.E. Khaled ......read more

Dubai Ranks First Among Islamic Economy Enabling Free Zone Cities Around the World…

According to latest report developed by DSOA in collaboration with Thomson Reuters 30 free zones across 18 cities worldwide support Islamic economy activities Free zones contribute US$55 billion to Islamic economy in 2015 Contribution expected to reach US$117 billion by 2021 Dubai, UAE: March 16, 2017:  Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon ......read more

Empower achieved LEED Gold Certification for its 3rd plant in Business Bay…

Awarded by US Green Building Council Bin Shafar: ‘Empower’s strategy focuses on further efficient use of eco-friendly technologies’ Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2017:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council for its 3rd ......read more

Mashreq launches the first Green Energy mobile ATM on wheels in the region…

Dubai – UAE, 15 March 2017 - Mashreq Bank, the leading financial institution in the UAE, strengthens its position as a pioneer in customer centric innovations, by launching the first ever green energy mobile ATM vehicle in the region.  The new mobile vehicle is the perfect solution to access ATM related services by customers during events and trade shows. The vehicle has a custom ......read more

Paris Gallery Group announces five-year expansion plan…

Group to open 30 stores in 5 years 5000 employees from 260 nationalities will work with Paris Gallery Total projected retail areas to reach 3.2 million square feet by 2021 Dubai, UAE, March 14, 2017:  The Paris Gallery Group of Companies has announced its five-year plan (2017-2021) aimed at strengthening its retail presence in the GCC region in particular and the Middle East ......read more

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