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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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Great Place to Work and Fortune Name VMware One of the 2017 Fortune Best Companies to Work For…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 March 2017:  For the third year in a row, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. The list, which is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel towards leaders, the pride they take in ......read more

72% of UAE Residents Foresee Improvements in Business Conditions, According to a Survey by Bayt.com ...…

Bayt.com Survey Reveals the Latest Economic and Financial Conditions in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, 13 March 2017:  The latest results from the Middle East Consumer Confidence Index survey carried out by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, and YouGov, research and consulting organisation, indicates that nearly three quarters of UAE respondents expect the business ......read more

Great Place to Work® recognizes the UAE's top 24 employers for 2017…

Dubai, UAE, March 13, 2017:  Splash has been officially once again recognized as one of the ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’ in 2017 by Great Place to Work®, a global research, training and consultancy firm that identifies the best workplaces in over 50 countries worldwide.  The official list, which was announced during an awards ceremony on 7 March 2017 at the ......read more

US$8.7 billion invested in MENA power and utilities green solutions in 2016…

Saudi Arabia plans to cut electricity and water subsidies by US$ 53 billion and by 2020, and have further plans to unbundle the state-controlled Saudi Electricity Company to eventual privatization Dubai launched a US$27 billion green fund to support global sustainability projects Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation is partnering with Belgian consultancy Elia Grid to develop ......read more

GWM Outlines UK Budget Impact on British Expats' Pensions…

Overseas pension transfers will be subject to a new 25% tax from March 9th Guardian Wealth Management highlights possible ramifications to British expats in GCC March 13th 2017, Dubai, UAE:  The UK’s spring budget 2017 has major implications for British pension holders living in the GCC, taxation experts at Guardian Wealth Management have warned. UK Chancellor Phillip ......read more

Joyalukkas launches loyalty rewards partnership with Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air…

Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2017:  Global jewellery retail chain Joyalukkas has added Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, to its roster of rewards partners giving the airline’s Falconflyer (loyalty programme) members an opportunity to earn points/miles with every Joyalukkas jewellery purchase and, as a launch offer, giving them the chance to earn double Falconflyer miles on any ......read more

4th GPCA Research and Innovation Summit: Regional Petrochemical Industry Must Boost Innovation ...…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 12 2017:  Speakers at the 4th GPCA Research and Innovation (R&I) Summit, which took place on March 7-9 in Bahrain, called on regional chemical and petrochemical producers to create an innovation culture that nurtures the development of local innovation capabilities to sustain the industry’s global cost leadership in an increasingly competitive ......read more

Will the AFC US$150 Million Sukuk Transaction Affect Dubai Forex Trading?…

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) carried out its first Sukuk and the highest ever issuance from an African institution in early 2017. The US$150 million transaction was the first ever US dollar Sukuk to be issued by a multilateral African institution and to use the Nasdaq Dubai Murabaha platform to do so. This represents a milestone in the AFC’s financing activities and cross-border ......read more

Doha Bank Announces the Launch of the New ‘Doha Bank My Book Qatar' Co-branded Mobile App…

Amazing Buy 1 Get 1 Free Offers Savings Up to QAR 250000  Feature-packed mobile app brings hundreds of irresistible offers at the fingertips of Doha Bank’s credit cardholders at more than 300 outlets in Qatar Dubai, 09 March, 2017:  Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in the State of Qatar, has unveiled a new co-branded mobile application ‘Doha Bank My Book ......read more

The Lombard Odier Group Reports 2016 Result…

Total client assets on 31 December 2016 reached CHF 233 billion, of which assets under management represented CHF 159 billion Net inflows of client assets were CHF 5.2 billion Consolidated net profit for the full year was CHF 124.5 million Basel III CET1 ratio stood at 29.3% Increased client assets Client assets rose by 4% to CHF 233 billion in 2016, from CHF 224 billion in 2015, ......read more

MoTC and Accenture Sign MOU to Power Smart Qatar Program ‘TASMU' with Digital Innovation…

Doha, Qatar; 9 March, 2017:  At Qatar's biggest digital event, the QITCOM Exhibition and Conference, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), a leading global professional services company, signed an MOU to develop an Innovation Management Capability to source and apply digital technologies and social innovations. The MOU is part of the ambitious ......read more

Why Immigrants From The Middle East Are Proving Vital For Germany's Startup Scene…

Germany has taken in a record number of immigrants from the Middle East since 2015, with over a million new people coming into the country in the past two years. This has fuelled a real boom in entrepreneurship, with 44% of new businesses started in 2015 created by people who held passports other than German. To give an idea of how much immigrant entrepreneurship has grown, the same stat was at ......read more

Successful Implementation of ICS BANKS® Finance Lease System from ICSFS at Etihad Leasing Company…

Dubai, UAE, March 9, 2017:  ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global leading provider of financial software solutions and services to banks and financial institutions, is pleased to announce the successful implementation of ICS BANKS® Finance Lease System at Al Etihad Leasing Company, a newly formed finance company owned by Bank al Etihad.  Before selecting ICS BANKS ......read more

Women Customers on the Rise at UAE Exchange Branches…

6% of the remittance volume contributed by women customers 72% of women customers prefer account credit while 28% prefer instant money transfer Dubai, 09 March 2017:  Global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand UAE Exchange has released figures showing a year-on-year increase in the number of women customers at their branches.  In 2015, 8% of the ......read more

Amlak Announces Full Year Results for 2016…

Robust Revenue  growth of 46%  compared to 2015  Drop in Operating Cost by 6% compared to 2015  Net profits of AED 107 Million for the year ended December 2016 Total Assets stand at AED 6.5 Billion  Dubai, UAE 08 March 2017:  Amlak Finance PJSC, a leading specialized real estate financier in the Middle East, today announced its Full Year Financial ......read more

Tabreed Shareholders Approve 6.5 fils Dividend per Share for 2016 8% higher cash dividend than 2015…

March 08, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Shareholders of National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the regional UAE-based district cooling utility company, yesterday approved a dividend of 6.5 fils per share for the 2016 financial year.  This represents an 8% increase on the dividend paid out in 2015, driven by the company’s strong performance throughout ......read more

Zain Kuwait enters three-year application development and modernization contract with Ericsson…

Agreement will see Zain Kuwait benefit from all end to end services provided by Ericsson as part of ADM. Ericsson will provide the latest offering in Application Development and Maintenance to transform the operator’s business outcomes Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  During the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zain Kuwait and Ericsson have entered a three-year agreement ......read more

Great Place to Work® reveals UAE's ‘Top Companies to Work For'…

DHL named ‘Top Company to Work For in the UAE’ for fourth consecutive year Mr. Elie Khouri recognized as ‘Leader of the Year for 2016-2017’ Dubai, UAE, 8 March 2017:  Great Place to Work® - a global research, training and consultancy firm that recognizes the best workplaces in over 50 countries worldwide - has revealed its seventh annual list of ......read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded five-year commissioning framework agreement by Petroleum Development Oman…

Abu Dhabi: March 8, 2017:  SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidary Kentz Overseas Company WLL has been awarded a five-year commissioning support services framework agreement by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Under the agreement, the company will provide a variety of systems completions, commissioning and start-up service activities on a portfolio of ......read more

Eros Group awarded Great Place to Work in the UAE, 2nd year consecutively.…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th March 2017:  Eros Group, UAE’s trusted distributor for consumer electronics with a portfolio of world renowned brands Samsung, Hitachi, Linksys, TCL, Midea and many more, has been officially recognized as one of the ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’ in 2017 by Great Place to Work®, a global research, training and consultancy firm ......read more

ICAEW: GCC financial organisations must speed up their efforts and get ready for IFRS 9…

GCC banks and financial institutions must speed up their efforts in preparing for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 9 or risk non-compliance when the new financial instruments standard is introduced on 1st January 2018, according to accountancy and finance body ICAEW. Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  This was the narrative of a recent joint briefing session organised by Dubai ......read more

UAE's Hotpack to foray in the UK with an investment of GBP 50 million…

DUBAI - March 8, 2017:  Hotpack Packaging Industries, a leading producer and wholesaler of quality disposable food packaging materials in the UAE, has recently announced an investment of GBP 50 million to develop a facility in Wrexham – Wales, England. The facility will be equipped with the latest in packaging and manufacturing technologies. The announcement was made when Ms. Lesley ......read more

The Resolutions of the General Assembly Meeting of the Shareholders…

Doha Bank to increase capital by 20% to QR 3,100,467,024 Dubai,UAE,March 07, 2017: H.E. Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Doha Bank, announced that the EGM has agreed in its meeting held on 06 March 2017 to increase the bank’s capital from QR 2,583,722,520 to up to QR 3,100,467,024 (representing an increase of 20% from the current paid-up share capital) by ......read more

Xpress Money is providing full cash payments in India after remonetisation…

Dubai, March 7, 2017:  With the Indian government’s decision to relax daily account withdrawal limits, Indian expats in UAE can now send money to India through Xpress Money without any worry.  With the availability of cash returning to normal, recipients can instantly collect the full amount in cash across the 55,000 outlets of Xpress Money in India.  Remittance recipients ......read more

UBF Board of Directors reviews 2016 achievements, outline priorities for year ahead…

UAE banking sector has been able to adapt and remain resilient to the headwinds faced in 2016 Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2017:  The Board of Directors of the UAE Banks Federation (UBF), a professional representative body comprising 49 member banks operating in the UAE, held its first meeting of the year today, Tuesday (7 March, 2017) in Dubai, to review the achievements and key highlights of ......read more

Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies Hosts High-level Bankers Workshop to Discuss ...…

UAE banking sector is aligning itself with new International Financial Reporting Standard, which becomes effective in 2018 Dubai-UAE: 7 March, 2017:  Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, hosted a high-level interactive workshop attended by more than 60 senior bankers and finance officers to discuss ......read more

National Bonds Collaborates with Smart Dubai Government via DubaiID To Boost Savings Culture…

Dubai-UAE: 6 March, 2017:  National Bonds Corporation (National Bonds), the leading sharia-compliant savings and investments company in the UAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG) to enable seamless access to all National Bonds’ products and services via DubaiID. Mohammed Qasim Al Ali, CEO of National Bonds, and His ......read more

FERG: Fintech unlocking value for consumers and remittance brands…

Digital and in-app transactions can reach unbanked audiences with convenient, fast and low-overhead services Dubai, UAE, March 6, 2017:  The Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG), comprising businesses engaged in the money exchange and remittance industry, believes the rise of fintech in the GCC can help the remittance sector serve wider audiences faster through digital-first ......read more

DAFZA achieves 16% net profit growth in 2016…

UAE – March 5, 2017 - The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) performed strongly in 2016, achieving 16 per cent net profit growth and posting a 2 per cent growth in its total revenue and a 28 per cent increase in its total assets and a 3% rise in EBID. According to official reports, the total leasable area of multinational companies occupying the Freezone rose by 44 per cent, while ......read more

Emirates Environmental Group hosts annual gala to celebrate achievements of 2016…

UAE, March 5, 2017- Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the country’s pioneer in community programmes for the environment, recently organised an annual gala for its members at the Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach to mark the celebration of EEG’s work in 2016 and highlight the major milestones achieved. Among the distinguished guests who graced the occasion were H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin ......read more

UAE Banks Federation, Emirati Entrepreneurs Association to host seminar discussion on SME-Bank ...…

Event chaired by H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair will provide UAE national entrepreneurs with practical insights on how to deal with challenges Dubai, UAE, March 5, 2017:  More than 100 Emirati entrepreneurs will attend a seminar discussion hosted and organized by the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association (EEA), in partnership with the UAE Banks Federation (UBF). Taking place on 12 March 2017 in ......read more

WLF Honours Over 150 Middle East Leaders from Academic and Corporate Sectors…

Dubai-UAE: 5 March, 2017:  World Leadership Federation (WLF), a global platform that celebrates excellence in leadership capabilities across various industry domains, opened its Middle East chapter by honouring top performing professionals in the region. The inaugural Middle East Asia Leadership Summit & Awards was held at The Address Marina, Dubai, in the presence of several ......read more

Dabur International wins at Ras Al Khaimah Free Zones Business Excellence Awards 2016…

Dubai, UAE, 4 March, 2017- Dabur International, has been recognised as the ‘Best Industrial Company’ and the ‘Fastest Growing Company’ at the recently concluded Ras Al Khaimah Free Zones Business Excellence Awards 2016. Naturelle LLC, a subsidiary of Dabur International, was honoured for delivering value to its clients and the community through its products and services as ......read more

Lloyd's CEO discusses 2017 Middle East insurance challenges and opportunities…

Cyber threats are the most critical and rapidly evolving risk facing business in 2017 Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2017:  Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd’s, met with H.E Essa Kazim, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Chairman of Dubai Financial Market (DFM) earlier this week. The executives discussed 2017 business outlook, new growth opportunities and means to further ......read more

The Pearl Initiative, BNY Mellon Announce Partnership to Advance Best Governance among Family ...…

Dubai-UAE: 1 March, 2017:  The Pearl Initiative, the leading Gulf business-led non-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency as a key driver of competitiveness across the region, today announced that it has joined hands with BNY Mellon Wealth Management, to advance best practices among the region’s family-run businesses. A leading wealth ......read more

For third consecutive year, Empower is awarded Dubai Chamber CSR Label…

Bin Shafar: “Empower’s annual agenda has many initiatives that target the whole society” Dubai, UAE, 1 March 2017:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has been awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the company’s social initiatives which ......read more

Dhofar Global reinforces presence in Qatar via opening of new office…

UAE, Feburary 28, 2017 – Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene care products in the Middle East, has further strengthened its presence in Qatar following the recent opening of its new state-of-the-art headquarters in the country in line with its comprehensive expansion plan and full commitment to better address the needs of the thriving local market. Dhofar Global’s move also ......read more

RAK SME and RAKBANK Sign Agreement for Financing Solutions…

Ras Al Khaimah – UAE: 28 February 2017:  Saud bin Saqr Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises (RAK SME) and National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK) signed a memorandum of understanding to provide financing services at competitive prices for entrepreneurs from the establishment members, as the bank is considered one of the supportive organizations of commercial business and it ......read more

tajawal collaborates with Visa Checkout…

tajawal becomes the first online travel agency across MENA to opt for convenient payment solutions Dubai, UAE February 28, 2017: tajawal, the Dubai-based online travel startup, has collaborated with Visa Checkout to provide easy payment solutions to its customers. This move makes it the first online travel agency in the MENA region to integrate quick digital payment solutions on their ......read more

Department of Economic Development – Ajman holds meeting with Ministry of Economy and local trading ...…

UAE, February 28, 2017- The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) recently held a joint meeting with the Ministry of Economy and representatives of local outlets and trading establishments to discuss and coordinate the joint activities and initiatives to be implemented during the coming 12th edition of Gulf Consumer Protection Day, which is scheduled to be celebrated on March 1, ......read more

Pakistan's Test Cricket Captain Misbah-ul-Haq honored by Al Ansari Exchange and JS Bank…

UAE, February 27, 2017- Islamabad United’s Captain, Misbah ul Haq, visited the Head Office of Al Ansari Exchange recently upon the invitation of JS Bank Pakistan, to show solidarity with Pakistanis remitting money back home and contributing to Pakistan’s economic growth. The test cricket captain was welcomed by Rashed Ali Al Ansari, General Manager, Al Ansari Exchange and Worldwide ......read more

First Forum to Build HR in the Insurance Sector Takes Place in Dubai…

Willis Towers Watson and Emirates Insurance Association address the challenges of the Insurance sector Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27 February 2017:  Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, and Emirates Insurance Association have hosted today the first HR forum for the Insurance sector in the Middle East. The ......read more

DAFZA supports Dubai's economic diversification strategy at Gulfood 2017…

UAE, February 27, 2017 –As part of its efforts to meet the current and emerging needs of the regional and global food and beverage (F&B) sectors, the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has announced its participation at Gulfood Exhibition 2017. Taking place from February 26 to March 2, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the trade exhibition will provide DAFZA with a global ......read more

Department of Economic Development – Ajman successfully organizes monitoring campaigns to help ...…

UAE, February 27, 2017 - The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) has successfully implemented an intensive inspection campaigns aimed towards combating the proliferation of unauthorized roaming vendors across Ajman, particularly in key areas like Alhilliu, Mowiahat, Rowdha and Tella. The efforts are part of a continuing control campaign supervised by the Directorate of Control ......read more

Ajman Chamber of Commerce & INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)…

“To Develop a Study for Ajman International Convention & Exhibition Centre Project” Dubai - United Arab Emirates, 27th of February 2017:  The Ajman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a preliminary study for Ajman International Convention & ......read more

IBPC has honoured Mr. Kamal Vachani with “Business Excellence Award 2016”…

The Indian Business & Professional Council (IBPC), Dubai has honoured Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group, Regional Director, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), President, Dubai Chapter, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) with “Business Excellence Award 2016”. The award was given by H.E. Mr Abdulla A. Al Saleh, ......read more

People's Bank of Zanzibar Selects ICS BANKS and ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System…

Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2017:  Zanzibar, Tanzania: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that People’s Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ), a state-owned and one of the oldest commercial banks in Tanzania has selected the multi-awards winning systems ICS BANKS and ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Systems. Under the ......read more

MENA Sovereign Borrowing To Decline By 20% To $136 Billion, Report Says…

Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2017:  Middle East and Northern African (MENA) sovereign borrowing will slow down in 2017, after increasing sharply in 2016. This is according to a report titled "Sovereign Debt 2017: MENA Borrowing Is Expected To Decline By 20% To $136 Billion," and published today on RatingsDirect. "We project that the 13 MENA sovereigns we rate will borrow an ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange and SriLankan Airlines signs agreement to facilitate ticket payments…

UAE, February 25, 2017- Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has recently signed an agreement with SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka. According to the terms of the agreement, SriLankan Airlines customers will now be able to make payments through more than 170 UAE-wide Al Ansari Exchange branches. The service will be available ......read more

Sheraa hosts Startup Weekend – helps launch startups in 54 hours…

  The winning team ‘Asmani’ - an Arabic audio content platform – will have full access to Sheraa’s incubator and a suite of other benefits to bring their entrepreneurial dreams to reality Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2017:  Committed towards harnessing the entrepreneurial energy of youth to pioneer new businesses, Sheraa hosted 2017’s ......read more

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