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    UAE Residents Should be Aware of the Circumstances in which Personal Bank Accounts can be Frozen

    Debt and visa changes are the most common reason for not being able to access funds short term September 2018, Dubai: According to the experts at Guardian Wealth Management, most residents are not aware of the various reasons as to why bank accounts in the U.A.E can be frozen. When people are denied access to their bank account, even if it is just for a short period of time, it can ultimately have a knock-on effect on their short-term finances including the payment of rent, school fees and savings.  The most common reason universally for a frozen bank account is when the bank feels that the transaction in the account is suspicious and may involve an illegitimate business transaction. However, specialists at Guardian Wealth Management claim that in the UAE, it is mostly as a result of visa changes or visa ......read more

    Mobility MEA becomes the first approved Android zero-touch enrollment partner for the region

    16th September, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Mobility MEA, a leading systems integrator, enterprise managed mobility service provider and a GEMA alliance partner, is now the first approved Android zero-touch enrollment partner for the MEA region. The company will serve to accelerate automated deployments, reducing dependency on internal IT support, simplifying setup and management of Android mobile devices; and making time-consuming device configuration a thing of the past through processes that create better user experiences. Zero-touch enrollment, which supports OEMs, carriers and companies, eliminates the need for users to configure their Android devices while ensuring corporate policies are in place. With this enrollment, companies can configure the devices they purchase and have them shipped with management and settings ......read more

    The Higher Sharia Authority at the Central Bank Held A Consultation Meeting with The Members of the Internal Sharia Control Committees Prior to Its Fifth Meeting

    Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2018:  The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held a Consultation meeting with the members of the internal sharia control committees (ISCC) of Islamic financial institutions operating in the UAE on 9 September 2018. Islamic Banks, commercial banks’ Islamic windows and Islamic finance companies, represented by the members of their ISCC, the head of the internal Sharia control departments and the heads of the internal Sharia audit, attended this first Consultation meeting to exchange views on various issues that concern Sharia compliance and Sharia governance.   His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, the Chairman HSA noted during this meeting that “this initiative is part of the consultative approach that HSA adopted. This ......read more

    Dollar, trade tiff driving commodities

    By Ole S Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2018:  Commodities in general traded close to unchanged on the week with rising energy and metal prices being offset by lower grain prices. The weaker dollar, which came under pressure against resurgent emerging market currencies, helped at least temporary to raise the general level of risk appetite.  The ongoing trade war between China and US did not, as expected, escalate further with President Trump refraining from unleashing tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. New talks have been scheduled between the two countries with a group of more than 85 US industry groups launching a coalition to take the fight against tariffs public. A campaign to convince lawmakers to fight the tariffs is clearly not what an under-pressure ......read more

    State Street Expands Middle East Presence with New Abu Dhabi Office in Response to Region's Significant Growth Prospects

    New Research from State Street Reveals Institutional Investors Are Bullish on MENA Growth Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 10, 2018:  State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today the opening of its first Abu Dhabi office, which will be located in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the country’s international financial centre. This is the firm’s second office in the United Arab Emirates, building on its 26-year presence in Dubai. To mark this milestone, State Street also unveiled a research1 paper that draws on survey responses from 306 institutional investors based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) responsible for more than USD $4.9 trillion in assets under management (AUM), who were asked about their outlook for growth and future economic trends in the region. According to the research, more than three ......read more

    FDI flow in to Bangladesh jumps 22.52% last year to US$2.45 billion that prompts UAE businesses to invest in Bangladesh

    More and more Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are opening companies in the UAE as economic relations between the two countries grow   News Highlights FDI in to Bangladesh jumped 22.52% to US$2.45 billion (Dh9 billion) in 2016-17 fiscal year Bangladesh is the world’s 32nd largest economy with US$687.14 billion Gross Domestic (GDP) based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Bangladesh seeks investment in 100 new economic zones where UAE investors could invest and own 100 percent export-oriented industries and benefit from duty-free quota access to Europe and the United States Dubai, September 08, 2018:  An attractive investment climate and a higher return on investment has helped 22.52 percent jump in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in to Bangladesh to US$2.45 billion in 2016-17 financial year, up from US$2 ......read more

    New drops mean more good news for gold investors

    As the US dollar continues to hold strong in international markets, gold prices fall as investors search out safe bets elsewhere. As the week started, UAE 24-karat gold fell from Dh147.25 per gram to Dh146.75 per gram as Monday played out. You can check the live rates on business24-7.ae   Other karats are also available at bargain prices -  22K at Dh137.75, 21K gold at Dh131.50 and 18K gold at Dh112.75 per gram. You will be able to buy those kind of gold online on business24-7.ae   Vijay Valecha of Century Financial has been watching the situation carefully. “Gold prices weakened for the start of this week as rising interest rates and a strong bull market in global equities signals that there are better avenues for investment,” he said. In the UAE, Valecha expects the price of 24K to move between ......read more

    Fintech Abu Dhabi Launches Two Full Days of Activities for Startups, Investors and Financial Institutions

    4th September, 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit 2018 will go ‘live’ in two more weeks with two full days of exciting activities for FinTech start-ups and lively discussions on industry matters and issues that affect the development and growth of the financial services industry. This leading FinTech and financial event, organised by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council for the second consecutive year. FinTech Abu Dhabi comprises of a newly designed ‘Bootcamp Day for FinTech start-ups’ on September 16th and the official Summit Day on 17th September 2018 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi.   Confirmed speakers include H.E. Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa ......read more

    "Kazakhstan can become the main trade and economic partner of the UAE in Central Asia."

    Dubai, UAE, September 04, 2018:  About the main perspectives and potential of investment and economic cooperation between the countries, Ilya Urazakov, Head of the Representative Office of the State Investmentand Promotion Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, "Kazakh Invest", told at the meeting with representatives of the UAE Media. - "Historically, our countries have very warm and strategic relations. But turnover and investment cooperation could be much higher. According to experts from both countries, the potential for economic cooperation can at least triple" - the speaker said. According to data for 2017, commodity turnover between the countries approached the level of 680 million US dollars, and the volume of investments in Kazakhstani projects for all this time amounted to about 4 billion USD, ......read more

    Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 7th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, September 03, 2018:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 7th meeting for 2018 at 9:30am on Sunday, 2nd September 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Al Kindi, the Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman of the Board and H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer and Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by H.E.Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor and a group of senior Central Bank staff.    The Board reviewed a memo regarding the Macro Prudential Policy stance report – Q2 2018, and instructed necessary action be taken in respect thereof.  The Board also ......read more

    Special Economic Zones A tool for future economic development?

    Oliver Wyman addresses the impact of special economic zones in today’s increasingly globalised market place    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3 September 2018:   As a national development strategy, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a global phenomenon. From an estimated 500 in 1995, the number of  SEZs has grown to around 4,300 in over 130 countries, reveals a recent report by the strategy consultancy firm, Oliver Wyman.    Titled “Special Economic Zones as a tool for economic development,” the report raises and addresses two critical questions on the opportunities and challenges posed by the creation of Special Economic Zones: Are Special Economic Zones still relevant and effective as a development strategy in this crowded and connected global ......read more

    The Central Bank warns consumers against disclosure of their credit information

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) reminds consumers of their responsibility to protect their credit information and credit/debit cards from fraud and unauthorized use. CBUAE also directs consumers not to disclose their PIN to any persons or institution. If somehow this information is disclosed, it is the consumer’s responsibility to immediately contact their bank to freeze the card and change the PIN. CBUAE advised consumers to take caution when using their cards and ATM machines in order to avoid any leakage of information that may expose their accounts to possible fraud.      

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    Central Bank of the UAE Celebrates Emirati Women's Day

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28th August 2018:  In line with H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak’s “Mother of the Nation” declaration to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day on the 28th of August each year, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has organized a special event to mark the day and join the nation in celebrating the achievements of women in the UAE. To mark this occasion, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of CBUAE announced that the Central Bank would be honoring H.H. Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, by awarding her the two most valuable commemorative coins issued by the bank, in recognition of her efforts in the advancement and empowerment of women in the UAE. H. E. greeted numerous guests of honor and CBUAE female Emirati leaders and took the opportunity to praise H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak as an ......read more

    Debate about auditor scepticism must address public concerns, says ICAEW

    Debate about auditor scepticism needs to be more substantial and constructive, according to ICAEW’s latest report Scepticism: The Practitioners’ Take. The report captures fresh insights from auditors, and those who train and regulate them. It highlights what auditors are doing and recognises that they have lessons to learn, but also says that it is unhelpful to use ‘lack of auditor scepticism’ as a catch-all explanation for anything that goes wrong on audits.   Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2018:  Professional scepticism is at the heart of what auditors do. Without it, the audit has no value. The current debate about the need for auditors to exercise more scepticism is important. But the quality of the debate on scepticism has, to date, been somewhat superficial.    “Simply calling ......read more

    WCU: Commodities await the greenback's fate

    Dubai, UAE, August 26, 2018:  Most major commodities were headed for weekly gains as the short-term focus on growth and demand risks related to emerging markets faded. This was helped by the dollar, which was heading for a second weekly loss. Overall, commodities have had a very bumpy ride this month that at one stage saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index hit a one-year low before recovering.  With so much of the direction still depending on the direction of the dollar and US interest rates, the focus this week is firmly on the annual gathering of central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, made his symposium debut at a discussion about the economy and monetary policy. During the week, the minutes from the August 1 Federal Open Market Committee meeting were ......read more

    LIC International expands into the UAE to tap into local insurance and investments from 2.5 million NRIs

    IBMC to promote life insurance, reinsurance and Takaful products to support NRIs and corporations in the UAE Abu Dhabi, August 25, 2018:  India’s state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is expanding in the region with key partnerships and tie-ups as it targets to tap the growing Non-Resident Indian (NRI) market for insurance coverage and investments. The India-based company’s subsidiary in Bahrain, ‘Life Insurance Corporation ‘(International), has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UAE-based management and financial consultancy firm ‘IBMC International’ for marketing its life insurance and investment products in the UAE. The strategic tie-up will enable LIC to introduce more life insurance products such as Takaful and reinsurance products to support NRIs and ......read more

    Hong Kong Trade Fairs from September to November

    Strengthening bilateral trade between Hong Kong and the UAE   Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2018:  The bilateral trade relations among Hong Kong and the UAE have long been robust. Adding to the Hong Kong’s business advantages, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organises more than 30 exhibitions each year to bring together buyers and suppliers from both economies to develop their business.    Mr. Abdul Aziz Nasser, Deputy Director, Middle East, HKTDC announced that nine international fairs, which cover watches and clocks, fashion, electronic products, lighting products, green products and spectacles, will be held in Hong Kong from September to November. These fairs will serve as ideal platforms for traders and suppliers from the UAE to expand their businesses into new markets. The fairs are as ......read more

    WIBC announces landmark 25th edition in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain

    Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) announces landmark 25th edition in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain  Over 1200 global industry powerhouses, policy makers, innovators and stakeholders will converge for the three-day long forum. Dubai, UAE, August 13, 2018:  Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the strategic partnership of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) will take place on November 26th, 27th & 28th in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA), a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based ......read more

    UAE Ranks Above Global Average in Well-being, Reports Growing Appetite for Workplace Wellness: 2018 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey

    Opportunity for employers to leverage UAE Happiness Agenda to help staff manage work environment and improve health Dubai, UAE, August 13, 2018:  Cigna Corporation’s (NYSE:CI) business in the Middle East today launched the results of its 2018 Cigna 360o Well-Being Survey – Future Assured. Factoring in the responses of the resident UAE population for the second consecutive year, the findings indicate that overall well-being remains stable with residents more confident of their ability to manage current and future costs, and the majority confirming a good work-life balance. Now in its fourth year, the survey adopted a more forward-looking approach to exploring people’s perceptions and concerns for their health and their sense of well-being across five key areas - physical, family, social, finance and work. ......read more

    Submissions now open for RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards 2018

    Ras Al Khaimah, 12 August 2018:   Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) Business Excellence Awards is back on its 5th edition and now seeking entries from outstanding free zone and non-free zone companies in Ras Al Khaimah. RAKEZ collaborates with Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development (RAK DED) for the second year to hail excellent businesses that greatly contributed to the emirate’s economy with AED 200,000 worth of cash prizes. Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, said: “Our team up with RAK DED last year has definitely added more spice to the programme. So here we are, delighted to collaborate with RAK DED for the second year. With RAKEZ and RAK DED jointly presenting RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards, we have created a platform for recognition with no divisions because businesses here, regardless of ......read more

    WCU: Commodities struggle to navigate sanctions and tariffs

    By Ole Hansen , Head of Commodity Strategy / Saxo Bank Dubai, UAE, August 12, 2018:  August is normally a quiet month for markets, but this year it has so far been anything but. The markets have been rattled by a continued escalation of the trade war rhetoric between the US and China, with investors concerned this increases the future risk to global growth and demand.  We see raised geopolitical tensions after the US slapped additional sanctions against Russia and Turkey while resuming sanctions against Iran. The latter could potentially result in a looming supply crunch for crude oil, which could divert the current focus away from the price-negative impact of the trade war.  The latest trouble to hit the markets has been a simmering financial crisis in Turkey which blew up this past week when the Turkish lira at ......read more

    MEFMA reaffirms commitment to promote entrepreneurship & innovation across local thriving FM industry

    Association successfully organizes workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Facilities Management’  Dubai, UAE, August 07, 2018:  The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), a non-profit association that provides a dedicated platform for facilities management (FM) professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders, and owner associations, reaffirmed its commitment to nurture and guide entrepreneurs as well as promote innovation in the regional FM industry through proper skills development and effective knowledge sharing.  MEFMA made the statement during the conclusion of a workshop it recently organized entitled, ‘Entrepreneurship in Facilities Management,’ which was held recently at the Al Mugairen Hall, Riyadh Chamber in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The event was attended by ......read more

    Promoth Manghat wins first ever NRI Professional of the Year Award instituted by Dhanam

    Dubai, UAE, August 01, 2018:  Promoth Manghat, Chief Executive Officer of UAE Exchange Group, has won the first ever Dhanam NRI Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented by the Minister for Industries- Kerala, A C Moideen at a function held at the Le Meridien Convention Centre in Kochi on the 26 of July in the presence of many business and political luminaries. Promoth is an Executive Director of Finablr, a holding company in the UK, which brings together category-leading global financial services brands under one network. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UAE Exchange Group, a Finablr network brand that is a leading global provider of diversified and innovative financial solutions in money transfer, foreign exchange and payments. According to the eminent jury which selected the winners, Promoth ......read more

    UBS CIO sees rising foreign investment in Middle East, boosts coverage of GCC markets

    UBS Global Wealth Management's Chief Investment Office (UBS CIO) expects international investors to increase their exposure to the Middle East due to growing inclusion of the region's assets in financial indices, ongoing reforms and a favorable economic outlook for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries A potential inclusion of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait in emerging market sovereign bond benchmarks could attract further inflows, following Saudi stocks' recent inclusion in MSCI and FTSE indices UBS CIO has steadily increased its analytical coverage of the region, including in Arabic, to better serve local and international clients Dubai, UAE, 31 July 2018:   UBS Global Wealth Management's Chief Investment Office (UBS CIO) today published a new report on the Middle ......read more

    Barclays: Global Economy likely to continue rewarding Stock Tilted Investment Portfolios

    Dubai, UAE, July 29, 2018:  Barclays announced today the findings of its Q3 2018 Compass Report, which outlines the Private Bank’s tactical recommendations on portfolio asset allocations for investors around the world. The report’s key takeaways note that the global economy is likely to continue to reward investment portfolios titled toward stocks. Barclays’ investment experts see stocks more likely to outperform the bond market, which is expected to face both greater inflation as well as increasingly resolute central bankers.  Commenting on the Q3 tactical investment recommendations, Bjorn Holderbeke, Head of Investment Advisory, Middle East and North Africa, said: “Our team of experts believe that the acceleration phase of global economic expansion seems to be passing, according to the latest ......read more

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    Nancy Pelosi on President Trump: "As long as he's here, I'm here"

    Dubai, UAE, September 11, 2018:  Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi discusses her role and why she has decided to remain in politics. During the interview for CNN’s new one-hour long Amanpour, Pelosi explains how a Trump Presidency has compelled her to remain in her position to maintain a female presence in policy changes and continue to fight for the protection of the Affordable Care Act. Full interview airs tonight on CNN International at 6p.m. BST and 7p.m. CET Please clearly credit CNN ......read more

    Dubai FDI embarks on second investment promotion mission to US to strengthen bilateral ties

    Dubai, 9 September 2018​:  Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of Dubai Economy (DED), is going on to second investment promotion mission to the United States (US) this month in a bid to further strengthen its bilateral relations with one of the world’s leading economic powers. The high-level mission will visit the cities of Indianapolis and Detroit.  The main objective of the mission, which will take place from September 15 to 22 is to strengthen trade and economic ties with the states Indiana and Michigan, in the fields of technologies, healthcare and life ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange announces the fifth millionaire of Al Ansari Exchange Rewards Summer Promotion'

    UAE, August 28, 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has announced that Gina Realuyo Soriano from Philippines is the fifth millionaire of its popular ‘Al Ansari Exchange Rewards - Summer Promotion.  The name of Gina was picked during the draw held at the Metropolitan Hotel in Dubai. The single lucky winner of Mercedes Benz 2018 model was also revealed during the event along with the names of nine other individuals who won a cash prize of AED 10,000 each. Gina, a house maid who has been in the UAE for 10 years now, was ......read more

    NetApp Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results

    August 23, 2018—NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, which ended July 27, 2018. “We delivered a very strong first quarter with revenue, gross margin, operating margin, and earnings per share all above our guidance. In Q1, we introduced substantial innovation across our portfolio, expanding our industry-leading cloud data services and introducing new partnerships, products and solutions to help data-driven organizations thrive,” said George Kurian, chief executive officer. “Enterprises are signaling strong ......read more

    Emircom reaps new awards during Cisco Regional Partner Summit

    Abu Dhabi, August 11, 2018: Emircom, one of the UAE’s leading systems integrators, bagged new awards during the Cisco Regional Partner Summit held recently at The Ritz Carlton in Dubai. Being recognized as the ‘Service Provider Partner of the Year,’ ‘Commercial Partner of the Year,’ ‘Highest Adoption at a Customer for Collaboration EA,’ in UAE and ‘Enterprise Partner of the Year’ in Saudi Arabia, reflect the company’s efforts as one of the leading channel partners to Cisco, a leading multinational technology conglomerate that ......read more

    Arab Bank Group reports profits of $436 million for first half of 2018

    Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2018:  Arab Bank Group reported net income after tax for the six months period ended 30 June 2018 of $ 436 million compared to $415 million in prior period, recording a growth of 5%. The Group’s net income before tax grew by 6.4% to reach $582 million with net operating income reaching $ 668.5 million and recording a solid double digit growth of 13%. Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors stated that the solid performance of Arab Bank Group confirms the success of the Group in dealing with the challenging operating environment. Mr. Nemeh ......read more

    On the right side of the tracks

    Xi Jinping’s “express train of development” has the potential to create whole new communities in Dubai and the UAE DIFC Wills outreach to enable future planning for the new wave of investors and multigenerational Chinese families Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2018:   Xi Jinping rode what he calls China’s “express train of development” through the Middle East and Africa region – including a three-day stopover in the UAE – as trade with China is set to surge to $80bn annually over the next two years.  In Dubai, individual deals ......read more

    Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Business Announces New Company Name: Refinitiv

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 July 2018 –   Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk business today announced that following the closing of the strategic partnership transaction between Thomson Reuters and private equity funds managed by Blackstone, the Financial & Risk business will be known as Refinitiv.  Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second half of 2018 and until then the business will continue to be known as Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk. The new name Refinitiv was created based on feedback from customers and industry ......read more

    Minhaj Advisory welcomes the resolution of obligating the Islamic financial institutions to apply Shari'ah Standards in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2018:  Minhaj Advisory, a Dubai-based Co, the best training institute for the year 2017, praised the newly-pioneering step taken by the Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) at Central Bank of the UAE to enforce the Internal Sharia Control Committees (ISCC) of the Financial Institutions in the United Arab Emirates to apply the Shari’ah Standards issued by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) as of the first of next September onwards. These standards are related to the Islamic financial industry. In the company’s ......read more

    Taking Root and Empowering the UAE Community to Change Their Landscape

    Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2018:  Capable of growing roots down to 30 meters to access water, the Ghaf – the UAE’s national tree – could once be seen on sand dunes and gravel plains throughout the Emirates. Today, this is not the case. Continuing urban development has placed the Ghaf tree under threat and it is now on the endangered species list. That said, we can revive the Ghaf to its former glory; all it takes is team work, coordination and the cultivation of thousands of Ghaf seeds. The Father of the Nation was once quoted to have said, “Cut a path, but ......read more

    GCC Hospitality industry set for steady growth, says Alpen Capital

    Dubai, 26th July 2018:   Alpen Capital, an investment banking advisory firm, announced the publication of its report on the GCC Hospitality Industry. The report presents a synopsis of the demand-supply dynamics and key performance indicators of the hospitality industry across the GCC countries. The report also covers recent trends, growth drivers, and challenges in the industry. It profiles some of the renowned hospitality companies in the GCC and evaluates their financial and market valuation metrics.   “The GCC hospitality industry, which has been under pressure ......read more

    Emirates Glass organises glass testing training for Dubai Municipality's Dubai Central Laboratory

    Dubai, July 25, 2018:   Emirates Glass, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC] and a leading architectural glass provider in the Middle East, has announced that it recently organized a two-day training program for Dubai Central Laboratory, the testing and certification wing of Dubai Municipality. The training program focused on glass performance and testing for the construction and building industry, underlining the company's commitment to uphold the highest quality and testing standards in the glass industry. It included presentations about glass manufacturing ......read more

    Preliminary results for second quarter exceed expectations outlook raised for full year 2018

    Sales up by 7 percent to €3.9 billion Adjusted EBITDA rises 16 percent to €742 million Outlook raised for FY 2018: adjusted EBITDA between €2.60 and €2.65 billion expected Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2018:  Germany. Evonik has increased adjusted EBITDA to €742 million in the second quarter of 2018 (prior-year: €640 million). All three chemical segments contributed with excellent operational business development: All three segments were able to increase their adjusted EBITDA as well as EBITDA margin compared to the same quarter of the previous ......read more

    Jebel Ali Port and Emirates Global Aluminium: A partnership that supports Dubai's industrial growth By Mohammed Al Muallem

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2018:  The 1970s were amongst the most momentous years in the history of the UAE. They witnessed the birth of the United Arab Emirates and the beginning of a new age of economic prosperity. The leadership of Dubai embarked on a journey of non-oil development launching a series of visionary projects that are its crown jewels today. Prominent among them are DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL) now known as Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). Both ......read more

    Department of Economic Development Ajman reveals positive impact and benefits to be gained from decision to exempt businesses with expired licences from stiff fines and penalties

    UAE, 24 July 2018- The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) has revealed that the recent Emiri resolution No. (16) of 2018 issued in May 2018 by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Ajman Executive Council, to exempt local businesses with expired business licences from stiff penalties and fines until the end of this year has left a positive impact on local businesses. According to the Emiri resolution, the period of implementing the decision will be in effect until December 31, 2018, wherein the economic ......read more

    Trade Bank of Iraq reveals its latest international expansion plans as it celebrates an incredible 15 years in business

    TBI to open its branch office in Riyadh at the end of the year String of expansion plans in the region, including Turkey The bank recently celebrated 15 years of operation Abu Dhabi, July 24, 2018: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has revealed plans to open its first branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after receiving approvals from the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers. Continuing its international foray across the Middle East since opening a representative office in Abu Dhabi, UAE last November, TBI now plans to open its next branch in Riyadh, KSA and be fully operational by the ......read more

    Leading UAE businesswoman awarded doctorate by Queen's University Belfast

    Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:  Dr Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Managing Director of the multifaceted conglomerate, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast, for services to business and commerce. She was among twelve individuals who received honorary degrees this summer at the university. Other individuals awarded included Professor Martin Meehan, the 27th President of the University of Massachusetts, internationally renowned researchers as well as leaders in business and commerce.  Queen's awards honorary degrees to ......read more

    Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 6th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:   The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 6th meeting for 2018 at 9:00am on Sunday, 22nd July 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by 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,  as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Deputy Governor, Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, ......read more

    Islamic Insurers' Net Income Continues To Fall But The Sector Will Stay Profitable In 2018

    Dubai, UAE, July 23, 2018:  In the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC), net income of listed companies in the Islamic (takafuland Islamic cooperative tawuni) insurance sector nearly halved in 2017 to US $375 million, from US $674 million in 2016.The decline in 2017 netincomewasmainlydrivenbyweakerresultsinthe Saudi Arabian insurance sector and follows an increase in earnings by about 151% in 2016, indicating some considerable earnings volatility in the sector. In ourview, the Islamic insurance sector continues to face secular challenges around relatively  concentrated and ......read more

    United Arab Bank Announces Financial Results for H1 2018

    H1 2018 Highlights  AED81m Net Profit, up 46% vs. H1 2017 Operating Expenses decreased 4% vs. H1 2017 Provision for Credit Losses decreased 20% vs. H1 2017 Robust liquidity profile with UAB comfortably above regulatory requirements  Loan : Deposit Ratio managed to 92% Common Equity Tier-1 (CET1) ratio comfortably in excess of regulatory requirements at 14.4% Sharjah, UAE, 22 July 2018:   United Arab Bank P.J.S.C ("UAB" or “the Bank”) reported Net Profit for the six months to 30th June 2018 of AED81m, representing an uplift of ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Bank and Emirates Skywards soar to new heights launching co-branded credit cards

    Partnership aligns with DIB’s strategy to offer customers innovative, value added solutions Card available in three variants offering up to 2 Skywards Miles on every equivalent US dollar spent  Earn up to 75,000 bonus Skywards Miles* and receive unlimited access to airport lounges worldwide via LoungeKey Dubai, UAE; July 22, 2018:   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has partnered with Emirates Skywards to launch the new Emirates Skywards DIB Credit Cards tailored specifically to offer exceptional value to the country's growing ......read more

    DED-Ajman signs strategic agreement with Department of Land & Real Estate Regulation in Ajman

    UAE, July 21, 2018 - The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) and the emirate's Department of Land and Real Estate Regulation announced the signing of a new partnership agreement aimed at adopting and implementing new e-link services that can help improve and enhance a customer's journey while also increasing customer satisfactory levels. The new e-link services, which is part of the ongoing 'Single Window Project,' will provide customers with a faster and more efficient way to apply and renew economic permits and licences. The new agreement was signed by His ......read more

    3rd China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking & Finance to explore potential for participative economy

    UAE, July 21, 2018 - In line with the nationwide celebrations of UAE-China Week, and in honor of the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the UAE, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has reaffirmed its commitment to building bridges of knowledge, cultural, and economic exchange with China by organizing the China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance (CUCIBF III) for the third consecutive year, on November 7-8, 2018 in China.  The two-day event, which is being organized under the theme, ‘The potential for participative economy and financial system: growth, ......read more

    Record Breaking Visitor Growth and Continued Partnerships Solidify Dubai's Commitment to China

    Dubai sees 119% growth in overnight visitors from China since 2014 YOY increase of 41.4% overnight Chinese visitors to Dubai from 2016 to 2017 Key milestones contributing to the rapid growth include visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens and recent partnership agreements with Huawei, Fliggy and Tencent Dubai, UAE, 18 July 2018:   Ahead of President Xi Jinping of China’s arrival in the UAE later this week, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reports continued growth in visitors from China. With a robust growth of 119% in ......read more

    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 ......read more

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