Dubai, UAE, October 15, 2018: H.E Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE: “The new Federal Government debt law lays the foundations for the development of a bond market in dirham denomination in the UAE. This is important as it will create deeper, more resilient financial markets, benchmark the yield curve, provide more diversified sources of financing, mobilise additional domestic savings and attract capital inflows. The development of vibrant public and private bond markets (including Sukuk) will also facilitate compliance with liquidity requirements (Basel III), and allow investors to balance risks in more diversified portfolios.
Overall, this is in line with the Nation’s vision to press ahead with further diversification of the economy, and will underpin the UAE’s ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 15, 2018: Trade Bank of Iraq’s (TBI) continued commitment to accelerating economic growth and providing modern banking service in its home country have been recognised as it was named Best Iraqi Bank by a leading global financial publication.
New York-based ‘Global Finance’ magazine rewarded TBI’s strong financial performance and its continuing initiatives to improve its international capabilities, presenting the award during a special ceremony held in Bali, Indonesia attended by leading financial institutions and other key influencers within the banking space.
Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman & President of Trade Bank of Iraq, received the award at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group on Saturday (13th). He said: ......read more
Tawteen, the National Program for Emiratization, supports UAE Nationals to work in the private sector
Abu Dhabi, 15 Oct 2018: Her Excellency Farida Abdullah Al Ali, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), bestowed the Tawteen Club Trophy to UAE Exchange, a leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand in the UAE. With this trophy, UAE Exchange has entered the most prestigious class of the club - the Platinum Class.
Over the years, UAE Exchange has actively worked towards the goal of skill development among the Emirati community and received many accolades for it. Some of them include the Emiratisation Award by UAE Minister of Economy (2016), Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award (2017), UAE SDG Pioneers Awards ......read more
The Family Business Network (FBN) and Lombard Odier have rewarded three exceptionally promising young family business entrepreneurs as finalists in the 10th FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award. The finalists had the opportunity to pitch their projects to over 500 family business leaders at the FBN 29th Global Summit in Venice on 12th October, where the overall winner was revealed.
Dubai, UAE, 14th, October 2018: The FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award was created in 2009 to celebrate and support outstanding intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects initiated by the next generation of family business owners.
The 2018 finalists were chosen by a jury of senior business leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics who reviewed candidates aged between 18 and 40 from 10 different countries1. The finalists and their projects ......read more
For the period ended September 30, 2018
Total Income reaches AED 8.5 billion, up by 13.6% YoY.
Group Net Profit at AED 3.7 billion in the nine months of 2018, up 12.1% YoY.
Balance sheet grows by 7.4% in the nine months of 2018 reaching AED 222.8 billion.
Dubai, October 10, 2018: 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 results for the period ending September 30, 2018.
9M 2018 Results Highlights:
Sustained balance sheet growth and cost discipline driving strong operating performance
Net financing & sukuk investments rose to AED 173.1 billion up by 10.0%, compared to AED 157.3 billion at the end of 2017.
Total Assets now at AED 222.8 billion, up by 7.4%, versus AED 207.3 ......read more
-2018 Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers recognizes Deloitte professionals for the eighth consecutive edition
Dubai, UAE, October 09, 2018: Euromoney listed 176 Deloitte professionals from 54 jurisdictions in its 2018 Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers. More than ten percent of the leaders in the guide are from Deloitte, making this the eighth consecutive edition that the Deloitte network is in the lead. This highlights the network's global strength and excellence in a wide range of areas of tax specialism.
Dan Lange, Deloitte Global Leader, Tax and Legal says, "The Deloitte network is proud of the recognition given to our professionals in the 2018 Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers. Deloitte is committed, globally, to helping clients gain confidence in making well-informed decisions ......read more
Despite having one of the more vibrant startup scenes in the region, entrepreneurs in Egypt have been struggling with maintaining revenues, raising finance and acquiring good talent. Egypt’s economic woes and subsequent currency devaluation seem to have had a knock-on effect on the country’s startup ecosystem.
Dubai, UAE, October 09, 2018: This was the general consensus at the Cairo edition of Wamda’s flagship Mix N' Mentor event on the 27th of September, where leading figures from the startup ecosystem met at The GrEEK Campus to discuss these challenges.
Participants included Ahmed Alfi from Sawari Ventures, Khaled Ismail from Kiangel, Moustafa Khater from Flat6Labs, Mohamed Bahaa, Managing Partner at NGage Consulting, Habiba Helmy, MINT Hub Director at EG Bank,Tarek Assaad, Managing Partner ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 08, 2018: The parliament in Bahrain has today approved the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) which will be effective starting 1 January 2019 at the expected standard rate of 5%, based on a recent report by Gulf Daily News. With the aim to support businesses in Bahrain, Deloitte has been regularly holding series of awareness seminars to make companies ready for VAT. Being prepared is critical because VAT is generally a self-assessed tax, with errors often subject to severe penalties and business disruption. Businesses that have been operating in a largely non-tax environment should have started to prepare and analyze in detail what the implications of the new tax will be.
During October 2018, Deloitte will hold a new series of tax seminars which will be covering VAT fundamentals, the best approach for ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 07, 2018: The Central Bank announced that the Money Supply aggregate M1 decreased by 1.7%, from AED 496.4 billion at the end of July 2018 to AED 488.1 billion at the end of August 2018.
The Money Supply aggregate M2 also decreased by 1.8%, from AED 1302.3 billion at the end of July 2018 2018 to AED 1278.9 billion at the end of August 2018.
On the other hand, the Money Supply aggregate M3 increased by 0.1%, from AED 1556 billion at the end of July 2018 to AED 1556.9 billion at the end of August 2018.
The reduction in M1 was mainly due to a decrease of AED 7.4 billion in Monetary Deposits and of AED 0.9 billion in Currency in Circulation outside Banks. The fall in M2 was brought about by the decreased M1 and an AED 15.1 billion reduction in Quasi-Monetary ......read more
We expect economic growth in Saudi Arabia to be stable, averaging just over 2% per year over 2019-2021.
Higher-than-expected fiscal revenues have been met with higher expenditures, but we do not expect a material deviation from official fiscal targets.
We are affirming our 'A-/A-2' long- and short-term sovereign ratings on Saudi Arabia.
The outlook is stable.
October 06, 2018:
On Oct. 5, 2018, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'A-/A-2' unsolicited long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook is stable.
The stable outlook is based on our expectation that moderate economic growth will continue through 2021, supported by rising government investment. At the same time, we expect that the Saudi ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 06, 2018: Although entrepreneurship in the MENA region is booming, greater and more comprehensive cooperation between local governments is necessary in order to capitalize on recent momentum within the ecosystem, according to a senior World Bank representative.
Ali AbuKumail, a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank, recently worked on the Arab World Competitiveness Report 2018 - a joint cooperation between the World Economic Forum and World Bank which focuses on MENA entrepreneurship. In the latest Wamda podcast, he shares his views on the state of the startup ecosystem with Walid Faza, Partner at Wamda Capital.
“Policymakers have to look at the comprehensive picture of ecosystem development and the journey of entrepreneurs from the minute they are individuals who aspire to ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 4 October 2018: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that effective 14 October, a worker’s insurance scheme will replace the existing bank guarantees system.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that effective 14 October, a worker’s insurance scheme will replace the existing bank guarantees system. The new insurance scheme will apply to all private-sector employees, including domestic workers.
Details of the insurance scheme
Instead of a fixed amount of AED 3,000 that typically must be paid against every work permit application, employers will pay an insurance premium of AED 120 per person, for a two-year work permit. This will provide an insurance coverage of up to AED 20,000 in lieu of unpaid wages, return ticket and ......read more
Disbursement to unlock growth opportunities and expansion across the region, aligned with UAE National Innovation Strategy
Dubai, 02 October 2018 – The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), operated by the Emirates Development Bank (EDB), today announced a disbursement of AED 5.5 million to UAE headquartered Pure Harvest.
A regional innovator in sustainable agriculture, Pure Harvest aims to address food security issues and water scarcity in the UAE while achieving resource efficiency and overcoming local climate challenges. Founded in October 2016, the Abu Dhabi based agricultural start-up is focused on the production of greenhouse fruits and vegetables in arid climates using world-leading Dutch hydroponics and climate management technologies. The current fund from MBRIF will be deployed towards ......read more
Trade enabling project to boost trade across continents
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 October 2018: In another major step towards positioning the UAE and Dubai as a hub for east-west trade global trade enabler DP World has announced plans to build ‘The Belt and Road’ Dubai Station in partnership with Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd (ZPG).
The Belt and Road Station will integrate logistics, warehousing, e-commerce, circulation processing and distribution display services through an electronic platform that enables trade and business transactions.
The announcement follows an initial agreement in March to work on a ‘Straight-through Warehouse’ project in Yiwu, China, and a letter of intent in June to develop this new ......read more
Research by HSBC has identified a country-sized, thriving and cosmopolitan population of almost 12 million people in the air every day.
This country, Flyland, has a Gross Domestic Product valued at $400.5 billion – just larger than that of Norway.
Dubai, UAE, October 1, 2018: For the people of Flyland – the 11.9 million individuals from around the world who take to the air every day – business is soaring, according to new research and analysis from HSBC.
The ‘country in the sky’ has grown to an annual GDP of $400.5 billion and adds more than $1.26 billion to its value each day. The data takes into consideration the average amount of flights Flyland citizens take in a year, their average income, average spend and considers the value of the average amount of work ......read more
Dubai, UAE, October 01, 2018: The Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) marks its 11th anniversary, on October 6, 2018, at the Armani Hotel, Dubai, with a special edition of the ABLF Awards dedicated to the Father of the Nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, under the theme 'Leadership Legacies: Honouring the past. Shaping the future'. The ABLF has been held under the Royal Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, UAE, since 2007 and is in official association with the UAE Ministry of Economy.
The upcoming awards night hosts an exclusive 250-strong audience of Asia’s finest leaders and will witness the felicitation of 15 visionary and innovative stalwarts. The UAE's status as one of the most progressive and proactive ......read more
Rizvi says overseas investor interest is growing ahead of government regulations; long-term visas will change “come and go” expatriate trend
Dubai, UAE, 1 October, 2018: Overseas investors and expatriates seeking greater security in the UAE are eagerly awaiting clarification of new company ownership and long-term visa rules aimed at giving a major boost to the economy, a legal expert said today.
Plans to introduce an investment law allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership this year, as well as a new 10-year visa for international investors and talented professionals, were announced by the UAE cabinet in May.
“There is a growing interest both from investors around the world and expatriate professionals in many sectors who are anxiously awaiting the government’s draft regulations,” said ......read more
Ras Al Khaimah, 30 September 2018: Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) continues to level up its client support with the opening of its Service Centre – Abu Dhabi on the 3rd Floor of Abu Dhabi Mall’s West Tower. From visa, licensing, and leasing services to an array of support services, the new one-stop shop provides RAKEZ clients a quick and easy service delivery.
“At RAKEZ, our customers’ journey is always at the top of our priorities. So we ensure to invest extensive efforts into enhancing our services as well as our accessibility to our clients,” said Ramy Jallad, RAKEZ Group CEO. “With the launching of RAKEZ Service Centre – Abu Dhabi, our clients in the capital do not need to travel up north just to submit applications and request for support. They now have everything within their ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 30th September 2018: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) Governor H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori welcomed H.E. Kanji Fujiki, Japan’s Ambassador to the UAE and a delegation of high ranking officials from the Japanese Government and banking sector, for a seminar to learn about the support systems and regulatory measures that make up the foundations for a thriving SME sector in Japan.
One of the most important areas of the UAE’s national agenda is the support and development of SMEs which have been identified as vital to the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy, increasing the share of private non-energy sectors in employment and growth. In the Japanese domestic economy, SMEs play a considerable role, representing 70 percent of all employment, over 99 percent of all ......read more
Dubai, UAE, September 29, 2018: Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih received representatives of Japanese companies. The delegation was headed by the Japanese Consul General to Dubai Dr. Akima Umezawa.
Abdullah Mohammed Al Khaja, Executive Director of Clients Management Division and Farid Hassan Al Marzouqi, Executive Director, Human Resources, Finance and Administration Division attended the meeting which covered topics such as the means of boosting economic cooperation between Japan and the UAE and expanding cooperation with Japanese businesses and diplomatic missions.
Musabih reaffirmed the importance of cooperating with the Japanese diplomatic missions and companies to support mutual trade between the two friendly states through providing high quality services and facilities to clients and ......read more
September 27, 2018 - Dubai, UAE:
You may believe that cleaning your house is one chore that you should finish yourself. However, if you once witness the transformation a professional cleaner brings to your home, then you’d never go back to doing it by yourself. A well-cleaned space can have a positive impact on your health, comfort and peace of mind. That’s why you should not compromise on such things and hire one of the Cleaning Services in Dubai, to make your place looking neat and tidy like new.
It’s okay to be sceptical and wonder how a professional cleaning job will make any difference. Afterall, we have always cleaned our home by ourselves. However, a professional cleaning job is something you must experience to know how much of a difference it makes.
Let’s have a look at the 10 things that only ......read more
Branches of Paris-based Siaci Saint-honore Group
Dubai, UAE, September 27, 2018: SIACI SAINT HONORE, provider of insurance brokerage and consulting services, known locally under the name of Alpha Lloyds & MSH, inaugurated their offices yesterday in the heart of Business Bay (One by Omniyat tower), Dubai, under the patronage of the Consul General of France in Dubai & Northern Emirates.
Born in France, the group is now a leading actor in the European market and aims to become a global player with Dubai as one of their main hubs. Their positioning combines flexibility, innovation and client-driven approach.
Active in the UAE since 2006 with its affiliate MSH International, the group strengthened its position with the acquisition of Alpha Lloyds in 2017. Its ambition is now to become the key insurance broker ......read more
Dubai, UAE, September 27, 2018: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, effective Thursday, 27 September 2018, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today.
The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points.
Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues to banks operating in the country, are the monetary policy instrument through which changes in interest rates are transmitted to the UAE banking system.
UAE, Dubai, September 26, 2018: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the UAE’s largest Islamic Bank, has today marked the end of a hugely successful promotion with the announcement of the twelfth and final grand winner of its “Double Your Salary. Double Your Joy” monthly campaign, held at DIB’s Mall of the Emirates branch.
Launched in September 2017, the campaign saw new customers who moved their payroll or salary account to the bank entered into a draw to double their salary for that month. The first draw took place in October 2017 and has since brought happiness to a total of 132 winners of various nationalities in 12 public draws. Each draw took place under the supervision of the relevant Economic Departments in malls in Dubai and Sharjah. 10 runners-up were selected for every draw, each receiving an AED 5,000 ......read more
Friends Provident International (FPI) releases protection survey results for the fourth consecutive year
Dubai, UAE, September 25, 2018: FPI’s fourth annual protection survey results show that brand reputation and price have the greatest influence on people’s decision to buy life and critical illness insurance in the UAE. These factors were considered more important than others, such as adviser recommendation, claim payment history and portability; which enables continuity of insurance coverage when relocating to another country.
The survey, conducted in collaboration with market research and data analytics firm YouGov, polled more than 1,000 respondents. 40% of respondents said brand reputation of the insurer was the most important factor behind their decision to purchase life insurance, ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018: Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director of Al Maya Group and Regional Director of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council(ESC)for the Middle East says:
The week-long visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, to India indicates growing strength and depth of bilateral relations between the UAE and India.
Both the countries already enjoy a very close historical bond and continue to share mutually beneficial strategic partnerships in various fields. This visit will build on the ......read more
Prevailing economic optimism across ME to boost business spending and investment levels
Top 2018 business goal is meeting customers’ evolving needs with focus on new product development and mobile technology
More freelancers, part-time workers and temps to join Middle East’s growing workforce
Region’s finance executives most likely to increase spend on mobile technology
Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018: Middle East finance executives report great confidence in economic growth prospects for the year ahead, finds the 2018 Global Business & ......read more
UAE, Dubai, June 24, 2018: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the UAE’s largest Islamic Bank, has announced the ninth winner of its “Double Your Salary” monthly campaign, held at DIB’s City Center Sharjah branch, officiated by a representative of Sharjah Economic Development Department “SEDD”.
DIB launched its “Double Your Salary” promotion in September 2017. The monthly draw selects a new customer that has moved their payroll or salary account to the bank, and doubles their salary for that month. 10 runners-up are also selected and each ......read more
NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and UN Women sign MoU in New York
Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018: UN Women and the UAE-based non-profit NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New York recently, to consolidate their efforts in implementing the UN Women Flagship Programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the region, with support from UN Women headquarters.
To be implemented in a period of three years, the programme will target approximately 25,000 women, ......read more
24 June 2018, Dubai – Guinness World Records™, the global authority on record-breaking, is proud to announce the launch of its dedicated Arabic platform that is especially designed to interact with and serve audiences across the Middle East.
The website - www.guinnessworldrecords.ae - will serve as an ideal platform for consumers in the region to learn more about Guinness World Records and provide them with a comprehensive and smooth understanding of the criteria and process to attempt a record.
Furthermore, the newly launched website will also encourage ......read more
Abu Dhabi, June 23, 2018: Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets LLC as part of its efforts to fuel an entrepreneurial culture of UAE and support Khalifa Fund members. The agreement aims to establish joint collaboration to create an appropriate business environment for the supply of fresh food, grocery, light household, textile and electronic products to all hypermarket stores under the Carrefour and Carrefour Market brands.
The Khalifa Fund aims to provide the best facilities for local enterprises ......read more
Dubai, June 23, 2018: Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced that its joint venture Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in new solar technologies, has received strong response for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology at Intersolar Europe exhibition, the leading solar exhibition in the world.
Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments’ joint venture with SwissINSO Holding Inc., which offers the world’s-first KromatixTM coloured solar panels technology, ......read more
Group invests more than AED 5 million in the expansion of Sleep Fine mattresses’ product line
Dubai, UAE, June 23, 2018: In light of the growing volume of exports to the MENA region, Salim & Sons Group has announced expansion plans by capitalizing on the emerging presence of business opportunities. The Group, which unifies and streamlines the operations of its various divisions, ensures an enhanced product and customer experience with a focus on innovation. Under the Group’s umbrella are the ‘Three Stars Foam Factory,’ ‘Sleep Fine,’ ......read more
Strategic alliance combines next generation network packet broker capabilities with sophisticated threat management to bring greater protection and resilience to customer security infrastructures
Dubai, U.A.E. – June 23, 2018: Gigamon, Inc. (“Gigamon”) the company leading the convergence of network and security operations to help organizations improve their security stance, and FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the intelligence-led security company, today announced a global strategic partnership to improve threat defenses across their ......read more
Five ready-made portfolios to invest simply with ZAP funds
Each fund created with 6,000 to 20,000 underlying holdings
One-stop access to the world’s equity and bond markets
Full range of sectors including technology, media and energy
Low-cost, easy to maintain, scalable solution that is rebalanced regularly
Dubai, UAE, June 21, 2018: Zurich International Life Ltd. (Zurich) is today launching Zurich Allocated Passive (ZAP) funds, a new investment solution which provides customers with five ready-made portfolios that make investing simple.
Some investors ......read more
5 SBWC members in Milan explore Italian supply chains in fashion, jewellery, furniture and F&B
Sharjah, June 21, 2018: Through several trade missions and strategic matchmaking, the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) has been supporting new and established female entrepreneurs in the UAE by taking them to key overseas markets and showcasing their capabilities to potential buyers, investors and trading partners.
In a recent four-day trip to the Italian fashion capital, Milan, SBWC - one of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s (NAMA) entities – organised ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2018: The global sukuk market experienced a significant slow down in issuance in the first half of 2018, as we predicted in January. Total sukuk issuance dropped by 15.3% compared with the same period last year, reaching $44.2 billion compared with $52.2 billion first half of 2017. This drop was even more pronounced for foreign currency sukuk issuance a t45%. We believe thatt his is due to the absence of major issuances from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries seen in 2017.
In the second half of 2018, we expect sukuk issuance volumes will continue to be ......read more
Abu Dhabi – 19 June 2018: UAE Central Bank (CBUAE) announces that it has published an Amendment to ‘Annexure 2’ of the Regulations Regarding Bank Loans & Services Offered to Individual Customers (2011). This Amendment sets out the new maximum limits or ‘fee caps’ for fees or commissions charged on retail customer service. The fee caps apply to banking consumer related charges for example, home loans and late fees for credit cards.
This Amendment comes as CBUAE is undertaking more active supervision of the banking sector with the ......read more
DIB’s new website focused around the theme “tech that helps”
Customer First concept core to the enriched user experience
Dubai UAE, 18 June, 2018: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has launched a new and completely revamped website (www.dib.ae), which offers a vastly enriched and superior experience to its fast growing customer base. The redesigned website will allow users to easily access information relating to DIB’s products and services, while enjoying a new, modern and simplified layout complemented by ......read more
Dubai, 17 June 2018: Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of the Dubai Economy, is organising one of the largest economic delegations from Dubai in recent years for an official economic mission to Australia as part of its continuing efforts to strengthen existing economic cooperation and attract investments into the emirate. The mission, which will take place from June 25 to 29, 2018, will be represented by senior officials and executives from Dubai Exports, the export promotions agency of Dubai Economy, Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC), Dubai Science Park, Dubai Silicon ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 14, 2018: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, effective Thursday, 14 June 2018, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today.
The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points to 2.25%.
Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues ......read more
Crowe Horwath, the eighth largest global accounting network, has announced that the network and its member firms have rebranded to “Crowe”.
Dubai, UAE, June 11, 2018: The rebrand has seen over 220 member firms globally adopt the name, Crowe, reflecting the increasingly integrated and seamless nature of the network as well as its shared values and core purpose.
The move has assisted in promoting the network’s shared knowledge and global resources in response to changing client needs, driven by digitalization and the borderless world ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11, 2018: Central Bank of the UAE announced that it has decided to downgrade the license of the following exchange houses to deal in sale and purchase of foreign currencies and travelers cheques only:
1. Taher Exchange Est.
2. Al Hadha Exchange LLC
3. Al Hemriya Exchange Company LPC
4. Dubai Express Exchange
5. Sanaa Exchange
6. Cosmos Exchange
7. Bin Bakheet Exchange Est.
As the above exchange houses violated ......read more
Shurooq projects worth AED over 7.6 billion covering 11.7 million sqm
Sharjah, 09 June 2018: Over the past nine years, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has accrued a portfolio of completed and ongoing projects worth AED 7.6 billion extending across a total area of 11.74 million square metres.
Following the Emiri decree No.2 to establish Shurooq, issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member Ruler of Sharjah, the authority has not only confirmed its pivotal role in driving the emirate’s prospects, it has ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2018: Leading provider of compliance, payment and cloud solutions, EastNets has announced its partnership with Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank to roll out SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service for its customers across the country.
With the introduction of SWIFT gpi, Boubyan Bank will offer its customers high-speed cross-border payments with end to end tracking, transparency on bank fees and FX rates (Foreign Exchange), ultimately allowing the bank to credit payments to end beneficiaries within minutes, even seconds.
EastNets will assist ......read more
UAE Exchange Summer Promotion ‘Win Big. Win More’ offers $100,000 grand prize to one winner
6 winners to win $5,000 and 45 to walk away with $2,500 each
Dubai, 05 June 2018: This Ramadan, UAE Exchange, a leading money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand in the country, launched its summer promotion ‘Win Big. Win More’. During this promotion, UAE Exchange is giving out 52 lucky draw cash prizes with the grand prize of $100,000. Apart from the grand prize, 6 lucky customers will win $5,000 and 45 customers will win $2,500 ......read more
Dubai, 03 June 2018, United Arab Emirates: UAE Exchange, the leading money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand in the country, announced that it has started accepting Value Added Tax (VAT) payments on behalf of the Federal Tax Authority (FTA).
All entities registered with the FTA who have a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN) and a GIBAN account number can now make their VAT payments in any of the 150 UAE Exchange branches spread across the seven emirates.
Abdel Kareem Alkayed, Country Head for UAE Exchange-UAE said: “We are pleased to partner ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 2, 2018: The strategic and dynamic location of the Ajman Free Zone (AFZ) plays a significant role in driving the commercial and industrial sectors in the emirate in particular and in the UAE in general, with the AFZ management stepping up efforts to maintain its investment-conducive environment as a leading business hub in the region.
The number of companies registered with AFZ until the end of Q1 2018 increased to 12,362, showing a significant growth of 28% over the corresponding period last year as the free zone is growingly becoming an essential hub for many ......read more
finds Zurich is world's most expensive city, while salaries go furthest in Los Angeles
Zurich retains its position as the most expensive city, followed by Geneva and Oslo.
Los Angeles boasts the world’s best buying power for the average worker’s salary, with LA residents now able to afford almost a quarter more (23.9%) than New Yorkers.
Now in its 17th edition, this year's report is presented in an interactive, digital format that allows users to compare cities and explore their development over time. Readers can explore city specific stories and dive into the ......read more
UAE, May 30, 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, is rolling out the fifth edition of its much-awaited Al Ansari Exchange Rewards – Summer Promotion 2018 starting from June 1st to July 31st. Several major prizes - the biggest in the industry - are up for grabs this year, with a whopping AED 1 million in cash once again awaits one grand winner, in addition to the exquisite Mercedes Benz GLA-Class 2018 as this year’s second grand prize.
Eight lucky customers will also have a chance to win AED 10,000 each during the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 30, 2018: The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 4th meeting for 2018 at 10:00am on Sunday, 27th May 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Younis Haji Al Khoori, Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer, Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 30, 2018: Deloitte has just issued its 2018 edition of the Middle East Tax handbook. The handbook is a comprehensive guide to help businesses keep abreast of the Middle East tax rates and to guide businesses through the important changes to tax regimes across the Middle East region.
Changes in regulation and tax reform continue to be on the increase in the Middle East, and include the implementation of a value added tax (VAT) regime that commenced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 1, 2018. As a transactional tax, the ......read more
More than 1.7 million guests in Emirate for the year so far
Abu Dhabi, 29 May 2018: The number of hotel guests staying in the emirate’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments increased by 7.3% for the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year to number 1,724,967, figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) reveal.
The total number of hotel guests was boosted by key international markets registering impressive percentage gains.
During April, the numbers of visitors from leading international source market ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 29, 2018: No one wants to be wasteful with money, but with our busy schedules it's often challenging to pause and reflect on those little changes we can make to save or protect our hard-earned cash. The introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the United Arab Emirates this year and the rising cost of inflation especially have drawn attention to the impact on consumer spending habits.
Whilst these potential pressures on people’s expenditure can seem concerning, they don’t need to be. However, it is important for everyone to take stock of ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 27, 2018: Shuraa bestowed with World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders Asia & GCC 2017-18 award at India UAE Business & Social Forum 2018. The award and business summit organized jointly by URS Media Consulting PL and AsiaOne magazine was recently held at J W Marriot Marquis Dubai. The award was presented by H.E.Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director, Hamriya Free Zone Authority & Sharjah Airport International Free Zone in the presence of H.E.Dr. Akima Umezawa, The Consul General of Japan in Dubai to Michael Gillies, Director- Operations, Shuraa Business ......read more
Dubai Islamic Bank’s HR - Learning and Development Centre is the first to achieve ISO 29990 certification in the region.
Sharia Department becomes the first to receive ISO 9001 QMS certification in the UAE.
Dubai UAE, 27 May, 2018: Two key departments of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, received ISO certifications, making it the first Islamic bank in the UAE to achieve an international accreditation of this significance. DIB’s Human Resources Department -Learning and Development Centre (L&D) was awarded the ISO 29990:2010 ......read more
Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 27 May 2018: INDEX Holding announces the opening of its new branch in Singapore, due to its strategic location in the Asia-Pacific region and its strong economic and commercial ties with the United Arab Emirates. Through its new branch, INDEX Holding aims to keep up its constant endeavor of supporting the UAE vision and strengthening its position in different parts of the world.
In fact, INDEX Holding intends to replicate its UAE business model in Southeast Asia by taking advantage of Singapore as a vital regional hub for business, ......read more
Three-year collaboration with law enforcement confirms Trend Micro’s leading role in global cybercrime fight
May 27, 2018 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced details of its close cooperation with the FBI to identify, arrest and bring to trial the individuals linked to the infamous Counter Antivirus (CAV) service Scan4You. Ruslans Bondars was found guilty as a result of the trial, while Jurijs Martisevs pled guilty in March 2018. The arrest and trial were the result of an ......read more
May 23, 2018 - Dubai, UAE:
Bayzat (www.bayzat.com)is looking to become the one stop solution for small- and mid-sized companies. The technology company provides insurance and HR solutions for SMEs. Founded in 2013, the company is making waves in the Middle East – in 2017, it made it to the Forbes list of Top 100 Startups in the Arab World.
The company’s founder, Talal Bayaa, and his team noticed the fragmentation in the UAE financial sector and they decided to launch a product that would make it easier for individuals and companies to compare different insurance ......read more
Promotes Abhijeet Vijayvergiya as President & Managing Director, Global Accounts and Asia Pacific
Global brands such as Pizza Hut, VF Brands, KFC, Bata, Asics, Unilever, Siam Makro leverages Capillary solutions across multiple countries
DUBAI – May 23, 2018: Capillary Technologies, with presence in 30+ countries and helping consumer businesses achieve digital transformation, using its AI Powered technology platform; today announced that it has grown its global business by 200% YoY and has elevated Mr.Abhijeet Vijayvergiya as its President & Managing Director, Global ......read more
Zayed Sustainability Prize evolves to include new categories
Abu Dhabi, May 22, 2018: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings, has announced its theme for its next edition, which takes place from 12-19 January 2019.
ADSW 2019, under the theme titled ‘Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development’, will explore how industries are adapting to the digital transformation under way in the global economy, and the new opportunities it is presenting to address global sustainability ......read more
Appreciation Award for Representative Entities during the DED Business Excellence Awards Ceremony
Dubai, UAE, May 22, 2018: The French Business Council Dubai and Northern Emirates (FBC) has received the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award for Representative Entities, presented by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. This award was given during the Business Excellence Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22, May 2018: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) today publishes the Financial Stability report for the year 2017. The Financial Stability Report provides information on the strengths and vulnerabilities of the UAE financial system and the regulatory and policy measures introduced by the Central Bank. The Financial Stability Report also includes an assessment of key macro-financial and banking-sector developments that may affect financial stability in the United Arab Emirates. The Financial Stability report is produced annually, in line with the UAE ......read more
Islamic Finance: Scalable and sustainable source of funding social infrastructure
Dubai, UAE, May 21, 2018: Policy makers, the private sector and governments continue to find ways to bridge gaps in infrastructure funding, with social infrastructure landscape climbing to the top of agendas in importance. Deloitte Middle East continues to bring the latest insights on this trend through its new Islamic Finance insights series, “Scalable and sustainable source of funding social infrastructure”.
The industry whitepaper published by Deloitte’s Islamic ......read more
Middle East accounts for 4.75% of global ransomware numbers in Q1 of 2018, finds Trend Micro report;
Free tools ideal for businesses who do not use Trend Micro endpoint solution
May 21, 2018 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Middle East and North Africa in Q1 of 2018, have accounted for 4.75% and 1.75% respectively of global ransomware threats, and Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, is committed to protecting customers and consumers against today’s greatest security threats. Trend Micro has blocked ......read more
DUBAI – May 20, 2018: Euromax Personal Care, a division under Dubai-headquartered Eurostar Group, has initiated a campaign titled ‘Bring your own razor’ (BYOR) to salons, aimed to educate consumers about raising the bar on personal hygiene and safety. The campaign focuses on ‘one man, one razor’ theme about using own shaving products in salons in line with the existing guidelines of civic bodies.
Eurostar Group is now focusing on personal care segment, taking a range of products with highest quality standards to global markets.
Euromax ......read more
Holborn Assets reveals their clients’ most common current concern is based on predicted market volatility
Dubai based firm explains how a diversified investment portfolio offered great returns during the steady markets in 2017, but also protects against the volatility that has been seen this year.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20, 2018: A leading financial adviser has revealed how investors can best protect their investment portfolio during the current period of volatility and uncertainty.
Stefan Terry, Senior Partner at financial services and ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, may 17, 2018: The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, as of May 17, 2018, it will publish on its website, a list of foreign currency rates against the AED (Arab Emirates Dirham), to help UAE business entities calculate their VAT obligations to the UAE Federal Tax Authority.
This service is in line with the requirements of Federal Law No. 8 on Value Added Tax.
United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2018: The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held its third meeting at 9am of Sunday 13 May 2018.
The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, the Chairman Higher Sharia Authority.
The HSA discussed a number of matters related to the creation of a unified Sharia governance framework for Islamic financial institutions (IFIs).
The HSA considered the draft standard on the appointment of the internal Sharia boards for IFIs and the fit and proper criteria in addition ......read more
May 17, 2018 - Dubai, UAE: The latest scandal that unfolded with Facebook and how it has shared some user data with third parties has finally got everyone talking about data security and what could be done to properly protect the right to privacy – or, at least, the right to know who and how is using our data. It seems like the perfect timing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU’s latest privacy law, to come into effect on May 25, 2018.
GDPR Applicable to Dubai Companies
The new Regulation is a comprehensive attempt to codify and reform EU rules on ......read more
UAE, 14 May, 2018 - The Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED-Ajman) recently welcomed the visit of a delegation of the National Program of the Ministry of Economy. The visit was aimed towards the Ministry's continuing efforts to support modern and innovative start-up companies in the UAE. During the meeting, both parties discussed opportunities and ideas on how to further cooperation and collaboration across joint innovative and creative projects that are aimed towards contributing to the country's economic growth, in line with the goals and objectives of UAE Vision ......read more
Abu Dhabi, 14 May 2018: H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, recently met with Angolan delegates to discuss economic and trade cooperation between their countries. Led by H.E. Manuel Augusto the Ministry of External Relations of Angola, the delegates visiting the UAE consisted of H.E. Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, and senior government officials.
Also present during the meeting were H.E Eng. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi Undersecretary of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Economy; H.E. Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant ......read more
Dubai, UAE – 14 May 2018 – Ithmaar Holding B.S.C., a Bahrain-based financial institution, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ithmaar Bank B.S.C. (closed), a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, each announced their financial results for the first quarter of 2018 with both reporting profits for the period.
The announcement by the Ithmaar Holding Chairman His Royal Highness Prince Amr Al Faisal, who is also the Ithmaar Bank Chairman, follows the review and approval of both Board of Directors of the consolidated financial results for the three-month period ended 31 March ......read more
Dubai - May 14, 2017: Caparol Paints, a global provider of German paint and coating solutions, has announced celebration of 20 years of excellence for CapaStone, a premium natural stone-like finish texture paint for interior and exterior surfaces. CapaStone has carved out its legacy and emerged as a market leader for over the past two decades in the Middle East.
CapaStone is a superior quality pure acrylic water-based paint system with coloured inorganic crushed natural stone aggregates for interior and exterior surfaces which are manufactured with cutting-edge German technology. The paint ......read more
Unique collection and first of its kind jewellery makes debut at the AMIRA store in Dubai Festival City
The first jewellery brand in the UAE that is crafted specially for the growing millennial demandswithin UAE
Dubai, 14th May2018: AMIRA proudly announces the opening of its exciting new flagship store located in Dubai’s most popular shopping destination, Dubai Festival City. The new store truly reflects the essence of AMIRA and exudes the radiance, cosmopolitan nature and optimism of the brand. The newly designed store on the link bridge, elegantly showcasing ......read more