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    Turkish Airlines continues its growth trend without slowing down

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

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

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

    Gulf region's automation industry on track for double digit growth

    GCC market estimated to reach US$10.7 billion in 2023 as global players prepare for inaugural SPS Automation Middle East Dubai, UAE, July 12, 2018:  The Gulf region’s automation industry is on track for double digit growth over the next five years, as recovering oil prices and government economic diversification plans boost demand for industrial and building automation technologies, according to new research. A July 2018 knowledge report by consulting firm TechSci Research said the GCC market for industrial and building automation will be worth US$10.3 billion in 2023, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7 percent from an estimated US$5.6 billion in 2017.  Global events including the Dubai Expo 2020, and mega projects such as Saudi’s NEOM city are also driving forces behind advanced ......read more

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

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

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

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

    Inaugural class of 50 distinguished Qimam Fellows graduates in Riyadh

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

    Khalifa Fund and startAD invite Emirati entrepreneurs to apply for Ibtikari

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

    UAE economic growth to accelerate in 2018 and 2019

    According to ICAEW’s latest report (Economic Insight: Middle East Q2 2018), the UAE economy is set to recover from a difficult year in 2017, when growth slowed to a seven-year low last year at only 1.5%. Overall, UAE’s GDP is expected to accelerate to 2.6% growth in 2018 and to around 3.8% in 2019. But the accountancy and finance body warns that general prices are expected to increase as inflation will rise to 4.0% this year. Dubai, UAE, July 03, 2018:  Economic Insight: Middle East Q2 2018, produced by Oxford Economics, ICAEW’s partner and economic forecaster, says the UAE’s growth will be primarily driven by recovering oil prices, an expansionary fiscal stance at the federal and emirate levels, a buoyant trade and tourism environment and a pick-up in investment ahead of Expo 2020 in Dubai. The oil ......read more

    Abu Dhabi records 4.9% growth in hotel guests during the first five months of 2018

    Expected further growth with the implementation of reduced tourist and municipal fees this month Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 2, 2018: The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi increased by 4.9% during the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.  According to statistics from the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments offering 31,236 rooms across the emirate welcomed 2,073,586 guests during January to May.. Occupancy rate has averaged 75% during the same period (January to May), with a 1.4% increase, while the average length of stay was 2.7 nights, an increase of 2.4% compared to the same period in 2017, with China topping the number of visitors, recording 192,500 visitors, an increase of 19.9% .  India came in ......read more

    Buy to live or Buy to let?

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

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

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

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

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

    The ongoing visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India will lend an impetus to Investments between both countries

    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 excellent economic and trade relation between the two countries and boost cultural and diplomatic ties as well. The ongoing visit will not only benefit the Indian community in the UAE, but also lend an impetus to investments between both countries. ......read more

    Middle East Corporate Finance Leaders Foresee Substantial Economic Growth and Plan to Increase Spending and Investment Worldwide, American Express Global Survey

    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 & Spending Outlook, a survey released today by American Express Middle East.  The vast majority of respondents – more than 90% – anticipate modest to substantial economic expansion in their country, closely aligned with the worldwide ......read more

    DIB Champions Customer Happiness With 9th Double Your Salary Draw

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

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

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

    Guinness World Records Launches Arabic Website to Cater to the Growing Number of Record Applications From the Region

    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 younger fans to discover more about achieving a Guinness World Records title and inspire them to set a world record. Talal Omar, Country Manager – Guinness World Records said: “Since we started operating in the region through our UAE ......read more

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

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

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

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

    FireEye and Gigamon Announce Global Partnership to Improve Security Effectiveness and Efficiency for Joint Customers

    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 customers’ security infrastructures.    The multifaceted alliance offers customers FireEye® Network Security combined with the GigaSECURE® Security Delivery Platform with flexible deployment options and scalability for optimal threat ......read more

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

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

    SBWC Visits Italy to Analyse Advantageous Trading Opportunities

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

    Why The Global Sukuk Market Is Stalling In 2018

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

    CBUAE Announces New Caps on Banking Fees for Customers

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

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

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

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    Xpress Money sees 26% Increase in Remittance Transactions from UAE to Uganda

    United Arab Emirates, 27th November 2017:  Xpress Money, one of the most dependable money transfer brands in the world, reported an average growth of 26% in the number of remittance transactions from UAE to Uganda over the last three years. The company has also seen a 28% increase in the volume of money being sent by expats in the UAE to their home country, Uganda. For years, Xpress Money has been a preferred choice for Ugandan expats in UAE to send money back home; offering convenient and cost-effective money transfer options like Cash-to-Cash and Cash-to-Mobile Wallet services to ......read more

    Johnson's Baby Wipes Voted “Baby Wipe Brand of the Year” by Parents in the UAE

    The 2017 best parenting brands in the country decided through more than 114,000 votes from the general public Dubai, UAE, 26 November, 2017:  Johnson’s Baby Wipes were awarded “Baby Wipe Brand of the Year” at the annual Mother, Baby & Child Awards Ceremony. The 2017 edition of the Awards celebrated the 46 best UAE parenting brands in the UAE, as chosen by the general public. This year, the awards gathered more than 114,000 votes over a period of six months, starting from June until November. A total of 440 nominees divided over 46 voting categories were ......read more

    National Bank of Fujairah Featured Banking Partner for Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME

    Dubai, UAE, 26 November 2017:  Thomson Reuters and National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) announced today that they have partnered to offer tailored funding solutions to SMEs in the UAE through the Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME platform (http://acceleratesme.com). Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME serves as the only digital gateway to the SME ecosystem in the MENA region. As the platinum banking partner on the Accelerate SME platform, community members will be able to apply for a range of NBF’s banking offerings including term loans, working capital financing and SME banking account ......read more

    Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce stand to feature major Brazilian companies at The Big 5

    The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) announced that its stand at the 2017 edition of The Big 5, the Middle East’s leading civil construction industry exhibition, will feature five of its member companies. The Chamber’s stand will span 36 sqm and will feature sanitary ware maker Deca, ceramics manufacturer Angelgress, gates manufacturer PPA, pipes and fittings maker Tigre, and construction equipment manufacturer Scanmetal. The exhibition is set to run from November 26 to 29 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. Brazil's total exports to the Arab countries’ ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi: True investment in women's potential and capabilities will lay the groundwork for a global economic jump

    Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit to Demand more Active Policies to Empower Women in the Workplace Her Highness calls for everyone to shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities towards the millions of unemployed women living below the poverty line  Inaugural summit will examine private sector’s role in recruiting more women to help revitalise global economic cycle  WEE Global Summit will provide a global platform to forge partnerships with business sector Sharjah, November 25, 2017:  Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His ......read more

    Jafza's steel & building materials sector trade reaches AED 13.5bn

    Dubai, November 25 2017:  Jafza, the Dubai flagship logistics hub of global trade enabler DP World, today announced that trade in steel and building materials reached AED 13.5 billion during 2016 with further increases expected as the free zone continues to develop services for companies in the sector. Announcing Jafza’s participation in the Big 5 exhibition being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 26-29, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO DP World, said: “Ongoing construction projects in the UAE and GCC are a strong boost for the metal, ......read more

    Dubai Free Zones Council, Federal Tax Authority Hold Second Informative Workshop on VAT Application

    Dubai, UAE, 25 November, 2017:  The Dubai Free Zones Council and the Federal Tax Authority held the second edition of an informative workshop on value-added tax that will be implemented in the UAE starting from 2018. The event, which took place at the Dubai Police Officers’ Club, drew the participation of more than 1,000 representatives of companies operating across Dubai’s various free zones. With the aim of helping private free zone-registered companies fulfill their tax obligations, the workshop provided a comprehensive overview of VAT and related mechanisms, the ......read more

    Dubai Land Transactions Soar by AED30 Billion Over Five Years

    Business Bay a key area for more land development says fäm Properties chief after company secured AED700 million plot deal Dubai, UAE, 25 November 2017: The value of annual land sales in Dubai has risen by AED30 billion over the last five years, one of the emirate’s biggest real estate brokerages revealed today, identifying Business Bay as a key area for further growth. Firas Al Msaddi, CEO of fäm Properties, said that as of 9th November land sales for this year had reached AED68 billion compared to AED38 billion for the whole of 2012. Underlining a growing ......read more

    Middle East economies are set for transition in 2018

    Middle East’s GDP to grow 3.2% in 2018 and to around 4% in 2019  GCC’s GDP to grow 2.8% in 2018 and to around 4% in 2019  GCC oil GDP to grow 1.7% in 2018 and 2.8%% in 2019 GCC non-oil GDP to grow 3.7% in 2018 and 4.7% in 2019 Saudi Arabia’s GDP to grow 2.3% in 2018 and 3.8% in 2019 UAE’s GDP to grow 3.3% in 2018 and 3.6% in 2019 Dubai, UAE, November 23, 2017:  According to ICAEW’s latest report (Economic Insight: Middle East Q4 2017), several economies in the Middle East, particularly those in the GCC, are transitioning towards a ......read more

    24th World Islamic Banking Conference to highlight how effective leverage of digital technologies is paramount to retaining competitive edge

    The first day of the conference will see a key panel session comprising leading banking technology experts deliberating on the growing need for Islamic banks to re-engineer in order to address evolving customer needs in the digital era. Dubai, UAE, November 22, 2017:   Middle East Global Advisors, a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASEA markets, will convene the 24th edition of their flagship offering – The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC), the largest and most prestigious gathering of ......read more

    Technal Middle East and SideRise Group launch building façade solutions compliant with UAE Fire and Life Safety Code 2017:

    TECHNAL®’s new non-fire rated curtain wall assembly with SIDERISE® perimeter fire protection successfully completes EN-1364-4 fire resistance test required in the UAE. Dubai, UAE; November 22, 2017:  Building fires are a major hazard to civilians and a cause of death globally with around six million people being seriously injured in fire accidents per annum resulting in over 500,000 deaths. In the GCC region too, where recent spate of fire incidents in high-rises has put the spotlight on the need to install quality façades that protect valuable life and property. In ......read more

    Step Aside Fintechs. Established Tech Firms Are Now The Banking Sector's Biggest Disruptors, Giving Retail Banks A Run For Their Money

    United Arab Emirates, November 22, 2017 – Until recently, traditional retail banks were betting on nimble fintechs to up-end the industry.  However, established technology firms – Amazon, Apple, Tencent and others – have emerged as the bigger, more immediate threat to retail banking as we know it.   Bain & Company, in its eighth annual retail banking study, partnered with Research Now to survey more than 133,000 consumers in 22 countries.  It found that across most countries at least half of respondents said they are open to buying a financial ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange & IBMC join forces to offer overseas Indians in UAE the facility to pay National Pension Scheme contributions

    UAE, November 22, 2017 – Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has signed an agreement with IBMC Financial Professionals Group to provide Indians residing and working in the UAE to settle their monthly contributions to the Indian Government’s National Pension Scheme (NPS) in any of Al Ansari Exchange branches across the UAE. The payment scheme tailored to the NPS members living outside India is the latest addition to Al Ansari Exchange’s increasing array of services offered to its Indian customers, which currently include ......read more

    Premium Beverages Maker Hielo Beverages India Forays into Dubai(UAE)

    Dubai (UAE):Hielo Beverages,the maker of premium and luxury beverages marks its entry into Dubai(UAE) market which under the flagship brand name  PEAUR.The initial roll out will see company promoting their PEAUR Natural Mineral Water sourced at Himalyan Ranges in Northern India,Natural Sparkling Mineral Water and PEAUR Natural nectar Based Fruit Juices. Initially the company has tied up with exclusive retail outlets, but in times to come the products will be available more widely. The products have undergone months of trials and stringent quality controls after an extensive R&D ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC CFO Farah Arakji among top winners of MENA CFO Awards

    UAE, November 20, 2017 - Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC (ADNTC), the leading takaful operator in the MENA region and one of the most progressive insurance companies in the UAE, has announced that its CFO, Farah Arakji, placed third across all industries in the ‘Women in Finance’ category under the MENA CFO Awards held as part of the 11th CFO Strategies Forum MENA. Developed in partnership with the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Women in Finance award honors senior female finance executives who have shown outstanding leadership skills and have ......read more

    Barclays Named ‘Best Private Bank' in Two Categories at the 2017 GCC Wealthbriefing Awards

    The organisation was named ‘Best UAE Private Bank’ in the international category and ‘Best Private Bank’ in the GCC for its bespoke investment management platform Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2017:  Barclays has earned two Best Private Bank accolades at the WealthBriefing GCC Awards 2017, emphasizing the bank’s continuous commitment to delivering expert, tailored services across the regional and international private banking sector. Barclays landed the Best UAE Private Bank award in the international category, alongside Best Private Bank in ......read more

    Al Naboodah Group Enterprises leads discussion on supply chain management and sustainability

    Inaugural Supply Chain Conference featured speeches by industry thought leaders on best practices in the supply chain  Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 19 November 2017:   Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses, took a leadership role on supply chain best practices by hosting its first Supply Chain Stakeholder Conference. With a strong theme of sustainability, the event was one in a series of measures that ANGE is undertaking to emphasise its commitment to adopt socially ......read more

    Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting: “Risks posed by counterfeiting put the whole sector at stake”

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 16, 2017:  The Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting (SAAC), a non-profit industry initiative of 18 reputable manufacturers of steel tubular products, organized an open conference during ADIPEC gathering notably EPC contractors, distributors, utilities and customs. It was the opportunity to sum up the results of the SAAC members joint efforts and discuss further steps to effectively counter the use of fake steel products in the region. The SAAC members also presented anti-counterfeit measures for the main stakeholders of oil and gas industry, including end-users, ......read more

    Dubai non-oil foreign trade increases by 13% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017

    Dubai, UAE, November 16, 2017:   The Dubai economy continued to witness strong economic progress despite challenging regional and global economic conditions. The sustained growth supports the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, which seeks to further raise living standards for future generations and create a sustainable society.  Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade increased to AED 344 billion in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 13% year-on-year from AED 305 billion in the corresponding quarter of last year. Re-exports were the key driver of growth in the quarter, rising 34% ......read more

    UAE Exchange to Give Away AED 450,000 to Customers Over 45 days

    ~Winter Promotion sees one winner each day walk away with AED 10,000~ Dubai, 15 November 2017:  It’s time again to hear the bated breath and pounding hearts of enthusiastic customers at UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, as it launches its Winter Promotion 2017 where every day one lucky customer will walk away with AED 10,000.  The promotion that kicks off from 17 November 2017 will conclude on 31 December 2017. A daily draw will be held, and winners will be announced each day on the brand’s various ......read more

    Non-Muslims to secure inheritance distribution through RAK ICC registered Wills

    RAS AL KHAIMAH, 15 NOVEMBER 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah International Corporate Centre (RAK ICC), has officially launched its Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) programme as part of a one-of-a-kind partnership with Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), welcoming non-Muslims to register Wills that guarantee asset distribution and guardianship appointment according to their exact wishes. The enforcement of the Wills occurs through DIFC Courts and Ras Al Khaimah Courts. Ramy Jallad, Acting CEO of RAK ICC and Group CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), commented: “We live in a ......read more

    Al Rawdah partners with SAP to implement ERP across all operations

    Technology partnership unlocks cost, productivity and speed benefits to cement Al Rawdah’s credentials as an innovation leader Dubai, UAE – November 16, 2017:  Emirates Modern Poultry Co., also known as Al Rawdah, has partnered with SAP to bring cutting edge technology to its UAE-wide operations. The partnership will see Al Rawdah implement SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning framework to improve confidentiality, integrity, availability and customer support.  “The technology partnership, which first started earlier this year, is now seeing Al Rawdah ......read more

    Thales to establish ‘UAE Defence Service Centre' to strengthen support to customers

    Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  Thales has today announced its plans to establish a dedicated United Arab Emirates Defence Service Centre in Abu Dhabi, with the goal of being closer to its customers and to offer a consolidated suite of services. The Defence Service Centre will bring together and develop the existing UAE based Thales expertise. The Centre will also provide training and transfer of knowledge to enhance Thales’ support to the UAE Armed Forces.   The new Service Centre will serve all divisions of the UAE Armed Forces and will span across the entire Thales ......read more

    Mashreq Bank first in the UAE with Innovative SelfServ 80 Series

    The new breakthrough ATM solution will help the bank redefine banking experience Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions announced today, that Mashreq Bank, one of the leading financial institutions (FIs) in the UAE, has added the innovative NCR SelfServ 82 ATM, which is part of the NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series family that helps financial institutions redefine the banking experience and change the way consumers interact with the ATM forever. The first SelfServ 82 ATM was deployed at the Deira Branch, Head Office of ......read more

    Rockwell Collins part of advancing entrepreneur-led innovation initiative by Airbus in Saudi Arabia

    Partnering on program with Airbus, TAQNIA, Saudi Arabian Airlines and other prominent Saudi companies Winning participants to be announced in 2018 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Nov. 15, 2017):  Rockwell Collins has joined an initiative with Airbus, TAQNIA Aeronautics, the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company, Saudi Arabian Airlines and other Saudi companies to support the aviation innovation challenge, Entaliq in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to benefit the aerospace industry. The program is organized in conjunction with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology ......read more

    Chinese Giant Hisense Acquires Toshiba Television Business for US$ 113 Million

    Hisense will obtain the TV business including production, research & development, and sales functions Acquisition will further develop and grow Hisense international strategy for TV Business Dubai, UAE: 15 November 2017:  Hisense Electric Co., Ltd, a publicly listed subsidiary of Hisense Group announced the agreement to acquire Toshiba TV Productions for a total of US$ 113 Million (12.9 Billion Japanese Yen).   In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (“TVS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of ......read more

    Union Insurance Company Reports Nine-Month Results

    Net profit up to AED6.3 million (Dubai, UAE- November 15, 2017):  Union Insurance Company, a leading provider of innovative customer-focused insurance solutions to individuals and corporations in the region, has reported a net profit of AED6.3 million for the first nine month ended 30 September 2017 compared to a net loss of AED (12.8) million for the same period last year.   Gross insurance premium rose by 21.75% to AED802 million compared to AED659 million for the same period last year. The company’s total assets increased from AED1.47 billion at year-end 2016 to ......read more

    Ali Sajwani Recognised as Future Leader at Business Awards Honouring Region's Top Achievers

    Son of DAMAC Chairman and Founder named “Future Star” for entrepreneurial spirit and potential in industry Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 November 2017:  Ali Sajwani, son of DAMAC’s Founder and Chairman, Hussain Sajwani, was recognised as one of Middle East’s “Future Stars” at a red carpet awards ceremony, held last night in Dubai that was attended by VIPs, business leaders from the region, and lifetime achievers from various industries.   Organised by Arabian Business, the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2017 honoured ......read more

    UNATRAC secures USD 275 million facilities and a $125m accordion option

    Oversubscribed facility focuses on growth opportunities & strategic expansion    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 14, 2017:   Unatrac Holding Limited (“Unatrac”), the exclusive Caterpillar dealer in Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, announced today the successful completion of a $275m credit package comprising of a $225 million dollar five year revolving credit facility, with a $125m accordion option, and a $50 million dollar one year short term facility.   The facility, arranged by ......read more

    Noor Bank and Global Village Announce Strategic Partnership

    Dubai-UAE: 13 November, 2017:  Noor Bank, a leading Shari’a-compliant bank in the UAE, today announced that it has partnered with Global Village, the region’s first and largest multi-cultural festival park. Mufazzal Kajiji, Head of Retail Banking at Noor Bank, and Bader Anwahi, Chief Operating Officer of Global Village signed an agreement outlining the terms of the partnership at a ceremony that was attended by key representatives from both entities. As part of the synergy, Noor Bank is the exclusive banking partner for Global Village. Noor Bank credit and debit ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC maintains strong performance momentum in 2017 with a combined net profit of AED 52 million as at end of Q3 2017

    UAE, November 12, 2017 - Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC (ADNTC), the leading takaful operator in the MENA region and one of the most progressive insurance companies in the UAE, reported strong financial results by achieving a combined net profit of AED 52 million (Policyholders and Shareholders before Qard Hasan) and an underwriting profit of AED 41.4 million as at end of Q3 2017. Shareholders net profit reached AED 47.2 million compared to AED 45 million for the same period last year, achieving an increase of 5 per cent. The combined net profit of AED 52 million for the first nine ......read more

    UnionPay and Mashreq Bank partner to increase online card acceptance in the UAE

    The new partnership is in line with the rise in online trading observed across the nation Dubai, UAE, 05 November 2017:  With online trading on the rise in the UAE, global payment network UnionPay International and Mashreq Bank have announced a collaboration to ensure UnionPay cards are accepted on all online merchants of Mashreq Bank.  Research conducted by Payfort, an Amazon company, indicates that the region’s online transaction rates have increased by 22 percent with the UAE increasing by 21 percent in 2016. The research also revealed that the UAE led in terms of the ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, November 11, 2017:  Lombard Odier, leading global wealth and asset manager, has reinforced its dedication to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region with the prestigious ‘Overall GCC Private Bank’ award at the 2017 WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards ceremony last night.  With over 50 years of service in the region, Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd - Representative Office Dubai has been recognized by Wealthbriefing for four consecutive years and has received six regional awards in the past six years. The Bank has further proven its commitment to the wider ......read more

    UIEF 2017 concludes with calls for increased collaboration in investments in technology, renewable energy and healthcare space between UAE and India

    The third edition of UAE - India Economic Forum 2017 focused on the vision of reaching US$ 100 billion in bilateral trade by 2020  The two-day Forum served as a window of opportunities to discuss regulations and policies for prospective investors and to understand the key areas of focus for government bodies DUBAI – November 9, 2017:  The UAE-India Economic Forum (UIEF) 2017, organized by UMS Conferences, concluded in Dubai on November 9, 2017 exploring bilateral economic and commercial relations between the two countries to the next level. The UIEF focused on the ......read more

    EFS Facilities Services Wins Integrated Facilities Management Contract With King Abdullah Economic City

    DUBAI November 09, 2017:   EFS Facilities Services, a regional leader in facilities management services across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Turkey, has been awarded a contract to launch an integrated facility management venture at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Under the terms of the agreement, EFS will provide integrated facilities management services across the city, including catering, transportation and value-added services such as the integration of smart technology and Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM). The contract will run over an initial period of ......read more

    UAE Exchange Unveils Money Transfer Mobile App and Website

    The money transfer mobile app and website add to the portfolio of digital assets. Mobile app has features to track forex rates and fees via graphs for users to calculate the best times to transfer money. Abu Dhabi, 09 November 2017:  UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, announced the launch of its new money transfer mobile app and website in the United Arab Emirates, multiplying customer convenience with preferential exchange rates. The mobile app has features to track forex rates and fees via graphs so that users ......read more

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

    Dubai Knowledge Park, Society for Human Resource Management unveil findings of market research study: ‘Emerging HR Hubs – Regional Trends in Internationalisation and HR Mobility’ Study identifies global HR trends, emerging HR hubs Dubai-UAE: 8 November, 2017:   Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society, unveiled the findings of an in-depth market survey entitled ’Emerging HR Hubs – Regional Trends in Internationalisation and HR Mobility’ at the HR ......read more

    UAE and India together aspire for new economic era, says Juma Mohammed Al Kait

    The third edition of UAE - India Economic Forum 2017 kicks off in Dubai focusing on the vision of reaching US$ 100 billion in bilateral trade by 2020  The 2-day Forum serves as a window of opportunities to discuss regulations and policies for prospective investors and to understand the key areas of focus for government bodies DUBAI – November 8, 2017:   The UAE Ministry of Economy plans to reaffirm its commitment to supporting the diversification and reinforcement of partnerships between the UAE and India as both the countries undergo new phases of economic ......read more

    Ourshopee Launches Online Shopping Website in Qatar

    OurShopee- one of the trustworthy shopping website located in UAE and Oman declares the launching of its online shopping website in the first week of November in Qatar. Ourshopee reassured its customers about the genuine quality of its products by giving them the 100% guarantee that shopping on the site would ensure an authentic shopping experience. “Ourshopee is one of the leading reliable online shopping company has been established in the first week of  November in Qatar growing its services by treating its customers with care, concern and utmost devotion solving problems of ......read more

    H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, opens 3rd International Conference on Future Mobility

    Governments, thought leaders, and key industry players steer the course towards sustainable and intelligent transportation Dubai, UAE, November 7, 2017:  Roads in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are on the fast-track for a smarter, safer and more sustainable future, as the region’s dedicated conference for autonomous, connected, and eco-friendly transportation got underway in Dubai today (7 November 2017). The 3rd International Conference on Future Mobility (ICFM) takes place until 8th November at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, where more than 350 delegates, including government ......read more

    Strong UPS Execution Drives Positive 3Q Results

    UPS Revenue Rises 7% on Balanced Shipment Growth and Yield Expansion International Operating Profit Climbs 8.9%; Currency-Neutral Profit* up 20% Daily Export Volume up 19% for 3rd Straight Quarter of Double-Digit Growth U.S. Domestic Revenue up 3.9% on Higher Package Demand and Yields U.S. Operating Profit of $1.2B, Including $50M of Negative Hurricane Impact Supply Chain & Freight Boosts Revenue more than 13%; Profits up 9.7%   Company Lifts Bottom of Guidance Range; Expects Full-Year 2017 Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $5.85 to $6.10 Dubai, United Arab ......read more

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

    Dubai, November 7, 2017:  Al Mal Capital PSC (AMC), a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC and a diversified, multi-line investment institution licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of the UAE, has signed a partnership agreement with Azimut Group to jointly launch a Middle Eastern equity fund.  The Fund will be established by AZ Fund Management S.A., Azimut Luxembourg fund management company within its UCITS umbrella fund. The Fund will integrate the distinctive investment advisory capabilities of AMC with the Group’s global portfolio management team, comprising more ......read more

    Al Naboodah Group Enterprises Kicks Off Sustainability Week

    Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah , Chairman for Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Holding pledges his commitment to sustainable practices Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 06 November 2017:  Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses, kickstarted Sustainability Week, a week-long employee engagement initiative aimed at creating awareness on the company’s most important sustainability topics.    The event was formally inaugurated by Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah, ......read more

    National Bonds launches nationwide campaign to encourage personal saving

    The UAE-wide campaign aims to encourage an open and honest dialogue about poor spending habits and the barriers to saving. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2017:  National Bonds, a leading UAE investment company, has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage UAE residents to identify personal challenges to saving in a bid to instill a culture of saving across the emirates.  National Bonds is calling on members of the public to open up about their financial excuses using the hashtag #SavingsExcuse. So, whether it is spending too much money on weekday takeaways or those ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Gears up to Host 5th Islamic Economy Award in November 2017

    Event to Run Under Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum    Dubai-UAE: 4 November 2017:  In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) is gearing up to host the fifth Islamic Economy Award on 27 November, 2017 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.    A joint ......read more

    Growing appetite in region for cutting-edge security solutions

    Leading international brands line up range of innovative offerings customized for regional requirements at Intersec 2018 Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Businesses and commercial enterprises in the Middle East are on the lookout for the latest in security solutions and foolproof monitoring systems, as they endeavour to ensure a safe and secure environment to conduct business.  This increasing appetite and demand from the region for cutting-edge solutions using innovative technology, means international security and safety providers are lining up to fulfil market ......read more

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

    Mashreq exclusively offers personalized financing options for investors  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1st November 2017:   Mashreq Bank, one of UAE's leading financial institutions, is the official banking partner for this year's Dubai Property Show in Mumbai in its third edition, which will take place from 03 to 05 November 2017 in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. As the strategic partner for Dubai Property Show, Mashreq is facilitating purchases for Indian investors looking to invest in real-estate in Dubai by offering them a wide spectrum of financing options for ......read more

    Lombard Odier Celebrates 30 Years in Asia

    Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Lombard Odier, global wealth and asset manager for private and institutional clients, is pleased to celebrate 30 years in Asia as it continues to grow its business in the region. Lombard Odier first established its Asian presence in 1987, to fulfil the investment goals of global clients. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, today it manages private client and institutional wealth while offering solutions for global wealth planning.  Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group, said: “Over the past 30 years ......read more

    Dubai Carbon and Bit.b to Help Boost Dubai's Green Economy Efforts

    Lemonbeat Climate Change Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 2, 2017:  Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and Innogy International Middle East, the advisory arm of Germany’s largest power provider, have launched collaboration as part of the ongoing intensive sustainability and green economy efforts in Dubai.  Bit.B, is an innovative start-up backed by Innogy and focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT). Bit.B leverages a new wireless protocol known as Lemonbeat to allow for connectivity across a multitude of third party sensors. As process and cost-efficient ......read more

    Unveiling of Unilever Gulf report on ‘Mobilizing Collective Actions to Achieve Sustainable Developmental Goals'

    5th Year of the ‘Unilever Sustainable Living Plan’ marked by:  Event highlights progress against Collective Action via JAFZA Sustainability Network, Young Entrepreneur Awards and Zero waste to landfill blueprint Dubai, November 1st, 2017:  To mark the 5th year of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), Unilever Gulf hosted an event titled #DrivingCollectiveAction to brief stakeholders on collective efforts taken in the last year towards meeting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UAE Vision 2021. Held on November 1st, 2017 at ......read more

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