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    Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Singapore: Powering and Digitizing the Economy

    More than 1,500 Schneider Electric customers, partners and suppliers share their bold ideas for the digital economy at this two-day event Latest innovations to EcoStruxure architecture unveiled Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 September 2018 –   Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, recently hosted more than 1,500 customers, partners, suppliers and influencers at its latest Innovation Summit at Singapore Marina Bay Sands. The event brought together Schneider Electric experts and world-leading industry thinkers to share insights and bold ideas on the challenges and opportunities of Powering and Digitizing the Economy.   Schneider Electric Innovations Unveiled for East Asia   In its second year running, this year’s Innovation ......read more

    Sharjah and Indonesia hold discussions to review ways of boosting economic and trade relations

    Sharjah, 22 September 2018:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) held discussions with an official delegation from the Indonesian Embassy in the UAE on ways to develop economic relations and cooperation, as well as to enhance joint investments, exchange trade missions, and build partnerships between the business communities in both Sharjah and Indonesia. The discussions were held recently at a meeting that took place at the headquarters of the chamber, in the presence of Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Department of Government Relations in Sharjah. The SCCI also received an official invitation to participate in the 33rd edition of Trade Expo Indonesia, which will be held at Tangerang during October 24-28. During the meeting, HE Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI; and HE Hussein ......read more

    Japan's Leading Industrial Company Asahi Yuzikai Launches Middle East Operations at Dafza

    Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2018: Asahi Yukizai Corporation – Japan’s leading company in industrial resins and plastic valves –  successfully held the opening ceremony for its Middle East operations at Dubai Airport Freezone – DAFZA. The new office will play a key role in expanding the company’s business across the Middle East and North Africa region. The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr.Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), Mr.Akima Umezawa Ph.D, Consul-General of Japan in Dubai, and Kazuya Nakano, President of Asahi Yukizai Corporation.   The event was attended by honored industry representatives, senior ranking officers from DAFZA and Dubai Economy Foreign Investment (FDI), as well as Japanese and local guests. “Today marks ......read more

    Malaysia Eyes Dubai to Explore Markets in the MENA Region

    Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 19 September 2018: The Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA), which aims to promote entrepreneurship through franchising, has chosen Dubai – a global business and financial destination and the 3rd edition of ‘The Global Franchise Market Exhibition’, to explore the emerging and lucrative markets in the Middle East North Africa region, connect with local, regional and international franchisors and brand owners and expand their businesses within the region.  This year, TGFM, the official franchising event in Dubai, brings together leading investors, master franchisees, licensees, entrepreneurs, and leading brands in various sectors and it is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors and participants and witness the participation of over 100 leading brands from 80 countries. ......read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dollar, trade tiff driving commodities

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

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

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

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

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

    New drops mean more good news for gold investors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Special Economic Zones – A tool for future economic development?

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

    The Central Bank warns consumers against disclosure of their credit information

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

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    Central Bank of the UAE Celebrates Emirati Women's Day

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

    Debate about auditor scepticism must address public concerns, says ICAEW

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

    WCU: Commodities await the greenback's fate

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

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

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

    Hong Kong Trade Fairs from September to November

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

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

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

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

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

    Submissions now open for RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards 2018

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

    WCU: Commodities struggle to navigate sanctions and tariffs

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

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    DP World, UAE Region Wins Supply Chain Hub Award

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23rd April 2018: DP World, UAE Region has underlined its position as the leading trade enabler by winning the Supply Chain Hub Award at the Logistics Middle East Awards 2018 organised by ITP Media Group. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer of DP World, UAE Region received the award in the presence of leading industry executives from across the Middle East.  Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “The recognition highlights the pivotal role our port and free zone play in sustaining Jebel Ali’s position as ......read more

    Department of Economic Development and Dubai Free Zones Council Sign MoU to Facilitate Business for Free Zone Entities

        Sami Al Qamzi: Will reinforce Dubai as an ideal investment destination and contributor to global economy     Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni: MoU will enhance role of free zones in the emirate’s economic development Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 April 2018:  The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Free Zones (DFZ) Council to facilitate business operations for free zone based companies. The collaboration is driven by the shared commitment of the two entities to reinforce ......read more

    PCFC to Implement 3 Major Initiatives to Boost Economic Growth

    Dubai, UAE - 22 April 2018: Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) developed an integrated work plan to help in the implementation of its initiatives in support of economic and business activity in Dubai.  In the meeting of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE's Vice President and Ruler of Dubai with a group of government officials PCFC put forward plans to facilitate foreign trade procedures to help boost foreign trade by Dh27 billion and use blockchain technology to help advance the industry. The corporation also announced plans to develop an aluminium downstream industry ......read more

    Aqeed raises $18 million to make insurance simple, transparent and accessible

    The first insurance digital manager in the region, Aqeed, has officially launched after raising $18 million from its corporate shareholders, the largest round in the insurance start-up space in UAE. We caught up with the management team of Aqeed to know more about the disruptive startup. Tell us more about the story of Aqeed? The idea for Aqeed arose when we noticed a common problem in the Middle East insurance market. Most of the time, people were confused with the complex insurance jargon and the cover they had actually bought. They were also frustrated with the long and tedious ......read more

    GN Group inaugurates MENA Head Office in Dubai

    The mothership of aural technologies Jabra and ReSound, GN Group breaks camp with its first office in Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22 2018 –   GN Group, a global leader in intelligent audio and hearables solutions that let one hear more, do more and be more, opens a base in Dubai with its first office in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. With world-leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by their premium brands ReSound and Jabra.  To be ......read more

    Ashridge to help Saudi leaders explore and implement strategies for growth

    KSA; 19 April 2018:   Ashridge Executive Education, with over 20 years of experience in training regional business leaders, is focusing on helping Saudi businesses to effectively execute their strategy for growth. As companies in Saudi Arabia face the challenges of digital disruption, a relatively young workforce, and changing customer demands, it is imperative to turn strategies into actions that will generate results.  To help senior managers formulate plans to effectively implement them, Ashridge is delivering a three-day executive program on Translating Strategy into ......read more

    Iron Mountain® acquires Derby Records Management FZ LLC expanding presence in UAE

    Dubai, UAE, April 19th, 2018:  Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced the acquisition of Derby Records Management FZ LLC in Dubai, UAE, expanding the company’s presence and scale in the fast-growing Dubai market. The acquisition of Derby Records Management FZ LLC will add two facilities and over 100 customers to Iron Mountain’s existing business. Derby will be the Free zone arm of Iron Mountain UAE and will be part of the existing management.    “I am ......read more

    Ministry of Economy signs strategic MoUs with 14 government entities to help launch ‘The National Program for Supporting Young Innovative Companies'

    The UAE's Ministry of Economy has revealed the signing of a series of new strategic Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with 14 government entities as part of the launching of the National Program for Supporting Young Innovative Companies. The signings were held on the sidelines of the Ministry's participation in the Government Accelerators; a new government approach designed to accelerate the achievement of the National Agenda of UAE Vision 2021. The government entities that have signed new partnerships with the Ministry of Economy include the Ministry of Finance, the ......read more

    Labuan IBFC Launches Gulf Roadshow Showcasing Unique Shariah-Compliant Solutions and Structures for Businesses and Families

    Kuala Lumpur, 17 April 2018 – Despite the competitive Shariah-compliant market for financial services structures and solutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Labuan IBFC is confident that its omnibus Islamic legislation and its strong Shariah Supervisory Council will continue to keep Labuan IBFC as a key jurisdictional option for Gulf businesses and families. To further drive this message, the midshore jurisdiction’s promotional and marketing arm, Labuan IBFC Inc will be organising a week-long market development drive in the Gulf, which will include numerous ......read more

    InfoFort awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label

    Recognised for its outstanding efforts for the 5th consecutive year Dubai, UAE, April 16, 2018:   InfoFort, an Aramex company and a leading information management solution provider in the Middle East and Africa, was awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for the fifth consecutive year. The initiative established by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry aims to encourage and honour outstanding companies for their CSR and sustainability efforts.  InfoFort was recognized for its exemplary workplace practices and extensive involvement in the community. Over the years, ......read more

    Mint Middle East to Collaborate with Interac in UAE

    Mint is proud to announce its exclusive partnership with Interac to offer secure contactless and mobile debit solutions for domestic UAE transactions  Dubai, UAE (April 15, 2018):    Mint Middle East (MME) on Sunday signed licensing agreements with Interac Corp. (Interac), Canada’s domestic debit network, granting MME exclusive rights in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The licensing agreements will help MME to deliver a secure and cost-effective contactless point-of-sale solution in the UAE for domestic debit transactions, as well as provide documentation and ......read more

    Foreign companies back France more strongly than ever as a European business location

    300 companies from Middle Eastern countries recorded in 2017 employing + 24,000 people United Arab Emirates, April 8, 2018.   “The 2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France – The international development of the French economy” just released, provides confirmation of the renewed confidence global foreign investors have in France as a business location. The figures were revealed at a press conference held at the headquarters of Cisco in Paris region, by Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance, and Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of ......read more

    TSYS and Mashreq Bank Announce the Successful Implementation of PRIMESM for Acquiring Services

    Award winning financial institution in Dubai successfully deploys TSYS’ payments processing solution  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 April 2018:  TSYS (NYSE: TSS) and Mashreq Bank announced today that Mashreq has successfully implemented TSYS’ PRIME software licensing solution, to enhance the bank’s customer-centric experiences for its merchants. TSYS is providing Mashreq with its core PRIMESM acquirer and issuer payments platform — and surrounding modules and services.  The first phase of the implementation followed industry best ......read more

    Khalifa Fund to showcase 20 projects at Annual Investment Meeting

    Khalifa Fund announced its participation at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), the world's largest foreign direct investment (FDI) event, which is themed ‘Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through FDI: Partnerships for Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development.’ Khalifa Fund’s participation at the event, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center from April 9 to 11, 2018, looks to increase business opportunities and foster networking as well as partnerships and various events to promote and develop the SME sector in the UAE. Khalifa Fund will also ......read more

    New technologies set to disrupt UAE banking sector in 2018, KPMG banking perspectives report states

        Artificial intelligence, blockchain and FinTech will drive banks to improve operational efficiency, increase revenue and reduce risk     Implementation of VAT could result in banks increasing their fees to compensate for increase in costs      A strong and positive culture can help UAE banks overcome regulatory and innovation-related challenges March 28, 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  As the UAE banking sector comes to terms with new regulations and the implications of VAT, KPMG’s third edition of the annual UAE banking ......read more

    CISI celebrates 12 years of raising professional standards in the financial services industry by recognising achievements of 2017 high exam achievers

    Outstanding members of the financial services industry were awarded by CISI at the prestigious annual UAE Awards Ceremony 2018 at the Emirates Golf Club Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 March 2018:  In celebration of its 12th anniversary in the UAE, leading professional body for securities, investments, wealth and financial planning professionals, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) recognised top performers who demonstrated excellent work in their respective professions, embodying CISI’s commitment to raising professional standards of ethics and ......read more

    Global Leaders Convene in Dubai to discuss Economic Diversification

    Dubai, UAE, March 27, 2018:   Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East today announced the first edition of Global Leaders Forum, a gathering in Dubai of government and business leaders from around the region to discuss plans for growth and opportunities around the world. The one-day conference will take place at Armani Hotel Dubai on April 3, 2018. Thought-leaders will discuss the trends, challenges and the best paths forward for developing the region’s economies and societies in a sustainable way at the Global Leaders Forum.  “The Bloomberg Businessweek Middle ......read more

    Mashreq named Best Call Centre 2018 at the Service Olympian Awards

    United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 25 March 2018:  Mashreq, one of the UAE’s leading financial institutions, today announced it has received the Service Olympian Award for ‘Best Call Centre 2018’. The prestigious awards are the most coveted customer experience recognition in the Middle East and celebrate excellence in customer service delivery. Sumit Bhatia, Head of Direct Business Channel, Mashreq Bank, said: “We are pleased to have been recognized as the Best Call Centre by the Service Olympian Awards. This is a testament to the hard work of our team and ......read more

    In partnership with Emirates and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

    American Express Middle East connects with key partners and Cardmembers at annual Golf Tournament  Dubai, UAE, 20 March 2018:  Senior management of American Express Middle East and over 70 key business partners and Cardmembers gathered at the company’s Golf Tournament held recently at Jumeirah Golf Estates.  The full-day event was held in partnership with Emirates Airline – the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017 – and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts – a global hospitality company which operates a portfolio of 20 luxurious ......read more

    Philips Lighting announces intention to change company name to Signify while keeping the Philips brand for its products

    Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 19, 2018:  Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The choice of the new company name originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning. The company will continue to use the Philips brand, the most trusted lighting brand in the world, under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips. “We’re excited to announce our new company name as another step in our ......read more

    Axis Bank starts operations in Sharjah

    Sharjah office is Axis Bank’s 3rd representative office in the UAE New office to help service clients in Sharjah and other northern emirates  Sharjah, March 18, 2018:   Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, today opened a representative office in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Shri Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai, inaugurated the representative office.  The representative office in Sharjah is the third such Axis Bank office in the UAE after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.The new representative office will engage primarily in promoting ......read more

    Mashreq Bank honored twice at EMEA Finance Middle East Banking Awards

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14  March 2018:  Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution, was honored twice at the 2017 EMEA Finance Middle East Banking Awards. Now in its 10th year, the award ceremony recognizes the achievements of the region’s retail and investment banks, as well as their asset management and brokerage operations. The magazine cover banks operating in ten countries, acknowledging their achievements in the past year. Mashreq Bank was presented with the ‘Best Local Bank in United Arab Emirates’ and the ‘Best Product ......read more

    UAE Plays Key Role in Supporting Sudan's Economy with Investments Exceeding AED28 Billion

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development projects in Sudan worth AED7.3 billion His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi attributes productive collaboration between ADFD and Sudanese government to leadership   guidance  The Fund contributes to boosting Sudanese economy, enhancing monetary and financial stability  ADFD bolsters historic ties with Sudan through supporting development programmes that serve the most important economic sectors  Abu Dhabi, UAE March 14, 2018:  The UAE and the Republic of Sudan enjoy long-standing cooperation and strategic ......read more

    NREC Earnings Release for Full Year 2017 and Q4 2017

      FY 2017 (Million KD) FY 2016  (Million KD)     Var (%)    Q4 2017 (Million KD) Q4 2016 (Million KD) Var (%) Operating Revenue       38.5 33.9  +13.6% 16.6  13.4 23.8% Gross ......read more

    Mashreq to participate in Careers UAE for the 18th consecutive year

    March 12, 2018 UAE:  Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution, will continue its efforts to foster the growth of Emirati talent through its participation in Careers UAE 2018. Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 13-15 March, this marks the 18th consecutive year which Mashreq has participated in the event. Mariam Al Ali, Head of Emiratization and Government Relations at Mashreq commented: “At Mashreq we are committed to facilitate the recruiting, training and development of UAE Nationals. Our training programmes are designed to equip talented ......read more

    Department of Economic Development – Ajman successfully plants 100 Al Ghaf trees to mark launch of ‘We All Plant' initiative

    UAE, 11 March 2018 - The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman), in cooperation with the Department of Municipality and Planning of Ajman, successfully planted 100 Al Ghaf Trees at the Frontline International School, marking the launch of its new ‘We All Plant’ initiative. The launch of the initiative and the tree planting event are part of activities that DED-Ajman has planned in celebration of 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed,’ which was declared by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.  The new initiative ......read more

    Xpress Money Eyes Africa's Evolving Remittance Market

    Global remittance brand expects next three years to be a game-changer for Africa    Dubai, March 06, 2018:  With the aim of growing in terms of presence and market share in Africa, Xpress Money, one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands, has got the ball rolling with grand expansion plans in the African market. The brand expects the African corridor to grow phenomenally in the next three years; based on recent trends in migration and technology adoption in various African countries. Xpress Money is looking at doubling their network presence in Africa ......read more

    Dubai non-oil foreign trade with Japan stands at AED 42 billion in 2017

    Dubai, UAE, March 06, 2018:   Dubai's non-oil foreign trade with Japan reached AED 41.82 billion in 2017. Imports totaled AED 38.35 billion, while exports stood at AED 2.69 billion and re-exports at AED 780 million. According to recent data released by Dubai Customs, in parallel with the UAE-Japan Strategic Business Forum, held by the Ministry of Economy in Tokyo from March 6-7, aluminum tops Dubai's exports to Japan at AED 2.519 billion, accounting for 93.69 percent of the emirate's total exports to the Japanese market.  Automobiles, on the other hand, lead ......read more

    Henkel achieves new highs in sales and earnings

    Sales increase to 20,029 million euros, first time above 20 bn euros: nominal growth +7.0%, organic growth +3.1% EBIT margin* reaches new high: +40 basis points to 17.3%  Earnings per preferred share*: +9.1% to new high of 5.85 euros Record dividend** payout: +10.5% to 1.79 euros per preferred share Substantial progress in implementation of strategic initiatives Financial ambition for 2020 confirmed Dubai, UAE, March 05, 2018:  “2017 was a successful year for Henkel. Despite challenging and volatile market conditions, we reached new record levels in sales and ......read more

    The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 2nd meeting for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, March 05, 2018:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 2nd meeting for 2018 at 9:30am on Sunday, 4th March 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 ......read more

    Signed by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of State for Advanced Sciences and Abu Dhabi's Department of Economic Development

    A joint cooperation agreement is announced which aims to support the Technology and Innovation Pioneers platform and the UAE Council of Scientists to encourage and support national inventors and innovators Dubai, UAE, March 04, 2018:  The Ministry of Economy, the Department of Economic Development (DED)Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of State for Advanced Sciences signed a joint cooperation agreement to reinforce joint cooperation between the three parties in order to support the Technology and Innovation Pioneers Platform (TIP) and the UAE Council of Sciences to encourage national ......read more

    UAE Exchange partners with Kayan Labs for rise mobile application, the world's first migrant wealth management platform

    Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The UAE population comprises of approximately 80% migrant workers, with blue-collared constituting the major segment. The blue-collared workers are also among the underserved and unbanked communities who have no or limited access to the financial services. To bring such workers under the financial realm, UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, has signed a MoU with Kayan Labs for exploring new channels to provide remittance facility through ‘rise’ mobile application, the world’s ......read more

    Ithmaar Bank reports 2017 profits

    Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   Ithmaar Bank B.S.C. (c) [“Ithmaar Bank”] [“the Bank”], a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ithmaar Holding B.S.C, reported today (ed note: 27/02/18) a net profit of BHD6.24 million for the period ended 31 December 2017. The net profit attributable to equity holders of the Bank for the period ended 31 December 2017 was BHD1.58 million. The announcement, by Ithmaar Bank Chairman His Royal Highness Prince Amr Al Faisal, follows the review and approval, by the Board of Directors, of the ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange to accept VAT payments on behalf of corporates

    UAE, February 28, 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, announced that they start accepting Value Added Tax (VAT) payments to the Federal Tax Authority. All entities that are registered under the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) and possess a TAX Registration Number (TRN) and a GIBAN bank account number can visit any of the 180 branches of Al Ansari Exchange across the UAE to make their VAT payments to the FTA.  Rashed Al Ansari, General Manager, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “We are confident that our new service will help ......read more

    AED 878.371 Million Worth Deals Signed during UMEX and SIMTEX 2018

    Deals worth over AED294.225 Million signed on day three of the dual event Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28, February, 2018 –  Major Pilot Saeed Mohammed Al Yamahi, the Official Spokesperson of Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX) 2018 and Simulation & Training Conference and Exhibition (SimTEX) 2018 announced at a press conference that 10 defence deals worth AED294.225 million were signed on the third day of the dual event, taking the total value of deals signed to AED 878.371 million. Al Yamahi added that the Armed Forces signed two contracts with the UAE-based Abu Dhabi Autonomous ......read more

    FERG Launches the Second Edition of AML Standardisation Manual with updated guidelines for Exchange Houses

    Version 2.0 of the manual launched at a high-power conference attended by leading AML and Operations experts from Exchange Houses across the region Dubai, UAE – February 27 2018:   The UAE’s Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG), comprising of businesses engaged in money exchange and remittances in the country, has officially launched the second edition of the Anti-money laundering (AML) Standardisation Manual at a conference held at the Steigenberger Hotel in Dubai. The updated manual was introduced in the presence of Osama Al Rahma, Vice Chairman, FERG, ......read more

    FranGlobal seeks over USD 100 million investments from Gulf investors

    Franglobal hosts leading International & Indian brands into the lucrative GCC markets for Master Franchise partnerships   Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2018:  FranGlobal, a market leader enabling successful India market entry for countless Brands over the last 18 years inaugurates the 2nd Edition of Global Investor Meet in Dubai on 3rd February 2018. The event provides an opportunity for global brands to showcase their products in Dubai and Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) markets.   The premium affair aims to make a meaningful business connection between the GCC’s High ......read more

    DAFZA launches Goodforce Labs, the first Islamic and global social impact themed startup incubator

    Initiative falls in line with UAE Innovation Month celebration Dubai, UAE, February 26, 2018:  Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) announced the launch of Goodforce Labs, an innovative startup incubator focused on transforming ethical startups in the fields of Islamic economy and Halal industries into global success stories. The incubator will work to revitalize the Islamic ethical economy utilizing a deep venture building platform. This will be achieved by selecting a group of startups and small and medium enterprises and support them towards a USD 50 million in annual ......read more

    Mashreq Bank Selects Blue Prism to Drive Innovation Across All Banking Functions

    UAE’s leading bank adopts Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce to transform business operations while increasing customer satisfaction Dubai, UAE, February 25, 2018:  In its efforts to continue pioneering innovative banking solutions, UAE’s leading financial institution, Mashreq, announced that it is working with Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) to increase productivity, improve customer experiences and deliver new services. Mashreq selected Blue Prism’s secure, scalable and easy-to-use Digital Workforce to deliver greater operational efficiencies, higher accuracy and a ......read more

    G4S UAE honours outstanding employees at annual awards

    Dubai, UAE – February 25, 2018:  G4S UAE, the world’s leading integrated security solutions provider, held its annual employee award ceremony along with the organization’s 24th year celebration in the UAE. The ceremony was held at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort, where employees were honored in eight categories across various business services.  Since its inception in the UAE in 1994, G4S has recognized and honored its employees across various sectors. Nominated by their clients and the G4S awards committee, the organization recognizes talents from their pool of over ......read more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman celebrates achievements during ‘Employees Annual Forum 2017'

    UAE, February 24, 2018 - The Department of Economic Development in Ajman (DED-Ajman) hosted the ‘Employees Annual Forum 2017’ to celebrate another year of achievements towards building a diversified and competitive economy in line with Ajman’s vision of sustainable development. The event honored the employees for their valuable contributions in enhancing the emirate’s business environment through best practices that attract investments which contribute to the growth of the national economy. His Excellency (H.E.) Ali Eissa Al-Nuaimi, Director General of DED Ajman, ......read more

    Department of Economic Development - Ajman highlights its innovative initiatives during UAE Innovation Month

    UAE, February 24, 2018- The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) is continuing its successful participation in UAE Innovation Month, in response to the leadership's directives to celebrate innovation and innovators. As part of their participation, DED-Ajman is highlighting its latest innovations aimed at improving services designed to facilitate a customer’s journey in completing their transactions. DED-Ajman is showcasing its experience as one of the first economic departments in the country to implement the ‘Smart Document’ initiative, which was ......read more

    GCC Financial Forum 2018 Puts Spotlight on Digital Transformation

    Dubai, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Speakers and participants of 7th edition of regional conference discuss the shape of the financial system of the future and unanimously underline the importance of driving technological innovation   Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; 22nd February 2018: The GCC Financial Forum, held on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Manama, Bahrain, put digital transformation in the financial industry in the spotlight and reinforced the significance of pursuing a forward-thinking approach with respect to integrating new technologies into existing business models and ......read more

    Jaleel Cash & Carry to develop AED 100 m facility at Dubai Wholesale City

    DUBAI – February 22, 2018:   Jaleel Cash & Carry, the region’s largest bulk buy outlet chain and a division of UAE-based leading investment company Jaleel Holdings, has announced the development of its biggest facility at Dubai Wholesale City (DWSC) at an investment of AED 100 million. The DWSC is the region’s largest fully integrated wholesale hub.  Jaleel Cash & Carry has revolutionized the FMCG wholesale market in the region. Jaleel Holdings introduced the popular cash-and-carry concept of the European and US markets to the Middle East region ......read more

    Central Bank Hosts first meeting of the new Higher Shari'a Authority

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 21st February 2018:    The HIGHER SHARI’A AUTHORITY held its 1st meeting of 2018 at 9:00am on Wednesday, 21st February 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi.   The meeting was attended by:  His Excellency Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori  His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Hadad, Chairman.  Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi, Board Member.  Dr. Issam Muhammad Ishaq, Board Member.  Dr. Oznan Hasan, Board Member.  Dr. Usaid Muhammad Adeeb Al Kilani, Board Member. In ......read more

    UAE Ministry of Economy launches new innovative guide for companies in the UAE

    H.E. Engr. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, successfully launched a new guide entitled, ‘The Innovative Guide for Companies in the UAE,’ which was done by the Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the National Research Council (CNR) – Research Institute on the Sustainable economic growth. The new guide was developed and released in line with the set goals and objectives of the UAE Vision 2021. The new guide, which is being released in both English and Arabic versions, highlights the Ministry's role in the implementation of the UAE National ......read more

    USD 16 million global investment will help drive the growth of co-working in Middle East, says Servcorp

    Substantial investment by Servcorp has already seen the opening of co-working facilities in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and London Deployment of funds will see the launch of co-working spaces in Dubai, Riyadh and Bahrain by June 2018 Additional USD 8 million allocated globally to enhance customer experience Estimated growth of 22% for worldwide co-working industry spaces in 2017, with 1.18 million individual users, according to “2017 Global Co-Working Survey” Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 February 2018:   Servcorp, an originator and innovator in serviced ......read more

    Ministry of Economy explores agricultural investment opportunities to reinforce cooperation with Ethiopia

    H.E. Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs recently met with H.E Ayana Zewdie, Ethiopian, Minister of State for Trade, to discuss strategic ways on how to further enhance cooperation with Ethiopia, especially across potential investment opportunities in agriculture and food industries. The meeting was held at the Ministry's headquarters in Dubai on the sidelines of the Ethiopian delegation's participation at Gulfood 2018, the world’s largest annual food trade show, held from February 18 to 22, 2018 at the Dubai World ......read more

    Nearly 9 in 10 Companies in the UAE Will Be Hiring in the Next 12 Months, Reveals a Bayt.com and YouGov Survey

    Bayt.com Job Index found that the skills most sought by companies hiring in the UAE are good communication in Arabic and English, being a team player, and ability to work under pressure Dubai, UAE, 19  February 2018:   There is a positive outlook for the job market in the UAE, according to the Bayt.com Middle East Job Index Survey, which revealed that a large majority (86%) of UAE companies intend to hire new people in the next year, and three quarters (75%) saying they will be hiring in the next three months. What’s more, nearly four in five (79%) working respondents ......read more

    Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence

    Emirati conglomerate has shaped the landscape of the UAE for six decades Dubai, UAE, 19 February 2018 –   Established in 1958 by brothers Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah as a modest trading venture with a capital investment of only 2,000 rupees, Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group comprise one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected Emirati conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses, today. This year, the Group is commemorating its 60th anniversary milestone with a year-long celebration, themed ’60 Years of Excellence’.  Saeed & ......read more

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