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    GCC Downstream Players Should Brace Several Market Uncertainties in the Coming Years, GDA/BCG Survey Reveals

    The first of its kind survey in the Middle East aims at gauging the ‘market sentiment’ and share the internal challenges faced by the downstream industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).   UAE , Dubai, 12 December  2017 —  According to the first Gulf Downstream Industry Survey, conducted in cooperation between the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the refining market is expected to remain volatile in the medium term, with significant uncertainties on the demand side, mainly linked to the economic growth prospects of the US,  Europe and China. In the longer term, several trends are expected to have a potentially disruptive impact on refined product demand: efficiency improvements; electric vehicles and other alternative fuels for transportation, ......read more

    Noor Bank Bags Critics' Choice Best Islamic Retail Banking Brand Award for Second Consecutive Year

    Dubai-UAE: 12 December, 2017 –  Noor Bank, a leading Shari’a-compliant bank in the UAE, has been named a winner of the Critics’ Choice Best Islamic Retail Banking Brand Award at the Islamic Retail Banking Awards (IRBA) 2017. This is the second year in a row that the Bank has been honoured in this category at the event hosted by UK-based financial think tank Cambridge Analytica. Mufazzal Kajiji, Head of Retail Banking, Noor Bank collected the award on behalf of Noor Bank in the presence of high-profile industry peers at an exclusive ceremony.  The award recognises Noor Bank’s growing brand reputation as well as its ‘Share’ campaign that highlighted the Bank’s value creation for the greater public good in line with its Islamic values. The campaign conveyed the Bank’s core ......read more

    UAE Financial Markets Association introduces new initiative in line with Vision 2021 to boost Emirati national employment in financial sector

    New Emiratisation program launched to support nationalisation strategies in banking industry Dubai, UAE, 11 December 2017:  The UAE Financial Markets Association has announced a new Emiratisation Optimal Performance Scheme to encourage and support the local banking industry in implementing efficient nationalisation strategies. Launched this week (10 December) at an event in the H Hotel, Dubai in the presence of VIP government authority representatives, UAE bank CEOs and senior finance professionals, the programme’s overarching aim is to help the industry work together to create a better future for the UAE. Within the presence of various banks from UAE, the event tackled the importance of hiring and retaining nationals, the challenges facing Emiratisation, the quality of nationalisation processes as well as the ......read more

    Coca-Cola launches smartwater in the UAE at SoleDXB

    Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017:  Coca-Cola has launched its latest product innovation in the Middle East, with the launch of smartwater at SoleDXB. Smartwater was made available to consumers in the UAE for the first time at the three day street culture festival at D3.  Murat Ozgel, General Manager of Coca-Cola Middle East said of the launch: “We are very excited about bringing smartwater to the UAE, making it the fourth market globally where this incredibly successful premium water brand is available. It’s clean, crisp taste has made it a great success in the UK and North America and we look forward to replicating that success here. smartwater is also a great example of our innovation and sustainability efforts. The bottle is 100% recyclable, and made with 30% plant-based materials using our patented ......read more

    Saxo Bank 2018 Outrageous Predictions: 2018 will be a true roller coaster ride compared to an outrageously placid 2017

    Dubai, UAE, December 7, 2017:  Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has today released its 10 'Outrageous Predictions' for 2018. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets.  While these predictions do not constitute Saxo’s official market forecasts for 2018, they represent a warning of a potential misallocation of risk among investors who typically see just a one percent likelihood to these events materialising.  Commenting on this year’s Outrageous Predictions, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank, Steen Jakobsen said:  “We have published Outrageous Predictions for more than 10 years and think this year’s list is one of the best we ever had, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi-based sustainability initiatives pledge to make a difference at Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit

    Masdar, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the WiSER initiative discuss the importance of women in sustainable economic growth   Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dec 7, 2017 –  Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative have pledged to support the advancement of women as drivers of sustainable economic growth.    All four Abu Dhabi-based sustainability initiatives were key participants in the inaugural Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS), a collaboration between NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Held on ......read more

    Dubai Investments records 36% increase in DIP sub-leasing contracts in first 9 months of 2017

    Dubai, December 5, 2017:  Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced a 36% increase in sub-leasing contracts in its wholly-owned subsidiary Dubai Investments Park [DIP] – the unique integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East, in the first nine months of 2017 compared to last year. Out of these, nearly 68 per cent contracts pertained to existing subtenants, reflecting DIP’s growing demand as a premier business destination in the region. The new subtenants during the period under review amounted to 26 per cent new subtenants; of which 46 per cent were in the warehousing activity, 35 per cent in staff accommodation activity, 14 per cent in offices activity and 5 per cent in commercial activity. ......read more

    2018 the Year of Change: Saxo Bank Chief Economist Predicts Economic Impacts of Key Market Trends

    From China’s lead on electrification to a possible US recession and the irony of cryptocurrencies, Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist, CIO & Co-head of Global Sales Trading at Saxo Bank Group previews what’s in store for global financial markets and Middle East growth next year  Dubai-UAE: 05 December, 2017 – Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist, CIO & Co-head of Global Sales Trading at Saxo Bank, the leading online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, delivered an economic forecast of how top trending issues, including China, electrification, cryptocurrencies, recession and politics will shape financial markets in 2018, during a Saxo Bank event in Dubai. Jakobsen outlined China’s growing influence and position on the global stage and how it will impact market prices and commodities against ......read more

    Cisco Expands Learning Portfolio with New Business Architecture Training and Certifications

    Expanded Portfolio Accelerates Business Transformation by Addressing Critical Talent Needs Dubai, UAE – December 5, 2017 -  Cisco announced it is expanding its learning portfolio with new business architecture training and certifications designed to accelerate the pace of business transformation, innovation and growth. Providing professionals with the latest skills, tools and best practices enables them to build and strengthen the bridge between technology solutions and business needs. These new offerings mark the second recent addition to Cisco’s business transformation-focused learning portfolio. “The relationship between customer and vendor is being significantly disrupted by digital transformation, with the long-term result being a closer relationship, spanning more than the deal,” said Shadi ......read more

    Sharjah Ruler Attends the First Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit Inaugural Ceremony

    The Summit is pushing for women’s equal participation in the labour market, which can add USD 28 trillion to the global economy by 2025  HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi: The UAE’s track record in advancing women is an exemplary international experience, and one that I am proud of. HE Sheikh Mubarak Al Nahyan: Women’s economic empowerment is an expression of tolerance, happiness and security, and a prerequisite for peace and prosperity of nations around the world. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Support for changing discriminatory social norms and stereotypes that segregate women into jobs with lower pay and limited opportunities for advancement need to be given attention along with gender-based violence that hinder women’s effective participation.  20 Public and Private organisations take the WEEGS ......read more

    Tristar Group celebrates UAE National Day

    Dubai, UAE; December 04, 2017:  Tristar Group celebrated the 46th UAE National Day as employees dressed in colors of the nation as a way of saying thank you to the UAE leaders and the people of this country where they have felt at home for many years. Sweets were distributed, and employees shared their personal stories of UAE that highlighted how so many people from different cultures and backgrounds have made UAE their home.  Tristar Group’s headquarters in Jebel Ali was decorated with UAE flags a week before the holidays.  According to Group Chief Administrative Officer Balaji Nagabhushan, “We also asked everyone to observe a minute of silent prayer at 11:30 am on November 30th for those Emiratis who sacrificed their lives performing national duties at home and abroad in civil, military and humanitarian ......read more

    startAD offers interactive program of startup events during December 2017

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 4, 2017:  startAD, an innovation and entrepreneurship platform that supports startups in the UAE, is offering a diverse program of open events throughout the month of December 2017. All of the events listed below are open to the public and free to attend. Al Warsha: Laser Cutting Date: Monday, December 4  Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: NYU Abu Dhabi Humanities Building (A6) – Room 016 Participants will learn how a laser cutter works in this open workshop, with demonstrations taking place on how to design and cut intricate patterns into cardboard and wood. Basics of Angel Investing Date: Wednesday, December 6 Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Location: startAD Central, NYU Abu Dhabi campus  For those who aspire to help set up the next Careem or Souq.com, or ......read more

    Centrify Innovations Embrace Zero Trust Security

    Centrify eases multi-factor authentication through FIDO Alliance and enhances privilege controls for containers Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017 —   Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced its Zero Trust approach to security. Zero Trust assumes that everything—users, endpoints, resources—is untrusted and must always be verified to decrease the chance of a major breach.  Customers are adapting to the reality that older, network centric approaches to security no longer apply and more application centric models, with access grounded in identity, are necessary for today’s hybrid enterprise. Google’s BeyondCorp implementation is an excellent example of this new approach. BeyondCorp is a Zero Trust security framework that shifts access ......read more

    AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank Deploys ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

    Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  Amman, Jordan: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank has gone live on the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank chose ICS BANKS ISLAMIC to stay in the top of the list in this highly motivated banking market. the project was accomplished in a record break time of two months, the implementation process was smooth, swift and transparent. The Executive Representative of AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank; Mr. Muamer Al-Fakhry commented: “We are proud to vision this partnership reflected into reality, ICSFS represents the ideal strategic powerful partner to us, in terms of its unlimited experience in Iraq and around the globe, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC will be a key ......read more

    Tally Solutions geared up to help GCC businesses transition to the VAT era

    More than 1.2 million businesses globally use Tally for accounting and tax filing needs Dubai, UAE, 3 December 2017:  In an endeavour to help businesses in the UAE comply with VAT regulations, Tally Solutions, a leading international compliance software provider will offer improved insights, data alignment, efficiencies and transparency to enterprises in the UAE. Tally Solutions is well established in the region and is used by 40,000 satisfied clients across GCC. The company offers a complete business suite, from accounting to inventory management, banking processes and payroll management. The company will soon offer VAT compliance solutions too.  “Drawing on our three decades of experience and a fiercely loyal network of over 28,000 partners, Tally Solutions is well positioned to support all types of businesses ......read more

    Dubai Investments raises foreign ownership cap to 49%

    Dubai, November 29, 2017:  Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has raised foreign ownership limit in the company from the existing 35% to 49%. A proposal to this effect was approved by shareholders at the General Assembly Meeting held on Wednesday [November 29]. Raising the limit to 49% is part of a wider move by Dubai Investments to open up to international investors. The proposal assumes significance after the recent addition of Dubai Investments’ shares in the MSCI Emerging Market Index.  In his address at General Assembly Meeting, Sohail Faris Ghanim Al Mazrui, Chairman of Board of Directors of Dubai Investments, said: “The proposal to raise the cap to 49% of the capital was aimed at encouraging share ownership to more ......read more

    Wishes by Kamal Vachani on the occasion of 46th National Day of the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, November 29, 2017:  On the occasion of the 46 National Day of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director and Hon. Regional Director of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), extended his heartiest congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and people of the UAE. Mr. Kamal Vachani said, “The National Day is a special moment for locals and expats alike. On behalf of Al Maya Group, we are happy to celebrate this day to embody together the vision of the founders of the country to unite the will of the people and the establishment of the United Arab ......read more

    Pearl Initiative, Red Flag Group Underscore Compliance, Integrity for Sustainable Business Continuity

    Roundtable examines potential long-term business risks posed by lack of integrity practices Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28 November, 2017:  The Pearl Initiative, the leading Gulf business-led not-for-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency as a key driver of competitiveness, co-hosted a roundtable with global integrity and compliance risk firm, Red Flag Group, to explore the role integrity plays in the business decision-making process. Senior executives from international, regional and local UAE-based organisations convened to discuss the practical application and advantages of adopting corporate integrity practices across industries in the UAE and the wider GCC region.  Speakers including Casper Bekker, General Manager MEA Region, Red Flag Group, Nadeem Anwar, Regional Compliance Head, at ......read more

    Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit to Strongly Focus on Furthering Emirati Women's Integration into the Economy

    An exclusive panel session will be held in collaboration with UAE General Women’s Union    Sharjah, 28 November 2017:  Part of the first edition of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS 2017)’s two-day discussion agenda will be an exclusive women-only panel session titled ‘Emirati Women: Potential & Possibilities’, which will be held on the second day of the Summit, 5 December from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Expo Centre Sharjah.  Organised by the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) in collaboration with the UAE General Women’s Union, this closed session will focus on further strengthening the nation’s enduring efforts to empower local women and enhance their contributions by creating a more enabling economy and society. It will also highlight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building Recognized for Excellence in Business Operations and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 28 November 2017:  Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) recently received two highly prestigious awards reflecting the high quality of its business operations and commitment to corporate social responsibility. At the 14thedition of the Seatrade Maritime Awards covering the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, ADSB won the “Enterprise Award” for its contributions to the region’s ship repair industry. The company also received the “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award” at the fourth annual Maritime Standard Awards in Dubai. The “Enterprise Award” recognizes the valuable contributions made by ADSB’s floating dock to the ship repair industry in the region. “The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award” recognizes and celebrates ......read more

    Sharjah Updates Demographic Data on 210,500 Residents

    Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development launches second phase of ‘Tahdeeth’  Sharjah, November 28, 2017:   Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has announced that the data on 210,499 Emiratis has been revised as part of its ‘Tahdeeth’ project; an initiative that aims to update the data and information about Emirati families and individuals who were first surveyed in the Sharjah Census 2015. The first phase of Tahdeeth, which was conducted from October 7 to November 6, updated the details of 127,531 Emirati individuals and their families in Sharjah. The second phase, which commenced November 7 and continues until December 15, is continuing the programme by reaching out to those residents it was unable to contact during phase one.  Up ......read more

    Barclays Named Mena “Wealth Manager of the Year” for the Fourth Consecutive Year

    The accolade was awarded by Global Investor Magazine, which specialises in asset management, asset servicing and securities finance.  November 28, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Barclays Private Bank has been named “Wealth Manager of Year” at the 2017 Global Investor/Euromoney awards for the fourth consecutive year.  The award, which was announced during the 2017 Global Investor/ISF MENA Awards ceremony, celebrates Barclays’ long standing position as a leader in the regional and global private banking space.  Barclays was recognised for its service excellence over the past 12 months, in addition to its specialised open architecture platforms that offer the full range of investments, credit and advisory solutions that are customised to meet clients’ various ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Launches State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017/18

    Muslim spend on Halal Food and Beverage forecast to reach US$1.93 trillion by 2022 Islamic Finance assets expected to surge to US$3.8 trillion by 2022 UAE ranks third globally across three sectors Dubai-UAE: 27 November, 2017:  The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) today published the outcomes of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017-2018 titled ‘Outpacing the Mainstream’. The report is issued annually by DIEDC in collaboration with Thomson Reuters.   The findings were released on the sidelines of the fifth edition of the Islamic Economy Award, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC.   The report was launched by Mustafa Adil, Head ......read more

    Mashreq marks National Day with ‘Celebrating #YOUAE' campaign

    Promotions span the retail banking products with multiple offers and prizes.  Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2017:  Mashreq, the oldest privately held bank and leading financial institution in the UAE, has announced the launch of ‘How will #YOUAE celebrate’ campaign to commemorate the country’s 46th National Day. Celebrating #YOUAE will present a wide variety of promotions for the bank’s customers, residents and citizens, running until 10 December.   Mashreq’s Retail Banking Group is celebrating #YOUAE by presenting a wide range of exclusive offers for opening new bank accounts, remitting money worldwide, starting savings plans, applying for mortgages, or merely for using their Mashreq debit and credit cards at their favourite local restaurants. Additionally, there are prizes for sharing ......read more

    Union Coop Hires 30 Emirati during Q3

    UAE, Dubai, November 27, 2017:  The Human Resources and Emiratisation Department at Union Coop, the largest cooperative in the UAE, revealed that it has hired around 30 Emirati men and women during the third quarter of 2017. This is part of Union Coop’s commitment to support Emiratisation efforts, and is motivated by its belief that human resources is an essential element in building sustainable societies. Ahmad bin Kenaid, Director of the Human Resources and Emiratisation Department at Union Coop said: “We are committed to the Emiratisation of our human resources wherever applicable and providing the best incentives and advantages to attract skilled citizens. Emiratisation is a top priority for Union Coop, which employees more than 419 Emirati men and women.” “Union Coop provides many advantages ......read more

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    Swych Closes Series a Funding Round with Lead Investment from UAE Exchange Group

    UAE Exchange Group leads Series A investment round and will leverage the award-winning Swych platform to offer digital gifting services to its global consumer base, enabled through purpose-based remittances. Abu Dhabi, 17 September 2017:  Swych, Inc., the pioneer of the revolutionary Swych™ digital gifting platform, today announced the successful completion of its Series A round, with a major strategic capital investment by UAE Exchange Group, a leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions provider.  Through this partnership, the two brands seek ......read more

    AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank Selects ICS BANKS® ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

    September, 2017 Dubai, UAE: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank a newly established bank in Iraq, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS® ISLAMIC System. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank is a newly registered Iraqi bank that will be offering banking and financial services in Iraq.  It will be implementing ICSFS’ universal Islamic flagship, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Core Banking, Murabaha, Musharaka, Ijara,  Mudaraba, Al Qard  Al Hasan, Time ......read more

    NBK Capital Partners Closes NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II with $160 Million in Capital Commitments, invests in Saudi and Turkey

    Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2017:  NBK Capital Partners announced today that it has successfully closed its second mezzanine fund, NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II, with US $160 million in capital commitments, driven by strong demand from institutional investors and family offices. NBK Capital Partners’ experienced team of investment professionals in Dubai, Istanbul and Kuwait will manage the Fund, which will maintain its predecessor’s (Mezzanine Fund I) proven investment strategy of providing capital to middle market companies in consumer-centric sectors in the MENA ......read more

    AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank selects ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

    Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2017: April, 2017 Amman, Jordan: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank a newly established bank in Iraq, has selected the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank is a newly registered Iraqi bank that will be offering banking and financial services in Iraq.  It will be implementing ICSFS’ universal Islamic flagship, ICS BANKS ISLAMIC Core Banking, Murabaha, Musharaka, Ijara,  Mudaraba, Al Qard ......read more

    30 Senior Economists Will Take Stage at Sharjah FDI Forum 2017

    Experts to address the fundamentals of ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ at forthcoming investment event taking place September 19-20 Sharjah, September, 17, 2017:  Sharjah FDI Forum 2017 - the prestigious investment conference held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah - has announced that more than 30 senior economists from the public and private sectors will participate in the event, which takes place September 19-20, 2017 at the Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre in ......read more

    Prosperity in UK Cities Gains Momentum as Wider Regional Growth Lags Behind

    Third edition of UK Prosperity Map from Barclays ranks UK regions and cities according to their current affluence 1 in 79 Brits is now a millionaire, up from 1 in 84 last year  Regions aren’t seeing the boost in prosperity they enjoyed last year – but the picture is much brighter for cities, with Birmingham and Newcastle emerging hotspots of growth    16  September 2017: The UK saw uneven rates of prosperity growth over the last year, according to the third edition of the annual UK Prosperity Map from Barclays. Against a backdrop of ......read more

    Global Cashback Mart – Mashreq's newest e-commerce platform

    Dubai, UAE – 14 September 2017:  Mashreq Bank, the leading financial institution across the Middle East & North Africa, has launched an exclusive e-commerce platform for its credit card customers in the UAE: Global Cashback Mart. The Global Cashback Mart is currently accessible at zero cost to customers who hold the Mashreq SmartSaver Global Credit Card and enables customers to shop online, choosing from over 2,500 global brands including Amazon, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Hotels.com, Flipkart, Marks & Spencer and Mothercare; it also gives them an ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Allocates US$50 Million for UAE Companies Investing in Chad

    Fund delegation attends UAE-Chad Investment Forum  His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi: “ADFD is proud of the UAE’s US$150 million contribution to support Chad’s National Development Plan 2017-2021” Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 September, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced the allocation of US$50 million for UAE companies wishing to invest in the Central African nation of Chad. The announcement came during the participation of an ADFD delegation at the UAE-Chad Investment Forum that took place today in Abu Dhabi.   Several ......read more

    EcoSys™ Rebrands to Hexagon PPM, Signaling an Even Stronger Future for the Industry Standard in Enterprise Project Controls

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2017:   EcoSys, the industry standard for enterprise project control software, announces a corporate rebrand to Hexagon PPM. The change comes days after Intergraph Process, Power, and Marine rebranded to Hexagon PPM – the software division of Hexagon focused on empowering customers to visualize, build, and manage structures and facilities of all types of complexities. Hexagon acquired its PPM division (formerly known as Intergraph Process, Power & Marine) in July of 2010 to leverage and expand the efficiencies of PPM’s ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Agency announces new AED25 million sewerage connection project

    Nearly 600 plots in Al Maarid to be added to the existing network AED65million Al Feliyah Wastewater Treatment plant nears completion  Ras Al Khaimah, 11 Sept 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Waste Water Agency (RAKWA) has announced a project to connect residences and businesses in the Al Maarid area to the sewerage network as part of its ongoing programme to expand the wastewater infrastructure in the Emirate. 565 plots are due to be connected to the local wastewater grid between now and June 2018.  When the project is complete residents will no longer have to operate their own ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange integrates the “Direct Payment System” in its ‘eExchange' online platform for faster & more secure digital transactions

    UAE, September 11, 2017- Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has integrated the new Direct Payment System into its online remittance platform www.eexchange.ae, to provide faster and more secure transactions to its customers across the country as well as enhance their digital experience and satisfaction. The move has effectively reduced the existing two-step process into a single, easy procedure. This development is a first among the exchange industry in the UAE. Rashed Al Ansari, General Manager, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “With ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ranked the Smartest City in the Middle East

    Abu Dhabi gets first place in the Middle East in terms of Cities of Motion indicators Abu Dhabi gets first place in the Arab region in terms of Cities of Motion indicators Abu Dhabi ranked 13 internationally in the field of technology Abu Dhabi, 10th September 2017:  The Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center (ADSIC) announced that the emirate of Abu Dhabi has ranked first place in the Middle East in terms of indicators outlined by the 2017 Cities in Motion Index, which was published by the Spain-based University of Navarra’s IESE Business ......read more

    Huge Strides: UPC Reveals 2016 Annual Report

    Report highlights key projects and achievements in national housing, infrastructure planning, sustainable living and training and development.  ABU DHABI, 10 September, 2017:  The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has published its 2016 Annual Report, detailing some of its most impressive achievements, which have kept the Emirate on course to reach objectives outlined in the Abu Dhabi Plan. Last year, the UPC made huge strides in important projects for national housing, infrastructure planning, sustainable living and spatial data, while also offering more opportunities ......read more

    ICAEW accredits six UAE universities with exam modules for its prestigious ACA qualification

    Dubai, UAE, September 10, 2017:  Leading accountancy body ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) has approved six universities in the UAE for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). The exemption programme is ICAEW’s process for endorsing content in undergraduate and graduate degrees to count towards the prestigious ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.  Graduates of Finance or Business-related degrees from Bolton University Ras Al Khaimah Campus, American University of Sharjah, University of Heriot Watt, Middlesex University Dubai, Birla ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties Wins Best Property Management Team – UAE 2017

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 10, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (ADCP), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) announced today that it has been recognised with the ‘Best Property Management Team – UAE 2017’ Award for the second year in a row by the Capital Finance International (CFI). CFI, an international print journal and online resource; reporting on business, economics and finance, identifies individuals and organisations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders. Speaking on the ......read more

    SOUQ.com to acquire Wing.ae to enhance fast shipping options for customers

    Wing.ae poised to grow and support even more businesses  September 6, 2017 – DUBAI:  SOUQ.com today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Wing.ae, a marketplace for merchants and couriers in the UAE, providing innovative mobile and web-based user-friendly delivery solutions for businesses and individual consumers. SOUQ.com previously invested in Wing.ae and will be acquiring 100% of the company.  Wing.ae now has the full backing of SOUQ.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and this investment demonstrates the continued commitment of all three ......read more

    Mashreq's Back2School Promotion: Free smart device, when you pay school fees on your Card

    UAE – Dubai 06 September 2017:  As the new academic year begins in September, Mashreq - the UAE’s leading institution is supporting parents’ aspirations for their children with its unique Back-to-School promotion that offers a free smart device when school fees are paid using a Mashreq credit or debit card. No lucky draws, no games of chance; Mashreq cardholders get guaranteed rewards in the form of smart devices ranging from the HP Sprocket photo printer on the one hand to the Apple Watch, iPad Pro and XBox One console on the other, when they make school payments as ......read more

    CESI rolls out second phase of Oman's smart metering project

    Oman; September 5, 2017:  CESI, world-leading technical consulting and engineering company, has been awarded the second phase of the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology implementation project by Nama Group (NG) Oman.   Closely monitored by the Authority for Electricity Regulation and in line with their vision, the AMR implementation project for high value customers was made to serve the distribution companies in Oman (Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC), Mazoon Electricity Company (MZEC), Majan Electricity Company (MJEC), Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) ......read more

    Mashreq Bank to Deploy NCR Tablet and Video Banking Technology

    The bank is United Arab Emirates’ first financial institution to implement NCR Interactive Teller, Banker solutions to better engage customers  DUBAI, UAE, September 05, 2017 – NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions today announced that Mashreq Bank, one of the largest banks in the UAE, will revamp its banking services in the country with a host of innovative technologies from NCR over the next six months. Mashreq Bank will be the first in the region to deploy NCR’s tablet-based Interactive Banker, targeted to help financial ......read more

    The Lombard Odier Group reports results for the first half of 2017

    Total client assets rose by 4% to CHF 242 billion in the first half, of which assets under management were CHF 164 billion, with growth in all three business lines Consolidated net profit amounted to CHF 69 million, up 13% versus half year 2016  Strong fully-loaded Basel III CET1 ratio of 28.7%  Increased client assets and positive net new money Client assets grew across all three of our business lines: private clients, asset management, and technology for banking. Net new money flows were positive and market performance lifted assets, as global protectionist threats ......read more

    Noor Capital with its subsidiary Noor Index launches latest innovative Financial Trading tools which cater to Physical & Margin Trading for Currencies, Commodities, Equities and Bonds Trading, with Ph

    Noor Index has today launched its extensive range of software solutions for the financial services industry, focusing on easy-to-use and customized online trading platforms serving multiple sectors including physical currency, precious metals commodities, forex Contract For Difference (CFD) derivatives, and equities such as shares and bonds. The Dubai-based software development company is a subsidiary of investment group Noor Capital. With Dubai maintaining its position as a financial regional hub, the company aims to serve the continuing growth of online trading platforms in the emirate ......read more

    300 Chinese investors to discover growth opportunities at RAKEZ

    RAS AL KHAIMAH, 4 September 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) announces its sponsorship of the 3rd annual Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Summit set to take place from 13 to 14 September 2017 in Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, China. The two-day event is one of the major international business summits, which is expected to gather over 300 senior executives from China’s most influential enterprises as well as representatives from global free zone and economic zone authorities.   “Thousands of Chinese companies are supplying goods and services to ......read more

    Exclusive Cashback Offer for Mashreq's Business Customers

    Dubai- UAE, 04 September 2017:  Mashreq, one of the UAE’s leading Financial Institutions, is celebrating its 50th year now. As part of the bank’s endeavour to keep offering more rewarding banking relationships to customers, the bank is offering its Business Banking customers an attractive cashback offer, giving them an opportunity to earn rewards up to AED 25,000.  The offer requires these customers to grow their Business Account Balances by AED 50,000 or more to get a guaranteed cashback; the cashback amount shall be  AED 350 for every AED 50,000 grown over the ......read more

    GFG Alliance completes landmark acquisition of Arrium

    Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  Global metals, industrials and energy group, the GFG Alliance, today completed the acquisition of Australia’s leading integrated mining, recycling, steel manufacturing and steel distribution business, creating a new future for thousands of workers and their communities.   Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, and his team, working closely with management and the workforce, will now embark on a 100-day review of the business and finalise a transformation plan to put the 6,000-worker enterprise, on a competitive, sustainable ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange's ‘Beat the Heat' initiative provides cool and refreshing water containers for UAE laborers and workers

    UAE, September 3, 2017 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money Transfer Company, successfully distributed water bottles filled with cold water to laborers and workers across different Emirates. The move is part of the company's ‘Beat the Heat’ initiative, which aimed at distributing over 1,000 water bottles in select locations -handing over these refreshing containers to laborers working outdoors; municipality cleaning personnel and security guards manning various malls. The ‘Beat the Heat’ initiative is part of the company's ......read more

    Brazilian coffee exports to MENA region witnesses 30 per cent increase during first seven months of the year

    UAE, August 29, 2017 - A rise in coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region led to sales of USD 122 million, as shipping volume increased during the first half of 2017. According to the Brazilian Coffee Exporter Council (Cecafé), revenue gained from coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region witnessed a 29.7 per cent increase at USD 112 million during the first seven months of the year, in comparison to 2016. A total of 653,200 bags of coffee were exported to Arab counties between January and July 2017, while 645,100 were exported during the same period last year, indicating a 1.2 per ......read more

    Henkel Reports Robust Performance in Q2, Confirms Guidance for Fiscal Year 2017

    Company records significant nominal sales growth of 9.6% to €5,098 million, with organic growth of 2.2%  Africa / Middle East region posts sales growth of 1.1 % Operating profit* increases by 11% to €909 million  EBIT margin* improves by 20 basis points to 17.8% Earnings per preferred share (EPS)* surges 10.7% to €1.55  Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2017:  In Q2 2017, Henkel delivered a strong performance in a highly challenging market environment. The company reached new highs in quarterly sales, adjusted operating profit and EBIT margin, and ......read more

    South African expats need to check their finances as end of August deadline looms

    South African expats may be unknowingly breaching existing tax rules regarding their offshore investment income and gains Now is the time to correct this before the 31 August 2017 disclosure deadline Offshore bonds offer an invaluable solution to those looking to save tax efficiently  Dubai - August 29, 2017:  South African (SA) expats have been in uproar following the February 2017 Budget announcement in South Africa that from March 2019 they may need to pay income tax on overseas earnings.    If the proposals are enacted unamended, SA expats living and ......read more

    Dubai Land Department reveals the top 10 nationalities that invested in Dubai's real estate market over the past 18 months

    AED 151 billion invested by 217 nationalities Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 August 2017:  Dubai Land Department has revealed a list of the top 10 nationalities that invested in Dubai’s real market between January 2016 and the end of June 2017. The new list confirms that UAE nationals are in the lead, outperforming all other nationalities.  His Excellency Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department, commented: "217 nationalities have invested a total of AED 151 billion in Dubai’s real estate market. This demonstrates the confidence that ......read more

    Intercoil Commences Operations at its New 20 Million SAR Manufacturing Facility in Saudi Arabia

    Expansion into the Kingdom Strengthens Two Decade Long Relationship with Home Centre 27 August, Dammam – KSA:  Intercoil International, UAE’s leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of total sleep solutions across the MENA region, recently commenced operations at its new manufacturing facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The firm’s entry into the Kingdom with an investment of 20 million SAR, marks a major milestone in the company’s growth outside the UAE. The new state-of-the-art facility which, spans over a gross area of 7,000 sq. meters and mirrors its ......read more

    RTA hosts UAE-France Business Development Summit in Sept

    The event takes place in coordination with the French Business Council Ibrahim Al Haddad: Our aim is to promote bilateral trade & investment  Roads & Transport Authority - Nashwan Atta’ee: Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2017:  The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates, will host the "First Emirati - French Business Engagement Summit" on September 25, 2017, as part of efforts to create an environment conducive to growth of trade & investment between the two ......read more

    Filipino wins AED 1 million grand prize of Al Ansari Rewards – Summer Promotion 2017

    UAE, August 23, 2017– Al Dizon Bansil, a Filipino based in Sharjah has been announced as the winner of the AED 1 million grand prize of this year’s ‘Al Ansari Rewards – Summer Promotion 2017,’ during a special event held today, August 23, 2017. Bansil is the fourth millionaire to win big in this annual promotion of Al Ansari Exchange, which ran from June 15 to August 14, 2017. Another lucky Filipino, Sylvia Lizardo Valdez, won a brand new Nissan Patrol along with another eight lucky winners who went home with AED 10,000 each at the gala ceremony in ......read more

    Sharjah FDI Forum 2017 Explores the Role of Foreign Direct Investment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Event addresses vital technological advances that could determine the future of economies Sharjah, 23 August, 2017:  The second and concluding day of the Sharjah FDI Forum 2017, scheduled to take place on 20 September, 2017 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, will address current dominant economic trends, sustainable economies, the impact of technology on education, small enterprises and the UAE’s plans and policies for the future.   Themed ‘The Fourth Industrial ......read more

    Ministry of Economy steps up efforts to further reinforce economic and trade cooperation with US

    UAE, August 22, 2017: His Excellency Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, recently met with H.E. Barbara Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, Minister Al Mansoori expressed the UAE's move to increase its efforts towards further reinforcing economic and trade cooperation with the US. The strong economic ties between the two countries are based on solid foundations of friendship and mutual respect. The UAE Minister also took note of achievements coming from mutual interests--driving in continuous growth and ......read more

    Bentley Announces Finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program Recognizing BIM Advancements in Infrastructure Design, Construction, and Operations

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; August 22 2017 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards program. The annual awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts selected the 51 finalists from more than 400 nominations submitted by organizations in more than 50 countries.  The finalists ......read more

    DAFZA issues guide on ‘Dubai: The Global Gateway to Halal Industries'

    UAE, 21 August, 2017– The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) recently issued a comprehensive halal industries guide as part of its initiatives to contribute to Dubai’s vision of becoming the capital of the Islamic economy for 2017-2021. The first-of-its-kind guide titled ‘Dubai: The Global Gateway to Halal Industries’ describes Halal products in different sectors, highlighting several investment opportunities for foreign investors to contribute to enhancing the Islamic economy.  The guide showcases the economic system of Dubai, which is supportive of ......read more

    Invest Group Overseas Commits Investment of over AED2 Billion by 2020 Starting with Launch of IGO 101

    AED500 million tower to offer more than 440 family-friendly residential units at competitive prices in Jumeirah Lakes Towers Dubai-UAE: 21 August, 2017:  Invest Group Overseas (IGO), a Dubai-based developer of superior residential assets, today launched the mega residential development IGO 101 and announced its commitment to invest in projects valued at more than AED2 billon leading up to 2020. With construction to begin in December 2017, IGO 101 is scheduled for completion in Q4 2020. As a privately-held creator of community-style developments, IGO is committed to delivering ......read more

    Drake & Scull secures AED 175 million deal in Dubai

    UAE, August 21, 2017 - Drake & Scull International PJSC, a regional market leader in engineering and related services, has confirmed that its general contracting subsidiary, Gulf Technical Construction Company (GTCC), has been awarded an AED 175 million contract by Orion Real Estate Development L.L.C. to build the latter’s latest project, the West Bay residential tower located at Dubai’s Business Bay. The scope of work includes construction, civil engineering, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works scheduled for completion within 33 months. The West Bay ......read more

    AED 200,000 awaits Business Excellence Awards Winners

    RAS AL KHAIMAH, 20 August 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) today opens its doors for entries for the RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards 2017. The awards recognises companies for their outstanding excellence, which played a key role in the economic development of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. On its fourth year, the prominent awards programme comes back with exciting addition for the participants as it is set to give away a total of AED 200,000 cash prizes to the winners.   “Would you believe that we only had 120 submissions in the first year? Now, we’re ......read more

    Premier Global Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs to Gather in Ras Al Khaimah for the Young Global Leaders Summit

    Essam Al Tamimi from Al Tamimi & Company to moderate panel on ‘Leadership, the Youth and Entrepreneurship’ during the 27 September conference Silicon Valley venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki to provide keynote speech Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 20 August 2017:  The founder of the UAE’s largest law firm, Essam Al Tamimi, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Guy Kawaski, will join Indian YouTube sensation, Varun Pruthi, at Ras Al Khaimah’s Young Global Leaders Summit. Organised by the regional business and policy magazine, Leaders Middle East, and sponsored by ......read more

    MyUS launches initiative to tap into increase in e-commerce sales during Eid Al-Adha

    Dubai, 20 August, 2017- After witnessing a significant spike in sales during Eid Al-Adha in 2016, international shipping company MyUS is launching a local competition to capitalize on sales during this year’s Islamic holiday. The move also aims to attract new members in the region and encourage the further use of its service among existing members all over the Gulf.  During the six weeks prior to Eid Al-Adha last year, the top US stores shopped online from the region included Nordstrom, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ralph Lauren, Kyle Cosmetics, Walmart, Gap, ASOS, Eastbay, and ......read more

    Sharjah Summer Campaign continues to offer major discounts & exciting mall events

    August 20, 2017- The ongoing Sharjah Summer Campaign organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) continues to offer a wide range of prizes, discounts and special shopping mall events to provide a unique experience for residents and visitors alike. The campaign aims to promote Sharjah as a leading regional and international summer destination in line with Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021. As part of the campaign, Mega Mall of Sharjah is offering discounts up to 70 per cent, promotional packages, valuable prizes and a host of entertainment activities such as a ......read more

    Sharjah FDI Forum to Discuss Future Direction of Global Investments

    Annual foreign investment conference taking place in September 19th-20th will host an array of international economic experts and renowned industry figures Sharjah, August 19, 2017:  Sharjah FDI Forum 2017, the annual foreign direct investment (FDI) event held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, will host a series of panel discussions conducted by regional and international investment experts.  Taking place on September 19th -20th , the third Sharjah FDI Forum will hold five panel ......read more

    Jafza attracts 267 new companies during the first half of 2017

    Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2017:  The Dubai-based Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has maintained its position as a preferred investment destination for large-scale industrial and commercial projects coming into the UAE. During the first half of 2017, Jafza attracted 267 new companies from 48 countries around the world, marking a growth of 6 percent compared to the same period last year. Jafza also leased more than 340,000 square meters of space for as facilities for a variety of sectors and industries during the period. Plots of land were most in demand with 318,000 square meters, with 11,500 ......read more

    Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle Announce Partnership

    Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2017:   Baume & Mercier, major Swiss luxury watchmaking company part of the Richemont Group and Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced an exclusive partnership. The historic Bonneville Salt Flats served as the venue to unveil this unique brand alliance, as Indian Motorcycle and Baume & Mercier honored the historic achievements of motorcycle trailblazer and famed land-speed record holder, Burt Munro. It has been 50 years since Munro took his Indian Scout Streamliner to push the limits of speed at the Salt ......read more

    InfoFort drives digital transformation at Sohar Port and Freezone

    Port’s digital transformation and automation to facilitate and boost global trade Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2017:  InfoFort, an Aramex company and a leading information management solution provider in the Middle East and Africa, today announced the successful implementation of an electronic document management system and digitisation of the physical records at the Sohar Port and Freezone in the Sultanate of Oman. With global investments of USD 25 billion, the deep-sea port and Freezone managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), wanted a reliable technology solutions ......read more

    UAE is likely to see increased cashless transactions by 2020: Xpress Money's Strategy & Digital Chief

    Regulatory frameworks and foundations being laid for rapid transition to cashless payments Dubai, August 14, 2017:  Cash is still the reigning king, but that is likely to change rapidly given the UAE’s thrust towards cultivating smart economies, says Xpress Money’s Associate Vice President – Strategy, Digital & BIA, Arundhoti Banerjee. Xpress Money – one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands – believes that cashless transactions will become far more common in the UAE by 2020 - despite accounting for only 10% of all ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange named the ‘Preferred Remittance Centre of the Year' for a third consecutive time at The Filipino Times Awards 2017

    UAE, August 14, 2017- Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has once again been named as the 'Preferred Remittance Centre of the Year' in this year's edition of The Filipino Times (TFT) Awards. The distinction, which the company has won for three consecutive years now, was given in recognition of Al Ansari Exchange's provision of excellent service and key commitment and support for the Filipino expatriate community in the UAE. Husam Mahmoud, Marketing Manager, Al Ansari Exchange received the award during the gala awards night ......read more

    Genetec Achieves Top Global Market Share Rankings across VMS, Access Control, and ALPR technologies

    Dubai, UAE, August 13th 2017—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), has emerged as the only security and public safety solutions developer to hold a place in the top-10 global rankings for video management software (VMS), access control software, and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software, according to recently published market research reports by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics, and solutions*.  The IHS Markit reports include 2017 Video Surveillance Market Share Database, 2017 Access Control Intelligence Database, and 2017 ANPR & ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC reports solid rise in Q2 2017 results with combined net profit of AED 40.9 million

    UAE, August 13, 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, kept the momentum of its strong Q1 2017 performance to achieve a combined net profit of AED 40.9 million (Policyholders & Shareholders before release of Qard Hasan) and an underwriting profit of AED 34.1 million in Q2 2017. The combined net profit of AED 40.9 million for H1 2017 increased by 35 per cent compared to AED 30.3 million, while the underwriting profit of AED 34.1 million rose by 50 per cent compared ......read more

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