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    Ahli United Bank B.S.C. reports a 12.7% surge in 2018 net profit

    ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE BANK TO US$ 697.5 MILLION  20 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its equity shareholders of US$ 697.5 million for the year 2018, representing a rise of 12.7% as compared to the net profit of US$ 618.7 million in 2017. The net profit in Q4/2018 was US$ 169.3 million as compared to US$ 150.0 million in Q4/2017.  Operating income increased from US$ 1,119.4 million to US$ 1,210.6 million in 2018 (+ 8.1%). The growth in operating income, mainly driven by an increase in net interest income (NII) by US$ 64.1 million (+7.3%) to US$ 940.5 million (2017: US$ 876.5 million), was attributable to an increase in average interest earning assets and to the repricing and re-positioning of the loan portfolio, complemented by an effective interest ......read more

    Emirates NBD partners with noqodi to facilitate electronic payments for businesses.

    Business customers can make electronic payments through the platform for various government services   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 20 February 2019:  Emirates NBD has tied up with noqodi, a leading payment gateway and financial service provider in the UAE, engineered by emaratech, to enable businesses to make electronic payments for a range of government services.    Through the new partnership, Emirates NBD’s corporate clients can benefit from noqodi’s wallet top-up and eVoucher payment services through the bank’s smartBUSINESS platform and seamlessly make online payments for services rendered by government departments such as Dubai Land Department, General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, Fujairah Municipality and more.    Commenting on the ......read more

    Ahli United Bank B.S.C. Reports A 12.7% Surge In 2018 Net Profit Attributable To Owners Of The Bank To US$ 697.5 Million

    19 February 2019: Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its equity shareholders of US$ 697.5 million for the year 2018, representing a rise of 12.7% as compared to the net profit of US$ 618.7 million in 2017. The net profit in Q4/2018 was US$ 169.3 million as compared to US$ 150.0 million in Q4/2017.  Operating income increased from US$ 1,119.4 million to US$ 1,210.6 million in 2018 (+ 8.1%). The growth in operating income, mainly driven by an increase in net interest income (NII) by US$ 64.1 million (+7.3%) to US$ 940.5 million (2017: US$ 876.5 million), was attributable to an increase in average interest earning assets and to the repricing and re-positioning of the loan portfolio, complemented by an effective interest rate risk management strategy. Net operating income increased from US$ 1,030.4 ......read more

    CPA Australia opens branch in UAE

    CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, today opened its new branch in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in Dubai, the branch is within the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Free Zone. CPA Australia CEO Andrew Hunter said opening the branch is an important milestone for local members.  “CPA Australia is very proud to be opening our new branch in Dubai. Opening the branch as a registered entity in the region will help to protect members’ interests, allows comprehensive promotion of member activities, and allows CPA Australia to build on its presence in the UAE. “There will be more scope to engage sponsors for events, engage on a commercial basis, and optimise relationships with the business and university sectors,” Mr Hunter said. DMCC was established in 2002 to ......read more

    KSA survey identifies security as top concern in adopting effective intelligent workspace strategies

    IDC Survey commissioned by Citrix analyzes the Kingdom’s readiness to build the future workplace   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 19 February 2019: An IDC survey commissioned by Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) found security and data leaks to be a key concern in adopting intelligent workplace strategies. The survey results were presented at an event at the Riyadh Four Seasons.     With face-to-face input from over 100 CIOs in KSA, the survey’s corresponding white paper examines the evolution of the intelligent workspace and IDC's "Future of Work" concept. It further highlights the role of intelligent workplace technologies in Saudi Arabia, and covers their drivers, benefits, security implications, and challenges.   With a key concern being security, the survey also found that over ......read more

    ICS Financial Systems Ltd.'s ICS BANKS gains 4.5x Faster Batch Processing & 27x Increase on Digital Banking Transactions Running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine

    ICS Financial Systems Ltd.’s ICS BANKS gains 4.5x Faster Batch Processing & 27x Increase on Digital Banking Transactions Running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine February 18, 2019 - Dubai, UAE   ICS Financial Systems Ltd. today announced it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that ICS BANKS 6.0 has been tested and tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers. ICSFS is a global software and services provider of a universal modular, core banking systems, whose success can be attributed to its turnkey offerings; ICS BANKS, which serves and supports customers across the globe. ICSFS provides fully integrated banking and financial applications and services on premises, or in the cloud. ICSFS is a Gold level ......read more

    Julphar Announces 2018 Preliminary Results

    Drop in revenue due to slowdown in certain markets Company putting strategy in place to help strengthen financial health February 16, 2019, Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) - Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has announced its preliminary 2018 results. The company reported non-audited 2018 net sales of AED 863 million and a net loss of AED 153m. Consequently, the company’s management has focused on cost reductions and has taken several actions to strengthen the organization and maximize cash flows. Jerome Carle, General Manager of Julphar said, “We saw a decline in our revenue and profitability due to the headwinds in Saudi Arabia, but we continued to work hard on new products launches and building new alliances, which will have a positive impact on our long-term ......read more

    The French Tech takes centre stage at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) in Barcelona (Spain)

    The MWC is a key event for global mobile, services and content that brought together over 2400 exhibitors and 107 000 visitors from 208 countries in 2018. United Arab Emirates: February 14th 2019- For the 13th consecutive year, from 25 to 28 February 2019, Business France, national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing a French Tech pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona with the support of Orange, BNP Paribas and Vivatech.  Over 100 innovative SMEs and start-ups will exhibit at the French Tech pavilion this year.  The French Tech pavilion will be one of the largest national pavilions at the show, with an exhibition space of 630 sq m spread over Hall 5 (5B41 / 5B61) & Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 / 8.1E49) “APP PLANET and  hosting companies belonging ......read more

    RAK Ceramics Announces FY 2018 Financial Results

    Board announces cash dividend payment of 15 fils per share and 5% bonus shares Total revenue was AED2.78 billion, -2.8% YoY, slightly decreasing due to a lower non-core revenue contribution Total gross profit margin reached an all-time high of 33.2%, an increase of +160bps YoY Reported net profit was AED225.1 million, -28.7% YoY, a decline due to an increase in energy costs and a decrease in a one-off extraordinary net gain Tableware revenue was AED264m, +11.0% YoY, supported by growth in US, European and Asian markets Announces plans for manufacturing expansion in Saudi Arabia Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 13 February 2019   Stable performance in line with expectations   RAK Ceramics PJSC (Ticker: RAKCEC: Abu Dhabi), one of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world, announced its ......read more

    Dubai Financial Services Authority hosts 10th Annual Audit Outreach for Registered Auditors

    Dubai, UAE; February 13, 2019: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) hosted today the tenth Annual Audit Outreach for registered auditors. The DFSA provided an overview of the Audit Monitoring Findings from 2018, and a range of updates that are intended to strengthen audit quality.    In his opening address, Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the DFSA, underlined the growth of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and expressed his satisfaction with the quality of audit results achieved by the registered auditors in 2018. “DFSA teams worked closely with registered auditors in the DIFC to help reduce any audit deficiencies.  We have seen discrete instances where auditors have not exercised full professional skepticism in their work, but the overall results of Audit Monitoring Findings from 2018 ......read more

    RAKBANK proposes dividend for 2018

    February 12, 2019 - Dubai UAE RAKBANK proposes a dividend of 30% of the paid-up capital for the financial year ended 31 December 2018. The proposed dividend will be presented for approval by the shareholders in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 20 March 2019 at the Bank’s headquarters in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

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    WCU: Commodity markets roll over as macroeconomic concerns weigh

    February 10, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The US dollar, which has been strengthening every day since the dovish shift by the Federal Open Market Committee on January 30, only added to the market’s unease.  The index, which tracks a basket of 22 major commodities, was being dragged lower by continued losses in natural gas and renewed weakness in crude oil. Despite the deteriorating growth outlook, industrial metals managed to stay in the black with support being provided by the metals with a tight supply outlook, such as copper and nickel. Palladium, another metal with tight supply, maintained support despite some profit taking in gold, and not least, platinum. Following the post-FOMC rally to $1,326/oz gold traded lower in response to the stronger dollar before once again finding support amid lower stocks on concerns that the ......read more

    UPS Achieves EPS Target on Strong Revenue Yields

       4Q18 EPS of $0.52; Adjusted 4Q EPS up nearly 17% to $1.94   Pricing and Mix Strategies Lift 4Q Revenue Quality  U.S. Domestic Revenue up 6.3% on 4Q Yield Growth   International 4Q Achieves Record Profits; Margin Rises above 20%   Supply Chain & Freight Revenue Rises, driven by Forwarding and Logistics  2018 Full-year Cash from Operations was $12.7B  Free Cash Flow in 2018 topped $6B, Exceeding Expectations  2019 Total Adjusted Operating Profit Growth* in the Low-teens with all Segments up Double-digits  Announces Full-Year 2019 Adjusted EPS Guidance* Range of $7.45 to $7.75   February 10, 2019 United Arab Emirates:  UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced fourth-quarter 2018 earnings highlighted by high-quality revenue initiatives that ......read more

    German State Ministry of Economic Affairs Commends UAE's Digital Transformation on Visit to SAP MENA in Dubai

    Technology Adoption Supports Germany-UAE Bilateral Trade Topping €15.4 billion Majid Al Futtaim Retail Wins Global SAP Award for Carrefour’s E-Commerce Innovations SAP’s Cloud Data Center and Expo 2020 Dubai Partnership Fuel Digital Transformation DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 10 February 2019 —   The State Secretary of Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Katrin Schütz, has commended the UAE’s leading role in digital transformation and innovation on a visit to German-headquartered global technology company SAP’s Middle East and North Africa headquarters in Dubai.   One of more than 900 Germany-headquartered companies in the UAE, SAP supports bilateral trade between the two countries reaching €15.4 billion, according to the German ......read more

    Dubai Investments acquires stake in Globalpharma for 100% ownership

    Dubai, February 7, 2019: Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the diversified leading company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, today announced the acquisition of an additional 66% stake in Globalpharma. Following the acquisition, made through Dubai Investments Industries, the pharmaceuticals company will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments. In 2014, Dubai Investments divested a 66% stake and had continued to hold a minority 34% equity in the subsidiary.    Khalid Bin Kalban, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Investments PJSC, said: “Our original investment in Globalpharma was well timed and good for the growth of the healthcare sector in the UAE and region. We see the strategic benefit for making this acquisition. It forms part of the Dubai Investments growth strategy, and underscores our ......read more

    Central Bank of Iraq signs investor partnership agreement with Dubai Quality Group (DQG)

    Dubai, 05th February 2019, UAE; Central Bank of Iraq has signed an investor partnership agreement with Dubai Quality Group (DQG). This partnership aims at enabling the transfer and exchange of expert knowledge, experiences, best practices, ideas, and the expansion of optimal & productive cooperation, to activate fruitful cooperation between both parties to foster quality, business excellence, innovation, technology performance, and leadership in the Banking sector in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, by making the UAE the most innovative country in 2021. The agreement signing ceremony was during the annual general meeting of DQG attended by senior officials from both parties. The delegation from DQG was headed by Eng. Hassan ......read more

    Unexpected child reaction wins UAE-based family a dream trip worth AED20,000

    RSA announces winner of the Unluckiest Traveller most epic travel photo competition Dubai, UAE, 03 February 2019: Following the launch of the UAE’s Unluckiest Traveller, the search for the most epic travel photo fail is now over. RSA, leading provider of insurance services in the region, announces the winning entry which won its owner a dream trip valued at AED20,000 to redeem themselves. Launched in its second edition, the two-week long campaign called on UAE residents to send across their worst travel photos tagging the campaign’s official hashtag #RSATravelPhotoFails, giving people across the UAE the chance to submit their unluckiest travel photos to win a dream.  In just two weeks, the campaign received hundreds of entries from photos travelers who would normally be hidden away from social media. The entries ......read more

    Exceeders: Leading the World's First True Partner-to-Partner Ecosystem to Revolutionise IT Community Dynamics

    February 03, 2019 - Dubai, UAE   Ireland-based Exceeders, with strong on-ground operations in the Gulf, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Pakistan, is the first true partner-to-partner (P2P) ecosystem in the region, which has customised the ‘sharing economy’ business model of Uber and Airbnb to completely revolutionise the Information Technology (IT) services industry in the region.    Since 2018, the company has been working on the frontlines in the Gulf and Middle East markets, empowering multiple companies specialised in certain areas within the IT ecosystem to collaborate and leverage each other’s strengths, creating new significance and sustainable value for every partner in the platform to ensure a win-win scenario for them at all times.   Upon being part of the Exceeders family, ......read more

    Arab Bank Group reports net profits of $820 million for 2018

    45% cash dividends [Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 02, 2019] Arab Bank Group closed 2018 with solid results reporting net income after tax of $820.5 million as compared to $533 million in 2017 with net income before tax reaching $ 1.1 billion. The Group’s equity grew to reach $8.7 billion while the return on equity increased to reach 9.5%. In view of the solid results, the Board of Directors has recommended to the shareholders the distribution of 45% cash dividends for the financial year 2018. The Group’s net operating income grew by 8% driven by growth in net interest and commission income. Credit facilities increased by 3% to reach 25.8 billon while customer deposits increased to reach $34.3 billion. Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors stated that the strong performance of Arab Bank Group ......read more

    That sinking feeling

    By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank 02 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE The global credit impulse is falling again, mainly in developed-market economies and due largely to the normalisation of monetary policy. The message from the slower credit impulse is that growth and domestic demand are headed for a slowdown, unless the world’s largest economies launch a massive coordinated intervention in 2019. “Bearish signs for the US economy are accumulating and will eventually push the Federal Reserve to pause monetary policy for at least Q1 2019 and even longer” “China is the main positive contributor to global credit impulse” “Close to zero without China” Global credit impulse — the second derivative of global credit growth and a major driver of economic activity ......read more

    Tabreed's 2018 Full Year Net Profit Increases 7% During its 20th Year of Operation

    Board of Directors recommends increasing dividend by 19% to 9.5 fils per share   31 January, 2019 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading UAE-based regional cooling provider today released its audited financial results for 2018. Tabreed reported a 7% increase in net profit to AED 427.6 million for the full year by adding 39,061 RT of new connections resulting in the delivery of over 1.1 million refrigeration tons (RTs) of cooling capacity. Based on such results, Tabreed’s Board of Directors recommended a cash dividend for 2018 of 9.5 fils per share, up from 8 fils per share paid in 2018.   Tabreed announced a number of significant achievements during 2018, in addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary. During the year, Tabreed acquired 50% of ......read more

    12 winners of the 5th Annual RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards revealed

    Ras Al Khaimah, 30 January 2019:   Twelve outstanding free zone and non-free zone businesses have been named as the winners of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) Business Excellence Awards 2018. In collaboration with RAK Department of Economic Development (RAK DED), RAKEZ has given away a total of AED 200,000 worth of cash prizes to the winners during the awarding ceremony held at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island.   On its fifth year, RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards saw a remarkable 95% increase in submissions, from over 360 entries in 2017 to more than 700 in 2018. The award winners and runners-up were selected through a systematic evaluation process by an independent judging committee from the International Performance Excellence (IPE).   “Since its launch in 2014, a total of 44 companies ......read more

    A statement launching “Aber” project, the common digital currency between Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE)

    Abu Dhabi – 29th January 2019:   The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the United Arab Emirates Central Bank (UAECB) clarified in a joint statement that one of the objectives of launching the common digital currency project " Aber" is for use in financial settlements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies. This is in the framework of "Proof-of- concept", which can be summed up in closely understanding and studying the dimensions of modern technologies and their feasibility through practical application and the determination of their impact on the improvement and the reduction of remittances costs and the assessment of technical risks and how to deal with them. This is in addition to the qualification of cadres that will deal with ......read more

    CBUAE to Showcase Career Opportunities at Tawdheef 2019

    CBUAE highlights ‘Future Leaders Programme’    Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2019:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) will be showcasing the exciting range of career opportunities it has available at one of the UAE’s leading career fairs, Tawdheef, on the 28th – 30th January 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. CBUAE has an ambitious program designed to attract and retain top Emirati talent which has allowed the organisation to grow its Emiratisation rate by an incredible four percent in the last 12 months alone.    Over the past four decades, CBUAE has created a unique culture with a multinational team that spans diverse backgrounds and experiences. During the career fair, candidates will have the opportunity to meet some of CBUAE’s talented and passionate ......read more

    The Higher Sharia Authority at the Central Bank held its first meeting of the year 2019

    Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2019:  The Higher Sharia Authority (HSA) for financial and banking activities in the UAE held its first meeting for the year 2019 on 13-14 January 2019. The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Haddad, the Chairman of the HSA, and attended by Their Eminences the members of the HSA:  Sheikh Prof. Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi,  Sheikh Esam Muhamad Ishaq, Sheikh Dr. Aznan Hasan, and Sheikh Dr. Osaid Muhammad Adeeb Al Kailani. His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Abdul-Aziz Al-Haddad started the meeting by highlighting the achievements of the HSA in 2018 particularly the adoption of the Sharia standards of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the adoption of best practices in the Islamic Sharia governance for Islamic ......read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bank Al Bilad invests in leaders through Ashridge flagship program

    July 18, 2018:   More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st Century Leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast moving Saudi banking sector. With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not ......read more

    Dubai FDI's ‘Aftercare' program for investors to bolster FDI reinvestments

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    CNN Exclusive: Finnish President Niinistö analyses the Helsinki Summit

     “I do not believe that Russia is going to attack Finland or the Baltic countries”   Dubai, UAE, July 17, 2018:  As part of CNN’s coverage of the Helsinki Summit between Presidents Trump and Putin, Christiane Amanpour sat down with the host Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to discuss what had been achieved.   Key Quotes:   On what he feels President Putin achieved from the Summit: “I think for him it was important for him to be in equal foot with the American President… he left also with a kind of burden. Those ......read more

    Ajman Media City Free Zone , the brand new investment hub of UAE, announces a strong portfolio of cost effective business services

    Customer friendly and  cost effective package to set up a new business in the free zone  An easy and convenient process to own a business in the United Arab Emirates World class infrastructure hub focuses on SME and entreprenuers  Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Ajman Media City Free Zone, a world class free zone hub for the creative, media and entertainment industry  announces a range of customer friendly cost effective packages for the potential business owners.   H E Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Media City Free Zone ......read more

    ICAEW: GCC businesses must comply with GDPR or risk hefty fines

    Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Many businesses in the GCC still do not comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and must act immediately or risk falling behind and potentially facing fines of 20 million euros or four percent of global annual turnover, according to ICAEW. The global accountancy and finance body has put together a GDPR checklist to facilitate compliance. GDPR is a complex process that requires all large and small businesses, in all regions and in all industries, to strengthen protection of personal data of all EU citizens. If an organization ......read more

    Turkish Airlines continues its growth trend without slowing down

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

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

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

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    Inaugural class of 50 distinguished Qimam Fellows graduates in Riyadh

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    MEFMA records key milestones in efforts to boost sector's growth during H1 2018

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    Khalifa Fund and startAD invite Emirati entrepreneurs to apply for Ibtikari

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    DED Ajman's business confidence index score reaches 116 points during Q1 2018

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

    Expected further growth with the implementation of reduced tourist and municipal fees this month Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 2, 2018: The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi increased by 4.9% during the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.  According to statistics from the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments offering 31,236 rooms across the emirate welcomed 2,073,586 guests during January to May.. Occupancy rate has averaged 75% during the same period (January to ......read more

    Buy to live or Buy to let?

    Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  As you grow in life, you write a list of accomplishments for yourself, of which the one that probably tops the list for many is – buying a house!    As you dive into this decision, you may consider whether you want to buy to live or buy to let?   Do you want a home or do you want to buy a property, not to live in immediately, but as an investment? Would you rather swap your monthly rent to pay towards a mortgage or would you rather rent out for potential additional revenue? Here are a few tips that will help you decide whether ......read more

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

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

    Al Ansari Exchange named “UAE Superbrand” for the 13th year in a row

    UAE, 29 June 2018 -  Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, have won the ‘UAE Superbrands’ award for the 13th consecutive year. The award is granted by the UAE Superbrands Council, the internationally-acclaimed independent authority for branding excellence. Ali Al Najjar, Assistant General Manager and Head of Operations Department at Al Ansari Exchange received the award at the Superbrands awarding ceremony held recently at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City in Dubai. Commenting on the award, Ali Al Najjar said: ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:   The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 5th meeting for 2018 at 10:00am on Sunday, 24th June 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Younis Haji Al Khoori, Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer, Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:  Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director of Al Maya Group and Regional Director of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council(ESC)for the Middle East says: The week-long visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, to India indicates growing strength and depth of bilateral relations between the UAE and India. Both the countries already enjoy a very close historical bond and continue to share mutually beneficial strategic partnerships in various fields. This visit will build on the ......read more

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

    Prevailing economic optimism across ME to boost business spending and investment levels  Top 2018 business goal is meeting customers’ evolving needs with focus on new product development and mobile technology  More freelancers, part-time workers and temps to join Middle East’s growing workforce  Region’s finance executives most likely to increase spend on mobile technology Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018:  Middle East finance executives report great confidence in economic growth prospects for the year ahead, finds the 2018 Global Business & ......read more

    DIB Champions Customer Happiness With 9th Double Your Salary Draw

    UAE, Dubai, June 24, 2018:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the UAE’s largest Islamic Bank, has announced the ninth winner of its “Double Your Salary” monthly campaign, held at DIB’s City Center Sharjah branch, officiated by a representative of Sharjah Economic Development Department “SEDD”.  DIB launched its “Double Your Salary” promotion in September 2017. The monthly draw selects a new customer that has moved their payroll or salary account to the bank, and doubles their salary for that month. 10 runners-up are also selected and each ......read more

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

    NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and UN Women sign MoU in New York Dubai, UAE, June 25, 2018:  UN Women and the UAE-based non-profit NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New York recently, to consolidate their efforts in implementing the UN Women Flagship Programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the region, with support from UN Women headquarters. To be implemented in a period of three years, the programme will target approximately 25,000 women, ......read more

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

    24 June 2018, Dubai –   Guinness World Records™, the global authority on record-breaking, is proud to announce the launch of its dedicated Arabic platform that is especially designed to interact with and serve audiences across the Middle East. The website - www.guinnessworldrecords.ae - will serve as an ideal platform for consumers in the region to learn more about Guinness World Records and provide them with a comprehensive and smooth understanding of the criteria and process to attempt a record.  Furthermore, the newly launched website will also encourage ......read more

    Khalifa Fund signs MoU with Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets to support local entrepreneurs

    Abu Dhabi, June 23, 2018: Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets LLC as part of its efforts to fuel an entrepreneurial culture of UAE and support Khalifa Fund members. The agreement aims to establish joint collaboration to create an appropriate business environment for the supply of fresh food, grocery, light household, textile and electronic products to all hypermarket stores under the Carrefour and Carrefour Market brands. The Khalifa Fund aims to provide the best facilities for local enterprises ......read more

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

    Dubai, June 23, 2018:   Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has announced that its joint venture Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in new solar technologies, has received strong response for its sustainable, energy-efficient coloured solar panel technology at Intersolar Europe exhibition, the leading solar exhibition in the world. Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments’ joint venture with SwissINSO Holding Inc., which offers the world’s-first KromatixTM coloured solar panels technology, ......read more

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

    Group invests more than AED 5 million in the expansion of Sleep Fine mattresses’ product line Dubai, UAE, June 23, 2018:  In light of the growing volume of exports to the MENA region, Salim & Sons Group has announced expansion plans by capitalizing on the emerging presence of business opportunities. The Group, which unifies and streamlines the operations of its various divisions, ensures an enhanced product and customer experience with a focus on innovation. Under the Group’s umbrella are the ‘Three Stars Foam Factory,’ ‘Sleep Fine,’ ......read more

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

    Strategic alliance combines next generation network packet broker capabilities with sophisticated threat management to bring greater protection and resilience to customer security infrastructures   Dubai, U.A.E. – June 23, 2018:   Gigamon, Inc. (“Gigamon”) the company leading the convergence of network and security operations to help organizations improve their security stance, and FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the intelligence-led security company, today announced a global strategic partnership to improve threat defenses across their ......read more

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

    Five ready-made portfolios to invest simply with ZAP funds Each fund created with 6,000 to 20,000 underlying holdings One-stop access to the world’s equity and bond markets Full range of sectors including technology, media and energy Low-cost, easy to maintain, scalable solution that is rebalanced regularly Dubai, UAE, June 21, 2018:  Zurich International Life Ltd. (Zurich) is today launching Zurich Allocated Passive (ZAP) funds, a new investment solution which provides customers with five ready-made portfolios that make investing simple.   Some investors ......read more

    SBWC Visits Italy to Analyse Advantageous Trading Opportunities

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

    Why The Global Sukuk Market Is Stalling In 2018

    Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2018:  The global sukuk market experienced a significant slow down in issuance in the first half of 2018, as we predicted in January. Total sukuk issuance dropped by 15.3% compared with the same period last year, reaching $44.2 billion compared with $52.2 billion first half of 2017. This drop was even more pronounced for foreign currency sukuk issuance a t45%. We believe thatt his is due to the absence of major issuances from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries seen in 2017. In the second half of 2018, we expect sukuk issuance volumes will continue to be ......read more

    CBUAE Announces New Caps on Banking Fees for Customers

    Abu Dhabi – 19 June 2018:   UAE Central Bank (CBUAE) announces that it has published an Amendment to ‘Annexure 2’ of the Regulations Regarding Bank Loans & Services Offered to Individual Customers (2011). This Amendment sets out the new maximum limits or ‘fee caps’ for fees or commissions charged on retail customer service. The fee caps apply to banking consumer related charges for example, home loans and late fees for credit cards.   This Amendment comes as CBUAE is undertaking more active supervision of the banking sector with the ......read more

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

    DIB’s new website focused around the theme “tech that helps” Customer First concept core to the enriched user experience Dubai UAE, 18 June, 2018:   Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has launched a new and completely revamped website (www.dib.ae), which offers a vastly enriched and superior experience to its fast growing customer base. The redesigned website will allow users to easily access information relating to DIB’s products and services, while enjoying a new, modern and simplified layout complemented by ......read more

    Dubai FDI organises economic mission to Australia to boost trade ties

    Dubai, 17 June 2018​: Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of the Dubai Economy, is organising one of the largest economic delegations from Dubai in recent years for an official economic mission to Australia as part of its continuing efforts to strengthen existing economic cooperation and attract investments into the emirate. The mission, which will take place from June 25 to 29, 2018, will be represented by senior officials and executives from Dubai Exports, the export promotions agency of Dubai Economy, Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC), Dubai Science Park, Dubai Silicon ......read more

    CBUAE will raise interest rates by 25 basis points

    Dubai, UAE, June 14, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) announced that, effective Thursday, 14 June 2018, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today. The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points to 2.25%. Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues ......read more

    Crowe Horwath announces global rebrand to “Crowe” Sometimes a smart decision is a simple one.

    Crowe Horwath, the eighth largest global accounting network, has announced that the network and its member firms have rebranded to “Crowe”.    Dubai, UAE, June 11, 2018:  The rebrand has seen over 220 member firms globally adopt the name, Crowe, reflecting the increasingly integrated and seamless nature of the network as well as its shared values and core purpose.     The move has assisted in promoting the network’s shared knowledge and global resources in response to changing client needs, driven by digitalization and the borderless world ......read more

    Central Bank of the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11, 2018:  Central Bank of the UAE announced that it has decided to downgrade the license of the following exchange houses to deal in sale and purchase of foreign currencies and travelers cheques only:  1.    Taher Exchange Est. 2.    Al Hadha Exchange LLC 3.    Al Hemriya Exchange Company LPC 4.    Dubai Express Exchange 5.    Sanaa Exchange 6.    Cosmos Exchange 7.    Bin Bakheet Exchange Est. As the above exchange houses violated ......read more

    Shurooq of Sharjah – Nine Years of Driving a Diversified Economy

    Shurooq projects worth AED over 7.6 billion covering 11.7 million sqm Sharjah, 09 June 2018:  Over the past nine years, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has accrued a portfolio of completed and ongoing projects worth AED 7.6 billion extending across a total area of 11.74 million square metres. Following the Emiri decree No.2 to establish Shurooq, issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member Ruler of Sharjah, the authority has not only confirmed its pivotal role in driving the emirate’s prospects, it has ......read more

    Global payment solutions leader EastNets partners with Kuwait's Boubyan bank to launch SWIFT gpi for faster cross-border payments

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2018:  Leading provider of compliance, payment and cloud solutions, EastNets has announced its partnership with Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank to roll out SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service for its customers across the country. With the introduction of SWIFT gpi, Boubyan Bank will offer its customers high-speed cross-border payments with end to end tracking, transparency on bank fees and FX rates (Foreign Exchange), ultimately allowing the bank to credit payments to end beneficiaries within minutes, even seconds.  EastNets will assist ......read more

    Win $100,000 with UAE Exchange

    UAE Exchange Summer Promotion ‘Win Big. Win More’ offers $100,000 grand prize to one winner 6 winners to win $5,000 and 45 to walk away with $2,500 each Dubai, 05 June 2018:  This Ramadan, UAE Exchange, a leading money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand in the country, launched its summer promotion ‘Win Big. Win More’. During this promotion, UAE Exchange is giving out 52 lucky draw cash prizes with the grand prize of $100,000. Apart from the grand prize, 6 lucky customers will win $5,000 and 45 customers will win $2,500 ......read more

    Businesses Can Now Settle Their Vat Payments Through 150 UAE Exchange Outlets

    Dubai, 03 June 2018, United Arab Emirates:  UAE Exchange, the leading money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand in the country, announced that it has started accepting Value Added Tax (VAT) payments on behalf of the Federal Tax Authority (FTA).  All entities registered with the FTA who have a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN) and a GIBAN account number can now make their VAT payments in any of the 150 UAE Exchange branches spread across the seven emirates.  Abdel Kareem Alkayed, Country Head for UAE Exchange-UAE said: “We are pleased to partner ......read more

    New business licences in Ajman Free Zone increase 28% to 12,362 in Q1 2018

    Dubai, UAE, June 2, 2018:  The strategic and dynamic location of the Ajman Free Zone (AFZ) plays a significant role in driving the commercial and industrial sectors in the emirate in particular and in the UAE in general, with the AFZ management stepping up efforts to maintain its investment-conducive environment as a leading business hub in the region. The number of companies registered with AFZ until the end of Q1 2018 increased to 12,362, showing a significant growth of 28% over the corresponding period last year as the free zone is growingly becoming an essential hub for many ......read more

    UBS's Prices & Earnings report compares the cost of living in 77 cities worldwide

    finds Zurich is world's most expensive city, while salaries go furthest in Los Angeles Zurich retains its position as the most expensive city, followed by Geneva and Oslo. Los Angeles boasts the world’s best buying power for the average worker’s salary, with LA residents now able to afford almost a quarter more (23.9%) than New Yorkers. Now in its 17th edition, this year's report is presented in an interactive, digital format that allows users to compare cities and explore their development over time. Readers can explore city specific stories and dive into the ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange kicks off grand Summer Promotion 2018

    UAE, May 30, 2018 - Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, is rolling out the fifth edition of its much-awaited Al Ansari Exchange Rewards – Summer Promotion 2018 starting from June 1st to July 31st. Several major prizes - the biggest in the industry - are up for grabs this year, with a whopping AED 1 million in cash once again awaits one grand winner, in addition to the exquisite Mercedes Benz GLA-Class 2018 as this year’s second grand prize. Eight lucky customers will also have a chance to win AED 10,000 each during the ......read more

    Central Bank of the UAE Holds its 4th Board of Directors Meeting for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 30, 2018:  The Board of Directors of the Central Bank of the UAE held its 4th meeting for 2018 at 10:00am on Sunday, 27th May 2018, at the Central Bank Head Office – Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of H.E. Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Board. The meeting was attended by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Deputy Chairman, H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the Governor, and Board members; Their Excellencies Younis Haji Al Khoori, Khalid Mohammed  Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmad Al Tayer, Hamad Mubarak Buamim, as well as by Their Excellencies Mohamad Ali Bin ......read more

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