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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 only to address the specific challenges facing the Bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock the emerging opportunities in the future. Mr. Haitham Al-Medainy, General Manager of Bank Al Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly ......read more

Al Basel Group's new jewelry business in KSA to boost localization efforts

Opening of Albairaq for Diamonds and Jewelry in late 2018 to provide more than 50 per cent job opportunities to Saudi nationals Group eyes investments in KSA’s thriving education sector in line with Saudi Vision 2030  Saudi Arabia, July 12, 2018:  Al Basel Group, one of the leading groups of companies in the UAE that offers a range of specialized services for high-profile clients, announced its plans to launch a new jewelry business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in line with its expansion plans in the region. Albairaq for Diamonds and Jewelry will form part of the growing Al Basel Group led by the founder and CEO Basel Al Kasem, with his younger brother Omar Al Kasem at the helm of operations.  The company is set to be operational by the end of 2018, giving rise to a range of job opportunities for ......read more

Inaugural class of 50 distinguished Qimam Fellows graduates in Riyadh

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

ITFC Provides the First Islamic Trade Finance Transaction in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Saudia Arabia, June 12, 2018:  The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, and Asia Alliance Bank, a Joint-Stock Commercial Bank in the Republic of Uzbekistan signed today a line of Murabaha Trade Financing Agreement. This is the first operation of ITFC in the Republic of Uzbekistan, and it marks the start of the implementation of the US$ 100 million Framework Agreement, signed between the Republic of Uzbekistan and ITFC on the 6th March 2018. “The purpose of the Framework Agreement is to find ways and means to ensure close cooperation and coordination of efforts between ITFC and the Government of Uzbekistan, and to pave the way for a strategic partnership between the Parties” commented Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO ITFC. The main area of cooperation ......read more

First Ever “Islamic Trade Finance Workshop” Held in Uzbekistan

Organized by ITFC & UNDP - Uzbekistan Saudi Arabia, May 22, 2018:   The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Uzbekistan have collaborated together to hold the first Trade Finance workshop titled “Trade Finance as a Key Factor in Trade Promotion” .  “ITFC is aspiring to play a pivotal role in the development of Islamic Trade Finance in Uzbekistan. ITFC and the Government of Uzbekistan signed USD 100mln Framework Agreement to finance pre-export and import activities in the country. ITFC is gearing itself to work with its partners –namely, UNDP and Turk Eximbank to promote Islamic Trade Finance among the Uzbek banks and ......read more

PIF Announces the Future Investment Initiative 2018

FII 2018 taking place from October 23rd to 25th 2018 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the 2018 program will continue to explore the trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the global investment landscape 2018 edition will build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, which brought together over 3,800 participants from more than 90 countries Riyadh, 8 May 2018:   Under the Patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and the leadership of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), PIF has announced the second Future Investment Initiative (FII), which will take place from ......read more

Al-Jazeera Paints Concludes A Program Under Its Sponsorship to Introduce Parents to Registration Mechanism in Noor System

May 07, 2018 : The General Directorate of Education in Asir Region concluded its program to introduce parents and educate them about the regulations for admission of new male and female students and the registration mechanism in "Noor" system for joining the first grade, which was organized by the Department of Testing and Acceptance of Asir Education for 6 days under the sponsorship of Al -Jazeera Paints in two famous commercial complexes in the region. The Assistant General Manager of Education for Educational Affairs Mr. Saad Al-GOOni has viewed the start of the program in the presence of Testing and Admission Manager Department, Mr. Issa Al-Hilali, while some of the citizens praised  the efforts of the team to provide services and help to end registering  their sons and daughters and overcoming technically ......read more

Trend Micro Highlights the Need to Bolster Digital Security with KSA's Smart City Transformation

Saudi Arabia’s ICT spend to reach US$ 40 billion this year Trend Micro participates in Smart Transformation Summit as strategic partner May 2, 2018 - Dubai, UAE   Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation continues to burgeon with reports showing that the Kingdom’s ICT spend grew 6 per cent in 2017 to over US$36 billion and is predicted to expand further this year to reach the value of US$ 40 billion.   With the pace of KSA’s digitization continuing in rapid acceleration, Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, emphasized the need for a modernized, integrated and secured system, noting the serious privacy and security challenges that come with a vast web of interconnected technologies.   Speaking at the Smart Transformation Summit in Riyadh, Dr. Moataz Bin ......read more

Corporate Finance Advisory Firm LUMINA Expands to Saudi Arabia

Move enables LUMINA to link the UK, UAE and KSA markets for capital flows and M&A deals Ex-PwC Corporate Finance head for Saudi Arabia, Andrew Nichol, joins the specialist corporate finance firm as Partner to lead KSA coverage Follows recent announcement of Ex-Emirates NBD CEO Rick Pudner as Executive Chairman to lead the firm’s expansion across the UK and Middle East Endorses the firm’s position as a premier M&A and Corporate Finance adviser for the mid-market  Dubai, United Arab Emirates/ Riyadh, KSA; 1 May 2018: Specialist corporate finance firm LUMINA expands into KSA, launching its third geographic presence since the start of 2018. Andrew Nichol’s appointment anchors its expansion strategy in KSA and enables LUMINA to link three major markets – KSA, UAE, and the UK – for ......read more

Knight Frank Saudi Arabia releases Saudi Arabia Real Estate Investment Trusts Q1 2018 Review.

Saudi Arabia, April 29, 2018:   The REIT market in Saudi Arabia continues to expand and now surpasses a market capitalisation of USD 2 billion. The number of listed REITs doubled in the last two quarters; with 12 REITs listed on the Tadawul at the end of Q1 2018. Raya Majdalani Knight Frank Saudi Arabian Research Manager, commented, “REITs initially traded at a significant premium to Net Asset Value (NAV). This was mainly attributable to large amounts of capital seeking exposure to these REITs compared to the size of the investable universe. Following initial buoyancy, most REITs have pared back early gains and are currently trading below listing price. As a result, price to NAV has dropped over the last two quarters, moving closer in line with more mature markets.”  To date the investment strategy for ......read more

Intersec Saudi Arabia 2018 Opens for Business Featuring 150 Exhibitors from 20 Countries

World’s leading security, fire protection, safety companies target Kingdom’s US$6.02 billion market  Dubai, UAE - April 24, 2018: Intersec Saudi Arabia 2018 opened today (24 April) in Jeddah, with 150 exhibitors from 20 countries looking to network and generate fresh business opportunities in the Kingdom’s US$6.02 billion security, safety and fire protection market.  The 2nd edition of the annual showcase runs until 26th April at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, with 500 brands enticing an expected turnout of 5,000-plus Saudi trade visitors across its three-day run.   The 69 percent international representation is underlined by the world’s top security companies on board in 2018, including the show’s official launch partners comprising Hikvision, Dahua Technologies, ......read more

Ashridge to help Saudi leaders explore and implement strategies for growth

KSA; 19 April 2018:   Ashridge Executive Education, with over 20 years of experience in training regional business leaders, is focusing on helping Saudi businesses to effectively execute their strategy for growth. As companies in Saudi Arabia face the challenges of digital disruption, a relatively young workforce, and changing customer demands, it is imperative to turn strategies into actions that will generate results.  To help senior managers formulate plans to effectively implement them, Ashridge is delivering a three-day executive program on Translating Strategy into Action for Saudi business leaders from 1st to 3rd May at the Hult campus in Dubai Internet City. Ashridge faculty can also conduct the programme at the premises of any company in Saudi.  Translating strategy into action requires managers to ......read more

Avaya Signs MoU with Jeddah's University of Business and Technology to Drive Education Initiatives

Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – February 21, 2018:   Avaya, a leading global business communications company, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jeddah’s University of Business and Technology (UBT) to explore education initiatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   The MoU was signed at the 7th Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition, taking place February 20-21 on the UBT campus in Jeddah, by Fadi Hani, Vice President, Avaya, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, and H.E. Professor Osama A. Jannadi, Rector of UBT. Avaya and UBT will share knowledge and expertise to form cooperation in the fields of higher education, corporate education and community service. The MoU covers internship and co-operative education programs, and events, seminars and workshops, as well ......read more

Over 5000 Professionals Attend Co-Located Saudi Expos

Event organisers announce 5000+ visitors attended HVACR Expo Saudi, and co-located FM EXPO Saudi & Saudi Clean Expo last week in Jeddah.  For the first time, the 2019 co-located events will take place in the Saudi capital at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14-16 January. Saudi, January 24, 2018:  More than 5000 visitors who attended last week’s HVACR Expo Saudi and co-located FM EXPO Saudi & Saudi Clean Expo marked an 18% increase in attendance when compared to the previous year’s edition, announce event organisers dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa. “A spike in the turnout of visitors to this year’s expos are a clear indicator that growing HVAC-R and Facilities Management sectors in Saudi demand a dedicated platform where industry ......read more

MEPCO and WASCO Attend 15th International Saudi PPPP 2018 Exhibition in Riyadh

MEPCO showcases its latest product innovations to regional and international audiences at Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial gathering Wholly-owned subsidiary WASCO exhibits its core operations alongside MEPCO   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 24 January 2018:  The Middle East and Africa’s leading vertically-integrated paper manufacturer, the Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO), showcases its latest product innovations serving the packaging industries at the 15th edition of the Saudi Print, Pack, Plastics, and Petrochem Exhibition. MEPCO participate alongside its wholly-owned waste management arm, WASCO, which is responsible for supplying MEPCO roughly 90% of its raw material.  Commenting on MEPCO’s participation at the exhibition, Eng. Sami Safran CEO of MEPCO said: “MEPCO is a KSA-based entity with ......read more

CBRE Group, Inc. Named a World's Most Admired Company by Fortune Magazine for Sixth Consecutive Year

Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2018:  CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that Fortune magazine has named the company a World’s Most Admired Company in the real estate industry for the sixth consecutive year.  Fortune rates companies on nine attributes related to corporate performance. In 2018, CBRE was ranked second overall in the real estate sector (behind only Host Hotels & Resorts) and was among the top three companies on all nine attributes, including global competitiveness, people management, financial strength and long-term investment.  “Our continued recognition as a Fortune Most Admired Company reflects our people’s deep commitment to excellence and producing great outcomes for our clients every day.  We are very proud of their accomplishments,” said Bob Sulentic, president ......read more

Ratings On Saudi Arabia Affirmed At 'A-/A-2'; Outlook Stable

Overview In our view, recent shifts in Saudi Arabia's political power • structures and societal norms, alongside various regional stresses, could increase the risk of policy mistakes that could result in increased domestic and geopolitical tensions. However, we also consider that these structural reforms could empower Saudi citizens and make Saudi Arabia more attractive to investors over the medium term, as the authorities intend. We are therefore affirming our 'A-/A-2' foreign and local currency sovereign ratings on Saudi Arabia. The stable outlook is based on our expectation that the Saudi authorities will take steps to consolidate public finances and maintain government liquid assets close to 100% of GDP over the next two years. Rating Action On Nov. 19, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ......read more

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

DUBAI November 09, 2017:   EFS Facilities Services, a regional leader in facilities management services across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Turkey, has been awarded a contract to launch an integrated facility management venture at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Under the terms of the agreement, EFS will provide integrated facilities management services across the city, including catering, transportation and value-added services such as the integration of smart technology and Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM). The contract will run over an initial period of three years. “King Abdullah Economic City is a major social and economic growth driver for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As the city grows in complexity so too does its need for state-of-the-art integrated facilities management,” said ......read more

Riyad Bank participate as Platinum sponsor of Saudi Trade Finance Summit

Two-day summit to cover financial regulation and strategy as Kingdom invests for a future without oil Al Khobar, 7th November 2017:   Riyad Bank will, once again this year, be one of the Platinum Sponsors of the 5th Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit, taking place 14th to 15th November at the Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. This exclusive Trade Finance event in Saudi Arabia is organized by Dubai based QnA International.  The Summit will focus on the advancement of systems facilitating the Kingdom’s strong legacy of trade, by bridging the gap between CFOs and financial institutions. Now in its fifth year, the Summit enjoys a reputation for being the most influential trade finance event in the Kingdom.  Discussion over the two days will focus on the financial regulations, strategies and ......read more

Ashridge offers coaching for Saudi HR leaders to become strategic partners in organizations

KSA; 17 October 2017:  Today’s organizations are awash in a sea of continuous change and new skills are needed for business leaders to succeed; and this applies to HR leaders too. Based on their experience of working with HR leaders in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, Ashridge Executive Education has customized its five days programme on ‘Advanced HR Strategy and Impact’, to help regional HR practitioners to lead their organization through change, develop their coaching skills, add greater value as consultants and formulate a winning HR strategy for their companies.  According to Rory Hendrikz, Managing Director of Ashridge Middle East, “In Saudi Arabia there is now a greater awareness of the comprehensive role that HR leaders play in development of leadership skills. With the emergence of ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to transform businesses with tech investments worth SAR8.3 billion

Business leaders highlight key opportunities posed by government investments to advance the adoption of HR technology systems, ahead of the HR Tech Saudi Summit  Dubai, October 11,  2017:  Delegates at the HR Tech Saudi Summit taking place on November 20 – 21, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will enjoy a unique opportunity to discuss how government investments worth SAR 8.3 billion will pose new opportunities for businesses to transform HR practices.  The government of Saudi Arabia pledged the multi-billion Riyal investment under Saudi Vision 2030, supporting a number of advancements in people and workplace development across key growth sectors. Addressing how these developments will transform business, the HR Tech Saudi Summit will include discussion on such pertinent topics as implementing Performance ......read more

ITFC Supports Investment in the Agriculture Sector in Kazakhstan

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) participates in the “Agroinvest” Forum Astana 2017 in Kazakhstan Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2017:  The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group participated in “Agroinvest” Forum Astana 2017 organized by “KazAgro”, the National Management Holding with the official support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Forum provided a platform to discuss the development of agro-industrial complex of Kazakhstan, and projects in the sphere of agriculture and investment. The Forum took place in the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Astana on August 25, 2017.  Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO ITFC reemphasized IsDB Group and ITFC’s role in supporting ......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 UAE facility, will manufacture a comprehensive range of orthopaedic mattresses. The facility will begin production with a daily capacity of 500 mattresses with plans to gradually double mattress capacity over the next three years. ......read more

Credit FAQ Discusses Potential Implications Of Qatar Boycott For Gulf Cooperation Council Sovereigns

LONDON (S&P Global Ratings) Aug. 9, 2017:  In a Credit FAQ titled "Potential Implications Of Qatar Boycott For Gulf Cooperation Council Sovereigns," published today, S&P Global Ratings responds to questions that have surfaced in recent discussions with issuers and investors about the implications of the Qatar boycott by a group of states for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sovereigns. S&P Global Ratings believes that the impact of a group of states cutting diplomatic ties, as well as trade and transport links, with Qatar on June 5, 2017, may not be confined to within Qatar's borders. We expect that political tensions within the GCC will persist over the next few years, and believe that the boycott of Qatar has illustrated deeper fissures within the group than were previously evident. For the most ......read more

MoU between the Islamic Development Bank Group and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Medina to Support the Dates Sector

Under the patronage of the Deputy Governor of Medina Region Medina, KSA – June 14, 2017:  Under the Patronage of H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of Medina Region, the Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, H.E Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hamza Hajjar and the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madinah H.E Mr. Munir Mohammed Nasser bin Saad signed a MoU for mutual cooperation and support the Chamber’s role in promoting the commercial and economic environment in the Medina region, and activating its participation in achieving the goals of the National Transition Program 2020 and the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030. The signing ceremony took place in the Office of H.R.H the Prince and was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of the International Islamic Trade Finance ......read more

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Deloitte: Private sector investments in Saudi Arabia education sector in the spotlight…

KSA, 18 January, 2017:  Greater private sector engagement in education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected in coming years as the country proceeds with its Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program (NTP), which set out ambitious targets for economic development and greater fiscal balance. Reform of the education sector is integral to Vision 2030 as a means to improve ......read more

Software AG ends ‘Digital Business Day' in Riyadh on a high note…

January 17, 2017: As part of its ‘Digital Future Tour’, Software AG recently  held its marquee event, the ‘Digital Business Day,’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in association with the Kingdom’s National Information Center (NIC). Executives from leading Saudi organizations gathered for the one-day event to learn how to effectively harness the power of cutting-edge ......read more

More than 100 delegates gather in Jeddah for Deutsche Bank's Global and Regional Investment ...…

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2016:  Deutsche Bank’s 2017 Market Outlook conference, titled “Global and Regional Investment Perspectives 2017”, the third event of its kind for Deutsche Bank in Saudi Arabia, opened yesterday at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah-Marina. The single day (December 13) conference explored pressing macro issues affecting economies, capital markets, ......read more

Al Habtoor Opens Riyadh's Biggest Truck Service Facility…

KSA, December 12, 2016:  Al Habtoor continued its KSA expansion plan with the opening of Riyadh’s biggest truck servicing operation, by inviting 200 of KSA’s largest Truck Operators to view the world class facility and meet the AL Habtoor Saudi Arabia management team. The open event was held on Wednesday, 22nd Safar 1438 AH, corresponding 23rd November, 2016.   The ......read more

Cognizant Expands its Footprint in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

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Saudi Trade Finance Summit Opens in Jeddah Today…

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The UAE and KSA insurance sectors remain resilient despite economic headwinds…

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Azadea Group wins big at the 2016 Middle East Retail Forum…

Zara, Virgin, Eataly and PAUL dominated the 6th edition of the of the renowned RetailME Awards in Dubai      Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2016:   Azadea Group, the premier lifestyle retail company that owns and operates more than 50 leading international franchise concepts across the Middle East and Africa, has announced winning 6 awards through its prominent brands at the ......read more

SOUQ.com hosts ‘SOUQ Engage 2016' to empower Sellers and SMEs to Grow Business Opportunities in MENA…

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Dhofar Global enters into partnership agreement with ffuussTM…

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Middle East Council of Shopping Centres hosts “Next GEN Networking Reception” in Jeddah…

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Global leaders converge in Dubai next week for African investment conference…

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The 7th Arabia CSR Forum ropes in leading names in sustainability…

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Bentley and Shell Announce Global Framework Agreement…

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UAE and Saudi pharmaceutical product importers hold fruitful discussions with Brazilian ...…

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UAE named top 10 global retail market by A.T. Kearney…

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Saudi Arabian investment reform as part of Vision 2030 could enable sustainable development…

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Unilever KSA Announces Winners of Nationwide Environmental Research Award…

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Thomson Reuters Holds 8th Compliance & Anti Money Laundering Seminar in Saudi Arabia…

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Economic Sustainability Focus for Riyadh Edition of S&P Global's Financial Leaders Forum…

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Jeddah, November 1, 2015: Retail industry leaders across the Arab world came together recently for NEXTGEN 2015, an event aimed at supporting the further development of the SAR 270 billion GCC retail industry. The event, which was held at the Elaf Hotel in Jeddah, was organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers (MECSC), a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the ......read more

Dubai Design and Fashion Council announces the findings of the MENA Design Outlook study…

• The market value of the MENA design industry surpassed USD 100bn in 2014 • UAE and Saudi Arabia are by far the largest overall design markets in the region, respectively totaling USD 27.6bn and USD 21.9bn in design revenues in 2014 Dubai, October 27, 2015: Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) revealed the results of the MENA Design Outlook, a ground-breaking study ......read more

BMJ to support KSA's medical researchers in developing research skills…

October 11, 2015: BMJ, one of the world’s leading healthcare knowledge providers, will visit doctors, students and researchers across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) from October 12 to 17, 2015 to help them develop their research skills and learn how to write papers that can get published in top journals. Dr. Trish Groves, Deputy Editor and Head of Research at The BMJ and Editor-in-Chief ......read more

The NFC leader FAMOCO wants to expand its business in the Middle East and will exhibit at the GITEX ...…

- From October 18th to 22nd United Arab Emirates; September 22, 2015 – FAMOCO the French specialist of Android NFC readers just raised $4,5 millions and now aims at conquering the Middle Eastern market. The GITEX show, the 3rd largest technology event on the planet, is an opportunity for FAMOCO to meet its clients and gain prominence in the Middle East. FAMOCO exhibits at this event ......read more

EQUITY speeds-up its international development by focusing on corporate governance In the Middle ...…

United Arab Emirates ; September 9, 2015 - EQUITY, leader of governance and legal management software solutions for major corporations, continues its development and announces the signing of significant new contracts in the Middle East. EQUITY, French governance and legal management solutions provider for large and medium corporations, announces the signing of contracts with new prestigious ......read more

Global Ethical Finance Forum all set as landmark platform to forge future of responsible ...…

Dr. Zeti Azi, Governor of Malaysia’s Central Bank, delivered the inaugural Keynote Address at historic forum in the UK Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 September 2015: Ethical finance leaders from Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa gathered today at a historic forum for the global responsible investments industry. The Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF), with the official ......read more

Gulf management need to take more risks and drive innovation – global survey…

PA Consulting Group study shows organisations in UAE, Saudi, Qatar must develop staff to think creatively to boost productivity Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 August 2015: Management in the Gulf need to take more risks and develop staff to think creatively, according to a new global innovation survey designed to help companies stop wasting their best ideas and flushing hundreds of billions of dollars down ......read more

Riyad Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi Hollandi Bank sign on as Platinum Sponsors of 3rd Annual ...…

The kingdom’s leading financial institutions have renewed their support for the annual summit. Riyadh, 27 August 2015: Riyad Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi Hollandi Bank, three of the Middle East’s leading banks, have been announced as Platinum Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit 2015 – the largest and most influential gathering of trade finance ......read more

HTC Announces Share Repurchase Program…

Buy-back of up to 50 million shares reflects confidence in business strategy and growth potential Taipei, Taiwan – August 24, 2015 – HTC Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program to restore investor confidence and increase shareholder value. The share repurchase program, which will run over the course of the next two ......read more

Deloitte: Middle East CFOs – Local concerns, global impact…

-Deloitte: Risk appetite in the Middle East curbed -Deloitte: Optimism in UAE drops to a net 46% from net 61% previously 24 August, 2015 – The continuation of low energy prices is impacting both optimism and risk appetite in the Middle East, according to Deloitte’s latest report “Global CFO Signals: CFO Sentiment Q2 2015 – Staying focused; remaining vigilant”. ......read more

QNCC excels as the venue of choice amongst clients for the first half of 2015 according to recent ...…

Global best practice standards, customer service delivery and expert event management ensure QNCC’s overwhelmingly positive customer satisfaction rating Doha, Qatar, 24 August 2015: Qatar National Convention Centre, the Middle East’s leading exhibition and convention centre, recently conducted a survey amongst its international and regional clients garnering feedback on its event ......read more

Egypt and Saudi Arabia continue strong IPO performance in H1 2015…

Egypt leads the region with five IPOs in H1, followed by Saudi Arabia with three IPOs IPO of Saudi Ground Services Company on the Saudi Stock Exchange was the largest IPO in H1 2015 Nine MENA IPOs in Q2 2015 raising over US$2.1b Dubai, 11 August 2015: H1 2015 saw 11 IPOs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, raising capital of over US$2.4b, according to EY’s ......read more

PAYFORT announces game-changing flexible payment options for UAE, Saudi and Egypt consumers…

PAYFORT installments simplifies paying by monthly installments for region’s online consumers, announces availability through leading banks in MENA region Dubai– 02 August 2015 - PAYFORT, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world, announced today the launch of its installments service in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, a new service that makes ......read more

Global leader joins Middle East Global Advisors to Build Intelligence Powerhouse for Islamic Markets…

The Islamic finance industry has reached almost $2 trillion in total assets at the end of 2014 Dr. Sayd Farook will bring international expertise and track record to leading Middle East knowledge platform 21 July 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Middle East Global Advisors has appointed Dr. Sayd Farook as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Dr. Sayd Farook joins ME Global ......read more

China First Aid Market Projected to be worth CAGR of 6.3% by 2020…

Future Market Insights (FMI), in its latest report titled, “China First Aid Market Assessment and Opportunity 2014 - 2020”, projects the China first aid market to exhibit a CAGR of 6.3% between 2015 and 2020. Adoption of aggressive promotional campaigns are key factors driving growth of the market. The report is focused on basic first aid products such as adhesive bandages, ......read more

Delegation from Saudi Food and Drug Authority visits Brazilian cattle plants…

UAE, July 20, 2015 -A delegation from the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) recently visited Brazil to observe local cattle and poultry farms and slaughter houses. Also in attendance were key members of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) such as Mr. Tamer Mansour, international relations manager, among others. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) reported that ......read more

Al Hilal Bank announces resignation of Group CEO…

UAE, July 15, 2015 - Al Hilal Bank, the progressive Abu Dhabi - headquartered Islamic Bank, has announced the resignation of Mr. Mohamed Jamil Berro as the CEO, a position he has held since the bank’s establishment in 2008. Mr. Berro explained that his resignation is due to personal reasons. The Board of Directors expressed their appreciation for Berro, commending his vital role in raising ......read more

Leo Burnett MENA Reaches its Best-Yet Tally in Cannes, Walks Away with Nine Lions Including Two ...…

Dubai, July 2015: Leading advertising agency Leo Burnett MENA collected an array of awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2015, the world's biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry. The agency scooped a total of nine Lions at the prestigious event – which takes place every June in Cannes, France – ......read more

GBPUSD suffers in the aftermath of Greek referendum…

Written by Jameel Ahmad, Chief Market Analyst at FXTM Global Markets: For the second successive week, global financial markets are commencing trading facing downside pressures with investors reacting unfavourably to the news that a “No” vote was declared victorious in the Greek referendum. While Tsipras is optimistic that the outcome of the referendum can be used as leverage for ......read more

A Greek Tragedy…

This is now officially a Greek tragedy  In many ways, it is relatively easy to understand why the result was a No from Greece. There is little to lose, as a Yes to more austerity hardly was a great choice for a society on the brink of a social break down. The vote clearly was not help by the fact that the actual vote: Yes or No was confusing. What did they actually say No to? This ......read more

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