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Bloomberg and Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) Unveil New Details of Partnership

Multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service renamed and headquartered in the U.A.E. Saudi Arabia, 17 September, 2018:  Following the announcement made last September by Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, and Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the Middle East's biggest publishing group to launch Bloomberg Al Arabiya, a new multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service, Bloomberg and SRMG today announced that the news service has been renamed to Bloomberg Asharq. Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., and Dr. Ghassan Alshibl, Chairman, SRMG, met yesterday in Dubai to officially announce Bloomberg Asharq. They also unveiled the platform’s logo, which incorporates Arabic characters with Bloomberg’s global brand ......read more

PIF Announces Fii 2018 Advisory Board

FII 2018 advisory board comprised of eleven global executives with diverse insights and expertise Advisory board provides strategic guidance on the development of FII as a platform to help shape the future of global investment   Riyadh, 29 August 2018:  The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has today announced the formation of an advisory board, comprised of eleven of the most influential global executives from technology, finance and business, that will support the ongoing development of the program for the 2018 Future Investment Initiative (FII).   The second  edition of FII is taking place in Riyadh from October 23rd-25th 2018 and will explore how investment can be used to drive growth opportunities, fuel innovation and shape future economies.    With a wealth of ......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 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

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Inbound deal value increases five-fold in Q1 2015: EY…

Q1 2015 MENA M&A deal value increases by 9% compared to Q1 2014 69% of MENA executives expect the deal market to remain stable in 2015 according to EY’s Capital Confidence Barometer Dubai, 05 May 2015: Announced deal value in MENA increased from US$8.2b in Q1 2014 to US$8.9b in Q1 2015, an increase of 9%, according to EY’s Q1 MENA M&A Update. In Q1 2015, 90 deals ......read more

Saudi Arabia “Prioritising Investment to Achieve Strategic Goals” …

Employment, Infrastructure, Education and Sustainable Growth are Top Priorities for Government – Minister of Finance  Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia : The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s new leadership is prioritising investment in order to achieve sustainable growth and deliver a number of key strategic goals, according to H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance, Kingdom ......read more

Brazilian exports to Arab countries touch USD 1 billion in March 2015…

UAE, May 5, 2015 - Revenues from Brazilian exports to Arab countries accelerated for the first time this year in March 2015, demonstrating thriving mutual trade relations. The latest statistics released by Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and compiled by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce show that Brazil exported USD 1.036 billion worth of products to the ......read more

Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference Starts on 5 May…

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance, to make opening address on Kingdom’s Reinvigorated Economic Strategy Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be the first in a series of distinguished speakers at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference this week, which takes place from 5-6 May at the Al Faisaliah ......read more

Kingdom's Business and Finance Leaders Support Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference…

Tenth Anniversary Conference Set to Be One of the Most Significant Financial Meetings Held in the Kingdom in 2015 Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Some of the Kingdom’s most important companies, along with the world’s leading financial institutions, are supporting the upcoming Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference, set to take place in Riyadh next week. The event, which is co-hosted ......read more

Bosch Home Appliances forays into Saudi Arabia…

German manufacturer forges alliance with local distributor Abdul Lateef Jameel Electronics & Air-conditioning Co Ltd to enhance regional footprint Dubai, UAE (27 April 2015) – Global home appliance manufacturer, Bosch Home Appliances, has announced its foray into the Saudi Arabian market through strategic alliance with one of the leading local distributors, Abdul Lateef Jameel ......read more

Greenstone Equity Partners and Charlemagne Capital join forces to attract investors for Magna MENA ...…

Jeddah, April 22, 2015: Greenstone Equity Partners, one of the largest independent fund placement firms in the Middle East, announced its collaboration with London-based Charlemagne Capital, a $2.2 billion Emerging Markets specialist group. Charlemagne is currently raising capital for the Magna MENA Fund, a sub-fund of Charlemagne Capital’s Magna Umbrella Fund Plc, which invests in a ......read more

Albilad Announces Results of 6th. Extraordinary General Assembly…

Dr. Al-Humaid: “SR 200 million profits for shareholders, a free share for each 4 shares and raising the bank capital to SR 5 billion” The goal of the capital increase is to enhance the Bank's financial solvency and retention of resources in operational activities. Riyadh, 15th of April 2015: Bank Albilad has announced the approved results of its 6th extraordinary general ......read more

Kingdom's Small and Medium Business Sector offers “Significant” Growth Potential…

Tenth Anniversary Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference Examines Opportunities Arising from Increased Government Focus on SME Sector Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia : Increased government focus on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in Saudi Arabia is likely to create significant opportunities for private capital, according to the organisers of the tenth Euromoney Saudi Arabia ......read more

Successful Presence for AlKhair Capital in the Stock and Financial Investment Exhibition in Jeddah.…

Successful Presence for AlKhair Capital in the Stock and Financial Investment Exhibition in Jeddah. The 3-day event included exhibitions, seminars and expert forums. AlKhair Capital, Saudi Arabia’s leading investments institution, participated in the Stock and Financial Investment Exhibition from April 5 – 7, 2015 at The Hilton, Jeddah. The Stock and Financial Investment ......read more

Decade of Change Transforms Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Economy …

Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference’s Tenth Anniversary Marks Period of Unprecedented Change in Kingdom Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia : Saudi Arabia has gone through a decade of momentous change, with the Kingdom’s entry into the World Trade Organisation in 2005 helping to kick-start a period of rapid economic growth. With a number of major initiatives set to take place in 2015 ......read more

Deloitte responds to increasing demand for forensic services in Saudi Arabia and the region…

9 April, 2015 – With Saudi Arabia increasingly becoming a power house economy in the Middle East region and a significant source of capital to support the strengthening of the global economy, the rapid development of international and domestic business and the regulatory requirements to support it have led to a growing need for a wide range of financial advisory services in the ......read more

Henley & Partners Forges Partnership with UNHCR to Support Global Refugee Cause…

Dubai, 06 April 2015 - Henley & Partners announces an innovative partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and donates more than USD 1 million to help the global refugee cause. Henley & Partners, the global leaders in residence and citizenship planning for wealthy individuals and families, has announced the creation of an innovative partnership with the ......read more

GCC banks continue double-digit growth momentum…

Positive market development is raising the levels for all A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group shows that Middle East banking revenues continued to grow and reach double-digit rates in 2014 with a 10 percent increase, while profits rose by 14.7 percent. Increases in operating costs exceeded revenue growth by 10.7 percent. At an aggregate level, provisions for bad loans decreased by ......read more

The UAE Islamic banking sector is en route to achieve US$263b by 2019…

Sharia-compliant assets in the UAE crossed the US$100b milestone for the first time UAE Islamic banking industry was estimated to be worth US$127b in 2014 DUBAI, 29 MARCH 2015: The UAE is en route to achieve US$263b of Sharia-compliant assets by 2019 according to EY’s World Islamic Banking Competitiveness (WIBC) report. The industry was estimated to be worth US$127b in 2014, thus ......read more

A cautious response to the Royal Bonus: Mercer survey in Saudi private sector…

Very few private sector firms in Saudi Arabia have plans to follow a recent Royal initiative and pay Saudi nationals a special bonus, a new Mercer survey has found. The Mercer survey of 69 organizations with operations and employees in Saudi Arabia found that around 20% were planning to pay their Saudi nationals a bonus similar to the one recently announced for all Saudi nationals in the KSA ......read more

Investors Primed for Opening of Saudi Stock Exchange to Foreign Investment…

Implications and Opportunities Set to Be Discussed at Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia The opening of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) to foreign investment could be one of the most important financial events of the year, according to experts preparing for the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference, taking place from 5-6 May 2015. A report by Jadwa Investment ......read more

GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI) Workshop held in Riyadh…

Foreign investment flows and shareholder confidence are directly linked to robust corporate governance, as revealed during the latest GCC Board Directors Institute (“BDI”) Workshop held in Riyadh this week. Dubai, 14th March 2015: BDI, the pre-eminent organization for boards and directors in the Gulf, delivered two workshops in partnership with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation ......read more

Digital migration to dominate discussions at 10th Retail Banking Expo & Forum…

Region’s leading annual industry conference adds new exhibition component to line-up as IT investment by MEA financial community hits US$4.3 billion in 2014; trend set to continue as customers demand faster, simpler, smarter access and products plus 24/7 connectivity The annual Middle East Retail Banking Forum & Expo returns to Dubai from 6-7 April 2015 for its 10th anniversary ......read more

Saudi Plastic & Petrochem and Saudi Print & Pack 2015 witnesses an attendance of 9700 trade ...…

March 3, 2015: Saudi Plastic & Petrochem 2015 and Saudi Print & Pack 2015 successfully concluded its 3rd-day run with an attendance of more than 9700 trade visitors. The shows, which were organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company and held at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, witnessed the participation of more than 300 companies from 19 countries. During the two simultaneous ......read more

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