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.
On Nov. 19, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ......read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Supporting access to energy through importing petroleum products and electricity are vital to economic growth and foster the socio-economic conditions in Mali.
Jeddah, May 21 2017: The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, signed a € 40 million Agreement with the Government of Mali, which was signed by Dr. Boubou Cisse, Minister of Economy and Finance Mali and Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, Chief Executive Officer of ITFC. The signing ceremony was on the sidelines of the IDB Group’s 42nd Annual Meeting that took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Mali is a non-oil producing Member Country which is also land-locked, where the import of petroleum products is vital and is a necessity for its economic growth. In addition, it supports other key industries such ......read more
In support of Saudi Vision 2030:
Agreements drive economic diversification in power, healthcare, oil and gas, mining and digital transformation of industry.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. May 21, 2017: Building on its more than 80 years of partnership and experience in the Kingdom, GE [NYSE: GE] has taken significant steps in supporting the delivery of Saudi Vision 2030, today announcing in partnership with the Kingdom a range of Memorandums of Understanding [MoU] and projects valued at $15 billion – of which almost $7 billion are GE technology and solutions – across multiple sectors and partners aimed at creating a truly diverse and sustainable economic platform.
Signed in the presence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and President of the United States of America, ......read more
Jeddah – May 16, 2017 (Hilton – Al Qasr Hall): ITFC has organized a side-event during the IDB Group Private Sector Forum, in conjunction with the IDB Group 42nd Annual Meeting held in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia. Given the importance of this forum and the high profile audience that this event has attracted, ITFC has shown keenness to highlight its role, as an Islamic Trade Finance Institution, in contributing to the economic and social development of its member countries through trade finance and trade development. In addition, ITFC is seeking to use this opportunity to showcase its role in promoting the development of the Small & Medium-Sized ......read more
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 08 May 2017: Alawwal bank was named the 'Best Retail Bank' in Saudi Arabia 2017 at the Asian Bankers, International Finance Excellence Awards held at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai on 20 April.
The award recognises Alawwal bank's customer centric approach and focus on innovation in products, services and its digital channels.
"We are delighted and honoured to win this prestigious award. It's a wonderful recognition of the efforts that has gone in to developing and growing Alawwal bank's retail business over the past few years. Our focus on delivering products our customers wants in the way they want them is paying off" said Soren Nikolajsen, Managing Director at Alawwal bank.
Earlier this year Alawwal bank launched its first digital-only branch, ......read more
QNB Group CEO: Entry into the Saudi market is due to QNB’s competitive edge
Riyadh, 6th May 2017: QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has inaugurated its branch in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Senior bank officials and distinguished representatives from the banking and business sectors attended an inauguration ceremony held under the patronage and presence of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Abdul Karim Al-Khulaifi, Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank, Mr. Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, QNB Group CEO, and a number of Qatari diplomats.
Through its branch, located in the Saudi Capital of Riyadh, and its business hub extending along King Fahd road, QNB Group will provide a comprehensive suite of ......read more
Kingdom biggest spender in GCC for FM services
Saudi Arabia, May 03, 2017
The facilities management (FM) sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) remains a largely untapped market, an ‘emerging giant’ that offers huge growth opportunities for regional FM players looking to expand and innovate on their services in the Kingdom, highlighted experts from the Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA) which held a workshop and networking event recently in Riyadh, which was sponsored by Advanced Facilities Management.
The MEFMA Report “FM in Saudi Arabia – an Emerging Giant” has revealed that the Kingdom continues to hold the largest share in Gulf FM spending, accounting for about 55 per cent of total expenditure. Although the KSA market is currently valued at USD 20 billion, it is still ......read more
Cross-border M&A made up 49% of all deal value and 35% of all deal volume in Q1 2017
North America was a safe haven for deals in Q1 2017
UAE dominates deal volume for cross-regional Middle East M&A
KSA leads by deal value for cross-regional Middle East M&A
Jeddah: Global cross-border M&A activity continued to dip as political turbulence and economic uncertainty become the new normal for dealmakers, whilst deal flow in the Middle East remained stable, according to Baker McKenzie's Cross-Border M&A Index*.
The global Index, which tracks quarterly deal activity using a baseline score of 100, decreased to 218 for Q1 2017, down 17% from the prior quarter and 9% from Q1 2016. In Q1 2017, cross-border M&A made up 49% of all deal value and 35% of all deal volume.
North America ......read more
Wadi.com, KSA’s fastest growing e-commerce platform, announces its latest and first of its kind partnership with KSA’s leading bank
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 9, 2017 – Wadi.com, KSA’s home-grown online shopping marketplace, today announced a new strategic partnership with one of KSA’s most trusted banks, Al Rajhi Bank. This unique collaboration between the region’s fastest growing e-commerce platform and KSA’s largest islamic bank is a sign of the growing importance of e-commerce in the country.
The long term strategic partnership will include a series of exclusive offers over the coming months and commences with a generous welcome offer for all Al Rajhi customers. From 6th – 15th April, 2017, all Al Rajhi credit and prepaid card holders will receive 10 percent off on all ......read more
Dubai, UAE/Saudi Arabia, 9th April 2017 – Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company, today announced the opening of a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new office is part of Xylem’s $35 million investment in the Middle East North Africa region, which includes additional resources to help provide localized products, services and capabilities in key markets throughout the region.
“The opening of our Saudi Arabia office is an important milestone for our regional investment and supports our long-term strategy of providing sustainable water technology solutions to help solve the region’s water challenges. The new office enables us to be closer to our customers and develop smarter, bespoke solutions that fit their unique needs, which also allows us to increase our capabilities.” ......read more
2nd meeting of the LLF Impact Committee in Riyadh approves major pipeline of $242.6 million in development projects for 2017
Representatives from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, and the Islamic Development Bank agree on project pipeline to lift poorest OIC countries out of poverty
Projects approved in Tajikistan, Sudan, Djibouti, Niger, Mauritania, Cameroon, Uganda, and Guinea
LLF is the largest multilateral development initiative in the Middle East and North Africa – releasing $2.5 billion in finance over five years
Riyadh, 02 April 2017: Representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, and the Islamic ......read more
Event will gather together CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs from across the region and beyond
Riyadh KSA, April 1 2017: For the first time, Saudi Arabia will host the ‘Top CEO Conference and Awards’ – an event which will see CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs from across the Arabian Gulf region and beyond gather together on 10th and 11th April 2017 at Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, King Abdullah Economic City.
The annual event, now in its third edition, serves to address the burning issues facing the corporate world today while also recognising the very best in GCC business leadership. It is organised by TRENDS magazine and INSEAD – the leading international business school – and will take place under the theme ‘Adapting to Disruption: New Roles, New Realities’, to reflect the ......read more
Next-generation technology allows customers to benefit from faster, more advanced services
Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017: Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the global professional services company, has successfully completed the core system replacement of the retail banking operations at the National Commercial Bank (NCB). The highly complex project which took approximately two years to complete, was part of NCB’s NextGen program, which was also undertaken with Accenture.
The implementation of the project marks significant successes and achievements across various fields within the business. The improved platform provides clients with a distinct banking experience, enriched with additional features and a 50 percent reduction in turnaround time for key processes.
The platform, which will be deployed across NCB’s ......read more
Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017: Amazon (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. Joining the Amazon family will enable SOUQ.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring even more products and offerings to customers worldwide.
“Amazon’s entry into the region reflects the visionary foresight of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who launched Dubai Internet City in 1999 and adopted the e-commerce and online business legislation of 2002," said His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. "Furthermore, it reiterates Dubai’s position as a regional and global hub for the world’s biggest and leading ......read more
ITFC and ATTIJARIWAFA BANK (AWB) to strengthen partnership by signing a letter of intent for supporting trade between Arab and African countries
ITFC and ATTIJARIWAFA BANK (AWB) sign a Letter of Intent within the Framework of the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program for supporting trade between Arab and African countries during the 5th International Africa Development Forum
Casablanca, March 19, 2017: The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group and Attijariwafa Bank Group (AWB) sign a cooperation framework to support trade development between Arab and African countries. The signing took place at the occasion of of the 5th International African Development Forum in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, between Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO ITFC and Mr. ......read more
Government Leaders and Senior Bankers will Review Progress of National Transformation Programme and Opportunities for Businesses
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 14, 2017: One year on from the official announcement of the “Saudi Vision 2030” to diversify the economy and reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on oil, The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference is set to return to Riyadh to analyse progress made to date.
The major conference will bring senior government representatives and leading financiers together to discuss a broad range of strategic issues, including the economic outlook for 2017, the progress of a number of mega-projects and the challenges and opportunities being created by Saudisation.
There will also be special sessions covering the Kingdom’s bond issuance programme, the ......read more
The leading business support service provider for corporate entities in Saudi Arabia
Providing turn key solutions for companies working within or looking to set up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Specialising in range of services from corporate immigration to company representation and employee outsourcing
Dubai, 14 February 2017: Founded in 2009, Proven delivers business solutions to companies currently operating in or looking to branch out into the KSA. Proven are specialists in corporate immigration, employee outsourcing and recruitment, providing international companies with advanced regional insights and the necessary tools to successfully do business within the Kingdoms burgeoning markets. Due to an increase in international interest, Proven expanded out of Saudi in 2016, and now holds offices in ......read more
Africa Witnesses the Largest International Islamic Economic Gathering Next Week
The 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank Takes Place in Maputo
MAPUTO, Mozambique, June 6, 2015 -- Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group (http://www.isdb.org), has stated that preparations are in full swing at the IDB Group for ......read more
Middle East region bucks international trend with 14% increased E&P spend - Offshore Marine & Work Boats event to evaluate impact of lower oil prices on maritime industry
3 June 2015: Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2015 - the region’s leading event for the workboat and offshore marine industries - marks its return to the Abu Dhabi National ......read more
The company displayed world-class distributed control system (DCS) combined with plant-wide control technologies and unmatched scalability of Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture®
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 2nd June 2015 – The 3rd ISA Automation Conference & Exhibition 2015 dedicated for process automation in the Middle East successfully concluded at the St.Regis Hotel in Abu ......read more
UAE, June 2, 2015 - Institute of Finance & Management subsidiary of aafaq Islamic Finance, a leading provider of Islamic finance products and services in the UAE, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Bolton’s Centre for Islamic Finance, an initiative designed to facilitate research and promote the understanding of Islamic Finance through ......read more
Oman, June 01, 2015 - Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), a regional market leader in the integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail, and Oil and Gas, and wastewater treatment, has announced that Drake & Scull Engineering Oman, a subsidiary of Drake & Scull Engineering, has ......read more
Abu Dhabi- May 31, 2015– Gulf Capital, one of the largest and most active alternative investment firms in the Middle East, received dual recognition at the Banker Middle East Awards yesterday when its flagship GC Credit Opportunities Fund I was voted as the “Best SME Credit Fund” in MENA and when the firm received the “Best Private Equity Firm” accolade for the 5th ......read more
KYC continues to be the most accurate way to identify transactions in MENA markets
GCC compliance culture needs to be a corporate culture now
MENA companies should perceive regulation as a driver for their business growth
Compliance officers have to balance between handling regulation & managing commercial relations
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 May 2015: Thomson Reuters, ......read more
IT decision-makers across ten countries highlight financial losses and regulatory concerns due to spate of malware, phishing, credential grabbing and session hijacking attacks
Almost half of surveyed organizations from UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, UAE and Saudi Arabia experienced notable financial losses in past two years.
73% rate ......read more
Awards to recognise excellence in brand strategy and development
Dubai, 19th May 2015 – The Transform Awards Middle East North Africa, for exceptional new and evolving brand and rebrand campaigns, has revealed those organisations who have made the shortlist. The awards recognise and share brand development work in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Transform is unique in its ......read more
-RIF will offer training programmes for CISI’s global qualifications including wealth and investment management qualifications –
-Financial services professionals in Saudi Arabia to benefit from enhancements in their product and markets knowledge--
Riyadh, 14 May 2015 – The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is pleased to announce that it has ......read more
May 12, 2015: STC Advanced Solutions participates as the ‘Technical Sponsor’ of the 10th National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia, which is held from May 11 to May 14, 2015 at the Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Tower. The event is organized under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Nayef Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province & was inaugurated on behalf of the H.R.H. ......read more
UAE, May 12, 2015- REACT, an international not-for-profit cooperative association fighting the trade in counterfeit goods, has named the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) as its strategic partner in the GCC in the efforts to combat piracy and the proliferation of counterfeit products. The AAA was selected by REACT for its contributions and extreme dedication in curbing piracy in the Middle East ......read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nation’s online shopping totals USD 200 million in 2014; payment solutions firm BPC to spotlight e-commerce and fraud solutions at upcoming banking tech summit
BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System payment solutions, today announced its participation at the 2015 installment of the Banking Tech Levant Summit in Amman, Jordan, over March 2 and 3. This edition of the ......read more
Over 1800 business meetings arranged at this premier MICE & Business travel congress
(Dubai, 1 March 2015) – The 3rd edition of MICE Arabia Congress, which was held on February 22-23, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), was concluded with success as it welcomed more than 300 attendees from some of the leading organisations in the Middle East involved ......read more
Issue of Diversification in the Spotlight Following Dramatic Fall in Oil Prices in 2015
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: The need for greater economic diversification in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – and the opportunities that diversification will create for local and international banks – will be reviewed at the forthcoming Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference 2015, which is set to ......read more
UAE and KSA reported largest insurance markets in GCC with nearly 80% Gross Written Premium
Dubai, UAE, 23 February, 2015: Regional and international bancassurance and insurance experts have gathered in Dubai today to discuss the impact of changing regulations, market trends and projections on driving profitability in the Middle East’s bancassurance sector.
Banassurance, whereby ......read more
February 18, 2015 - Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Plastic & Petrochem 2015 and Saudi Print & Pack 2015 shows will kick off for the first time in Jeddah on March 1, 2015. The two exhibitions, which are of the Middle East’s largest specialized trade fairs in the field of plastics, ......read more
Bank Albilad has entered into agreement with Waad Holding Company to finance the construction of the company’s academy schools project in Jeddah city. Amounting to SR 150 million, the project represents one of largest deals in the sector. The agreement has been signed by Mr. Saleh bin Suleiman Alhabeeb, the bank’s Director General of Banking for Corporate Sector and Dr. Ahmed bin ......read more
Spending growth: Restaurants see 31 percent growth in total spend over the previous year; other high growth categories include consumer electronics (22%) and supermarkets (14%)
Spending volume: Fashion retail accounts for highest total spend volume of US$151.2 MN
Saudi Arabia and UK retain position as top spenders during DSF; Angola registers 97 percent surge in transaction volumes compared ......read more
Major Event to Examine Key Issues Facing Kingdom’s Economy – from the Turbulent Oil Market to the Opening of Tadawul to Foreign Investors
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: The tenth anniversary edition of the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference is set to be its most significant yet, with a host of international and regional senior banking executives taking part during a period of ......read more
550 plus delegates already signed up to hear top speakers at Global Islamic Investment Gateway
February 4th 2015, Manama: More than 550 delegates from over 80 countries have registered for the first Global Islamic Investment Gateway event to be held on March 2nd and 3rd in Bahrain.
With four weeks to go, even more are expected to sign up for the event which is aimed at ......read more
UAE, February 8, 2015 - Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (GARMCO), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East, today (8 February, 2015) announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for technical and operational co-operation with Dubai-based Metals Industries (MI), the holding company for ......read more
February 5, 2015: Recent reports on the flourishing market for petrochemicals, plastics, printing and packaging in the Middle East have led the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to launch 26 projects at a total value of SAR 56.34 billion, with projects worth SAR 172.76 billion still in the planning stage. Many Saudi companies such as Saudi Basic Industrial Corporation (SABIC), Saudi Ploymers and ......read more
Karisma Kapoor, the leading film star from Bollywood and Dr. Dhananjay (Jay) Datar, popularly known as Masala King jointly inaugurated Al Adil’s first outlet in India. Dr. Datar in a span of two and a half decades has turned Al Adil into a huge Business Empire, with 30 entities spread across the Gulf. Dhananjay Datar, a Doctor in Business Administration, has been ranked No. 14 in the ......read more
UAE, 4 February, 2015 - Brazil continues to cement its bilateral trade relations with Arab countries as reflected in a surge in exports from the region. According to statistics released by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), collective exports from the Arab World to Brazil recorded a substantial increase in 2014 to reach a total of USD 11,427 billion. The key products imported from the ......read more
Riyadh – January 27, 2015: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) USD 800 million printing industry is the oldest and biggest in the GCC and is growing at an annual rate of 8 per cent per annum. In spite of the availability and popularity of online editions, the printing of newspapers remains resilient with almost 5.2 million copies of dailies and 2 million copies of magazines published ......read more
Riyadh – January 12, 2015: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector is poised for further significant expansion in 2015. According to industry experts, the value of the local industry is expected to reach SAR 67.5 billion during this year.
Saudi Arabia’s thriving sector is reflective of the entire GCC’s flourishing industry. In 2013, GCC countries secured the ......read more
UAE, December 31, 2014 - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) maintains 70 per cent share of the GCC’s total packaging industry as per recent industry studies, with local business posting a 15 per cent annual growth. Due to a widespread use of plastic as a raw packaging material over glass and metal, packaging has emerged as one of the most active industries of the country, with demand ......read more
A partner of Dubai’s leading retail event since it began in 1996, Visa strengthens commitment to enhance the electronic payments ecosystem in the region
1.9 million Visa cards used for 9.8 million transactions during DSF 2014; International visitors spent US$578 million in UAE with Visa cards
Top 3 spend categories at DSF 2014 were Clothing, Retail and Lodging
Dubai, U.A.E.: 29 ......read more
Industry to Witness Rapid Growthas Employee Benefits become Determining Factor for Successful Recruitment in Region’s Competitive Business Environment
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Insurance and savings penetration will continue to rise in 2015 due to developing regulations and increased awareness about the importance of financial security, according to Nexus Group, the region’s ......read more