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Roman Reigns will take on Shane McMahon at WWE Super ShowDown in Jeddah

Saudi - May 21, 2019:   What happens when your yard falls smack dab in the middle of someone else’s Universe? You dig in and fight to hold your ground, much like Roman Reigns will look to do when he takes on Shane McMahon at WWE Super ShowDown in Jeddah. Reigns made a jarring first impression during his first night on SmackDown LIVE when he straight up Superman Punched Mr. McMahon. The shocking act caught the attention of not just the WWE Universe, but also The Chairman’s son Shane. Not pleased with The Big Dog’s blatant disrespect for his father, Shane-O-Mac immediately put Roman in his crosshairs, targeting him at every chance for weeks, with some assistance from his new running buddy and the Mr. McMahon-anointed “biggest acquisition in SmackDown LIVE history,” Elias. However, after ......read more

Saudi Arabia's TAQA Drilling Subsidiary Agrees to Acquire Schlumberger's Middle East Drilling Rigs Business for $415 Million

Will create a diversified, pan-regional drilling powerhouse with 58 onshore and 9 offshore rigs and decades of experience across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan. Fully aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the transaction expected to demonstrate TAQA’s delivery on its transformation strategies to unlock value and drive growth. Dammam, April 29, 2019 -   Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) announced today that its drilling subsidiary, Arabian Drilling Company (ADC), has agreed to acquire Schlumberger’s Middle East onshore drilling rigs business in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan for $415 million (SAR 1.56 billion). The transaction transforms ADC into a regional drilling leader with one of the largest rig fleets, client portfolios and geographic ......read more

UL Delivers Training to KSA Customs Officials to Fight Counterfeiting

 UL runs full day training sessions with the customs officers at King Abdulaziz Airport and Jeddah Islamic Sea Port   Customs officers briefed on the registered Marks owned by UL  Officials were also shown counterfeit products previously seized in the region   Jeddah, 25 April 2019:  Global safety science company, UL, is helping KSA implement an array of anti-counterfeiting solutions that help safeguard customers from counterfeit products.    UL's Global Security and Brand Protection team hosted training sessions for customs officials from King Abdulaziz Airport and Jeddah Islamic Sea Port who were briefed on the registered Marks owned by UL.   During the training programme, which took place in Jeddah, the officials were also shown counterfeit products which ......read more

Saudi Insurance Market Sees Another Profit Decline In 2018

Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2019:   Profitability in the Saudi Arabian insurance sector continued to weaken in 2018. The "Saudi Insurance Market Sees Another Profit Decline In 2018" report, published April 10, 2019, on RatingsDirect, details how the 33 listed re-insurance companies saw pre-tax income fall 28% last year and 55% in 2017. "We expect conditions to remain challenging in 2019 due to market competition, but new business from female drivers, a clamp down on uninsured motorists, and the extension of mandatory medical insurance cover could provide a boost to companies," said S&P Global Ratings' credit analyst Emir Mujkic.

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Visa partners with Starbucks & Hardee's to help promote the use of Apple Pay in KSA and UAE

Visa’s partnership with Starbucks and Hardee’s entitles Visa cardholders in KSA and UAE to upsize their orders for free when paying with Apple Pay  17 March 2019:   Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today announced partnerships with Starbucks and Hardee’s to accelerate the use and adoption of Apple Pay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. With Apple Pay, Visa cardholders and iPhone users can make instant payments using their phone via app or on web.  As part of Visa’s partnership with Starbucks, the world leading coffee chain and Hardee’s, one of the world’s most popular food and beverage service chains, Visa cardholders will get free upsize/upgrades on their orders when paying with Apple Pay.  The promotion with Starbucks ......read more

Apple Pay now available to Visa cardholders in Saudi Arabia

Transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure, and private way to pay Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 19 February 2019:  Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today brings Apple Pay to its Saudi-based cardholders. Apple Pay allows prepaid, debit and credit cardholders to make easy, quick and secure purchases using their iPhone and Apple Watch in stores that accept contactless payments. Visa cardholders can also make payments with Apple Pay in-app or on the web. Apple Pay will allow Visa cardholders across the Kingdom to make payments using their Apple devices while ensuring that their financial details are private and secure. Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, ......read more

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

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

MUFG appoints Head of Corporate Banking in Riyadh

7 February 2019, Saudi – MUFG Bank announces the appointment of Tariq Al Ghaziri as Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG’s Riyadh branch. Prior to joining MUFG in Riyadh, Tariq has held various positions at Riyad Bank for the past 15 years, most recently as Head of Corporate Finance.  Various functions, including Trade Finance, Treasury and Credit Analysis, will report into Tariq in his new capacity.   Elyas Algaseer, Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG in MENA said: “Appointing Tariq to his new position is an important step in the development of our business in Saudi Arabia.”    MUFG obtained a full commercial license from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) in January 2017 and commenced operations in October 2018.

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Saudi Finance Minister to Bloomberg: 2.6% GDP Growth In 2019

January 24, 2019:   Speaking to Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua and Haslinda Amin, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said he expects 2.6% GDP growth in 2019.    Other highlights include: • Saudi may issue non-USD bonds this year • Looking at Euro or other currencies for bond

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The Best Finance Leaders in Saudi Arabia honored at Saudi CFO Awards

Saudi Railway Company, Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co, Saudi Telecom Company and SADAFCO among others awarded for their outstanding performance and exceptional leadership   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 17, 2018:   Held alongside the 6th Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit, organized by QNA International, at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, the second day witnessed the recognizing and awarding of great finance leadership and initiatives supporting the vision and innovation of the finance leaders in the Kingdom for fulfilling key strategies in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The event highlighted, honored and celebrated path breaking achievements of public & private sector organizations and individuals who have contributed significantly to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision through sustainable ......read more

Marafiq Powers the Growth of Saudi Arabia's Largest Industrial Cities and Initiatives with Utilities Digitization

Marafiq, a utility business in Saudi Arabia, is embarking on a journey to enhance its intelligent, digital-utility enterprise using SAP SAP’s intelligent enterprise enables customer centricity, growth agility, holistic visibility, and differentiate innovation to digitize utility businesses in the Kingdom  December 17, 2018:  As the Saudi Arabian utility sector undergoes digital transformation to optimize its operations, modernize its infrastructure, and reshape offerings, all aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabian utilities provider, Marafiq, has embarked on enhancing its digital intelligence with SAP.   Marafiq provides power and utility infrastructure to industrial cities within Saudi Arabia, which hosts some of the world’s largest hydrocarbon conglomerates in Yanbu and Jubail. Digital ......read more

UAE, Saudi Arabia using fintech for cross-border settlements

December 15, 2018:  Some media have reported incorrectly that UAE and Saudi Arabia have started using digital currency for cross-border settlements which will be backed by fiat currencies of the 2 nations.  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) would like to clarify that CBUAE is working with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) on a joint project which constitutes a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for experimenting with Blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border payments between the two countries.  The PoC is still at an early stage and will help CBUAE gain a deeper understanding of the feasibility of distributed ledger technology in this field and explore the potential opportunities and benefits of a digital currency. CBUAE and SAMA have selected a tech company to support the implementation of this PoC, which ......read more

2018 Business Review of Saudi Arabia

December 10, 2018:   Saudi Arabia has experienced tremendous transformation in 2018, bouncing back from low oil prices with the largest expansionary budget and history-making reforms. King Salman’s Vision 2030 was a guiding principle for many of the country’s reforms along with Crown Prince Mohammed’s leadership has lead Saudi Arabia to modernise the Kingdom. Reviewing 2018, we can see major shifts that will impact Saudi Arabia’s future.  One of the major business reforms this year was the introduction of VAT. We also saw other GCC countries undergo the shift with Saudi Arabia. The tax was set at a standard rate of five percent however, there were some exemptions. The exemptions are basic necessities and medical, cultural and educational products, financial and insurance services. The tax helped ......read more

INJAZ Al-Arab Gears-up for the 12th Annual Young Arab Entrepreneurs Competition to be held in Kuwait

Held Under the Patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 25 November 2018:   INJAZ Al-Arab – member of Junior Achievement Worldwide – is hosting their 12th Annual Young Arab Entrepreneurs Competition in Kuwait between November 26 and 29, 2018. The competition will see 80 students from 11 countries across MENA compete over 12 award categories before their peers and a panel of high-profile judges.    Held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the event will welcome over 180 attendees from INJAZ teams, volunteers and chaperons. The competition will conclude with a glittering award ceremony to be held on November 28, welcoming over 400 guests, including high-school and university ......read more

Saudi HR leaders to explore macro trends in human development

Ashridge to coach HR Leaders on maximizing company business value and their strategic impact October 23, 2018:   Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 challenges HR leaders in Saudi to take progressive steps to bring about organizational changes aimed at ensuring greater business success.  Ashridge Executive Education has launched a five-day transformational programme aimed at providing insights and practical skills for HR leaders within the context of leveraging the human network in an organization to adapt to changing business conditions and achieve sustainable business success.  The programme will be held from 4 to 8 November 2018 in Ashridge campus Dubai. Ashridge can also conduct the programme on location for Saudi companies that prefer to host it at their premises.  According to Rory Hendrikz, Managing ......read more

Thomson Reuters & The Institute of Finance Inaugurate 10th Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Seminar in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - September 26, 2018:   Thomson Reuters inaugurated the 10th Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Seminar in association with the Institute of Finance and under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Akholifey, Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and Chairman of Anti-Money Laundering Permanent Committee (AMLPC)  Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Fahad AL Shathri, Deputy Governor for Supervision, SAMA, said: “Saudi Arabia have been instrumental in directing all financial institutions to abide by the policies that meet the compliance standards including reporting and uncovering financial crime. In the past few years, we have seen more deployment of state-of-the-art technologies by financial institutions as they continue to roll out strict anti-money ......read more

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

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HTC Announces Share Repurchase Program…

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

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

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

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

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

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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…

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Al Hilal Bank hosts preparatory discussions for ‘UAE Banks Reception' forming part of ‘The IMF ...…

UAE, June 08, 2015 - Al Hilal Bank recently hosted the third preparatory session for the United Arab Emirates Banks Reception scheduled to take place as part of the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) running from October 9 to 11, 2015 in Lima, Peru. The meeting was organized at the Al Hilal Bank headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bahr ......read more

Enhancing Customer Satisfaction Through Techno-led Banking…

Dubai, June 8, 2015: The widespread adoption of technology has resulted in the introduction and acceptance of a multitude of devices and applications that have significantly transformed the way consumers manage their life. Technology has impacted every aspect of our lives and banking is not an exception; it has played a pivotal role in changing the structure and very nature of banking. ......read more

Al Hilal Bank named ‘Best Islamic Financial Institution' in the UAE & Kazakhstan by Global Finance ...…

UAE, June 06, 2015 - Al Hilal Bank has announced that it was named ‘Best Islamic Financial Institution’ in the UAE and in Kazakhstan at Global Finance magazine’s 8th Annual Awards for the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions. The recognition affirms Al Hilal’s exceptional ability to ensure safety and security for its customers while developing new and ......read more

Islamic Finance: The Largest International Islamic Economic Gathering Takes Place Next Week in ...…

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

Investment in M.E. offshore projects buoyant despite lower oil prices…

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

Rockwell Automation highlights PlantPAx: Integrated Control and Information, Delivered through The ...…

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

“aafaq Islamic Finance” signs strategic MoU with University of Bolton's Centre for Islamic Finance…

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

Drake & Scull Engineering awarded series of major contracts worth AED 350 million in Oman in Q2 2015…

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

Gulf Capital Receives Dual Recognition for “Best Credit Fund” and “Best Private Equity Firm” in the ...…

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

Thomson Reuters & Institute Of Finance Of Saudi Arabia Concludes 7th Compliance & Anti-Money ...…

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

EMEA Financial Services Organizations Hit by Growing Web Fraud Threats…

IT decision-makers across ten countries highlight financial losses and regulatory concerns due to spate of malware, phishing, credential grabbing and session hijacking attacks STORY HIGHLIGHTS 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

Transform MENA Awards nominations unveiled…

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

Riyadh Institute of Finance (RIF) appointed by CISI as its official training partner in Saudi Arabia…

-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

STC Advanced Solutions to participate as ‘Technical Sponsor' for 10th National GIS Symposium in ...…

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

Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance named as REACT partner for the GCC…

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

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

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