• Swaps

    UAE hopes for boost from CCP equivalence with Europe

    The UAE is hoping for a boost in cross-border trading having attained European equivalence for its central counterparties.

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  • Persian gulf map

    Gulf growth weak as Bahrain downgraded

    The average growth rate in the Gulf countries is expected to be about 2% for 2016 and remain at this level for the coming year, a decline from nearly 4% in 2015.

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  • Hospital

    Amanat deal highlights hot Saudi hospital sector

    UAE-listed healthcare and education firm Amanat Holdings has acquired a stake in a Saudi Arabian hospital, betting on continued growth in the country's healthcare sector.

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  • Venture capital

    UAE sets rules for venture capital funds

    The UAE has issued rules for venture capital funds in a bid to stimulate lending to small and mid-sized businesses.

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  • Healthcare1

    Abraaj Group invests in Pakistani healthcare firm

    Private equity firm Abraaj Group has invested in a healthcare company in Pakistan, Islamabad Diagnostics Centre, through its funds.

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