TECHNOLOGY

Sep 28, 2018

FintechJordan’s Arab Bank is to launch a £30 million venture fund targeting financial technology firms, according to its chief operating officer.

Sep 21, 2018

Electric_car_parking_spaceSaudi Arabia's sovereign wealth investment vehicle, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has invested $1 billion in electric car manufacturer Lucid Motors.

Sep 21, 2018

Abu DhabiThe Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the emirate's international financial centre, has underlined its financial technology ambitions with the launch of a digital sandbox.

Sep 14, 2018

Deloitte_buildingFour new partners and a director have joined Deloitte’s Middle East risk advisory leadership team.

Aug 31, 2018

Dubai’s financial services watchdog has signed an agreement with its counterpart in Singapore to help grow their respective fintech markets.

Aug 31, 2018

A Saudi-based paper merchant, the Middle East Paper Company (Mepco) has become the first Saudi company to sign up to a technology platform designed to enhance corporate access to regional and institutional investors.

Aug 24, 2018

UAE-based ADAB Solutions has launched what it claims is the world’s first sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange.

Aug 17, 2018

A standing committee of Saudi Arabia’s leading regulator has issued a statement reiterating the ban on the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Aug 17, 2018

Dubai’s efforts to undergo a digital transformation have stimulated foreign direct investment, according to a report from the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Jul 13, 2018

Blockchain_chainTwo MENA-based software firms have launched what they claim is the first blockchain-enabled platform for Islamic capital markets.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Rasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

Roundtables

Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

South Africa asset management roundtable: Global rebound on ice

Experts discuss the investment implications of the coronavirus pandemic, a delayed rebound in global growth and dealing with South Africa’s energy issues head on. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

South African roundtable: Taking the bull by the horns

Our panel discusses Chinese investment in Africa, financial institutions’ contribution to economic sustainability and regulatory concerns. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.