investment strategy

Jun 07, 2019

Moody's_websiteDespite a series of shocks in oil prices, Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has continued to grow its assets, according to a report from Moody’s Investor Services, although the two underlying funds have enjoyed differing economic records.

Jun 07, 2019

Dubai_real_estateThe value of real estate transactions in Dubai rose by 38% in the first five months of 2019, up to $9.6 billion from $6.54 billion for the same period in 2018.

May 31, 2019

Private_equityUAE-based buyout firm Gulf Capital is expecting to launch a new private equity fund in the first half of 2020.

May 31, 2019

FundingQatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has led a $500 million investment in US-based digital lender Social Finance (SoFi).

May 31, 2019

Bahrain_mapRating agency Moody’s has improved its outlook for Bahrain’s banking sector from negative to stable on the basis that a $10 billion financial support package from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should spark higher economic growth.

May 24, 2019

AcquisitionBahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mercury Capital Advisors, a US-based investment advisory firm.

May 24, 2019

tax on dividendsInvestors have welcomed a decision by the Oman government to suspend a 10% withholding tax on dividends and interests paid out by listed companies.

May 17, 2019

CryptocurrenciesAbu Dhabi’s financial services watchdog has granted ‘in principle’ approval for BitOasis to operate as a crypto asset exchange and custodian within the Abu Dhabi General Market (ADGM).

May 17, 2019

ManamaBahrain’s government is planning to establish a new unit to provide accurate information on its real estate market for investors and developers.

May 17, 2019

robo-advisorWahed Invest, the first shariah robo-advisor to be launched in the US, is to be expanded to over 130 international markets, including the Mena region.

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Executive Interviews

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

Jan 04, 2019

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

Jun 13, 2018

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...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

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.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Jun 13, 2018

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.