REAL ESTATE

Dec 20, 2013

Reda-GomaaGovernment spending in the Mena region should drive up stock prices even though valuations are not as cheap as at the start of 2013. Reda Gomma, equity portfolio manager at Mashreq Capital, says it’s important to be selective.

Dec 20, 2013

Bahrainian flagIn 2011, a popular and unfinished uprising damaged the reputation of the Gulf’s oldest financial centre. Yet some asset managers say there are many benefits to operating in Bahrain. George Mitton reports.

Dec 20, 2013

DohaThe thread of Fed tapering, the challenge of youth unemployment and the promise of African investment were among the issues discussed at FundForum Middle East. George Mitton reports.

Dec 20, 2013

Sethi HaulaDuring the Dubai property crisis, about 600 real estate projects were abandoned or stalled. However, the government created initiatives so investors could proceed with their projects.

Sep 06, 2013

David-MarshallThe head of Emirates NBD Asset Management meets George Mitton to discuss international inflows, collaborating with the private bank and suspending the firm’s real estate fund in 2009.

Sep 06, 2013

David-MarshallThe head of Emirates NBD Asset Management meets George Mitton to discuss international inflows, collaborating with the private bank and suspending the firm’s real estate fund in 2009.

Sep 06, 2013

CranesWith the Mena region expected to spend $1 trillion on roads, railways and energy projects in the next decade, infrastructure funds ought to be popular. But the heavy hand of the state may limit the role of private investors and funds. Orlando Crowcroft reports.

Sep 06, 2013

BuildingThe economies of Asia and the Middle East are closely linked, so are Middle East investors keen on Asian funds? Not necessarily, finds George Mitton.

Sep 06, 2013

Participants at our Dubai panel discuss plans for a financial free zone in Abu Dhabi, question why some local companies are listing in London instead of the UAE, and warn that confusion among different regulators could cause problems. Edited by George Mitton.

Sep 06, 2013

Participants at our Dubai panel discuss plans for a financial free zone in Abu Dhabi, question why some local companies are listing in London instead of the UAE, and warn that confusion among different regulators could cause problems. Edited by George Mitton.

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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

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.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

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.