REAL ESTATE

Mar 06, 2013

Donations boxThere may be $270 billion in Islamic endowments in Saudi Arabia alone, much of which is over-exposed to real estate. But Thomas Woods, of Safa Investment Services, says more of this money should be invested in sharia-compliant funds.

Jan 09, 2013

SculptureWealthy investors in the Gulf should move money out of public markets and into alternative assets in their home region, such as private equity, says Amrith Mukkamala of MEFIC Capital.

Jan 09, 2013

MapCould Lebanon be set for an oil and gas boom? What is the best way to invest in infrastructure? These questions and more are answered in our economics panel. Edited by Gerorge Mitton.

Nov 14, 2012

IndicesTechnology vendors that hope to sell into the Mena market are having to bide their time, discovers Nicholas Pratt.

Nov 14, 2012

Oil is the source of wealth in much of the Mena region – but how far can it go to meeting social costs? This is one question posed to leading Gulf-based investors and an economist as Funds Global asks how the global slowdown is affecting the Middle East. Edited by Nick Fitzpatric.

Jul 02, 2012

Shopping_mallSharia-compliant investors would like to see more bond issues from the likes of Majid Al Futtaim, a family-owned developer of shopping malls. George Mitton reports.

Jul 02, 2012

DubaiFixed income investors should not let the Dubai debt crisis deter them from seeking opportunities in the region, says Teeja Boye, of Insparo Asset Management.

Jul 02, 2012

AM roundtableThe Arab Spring and the financial crisis have seen investors in the Middle East grow cautious. Now, are they feeling more optimistic and finding less restrictive ways to safekeep their money? Our roundtable finds out, and looks at some changes that have been predicted in this arena. Chaired by George Mitton.

Jul 02, 2012

The Arab Spring and the financial crisis have seen investors in the Middle East grow cautious. Now, are they feeling more optimistic and finding less restrictive ways to safekeep their money? Our roundtable finds out, and looks at some changes that have been predicted in this arena. Chaired by George Mitton.

Jul 02, 2012

Is the pattern towards more regulated structures playing out in the Mena region as it is elsewhere? The panel considers this and other topics, such as developments in the safekeeping of assets. Chaired 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.