NEWS

May 25, 2018

Dubai_mallThe UAE government is set to allow foreign investors to possess sole ownership of local businesses as part of sweeping reforms to boost foreign direct investment. In addition, the government will grant ten-year visas to expatriates.

May 25, 2018

Saudi Arabian stocksInvestors in Saudi stocks will have access to new hedging tools after Nasdaq Dubai revealed plans to launch equity futures on Saudi stocks.

May 25, 2018

Real_estatePrivate debt is forecast to become a greater source of funding for real estate investment in the Middle East, according to a report from investment manager Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) and law firm Clifford Chance.

May 25, 2018

Merging_blocksAlizz Islamic Bank and Oman Arab Bank have entered merger talks in yet another example of consolidation in the GCC’s banking sector.

May 25, 2018

Kuwait Finance HouseKuwait’s second biggest lender, Kuwait Finance House (KFH), is planning its biggest ever play in the Islamic finance market with the issue of a $3 billion Islamic bonds programme.

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Executive Interviews

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...

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Nov 23, 2017

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.

Roundtables

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.

SOUTH AFRICA ROUNDTABLE: Airline syndrome

Jun 13, 2018

Our panellists tell us that instead of launching competing national projects, African countries should work together for the sake of a bigger capital market. Chaired by George Mitton in Cape Town.