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Posted: 11-08-2011
UAE. Dubai state companies are securing bank financing as the latest tumult in global markets fails to derail the emirate's recovery from the 2009 debt crisis. Dubai Holding LLC, one of the three main state-owned holding companies, reached an accord with lenders to extend a US$1.16 billion loan to December 2016, according to a company official. Port & Free Zone World FZE, an intermediate holding company for port operator DP World Ltd. (DPW), is raising US$850 million to refinance debt, three bankers familiar with the plan said. Investment Corporation of Dubai said on August 8 it will rep
Posted: April 17, 2014
UAE. X-Stream Trading, developed by NASDAQ OMX, provides a proven, functionally rich, multi-asset trading platform that complies with international standards and policies.
Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
Posted: April 17, 2014
UAE. The five-year loan has been fully swapped into US dollars by Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; The funds will be used to refinance a portion of TAQA's upcoming US$1.2 billion bond maturity.
Posted: April 17, 2014
UAE. the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund with a mandate to develop the emirate's economy, said its 2013 net profit tripled as it benefited from a strong performance by its financial investments.
Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. According to a survey from B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, almost 98% of computer users in the UAE enjoy the ease and convenience of shopping and banking on their PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphone.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Good macro trends and IPO revival support GCC markets; Kuwait may have upside on MSCI rebalancing; No deep corrections due to Central Bank verbal interventions; Pressure builds on ECB to loosen policy.
Posted: April 16, 2014
MOROCCO. Investment will consolidate Kool Food's market-leading position in Morocco and enhance its international expansion.
Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. 75% of European investors believe Europe will grow by 1% or more in 2014; The geopolitical environment is their biggest concern (33%), followed by the Fed's exit from quantitative easing (30%); 75% plan to commit additional cash to investing.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte ME PoV publication also weighs in the challenges facing senior management in the GCC countries and wider MENA region as the countdown to FATCA becomes more imminent.
Posted: April 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. International issuances represented only 16% of total issuances in 2013, of which few originated outside Malaysia and the GCC; When entities domiciled outside these countries have issued sukuk, around 60% of the investors have been from the Middle East and Asia.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Monthly Arabic business magazine, Saneou Al Hadath, uses mathematical approach to analyse companies listed on the Saudi stock market Tadawul
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Airline announces double-digit growth in passenger numbers to 3.2 million between January and March; Etihad Cargo achieves 26% revenue growth and 26% tonnage growth
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. 45 Arab billionaires share total wealth of US$147.7 billion; The top 100 hail from 13 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead; 21 Arab tycoons have made their fortunes in banking.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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