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Sale of the century? $300bln Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

Privatisation critical to economy in era of cheap crude. DUBAI/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s $300-billion privatisation programme was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to great fanfare. Nineteen months later, it is moving at a snail’s pace, bankers, investors and analysts familiar with the process say. The main problems they cite are …

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Challenges may come, but UAE’s ready for it

UAE’s resilience puts it on track to double economic growth in 2018 The UAE economy, resilient to global and regional headwinds, has been on a steady rebound in 2017, despite predictions of a slowdown in economic growth elsewhere in the region. Economists and analysts predict that the UAE – marking its 46th year as one of the fastest-growing economies in …

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New taxes need not affect UAE’s ease of doing business – expert

MENA countries achieve better scores in Paying Taxes report due to lighter tax regimes in many Gulf states The United Arab Emirates’ position in the annual Paying Taxes rankings compiled by the World Bank and PwC will not be impacted by the introduction of new forms of taxation if they are implemented smoothly, according to an expert . Speaking at …

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WGES 2017: Dubai’s National Bonds signs $653 mln deal to finance clean energy projects

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Tuesday signed an agreement with National Bonds to set up a 2.4 billion UAE dirham ($653.4 million) green fund at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) that opened in Dubai today. “The fund will also be the first major green fund that will have a dedicated arm for Sharia-compliant investments,” Saeed Mohammed Al …

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UAE economic growth to stay resilient

Non-oil growth in the UAE will remain resilient in 2017 while in the medium term, while economic activity will strengthen on the back of firmer oil prices and a rebound in global trade, the World Bank said on Thursday. While an Opec-mandated oil production cut restricts oil growth, firmer oil prices, a rebound in global trade and easing of fiscal …

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Egypt: The Economy Is Gathering Strength

Egypt launched a reform program when its economy faced rising imbalances that led to high public debt, a widening current account deficit, and declining official reserves. “The Egyptian authorities have embarked on an ambitious reform program and have taken decisive measures aimed at restoring macroeconomic stability and sustainable public finances. At the same time, by strengthening social protection measures, they …

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Exponential growth seen in GCC assets under management

Dubai is set to reinforce its status as the region’s leading financial hub with new legislation and regulation expected to attract inward investment as the GCC is forecast to see an exponential growth in assets under management to nearly $111 billion by 2020, a new study reveals. While fund managers in the UAE are expected to see their asset under …

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EIB conference in Egypt calls for private sector to lead new push for investments in the Mediterranean region

The EU bank provided finance of EUR 1070.6 million in 2016 to support private sector development in the southern Mediterranean region. The drive for jobs and growth in the Mediterranean region should be led by the private sector. This was the call today, as the European Investment Bank (EIB) held an international conference in Cairo dedicated to “Boosting investments in …

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Nineteen UAE listed banks posted $5.17bln in H1 net profit

A total of 19 listed banks reported H1 net profit of around AED19 billion, a 3.8 percent growth from around AED18.3 billion during the corresponding period last year. Matching previous expectations, the gains reflect the banking sector’s resilience and ability to cope with the fast-paced, multifaceted developments witnessed by the national economy which in its turn has maintained decent growth …

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Mideast deal activity picks up in Q2 2017

Despite a backdrop of continued political turbulence, cross-border dealmaking held steady globally in Q2 2017, with the Middle East seeing a substantial uptick in deal activity, according to Baker McKenzie’s Cross-Border M&A Index. Middle East cross-border deal-making picked up in Q2 2017, with the Middle East Index increasing to 201.5, withstanding the continuing political and economic uncertainty in the region …

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