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Newly empowered Saudi women to help drive growth at Al Rajhi Bank

Female demand for cars to lift loan opportunities, says CEO Saudi women get the right to drive and have more chances to work, increased economic activity among an entire half of the population is an opportunity for banks, the head of one of them said. Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia’s second largest by assets, has opened 133 female-only branches and …

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A ringing success: Saudi spending on telecom services hits $36 billion in 2017

Zawya Express presents the top story, topic or trend highlighted by our editorial team as recommended reading to start your working day By Nada Al Rifai, ZAWYA The volume of spending on telecommunications and information technology services in Saudi Arabia reached more than 136 billion Saudi riyals ($36 billion) last year, according to official sources. The revenues from telecommunications services …

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A ringing success: Saudi spending on telecom services hits $36 billion in 2017

Zawya Express presents the top story, topic or trend highlighted by our editorial team as recommended reading to start your working day The volume of spending on telecommunications and information technology services in Saudi Arabia reached more than 136 billion Saudi riyals ($36 billion) last year, according to official sources. The revenues from telecommunications services also amounted to about 70 …

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Saudi extends licences for foreign investors for up to five years

Foreign investor licences currently only last for 12 months. By Nada Al Rifai, ZAWYA Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has extended the licensing period for foreign investors to five years – up from one year at present. A statement sent by SAGIA to Zawya said that the licensing period can also be renewed upon expiry of the five-year period, …

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Ripple effect: Saudi’s crypto experiment can save hundreds of millions, says Moody’s

By: Staff Writer, ZAWYA Saudi Arabia could save itself hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign currency exchange fees if its pilot programme to use blockchain for cross-border payments is rolled out, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s. In a note published on Monday evening, Moody’s said that an agreement last Wednesday between United States-based financial technology (fintech) company Ripple …

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UBS names ex-Investcorp exec as Saudi ultra high net worth head

UBS Group has appointed former Investcorp executive, Gabriel Aractingi, as head of its ultra-high net worth business in Saudi Arabia. UBS Group UBSG.S has appointed former Investcorp executive, Gabriel Aractingi, as head of its ultra-high net worth business in Saudi Arabia from February 1, the bank said in an email. Aractingi previously headed the Saudi business for Bahrain-based Investcorp INVB.BH …

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Six-fold hike: Saudi steps up renewable energy targets in 2018

Zawya Express presents the top story, topic or trend highlighted by our editorial team as recommended reading to start your working day ACWA Power’s three Solar PV projects for 165.5MWp under Round 2 of Egypt FiT program II reach financial close By-Nada Al Rifai, ZAWYA Saudi Arabia has raised its target for renewable energy tenders to 4.125 Gigawatts (GW) in …

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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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Saudi fund agrees plan to invest in Virgin space ventures

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund plans to invest about $1 billion in Richard Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, and sister companies The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit, according to a joint statement published on Thursday. “This investment will enable us to develop the next generation of satellite launches and accelerate our programme for point to point supersonic space travel,” the …

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Saudi, Russia to sign deals worth over $3bln during King Salman’s Moscow visit

Russia and Saudi Arabia will sign joint investment agreements worth more than $3 billion during a visit to Moscow by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The deals will include a $1.1 billion agreement for Russian petrochemical firm Sibur to build a plant in Saudi Arabia, the energy ministry cited Novak …

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