Thursday , 24 January 2019

Financial Services

Ministers assert UAE is establishing new model of sustainability, investing in advanced science and national talent

Sustainability is the way for the UAE to achieve its Centennial goals The UAE is establishing a new model of sustainability, investing heavily in advanced science and technology, and equipping national talents with the necessary skills to ensure optimal use of available resources, asserted Ministers from the UAE Government at a special ministerial session during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019. …

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Bahrain’s Investcorp, Coller form $1bln European private equity fund

The deal also includes fresh capital for any follow-on investments and future investments Bahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp said on Monday it was forming a $1 billion European private equity portfolio with Coller Capital. Investcorp, founded in 1982, is one of the oldest Middle Eastern private equity houses and is targeting $50 billion of assets under management over the medium …

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New 100% investment law redefines UAE’s business landscape

Among a spate of path-breaking reforms aimed at fuelling economic growth. The new UAE investment law, which allows up to 100 per cent ownership to foreign investors in some specific onshore business sectors, is expected to give a major fillip to private and foreign direct investments (FDIs). In the first quarter of 2019, the government is expected to announce a …

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Market Soundbites: What is the global outlook for 2019?

ZAWYA’s editor Michael Fahy sat down with Jean-Paul Pigat, head of research at Dubai-based Lighthouse Research, to discuss the big issues impacting global capital markets and the outlook for the year ahead. “When I look at 2019, for the short-term outlook, there are two main economies I am concerned about the first is the United States and the other one …

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Kuwait’s central bank sets up test ground for fintech

Bahrain has created a fintech regulatory unit and Abu Dhabi and Dubai is cultivating a financial startup scene. Kuwait’s central bank has issued regulatory guidelines for companies wishing to experiment with new financial technology products and services, it said on Monday. Kuwait’s regulatory testing framework, known as a ‘sandbox’, will include four phases, with representatives from local banks joining a …

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UAE eyes 15-20% FDI increase by 2020- Ministry of Economy official

The UAE last month approved a new law aimed at attracting more investments into the country The United Arab Emirates is expecting a 15-20 percent increase in the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country between the end of this year and 2020, boosted by a new Foreign Direct Investment law that was passed last month, a Ministry …

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Google Pay launched in the UAE

Google Pay will allow users to make purchases using Android devices at stores Internet giant Google announced the launch of its contactless payment service in the UAE, furhter ramping up the competition sector that is gaining wider acceptance. Google Pay will allow users to make purchases using Android devices at stores that accept contactless payments, as well as across all …

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DIFC will make first investment from $100mln fintech fund “shortly”

Fund is “in the process of being seeded and structured as we speak”, says chief business development officer Salman Jaffery The first investment to be made from the $100 million financial technology (fintech) fund launched by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is set to be made “shortly”, according to the centre’s chief business development officer, Salmaan Jaffery. Speaking to Zawya …

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Mideast Stocks: Qatar firms after cabinet reshuffle; other markets subdued

Gulf markets broadly negative Doha’s main index closed up 0.5 percent at 10,331 points, with petrochemicals, metals and fertiliser producer Industries Qatar jumping 1.4 percent, Qatar Islamic Bank adding 1.1 percent, and Qatar National Bank (QNB) rising 0.8 percent. In Saudi Arabia, the main index was down 0.4 percent, with heavyweight Al Rajhi Bank and petrochemical giant SABIC losing 0.7 …

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Blockchain technology seen to boost global Islamic finance sector: GIES 2018

Industry experts at GIES 2018 in Dubai examine impact of advanced technologies on Islamic banking The adoption of blockchain, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and other advanced technologies are expected to have a positive impact on the global Islamic finance sector and create new benefits and opportunities for banks and consumers alike, according to industry experts speaking at the Global Islamic Economy …

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