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THE ECONOMY - INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS

ADX features in London Investment Forum

Posted on 29/05/2014

Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), Rashed Al Baloushi, was a guest speaker at Abu Dhabi Investment Forum (ADIF) 2014 in London last week, where he anchored a panel discussing 'Investing in Debt and Equity in U.A.E', and highlighted the extensive trade and investment opportunities in UAE and how both Abu Dhabi and the region can foster and stimulate growth over the coming years. The event was organised by Institutional Investor, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Adia takes 13% stake in German property owner Deutsche Annington

Posted on 27/05/2014

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) has a 13.4 per cent stake in Deutsche Annington, Germany's largest publicly traded owner of apartments. The Abu Dhabi government-owned sovereign wealth fund was required by German financial rules to make the disclosure after a change in Deutsche Annington's investment structure. Deutsche announced the disclosure yesterday in a statement. Adia was one of the largest investors in the €2.1 billion (Dh10.52bn) Terra Firma Deutsche Annington Fund, set up in ...  >>MORE

French companies gain insight into Sharjah's investment potential

Posted on 25/05/2014

Paris: The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has concluded hosting two seminars in Paris, France on May 22nd and May 23rd. The seminars, which followed closely after a two-day conference at the Paris Dauphine University, were organised by Shurooq to promote Sharjah as a prime investment hub for France and explore avenues of future collaboration. Shurooq's delegation was led by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development ...  >>MORE

ADIA appoints first Global Head of Research

Posted on 21/05/2014

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, said yesterday that it has appointed Christof Ruhl as its first Global Head of Research. Ruhl, who will join ADIA in July, will be responsible for establishing and subsequently managing a new, independent, global research function located within ADIA's Evaluation and Follow-up Division. The research unit will support ADIA's efforts to provide its senior executives with proprietary fundamental and macro-economic research. In his role, Ruhl will also ...  >>MORE

Al Mansouri: US$4 billion UAE investments in Vietnam

Posted on 20/05/2014

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has highlighted the need to promote economic relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This came when Mr. Al Mansouri received Nguyen Phuong Nga, Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam and the official delegation accompanying her. During the meeting, they discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields, as well as means of encouraging the private sector and ...  >>MORE

Mubadala named Middle East Finance Team of the Year at IMA Awards

Posted on 18/05/2014

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), yesterday announced Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) as the winner of the IMA Finance Team of the Year Award 2014. The award, which was open to finance teams from across the Middle East region working in a range of industries, was presented at a ceremony during the IMA-Marcus Evans 6th Annual CFO Forum, which took place at the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina. The Mubadala team was chosen as the winner by a panel of industry experts including ...  >>MORE

Waha Capital 's stake in AerCap now valued at US$1.4 billion

Posted on 16/05/2014

Waha Capital PJSC, a leading Abu Dhabi-based investment company and a significant shareholder in New York-listed AerCap Holdings N.V., announced the successful completion of AerCap's acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) from American International Group (AIG). AerCap first announced its intention to acquire 100% of the common stock of ILFC on 16 December 2013 for a consideration valued at US$5.4 billion at the time of the announcement. The consideration was funded by ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments International spearheads group's expansion plans across globe

Posted on 12/05/2014

Dubai Investments International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments (DI), is targeting overseas expansion and currently tapping into business opportunities in Africa and Asia. In addition to joint ventures and strategic partnerships across Africa and Asia, the company is also eyeing commercial projects in some Middle Eastern countries, according to a statement released by Dubai Investments. The company is also in advanced stages of negotiations with prospective business partners ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments net profit surges to DH265 million in first quarter of 2014

Posted on 05/05/2014

Dubai Investments PJSC (DI), a leading investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market [DFM], yesterday announced a jump in its net profits by 26% to Dh265 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to DH211 million in the same period last year. DI reported a consolidated total income of DH738 million, as against DH649 million in the same period last year, while the total assets amounted to DH13.2 billion, compared to DH 12.5 billion as on March 31, 2013. DI's net worth increased ...  >>MORE

Shurooq signs MoU with Ex-Im Bank of the U.S Agreement aims to facilitate US investment activities in Sharjah

Posted on 27/04/2014

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Export-Import Bank of the US (Ex-Im Bank) with the aim of promoting increased cooperation and serving their common objectives. The MoU, which was signed in Washington DC, comes as a direct result of Shurooq's highly successful roadshow to the USA. in the latter part of last year and follows shortly on the heal of Sharjah receiving a long-term rating of A3, with a stable outlook, ...  >>MORE

Shurooq investment seminars spotlight Sharjah in US

Posted on 25/04/2014

Washington, D.C.: The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, has concluded the first of three high-level investment seminars in the U.S. The aim of the seminars, which are being held in Washington DC on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April respectively, is to promote Sharjah's investment potential and raise awareness of the many opportunities offered by the Emirate within the USA's business community, as well as to explore future collaborations with US businesses. Led by Sheikha ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments raises foreign ownership cap to 35%

Posted on 24/04/2014

Dubai Investments, DI, has raised the foreign ownership limit in the company from the existing 20% to 35%. A proposal to this effect was approved at yesterday's 18th Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting at Dubai Investments House. The company also approved a proposal to distribute 7% cash dividend and 7% bonus shares for the year ending December 31st, 2013. The AGM also re-elected the same Board of Directors for a term of three years. The Board includes Sohail Faris ...  >>MORE

Mubadala releases full year 2013 financial results

Posted on 18/04/2014

Mubadala Development Company, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, yesterday announced its full year financial results and business highlights for 2013. The results reflect a strong financial and operational performance, with growth in UAE-based sectors including aerospace, aluminium manufacturing and renewable energy. Mubadala Group CEO and Managing Director, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, said, "2013 was a strong year of financial returns and major project ...  >>MORE

UAE’s FDI surges to around Dh426m

Posted on 16/04/2014

The volume of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the UAE rose to around Dh426 million (US$116 million) over the first two months of this year, according to FDI Intelligence magazine of the Financial Times. Dubai accounted for 73 per cent or Dh311 million (US$84.6 million) of the overall foreign direct investments in the UAE over January and February 2014. In its report issued on Monday, the magazine pointed out that the volume of foreign direct investments rose by 7.14 per cent in January ...  >>MORE

FDI investment in UAE reached US$12b in 2013, projected to cross US$14.4b in 2014

Posted on 13/04/2014

Fortress Investments, a leading investment firm operating in the Middle East, says FDI investment in the UAE reached US$12 billion (Dh44 billion) in 2013 and is projected to grow 20 per cent in 2014 to reach US$14.4 billion. The estimated growth rate in 2014 would represent a 260 per cent increase over 2008, which reflects huge future growth potential for the UAE economy, according to the investment firm. "There is phenomenal investor interest in the UAE market. Dubai is now one of the most ...  >>MORE

New UAE investment law to boost GDP

Posted on 09/04/2014

The upcoming release of UAE Investment Law by the end of this year is expected to boost the UAE's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between three to four per cent, according to Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy. On the sidelines of the Annual Investment Meeting 2014, Al Mansouri told Gulf News that the new law will enhance the overall investment and business environment across the UAE. "Major changes have been made in the new version of the Investment Law which will help the UAE markets ...  >>MORE

Waha Capital secures new US$750 million credit facility

Posted on 01/04/2014

Waha Capital, an investment company based in Abu Dhabi, has completed the refinancing of its credit facilities with 13 local and international banks. In its statement yesterday, the company said that the new and upsized financing is a 5-year US$750 million facility comprising a term loan for US$375 million and a revolving loan for the same amount. This replaces the previous US$505 million facility secured in 2011. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, CEO and Managing Director of Waha Capital, said, "We ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments to raise cap on foreign ownership

Posted on 24/03/2014

Dubai Investments plans to increase the limit on foreign ownership of its shares to 35 per cent of its total capital, the company said on Sunday. Foreign investors now hold 13.7 per cent of Dubai Investments' shares out of the total 20 per cent allowed, bourse data shows. The firm's shareholders, including sovereign fund Investment Corp of Dubai that has an 11.5 per cent stake, will vote on the proposal at a meeting on April 15, the company said. The proposal follows similar moves by other ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi, Serbia sign US$1 billion loan agreement

Posted on 07/03/2014

The Department of Finance- Abu Dhabi (DoF) announced yesterday the signing of a loan agreement with the Republic of Serbia, providing the country a loan of US$1 billion. The deal was signed after the visit of Aleksandar Vucic, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, to the U.A.E.. Vucic was received by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi. The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Capital Management partners with Eastdil to finance acquisition of 1 Palace Street, London

Posted on 05/03/2014

Integrated Alternative Finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Capital Management (ADCM), yesterday announces that it has secured Dh 786 million bridging facility, funding the acquisition of 1 Palace Street, London, with ADCM's exclusive adviser Eastdil Secured. The facility is the largest of its kind in recent years and was provided by Omni Capital. It was provided in January 2014 to fund the landmark acquisition. 1 Palace Street is a Grade II listed former hotel building, located ...  >>MORE

Mubadala seals US$971 million deal for iron ore port in Brazil

Posted on 28/02/2014

Mubadala and Trafigura Group have completed their acquisition of a controlling stake in a Brazilian iron ore port terminal from MMX Mineração e Metálicos, in a deal worth approximately US$971 million. Mubadala, the strategic investment company of the Abu Dhabi Government and Trafigura, the world's second-largest metal trader, announced a deal to acquire a 65 per cent stake in Porto Sudeste from MMX in October, after signing a memorandum of understanding to that effect in September. The deal ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments broadens its footprint in real estate sector

Posted on 13/02/2014

As part of its strategy to further broaden its footprint in the industry, Dubai Investments (DI) plans to unveil iconic projects across the UAE in the coming months with projects in Meydan, Mirdif and Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai, as well as other developments in Fujairah and Abu Dhabi. Over 67% of DI's asset base is in real estate, currently worth over Dh 8.38 billion, making DI one of the biggest real estate players in the UAE. Khalid bin Kalban, Managing Director and CEO of DI, said, ...  >>MORE

Waha Capital 2013 net profit rises 43 percent to Dh306.4 million

Posted on 05/02/2014

Waha Capital has announced its preliminary financial results, reporting a net profit of Dh 306.4 million for 2013, compared to Dh 214.4 million in 2012, marking a year-on-year increase of 43 percent and the company's highest results since its establishment. The growth in net profit was driven by increased returns from Waha Capital's key direct investments, including New York-listed aircraft leasing company AerCap Holdings and UAE consumer finance company, Dunia Finance, as well as the strong ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority named 2013 FDI Agency of the Year

Posted on 22/01/2014

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has been named The Banking Awards 2013 - FDI Agency of the Year in the MENA region in The European's Global Banking and Finance Awards. The Awards were initiated to recognise the overall accomplishments of modern day businesses and growth-boosting companies in view of the constant challenges of the modern economy. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), received the accolade in ...  >>MORE

UAE’s FDI expected to grow to US$14.4b in 2014

Posted on 17/01/2014

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the UAE is expected to grow by 20 per cent this year to US$14.4 billion from US$12 billion in 2013, Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy, Foreign Trade Sector, told media on Thursday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the 4th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), to be held in Dubai from April 8 to 10 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Al Saleh said that the FDI in the UAE has ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Development Company and Cytec announce strategic collaboration

Posted on 11/12/2013

Woodland Park, NJ and Abu Dhabi, UAE - Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company and Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT), yesterday announced they have entered into a Strategic Collaboration Agreement. The collaboration will support the establishment of an advanced aerospace material ecosystem in the UAE. Mubadala and Cytec are exploring opportunities to support the ongoing development of the aerostructures industry in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in ...  >>MORE

Shurooq, Dohaland Hospitality sign MoU to develop joint venture projects in Sharjah

Posted on 08/12/2013

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (SHUROOQ) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DOHALAND Hospitality, a subsidiary of AMLAK Holding. The aim of the agreement is to boost bilateral relations and mutual cooperation by establishing joint ventures for the development of projects by both parties. The signing ceremony took place at Qatar National Convention centre in Doha and was attended by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and ...  >>MORE

Guinea, Mubadala and DUBAL agree development approach for Guinea Alumina Corporation

Posted on 26/11/2013

The Republic of Guinea, which has embarked on a new phase of its economic transformation with support from substantial foreign direct investment, yesterday signed an agreement with Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC), a joint-venture company owned by Mubadala Development Company and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), setting out a revised development approach for the Sangaredi alumina refinery project. The agreement was signed during the Guinean Partners and Investors Conference in Abu Dhabi by Mohamed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Investment forum in Tokyo will start Wednesday

Posted on 26/11/2013

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) is set to organise the 2nd Abu Dhabi-Tokyo investment forum tomorrow on 27th November, 2013 in the Japanese capital Tokyo, with the participation of a high-level government delegation led by Nasser Ahmed Al Sowaidi, the Chairman of ADDED, and the Japan State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Midori Matsushima. The Forum aims at highlighting investment opportunities and incentives in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the Japanese ...  >>MORE

Finance House acquires UAE Investment company

Posted on 25/11/2013

Finance House (FH), has acquired CAPM Investment, an investment company based in Abu Dhabi, providing investment banking, asset management and financial advisory services. Mohammed Abdulla Alqubaisi, Chairman of Finance House, said: "Conjoining CAPM to our fast growing group is an important strategic move that will allow us to leverage our existing strong customer base which will strengthen our position as a comprehensive financial services group in the UAE market and complete the circle of ...  >>MORE

Shurooq and National US Arab Chamber of Commerce partner to enhance investment cooperation

Posted on 21/11/2013

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Shurooq and the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening investment and commercial relations between the Emirate of Sharjah and the United States of America and developing mutual economic cooperation, with the goal of promoting investment and enhancing exports and exchange of visits by trade delegations. The MoU was signed by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of ...  >>MORE

Waha Capital records nine-month net profit of Dh 231 million

Posted on 12/11/2013

Waha Capital PJSC reported a net profit of Dh 230.8 million for the first nine months of the current year compared to Dh 31.0 million recorded a year earlier. For the third quarter, the company recorded a net profit of Dh 107.1 million, an increase of 289 per cent on the same period of 2012. The growth in net profit was driven by strong performances in key direct investments, including New York-listed aircraft leasing company AerCap and UAE consumer finance company Dunia Finance. Income ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi FDI climbs 7.8%

Posted on 27/10/2013

Foreign direct investment, or FDI, in Abu Dhabi increased by 7.8 per cent to Dh52.2 billion in 2011, according to the results of surveys of foreign investment in the emirate. According to the results of the index of transparency in the policy of foreign investment, which is issued by the Department of Studies of the Department of Economic Development — Abu Dhabi, the value of the general index reached to 67.3 points on a scale of 100. However, the value of the index has largely expressed ...  >>MORE

DI’s business models post strong growth

Posted on 21/10/2013

Dubai Investments (DI), has pointed out that its pioneering business models across diversified sectors have achieved healthy growth with a steady demand from new businesses entering the market and renewed confidence amongst the existing players. With its subsidiaries, DI has registered fast-paced growth across four focus industry sectors -investments, processing industries, mergers & acquisitions and real estate management. The group owns and manages more than 40 subsidiaries and joint ...  >>MORE

Sharjah delegation meets Ban Ki moon

Posted on 07/10/2013

New York: A delegation from Sharjah, headed by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre and Sharjah Media Corporation, was welcomed at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York yesterday. During the meeting, Sheikh Sultan addressed with Ban Ki moon, UN Secretary General, issues related to the Middle East and elaborated on regional support. As part of the visit, a number of authorities from Sharjah's public and private sectors conducted meetings with UN ...  >>MORE

Sharjah roadshow to USA concludes

Posted on 07/10/2013

Sharjah's delegation to the USA concluded their roadshow in New York with a series of meetings that saw large-scale participation from representatives of the US business, culture and tourism communities. The delegation held a number of meetings throughout the two-day roadshow in New York, where they highlighted the highly Emirate's competitive industrial, business and service offerings as well as the many facilities and incentives offered to investors. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah invites US companies, businessmen to expand their business in Sharjah

Posted on 05/10/2013

New York: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre, has stressed Sharjah's endeavor to offer an investor friendly and attractive environment foreign investments in the Gulf region and the Middle East. The head of the Sharjah delegation, currently on the visit to the USA as part of its first and largest Roadshow, called on US firms and investors to expand their businesses in Sharjah and benefit from investment opportunities and the emirate's unique geographical ...  >>MORE

Sharjah signs four MoU's during USA Roadshow

Posted on 03/10/2013

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) have signed four separate Memorandums of Understanding with US based authorities with the aim of strengthening commercial ties, developing reciprocal cooperation and expanding strategic partnerships in terms of trade exchange between Sharjah and the USA. The MoU's were signed during the Sharjah Roadshow in the USA which is on a five-day tour of Washington D.C. and New York City, between ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments PJSC taps into business opportunities globally with Dubai Exports

Posted on 16/09/2013

Dubai Investments PJSC, the largest investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is working closely with Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, to reinforce its growth strategy in export markets. As part of its association, Dubai Investments is now a permanent part of the exhibition area of Dubai Exports, located in the DED headquarters. The exhibition space showcases products and services of its ...  >>MORE

Adia snaps up Australian hotel group

Posted on 12/09/2013

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) has acquired Australia's biggest hotel group. A unit of the sovereign wealth fund acquired Tourism Asset Holdings (TAHL), giving it control of 31 properties across the country. The cost of the transaction was not disclosed by either side, but the portfolio is understood to be valued at about A$800 million (Dh2.73 billion). Most of the group's hotels are concentrated near the business hubs of the east coast. This is also the region where a consortium ...  >>MORE

Dubai among top FDI hubs

Posted on 10/09/2013

Dubai and its strategic advantages as an investment destination have been featured in a video by fDi Magazine, an English-language bi-monthly from the Financial Times group, providing updates and analysis on the global investment map for the benefit of corporate decision-makers and cross-border investment professionals. Dubai is the first city in the Middle East, and only the second one globally, to be featured in fDi on Location. The emirate has also been ranked by fDi Magazine as the "Middle ...  >>MORE

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ADX features in London Investment Forum


Adia takes 13% stake in German property owner Deutsche Annington


French companies gain insight into Sharjah's investment potential


ADIA appoints first Global Head of Research


Al Mansouri: US$4 billion UAE investments in Vietnam


Mubadala named Middle East Finance Team of the Year at IMA Awards


Waha Capital 's stake in AerCap now valued at US$1.4 billion


Dubai Investments International spearheads group's expansion plans across globe


Dubai Investments net profit surges to DH265 million in first quarter of 2014


Shurooq signs MoU with Ex-Im Bank of the U.S Agreement aims to facilitate US investment activities in Sharjah


Shurooq investment seminars spotlight Sharjah in US


Dubai Investments raises foreign ownership cap to 35%


Mubadala releases full year 2013 financial results


UAE’s FDI surges to around Dh426m


FDI investment in UAE reached US$12b in 2013, projected to cross US$14.4b in 2014


New UAE investment law to boost GDP


Waha Capital secures new US$750 million credit facility


Dubai Investments to raise cap on foreign ownership


Abu Dhabi, Serbia sign US$1 billion loan agreement


Abu Dhabi Capital Management partners with Eastdil to finance acquisition of 1 Palace Street, London


Mubadala seals US$971 million deal for iron ore port in Brazil


Dubai Investments broadens its footprint in real estate sector


Waha Capital 2013 net profit rises 43 percent to Dh306.4 million


Sharjah Investment and Development Authority named 2013 FDI Agency of the Year


UAE’s FDI expected to grow to US$14.4b in 2014


Mubadala Development Company and Cytec announce strategic collaboration


Shurooq, Dohaland Hospitality sign MoU to develop joint venture projects in Sharjah


Guinea, Mubadala and DUBAL agree development approach for Guinea Alumina Corporation


Abu Dhabi Investment forum in Tokyo will start Wednesday


Finance House acquires UAE Investment company


Shurooq and National US Arab Chamber of Commerce partner to enhance investment cooperation


Waha Capital records nine-month net profit of Dh 231 million


Abu Dhabi FDI climbs 7.8%


DI’s business models post strong growth


Sharjah delegation meets Ban Ki moon


Sharjah roadshow to USA concludes


Sharjah invites US companies, businessmen to expand their business in Sharjah


Sharjah signs four MoU's during USA Roadshow


Dubai Investments PJSC taps into business opportunities globally with Dubai Exports


Adia snaps up Australian hotel group


Dubai among top FDI hubs