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Credit FAQ Discusses Potential Implications Of Qatar Boycott For Gulf Cooperation Council Sovereigns

LONDON (S&P Global Ratings) Aug. 9, 2017:  In a Credit FAQ titled "Potential Implications Of Qatar Boycott For Gulf Cooperation Council Sovereigns," published today, S&P Global Ratings responds to questions that have surfaced in recent discussions with issuers and investors about the implications of the Qatar boycott by a group of states for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sovereigns. S&P Global Ratings believes that the impact of a group of states cutting diplomatic ties, as well as trade and transport links, with Qatar on June 5, 2017, may not be confined to within Qatar's borders. We expect that political tensions within the GCC will persist over the next few years, and believe that the boycott of Qatar has illustrated deeper fissures within the group than were previously evident. For the most ......read more

Trump, Opec the Key Drivers for Commodities

Bond yields, US stocks tumbled on post-Comey Trump crisis HG copper recovers as Chinese tightening prospects recede Soybeans, sugar and coffee all hit by Brazilian real's tumble Coffee plantation, Brazil: The political crisis in Brazil has impacted soybeans, sugar and coffee prices. By Ole Hansen The uncertainty related to the political future of US president Trump and his ability to pass his growth-friendly agenda continues to impact global markets. The latest storm engulfing his presidency was triggered by the sacking of FBI head Comey and the subsequent appointment of a special council to investigate potential links between Trump's presidential campaign aides and Russia.  Bond yields dropped while US stocks tumbled the most since September before recovering on stronger US economic data. Adding to this ......read more

Amazon to Acquire SOUQ.com

Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  Amazon (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. Joining the Amazon family will enable SOUQ.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring even more products and offerings to customers worldwide. “Amazon’s entry into the region reflects the visionary foresight of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who launched Dubai Internet City in 1999 and adopted the e-commerce and online business legislation of 2002," said His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. "Furthermore, it reiterates Dubai’s position as a regional and global hub for the world’s biggest and leading ......read more

MEIRA signs MOU with Boursa Kuwait in efforts to strengthen Middle East IR practice

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 28, 2017:  The Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boursa Kuwait in efforts to raise awareness of the Investor Relations (IR) function across the region through collaboration initiatives at local levels. Alex MacDonald-Vitale, MEIRA Chairman, joined Mr. Khaled AlKhaled, Boursa Kuwait Vice Chairman and CEO, on the panel table at Boursa Kuwait headquarters on Thursday 23 March to mark the start of this agreement.  MEIRA is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote IR best practice throughout the Middle East. Through this partnership, Boursa Kuwait will be playing a leading role in the support of the ‘MEIRA Kuwait Chapter’ and linking the organization to relevant stakeholders, while rolling out its various ......read more

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners acts as Kuwait legal counsel for the State of Kuwait's GMTN Programme and inaugural dual-tranche US$8 billion issuance

Kuwait – 20 March, 2016: ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR), Kuwait’s leading and most prominent corporate law firm, and one of the region’s top tier law firms, is pleased to have acted as Kuwait law counsel to the State of Kuwait, acting through the Ministry of Finance and represented by the Kuwait Investment Authority, on the establishment of its Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) Programme and Kuwait's inaugural dual-tranche, US dollar-denominated international debt capital markets issuance thereunder.  The Notes were issued on 20 March 2017 and were comprised of US$3.5bn 2.75 per cent. Notes due 2022 and US$4.5bn 3.50 per cent. Notes due 2027. The Notes were offered and sold in reliance on Rule 144A and Regulation S and were admitted to trading on the Irish Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. ......read more

The Kuwait Financial Forum will be held on 4-5 April: The Banking Sector in GCC against a Backdrop of Economic Change

Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait and the attendance of His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance A dialogue platform between financial and economic policymakers and the banking sector leadership Timely topics, that covers Islamic banking industry, technology, digital services, and the Kuwait Development Plan Kuwait –March 13, 2017: Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, represented by His Excellency Anas Khalid Al-Saleh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Kuwait Banking Association is organizing the Kuwait Financial Forum on April 4 and 5, 2017 in cooperation with the Al-Iktissad Wal Aamal Group. Set to be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait City, this event is expected to act as a benchmark item on the ......read more

Zain Kuwait enters three-year application development and modernization contract with Ericsson

Agreement will see Zain Kuwait benefit from all end to end services provided by Ericsson as part of ADM. Ericsson will provide the latest offering in Application Development and Maintenance to transform the operator’s business outcomes Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  During the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zain Kuwait and Ericsson have entered a three-year agreement for application development and modernization of the operator’s customer relationship management and enterprise service bus solutions. Under this agreement, Ericsson will provide end-to-end services to Zain Kuwait for system evolution and application configuration, development, integration and testing. Eaman Al Roudhan, Chief Executive Officer of Zain Kuwait, commented: “Ericsson’s application development and modernization ......read more

Kuwaiti Companies Select Konica Minolta to Enhance Production Capability and Quality Service

Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2016:  Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East, today announced that German Press and Koot Al Watan Press, two Kuwait based printing companies, have added Konica Minolta printing machines to their businesses.  The leading printing companies sought to improve turnaround times, increase production capacity and better quality to further help them deliver exceptional products and services to their customer base. Seeking to deliver digital printing in a more efficient and quicker way to its customers, German Press, one of the largest commercial printers in Kuwait, selected Konica Minolta’s “PRESS C1100” a high speed, heavy segment production printer. The new printer from Konica Minolta helped them to transform their customer service after becoming a central part of the business ......read more

Azadea Group wins big at the 2016 Middle East Retail Forum

Zara, Virgin, Eataly and PAUL dominated the 6th edition of the of the renowned RetailME Awards in Dubai      Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2016:   Azadea Group, the premier lifestyle retail company that owns and operates more than 50 leading international franchise concepts across the Middle East and Africa, has announced winning 6 awards through its prominent brands at the 6th edition of the RetailME awards. These accomplishments cement the group’s position as a regional major provider of internationally established and developed concepts varying from fashion & accessories, to food & beverages, multimedia, sporting goods, home furnishings and beauty & cosmetics. The RetailME Awards rewards excellence across a range of retail categories and felicitates top performing retailers. The renowned ......read more

SOUQ.com hosts ‘SOUQ Engage 2016' to empower Sellers and SMEs to Grow Business Opportunities in MENA

“Fulfilled by SOUQ” and “SOUQ Selling Center” especially designed to support Sellers to grow their businesses and provide exceptional shopping experiences to the customers      Dubai, UAE, October 12, 2016:   SOUQ.com, the largest online and marketplace platform in the Middle East hosted a highly engaging event to enable and empower sellers and SMEs to grow their businesses in the region. ‘SOUQ Engage 2016’, the first of its kind conference, provided an integrated platform for sellers to interact with the SOUQ.com leadership team and accustom themselves with the company’s new offerings. The interactive sessions and workshops witnessed participation by over 200 sellers- allowing them the opportunity to share their experiences and learn best practice from fellow sellers ......read more

Dhofar Global enters into partnership agreement with ffuussTM

October 05, 2016 - Demonstrating its commitment towards the highest standards in quality, technology and hygiene, Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene care products in the Middle East, has signed a strategic partnership with ffuussTM, a hand dryer manufacturer and part of Spain-based OTS Group. The contract awards Dhofar Global the exclusive distributorship of ffuussTM air dryers in Qatar. The state-of-the-art ffuussTM air dryers come with a patented air heating system that works without conventional resistors to avoid constant and unnecessary energy consumption. The unique design and distribution of the air outlets ensure even distribution of air to cover the maximum surface of hands and minimal noise and splash without affecting performance efficiency. The ffuussTM hand dryers contain high-efficiency particulate arrestance ......read more

Global leaders converge in Dubai next week for African investment conference

Third Annual Investment Conference to be held 5-6 October  McKinsey & Co to present key findings from the new‘Lions on the move II’ report HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan to attend as guest of honour Dubai, UAE, October 4, 2016:  Close to 400 business leaders and government representatives will meet in Dubai next week to discuss foreign investment opportunities in Africa during the Africa Legal Network’s (ALN) 3rd Annual International Conference on 5-6 October at the Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE.  The invite-only event is set to attract a number of high-profile speakers, including UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan; Former Malian Prime Minister Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra; International Enterprise Singapore Director ......read more

The 7th Arabia CSR Forum ropes in leading names in sustainability

UAE, October 2, 2016 - The Arab Region’s most talked about CSR Forum will be happening on October 19, 2016 in Dubai. Taking place annually for the past six years, the forum has become known all over the Region and even beyond as a platform that promotes latest thinking and current philosophies around CSR and sustainability.  This year too, the forum will present fresh thinking and current topics, particularly on the subject of critical importance, namely, the Sustainable Development Goals. The forum will raise the curtain on the Arab Sustainable Development Agenda and its priorities.  The theme, ‘Accelerating the Arab Sustainable Development Agenda Through Innovation and Collaboration’ will reflect this and more. The theme is bold and gives out a call to action in the region.  Habiba Al Marashi, ......read more

Bentley and Shell Announce Global Framework Agreement

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A.– July 13, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a managed service. The solution, based on Bentley’s ProjectWise ConstructSim, will be deployed as part of Shell’s ProjectVantage program. This innovative offering, which simplifies work packaging for engineering, construction, and installation, adheres to the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII’s) Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) methodology.  The Global Framework Agreement with Bentley underlies Shell’s ......read more

Al Ansari Exchange pledges AED 50 million donation to various charities in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee

UAE, May 23, 2016–Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, commemorates the 50thAnniversary of its establishment. To mark the occasion and in line with the wise directions and vision of the UAE’s leadership to consolidate the country’s prominent position  in the region and the world, the company is poised to establish new standards of excellence and leadership in the exchange and remittance sector. A special conference for the Golden Jubilee celebration took place at the Kempinski Hotel in the Mall of The Emirates, Dubai, which was attended by Al Ansari Exchange’s board of directors, senior executives, and selected employees. During the conference, Al Ansari Exchange reviewed its long and successful journey which is based on the adoption of the best ......read more

Ahli United Bank's AGM approves 18% cash dividends

Ahli United Bank B.S.C today held its Annual General Meeting and the Extraordinary General Meeting at the Bank's headquarters in Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain. The meetings were presided over by AUB’s Chairman Mr. Hamad M. Al-Humaidhi and were attended by shareholders representing 81% of Bank's shares.   AUB's AGM has approved the distribution of a cash dividend of 18% (US$ 4.5 cents per share) together with bonus shares of 5% (five shares per 100 ordinary shares) in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2015 for shareholders registered as of 29 March 2016.   AUB's shareholders elected Mr. Abdulghani M.S.Y. Behbehani as a Shareholder Director and approved the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Ghazi Al Abduljaleel as a representative of Kuwait’s Public Institution for Social Security ......read more

78 Teams qualify to next round of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition; an event supported by Community Jameel and Zain

A record 5,967 teams comprising over 16,500 entrepreneurs from 21 Arab countries enter competition Winners ceremony to be held in Jeddah on 14 April, 2016  Kuwait, Jeddah, Beirut - 16 February, 2016 The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab region, in partnership with Community Jameel, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Abdul Latif Jameel and Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa, announced that a total of 78 teams from 15 countries have qualified for the next round of the prestigious MITEF Arab Startup Competition, with the final winners’ ceremony now confirmed to be held at King Abdallah Economic City, in Saudi Arabia on April 14, 2016.   The ninth edition of the MITEF Arab Startup competition received a record 5,967 individual and team ......read more

Kuwait Forum Investment Climate & Opportunities

Kuwait, December 12, 2015:  Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA), announces that it is convening its first promotional conference “Kuwait Forum: Investment Climate & Opportunities” under the patronage of H.H. the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, on March 8-9, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel-Kuwait. The Forum intends to advance KDIPA’s promotional role in positioning Kuwait as a lucrative investment location, presenting a host of investment opportunities in various priority sectors, as well as introducing the distinctiveness of Kuwait’s investment climate, and the incentives granted in accordance with its establishing Law No. 116 of 2013 regarding the Promotion of Direct Investment in the State of Kuwait. The “Kuwait Forum: Investment Climate & ......read more

World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) to Chart Future of Commodities, Currencies and Asset classes in 2016

This December experts from the US, Turkey, UAE, Egypt, UK, Saudi Arabia and other markets to provide Islamic finance industry with its asset allocation outlook for 2016  11 November 2015, Manama, Bahrain:  The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) 2015 will gather seasoned economists, asset managers and investment bankers who will provide a holistic view of asset allocation opportunities for 2016 - covering key countries and regions, energy, commodities and currencies for the 1200 delegates in attendance this December. For 22 years, WIBC has provided the most influential global and regional insights to help C-level executives shape their business strategy for the year ahead. Some of the topical areas the 22nd edition will cover include the impact of US monetary policy on foreign exchange exposure, whether Europe’s ......read more

ELECRAMA networking evening set for Kuwait

Aimed to create business opportunities for electricity industry players Dubai, November 1, 2015: Elecrama 2016, the world's largest trade and networking forum for the electricity industry, will be organizing a networking event for the benefit of key industry stakeholders and decision makers in Kuwait. The event is being held to widen awareness of the enormous business potential afforded by the burgeoning Indian electricity sector. The networking event will be held at the Kuwait Failaka Ballroom Ballroom of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait on Thursday, November 12. Featuring presentations by senior representatives from the Indian electricity industry and interactive sessions with the invited delegates, the event is open to power and water professionals, suppliers and manufacturers, IWPP Developers and Contractors, Engineers, ......read more

Alshaya Named Best Multi-Brand Franchise Operator in Middle East and North Africa

MENAFA award recognises Alshaya’s leadership in bringing international retail brands to the region United Arab Emirates, 22 October 2015: International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has been named Best Multi-Brand Franchise Operator in the Middle East and North Africa by the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA). Alshaya received the award this week from His Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled Al-Saud, Honorary Chairman of MENAFA at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Middle East Franchise Exhibition and Forum at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai on October 20th 2015. Commenting on the award Omar Al-Haza’a, Vice President of MENAFA said: “Alshaya has been an innovator in retail franchising for over 30 years and has played a leading role in bringing some of the world’s ......read more

The NFC leader FAMOCO wants to expand its business in the Middle East and will exhibit at the GITEX Show in Dubai

- From October 18th to 22nd United Arab Emirates; September 22, 2015 – FAMOCO the French specialist of Android NFC readers just raised $4,5 millions and now aims at conquering the Middle Eastern market. The GITEX show, the 3rd largest technology event on the planet, is an opportunity for FAMOCO to meet its clients and gain prominence in the Middle East. FAMOCO exhibits at this event from the 18th to the 22nd of October 2015. As one of the NFC champions in France, Asia and Africa, FAMOCO provides the first secure, flexible and remotely managed Android NFC reader to address the B2B market. This device called FX100 is entirely managed over-the-air via the FAMOCO Management Suite, a dedicated platform. In order to ensure a maximum security and to avoid data loss devices are equipped with a special SAM (Secure Access Module) ......read more

Global Ethical Finance Forum all set as landmark platform to forge future of responsible investments industry

Dr. Zeti Azi, Governor of Malaysia’s Central Bank, delivered the inaugural Keynote Address at historic forum in the UK Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 September 2015: Ethical finance leaders from Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa gathered today at a historic forum for the global responsible investments industry. The Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF), with the official support of the Scottish Government, become host to over 250 leaders from the Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and faith-based investing sectors. Key asset managers, institutional investors, services providers, regulators and academics converged at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. GEFF is providing the first meaningful global discussion on opportunities for convergence and collaboration across ......read more

HTC Announces Share Repurchase Program

Buy-back of up to 50 million shares reflects confidence in business strategy and growth potential Taipei, Taiwan – August 24, 2015 – HTC Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program to restore investor confidence and increase shareholder value. The share repurchase program, which will run over the course of the next two months, comprises the buy-back of up to 50 million shares representing approximately 6% of the Company’s total outstanding shares. Based on today’s closing price, this will amount to around NT$ 2 billion (approx. US$ 60 million), though the total amount will be based on the final purchase price. The repurchase of up to 6% of total shares outstanding represents a significant return to investor share capital, and reiterates the strength of ......read more

Deloitte: Middle East CFOs – Local concerns, global impact

-Deloitte: Risk appetite in the Middle East curbed -Deloitte: Optimism in UAE drops to a net 46% from net 61% previously 24 August, 2015 – The continuation of low energy prices is impacting both optimism and risk appetite in the Middle East, according to Deloitte’s latest report “Global CFO Signals: CFO Sentiment Q2 2015 – Staying focused; remaining vigilant”. With oil at US$53 a barrel at the time of the survey, CFO optimism fell to one of its lowest levels in recent years, with only a net 26% across the Middle East reporting positive prospects for their company. That is down from 47% in the previous survey, which was conducted just before the fall in oil prices.   According to Deloitte’s report, which includes results of the second-quarter 2015 CFO surveys from Deloitte CFO Programs ......read more

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