Majid Al Futtaim issues sukuk

UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim issues $500m green sukuk

The conglomerate will use the proceeds from its fourth green sukuk issuance to refinance an older $800m bond commitment due in May 2024

Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, QIA CEO on sovereign wealth funds in private credit. Image credit: QIA

Sovereign wealth fund QIA joins SoftBank, BlackRock in private credit push

Sovereign wealth funds like the QIA have been increasingly looking at private credit, providing evidence of the market’s rapid growth

Adnoc L&S IPO is oversubscribed. Image credit: WAM

ADNOC Logistics gets $125bn in orders for $769m IPO

ADNOC sold 1.41 billion shares in its maritime logistics unit at Dhs2.01 a share, valuing the company at $4.05bn

Karim Awad Group CEO EFG Holding

EFG Hermes Holding rebrands as EFG Holding

The change in the brand name will not impact the current management structure and reporting lines, day-to-day operations, or the level of support and cross-selling that will continue between the group’s three verticals

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Introducing TaxGPT, the AI-powered UAE corporate tax assistant

Virtuzone has launched TaxGPT to help UAE-based businesses get answers related to the upcoming corporate tax regime based on information from the UAE’s MOF and FTA

FAB supply chain finance in KSA

UAE’s FAB launches supply chain finance in Saudi Arabia

The programme allows companies to monetise their receivables at competitive rates and get instant payments, without needing to borrow funds

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EFG Hermes reports 157% rise in net profit to EGP885m in Q1 2023

The group recorded a 129 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue to EGP4.5bn in Q1 2023

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Abu Dhabi development fund sees financing, investments cross Dhs189.7bn in 2022

According to its annual report, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s investments benefitted 104 nations last year

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CBUAE removes board of directors of insurance company

It is replaced it with a temporary committee of experts for six months

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UAE corporate tax: MoF issues 3 new ministerial decisions

According to the ministry, the three new decisions aim to enhance the flexibility of UAE’s corporate tax regime and ensure a supportive business environment for all sectors


ADNOC raises size of its logistics unit IPO on heavy demand

The maritime logistics firm expects the final offer price to be announced on May 26, after the book-building process

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Fortress Management, Mubadala to acquire Fortress Investment Group

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024, subject to regulatory approvals

INR2000 denomination currency withdrawn by India's central bank - the RBI. Image Credit: Getty Images

What does India’s decision to withdraw INR2000 currency note mean?

The 2000-rupee note will remain legal tender, but citizens have been notified to deposit or exchange these notes

M&A and Corporate Tax insights

Navigating M&A transactions, restructurings in the face of UAE’s corporate tax 

Buyers will need to evaluate the tax status of the target company or target assets and consider whether any restructuring is required to optimise tax efficiency


UAE Banks Federation confirms 100% spike in use of digital banking channels

According to a survey conducted by UAE Banks Federation, the county ranked second globally in terms of customer confidence in banks at 84 per cent in 2022

Mubadala has invested in clean energy FY 2022 financial highlights

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala outperforms global benchmarks in 2022

The company deployed Dhs107bn in industries such as life sciences, renewable energy and digital infrastructure

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UAE bank investments hit record high of Dhs541bn in February

The CBUAE update showed a year-on-year growth of 15.2 per cent over the same period last year

Oman's Ahli Bank receives bids from Omnivest, Bank Dhofar

Oman’s Bank Dhofar, Omnivest submit competing bids for Ahli Bank

The revised bid from Oman’s Bank Dhofar comes a day after Omnivest said it would lead a consortium that will make an offer for Ahli Bank

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The UAE’s FTA unveils initiative to simplify tax compliance, enhance customer satisfaction

The initiative is designed based on the results of an opinion poll and proposals fielded by the authority through its direct communication with customers

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Aldar Investment Properties raises $500m from inaugural green sukuk

Proceeds of the sukuk will be used in accordance with Aldar’s Green Finance Framework to finance green initiatives and acquisitions

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Qatar stocks could attract up to $3.5bn on free float plan

The Gulf state is considering the plan on the hopes that more trading would raise investment returns, reduce costs and help with diversification

Dimitrios Dosis, president– Mastercard EEMEA

Cover story: Mastercard’s Dimitrios Dosis talks strategy and innovation

The company’s EEMEA president shares how the company is contributing to the digital economy and serving communities

Central bank on gross bank assets

CBUAE says gross banks’ assets reached Dhs3.74tn in February

Latest data from the central bank shows that gross credit surged by 1.2 per cent to Dhs1.89tn in February from 1.87tn a month earlier, driven by a 1.6 per cent increase in domestic credit


ADNOC L&S sets IPO price range, seeks to raise $607m

The company expects the final offer price to be announced on May 26, after the book-building process

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company announces credit rating and outlook upgrades

Moody’s Investor Services affirmed Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company’s ‘A2’ long-term issuer ratings and upgraded its outlooks to ‘positive’

Morabaha Financing will list on Saudi Exchange

Saudi Arabia’s Morabaha Financing set to raise $83.4m in IPO

The company plans to use the net proceeds from the share sale to strengthen its capital base to support future growth


UAE corporate tax: FTA opens registration for public stock and private companies

The authority explained that early corporate tax registration will allow enough time for companies and businesses to comply with their legal obligations

ADIB Meydan Free Zone Signing ceremony

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Meydan Free Zone collaborate to support SMEs

The partnership will enable both organisations to pool their resources and capabilities to offer SMEs a more comprehensive suite of solutions and service

Dubai retains FDI ranking

Dubai retains global top spot for attracting greenfield FDI projects

The emirate ranked first in attracting FDI projects into sectors such as tourism, business services, financial services, transport and warehousing, consumer products, and software and IT services

IsDB annual meet concludes in Jeddah

Financing agreements worth $5.4bn signed at annual IsDB meet

The four-day event attracted 4,452 participants from 90 countries as well as 89 organisations working in the field of sustainable development