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The Hajj season this year will witness a digitised journey from start to finish
13 July 01:37 PM How pilgrims benefit from digitisation when performing Hajj
By: Ingy ElSafy Mubasher: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought technology-enhanced methods that help authorities implement social distancing to preserve the health of people. Saudi Arabia will provide a digital Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage) this year and …
Majority of GCC consumers likely to opt for digital banking services
6 July 05:22 PM Majority of GCC consumers likely to opt for digital banking services
Mubasher: The majority of GCC consumers, about 85% of respondents to a survey, would currently opt for digital banking services rather than visiting a bank branch, according to a paper by Backbase with YouGov. With the appetite accelerating more …
Saudi Arabia’s NCB Capital topped the list with $50.4 billion in AUM
6 July 03:43 PM Saudi Arabia dominates Forbes Middle East’s 2021 asset managers list
Mubasher: A total of 16 Saudi Arabia companies have been included in Forbes Middle East’s 30 Biggest Asset Managers 2021 list, representing more than 50% of the list. The 30 asset managers in the region posted a cumulative $258.2 billion in assets …
Oil prices closed at $75 per barrel at the end of June
6 July 02:11 PM GCC markets continue to see gains on higher oil prices – Markaz
Mubasher: The S&P GCC Composite index, a comprehensive benchmark covering stocks from the six Gulf markets, gained last June for the eighth consecutive month as oil prices continued to rise, with Brent crude remaining above $70 per barrel …
MENA’s ESG market currently represents 1.3% of 2021's global issuance
4 July 02:35 PM Green finance in MENA reaches $6.4bn in H1, exceeds global growth rate
Mubasher: Green and sustainability-linked debt issuances in the MENA region amounted to $6.4 billion in value during the first half (H1) of 2021, exceeding the global growth rate, according to a report by Bloomberg on Sunday. The region’s green …
Middle East accounts for 23% of the global gaming industry
27 June 04:31 PM Mobile gaming market in Middle East likely to exceed $4bn next year
Mubasher: Approximately 100 million people in the Middle East use mobile gaming, with the industry across the region expected to reach $4.4 billion by 2022 compared to $1.06 billion in 2016. The region’s mobile gaming market grew 25% in 2020, …
The UAE topped the Arab region with $19.88 billion worth of FDIs
24 June 02:34 PM UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia top Arab countries in FDIs
Mubasher: The UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia were the top three Arab countries attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2020, according to the Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (Dhaman) report on Thursday. The …
The GCC listed bank’s NPL ratio increased to 3.4%
22 June 03:57 PM GCC listed banks’ CAR increases to 19% in 2020 – KPMG
Mubasher: The capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of the listed banks across the Gulf area rose to 18.7% in 2020 from 18.4% in 2019, according to a KPMG report. Net profit meanwhile shrank to $25.4 billion last year, compared to $36.6 billion in 2019. …
Morocco has emerged as a trending destination for Saudis
20 June 01:27 PM UAE, Egypt among top regional destinations for Saudis – Almosafer
Mubasher: The UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, and Qatar have topped the MENA region’s list of destinations of interest for Saudi international travellers since Saudi Arabia reopened its borders a month ago, given their proximity and familiarity, a recent …
The Middle East could be having a few more unicorns
17 June 12:25 PM Middle East could be seeing more billion-dollar startups – Careem CEO
Mubasher: The Middle East is not far from seeing more billion-dollar startups in the coming months, and it could be having “a few more unicorns in the region,” CEO of ride-hailing company Careem Mudassir Sheikha stated during a CNBC event The …
Tadawul remained the MENA region’s top listing venue in Q1-21
17 June 11:27 AM Saudi Arabia continues to lead MENA’s IPO market – EY
Mubasher: Saudi Arabia witnessed the most active initial public offering (IPO) transactions across the MENA region, topping the regional listing venue in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, a recent report by Ernst & Young (EY) unveiled. The Saudi …
PIF’s investment comes in advance of the ASIIP’s anticipated first closing
10 June 01:47 PM Saudi PIF invests in Investcorp-Aberdeen regional infrastructure fund
Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has committed up to 20% of the total size of ASIIP infrastructure fund, the joint venture between Bahrain-based Investcorp and Aberdeen Standard Investments. PIF’s investment comes in advance …
Bahraini banks made the largest reduction in cash dividends at 72.4%
6 June 03:18 PM Bahrain leads GCC banks in 2020 dividend cuts – Report
Mubasher: Banks across the Gulf area slashed cash dividends for 2020 by 45.4% or $6.6 billion to $8 billion compared to $14.6 billion in 2019, as a result of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report by Kamco Invest. The …
Aggregate GCC central government deficit seen at about $80 billion in 2021
27 May 01:42 PM Saudi Arabia likely to account for 60% of GCC cumulative deficit – S&P
Mubasher: Saudi Arabia is expected to account for 60% of the $355 billion cumulative deficit across the GCC states between 2021 and 2024, according to S&P Global Ratings. Kuwait will likely follow with 25%, while the UAE and Oman are projected to …
Online penetration in the Middle East is expected to double to 6% by 2024
25 May 01:52 PM UAE, Saudi Arabia lead e-commerce market in Middle East
Mubasher: The UAE and Saudi Arabia have topped the e-commerce growth in the Middle East, both accounting for 75% of the total e-commerce sales in 2020, according to EZDubai’s ‘E-Commerce Sector in the UAE 2020 insights’ report. The two GCC markets …
Nearly 65% of the MENA consumers would make healthier choices
25 May 12:55 PM Affordability seen critical factor for most MENA consumers
Mubasher: Affordability remains a critical factor for most consumers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), besides the overall brand experience, EY MENA Consumer Industry Leader, Ahmed Reda, said. “Brands that keep these factors in mind will …
Committed gas investments will likely plunge by $9.5 billion
4 May 02:39 PM MENA energy investments likely to surpass $805bn by 2025
Mubasher: Total planned and committed investments in MENA’s energy sector are expected to exceed $805 billion over the coming five years, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) said. This will mark an increase of $13 billion from the …
Middle East Energy Dubai will kick off on 17 May
3 May 03:10 PM Middle East seen as market leader in renewable, clean energy
Mubasher: The MENA region is projected to see 83 GW of renewable and clean energy capacity, mainly from solar and wind power, by 2035, according to a research from Informa Markets. In addition, over AED 55 billion worth of solar power projects …
Plastic waste often impact marine life, ecosystems, and food chains
30 April 03:46 PM Egypt could soon ban single-use plastics amid COVID-19
By: Moslem Ali Cairo – Mubasher: Plastic bags that are often used for an average of 25 minutes could take more than 20 years to decompose, while other single-use plastic products, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), might need between 400 …
UN in 2015 led its member states to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
22 April 12:06 PM Are MENA countries on track with achieving SDGs?
By: Ingy ElSafy Mubasher: The United Nations (UN) led its member states in 2015 to adopt the 2030 Agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include 169 specific targets, covering social, economic, and environmental dimensions, in …
Online shopping has become more of a long-term behavior change
13 April 03:18 PM Online shopping in KSA, UAE likely to grow during Ramadan – Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: A greater surge in online shopping is expected to be witnessed during the month of Ramadan, which has just started today on 13 April, a recent survey Checkout.com unveiled. Online spending by consumers in the UAE and Saudi …
Central Bank of Egypt - (Photo Archive)
11 April 01:47 PM CBE to introduce instant payment module, soft POS in 2021 - Deputy Governor
By: Marina Gamil Cairo – Mubasher: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will this year launch a full-fledged instant payment module, after finalising regulations, and introduce a soft point of sale (POS) system that allows the use of mobile phones as …
CEO of Mubasher Media, Assem El-Bassal
4 April 04:49 PM Du aims to turn beginners into professional investors – Mubasher Media CEO
Cairo – Mubasher: The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its negative implications on the global economy have highlighted the urgent need for platforms that help investors protect their funds, take wise investment decisions, and pursue …
The aggregate net profit of the GCC listed banks plunged by 32.2% YoY
1 April 01:48 PM GCC banking sector's profits record seven-year low in 2020
Mubasher: The net profits of the GCC banking sector hit their lowest levels in seven years, affected by the decline of profits in the fourth quarter (Q4) by almost a third on a quarterly basis to $5.3 billion due to higher provisions, according …
Assem El-Bassal, CEO of Mubasher Media - (Photo Archive)
29 March 05:49 PM Mubasher Media supports investors, plans expansion – CEO Assem El-Bassal
Riyadh – Mubasher: The CEO of Mubasher Media, Assem El-Bassal, said on Monday that the company is working on covering the main aspects across major sectors, led by the investors’ sector, by providing a perfect electronic environment for investors …