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The per-litre price of Super 98 recorded AED 2.16
30 March 10:56 AM UAE to lower fuel prices in April
Dubai – Mubasher: The fuel prices follow-up committee of the UAE energy ministry announced a decrease in fuel and diesel prices in April compared to March. The per-litre prices of Super 98, Special 95, diesel, and E-Plus 91 will stand at AED 1.91, …
All inbound and outbound passenger flights will be halted for two weeks
23 March 09:48 AM UAE halts passenger flights for 2 weeks
Abu Dhabi – Mubasher: The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have announced the suspension of all inbound and outbound passenger flights in the UAE for two …
Buses, trains, and taxis will be suspended for 14 days
20 March 02:34 PM Saudi Arabia halts transportation services on coronavirus fears
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia has suspended the operations of various components across the transportation sector for two weeks, as part of efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The move comes in line with …
Revenues amounted to KWD 14.31 billion in 11M
17 March 02:31 PM Kuwait’s oil revenues down 17% in 11M
Mubasher: Kuwait’s oil revenues decreased by 16.7% on an annual basis during the first 11 months of the fiscal year (FY) 2019/2020, according to recent data by the Ministry of Finance. Revenues for the period amounted to KWD 14.31 billion ($46.46 …
DFM has closed its trading hall
16 March 10:28 AM DFM closes trading hall to contain coronavirus
Dubai – Mubasher: Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has temporarily closed its trading floor and customer affairs counter, starting from Monday and until further notice, as part of precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. …
Kuwaiti government aims to combat the new coronavirus epidemic
15 March 06:06 PM Kuwait orders restaurants not to serve more than five at a time
Mubasher: The Kuwaiti Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN) has asked restaurants, coffeehouse, bakeries and other food businesses not to serve more than five customers at once. The measurement includes organizing lines with a space of at …
ADX has closed its trading halls across the UAE
15 March 12:28 PM ADX closes trading halls amid coronavirus outbreak
UAE – Mubasher: The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has closed its trading halls across the UAE starting from Sunday until further notice, as part of the precautionary measures taken in the country to face the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. …
Boursa Kuwait
14 March 02:00 PM Boursa Kuwait to resume trading on Sunday with new limits
Mubasher: Boursa Kuwait is set to resume operations as of Sunday 15 March, as approved by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA). However, the transfer of ownership, mandatory execution, off market trade, and over the counter (OTC) trading will all …
The bourse will provide any new details in due course
12 March 12:22 PM Boursa Kuwait shuts down on Thursday amid coronavirus fears
Mubasher: The Kuwaiti stock market announced the suspension of all trading activities after closing on Thursday, 12 March, as a part of precautionary measures against the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). Any developments in this regard will …
The surge in the trading came amidst rising economic uncertainty
2 March 04:50 PM DGCX gold futures trading jumps 774% year-to-date
Dubai – Mubasher: The trading of gold futures on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) has registered an around 773.6% year-to-date hike, when compared to the same period of 2019, driven by a multi-year record during January. The surge in …
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28 February 09:00 PM Egypt raises natural gas transport tariff
Cairo – Mubasher: Egypt’s gas market activities regulatory authority announced the new tariff for transporting natural gas through the national natural gas grid. The authority, chaired by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, …
Côte d’Ivoire registered an 8% GDP growth rate in 2019
25 February 05:55 PM Drogba backs Côte d’Ivoire by raising $15bn commitments for tourism
Mubasher: Didier Drogba, the international football star, has helped in collecting a total of $15 billion memoranda of understanding (MoUs), in a move to boost developments of the tourism sector in his birthplace, Côte d’Ivoire. The West African …
The UAE will receive around 3m international visitors during Expo 2020
25 February 05:12 PM Expo 2020 to attract additional 1.4m visitors from 5 key markets
UAE – Mubasher: Additional 1.4 million visitors from five key markets, namely India, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, the UK, and Pakistan, will arrive to the UAE during Expo 2020 Dubai. At the event, set to welcome 25 million visitors during the period …
Revenues slipped by 17.6% YoY in 10M-19/20
18 February 09:52 AM Kuwaiti oil revenues drop to KWD 13bn in 10M
Mubasher: Kuwait’s oil revenues amounted to KWD 13.07 billion ($42.97 billion) in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2019/2020, down by 17.64% year-on-year (YoY) from KWD 15.87 billion ($52.17 billion) Oil revenues in Kuwait accounted for 94.2% of …
Kuwait’s oil economy slipped by 1% in 2019
27 January 11:49 AM Kuwait’s GDP down to 0.7% in 2019 on lower oil sector growth – IMF
Mubasher: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday stated that Kuwait’s gross domestic product (GDP) slowed to 0.7% in 2019 from 1.2% in 2018, pressured by lower oil prices and output, despite the growing non-oil sector. Kuwait’s real oil …
Total Saudi merchandise exports slipped by 14.9% in November 2019
26 January 01:50 PM Saudi oil exports dip 15.4% in November - GaStat
Riyadh – Mubasher: Recent data from the Saudi Arabia General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) showed a 15.4% year-on-year (YoY) decrease in Saudi oil exports in November 2019. Oil exports retreated to SAR 62.3 billion in November last year from …
The Ministry of Economy delegation visiting DMCC
12 January 12:06 PM DMCC plays vital role in diamonds, precious metals trade in Dubai
UAE – Mubasher: DMCC has recently hosted the UAE’s minister of economy, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, to sum up the entity's role in streamlining, boosting, and driving global trade through Dubai. The minister toured Almas Tower and visited both …
The less predictable global environment may reduce investor confidence
9 January 11:25 AM Levant, North Africa sovereigns' 2020 outlook negative – Moody’s
Mubasher: Moody's Investors Service highlighted that the negative outlook previously placed for sovereigns in the Levant and North Africa region in 2020 is a result of political and social tensions due to a slowing pace of reform and limited scope …
Bahrain launched Cloud First Policy in 2017
7 January 03:58 PM Pakiza Abdulrahman: Gov’t leads cloud adoption in Bahrain; private sector is following – Interview
By: Ingy ElSafy & Moslem Ali Mubasher: Startup Bahrain is a national initiative launched in 2016 for the purpose of facilitating all tools required for small business to build and establish themselves while growing into international and regional …
Tanker Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) volumes increased by 38% YoY in 2019
7 January 01:35 PM Volatility boosts freight derivative volumes in 2019
UAE – Mubasher: Freight derivatives markets showed higher traded volumes in 2019 for both tankers and dry cargo vessels, data by the Baltic Exchange showed.  Tanker Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) volumes increased by 38% year-on-year (YoY) to …
The Saudi Stock Exchange will be open for trading on Wednesday
31 December 2019 03:42 PM Twelve Arab stock markets, excluding KSA, off on 1 January
Mubasher: Twelve Arab stock markets will close on Wednesday, 1 January 2020, on the occasion of the New Year holiday. The Gulf stock markets that will close on Wednesday include the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange …
DME oil futures is a benchmark for Oman, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and now Kuwait
31 December 2019 01:49 PM DME Oman to price Kuwait oil futures from February 2020
Dubai – Mubasher: Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) recently announced that Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) will use the DME Oman Futures contract as a price reference for Kuwaiti crude oil exports to Asia starting from 1 February 2020 onwards. …
Startups do not repay the funding since it is a grant by Tamkeen
26 December 2019 05:31 PM How can non-local startups get grants in Bahrain? – Interview with Pakiza Abdulrahman
 By: Ingy ElSafy & Moslem Ali Cairo – Mubasher: Startups endure several challenges in obtaining financing rounds, but this may not be an issue for a foreign startup if it decides to set up in Bahrain. Pakiza Abdulrahman, Manager of Business …
Trading hours will resume on Sunday, 5 January
25 December 2019 10:34 AM Boursa Kuwait announces New Year’s holiday
Mubasher: Boursa Kuwait announced a two-day holiday on the occasion of the New Year 2020, according to a statement on Wednesday. Kuwait’s stock market referred that it will close on Wednesday and Thursday, 1 and 2 January 2020. Trading hours will …
Vera Futorjanski during a panel at RiseUp Summit 2019
22 December 2019 10:50 AM Vera Futorjanski: Startups must focus on solving local challenges – Interview
By: Ingy ElSafy & Moslem Ali Cairo – Mubasher: Vera Futorjanski, Director of Innovation and Partnerships at 500 Startups, recently participated in the RiseUp Summit 2019, held in the American University in Cairo (AUC) on 5-7 December, where she …