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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 …
The MEA region had the lowest number of corporate debt defaults in 2020
3 May 02:51 PM EM corporate debt likely to remain resilient in 2021 – Report
Mubasher: Companies in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region recorded the least number of debt defaults in 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, investment experts at Aberdeen Standard …
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 …
Noor Sweid, Founder and General Partner, Global Ventures
29 April 12:57 PM Startup Lounge: Health, edutech investments to flourish after pandemic – Noor Sweid
By: Ingy ElSafy Mubasher: The Middle East carries plenty of appeal for regional and international investors due to the favourable macroeconomic fundamentals that underpin these markets. Meanwhile, the sectors that have witnessed increased …
Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation, Rania El-Mashat
26 April 01:41 PM Egypt to build greener more inclusive economy after COVID - Rania El-Mashat
By: Moslem Ali and Ahmed Allam Cairo – Mubasher: Egypt was the only country in the region to achieve positive economic growth last year, despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now, the country aims at taking the recovery as a chance to …
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 …
The currency will not replace cash and bank deposits
19 April 03:47 PM UK mulls creating new digital currency
Mubasher: The UK Treasury and Bank of England (BoE) announced the creation of a joint taskforce to explore a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC). The currency “would be a new form of digital money issued by the Bank of England and for …
The activities in oil-exporting coutries are expected to recover in 2021
15 April 01:33 PM IMF expects MENA real GDP to grow 4% in 2021
Mubasher: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its outlook for the real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the MENA region to 4% in 2021, compared to its October projection of 3.2%. The real GDP growth of the GCC countries is …
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 …
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 …
The Arab markets haven’t witnessed sharp fluctuations during the crisis
29 March 04:25 PM Arab markets successfully managed COVID-19 crisis thanks to central banks - Abul-Gheit
Riyadh – Mubasher: The leaderships of Arab stock markets have shown great resilience in dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ahmed Abul-Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, said on Monday. The Arab markets …
Financial systems saw great changes during 2020 - (Photo Archive)
29 March 02:13 PM Arab markets lost $350bn at the pandemic's beginning - El-Dokany
Riyadh – Mubasher: Arab stock markets lost around $350 billion in market capitalisation in the first six weeks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to the Secretary-General of the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), Rami El-Dokany. …
Eng. Mohammed Al Ballaa, Chairman, Mubasher Financial Group
29 March 01:47 PM We aim at increasing investors in Arab markets - Mubasher Chairman
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Chairman of Mubasher Financial Group, Eng. Mohammed Al Ballaa, said on Monday that the use of financial technology (FinTech) has played a significant role in the success and growth of Mubasher companies. More than 10 years …
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
28 March 11:08 AM Mohammed bin Salman launches Saudi, regional green initiatives
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the ‘Saudi Green Initiative’ and the ‘Middle East Green Initiative’ with the aim to provide a roadmap for the kingdom and the region to combat climate change, the Saudi Press …
AFE Saudi Arabia 2021 will be held on 29-30 March
25 March 03:09 PM Saudi Arabia to host Arab Exchanges Federation Conference next week: Tadawul
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), in partnership with the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), is hosting the AFE Annual Conference Saudi Arabia 2021 from 29 to 30 March. The conference aims at creating a platform for …
The 100 CEOs represent 24 nationalities and 21 sectors.
7 March 12:10 PM Forbes unveils “Top CEOs in the Middle East” ranking
Dubai - Mubasher: Forbes Middle East has released its first annual "Top CEOs in the Middle East" ranking, recognising the executives making significant contributions to the region's economies. The 100 CEOs represent 24 nationalities and 21 …
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3 March 01:49 PM S&P launches ratings for Saudi local currency debt
Riyadh – Mubasher: S&P Global Ratings said it is providing GCC National Scale Ratings for entities in Saudi Arabia issuing local currency debt, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia, the GCC region’s largest economy, …
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) - (Photo Archive)
2 March 12:34 PM ADNOC to ease output cuts in April
Mubasher: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is expected to increase crude shipments next month, Reuters reported, citing Asian refiners. ADNOC reportedly plans to ease output cuts by 5% in April, compared with curbs of 10-15% in March. On …
IPO numbers globally continued to pick up with 1,363 IPOs taking place in 2020.
1 March 02:32 PM KSA continues to lead IPO market in MENA with $1.45bn raised on Tadawul in 2020
Riyadh - Mubasher: The MENA region saw nine initial public offerings (IPOs) raise proceeds of $1.86 billion, a fall of 40% in total issuances and 94% in total proceeds when compared with 2019, according to the EY MENA IPO Eye Q4 2020 report. Out …
The kingdom’s trade exchange with the four GCC states was SAR 98.1 billion ($26.15 billion) in 2020.
25 February 01:38 PM Saudi trade exchange with 4 Gulf countries falls 6.1% in 2020
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s trade exchange with the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman slid by 6.06% in 2020 when compared to a year earlier. The kingdom’s trade exchange with the four GCC states was SAR 98.1 billion ($26.15 billion) in 2020, …
The Middle East and Africa witnessed the highest level in percentage terms
18 February 01:35 PM Middle East insurance M&A defies COVID-19-driven dip in 2020; expected to surge in 2021
Mubasher: The insurance sector across the world has registered 407 completed merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in 2020, lower than 419 in 2019. This record was mentioned by finding opportunity in adversity, the latest edition of global law firm …
Saudi Arabia was the top GCC buyer of US Treasury bonds with $134.4 billion in December 2020.
17 February 02:34 PM GCC holdings of US Treasuries fall 16.5% in December
Mubasher: Investments of the GCC states in US Treasury bills and bonds decreased by 16.5% or $45.9 billion year-on-year (YoY) during December 2020. Total investments of Gulf countries in US Treasury bills and bonds amounted to $231.414 billion in …
The kingdom’s decision will apply only to contracts offered by the government.
16 February 12:16 PM KSA to cease contracting with foreign firms without regional HQ from 2024
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia will no longer sign contracts with foreign companies that do not have a regional headquarters in the kingdom after 2023, Reuters reported citing the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The policy, which comes into effect on 1 …
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15 February 02:53 PM Remittances from Filipinos in GCC down to $5.1bn in 2020
Riyadh – Mubasher: Remittances paid by Filipino labour in GCC countries dropped by 11.21% on an annual basis in 2020. Filipinos’ remittances from the Gulf region registered $5.11 billion last year, compared to $5.76 billion in 2019, according to …