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11 July 03:31 PM GCC, UK in talks to sign free trade deal by 2024-end
Mubasher: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK that could be signed by the end of 2024. The bloc’s Secretary-General Jasem Albudaiwi held a meeting with UK Trade Minister Jonathan Reynolds in …
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10 July 12:27 PM Saudi Arabia tops MENA's VC funding in H1-24 – Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia ranked first in MENA in terms of the value of venture capital (VC) investments during the first half (H1) of 2024, attracting $412 million, down 7% year-on-year (YoY), according to a report by MAGNiTT. Around 32% of …
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9 July 04:29 PM GCC’s project awards drop 20% YoY in Q2-24 – Report
Mubasher: The GCC saw a notable decline in project awards during the second quarter (Q2) of 2024, with total awards dropping by 19.70% year-on-year (YoY) to $51.70 billion from $64.30 billion in the same period last year. This downturn was …
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8 July 04:31 PM Saudi Arabia, UAE make 82% of GCC’s oil exports to Japan in May 2024
Mubasher: Saudi Arabia and the UAE accounted for 82% of the GCC countries' total oil exports to Japan in May 2024, with their exports totalling about 53.69 million barrels. The GCC countries exported about 61.85 million barrels of crude oil to …
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8 July 11:46 AM Saudi Arabia ranks 3rd in EMEA 5G download speeds – Opensignal
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia held the third position in 5G Download Speed among key markets in the EMEA region, according to a report released by Opensignal. The report highlighted that the Kingdom witnessed a significant improvement in 5G …
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8 July 10:42 AM Riyadh ranks among world’s top 15 fastest-growing cities by 2033 – Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, has ranked among the world’s top 15 fastest-growing cities by 2033 based on economy, population, and wealth in the Savills Growth Hubs Index. Riyadh’s population is anticipated to grow by 26% …
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4 July 03:51 PM Egypt's construction industry to expand 8% annually until 2029 – JLL
Cairo – Mubasher: Egypt's construction industry, the largest in Africa and third largest in the MENA region, is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8% until 2029, according to JLL’s construction market …
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27 June 01:34 PM Saudi Arabia participates in GCC-US trade, investment discussions
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia has participated in the GCC-US Trade and Investment Dialogue and the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington. The events focused on enhancing trade and investment cooperation between GCC countries and the US, …
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27 June 10:33 AM GCC asset management industry thrives amid reforms, technology adoption – Report
Mubasher: The asset management industry in the GCC has significantly improved due to positive regulatory reforms and government support, according to a report by Marmore MENA Intelligence, a subsidiary of Kuwait Financial Centre (MARKAZ). Over the …
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20 June 06:54 PM Commercial Bank of Dubai joins Emirates Development Bank to facilitate international trade
Dubai – Mubasher: The listed Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) has teamed up with Emirates Development Bank (EDB) through a strategic partnership to enhance and facilitate international trade services, according to a press release. The collaboration …
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18 June 06:41 PM Six Arab countries advance in 2024 World Competitiveness Ranking
Mubasher: The 2024 World Competitiveness Report included six countries from the Arab region which all showed progress in this year’s ranking, according to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) data. The UAE led the Arab …
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18 June 05:04 PM Global travel, tourism deals plunge in 5M while European markets show growth – GlobalData
Mubasher: The total number of deals registered in the global travel and tourism sector decreased by 10.90% to 286 during the first five months (5M) of 2024 when compared with 321 in January-May 2023, according to GlobalData Deals Database. The …
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17 June 05:44 PM Regional event ADFW to return under Welcome to the Capital of Capital theme
UAE – Mubasher: The third edition of Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) will take place on 9-12 December 2024 under the theme Welcome to the Capital of Capital, being the flagship financial event of the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia (MEASA). …
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16 June 04:58 PM Swiss NUOS unveils regional HQ, joins Abu Dhabi’s AGWA to build alternative production facility
Mubasher: Switzerland-based NUOS AG is expected to establish a headquarters (HQ) in Abu Dhabi as a regional hub, which will boost the emirate's strategic location and resources for more growth in Europe, North America, and the MENA market. NUOS …
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13 June 08:47 AM US Fed maintains interest rates amid uncertain outlook
Mubasher: The US Federal Reserve (Fed) left interest rates unchanged, signalling it will not pull back until seeing sustained progress lowering inflation from multi-decade highs. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has maintained the target …
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6 June 02:37 PM Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt secure 92% of MENA’s VC funding in 2023 – Report
Mubasher: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt accounted for 92% of total venture capital (VC) funding in the MENA region during 2023, according to a report by MAGNiTT. Saudi startups raised $400 million in VC funding in 2023, up 602% year-on-year …
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2 June 03:52 PM GCC tops Dubai Chamber of Commerce export list with AED 40.8bn
UAE - Mubasher: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce highlighted that the GCC market remained the top global export and re-export destination for its member companies in the first quarter (Q1) of 2024. The GCC region accounted for 55.50% of total exports …
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28 May 03:51 PM Oil prices climb amid mounting tensions in Middle East – Saxo Bank
Mubasher: The crude oil market is witnessing a rise due to escalating tensions in the Middle East following the killing of an Egyptian soldier in a clash with Israeli forces, according to a report by Saxo Bank. The price of West Texas Intermediate …
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28 May 01:43 PM Middle East named world's fastest-growing real-time payment market for 2nd year – Report
Mubasher: The Middle East ranked as the fastest-growing real-time payment market for the second consecutive year in 2023, according to the 2024 Prime Time for Real-Time report by ACI Worldwide and GlobalData. The region's real-time payment market …
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23 May 12:38 PM Egypt reportedly to operate EGP 1.7bn new fuel transportation pipeline
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources plans to operate a new transportation pipeline for petroleum products on the Mediterranean coast, according to Al Arabiya Business. The new pipeline will link the MIDOR oil …
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20 May 05:10 PM Civil aviation contributes $53bn to Saudi economy – GACA
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation sector is contributing $53 billion to the kingdom's economy, according to a report by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The contribution of the sector to the Saudi economy includes …
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13 May 10:32 AM UAE tops global rankings in fibre-to-the-home penetration
UAE – Mubasher: The UAE has been named the global leader in fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) penetration for the eighth consecutive year. The country has achieved an FTTH penetration rate of 99.30%, according to a report by the FTTH Council. The report …
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1 May 09:20 AM amana's strategy reinforces MENA trading volumes by 190%
UAE – Mubasher: Dubai-based neobroker amana launched a groundbreaking strategy to boost access to the MENA stock markets for its customers, according to a press release. In February, the investment service provider developed an initiative to …
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23 April 02:51 PM UAE pens MoU with 3 countries for Development Road project
UAE – Mubasher: The UAE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iraq, Qatar, and Türkiye for cooperation on the Development Road project. The project seeks to create a sustainable economy bridging East and West, increase international …
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16 April 01:52 PM DXB leads world’s top busiest airports for 10th consecutive year
UAE – Mubasher: Dubai International (DXB) has topped the 2023 list of top 10 busiest airports worldwide. The latest achievement marks DXB’s tenth year of leading the list, which is put by the Airports Council International (ACI), according to a …