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Regional debt issuances are expected to remain robust in 2021.
3 hours ago GCC debt issuance exceeds $100bn in 2020
Mubasher: GCC debt issuance was strong in 2020, crossing $100 billion on a continued need for budget financing, the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) said in its latest economic update. The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 saw the issuance of about $15 …
During the MoU signing ceremony today
26 January 04:22 PM DirectFN to bring latest fintech-style technology across Uzbekistan
Riyadh – Mubasher: Uzbekistan’s Capital Markets Development Agency (CMDA) and DirectFN Ltd. penned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start a meaningful dialogue and cooperate on the possibility of launching the most-advanced fintech-style …
KSA will showcase 1,000 projects worth $160 billion at the third Future Projects Forum (FPF).
26 January 03:09 PM Saudi Arabia could be Mideast’s busiest construction market next decade
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia will be the Middle East’s busiest construction market over the course of the next decade as its new wave of major projects makes progress, according to GlobalData’s MEED. The Gulf state will showcase about 1,000 …
The supercomputer is named after the first oil well discovered in Saudi Arabia.
19 January 01:26 PM Saudi Aramco, STC launch Dammam 7 supercomputer
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and the Saudi Telecom Company (stc) on Tuesday announced launching “Dammam 7”, a new supercomputer and one of the world’s 10 most powerful computers. The supercomputer, which is named …
The Qatari air carrier will resume services to Alexandria on 25 January
19 January 12:34 PM Qatar Airways resumes flights to Cairo
Cairo – Mubasher: Qatar Airways on Monday announced the resumption of daily flights to Cairo after Egypt ended a three-year ban on flights from the GCC nation. The Qatari air carrier said on its official Twitter account that it will resume …
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17 January 01:43 PM Emirates’ trade surplus with GCC hits AED 3bn in 9M
Dubai – Mubasher: The UAE’s trade surplus with GCC countries amounted to AED 3 billion ($817 million) during the first nine months of 2020. The achieved surplus excludes AED 35.601 billion worth of non-oil exports and AED 32.61 billion worth of …
The oil price is predicted to stabilise at around $50 per barrel
12 January 04:02 PM Global Sukuk issuance expected to rise to $140-$155bn in 2021
Mubasher: Global Sukuk issuance is expected to rise to around $140-$155 billion in 2021, driven by a recovery in issuance in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the GCC countries, according to a report by S&P Global Ratings. In 2020, the global Sukuk …
Egypt signed Al Ula agreement to a long-running dispute with Qatar
12 January 12:51 PM Egypt reopens airspace to Qatari flights
Cairo – Mubasher: Egypt has opened its airspace with Qatar after a three-year embargo against flights from the GCC nation. Following the decision, EgyptAir and Qatar Airways as well as other private air carriers can resume flights between the two …
The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash
7 January 01:44 PM UAE says trade, transport may resume with Qatar within week
Abu Dhabi – Mubasher: Trade and transportation could resume between Qatar and boycotting countries within a week, Reuters reported on Thursday citing the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash. “Some issues are easier to fix …
Qatar’s foreign reserves continued to rise for the 34th successive month in December 2020.
7 January 01:03 PM Standard Chartered expects Qatar’s economy to grow 3% this year
Doha – Mubasher: Standard Chartered expected Qatar’s economy to grow by 3% this year as the easing of a three-year-old regional dispute will help trade, tourism, and logistics, Reuters reported. The British lender had revised its previous 2.1% …
The greenback slid to EGP 15.63 for purchasing
6 January 05:51 PM EGP continues to advance against USD on rising foreign reserves
Cairo – Mubasher: The US dollar exchange rate dropped against the Egyptian pound by EGP 0.04 in the first week of 2021 as foreign reserves rose to more than $40 billion. According to data by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the average exchange …
The St. Regis Cairo Hote has a construction area of more than 197,000 square metres
6 January 10:20 AM Qatari Diar inaugurates St. Regis Cairo Hotel
Cairo – Mubasher: The Qatari Diar Company on Tuesday inaugurated the St. Regis Cairo Hotel in the presence of the Qatari Minister of Finance, Ali Sherif Al-Emadi, the US Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, and the Egyptian Minister of Finance, …
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signing the agreements.
5 January 04:44 PM Gulf leaders sign 41st GCC summit closing statement, Al ULA agreement
Riyadh – Mubasher: Gulf leaders on Tuesday have inked the closing statement of the 41st GCC summit and Al ULA agreement. The annual GCC summit kicked off today at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia’s Al ULA city, with the presence of all member …
Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, will also take part in the annual summit.
5 January 03:17 PM 41st GCC summit kicks off in Saudi Al ULA city
Riyadh – Mubasher: The 41st GCC summit has kicked off on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia’s Al ULA city. Earlier today, Gulf Arab leaders headed to Saudi Arabia to attend the summit. Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, will also take part in the …
KSA achieved a trade surplus with Gulf nations of SAR 19 billion ($5.07 billion) in the January-October period.
5 January 02:05 PM Saudi, GCC trade exchange reaches SAR 97.9bn in 10M
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s trade exchange with GCC states plunged by 18.7% on an annual basis during the first ten months of 2020, pressured by the coronavirus pandemic.  The exchange value stood at SAR 97.89 billion ($26.1 billion) over …
Kuwait's Emir heading to KSA for the GCC summit earlier today.
5 January 11:42 AM Gulf leaders head to 41st GCC summit in KSA
Mubasher: Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, headed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to attend the 41st GCC summit, which will be hosted in Al ULA city.  On Monday, Qatar said that its Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will …
Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah
5 January 10:42 AM KSA reopens airspace, land border to Qatar
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia has reopened its airspace and land and sea border to Qatar as of Monday, 4 January, Reuters said citing Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah. “An agreement has been reached to open airspace and land and …
The GCC governments have issued $47.5 billion bonds
30 December 2020 03:19 PM GCC records $142bn bond, Sukuk issuances in 11M
Mubasher: The total value of issuances in the GCC region reached about $142 billion year-to-date (YTD)-November-2020, almost in line with last year's levels. The full-year 2020 issuances are forecast to marginally exceed last year's …
Sukuk maturities are predicted to be at $115.7 billion over the next five years.
30 December 2020 02:58 PM GCC governments could see $157.1bn in fixed income maturities in 5 yrs
Riyadh – Mubasher: GCC governments are expected to see $157.1 billion in fixed income maturities over the next five years (2021-2025) whereas corporate maturities stand at $164.3 billion, Kamco Invest said in a report on Wednesday. A majority of …
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29 December 2020 01:46 PM MENA holds strong potential for low, zero-carbon energy sources - Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) highlighted in its MENA Power Investment Outlook 2020-2024 key regional developments and prevalent trends in the power sector over the short and medium terms. Among the …
The kingdom’s trade exchange with Arab countries fell by 18.97% in the January-October period.
28 December 2020 04:32 PM Saudi trade exchange with Arab states hits SAR 150.4bn in 10M
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s trade exchange with Arab states declined in the first ten months of 2020 given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade movement. The kingdom’s merchandise trade exchange with Arab countries fell by 18.97% in …
Mirna Arif, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt
21 December 2020 00:02 PM Reimagining Egypt’s economy through digital transformation – Interview with Mirna Arif
By: Marina Gamil Cairo – Mubasher: In its recovery phase, Egypt has taken several initiatives to increase the contribution of digitalisation in its economic growth by advancing information technology (IT) infrastructure, supporting startups and …
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17 December 2020 09:21 PM Identifying investment opportunities post-COVID – Interview with Huda Al-Lawati
By: Moslem Ali Mubasher: In a time when the region’s markets continue to cope with the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, it is always important to listen to the experts’ opinion as we review our broader outlook for the region’s markets …
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15 December 2020 00:39 PM Saudi Arabia begins registering citizens, residents for COVID-19 vaccination
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has started on Tuesday registering citizens and foreign residents for vaccination against COVID-19 through "Sehaty" application, state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. On 10 December, the …
The UAE reigns as the top country for regional headquarters.
14 December 2020 10:33 AM General Electric, Nestle executives top Forbes Middle East’s "Global Meets Local" list
Dubai - Mubasher: Forbes Middle East’s eighth annual flagship "Global Meets Local" list featured 50 individuals leading the regional offices for Forbes Global 2000 companies. The ranking celebrates leaders who successfully contributed to their …