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Investcorp and Mumtalakat acquire PRO Unlimited (CPI Financial - 30/10/2014)

nvestcorp and Mumtalakat today announced that they have acquired PRO Unlimited, a provider of software and services that enable large enterprises to more effectively manage their contingentworkforce. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded

Kingdom Holding Q3 net profit rises 20.5pc (Reuters - 30/10/2014)

Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding , the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, posted a 20.5 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit on Thursday, on the back of higher investment profits. Kingdom made a net profit of SR265 million

Details revealed for 3rd Annual Islamic Banking Summit Africa (CPI Financial - 30/10/2014)

More than 200 industry participants, regulators and thought leaders in the international Islamic banking and finance industry will be gathering on the 4th & 5th of November 2014 at the Djibouti Palace Kempinski for the 3rd Annual Islamic Banking Summit

“BARWA” REVEALES “ALAATEDA” AND SIGNS AN AGREEMENT WITH “PROMONTORIO” (Press Release - 30/10/2014)

News keep coming about Barwa Real Estate big projects which the group is now taking effective steps towards their implementation. Barwa Real Estate Group revealed today, in less than a week, its second new project “Alaateda” during a press conference

Qatar’s UK investments hit £30bn (The Peninsula - 30/10/2014)

Qatar’s investment in the UK has reached an estimated £30bn. The country will continue to be one of the main investment destinations of Qatar, said the Minister of Economy and Commerce, H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, yesterday.

Bank Nizwa sees 349 per cent growth in customer financing (Oman Daily Observer - 30/10/2014)

Bank Nizwa’s financial performance over the last twelve months period ending on September 30, demonstrated the solid growth of the institution since its inception, reporting a 349 per cent surge in the bank’s customer financing portfolio and a 204 growth

Extensive rules in place for margin trading (The Peninsula - 30/10/2014)

Extensive rules have been put in place for margin trading activities to be conducted on the Qatari bourse, Qatar Exchange (QE). The regulator of the capital markets will issue licences to financial services companies to carry out margin trading for their

Omantel first operator to offer LTE roaming (The Peninsula - 30/10/2014)

Omantel is the first operator in the Sultanate to launch 4G-LTE roaming as the Company expanded its roaming agreements with operators in six different countries. The new service will enable customers of the largest telecom operator to enjoy superior

Australia Q3 Export Prices Fall 3.9% (RTT News - 30/10/2014)

Export prices in Australia declined 3.9 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That beat expectations for a decline of 4.7 percent following the 7.9 percent tumble in the second quarter.

C$ strengthens, helped by soft US data and oil (Business Recorder - 30/10/2014)

TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened against the US currency on Tuesday, helped by soft US data that weighed on the greenback and a slight recovery in the price of oil. The US dollar fell against a range of currencies as US durable goods and home

Gold Holds Near Three-Week Low as Fed Ends Easing Amid SPDR Drop (Bloomberg - 30/10/2014)

Gold traded near a three-week low as the dollar strengthened after the Federal Reserve ended its asset-purchase program. Holdings in the largest exchange-traded product extended declines to the lowest in six years. Bullion for immediate delivery was at

WTI Falls From 1-Week High as U.S. Supplies Expand; Brent Drops (Bloomberg - 30/10/2014)

West Texas Intermediate retreated from a one-week high after government data showed crude stockpiles rose as output surged to a record high in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer. Brent slid in London. Futures fell as much as 0.6 percent in New

Asia stocks fall, dollar surges on Fed's optimistic tone (Reuters - 30/10/2014)

Reuters) - Asian stocks fell and the dollar surged to a three-week high versus the yen after the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its massive quantitative easing programme, as expected, but laced its economic assessment with a tinge of optimism. MSCI's

Real estate crowdfunding set to debut in GCC (Oman Daily Observer - 30/10/2014)

Real estate crowdfunding — a groundbreaking way of investing in real estate that is open to everyone from all walks of life — will soon make its debut in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. Preparing to launch this novel concept is DURISE, a UAE-based

Minimum capital for SME listing cut to QR2m (The Peninsula - 30/10/2014)

The capital market regulator has reduced the minimum capital requirement to QR2m, from QR5m, for SMEs wanting to be listed on the upcoming venture market. The venture or junior stock market for small and medium-sized enterprises is expected to be

Omani entrepreneurs share experiences at Reyooq event (Oman Daily Observer - 30/10/2014)

As part of the monthly Reyooq event, the National Business Centre (NBC), which falls under the purview of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), yesterday hosted Zuwaina al Rashdi, CEO of World of Handicrafts, and Badar al Shidi,

Trade surplus dips 19.9pc in September to QR26.3bn (The Peninsula - 30/10/2014)

Qatar’s trade balance of goods, year-on-year trade surplus in September shrank 19.9 percent to QR26.3bn from QR32.8bn in September 2013, according to preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics yesterday. The trade

Alwaleed receives Ethiopian envoy (Arab News - 30/10/2014)

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office, Mohammed Hassen Kebira, ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia, who was accompanied by Deme Muleta, Minister Counselor. Nahla

Islamic finance seen to drive SME growth & Islamic trade (Saudi Gazette - 30/10/2014)

In an insightful, often self-critical and highly optimistic debate on the role of Islamic finance in enabling trade, high ranking international banking professionals observed that Islamic finance will become a norm rather than an alternative - as it is

$22.5bn Riyadh metro a race against time (Arab News - 30/10/2014)

The sprawling Saudi capital is in a race against time to complete its $22.5 billion metro system within four years, a senior official said. Abdullah Allohaidan said that the rail and bus development — whose construction is changing the face of Riyadh —

Elaf Group a strategic partner in Kingdom tourism development (Saudi Gazette - 30/10/2014)

The 2013 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, successfully resulted in the generation of over SR13.23 billion worth of new businesses for the global travel industry. The positive response affirms the

WIBC ’14 to transform global Islamic finance (Saudi Gazette - 30/10/2014)

The organizers of the annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014) has launched the 21st annual edition of the event, which is scheduled to be held in Bahrain on Dec. 1-3, 2014. The 21st annual WIBC, which is held under the patronage of Prince

NCB IPO 50.3% subscribed at 11th day end (Arab News - 30/10/2014)

The initial public offering (IPO) of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) was 50.3 percent covered by the end of the 11th day, according to the financial advisers and lead managers GIB Capital and HSBC Saudi Arabia. About 757,000 investors bought shares at

SABIC resin perfect for electric car (Saudi Gazette - 30/10/2014)

A SABIC-made resin has been successfully used in making the windows of a new ultra-lightweight electric car concept developed by BMW-led Visio.M Consortium. The LEXAN resin, used as an alternative to conventional glass for the car’s windows, reduces

GCC annual inflation rates reach 3.8% (Saudi Gazette - 30/10/2014)

The annual inflation rates in the GCC region ranged between 1.06 percent and 3.8 percent by the end of August this year, the Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf (GCC-Stat) said. Qatar saw the highest

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