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Dubai’s DEWA to invest over $10bn as energy demand rises

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to invest 40 billion dirhams ($10.89 billion) on capital expenditure over the next few years, just a day after it announced energy demand in the emirate rose by 6.3 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2022. The firm provides electricity and water services to 3.5 million people […]

Amin Magrabi, CEO

Vision giant Magrabi eyes IPO and global expansion

Magrabi Retail could be set for international expansion and an upcoming IPO, according to Amin Magrabi, CEO of the Middle Eastern ocular powerhouse.  With 142 stores, an estimated market share of 40 percent, 1,350 employees and revenue of $220 million a year, Riyadh-headquartered Magrabi Retail plans to double in size by 2025. “International expansion is […]

Union Coop’s store in Jumeirah, Dubai

Supermarket chain Union Coop to list on Dubai stock market

UAE supermarket chain Union Coop is to list its shares on the Dubai stock market from July 18, it announced today. The retailer suspended the trading of shares on its own portal and when trading resumes on July 18 on the DFM shareholders will be given ten shares for each already held. The company, which […]

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wants to gloablise Dubai's national companies

Dubai to open 50 commercial offices around the world

Dubai is planning to open 50 commercial representative offices around the world as part of its goal to transform the emirate into a truly global trading hub and double its economy in the next five years. The new Dubai Global initiative, launched yesterday, aims to help Dubai-based companies scale up globally and provide them with […]

Aluminium Bahrain BSC is the first aluminium smelter in the Middle East

Alba confirms it is ‘exploring’ listing in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat is considering a secondary listing of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba) on Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul stock market. Alba said in a statement to the Bahrain Stock Exchange yesterday it is “exploring various opportunities, one of which is a potential secondary listing on Saudi Arabia’s Stock Exchange which is currently under evaluation […]

IPO expected for Dubai road toll operator

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Wednesday issued a new law establishing road toll operator Salik as a public joint stock company (PJSC), paving the way for a potential initial public offering (IPO).  According to the law, Salik Company PJSC will have a term of 99 years, starting from the date of […]

Foreign investment licences in Saudi reach record high

The number of foreign investment licences have soared to record highs in Saudi Arabia as more than 100 deals worth over $4 billion were struck during the first quarter of 2022. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment (MISA) revealed that the deals announced are expected to create more than 5,800 new jobs in the domestic economy, […]

UAE stock markets target London in foreign investment push

Stock markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are targeting London as they aim to strengthen their status as key destinations for international investors. Both the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) have completed investor roadshows in the British capital, holding hundreds of meetings with some of the world’s largest asset […]

Saudi operator of Domino’s and Dunkin’ plans IPO

Alamar Foods, the Saudi-based operator of fast food giants Domino’s and Dunkin’, has announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO), further boosting the kingdom’s recent surge of share sales. Alamar said it will be listing its ordinary shares on the Saudi Exchange’s Main Market, following approval by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) for the […]

Malek Al Malek, the chairman of TECOM

Boom time as TECOM leads the Gulf IPO resurgence

As Dubai announced plans to sell a 12.5 percent stake in business park operator TECOM today – its second public offering this year after Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) – Middle Eastern bourses have generally defied the downward international trend with increases in trading activity and values amid a robust pipeline of initial public offerings […]

Abu Dhabi Borouge’s $2 billion IPO set to be ADX’s biggest

Abu Dhabi-based petrochemicals company Borouge raised more than $2 billion on Tuesday after demand for its initial public offering topped $83.4 billion. The shares are due to start trading on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) on Friday under the symbol BOROUGE, the largest listing to date on the exchange which has seen a string […]

Clothing, Apparel, Person

Age is just a number – and that number is $33trn

As companies join the global race to prolong life, the Gulf is positioned to lead the way in preventative medicine “Live long and prosper” may be a quote from science fiction, made famous by a Star Trek movie in 1979, but its sentiment is driving real growth in today’s global scientific economy. The global longevity […]

Saudi exchange

Saudi firms lead MENA IPO charge amid global gloom

Initial public offering (IPO) activity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is bucking global trends, with investors rushing to take opportunities across a wide range of sectors. Despite uncertainties affecting the global IPO outlook – including the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict – the MENA region saw a 400 percent year-on-year increase in the number […]

Adnoc facility at Ruwais

Abu Dhabi and Britain sign deal to fuel global hydrogen push

Adnoc’s deal to develop clean hydrogen with British giant BP and renewable energy firm Masdar is a “landmark agreement” that will accelerate the global transition towards a sustainable future, industry experts have said.  As part of the partnership announced on Tuesday, Adnoc (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) and BP have advanced to the design phase […]

Majis Industrial Services water

Oman’s wealth fund considers IPO for water company

Oman’s sovereign wealth fund, the Oman Investment Authority (OIA), is considering a public share sale for water company Majis Industrial Services. The OIA has invited banks to pitch for roles in Majis’s initial public offering, said two sources, declining to be named. The OIA and Majis did not respond to Reuters’s requests for comment. The […]

Borouge produces polyolefins used in cars and food packaging

Borouge to sell 10% of shares in IPO as it lists on ADX

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its Austrian chemicals partner Borealis AG are planning an initial public offering (IPO) of their petrochemicals joint venture Borouge on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). Borouge, a specialty plastics firm that produces polyolefins used in items such as cars and food packaging, said its offering will consist […]

High Rise, City, Urban

UAE’s first SPAC on launch pad as alternative to IPO

Abu Dhabi’s ADC Acquisition Corporation (ADC), the UAE’s first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), on Tuesday announced its initial public offering (IPO) subscription period will start on Thursday. Shares will be available for purchase to retail and professional investors in a public subscription in the UAE and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).  […]

What is a SPAC and how do they work?

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) raise capital through an initial public offering (IPO) for the purpose of acquiring an existing operating company. Subsequently, an operating company can merge with (or be acquired by) the publicly traded SPAC and become a listed company in lieu of executing its own IPO. According to PwC, this approach offers […]

‘Savvy’ investors snap up DEWA shares

Plenty of mystery surrounds the listing of Dubai utilities giant DEWA, the Middle East’s largest IPO since the floating of Saudi Aramco in late 2019. When CNBC’s Dan Murphy organised an interview with DEWA’s CEO, he hoped to extricate some details from the infamously secretive boss.  Amid surging shares following news of the float, Saeed […]