REAL ESTATE

Jul 06, 2018

New_York_Plaza_HotelThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has acquired the New York Plaza hotel for a reported $600 million.

Jun 08, 2018

Global_propertyTwo Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds are among the top five real estate investors in the world.

May 25, 2018

Saudi Arabian stocksInvestors in Saudi stocks will have access to new hedging tools after Nasdaq Dubai revealed plans to launch equity futures on Saudi stocks.

May 25, 2018

Real_estatePrivate debt is forecast to become a greater source of funding for real estate investment in the Middle East, according to a report from investment manager Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) and law firm Clifford Chance.

Apr 20, 2018

Dubai Investments is preparing to launch an $810 million (€659.1 million) real estate investment trust (Reit), pending regulatory approval. The investment firm, which is listed on the Dubai stock exchange, will provide 40% of the fund’s capital with the remainder provided by its investors.

Apr 13, 2018

Real_estate_fundDubai-based real estate developer Damac has begun marketing a $400 million, five-year sukuk.

Apr 13, 2018

Islamic_real_estateLa Francaise Forum Securities (FS), the French investment manager’s real estate division, has launched what it claims is one of the first sharia-compliant real estate securities separately managed accounts.

Feb 09, 2018

Lenovo_logoBahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Company, has partnered with US-based Sentinel Real Estate Investment Corporation to acquire the US campus of computer manufacturer Lenovo.

Feb 02, 2018

Sovereign-wealth-fundsAlternative investments now make up almost a quarter (23%) of all sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) asset allocations, according to a report from PwC.

Feb 02, 2018

Dubai_real_estateAfter a challenging 2017, Dubai’s real estate sector is predicted to undergo a year of disruption in 2018 thanks to the introduction of VAT and the emergence of new technology, according to a report from Deloitte.

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Executive Interviews

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Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

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EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

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Roundtables

South Africa asset management roundtable: Global rebound on ice

Experts discuss the investment implications of the coronavirus pandemic, a delayed rebound in global growth and dealing with South Africa’s energy issues head on. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

South African roundtable: Taking the bull by the horns

Our panel discusses Chinese investment in Africa, financial institutions’ contribution to economic sustainability and regulatory concerns. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.

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Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.