KHALEEJ TIMES | SME sector in the GCC region expected to grow 156%

November 22, 2017

Small and Medium Enterprises in the GCC region expected to grow 156% to US$ 920 billion in the next 5 years, according to a new study by MENA Research Partners
SMEs to employ 22 million people in five years
(Abu Dhabi/Dubai- 22 November, 2017) – The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector in the GCC region presents a potential of US$ 920 billion with 156% growth in the next five years, employing 22 million people, according to a new study by MENA Research Partners (MRP), a leading research company in the region. The study was released today, when Sharjah is celebrating entrepreneurship and local SME successes at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival.

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We expect a 3% growth in GCC stock markets by year-end

October 15, 2017

«طوق نجاة لأسواق الأسهم ومحرك المياه الراكدة».. هكذا وصف خبراء ومحللون استطلعت «البيان الاقتصادي» آراءهم في شأن نتائج أعمال الشركات للربع الثالث من العام الحالي، معتبرين أنها عامل محفز لمعنويات المستثمرين في الفترة المقبلة بعدما طال انتظارها على مدار الشهرين الماضيين في وقت عانت فيه الأسواق من حالة ركود نسبي مع تراجع الأسهم وتدني السيولة. ووفق رصد لـ«البيان الاقتصادي»، وصل إجمالي أرباح 110 شركات إماراتية مدرجة إلى نحو 31.9 مليار درهم خلال النصف الأول من العام الجاري مقارنة بأرباح بلغت 32 مليار درهم في الفترة المقارنة من 2016. وقال المحللون والخبراء إن نتائج القطاع البنكي ستكون الأبرز كعادتها مدعومة بالأداء التشغيلي القوي وتراجع نسبة القروض المتعثرة والتأقلم مع مواجهة التحديات على عكس باقي بنوك المنطقة التي تعاني أوضاعاً غير مستقرة بسبب تراجعات النفط. واستحوذت البنوك على النسبة الأكبر من أرباح الشركات المدرجة

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Anthony Hobeika to AMEinfo | Multimillionaire surge in UAE and Australia, but drop in France

October 3, 2017

While the UAE, Dubai specifically, added 400 people to its multimillionaires list this year, High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) increased their presence Down Under by an extra 11,000. AMEinfo takes a closer look at what’s attracting HNWIs to these shores and what’s turning them away from other countries in droves. According to the 2017 Word Wealth Report released on Thursday, the number of HNWIs in the UAE reached 55,700 in 2016, compared to 55,300 in 2015; an increase that boosted the combined wealth of this group of individuals from $193.2 billion in 2015 to $195.3bn in 2016. In 2014, however, combined wealth sat at $227.9bn, so does Dubai still hold appeal? Anthony Hobeika, Chief Executive Officer, MENA Research Partners, tells AMEinfo that Dubai’s economy back in 2014 offered a fast-growth environment for investors, growing in a large number of diversified sectors encompassing logistics, technology

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AMEinfo | We will see more bank mergers in the GCC soon

September 27, 2017

More Islamic and conventional banks in the GCC are likely to merge in the coming future, according to an expert on the topic. “As most GCC countries became overbanked and saturated by the number of operating banks, mergers are now considered as a natural path towards sector consolidation, in order to create larger entities that are financially more robust and efficient, as they benefit from more economies of scale,” says Anthony Hobeika, chief executive officer at MENA Research Partners, to AMEinfo in an exclusive interview. Increased interest in mergers According to a report released on September 25 by Ubhar Capital, a full service investment firm, amongst the ongoing or rumoured M&A, three are currently in the Islamic banking space and two in conventional. The report said that the creation of bigger Islamic banks has become necessary, as these could not only rival other Islamic banks

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MENA Research Partners | The knowledge partner of India-UAE Strategic Conclave

September 28, 2017

India and the United Arab Emirates have engaged in trading relations with each other for centuries, though now a new era has dawned. The countries have recently elevated their trade relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. Relations further tightened when Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited India in February 2016. The relationship then took a step forward with the Crown Prince’s invitation as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade in January 2017. India is the largest trading partner of the UAE, while the UAE is India’s third largest trading partner. Thus, the bilateral negotiations between the two hold tremendous importance. During his visit, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Modi signed 14 agreements solidifying the countries’ bond. Beyond the agreement to identify a comprehensive strategic partnership, 13 MoUs were signed. These covered matters

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Anthony Hobeika C.E.O, MENA Research Partners | will be live on Wednesday March 29 2017 on Dubai Eye ( 103.8 FM )

March 29, 2017

The move towards quality healthcare, increase in demand for preventive care and digital health will contribute to a massive 60 percent growth of the healthcare sector in the UAE in five years. The current AED 64 billion (US$ 17 billion) market will surge to over AED 103 billion (US$ 28 billion) in 2021, driven by a shift in demand for preventive care, a rise in specialist medical services, more efficiently integrated healthcare solutions, as well as the high growth potential within specific medical device and pharmaceutical sub-sectors. Medical tourism and mandatory insurance will also contribute to the sector’s growth. The country aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system and become among the leading countries, not only regionally, but in the world in terms of quality of healthcare

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CNBC ARABIA | (BORSAT EL ALAM) with Hussein Sayed

July 19, 2017

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