United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Global Islamic Microfinance Forum on Dec 8

The Global Islamic Microfinance Forum on Islamic microfinance will be held in the UAE on December 8, in which delegates from more than 30 countries will participate. The forum's purpose is to introduce Islamic microfinance on the global canvas as an effective tool for poverty alleviation and social development. It also aims to develop Islamic microfinance internationally and to have a dialogue with the international donor and development agencies and corporate entities for sustainable development.

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Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company’s ratings reaffirmed

Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company’s financial strength rating and credit rating were reaffirmed by A.M. Best’s rating agency and Standard & Poor’s rating agency as A and A-, respectively. Thus, ADNIC is placed among an elite group of financial services institutions to have their financial rating maintained in the A category across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Fajr acquires stake in Mena Mena Infrastructure Fund

In a recent announcement, Fajr Capital Limited has informed about its acquisition of Dubai International Capital’s stake in the Mena Infrastructure Fund. Fajr Capital will join the other two major partners of the fund, HSBC Bank Middle East and Abu Dhabi-based Waha Capital, being a limited partner with other regional and international investors. Fajr Capital’s transaction is expected to result in strengthening the company's position in the MENA region, building exposure in the key markets of Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as increasing the company's assets.

Emirates Money, FWU Group, AMAN Insurance join to launch Banca Takaful

Emirates Money intends to launch Banca Takaful in conjunction with Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Company and Global Takaful Solutions (FWU). A key feature of the new Shari'ah-compliant financial plan is to protect invested capital in a bear market situation that we are experiencing nowadays. Banca Takaful shall offer two different investment strategies - equity and cash - allowing customers to choose their investment strategy.

Arab family-owned businesses redefining roles through effective succession planning and wealth management, finds CTPartners stud

According to CTPartners, a huge number of family-owned businesses, which now have expanded into regional and global conglomerates, are concerned with succession planning to manage and preserve their wealth for future generations. Family-owned businesses should ensure sustainability beyond the founding fathers and their immediate offspring. Since these businesses constitute 75% of the private sector economy, their sustainability is essential for their contries as well.

Dubai Islamic Bank announces first half 2012 net profit of Dhs555m

The net profit of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) for the first half of the year have been announced. They are as high as Dhs555m, which result is a demonstration of a continuous growth. Compared with it, the same period of 2011 brought a profit of Dhs552m. A 27% increase from the first quarter of 2012 to the second has been registered.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is first UAE bank to launch Iraq operations

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) announced their expansion to Iraq yesterday. By opening a branch in Iraq, the bank becomes the first financial institution in the UAE which launches operations there with license from the Iraqi Central Bank. The branch of ADIB will be situated in Baghdad and will be managed by Jawdat Mahmoud Jawdat. ADIB aims to develop the Islamic finance industry in Iraq using best in class Islamic banking products.

Islamic Banking Division of United Arab Bank to disburse meals to over 3,000 people during Ramadan

This year's Ramadan shall bring joy to over 3.000 people thanks to a charitable campaigne of the Bank of the Year in the UAE - the United Arab Bank (UAB). Together with Awqaf & Minors' Affairs Foundation they will disburse meals during the holy month. Thus, they will become part of the giving spirit of the Ramadan and hope to make their contribution to the development of the society towards betterment.

DIB foundation donates Dh135m in charity

The holy month of Ramadan will be marked by the Dubai Islamic Humanitarian Foundation's donation of Dh135 million to a number of charity organisations in six UAE emirates. Dubai Islamic Bank's problems should not affect the charitable act which will include Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah as receiving emirates. More than 3,250 poor families will be given magnetic smart cards. The campaigne takes place for the fifth year in a row.

Charity organisation helps 100 cancer patients in 2011

Abu Dhabi National Islamic Finance (ADNIF) has recently donated Dh 1 million as part of its Zakat funds to UAE charitable foundation Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP). The donated money is to support cancer patients. Ameera Bin Karam, Founding Member and President of FoCP, expressed his hope that this gesture will give a good example to other public and private institutions and individuals.

Aiming to Bolster a Lagging Real Estate Market, Dubai Introduces Islamic REITs

Since the global economic downturn in 2008, Dubai has sought to display signs of financial improvement. And the glitzy sheikhdom of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has begun to demonstrate growth, except in real estate.
Despite the pessimism pervading the market, Dubai launched a Shariah-compliant real estate investment trust (REIT) in November. Emirates REIT, jointly developed by Dubai Islamic Bank and Eiffel Management, a French REIT specialist, joins a number of Shariah-compliant REITs that have been set up Asia and the Middle East over recent months. Governments and Islamic financiers alike hope the new products will spur investment from Muslims and non-Muslims into these regional real estate sectors.

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