MINING IN THE UAE – A CLEAR OPPORTUNITY

September 17, 2019

Anyone who has lived or worked in the UAE will know how much of what is consumed inside the country is imported.  You might also be surprised to know, in a country that consists largely of desert, that the UAE’s imports also include thousands of tonnes of sand each year from Saudi Arabia to manufacture […]

We’ve relaunched ClarifiedBy.com!

September 5, 2019

For the past three years ClarifiedBy.com has been providing best-in-class data on organisations and shareholders in the Middle East and Africa.  During that time, we have listened to our clients’ feedback and are proud to deliver a redesigned improved platform.    Let’s look through the biggest changes:   Effortless search  Search results now appear in an easy to navigate list.   You can quickly see the […]

ClarifiedBy….Data Quality

March 20, 2019

Whether or not you believe The Economist’s now familiar assertion that data is more valuable than oil, there is widespread acceptance that data is a highly valuable resource, particularly for businesses.  Data has become a key driver for business decision-making at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. However, it is refreshing that even since publication […]

Improving on Clarity

March 13, 2019

We’re ‘clarity geeks’. Self-confessed. Unashamedly. Borderline obsessive. Which is why we’ve been busy creating innovations within ClarifiedBy.com. Let’s look through the changes, one by one, but as an example, the new summary page gives all visitors a better indication of the comprehensive data we collect and enables immediate one-off purchases. Easier Navigation Our navigation model has been updated. […]

The Case for Clarity – the importance of verified company information

February 7, 2019

Those of you investing in the emerging markets of Africa or the Middle East will likely be looking for clarity on some of the mechanisms and levers for growing your commercial interests in these regions– one of which is information on companies you are looking to engage with (suppliers, partners, clients, co-investors), and, by default, […]

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

January 22, 2019

Natural gas might seem the obvious investment story for Mozambique, and there is no doubt that with the discovery offshore of the world’s 14th largest reserves by volume ¹ the country’s economy will in time be transformed. But while operators struggle with technical and logistical challenges, as well as the current market glut of LNG, other […]

Vulnerability in the supply chain

January 8, 2019

As business models become more complex, employees more technologically empowered and cross-border partnerships becoming more the norm, the on-boarding of new suppliers and supply chains puts every organisation into a position of vulnerability. Indeed, supply chain compliance is an enterprise wide responsibility, and collaboration with both client and customer is essential to effectively manage compliance […]

Family offices – here today, gone tomorrow?

December 10, 2018

A startling statistic about the family wealth sector in the Gulf region, is that only 6% of family offices last more than two generations. This is especially concerning if you consider that in this region alone, they represent a predicted 10-year revenue generation of over $10 trillion*. As we noted in a recent blog it is around […]

CLARITY IN AFRICA

September 25, 2018

We believe in the benefit clarity brings. For a decade, we’ve been giving clients access to the hard facts on company and shareholder information across MENA. We’ve reached a critical milestone now that ClarifiedBy is covering Sub Saharan Africa. It’s been a year in the making, diligently opening up countries as fast a possible, starting with Nigeria, […]

To be a (business)woman in Saudi Arabia

June 27, 2018

In the week that Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to permit women to drive, you may be forgiven for thinking that the Gulf is only just waking up to ideas such as women’s rights and equal opportunities.  However, issues that have dominated the Western news agenda in recent times such as […]

It’s the sources, stupid

April 5, 2018

As some of you will have noticed, this year is Diligencia’s tenth anniversary and in Nouri’s post about the early days of the company he set out one of the guiding principles of how we compile our company information, namely only using official sources. The emphasis we place on authentic company information is still absolutely […]

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 2

March 28, 2018

As I look back over the last ten years I am struck by the fact that the MENA region has seen seismic changes.  Quite apart from the political upheavals, notably the so-called Arab Spring, which at times led to a revolving door of the subjects we were asked to research, the following cases have had […]

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 1

March 26, 2018

10 years ago this month, I founded Diligencia.  I had no particular grand strategy at that stage, and certainly no formal business plan that I could have presented to potential investors, even if there were any.  All I had was a firm belief that there was a need and a demand for high quality business […]

The Saudi corruption purge in 5 charts and tables

January 19, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on corruption briefly reappeared on the radar of international media outlets this week with the news that Prince Muteb bin Abdullah, previously head of the Saudi national guard, had been released and that the Riyadh Ritz (pictured) had re-opened after being used as a luxury prison for those detainees with a […]

2017 in review – ClarifiedBy Diligencia (Part 2)

December 29, 2017

In our last post we focused primarily on Saudi Arabia and the impact of its domestic and foreign policy agenda over the course of 2017.  We now turn our attention to another major regional power, a country which has also had an eventful year. Iran 2017 in Iran was a story of two elections – […]

2017 in review – ClarifiedBy Diligencia (Part 1)

December 27, 2017

For a region used to turbulence and conflict, 2017 has been an eventful year for the Middle East by any measure.  The motor behind many of the year’s most eye-catching moments was Saudi Arabia which, under the growing power of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured), has not only embarked on a radical programme of […]

Sporting passions in MENA – Motorsport

November 16, 2017

In the first of a series of blog posts, Diligencia explores the links between the world of international sport and the MENA region. In 1977 Frank Williams, then owner of a fledgling Formula 1 racing team, took the unusual step at that time of travelling to Saudi Arabia in search of sponsorship.  He returned home […]

ClarifiedBy improvements – a message from Nouri

October 17, 2017

I am writing to let you know about some exciting updates to our ClarifiedBy service.  We have been listening to your feedback over the past weeks and months and are pleased to introduce new improvements to the platform, which we believe will make it even easier to use. Interactive network diagrams – use the sliders to […]

Private family offices: the role of the investment committee

September 11, 2017

When looking at decision-making within private family offices in the MENA region, it is perhaps natural to focus on the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), or equivalent position.  This role is generally taken by an investment professional with many years of experience in the private banking sector or other advisory capacity.  The CIO can often be […]

Diligencia’s ClarifiedBy.com partners with Arachnys

August 29, 2017

We are pleased to announce that ClarifiedBy.com’s proprietary MENA company information is now available to Arachnys customers via its Investigator and D3 platforms. This partnership is designed to enhance Arachnys’ capabilities in the MENA region by placing Diligencia’s trusted and accurate company information alongside the range of other sources that Investigator and D3 carry. Nouri […]