Technology-driven growth takes centre stage in the GCC

November 11, 2019

Digital technologies are disrupting economies globally and the GCC is no exception. According to Mergermarket, there were approximately 40 technology-related M&A transactions in the region between 2015 and 2017, focused on software, internet, telecoms and online commerce. Here we look at 3 Gulf countries and how they compare in their approach to embracing advances in […]

Running red hot – the global shisha tobacco market

October 1, 2019

While the global tobacco industry is facing the combined challenges of stricter regulations, new entrants from technologies such as vaping, and rapidly changing consumer behaviour, there is one market segment that is experiencing significant growth: shisha. Also known as hookah, argila and narghile, waterpipe smoking is a market expected to be worth over US$25bn by […]

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 […]

Sheikh Khalid closes in on Newcastle United

May 30, 2019

The Abu Dhabi ruling family may be set to continue its love affair with the English Premier League, as reports suggest that Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan is in talks to acquire club side Newcastle United. Although the deal is not yet finalised, supporters and rivals are speculating on what this means for the club and […]

Home grown in the desert: agri-tech companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

May 7, 2019

The dry, sun-drenched deserts of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are not the obvious place to think of cultivating crops, yet restaurants and supermarkets in the region are increasingly stocking fruits and vegetables that have been grown locally – how is this even possible? Local food production is rapidly rising up the political […]

Who is behind Dubai Wonderland?

January 3, 2019

While scanning the news items of the day, I read about an impressive ‘$191m fund launched to finance Dubai Wonderland project’ and while part of me is delighted, I’m also left feeling sceptical. Like many of us who have responsibilities for securing new business, finding out about a new fund with ambitious development plans sets […]

The case for consolidation within the UAE

May 29, 2018

Scale. Efficiencies. Strategic fit…some of the reasons often given for a merger, JV or other form of strategic partnership between companies.  The spate of high-profile mergers in the UAE in recent months, particularly amongst government and partially government-owned businesses, suggests that there is another factor in play. Mergers and JVs are of course not new […]

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 […]

COMPANIES IN THE NEWS: Mohammed Al Abbar, Noon.com and Adeptio

March 24, 2017

Amazon’s announcement this week that it has agreed to acquire Souq.com for an estimated USD650m sets the scene for a battle between the global online retail giant and a soon-to-launch regional competitor in the shape of Noon.com. The prize at stake is large, with the Middle East region’s online shopping market set to grow by […]

COMPANIES IN THE NEWS: UAE Exchange Center

January 24, 2017

One of the most prolific outbound UAE investors, UAE Exchange Center is now part of the same network as Travelex, following the latter’s acquisition by well-known UAE entrepreneur BR Shetty at the end of 2016. Click here to download our free ClarifiedBy company snapshot of UAE Exchange Center. UAE Exchange Center (operating under its brand […]

The new UAE bankruptcy law – surprise announcement?

October 25, 2016

It was announced today that new UAE legislation on bankruptcy had been decreed into law, a first draft of which was only approved by the country’s federal cabinet last month. In a move which may take many of the legal and professional services community by surprise in the speed of its execution, the law will […]

The 2015 UAE Commercial Companies Law – Clarified by Diligencia

June 1, 2016

UPDATE: since this article was written, the UAE government has announced a 12-month extension to the deadline to comply with the provisions of the 2015 Commercial Companies Law. UAE-based companies now have until 30 June 2017 to meet the requirements laid down in the legislation. It is only a month to go until companies need […]