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UAE Markets: Weekly Summary - February 27, 2024

UAE exits money laundering grey list, Fly Dubai's profit soars 75%, FAB predicts 4% GDP growth, Turkey halts AED 31.2b sukuk with UAE, FedEx to open AED 1.28b Dubai hub and ADQ announces AED 128.45b Ras El-Hekmat city project.

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UAE exits money laundering grey list, Fly Dubai's profit soars 75%, FAB predicts 4% GDP growth, Turkey halts AED 31.2b sukuk with UAE, FedEx to open AED 1.28b Dubai hub and ADQ announces AED 128.45b Ras El-Hekmat city project.

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Markets 📈 

*As of Feb 27, 2024 - 5:32 AM

Money Brief 💰

A roundup of the biggest deals in the UAE this week.


  • IHC reported a net profit of AED 32.95B in 2023, marking a 1.2% increase from AED 32.57B in 2022 (ADX)

  • Emirates Telecom Group Company (e&) saw its net profit rise to AED 11.14B in 2023, up 5.9% from AED 10.52B in 2022 (ADX)

  • Fly Dubai's net profit soared by 75% to AED 2.1B in 2023 compared to the previous year (FLD)

  • Dubal Holding reported a stable net profit of AED 1.79B in 2023 (KHT)

  • Response Plus’ net profit surged to AED 49.4M in 2023, a 68.6% increase from AED 29.3M in 2022 (ADX)

  • Al Mal Capital REIT's net profit climbed to AED 34.5M in 2023, up 73.4% from AED 19.9M in 2022 (DFM)

  • Sawaeed Holding turned its fortunes with a net income of AED 6.36M in 2023, reversing from a loss of AED 15.3M in 2022 (ADX)

  • Sharjah Islamic Bank shareholders approved to distribute cash dividend of AED 0.1 / share (ADX)

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M&A / Investments:

  • ADQ to invest AED 128.45b in Ras El-Hekmat to develop it into a major new city by a private consortium by 2025 (ADQ)

  • ADNOC and OMV pause AED 110.2b merger talks over chemicals businesses due to governance and listing disagreements (FT)

  • Mubadala, Stone Point Capital, and Clayton, Dubilier & Ross to buy Truist Insurance Holdings in a deal valuing TIH at AED 56.9b (ZWY)

  • e& suspends plans to increase stakes in Saudi-listed Mobily due to rising share prices (ZWY)

  • Mubadala is set to lead a AED 488.11m investment in India's Avanse Financial Services (EIT)

  • Mubadala considers purchasing stake in Heathrow, potentially joining Saudi and Qatar investment authorities as shareholders (BBG)

  • Nybl, a UAE-based AI platform, merged with Saudi tech company Basserah (ZWY)


  • The Cloud, a food tech startup based in Abu Dhabi, secured AED 44.04m in Series B funding and acquired UK-based KBOX (ZWY)

  • GameCentric raises AED 5.5m from Dubai-based angel investor Bilal Merchant for regional gaming platform (WMD)

  • TECOM Group's in5 incubator saw startups raise AED 3b in funding in 2023 (GFB)

Partnerships / Projects:

  • Mubadala and Goldman Sachs establish AED 3.67b partnership for investments in Asia Pacific (CNBC)

  • FedEx announces new AED 1.28b regional hub at Dubai World Central Airport which will incorporate advanced automation technologies (ARB)

  • BP and ADNOC form joint venture in Egypt for natural gas, aiming at production for European supply (BBG)

  • Burjeel Holdings from the UAE to open specialized surgery centers in Saudi Arabia by 2025, anticipating revenues up to AED 194.67m (BJH)

  • ADNOC progresses in negotiations with Covestro, exploring improved bid for the German chemical maker (BBG)

  • Forseven, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi's CYVN Holdings, entered into a tech licensing agreement with Nio, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer (NIO

  • UAE signs Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Kenya to boost food production, mining, technology, and logistics (TEA)

  • Moro Hub, a subsidiary of the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Siemens partnered to boost operational technology security and smart city services (MBS)

  • Yahsat to offer smartphone to satellite connectivity, the 'direct-2-device' can hook up for voice calls and messaging (GFN)


  • National International Holding gained CMA approval to buyback or sell company shares at no more than 10% of the total share capital (DFM)

  • RAK Properties seeks shareholder approval to boost capital by AED 920m with new share issue to RAK government (ADX)


  • First Abu Dhabi Bank issues 5-year debt with initial price guidance at 120 basis points over U.S. Treasuries (RTR)

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Finance signed a medium-term loan agreement of AED 92m with Emirates NBD-Egypt (ZWY)

Crypto / FX: 

  • Astra Tech issued over 100,000 Botim multi-currency cards within 4 months through its collaboration with Mastercard (ZWY)

  • DKK Partners received initial approval from the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority of Dubai to offer virtual asset broker dealer services (FFN)

  • GCC Exchange opened a new branch at Fujairah International Airport (ZWY)

  • Visa, Checkout.com and Stake to launch a cross-border funding solution in GCC (FFN)

Real Estate: 

  • Emaar Properties expands the Oasis project by 108%, increasing the total development value to AED 73b (GFB)

  • Nakheel sells all houses in Bay Villas' first two phases within hours, with more than 500 homes on Dubai Islands, prices from AED 4.4m to AED 14.7m (FRT)

  • Union Properties in Dubai earned over AED 500m from a land sale, with ongoing evaluations of cash offers for assets worth more than AED 1.2b (DFM)

  • A.R.M. Holding launches new property development arm, HUNA, and the projects of The Fold and H Residences in Dubai’s Al Wasl Road neighbourhood (ARB)

  • Abu Dhabi's residential transactions surged to 11,235 in 2023, a 77.8% increase (CBR)


  • Emirates Airlines is preparing for a leadership transition, promoting two senior executives as potential successors to President Tim Clark (Bloomberg)

  • Abu Dhabi Ship Building named Mr. Khaled Al Zaabi as Chairman of the Board of Directors (ADX)

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