UAE Markets: Weekly Summary

UAE's economy to see 5.7% growth in 2024, Lulu's IPO aims for AED 3.68b, Mashreq Bank's net profit jumps 130%, FAB's profit reaches AED 16.4b, ADIA plans up to AED 18.4b investment in India, and Eisler Capital considers Dubai for new office.

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UAE's economy to see 5.7% growth in 2024, Lulu's IPO aims for AED 3.68b, Mashreq Bank's net profit jumps 130%, FAB's profit reaches AED 16.4b, ADIA plans up to AED 18.4b investment in India, and Eisler Capital considers Dubai for new office.

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*As of Feb 8, 2024 - 5:45 AM

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


  • UAE’s economy is expected to grow by 5.7% in 2024 according to the Ministry of Finance (WAM)

  • Eisler Capital, a London-based AED 14.7b hedge fund, is preparing a Dubai office by Q3 (BBG)

  • Shuaa Capital, an investment bank and asset manager, denied rumours that it will de-list from Dubai Financial Market (DFM)

  • UAE sees growing interest from UK fintechs for dual listings (BBG)


  • LuLu Group International, a leading Middle East hypermarket chain, is seeking bank pitches for a potential AED 3.68b IPO for dual listing in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi (BBG)


  • First Abu Dhabi Bank reported a 22% year-over-year increase in 2023 net profit to AED 16.4b (ADX)

  • Mashreq Bank's 2023 net profit rose by 130% to AED 8.59b (DFM

  • RAKBANK's 2023 net profit surged by 53.4% to AED 1.78b (ADX)

  • Borouge reported a 2023 net profit of AED 3.64b, up from AED 2.66b in 2022 (ADX)

  • Commercial Bank of Dubai's 2023 net profit increased to AED 2.65b from AED 1.83b in 2022 (DFM)

  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank announced a 4Q23 net profit of AED 2.45b, up from AED 1.78b in 2022 (ADX)

  • Tecom's net profit for FY2023 rose by 49% to AED 1.1b (DFM)

  • NBQ's 2023 net profit increased to AED 502.6m from AED 364.5m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Q Holding reported a decrease in 2023 net profit to AED 461.3m from AED 899.7m in 2022, despite revenue growth to AED 994.3m from AED 720.3m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Abu Dhabi National Hotels saw a 2023 net profit of AED 422m, up slightly from AED 415m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Dubai Financial Market's net profit for 2023 jumped 124% to AED 329.4m from AED 147.1m in 2022, with the board proposing a cash dividend of 3.5 fils per share) for the year (DFM)

  • Emirates Driving's 2023 net profit increased to AED 267.1m from AED 253.4m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Invictus Investment's 2023 net profit decreased to AED 213.7m from AED 454.6m in 2022 (ADX)

  • BHM Capital reported a 2023 net profit of AED 31.5m, up from AED 15.7m in 2022 (DFM)

  • RAK Insurance's accumulated losses reached AED 28m, with the accumulated losses to capital ratio standing at 23% as of the end of December 2023 (ADX)

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, investing for the Government of Abu Dhabi, recorded rolling returns of 17.3% in 2023 (ZWY)

  • Earnings we’re watching this week: 

    • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution

    • Al Dar Properties

    • Burjeel Holdings

    • Dana Gas

    • Aramex 

    • Multiply Group

    • RAK Ceramics

    • Shuaa Capital

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M&A / Investments:

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority plans an AED 14.7b to 18.4b fund to invest in India's new finance hub (RTR)

  • PureHealth subsidiary SEHA buys Mayo Clinic's 25% stake in Sheikh Shakbout Medical City for AED 550.5m (ADX)

  • ADPorts Group subsidiary, Noatum, acquired 100% ownership of Sesé Auto Logistics for AED 323.19m (ADP

  • Dubai Investments acquired a 34.3% stake in Global Fertility Partners, a network of fertility and reproductive genetics centers across the Middle East, in a deal worth AED 220.4m (DBI)

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is considering buying a minority stake in Dalian Wanda Group’s mall operator (YHF)

  • Tamween, a subsidiary of Ghitha Holding, sold 106.6m shares of Apex Investment (ADX)

  • Gulf Investment House's subsidiary bought 7% of the capital of an unlisted UAE real estate company for AED 4.5m (ADX)

  • Serco acquired Dubai-based Climatize for an undisclosed sum (WYM)


  • Velar, a developer of a Decentralized Perpetual Derivatives Exchange on Bitcoin, secured AED 12.9m in seed funding (BCR)

  • The Digital Hotelier, a Dubai-based hospitality software solution, secured an AED 3.67m investment from Plug and Play, Hope Funds, and angel investors (WYM)

Partnerships / Projects:

  • Wheely, luxury Uber rival, launches in Dubai to take on Careem (CNB)

  • Vikas Lifecare, listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, plans to open a subsidiary in the UAE for commercial investments (ZWY)

  • RTA unveils an AED 350m Nol card upgrade, adding facial recognition, AI, and smartphone payments for public transport (ARB)

  • ADNOC Gas signed a 10-year agreement to supply 0.5m metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas to India's largest natural gas Company, GAIL (SPG)

  • DTC has doubled its taxi fleet at Dubai Airports (TOD)

  • Kezad, an Abu Dhabi Port’s subsidiary, to build 250k square metres of new warehousing capacity for AED 621m by the end of 2025 (APG)

  • Dana Gas resumes operations at Iraqi Kurdistan’s Khor Mor gas field (NSD)

  • Abu Dhabi Department of Health partners with Masdar City, Xlife Sciences, and Thermo Fisher Scientific to enhance clinical research in the UAE (ADH)

Crypto / FX: 

  • UAE Central Bank and China's People's Bank conducted the first cross-border digital Dirham transfer of 50 million dirhams using the mBridge CBDC Platform (BIC)

  • Dubai Road and Transport Authority licences DRIFE, the first Web3 Taxi platform in the UAE (ZWY)

  • Zubair Al Zubair and Muzzammil Al Zubair impersonated UAE royalty to defraud investors in an AED 33m cryptocurrency scam (USJ)

Real Estate: 

  • Aldar will invest AED 5.14b to build commercial, hospitality properties in Abu Dhabi (RTR)

  • Abu Dhabi real estate transactions hit AED 4.99b in January 2024 (WAM)

  • MAG awarded a AED 2.8b contract to Cecep Techand Middle East for building The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dubai (ZWY)

  • Citi Developers' AED 300m Dubai project, Aveline Residences, has booked 70% of its apartments (KJT)

  • Portugal's Swank Development plans to invest over AED 300m in a luxury residential project in Dubai's Meydan (GFN)

  • Tecom Group, hosting tenants like Meta and Alphabet, plans to expand its office space in Dubai (BBG

  • Marjan is set to develop RAK Central, a mixed-use project featuring a Class A office and commercial district by 2026 (ZWY)

  • Ellington Properties and Dutco launch luxury residential development in Dubai (ZWY)

  • DMCC initiated the second phase of Uptown Dubai to build two mid-rise commercial towers (ZWY)

  • Select Group awarded a AED 655m construction contract to Engineering Contracting Company for The EDGE, a 1.4m square foot dual tower (ZWY)

  • Dubai to open new cancer hospital in 2026 (ZWY)

  • Sharjah reported a 13.1% increase in transaction volume, reaching AED 27.1b in 2023 (WAM)


  • Al Wathba National Insurance announced the resignation of CEO Mr. Frederik Bisbjerg (ADX)

  • Azura, a wealth manager, appointed former Barclays executive Hazem Shish to expand its deal-making operations in Dubai (BBG)

  • Apex disclosed that Vice Chairman Mrs. Elham Abdul Ghafoor, Board Member Mr. Mansour Ibrahim, and Board Member Mr. Issa Najib Mir Abdullah resigned for personal reasons (ADX)

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