UAE Markets: Week in Review

UAE’s Pure Health acquires UK's largest private hospital operator for AED 4.41 billion, Sharjah Islamic Bank posts a record 31% increase in 2023 net profits, Tumodo raises AED 128.6m in a pre-seed funding round, and RAK Properties sells-out first batch of units at Quattro Del Mar.

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UAE’s Pure Health acquires UK's largest private hospital operator for AED 4.41 billion, Sharjah Islamic Bank posts a record 31% increase in 2023 net profits, Tumodo raises AED 128.6m in a pre-seed funding round, and RAK Properties sells-out first batch of units at Quattro Del Mar.

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*As of Jan 21, 2024 - 5:45 AM

Money Brief 💰

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


  • Eshraq Investments will consider an AED 135m stock buyback plan on February 1 (ADX)

  • UAE Central Bank's balance sheet reached AED 670b at the end of November 2023, marking a 30.4% year-on-year increase (THD)

  • S&P Global expects the UAE economy to grow by 5% in 2024, surpassing the global economy's projected 2.8% growth (GBN)

  • UAE hotel revenues surged 27% to nearly AED 33b in the first nine months of 2023, indicating a strong boost in tourism (TNN)


  • Sharjah Islamic Bank reported a record 31% rise in 2023 net profits to AED 841.5m and declared a cash dividend distribution of AED 0.10 per share (ADX)

  • Commercial Bank International saw a 14% increase in 2023 net profit to AED 171m (ADX)

  • Palms Sports, an IHC subsidiary, announced a 2023 net profit of AED 105m with a 91% surge in revenue to AED 576m (ADX)

  • Earnings we’re watching this month:

    • Dubai Islamic Bank

    • First Abu Dhabi Bank

    • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

    • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

M&A / Investments:

  • Pure Health completed its AED 4.41b acquisition of the UK’s largest private hospital operator, Circle Health Group (ZWY)

  • GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest global private school operators, is discussing a potential AED 7.35b investment with Canadian firm Brookfield Asset Management (BBG)

  • Apex Investments disclosed that FX Capital Commercial Investments holds 17.2% of its total issued shares (ADX), while an additional 17.2% is owned by the spouse of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Noura Al Khour (ADX)

  • G42, a UAE-based tech conglomerate, invested an undisclosed sum in Analog, an Abu Dhabi-based startup specializing in edge computing and AI (WMD)

  • Saudi Tadawul Group has acquired a 32.6% stake in DME Holdings Limited, parent of Dubai Mercantile Exchange, which is set to be rebranded as the Gulf Mercantile Exchange (CMG)

  • ADQ and ADNEC Group will acquire a 40.5% stake in ICON Group, the hospitality arm of Egypt's Talaat Moustafa Group Holding (GBN)


  • Tumodo, a Dubai-based travel tech platform, raised an AED 128.6m pre-seed round led by MENA-focused angel investors (FNS)

  • Silkhaus, a proptech startup in Dubai, secured a multi-million pre-series A financing from San Francisco-headquartered Partners for Growth (WMD)

Partnerships / Projects:

  • Dubai and Pakistan signed AED 11b in agreements at Davos for marine and logistics collaboration, including a Freight Corridor and Economic Zone near Karachi (TRB)

  • Emirates Steel Arkan, signed an AED 7.35b iron ore pellets supply contract with Bahrain Steel (MBS)

  • ADNOC awarded National Marine Dredging Company a AED 502m contract for the construction of Al Nouf artificial island (NMD)

  • Palms Sports obtained AED 282.7m in new and renewed contracts with Emirates Schools Establishment (ADX)

  • Borouge, an Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical company, secured a AED 160m deal with NAFFCO to provide sustainable polyethylene materials (BRG)

  • Presight, a UAE analytics firm, and Hitachi Digital Services signed an MoU to explore partnerships in smart and cognitive city technologies (PRS)

  • Sukoon Insurance and WAX, a US insuretech company, signed an agreement to launch the first collector App for high-net-worth customers in the UAE (SKN)

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai, unveiled a AED 150m fund  for content creators, with plans for a dedicated influencer headquarters (NCR)

  • Seventy Second Investment Company, a UAE based Mubadala-backed company, received approval from India's CCI to invest in Manipal Health Enterprises, which operates 33 hospitals across 17 Indian cities (ZWY)

  • Plus500, a UK-based fintech group, obtained a regulatory licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (NCR)

  • Emirates NBD partnered with Ras Al Khaimah Municipality to provide real estate escrow services (NBD)

  • Du collaborates with Intelsat to enhance cellular connectivity throughout the UAE (NTL)

  • Salik to install two new toll gates in Dubai as directed by the RTA (TNN)


  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Hong Kong's New World are set to refinance an AED 4.4b loan associated with the 2015 purchase of three luxury Hong Kong hotels (BBG)

Crypto / FX: 

  • OKX Middle East Fintech received a Virtual Asset Service Provider license from Dubai, enabling it to offer regulated virtual asset exchange services (CGK)

Real Estate: 

  • RAK Properties sold-out the first batch of units at Quattro Del Mar, its new waterfront development in Ras Al Khaimah (MCN)

  • El Bahrawy Group unveils Neptune, the first floating and mobile villa in the Kempinski Floating Palace project (RBB)

  • Deyaar Development unveiled Rosalia Residences, its third project in Dubai's Al Furjan Community, with completion targeted by September 2025 (ZWY)

  • RAK Properties opened eco-luxury themed Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort (RKP)

  • Expo City introduced Sky Residences, offering apartments from AED 179k for handover in Q3 2026 (ZWY)

  • Alphabeta Properties debuted M77 in Dubai's Meydan Avenue, featuring one- to three-bedroom units starting at AED 105k (MZR)

  • Sheikh Hamdan launches Dubai Integrated Housing Center, consolidating 54 residential services for citizens (MRS)

  • Dubai announces Latifa City with 3,500 plots and 2,300 homes for UAE citizens, covering 40 million square feet (KJT)


  • SHUAA Capital announced the resignation of Finance Director Mr. Gunshyam Kripa (DFM)

  • GFH Financial Group appointed Mr. Ayman Zaidan as Group Chief Treasury & Financial Institutions (DFM)

  • Eshraq Investments appointed Wafik Ben Mansour, acting CEO of SHUAA Capital, to its board after Ajit Vijay Joshi's resignation (ADX)

  • Zepth, a based construction tech firm, appointed former UAE Ambassador to India, Ahmed AlBanna, to its advisory board (UAN)

  • E7 Group elects Ahmed Al Shamsi as Chairman and Khalid Almuhaidib as Vice Chairman, with Ali Said AlNuaimi as Group CEO (ADX)

  • Natixis Investment Managers named Wassim Nasrallah as Head of Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia (WBR)

  • Palms Sports board of directors elects Abdelmoneim ALHashemi as chairman and Readh Alkindi as Vice Chairman (ADX)

  • Alvarez & Marsal restructuring executive, Guy Wall, was detained in UAE for allegedly trying to remove documents from Brooge's Fujairah offices without authorization (FT)

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