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Bahraini insurer ARIG plans full ownership of Takaful Re
Bahrain's Arab Insurance Group is in discussions to take full ownership of Dubai-based Islamic reinsurer Takaful Re, as regulatory moves add pressure on firms in the overcrowded Gulf insurance sector to consolidate. Full Article
HSBC’s Turkish unit may go to ING for $750 mln
HSBC is set to agree to sell its Turkish business to Dutch lender ING Group for around $700-$750 million in the next few days, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Full Article
Oman fund set to seek ruling against Bulgaria over bank collapse
Oman's biggest sovereign wealth fund is set to seek an arbitration ruling against Bulgaria over the collapse of Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank), a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. Full Article
Dubai's Union Properties says plans three projects worth $544.5 mln
Dubai's Union Properties plans to develop three new projects worth AED2 billion (USD544.5 million), it said in a bourse filing. Full Article
Qatar Airways says in talks with India's IndiGo
Qatar Airways said it was in talks with IndiGo about taking a stake in India's biggest airline that would expand the Gulf carrier's foothold in one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets. Full Article
Dubai realtor S&K says worsening market led to bankruptcy
Dubai-based real estate agency S&K Estate Agents said a deteriorating property market in the emirate contributed to its decision to file for bankruptcy and be liquidated. Full Article


How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to... Full Article
The search for consistency
Islamic finance today is booming, but could its progress be held back by inconsistencies in interpretations across jurisdictions, asks Raghavendra Verma Full Article
The boom is back
The United Arab Emirates has bounced back from the financial crisis of 2009-2010, when it came perilously close to sovereign default. Infrastructure construction has returned to full swing, while M&A deals abound, which means more... Full Article
Underground plans
Saudi Arabia has awarded $22.5 billion contracts to build the Riyadh metro system. Full Article

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