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UAE regulator issues rules to protect minority shareholders
The United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority has issued new rules to protect minority shareholders, including regulations covering halts to trading in companies' shares, it said. Full Article
Some banks win, some lose in Dubai’s Islamic economy
Dubai's drive to develop its Islamic finance sector is fuelling growth of shariah-compliant banking, but the benefits are unevenly distributed, with some lenders struggling to compete against burgeoning competition. Full Article
Saudi Arabia to open stock market to foreigners on June 15
Saudi Arabia will open its $532 billion stock market to direct foreign investment on June 15, allowing qualified foreign institutions to buy shares from that date, the Capital Market Authority said. Full Article
Kuwait proposals to introduce same tax for local, foreign companies
Kuwait is studying proposals to introduce the same tax rates for local and foreign companies, Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh told reporters on the sidelines of a business conference. Full Article
Dubai's Noor Bank launches $500 mln 5-yr debut sukuk
Dubai's Noor Bank has launched a $500 million, five-year debut sukuk issue, a document from lead arrangers showed. Full Article
Cheap oil seen cooling Abu Dhabi’s resurgent property sector
Lower oil prices are likely to cause Abu Dhabi’s residential property sector to stabilize in 2015 following a two-year price boom as sentiment weakens and government spending in some areas slows, industry consultants say. 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
Drawing a line
India set to halt Iran oil imports over insurance Full Article
MP Interview: Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Co
Al Tamimi & Co Managing Partner Husam Hourani talks to Ranajit Dam about the highlights of his career, the challenges of running a regional firm, and how Al Tamimi & Co can hold on to... Full Article

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