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PwC urges Qatar to deepen capital markets

PwC urges Qatar to deepen capital markets Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Initial public offering market expected to gather pace in 2015

ADX trading activity

Abu Dhabi to add more firms to MSCI index Subscription

25 January 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange draws in more foreign investment

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

UAE’s Massar launches initial public offering Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

Subscription period for Massar IPO on the Abu Dhabi Exchange will close on 25 January

Cairo in Egypt

Egypt to return to international bond market Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Issuance expected in second quarter of 2015

Dubai Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank selects banks for sukuk Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Dubai Islamic Bank sukuk roadshow to start on 8 January

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Massar Solutions to list in Abu Dhabi Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Subscription for shares opens on 11 January

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market sets up expert panel Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Emirate’s new financial free zone to develop new regulation

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By

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Company news

Arab Bank Group's headquarters building in Amman, Jordan

Arab Bank posts 15 per cent profit increase Subscription

1 February 2015 | By

Jordan bank increases lending by 3 per cent in 2015

Total wins stake in Abu Dhabi onshore oil fields

Total wins stake in Abu Dhabi onshore oil fields Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Paris-based group first to announce joint venture and also becomes asset leader of several fields

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has reported an 18 per cent increase in net profits for 2014

NBAD reports profit increase for 2014 Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi bank’s lending rose by 6 per cent

Commercial Bank of Dubai posts rise in profits

Commercial Bank of Dubai posts rise in profits Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Bank strives to diversify revenue sources

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) saw its net profits increase by 16 per cent in 2014

ADCB posts increased profits Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

Bank increases lending by 7 per cent in 2014

Dubai Islamic Bank is expecting to get full regulatory approval to set up a new branch in Kenya this year

DIB expects approval for Kenya opening Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

Bank also increasing stake in Indonesian operation

UAE currency

Limitless gets 85 per cent creditor approval on debt Subscription

22 January 2015 | By

Dubai-based real estate developer missed repayment due at end of 2014

Revenue from Dubai Mall accounted for 82 per cent of Emaar Properties' total revenues in 2014

Emaar Malls profits rise 23 per cent Subscription

22 January 2015 | By

Malls business completed initial public offering last year

Markets trends

Dubai financial markets performance

Investor appetite for Emaar places pressure on DFM Subscription

8 September 2014 | By

Success of Emaar’s mall group listing could herald growth for initial public offerings

Value and number of GCC IPOs

Gulf sees listings spike in second quarter Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Number of initial public offerings in the Gulf rise in second quarter

Investment grade bond debt maturities by country

The Middle East’s refinancing burden Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Region’s investment grade companies need to refinance $91bn-worth of debt by 2018

Stock market

Market reacts to Saudi decision to open up stock market Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

The opening of the Tadawul to foreign investors is widely welcomed by market

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars


Market regulators must toughen up Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

The sharp fall in UAE contractor Arabtec’s share price has led to calls for tougher regulation

Regional investment in global commercial real estate

Middle Eastern investors spent $13bn on real estate abroad in 2013 Subscription

17 June 2014 | By

Around $180bn in investments expected over the next ten years

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Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

ADX must attract more foreign investors

27 January 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange must lure oversees investers to ensure market stability

Dubai Financial Market

Investors eager for Dubai flotations Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Meraas is listing its theme park subsidiary to help fund projects

Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings Subscription

6 October 2014 | By

Dubai and London bourses compete for North African business

Bahrain Financial Harbour

GCC states diversify their funding options Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Bahrain and Sharjah look for new investors

Emaar Malls Group's Dubai Marina Mall

Mixed reaction to Emaar Malls Group listing Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Emaar Malls Group intial public offering sets benchmark for Dubai’s capital markets

Dubai Mall

Emaar’s position stays uncertain Subscription

7 August 2014

Analysts remain unsure about the firm’s strategy along with worries about Dubai’s property sector


Tadawul access a positive sign Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

The region is set to become more appealing to international entities as Riyadh opens up its stock exchange to foreign investors


Foreign access to Tadawul positive for region Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Gulf region will become more appealing to international investors

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Special reports


MEED 100: The region's largest listed companies Subscription

27 March 2014

The financial services sector remains the dominant force in the MEED 100 table, with Saudi banks comprising the bulk of firms in the sector

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Top 10 listed companies

Rank Company Exchange (primary listing) Sector Market capitalisation ($m)
1 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) Tadawul Petrochemicals 73,394
2 Al-Rajhi Bank & Investment Company Tadawul Financial services 27,398
3 Industries Qatar Doha Industry 25,714
4 Qatar National Bank Doha Financial services 24,891
5 Etisalat Abu Dhabi Telecoms 21,956
6 Saudi Telecom Company Tadawul Telecoms 21,332
7 Kingdom Holding Company Tadawul Financial services 19,911
8 National Bank of Kuwait Kuwait Financial services 15,381
9 Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) Tadawul Telecoms 15,245
10 Saudi Electricity Company Tadawul Utilities 15,165
Click through to the full data table on the top 100 companies by market capitalisation in the Middle East
Click through to MEED's special report on the region's largest listed companies
Source: Thomson Reuters; Rabee Securities; Tehran Stock Exchange; MEED; Data compiled: March 2013

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