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Airbus A380

Emirates sets price guidance for sukuk Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Airline is raising funds with UK export credit guarantees

Egypt money

Cairo to issue Islamic bonds

14 March 2015 | By

Egyptian Minister of Finance says legislation being developed to support sukuk issuance

Trading dips on Qatar Stock Exchange

Trading dips on Qatar Stock Exchange

10 March 2015 | By

Surge in trading following emerging market status dampened by low oil prices

Qatar to open Chinese clearing centre in April

Qatar to open Chinese clearing centre in April

10 March 2015 | By

Move part of a programme of initiatives involving China

Dubai Financial Market

Daman Investments seeking approval for IPO Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Investment firm still looking to list in Dubai

Allocation of Gulf wealth

GCC investors still opt for real estate Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

GCC investors prefer real estate, while appetite for stocks and bonds remains limited  


Egypt needs more corporate bond issuance Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

EFSA chairman says new projects could tap bond market


Rakbank raises additional bond funding Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

 A further $300m raised under scheme

Company news

The Tadawul

Saudi Arabia IPO market picks up Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Two companies announce plans to list

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Abu Dhabi airport head steps down Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Dubai Ports Customs & Free zone Corporation

Dubai launches new port operator Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

New company will manage small and medium size facilities

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

UAE banks participate in syndication

Egypt's Qalaa Holdings on track to profitability

Qalaa Holdings on track to profitability Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Egyptian firm raising fresh liquidity to fund growth

Egyptian Exchange

Egyptian Exchange begins to attract state-owned firms Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Misr Fertilisers applies to list on EGX

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Nebras Power to acquire 24 per cent interest in 241MW facility

Mark Andrews, Laing O'Rourke

Construction continues despite oil price Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

But trouble could be ahead for construction projects if the low price persists, says Laing O’Rourke

Markets trends

Masi Flottant Index

Morocco’s illiquid market Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Casablanca is trying to inject some much-needed life into its underperforming stock exchange, burdened by downgrades and disillusioned investors

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

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MEED comment

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

ADX must attract more foreign investors Subscription

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

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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