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Egypt’s Al Nouran sugar project secures Islamic financing

Reuters – Egypt’s Al Nouran sugar production facility, an EGP 2.5bn ($357m) project, could begin operations in 2016 after securing a Sharia-compliant financing package, the project sponsors said on Monday. Al Nouran is expected to refine more than 500,000 tonnes of sugar annually, potentially reducing the country’s reliance on imported sugar by up to 25%, …

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Dubai to sell 15-year benchmark sukuk Tuesday

Reuters – The government of Dubai plans to sell a benchmark-sized, US dollar-denominated sukuk with a lifespan of 15 years on Tuesday, a document from lead managers said. Initial price thoughts on the Islamic bond have been set between 5% and 5.125%, the document said. Benchmark size is traditionally understood to mean at least $500m. …

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Egypt’s Pioneers Holding 2013 profit rises 37%

Reuters – Egyptian investment firm Pioneers Holding posted a 37% increase in net profits for last year, it said in a bourse statement on Wednesday. Pioneers made EGP 358m ($51m) in 2013 compared with EGP 260.5m in the previous year, it said. The firm, which specialises in brokerage services, said earlier this year it planned …

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Egypt economic growth to remain slow: IMF

AFP – Growth in Egypt’s economy is expected to remain sluggish this year as political uncertainty keeps tourists and foreign investors away, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The economy of the Arab world’s most populated country was forecast to grow by 2.7% this year after expanding by 2.1% in 2013, the IMF said in …

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Dubai tells global bankers to expect another boom

Reuters – Dubai told international bankers on Monday that it was gearing up for another boom and did not regret the pro-growth policies which brought it to the brink of default five years ago. It appeared to win the endorsement of many of the bankers. Over a dozen top Dubai officials and executives met about …

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G20 final document unlikely to address Ukraine crisis

Reuters – The world’s financial leaders are likely to discuss possible risks to Europe’s economy from the crisis in Ukraine, but there are no plans to mention it in the final document from their Washington meeting, two G20 officials said. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 developed and emerging economies will …

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Egyptian pound strengthens at central bank Forex sale

Reuters – The Egyptian pound strengthened at a central bank dollar auction on Monday after hitting a six-month low last week. The central bank sold dollars at a cut-off price of EGP 6.9649, slightly stronger than the EGP 6.9651 at its last auction on Thursday. But the dollar sold on the black market for EGP  …

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Barclays to sell UAE retail ops to Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank for $177m

Reuters – Barclays has agreed to sell its retail banking operations in the United Arab Emirates to Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) for an expected price of AED 650m ($177m), ADIB said on Sunday. The emirate’s largest Islamic bank said it aimed to acquire 110,000 customers through the deal, helping it expand into serving expatriates, …

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Dubai to challenge London with Islamic financing platform

Reuters – Dubai will compete with London for a share of Islamic banks’ liquidity management business by offering a new platform for murabaha trading. Many Islamic banks around the world manage their short-term funds with murabaha, in which one bank acquires merchandise and another agrees to buy it at a mark-up. Traditionally, banks from the …

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Egypt’s Suez Cement Raises Dividend

Reuters – Suez Cement, Egypt’s biggest listed cement maker by market value, will pay a cash dividend of EGP 2.65 ($0.38) per share, it said in a statement published on the bourse on Tuesday. The company, which lists Italcementi Group as its main shareholder, said it would make the payment in two phases. One pound …

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Dubai Investments to lift foreign ownership cap to 35%

Reuters – Dubai Investments, a diversified manufacturer and investor in property, plans to increase the limit on foreign ownership of its shares to 35% of its total capital, the company said on Sunday. Foreign investors now hold 13.7% of Dubai Investments’ shares out of the total 20% allowed, bourse data shows. The firm’s shareholders, including …

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