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UAE

# Actual Signal Date Investing Company Parent Company Source country Source State Source City Destination Region(s) Destination Country(s) Industry Sector(s) Industry Cluster(s) Industry Activity(s) Description Signals Data source Contact name (1) Position (1) Email (1) Telephone (1) Contact name (2) Position (2) Email (2) Telephone (2) Contact name (3) Position (3) Email (3) Telephone (3)
1 Oct 2018 PropTiger Elara Technologies Singapore Singapore Singapore   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Real Estate|Software & IT services Professional Services   PropTiger, the operator of an online realty portal and a subsidiary of
Singapore-based Elara Technologies, plans to expand across the Gulf
Cooperation Council region and beyond by 2021. The company plans to
increase its revenues from non-resident Indian customers from 20% to 40%
by establishing its presence across geographies with a significant
Indian diaspora.
New Investment Strategy https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/proptiger-enters-global-property-brokerage-market-opens-office-in-dubai/articleshow/66412190.cms Dhruv Agarwala Chief Executive Officer     Bhaskar Bagchi Chief Business Officer, PropTiger            
2 Oct 2018 ClassPass ClassPass United States New York NYC (NY)   UAE Software & IT services Tourism   US-based ClassPass, which operates an online platform for booking
fitness classes, has announced that the United Arab Emirates is one of
the nine countries which it will enter into by the end of 2018. The
company’s 2019 agenda includes adding 17 new international markets to
its growing network.
New Investment Strategy https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321934 Fritz Lanman Chief Executive Officer     Payal Kadakia Executive Chairman            
3 Oct 2018 OYO Rooms OYO Rooms India Haryana Gurgaon   Japan|UAE Hotels & Tourism Tourism   India-based Oyo Hotels has announced its entry into the United Arab
Emirates with plans to open over ten full-inventory, franchised and
operated hotels and over 1100 rooms across the UAE. This will begin with
the launch of its operations in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. The company
has also expressed their intention to enter the Japanese market in order
to capitalise on the Japan 2020 Olympic games.
New Investment Strategy http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/34434-indias-oyo-hotels-to-open-150-hotels-in-the-uae-by-2020/ Ritesh Agarwal Chief Executive Officer                    
4 Oct 2018 PolicyBazaar PolicyBazaar India Haryana Gurgaon   UAE Financial Services Financial Services Business Services India-based PolicyBazaar, an online life insurance and general insurance
aggregator, has shortlisted Dubai to serve as a hub for its operations
in the United Arab Emirates. The company recently forayed into the UAE
market with the launch of PolicyBazaar.ae.
Considering Project (New or Expansion) https://www.khaleejtimes.com/technology/replicating-india-success-in-uaes-fintech-market Yashish Dahiya Chief Executive Officer     Alok Bansal Chief Financial Officer     Aman Dhall Head, Corporate Communications    
5 Oct 2018 Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) India Delhi New Delhi   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Chemicals Food, Beverages & Tobacco Manufacturing India-based IFFCO, a manufacturer of fertilisers, is looking for joint
venture opportunities throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
The company is also interested in expanding the capacity of its plant in
Sur, Oman and initiated a feasibility study for the project in early
2018.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Investment Strategy https://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Business/Business-Interview-IFFCO-would-continue-to-look-for-expansion-opportunities-in-GCC-5bby Rakesh Kapur Joint Managing Director                    
6 Sep 2018 Goals101 Goals101 India Delhi New Delhi   Kenya|Malaysia|Qatar|South Africa|UAE Software & IT services Financial Services   India-based Goals101, a fintech and big data analytics company, has
raised $3.5m in pre-series A funding from Nexus Venture Partners. The
company stated that the funding would be used to invest in technological
data science capabilities and expand to other geographies, namely
Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, South Africa and Kenya.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion http://www.finsmes.com/2018/09/goals101-raises-3-5m-in-pre-series-a-funding-round.html Visham Sikand Managing Director     Milan Naik Chief Executive Officer     Ishank Joshi Co-Founder    
7 Sep 2018 Imagismart Solutions (Xplorabox) Imagismart Solutions (Xplorabox) India Uttar Pradesh Noida North America Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products Consumer Goods   India-based Imagismart Solutions, which runs an educational subscription
activity box service for children, has raised an undisclosed amount of
funding in a round led by Z Nations Lab, Sridham Enterprises and
Metaform Ventures. The company stated that the funding would be used to
expand its services, including the launch of products to cater to higher
age categories, diversifying into curriculum-mapped products, and
tapping the overseas markets of North America and the Gulf Cooperation
Council region.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://inc42.com/buzz/exclusive-xplorabox-to-make-learning-childs-play-tap-overseas-markets-with-latest-funding/ Rishi Das Chief Executive Officer     Shweta Das Co-founder     Dhirendra Meena Chief Technology Officer    
8 Sep 2018 Eddie Rockets Eddie Rockets Ireland Ireland Dublin Emerging Europe|Middle East|Western Europe Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|UAE Food & Tobacco Food, Beverages & Tobacco|Retail Trade   Ireland-based Eddie Rockets, a fast food chain, has announced its plans
to expand overseas. The company plans to expand to the Middle East, with
a focus on Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It
is also eyeing further expansion into continental Europe.
New Investment Strategy https://www.hospitalityireland.com/eddie-rockets-plans-international-expansion/64883 Tobias Lukaschek Business Development Officer                    
9 Sep 2018 Revolution Precrafted Revolution Precrafted Philippines National Capital Region (NCR) Makati   Malaysia|UAE Business Services Professional Services   Philippines-based Revolution Precrafted, a provider of architectural
services, is considering raising $100m in a series C funding round in
2019. The funding would be used to expand into major markets including,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to serve the Middle East market, and another
in Malaysia to cover south-east Asia. The company will also seek joint
venture opportunities and invest in plants or factories that already
exist. It aims to be present in 55 countries in 2019 and between 85 and
100 in 2020.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion|New Investment Strategy https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/revolution-precrafted-series-c-funding-106559/ Robbie Antonio Chief Executive Officer                    
10 Sep 2018 UNTUCKit UNTUCKit United States New York NYC (NY)   Australia|UAE|United Kingdom Textiles Retail Trade Retail US-based clothing brand UNTUCKit has announced plans for international
expansion. The company plans to establish a physical or e-commerce
presence in England, UK and is eyeing other markets including Australia
and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Investment Strategy https://www.glossy.co/fashion/untuckit-expands-to-canada-but-faces-challenges-in-building-a-brand Aaron Sanandres Chief Executive Officer     Chris Riccobono Executive Chairman            
11 Sep 2018 CLSA CITIC Group Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Asia-Pacific|Middle East Bangladesh|UAE|Vietnam Financial Services Financial Services   CLSA, an investment bank and a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CITIC
Group, plans to accelerate its expansion in south-east Asia, the Middle
East and other areas that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative. The
company also intends to establish a presence in Vietnam, Bangladesh and
Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018 through partnerships with local
firms in each market.
New Investment Strategy https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2163446/clsa-follow-chinas-lead-and-expand-belt-and-road-areas Jonathan Slone Chief Executive Officer, CLSA                    
12 Sep 2018 PVR PVR India Haryana Gurgaon   Saudi Arabia|UAE Leisure & Entertainment Creative Industries Retail India-based PVR, a theatrical exhibition company, is considering
opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The
company’s primary focus will be in Saudi Arabia following the recent
lifting of a cinema ban in the country. It has agreed to work alongside
UAE-based conglomerate Al-Futtaim Group to conduct feasibility studies
and the potential of joint venture facilities.
Considering Project (New or Expansion) https://www.digitalstudiome.com/broadcast/30447-indias-largest-cinema-chain-operator-looks-to-saudi-arabia-uae-for-growth?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digitalstudiome_newsletters Nitin Sood Chief Financial Officer                    
13 Sep 2018 Designs Group Designs Group Saudi Arabia Al Madinah Medina   UAE Business Services Professional Services   Saudi Arabia-based Designs Group, a provider of integrated hotel
solutions as well as construction and management services, plan to
expand its business in the United Arab Emirates. The company aims to
capitalise on the growing demand for hotel interiors and other products
in the local market.
New Investment Strategy https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Saudi_Designs_Group_mulls_expansion_in_UAE-SNG_125007027/ Mohammad Al Nadi Chief Executive Officer                    
14 Aug 2018 Imarticus Learning Imarticus Learning India Maharashtra Mumbai Africa Philippines|UAE Business Services Creative Industries   India-based Imarticus Learning, a provider of learning programmes in
financial services, business analysis, and business analytics, has
raised $2m in series B funding. The fund was led by CBA Capital and will
be used to expand its international operations and strengthen its
presence nationally. Globally, the company’s key focus will be on Dubai,
United Arab Emirates; Africa and Manila, the Philipinnes.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://techcircle.vccircle.com/2018/08/23/professional-education-platform-imarticus-learning-raises-series-b-funding Nikhil Barshikar Managing Director     Sonya Hooja Chief Operating Officer            
15 Aug 2018 Rooter Rooter India Delhi New Delhi   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Software & IT services Creative Industries   India-based Rooter, which operates a sports social gaming platform, has
raised Rs45m ($620,517) from a group of angel investors in a precursor
to a planned series A funding round. The fresh capital will help the
company get into markets including the Gulf Cooperation Council region
(Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and
Bahrain). The company is also aiming for a series A funding round in
November 2018 for a global expansion.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://www.insidesport.co/rooter-eyeing-big-series-a-funding-raises-%E2%82%B94-5-crore-in-precursor-et/ Piyush Kumar Chief Executive Officer piyush@rooter.io                  
16 Jul 2018 BWL Consulting BWL Consulting United Kingdom North East (UK) Darlington   Australia|Canada|Qatar|Singapore|UAE|United States Business Services Professional Services   UK-based BWL Consulting, a provider of services to clients in the
property and construction industry, has announced plans to further
expand its operations into Australia, Singapore, Qatar, Dubai, the US
and Canada by 2023.
New Investment Strategy http://bqlive.co.uk/north-east-cumbria/2018/06/29/news/bwl-expands-internationally-32911/ Michael Lee Director                    
17 May 2018 Townscript Townscript India Maharashtra Pune   Hong Kong|Singapore|UAE Software & IT services Creative Industries   India-based online ticketing startup Townscript, is planning to expand
its business internationally. The company is exploring opportunities to
set up a physical presence in markets including Dubai, Singapore and
Hong Kong.
Considering Project (New or Expansion) http://www.zeebiz.com/small-business/news-online-ticketing-startup-townscript-eyes-international-expansion-to-tap-dubai-hong-kong-markets-48533 Sanchit Malik Co-founder     Sachin Agrawal Co-founder            
18 May 2018 AppCentrix AppCentrix South Africa Gauteng Centurion Middle East Saudi Arabia|UAE Software & IT services ICT & Electronics   South Africa-based AppCentrix, a managed ICT services company, has
devised a three year strategy that involves establishing a regional
foothold in the Middle East, first by penetrating the IT markets of
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while also working with local
systems integrators and their customers to deliver real-time value
through the managed service model.
New Investment Strategy http://www.intelligentcio.com/me/2018/05/21/south-africa-based-ict-services-company-expands-into-the-middle-east Omar Sati Executive Board Member                    
19 May 2018 Netflix Netflix United States California Los Gatos (CA)   UAE Software & IT services Creative Industries Sales, Marketing & Support US-based Netflix, an internet television network, is considering opening
a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company’s chief
executive officer Reed Hastings has confirmed there are no immediate
plans for the new location, however, he predicts it will open in the
coming years.
Considering Project (New or Expansion) http://www.arabianbusiness.com/media/396098-netflix-will-have-an-office-in-dubai Reed Hastings Chief Executive Officer reed.hastings@netflix.com                  
20 Apr 2018 Zenprivex Zenprivex Singapore Singapore Singapore Asia-Pacific Indonesia|UAE Software & IT services Financial Services   Singapore-based Zenprivex, a provider of a decentralised currency
exchange, has raised $1.3m in a seed funding round that included
SeedPlus and Milliways Ventures. The company will use the new financing
to launch new products, make senior hires and expand to the United Arab
Emirates, Indonesia and the rest of south-east Asia by early 2019.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://e27.co/zpx-raises-us1-3m-launch-decentralised-cryptocurrency-exchange-singapore-20180404 Aditya Mishra Chief Operating Officer                    
21 Mar 2018 Brandniti + Design Brandniti + Design India Maharashtra Mumbai   Singapore|UAE Business Services Creative Industries   India-based Brandniti+Design, a full service integrated strategic
agency, is planning to expand its business in India and internationally,
with an eye towards Singapore and Dubai.
New Investment Strategy http://www.mxmindia.com/2018/03/brandnitidesign-plans-national-global-expansion/ Haresh Motirale Founder     Smita Thorat Founder            
22 Mar 2018 Pine Labs Pine Labs India Uttar Pradesh Noida   Indonesia|Philippines|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|Thailand|UAE|Vietnam Software & IT services Financial Services   India-based Pine Labs, a payment solutions provider, has raised $82m in
a funding round led by Actis Capital, with participation from Altimeter
Capital. The company will use the new financing to develop new services
and expand globally. The United Arab Emirates is likely to be the next
market where Pine Labs might start operations, followed by Saudi Arabia
and Indonesia. The company is also exploring entry into other south-east
Asian countries such as the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as
Qatar in west Asia.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://inc42.com/buzz/digital-retail-payments-platform-pine-labs-raises-82mn-led-actis/ Lokvir Kapoor Chief Executive Officer                    
23 Jan 2018 Shopmatic Shopmatic Singapore Singapore Singapore   Indonesia|Kenya|Malaysia|Philippines|South Africa|Thailand|UAE Software & IT services ICT & Electronics   Singapore-based Shopmatic, an international e-commerce company, is
seeking to raise up to $20m in a series B funding round. The company
would use the proceeds to strengthen its position in existing markets
and expand into other emerging markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia,
Philippines, South Africa, Kenya and the UAE in 2018.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2018/01/09/deal-street-shopifys-asia-rival-eyes-20-million-to-fuel-emerging-market-expansion Anurag Avula Chief Executive Officer                    
24 Nov 2017 B9 Beverages B9 Beverages India Delhi New Delhi   Hong Kong|Singapore|Thailand|UAE|United Kingdom|United States Beverages Food, Beverages & Tobacco   India-based B9 Beverages, a manufacturer of craft beer, is planning to
raise $150m by 2020 in order to fund its international expansion. The
company is exploring expansion opportunities in the US, Singapore,
Thailand, Hong Kong, Untied Arab Emirates and the UK.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion|New Investment Strategy http://bestmediainfo.com/2017/11/bira-aims-3x-growth-next-year-plans-to-raise-150-for-expansion/ Ankur Jain Chief Executive Officer                    
25 Oct 2017 RAW Pressery RAW Pressery India Maharashtra Mumbai   Saudi Arabia|UAE Beverages Food, Beverages & Tobacco   India-based RAW Pressery, which delivers cold-pressed juices directly to
customers, has raised $6m in funding from existing investors, including
Sequoia Capital, Saama Capital and DSG Consumer Partners. The company
will use the new financing to bolster its expansion plans both
domestically and globally, with a special focus on west Asian markets
such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Anuj Rakyan Chief Executive Officer                    
26 Sep 2017 AnyMind Group (AdAsia Holdings) AnyMind Group (AdAsia Holdings) Singapore Singapore Singapore   India|Malaysia|Philippines|Russia|UAE Business Services Creative Industries   Singapore-based AdAsia Holdings, an advertising technology company, is
seeking to expand into Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Russia and the
United Arab Emirates by the end of 2018. The company is experiencing
rapid growth and successful international expansion initiatives that it
bases around the three pillars of people, innovation and localisation.
New Investment Strategy   Kosuke Sogo Chief Executive Officer                    
27 Aug 2017 Foxtrot Interactive Foxtrot Interactive India Maharashtra Mumbai   Malaysia|Sri Lanka|UAE Software & IT services Creative Industries   India-based Foxtrot Interactive, a provider of event management
software, is eyeing international expansion. The company is looking to
expand its services to the United Arab Emirates as well as Sri Lanka and
Malaysia.
New Investment Strategy   Unmesh Vaidya Founder     Naasir Merchant Founder            
28 May 2017 Lokring Technology Lokring Technology United States Ohio Willoughby (OH)   Bahrain|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Metals Industrial   Lokring Northern (UK), a manufacturer of fluid and gas transfer
connectors and a service unit of US-based Lokring Technology, is
planning expansion in the Middle East. The company is planning to focus
primarily on Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab
Emirates. It hopes to capitalise on opportunities in the oil and gas,
refinery and shipbuilding industries with a view to providing a
permanent presence by November 2018.
New Investment Strategy   Ross Millar Managing Director (UK) rmillar@lokring.com +441224878877                
29 Jan 2017 BroadbandTV (BBTV) BroadbandTV (BBTV) Canada British Columbia Vancouver   Egypt|Malaysia|Saudi Arabia|Singapore|South Korea|Taiwan|UAE|Vietnam Software & IT services Creative Industries   Canada-based BroadbandTV, an Internet broadcasting specialist, is
expanding its global footprint. The network is launching in Singapore,
Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, United Arab
Emirates and Egypt. It will operate through a combination of teams at
its Vancouver headquarters and employees on the ground.
New Investment Strategy   Shahrzad Rafati Chief Executive Officer                    
30 Jan 2017 Vezeeta Vezeeta Egypt Cairo Cairo   Jordan|Kuwait|Lebanon|Morocco|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Software & IT services Life sciences   Egypt-based Vezeeta, a leader in healthcare IT platforms offering
automated physician, clinic and hospital bookings, has raised $5m in
funding from BECO Capital, Vostok New Ventures, Silicon Badia and
Technology Development Fund. The company currently covers three Egyptian
cities with future expansion plans to integrate additional MENA
countries, moving aggressively into the United Arab Emirates, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Kuwait, and Qatar by June 2018.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Amir Barsoum Chief Executive Officer                    
31 Aug 2016 P2V Systems P2V Systems United Kingdom Northern Ireland Lisburn   Canada|Netherlands|UAE Software & IT services ICT & Electronics   UK-based P2V Systems, a provider of software-as-a-service,
infrastructure-as-a-service and IT consultancy services, is looking to
new markets for expansion. The company recently visited Amsterdam, Dubai
and Toronto.
New Investment Strategy   Stephen McCann Managing Director stephen.mccann@p2vsystems.com                  
32 Jun 2016 Ajuba Solutions India MiraMed Global Services United States Michigan Jackson (MI)   India|UAE|United Kingdom Business Services Life sciences   Ajuba Solutions India, a subsidiary of US-based MiraMed Global Services,
is exploring opportunities in the UK and United Arab Emirates. The firm
is also evaluating opportunities in the Indian healthcare market.
New Investment Strategy   Tony Mira Chief Executive Officer, Ajuba Solutions India     Hema Parikh Director, HR, Ajuba Solutions India            
33 May 2016 Boxit Boxit Kuwait Al-Kuwait Kuwait City   Saudi Arabia|UAE Software & IT services Transportation, Warehousing & Storage   Kuwait-based Boxit, developer of an on demand storage app, has raised
$600,000 in seed funding led by Wamda Capital. The company will use the
investment to hire more staff, marketing, launching new boxes and
expanding beyond Kuwait. The company plans to launch in every city of
the United Arab Emirates and is eyeing an expansion to Saudi Arabia.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Premlal Pullisserry Co-founder                    
34 May 2016 Smaaash Smaaash India Maharashtra Mumbai   Saudi Arabia|UAE|United States Leisure & Entertainment Tourism   India-based Smaaash Entertainment, an operator of sports entertainments
centres, is raising Rs2bn ($29.54m) in funding from private equity
investors. The company will use the investment to fuel its international
expansion plans. It is eyeing openings in Minneapolis, Dubai and Jeddah.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Shripal Morakhia Founder     Sachin Tendulkar Co-owner            
35 Mar 2016 Mahindra Group Mahindra Group India Maharashtra Mumbai   UAE Aerospace Transport Equipment   Mahindra Aerospace, a division of India-based conglomerate Mahindra
Group, plans to set up operations in the United Arab Emirates. The
company produces aircraft and distributes them in 30 countries,
including in the US and in parts of Africa and Asia.
New Investment Strategy   SP Shukla Chairman, Mahindra Aerospace                    
36 Jan 2016 Cargill Cargill United States Minnesota Minneapolis (MN)   UAE Food & Tobacco Food, Beverages & Tobacco Design, Development & Testing US-based Cargill, a diversified conglomerate, may consider setting up an
applications centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The firm plans to
invest more in the region as part of a strategic plan, which could be
realised through asset footprint, increasing warehousing capabilities
and by increasing trade through more people and providing more technical
services on the ground.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Murat Tarakcioglu Chairman (Middle East, Turkey and North Africa), Cargill Foods                    
37 Dec 2015 Imtiaz Super Market Imtiaz Super Market Pakistan Sindh Karachi   Kuwait|Qatar|UAE Consumer Products |Food & Tobacco Retail Trade Retail Pakistan-based Imtiaz Super Market, operator of a chain of retail
stores, is planning international expansion by 2019. The company is
preparing for an initial public offering of its shares to finance
expansion and is considering markets including the United Arab Emirates,
Qatar and Kuwait. The retailer is eyeing Sharjah as its first
international store by 2017.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Funding/Resources for
Expansion
  Imtiaz Hussain Chief Executive Officer                    
38 Dec 2015 Bisleri International Bisleri International India Maharashtra Mumbai   UAE Beverages Food, Beverages & Tobacco Manufacturing India-based Bisleri International, which produces bottled drinking
water, is considering establishing a new plant in the United Arab
Emirates. The company is in discussions with local partners and hopes to
begin operations by the end of 2016.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   R K Garg Director                    
39 Dec 2015 8990 Holdings 8990 Holdings Philippines National Capital Region (NCR) Makati   Singapore|Tanzania|UAE Real Estate Construction Construction Philippines-based 8990 Holdings, a real estate company, plans to expand
its presence globally. The firm is in exploratory talks with a potential
partner for a possible joint venture project in Tanzania and is also in
talks for a joint venture in Singapore. Additionally, a Middle
East-based company has expressed an interest in bringing the brand to
its base in Dubai.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Januario Jesus Atencio Chief Executive Officer                    
40 Oct 2015 Nuberg Eningeering Nuberg Eningeering India Uttar Pradesh Noida   UAE Business Services Professional Services   India-based Nuberg Engineering, a provider of turnkey engineering
solutions, has been awarded a contract for a chemical complex in the
United Arab Emirates from Al Ghaith Industries. The $150m contract is
the firm’s largest to date and will consist of a caustic soda and a
hydrogen peroxide plant which will be set up at the Khalifa Industrial
Zone in Abu Dhabi.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   A K Tyagi Managing Director                    
41 Aug 2015 EazyDiner EazyDiner India Haryana Gurgaon   UAE Software & IT services Food, Beverages & Tobacco   India-based EazyDiner, which provides online restaurant booking
services, has raised $3m in funding from Saama Capital and existing
investor DSG Consumer Partners. The company is eyeing overseas expansion
starting with Dubai, United Arab Emirates with the funds being using for
expansion into the city as well as a further 12 cities in India by the
end of 2016.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Rohit Dasgupta Chief Operating Officer                    
42 Jul 2015 Premier Explore Premier Explore United Kingdom South East (UK) London   Brazil|Malaysia|Singapore|Thailand|UAE|Vietnam Hotels & Tourism Tourism   UK-based Premier Explore, a provider of lifestyle travel services, plans
to expand into additional markets after setting up its first overseas
subsidiary in India. The firm is considering other markets including
Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.
New Investment Strategy   Peter Watts Co-owner     Isaac Cumberbatch Co-owner            
43 Jul 2015 Mondelez International Mondelez International United States Illinois Deerfield (IL)   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Pakistan|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Food & Tobacco Food, Beverages & Tobacco   US-based snack food company Mondelez International plans to embark on
the next phase of growth of its Gulf Cooperation Council and Pakistan
business. The company has appointed a new leadership team to bring a
wide-range of expertise to its brands, innovation platforms, routes to
market and supply chain, so that it can accelerate revenue growth as
consumer demand in the region continues to grow.
New Investment Strategy   Andre Benoit Director (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa), Corporate and
Government Affairs
                   
44 Jun 2015 Mesitis Mesitis Singapore Singapore Singapore   Hong Kong|Switzerland|UAE|United Kingdom Software & IT services Financial Services   Singapore-based Mesitis, a financial technology company, has raised $3m
in series A funding from individual investors. The company will use the
investment to accelerate the roll-out of its platform, ramp up its
service and fund overseas expansion to markets such as Hong Kong,
Zurich, London and Dubai.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Tanmai Sharma Founder                    
45 May 2015 Al Khozama Management Al Khozama Management Saudi Arabia Riyadh Riyadh   Maldives|UAE Hotels & Tourism|Real Estate Construction|Tourism Construction Saudi Arabia-based Al Khozama Management, a property investment and
hotel operator, is considering establishing a presence in the Maldives
and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company has indicated that it
plans to develop a new hotel concept in Dubai and conduct a wide range
of feasibility studies in the Maldives to asses the potential for
tourism projects.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Hussein Ali Hatata Vice President, Hospitality                    
46 Dec 2014 NetJets Europe Berkshire Hathaway United States Nebraska Omaha (NE)   Qatar|Saudi Arabia|Turkey|UAE Transportation Transportation, Warehousing & Storage   Aviation specialist NetJets Europe, a subsidiary of US-based Berkshire
Hathaway, is positioning itself for expansion in the United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. The company is aiming to
target customers in the corporate sector as well as high net worth
individuals.
New Investment Strategy   Michael Graham Senior Vice President, NetJets Europe                    
47 Dec 2014 AVA Marine AVA Marine Canada British Columbia Vancouver   UAE Business Services Industrial Business Services Marine surveying firm Bunker Detectives, a division of Canada-based AVA
Marine, is eyeing further expansion in the Middle East. The division is
aiming to capture business in the region’s bunkering market and is
considering potential office locations including Dubai and Fujairah,
United Arab Emirates.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Kavin H Chinoy Founder                    
48 Oct 2014 Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co India Maharashtra Mumbai   Hong Kong|Singapore|UAE|United Kingdom|United States Business Services Professional Services Business Services India-based Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, a provider of
legal advisory services, is considering opening its first international
office. The company will access the possibility of opening an office in
either Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Dubai or NYC. A decision is
expected by 2016.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Shardul Shroff Managing Partner (Delhi)                    
49 Oct 2014 Wysada.com Wysada.com Jordan Amman Amman   Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products Consumer Goods   Jordan-based Wysada.com, an online home furnishings store, has raised
$5m in series A funding led by Badia Impact Fund and existing investors.
The company will use the funds to expand in the United Arab Emirates,
Saudi Arabia and domestically in Jordan. The funding is one of the
largest Series A rounds raised by an early-stage e-commerce startup in
the Middle East to date.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Mohammad Musleh Chief Executive Officer                    
50 Mar 2014 Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) India Maharashtra Mumbai   Hong Kong|Myanmar|Pakistan|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|Singapore|UAE Financial Services Financial Services   India-based Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), a provider of
banking and financial services, is planning to expand its operations in
international markets. The bank plans to make an initial foray into
Singapore and Hong Kong, and will also target Gulf Co-operation Council
countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
IDBI is also considering a move into the Pakistan and Myanmar banking
sectors.
New Investment Strategy   M S Raghavan Chairman                    
51 Feb 2014 Housing.com Housing.com India Maharashtra Mumbai   Philippines|South Africa|UAE Software & IT services Professional Services   India-based Housing.com, a property listings portal, is planning to
expand overseas in markets such as South Africa, United Arab Emirates
and the Philippines by 2016. The company has received interest in
expanding its operations overseas and is considering greenfield,
franchise and partnership expansion models.
New Investment Strategy   Advitiya Sharma Co-Founder                    
52 Dec 2013 British Telecom (BT) British Telecom (BT) United Kingdom South East (UK) London   Australia|China|Hong Kong|India|Indonesia|Japan|Malaysia|Singapore|South
Africa|Turkey|UAE
Communications |Software & IT services Consumer Goods|Financial Services|ICT & Electronics|Life
sciences|Transportation, Warehousing & Storage
  UK-based British Telecom, a global communications provider, plans to
create 400 new jobs in countries across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle
East and Africa. The company has identified India, China, Australia,
Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, the
United Arab Emirates and Turkey as focus countries for its expansion.
British Telecom will add industry specialists in sectors such as
logistics, healthcare, consumer packaged goods and financial services.
New Investment Strategy   Luiz Alvarez Chief Executive Officer, BT Global Services                    
53 Nov 2013 Xodus Xodus United Kingdom Scotland Aberdeen   UAE Business Services Energy   UK-based energy consultancy, Xodus is eyeing expansion into Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates. The firm is actively seeking out further global
expansion, aiming for its organic growth to reach 1000 people by 2015.
New Investment Strategy   Colin Manson Chief Executive Officer                    
54 Aug 2013 Evalueserve Evalueserve United States California Saratoga (CA)   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Business Services Professional Services   US-based Evalueserve, a research and analytics specialist, plans to
expand its international footprint across the Gulf Co-operation Council.
The firm has recently opened a new office in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates.
New Investment Strategy   Ashish Gupta Chief Operating Officer                    
55 Jun 2013 Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin United States Maryland Bethesda (MD)   India|Japan|Saudi Arabia|UAE Space & Defence Transport Equipment   US-based Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s top military contractors,
plans to increase its global presence in countries including the United
Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan and India. The company will increase
its local operations as it looks to dominate Middle Eastern and Indian
markets.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Pat Dewar Senior Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development                    
56 May 2013 Hanco Hanco Saudi Arabia Makkah Jeddah   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|UAE Business Services Retail Trade Retail Saudi Arabia-based car rental company, Hanco, has announced that it has
embarked upon a regional expansion strategy to increase its market share
within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). The company recently opened
a new branch office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and has indicated
that it will open five further branches throughout the GCC by the end of
2013.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Hamad Al-Sulaiman Chief Executive Officer                    
57 Feb 2013 Harris Pye Harris Pye United Kingdom Wales Barry (SOUTH GLAMORGAN)   UAE Industrial Machinery, Equipment & Tools Energy   UK-based Harris Pye, which offers a range of marine and industrial
boiler repair services, is preparing for expansion in the Middle East.
The company plans to grow its offshore oil and gas business in the
region and plans to open an establishment that can attract staff and
service the area at a higher level. The company has identified the
United Arab Emirates as a business hub that contains and can attract the
right skills and opportunities.
New Investment Strategy   Mark Prendergast Managing Director                    
58 Nov 2012 Jarir Marketing Jarir Marketing Saudi Arabia Riyadh Riyadh   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|UAE Consumer Products Retail Trade Retail Saudi Arabia-based stationer and bookshop Jarir Marketing, intends to
expand its number of stores in the Gulf Cooperation Council by around
70%. This will bring the company’s total number of stores to 55 as it
aims to double its sales revenue across the region by 2017. The retailer
has identified the area’s increasing population growth as a contributing
factor in the decision to expand.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Muhammad al-Agil Chairman                    
59 Oct 2012 Amlak Hotels & Tourism Amlak Hotels & Tourism Jordan Amman Amman   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Hotels & Tourism Tourism Construction Jordan-based Amlak Hotels & Tourism, the hotel management organisation
which specialises in Islamic Sharia compliant hotels, plans to open a
hotel in every Gulf Cooperation Council country, by 2017. The company is
considering introducing hotels in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, while also
hoping to restart construction of a hotel and hotel apartments in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates. Amlak Hotels & Tourism currently has hotels
operating in Jordan and the UAE, with plans announced for hotels to be
constructed in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
New Investment Strategy   Naji Alia Chief Executive Officer                    
60 Sep 2012 China Sunergy China Sunergy China Jiangsu Nanjing   UAE Electronic Components Environmental Technology   China-based China Sunergy, a specialised solar cell and module
manufacturer, has shipped 72 kilowatts of multi-crystalline solar
modules to UK-based Carillion Construction that will be installed in a
trial project of Emrill, an affiliate of Carillion Construction, in a
project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This project marks China
Sunergy’s first shipment into the UAE. The company has stated that the
Dubai solar market possesses excellent growth potential. It also stated
its strategic move into the UAE solar market is crucial for the company
amid current macroeconomic and industry uncertainties.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Stephen Cai Chief Executive Officer                    
61 Sep 2012 VanHan VanHan United Kingdom South East (UK) London   Egypt|India|Nigeria|UAE Real Estate Professional Services   VanHan, the luxury UK-based residential agency, has announced that it
plans to expand into countries which have good track records of
residents buying prime central London property. The company named Dubai
and Abu Dhabi, of the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt, Nigeria
and India as potential locations. In particular, the company is seeing
an influx of business from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
New Investment Strategy   Giles Hannah Co-Founder                    
62 Aug 2012 Pasukhas Group Pasukhas Group Malaysia Selangor Seri Kembangan   Bahrain|Indonesia|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Business Services Professional Services   Malaysia-based Mechanical and electrical engineering services company
Pasukhas Group is planning to expand its operations presence in the Gulf
Co-operation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The company is also in talks to
expand operations in Indonesia in order to capitalise on the country’s
aims to achieve self sufficient sugar supplies by 2014. In addition, it
has announced plans to seek to raise RM10.8m through a listing on the
ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Investment Strategy   Teng Ah Kiong Managing Director                    
63 Jun 2012 Mars International Mars International Oman Muscat Muscat   Bahrain|Kuwait|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Food & Tobacco|Healthcare|Hotels & Tourism|Real Estate Construction|Life sciences|Retail Trade|Tourism Retail Oman-based Mars International, which operates in the retail, healthcare,
real estate and hospitality sectors, is planning to expand its
activities into the rest of the Gulf Co-operation Council. As part of
these plans the company’s hypermarket operator, the Mars Hypermarket
Group, plans open stores in other GCC states. It already operates
outlets in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Investment Strategy   Naveej Vinod Executive Director                    
64 Jun 2012 MH Alshaya Co (Alshaya Retail) Alshaya Kuwait Al-Kuwait Kuwait City   Bahrain|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Food & Tobacco Retail Trade Retail MH Alshaya Co (Alshaya Retail), a subsidiary of Kuwait-based Alshaya,
has signed a franchise agreement with US-based bakery Sprinkles Cupcakes
to expand the cupcake brand across the Gulf Co-operation Council. The
company will open outlets across the region, with the first planned for
Kuwait in 2012.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Mohammed Alshaya Executive Chairman                    
65 May 2012 Itau Unibanco (Itau Unibanco) Itau Unibanco (Itau Unibanco) Brazil Sao Paulo Sao Paulo   Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Financial Services Financial Services   Brazil-based bank Itau Unibanco is eyeing expansion to Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates; Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It currently has an office in
Dubai, UAE.
New Investment Strategy   Ricardo Villela Marino Chief Executive Officer (Latin America)                    
66 Apr 2012 WH Smith WH Smith United Kingdom South West (UK) Swindon (WILTSHIRE)   Australia|Fiji|India|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products Consumer Goods|Retail Trade Retail UK-based newspapers, books and stationery retailer WH Smith is planning
to grow in overseas markets as part of a strategy to offset weakness on
the UK high street. The retailer is planning to open 20 new shops in
India, Australia, Qatar, Dubai, Fiji and Saudi Arabia, taking its total
number of overseas stores opened or agreed to 80. The company runs its
international stores through a mixture of franchises, joint ventures and
direct leases.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)|New Investment Strategy   Kate Swann Chief Executive Officer                    
67 Apr 2012 M Energy M Energy United Kingdom South East (UK) Not Specified   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Energy Manufacturing UK-based M Energy has signed a joint venture with United Arab
Emirates-based Pan Gulf Capital to establish 10 scrap to energy
manufacturing facilities across the Gulf Co-operation Council by 2017.
The facilities will use plastic scrap and scrap tyres as the raw
material to produce oils, such as diesel, furnace and marine oils. The
companies will also generate enough electricity at the sites to run the
manufacturing facilities.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Miran Ellahee Chief Executive Officer                    
68 Mar 2012 Global Group Global Group Canada Ontario Toronto   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products Consumer Goods Manufacturing The Canada-based Global Group, which manufactures and markets a range of
office furniture, is considering establishing a manufacturing facility
in the Gulf Co-operation Council region. Oman is one of the countries
being considered as a possible destination for the factory. Plans are
still at the preliminary stage, however.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Nathan Meyer Vice President (International), Sales                    
69 Feb 2012 Bentley Motors Volkswagen Germany Niedersachsen Wolfsburg   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Automotive OEM Transport Equipment Maintenance & Servicing Car manufacturer Bentley Motors, a subsidiary of Germany-based
Volkswagen, plans to invest $9.3m in the Gulf Co-operation Council
region by July 2012 to upgrade its showrooms and open two workshops. The
company is seeking to capitalise on growing car sales in the Middle
East.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Chris Buxton Regional Director (Middle East, Africa and India), Bentley Motors                    
70 Feb 2012 Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group (HMG) Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group (HMG) Saudi Arabia Riyadh Riyadh   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|UAE Healthcare Life sciences Construction Saudi Arabia-based healthcare provider Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical
Group is considering building another four hospitals in the Gulf
Co-operation Council region, in addition to its current and planned
developments. The company operates seven medical centres in the region
and is in the process of constructing another four. It is seeking to
grow its business further in order to tap into the growing demand for
healthcare services in the GCC, with the hospitals likely to be located
outside of Saudi Arabia.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Farhan Qadeer General Manager                    
71 Jan 2012 Volvo Volvo Sweden Sweden Gothenburg   Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Automotive OEM|Industrial Machinery, Equipment & Tools Construction|Transport Equipment   Sweden-based Volvo, which manufactures automobiles, trucks and
construction machinery, plans to further expand its business in the
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 2012. The company plans
to increase its activities in these markets in order to boost sales. It
views the Saudi Arabian market as holding particular potential from the
trucks and construction equipment point of view.
New Investment Strategy   Anders Osberg Chief Financial Officer                    
72 Jan 2012 HDFC Life Housing Development Finance (HDFC) India Maharashtra Mumbai   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Financial Services Financial Services   Insurance provider HDFC Life, a subsidiary of India-based Housing
Development Finance Corporation, plans to expand its business in the
Gulf Co-operation Council. The company opened an office in Dubai, the
United Arab Emirates, in October 2011 and plans to expand further in the
region. HDFC Life is seeking to offer its individual and group insurance
services to non-resident Indians in the region.
New Investment Strategy   Anup Rau Head, Sales and Distribution, HDFC Life                    
73 Jan 2012 MarkaVIP MarkaVIP Jordan Amman Amman   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products |Textiles Consumer Goods|Wood, Apparel & Related Products   Jordan-based MarkaVIP, an online private sales club selling apparel and
home decor products, has announced that it has secured $5m in Series A
funding which it will use to expand its current operations and marketing
activities. The company plans to expand in new markets across the Gulf
Co-operation Council. The financing was led by Silicon Valley venture
firm Lumia Capital with significant participation from New York-based
Invus Financial Advisors.
New Funding/Resources for Expansion   Ahmed Alkhatib Chief Executive Officer                    
74 Dec 2011 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Canada Ontario Toronto   Azerbaijan|Saudi Arabia|UAE Hotels & Tourism Tourism   Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is looking at hiring up to 3000 people to
staff hotels opening between now and 2013. The Fairmont Palm Jumeirah in
Saudi Arabia opening at the end of 2012, and the Fairmont Fujairah in
the United Arab Emirates launching in 2013, will require more than 800
new recruits between them. The company is also looking at hiring up to
2000 workers for new hotels that are planned for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia
and Baku in Azerbaijan. The US hotelier is ramping up its expansion
outside of its home market in a bid to capitalise on the lucrative
Middle Eastern travel sector, with ten properties under operation in the
MENA region and four under construction.
New Investment Strategy   Mohammed Hassan Arkobi Vice-President (Saudi Arabia), Fairmont Hotels & Resorts                    
75 Dec 2011 MSD Gulf Merck & Co United States New Jersey Whitehouse (NJ)   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Pharmaceuticals Life sciences   MSD Gulf, a subsidiary of US-based pharmaceutical company Merck & Co,
plans to expand in the Gulf Co-operation Council region by 2016. The
company, which operates in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain,
Qatar and Oman, sees strong growth potential in the UAE and other
pharmaceutical markets. It offers a range of drugs including Januvia,
which is used to treat diabetes.
New Investment Strategy   Andrew Miles Managing Director, MSD Gulf                    
76 Nov 2011 Boeing Boeing United States Illinois Chicago (IL)   Indonesia|UAE Aerospace Transport Equipment   US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing has secured its two largest ever
contracts valued at $21.7bn and $18bn. The $21.7bn contract is with
Indonesia-based Lion Air to supply 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation
737-900ERs. Purchase rights to a further 150 planes are included in the
contract. The $18bn contract is to supply Dubai-based Emirates Airline
with 50 Boeing 777-300ERs. The contract includes the option to supply an
additional 20 planes valued at $8bn. The Boeing 777 is the world’s most
successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane carrying 365 passengers up to
14,685 km.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Jim Albaugh Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes                    
77 Nov 2011 Fortis Swiss Watches Fortis Swiss Watches Switzerland Switzerland Not Specified   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products Retail Trade Retail Switzerland-based watch manufacturer Fortis Uhren is examining the
possibility of establishing boutiques across the Gulf Co-operation
Council region. The outlets would stock the brand’s various models and
act as a one-stop shop for the company’s products.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Mahesh Shahani Director (Middle East), Brand                    
78 Nov 2011 OptumHealth UnitedHealth Group United States Minnesota Minnetonka (MN)   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Healthcare|Pharmaceuticals|Software & IT services Life sciences   OptumHealth, a health and wellness company, plans to invest in the Gulf
Co-operation Council region. The company recently signed a joint venture
agreement with United Arab Emirates-based Lifeline Hospital Group to
help it improve its billing and collections processes. It will further
expand in the region, in areas such as health IT, wellness and
pharmaceuticals. OptumHealth will focus on the GCC countries; Bahrain,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
New Investment Strategy   Warren Guillett Chief Executive Officer (Middle East), OptumHealth                    
79 Oct 2011 Fenland Leisure Products Fenland Leisure Products United Kingdom East of England Wisbech   Saudi Arabia|UAE Consumer Products   Construction UK-based Fenland Leisure Products, a provider of playground equipment as
well as military training equipment, has secured a lucrative contract to
supply military equipment in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
The company is hoping that the contract win will open new markets for
it.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Andrew Sparrow Managing Director                    
80 Oct 2011 Ascott Group CapitaLand Singapore Singapore Singapore   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Real Estate Construction   Ascott Group, a serviced residence business unit of Singapore-based
CapitaLand, has expanded into a new country, Oman, by securing a
management contract for a 220-unit serviced residence in Muscat. The
serviced residence is scheduled to open in 2014. It is the first
international serviced residence operator in Oman. Its growth strategy
for the Gulf region is to build economies of scale by securing more
management contracts. It will continue to expand its presence in
Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, as well as look for
opportunities in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
New Investment Strategy|New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Lim Ming Yan Chief Executive Officer                    
81 Oct 2011 Bahrain National Insurance Bahrain National Holding Bahrain Bahrain Manama (Al-Manamah)   Kuwait|Oman|Saudi Arabia|UAE Financial Services Financial Services   Bahrain National Insurance, a provider of general insurance products,
has announced plans to branch out into other Gulf Cooperation Council
countries, including Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates. The company has recently been granted a license to operate in
Qatar.
New Investment Strategy   Joseph Rizzo General Manager, Bahrain National Insurance                    
82 Oct 2011 Tim Hortons Tim Hortons Canada Ontario Oakville   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|UAE|United States Food & Tobacco Food, Beverages & Tobacco|Retail Trade   Canada-based Tim Hortons, a coffee and doughnut chain, is to expand in
the Middle East. Its franchise partner Apparel Group is set to open 120
new stores by 2016. It will open the new stores in the United Arab
Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. Apart from this announced
international expansion, Tim Hortons is planning to keep its
international efforts focused on the US market.
New Investment Strategy   Paul House Chief Executive Officer                    
83 Sep 2011 LIC International Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) India Maharashtra Mumbai   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|Thailand|UAE|Uganda|United States Financial Services Financial Services   Insurance company LIC International, a subsidiary of India-based Life
Insurance Corporation, is looking to expand its coverage across Bahrain
and the GCC countries by expanding its partner sales network. It is also
planning to expand operations to the US, Uganda, and Thailand.
New Investment Strategy   D.K. Mehrotra Managing Director                    
84 Sep 2011 Wartsila (Waertsilae)(Wartsila) Wartsila (Waertsilae)(Wartsila) Finland Southern Finland (Etela-Suomen laani) Helsinki   UAE Engines & Turbines Energy   Finland-based Wartsila, a provider of lifecycle power solutions for the
marine and energy markets, has been awarded its first power project in
the United Arab Emirates. It will supply the equipment and engineering
for a power plant to Utico. The 39 megawatt plant will be powered by
four 20-cylinder Wartsila 34SG generating sets fuelled by natural gas.
This will be the first power plant in the Middle East to be fuelled by
gas engines.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Lars-Ake Kjell Regional Director (Middle East), Power Plants                    
85 Aug 2011 Solarhybrid Solarhybrid Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen Brilon   Bahrain|India|Morocco|South Africa|Tunisia|UAE Alternative/Renewable energy Environmental Technology   Solarhybrid, a Germany-based renewable energy company, has announced
that it is in negotiations for joint venture projects and rights to
renewable energy developments in Bahrain, India, Morocco, South Africa,
Tunisia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company is mainly
involved in the construction and operation of solar-powered photovoltaic
plants and recently set up a new subsidiary company in the US to tap
into the local energy market.
New Investment Strategy   Albert Klein Chief Financial Officer                    
86 Jul 2011 Sadyt Sacyr Vallehermoso Spain Comunidad de Madrid Madrid   Chile|Colombia|Mexico|UAE Industrial Machinery, Equipment & Tools Environmental Technology   Sadyt, the water treatment subsidiary of Spain-based Sacyr Vallehermoso,
plans to bring its water business to Chile, the United Arab Emirates,
Mexico and Colombia. The company hopes to strengthen its portfolio of
contracts, both domestic and international in the desalination and
purification market.
New Investment Strategy   Luis del Rivero President                    
87 Jul 2011 Independent Women EIC (Edinburgh Investment Consultants) United Kingdom Scotland Edinburgh   Bahrain|UAE Financial Services Financial Services Business Services Independent Women, a subsidiary of UK-based EIC which specialises in
giving independent financial advice to women, is planning to expand
internationally. The company wants to have established its own overseas
operations in either Dubai, United Arab Emirates or Bahrain by 2104 as
it already has clients in the Middle East.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Scott Mackintosh Director                    
88 May 2011 BridgeWave Communications BridgeWave Communications United States California Santa Clara (CA)   France|Germany|UAE|United Kingdom Communications ICT & Electronics   US-based BridgeWave Communications, a leading supplier of 4G millimetre
wave backhaul solutions, has announced the international expansion of
its presence and expertise with the addition of several new partners
across western Europe and the Middle East. The new partners are based in
France, Germany, United Arab Emirates and the UK and have been added in
response to the growth in Internet traffic.
New Investment Strategy   Evan Evangelinos Managing Director (Europe)                    
89 May 2011 Religare Capital Markets (RCML) Religare Enterprises Limited (REL) India Uttar Pradesh Noida   Australia|Indonesia|Singapore|South Africa|Sri Lanka|Turkey|UAE|United
Kingdom|United States
Financial Services Financial Services   Religare Capital Markets, the Religare group’s investment bank, is
focusing on emerging markets such as South Africa, Turkey, Dubai, Sri
Lanka and Indonesia and developed markets such as Australia, Singapore,
London and New York as part of its plans for overseas expansion.
New Investment Strategy   Tarun Kataria Chief Executive Officer, Religare Capital Markets                    
90 Apr 2011 Steven Ehrlich Architects Steven Ehrlich Architects United States California Culver City (CA)   UAE Real Estate Construction Construction Steven Ehrlich Architects, based in the US, has won a contract to
develop the United Arab Emirates Federal National Council complex in Abu
Dhabi. The new Parliament building will mix familiar Arabic design with
contemporary form and the latest technological advances. It is anchored
by a 100 metre diameter dome structure, surrounded by offices, meeting
halls, and visitors’ programme.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Steven Ehrlich Principal, Design                    
91 Mar 2011 Reliance Asset Management (UK) Reliance ADA India Maharashtra Mumbai   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Financial Services Financial Services   Dubai Reliance Capital, the financial services arm of India’s Reliance
ADA, is eyeing Middle East expansion and it will use its office in the
Dubai International Financial Centre to expand its operations in the
region. The company intends to focus on growing wealth management and
Sharia-compliant businesses in the United Arab Emirates and the GCC
countries. The company is also planning to significantly increase its
headcount in the coming years.
New Investment Strategy   Sam Ghosh Chief Executive, Reliance Capital                    
92 Feb 2011 Beximco Pharmaceuticals Beximco Group Bangladesh Dhaka Dhaka   Bahrain|Kuwait|Oman|Qatar|Saudi Arabia|UAE Pharmaceuticals Life sciences   Bangladesh-based Beximco Pharmaceuticals is looking to build on last
year’s growth with further expansion into the Gulf Co-operation Council
countries. (GCC). The company is attracted by the potential for growth
there, and is shying away from more developed market. Saudi Arabia is
the company’s potentially biggest market.
New Investment Strategy   Nazmul Hassan Managing Director, Beximco Pharmaceuticals                    
93 Feb 2011 Rolls-Royce Group plc Rolls-Royce Group plc United Kingdom South East (UK) London   UAE Engines & Turbines Transport Equipment   UK-based Rolls-Royce, an integrated power systems company, operating in
civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy markets, has won a
contract worth $2.2bn to cover all Emirates’ Royce engines with
long-term service contracts. The win follows a similar $1.2bn contract
signed with Emirates in November 2010.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Mark King President, Civil Aerospace                    
94 Jan 2011 CIGA Healthcare CIGA Healthcare United Kingdom Northern Ireland Ballymena   Indonesia|Iran|Iraq|Jordan|Lebanon|Libya|Malaysia|Saudi
Arabia|Singapore|Syria|Turkey|UAE
Pharmaceuticals Life sciences   Northern Ireland-based pharmaceuticals company CIGA Healthcare has
announced plans to expand its retail presence into developing global
markets. The company has begun sale of its self diagnostic testing kits
in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria,
and has formed a partnership agreement for the distribution of its
products in Libya. The company also plans to form strategic partnerships
in the Kurdistan region of Turkey, Iraq and Iran and in the south-east
Asia countries of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
New Investment Strategy   Neill Armstrong Director, Sales                    
95 Jan 2011 Hara Hara United States California San Mateo (CA)   UAE Software & IT services ICT & Electronics   Software firm Hara, which provides environmental and energy management
solutions has revealed it is increasing its presence in Abu Dhabi
following the signing of a multimillion-dollar deal with the state-run
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority. This forms part of the
company’s international expansion plans. The company is seeing strong
demand from the logistics and supply chain sector in response to the
release of new software that provides firms with the ability to track
and manage greenhouse gas emissions and energy use data from their
supply chain partners.
New Investment Strategy|New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Nick Martin Managing Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa)                    
96 Jan 2011 Arabian Construction Company (ACC) Arabian Construction Company (ACC) Lebanon Beyrouth Beirut   UAE Real Estate Construction   Arabian Construction Company (ACC), a construction company headquartered
in Beirut, has won a Dh750m ($204.20m) contract to expand the Masdar
Institute of Science and Technology campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates. The contract, which makes up the second phase of construction
and is being managed by Aldar Properties, will add another 82,000 sq m
to the campus. The project is the first project of its kind for ACC.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Hamed Mikati Director                    
97 Dec 2010 Cuatrecasas Cuatrecasas Spain Catalonia Barcelona   UAE Business Services Professional Services Business Services Spanish law firm Cuatrecasas is seeking to increase its presence in the
United Arab Emirates due to the existence of sovereign funds which could
impact on Spain, such as the Qatar fund.
Considering Project (New or Expansion)   Emilio Cuatrecasas Chairman                    
98 Nov 2010 Blusens Blusens Spain Galicia Santiago de Compostela   China|UAE Consumer Electronics Consumer Goods   Spanish electronics company Blusens is eyeing developing markets such as
China and Dubai as part of its internationalisation plan. The company
currently only assembles products in China, but wants to also market
products in the country.
New Investment Strategy   Jose Ramon Garcia Executive President                    
99 Oct 2010 Autogen Manufacturing Autogen Manufacturing United Kingdom Northern Ireland Not Specified   Qatar|Sudan|UAE Industrial Machinery, Equipment & Tools Industrial   Autogen Manufacturing, a company that designs and manufactures a range
of diesel powered generator systems has secured orders in the Middle
East worth 5m ($7.89) following support from Invest Northern Ireland.
The company has secured three major orders to supply companies based in
Dubai, Qatar and Sudan with bespoke generator systems. This will enable
it to develop new connections and secure future business opportunities
in these markets.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Damian McCabe Managing Director                    
100 Oct 2010 Maison Boo Maison Boo United Kingdom West Midlands (UK) Coventry   Hong Kong|Latvia|Lithuania|Romania|Singapore|Slovenia|UAE Consumer Products Consumer Goods   UK-based Maison Boo, an organic toiletries firm, may expand into new
markets after securing a number of overseas export deals, in countries
including, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania
and Romania. The company has recently secured business worth about
70,000, supplying products to 92 pharmacies in Singapore. Maison Boo
reported that the value of its export business over the next financial
year is likely to exceed 200,000 which is more than double its current
annual turnover.
New Investment Strategy|New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Hamzah Islam Managing Director                    
101 Oct 2010 Nico International Hydrospace Renaissance Services Oman Muscat Muttrah   UAE Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Energy   Nico International Hydrospace a subsidiary of Topaz Engineering, which
belongs to Oman-based oil and gas company Renaissance Services , has won
an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth $100m
for the phase IV oil storage terminal for GPSChemoil in Fujairah, United
Arab Emirates. The company will construct a fully automated 580,000
cubic metres terminal, equipped with a facility for loading and
receiving middle distillates, gas and fuel oil from shipping berths.
New Overseas Supplier Contracts   Bill Bayliss Chief Operating Officer                    
102 Oct 2010 BlackBerry (Research in Motion) BlackBerry (Research in Motion) Canada Ontario Waterloo   UAE Communications ICT & Electronics   Canada-based communications giant Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the
BlackBerry, has created a number partnerships in the United Arab
Emirates, one with the UAE’s telecoms regulator and two with
state-backed operators. The move follows the lifting of a threat to
block BlackBerry services in the state which have now become compliant
with its regulatory framework. RIM’s plans for the region include the
launch of BlackBerry applications in Arabic and the launch of an
application that would allow Dubai-based users to pay utilities bills
via smartphones.
New Investment Strategy   Jim Balsillie Co-Chief Executive                    
103 Oct 2010 Petrofac Petrofac United Kingdom South East (UK) London