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QE Intra-Day Movement
Qatar Commentary
The QE index declined 0.3% to close at 12,894.9. Losses were led by the...
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Qatar Market Commentary
 The QE index declined 0.3% to close at 12,894.9. The
Transportation and Real Estate ...
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05/07 China Markit HSBC China Services PMI April 51.4 – 51.9
05/07 China Markit HSBC China Composite PMI April...
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agenda, including on the mechanism for distri...
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  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 QE Intra-Day Movement Qatar Commentary The QE index declined 0.3% to close at 12,894.9. Losses were led by the Transportation and Real Estate indices, declining 1.6% and 1.5% respectively. Top losers were Vodafone Qatar and Qatar Gas Transport Co., falling 4.4% and 3.1% respectively. Among the top gainers, Mannai Corp. and Qatar National Cement Co. rose 5.9% and 2.6% respectively. GCC Commentary Saudi Arabia: The TASI rose marginally to close at 9,745.1. Gains were led by Energy & Utilities and Ins. indices, rising 1.9% and 1.3% respectively. National Agri. Marketing and Bupa Arabia For Coop. Ins. gained 9.9% each. Dubai: The DFM index declined 1.3% to close at 5,301.9. The Investment & Fin. Serv. index fell 3.9%, while the Real Est. & Const. Index was down 1.8%. National General Ins. Co. declined 8.4%, while Mashreq Bank was down 6.7%. Abu Dhabi: The ADX benchmark index fell 0.5% to close at 5,027.0. The Insurance index declined 2.9%, while Inv. & Fin. Ser. index was down 2.8%. Abu Dhabi Nat. Ins. fell 10.0%, while Commercial Bank Int. was down 7.6%. Kuwait: The KSE index gained 0.3% to close at 7,419.3. The Banking index rose 0.9%, while the Basic Material index was up 0.8%. Ajwan Gulf Real Estate Co. gained 9.8%, while Kuwait Packing Mat. Mfg. Co. was up 8.0%. Oman: The MSM index rose 0.3% to close at 6,780.5. Gains were led by the Financial and Industrial indices, rising 0.2% and 0.1% respectively. Areej Vegetable Oils & Deriv. gained 3.0%, while United Finance was up 2.7%. Bahrain: The BHB index rose 0.2% to close at 1,469.4. The Hotel & Tourism Index gained 3.4%, while the Commercial Banking index was up 0.6%. Gulf Hotels Group rose 5.3%, while Khaleeji Commercial Bank was up 3.6%. Qatar Exchange Top Gainers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Mannai Corp. 113.90 5.9 134.0 26.7 Qatar National Cement Co. 146.00 2.6 39.7 22.7 Al Meera Consumer Goods Co. 189.80 2.3 70.0 42.4 Qatari Investors Group 70.20 1.7 508.8 60.6 Gulf International Services 90.00 1.5 497.8 84.4 Qatar Exchange Top Vol. Trades Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar 17.89 (4.4) 5,484.9 67.0 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.60 (3.1) 2,921.0 21.5 United Development Co. 25.90 (0.6) 2,286.2 20.3 Mesaieed Petrochem. Holding Co. 34.95 (0.7) 1,083.8 249.5 Barwa Real Estate Co. 38.00 (2.1) 1,042.8 27.5 Market Indicators 07 May 14 06 May 14 %Chg. Value Traded (QR mn) 846.0 987.8 (14.4) Exch. Market Cap. (QR mn) 729,821.7 732,605.3 (0.4) Volume (mn) 21.7 25.6 (15.4) Number of Transactions 9,806 10,129 (3.2) Companies Traded 43 41 4.9 Market Breadth 11.30 17:23 – Market Indices Close 1D% WTD% YTD% TTM P/E Total Return 19,229.13 (0.3) 1.3 29.7 N/A All Share Index 3,291.17 (0.4) 1.2 27.2 15.8 Banks 3,135.72 (0.6) 1.2 28.3 15.6 Industrials 4,415.84 0.9 2.4 26.2 17.2 Transportation 2,364.36 (1.6) (0.2) 27.2 15.2 Real Estate 2,626.86 (1.5) 0.1 34.5 13.1 Insurance 3,270.48 (1.0) 1.2 40.0 8.6 Telecoms 1,714.84 (1.5) 0.7 18.0 24.0 Consumer 7,264.67 (1.1) (1.5) 22.1 29.7 Al Rayan Islamic Index 4,272.49 (0.4) 1.8 40.7 18.4 GCC Top Gainers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Air Arabia Dubai 1.58 7.5 288,002.0 1.9 Mannai Corporation Qatar 113.90 5.9 134.0 26.7 Gulf Pharmaceutical Abu Dhabi 3.30 5.4 4.1 11.0 Aseer Saudi Arabia 30.97 5.0 6,535.7 33.2 Mabanee Co. Kuwait 1.16 3.6 1,630.1 3.6 GCC Top Losers## Exchange Close# 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Abu Dhabi Nat. Ins. Abu Dhabi 6.30 (10.0) 30.0 6.8 Vodafone Qatar Qatar 17.89 (4.4) 5,484.9 67.0 Dubai Financial Market Dubai 3.63 (4.2) 32,117.9 47.0 Dubai Investments Dubai 3.96 (3.9) 20,811.9 70.2 Union National Bank Abu Dhabi 6.60 (3.7) 1,822.8 18.1 Source: Bloomberg ( # in Local Currency) ( ## GCC Top gainers/losers derived from the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index comprising of the top 200 regional equities based on market capitalization and liquidity) Qatar Exchange Top Losers Close* 1D% Vol. ‘000 YTD% Vodafone Qatar 17.89 (4.4) 5,484.9 67.0 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.60 (3.1) 2,921.0 21.5 Qatar Islamic Insurance 72.80 (2.9) 89.2 25.7 Salam International Inv. Co. 14.38 (2.8) 977.6 10.5 Ahli Bank 52.00 (2.8) 9.7 22.9 Qatar Exchange Top Val. Trades Close* 1D% Val. ‘000 YTD% Qatar Fuel Co. 240.00 (1.6) 108,118.5 9.8 Vodafone Qatar 17.89 (4.4) 100,114.7 67.0 Qatar Gas Transport Co. 24.60 (3.1) 72,686.5 21.5 United Development Co. 25.90 (0.6) 59,141.1 20.3 Gulf International Services 90.00 1.5 44,818.1 84.4 Source: Bloomberg (* in QR) Regional Indices Close 1D% WTD% MTD% YTD% Exch. Val. Traded ($ mn) Exchange Mkt. Cap. ($ mn) P/E** P/B** Dividend Yield Qatar* 12,894.93 (0.3) 1.3 1.7 24.2 307.55 200,482.0 16.1 2.2 3.9 Dubai 5,301.94 (1.3) 4.4 4.8 57.3 647.12 99,587.5 21.5 2.0 2.0 Abu Dhabi 5,027.03 (0.5) (0.6) (0.3) 17.2 238.89 137,423.9 15.2 1.9 3.3 Saudi Arabia 9,745.09 0.0 0.9 1.7 14.2 2,667.80 530,006.6 19.4 2.4 2.9 Kuwait 7,419.29 0.3 (0.2) 0.2 (1.7) 137.21 115,857.9 16.6 1.2 4.1 Oman 6,780.46 0.3 0.5 0.8 (0.8) 17.28 24,513.4 12.1 1.7 3.9 Bahrain 1,469.41 0.2 2.9 2.9 17.7 7.93 54,059.3 11.2 1.0 4.7 Source: Bloomberg, Qatar Exchange, Tadawul, Muscat Securities Exchange, Dubai Financial Market and Zawya (** TTM; * Value traded ($ mn) do not include special trades, if any) 12,800 12,850 12,900 12,950 13,000 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00
  2. 2. Page 2 of 6 Qatar Market Commentary  The QE index declined 0.3% to close at 12,894.9. The Transportation and Real Estate indices led the losses. The index fell on the back of selling pressure from Qatari shareholders despite buying support from non-Qatari shareholders.  Vodafone Qatar and Qatar Gas Transport Co. were the top losers, falling 4.4% and 3.1% respectively. Among the top gainers, Mannai Corp. and Qatar National Cement Co. rose 5.9% and 2.6% respectively.  Volume of shares traded on Wednesday fell by 15.4% to 21.7mn from 25.6mn on Tuesday. Further, as compared to the 30-day moving average of 30.3mn, volume for the day was 28.4% lower. Vodafone Qatar and Qatar Gas Transport Co. were the most active stocks, contributing 25.3% and 13.5% to the total volume respectively. Source: Qatar Exchange (* as a % of traded value) Ratings, Earnings and Global Economic Data Ratings Updates Company Agency Market Type* Old Rating New Rating Rating Change Outlook Outlook Change National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) S&P Kuwait LT Credit Rating A+ A+ – Stable – Source: News reports (* LT – Long Term, ST – Short Term, FSR- Financial Strength Rating, FCR – Foreign Credit Rating, LCR – Local Currency Rating, IDR – Issuer Default Rating, SR – Support Rating, LC – Local Currency) Earnings Releases Company Market Currency Revenue (mn)1Q2014 % Change YoY Operating Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Net Profit (mn) 1Q2014 % Change YoY Union Properties (UP) Dubai AED 404.4 11.5% – – 179.8 720.6% Arabtec Holding (ARTC) Dubai AED 2,152.00 39.3% – – 138.0 120.8% Kuwait Projects Co. (KIPCO) Kuwait KD 137.0 NA – – 10.3 19.8% Commercial Facilities Co. (CFC) Kuwait KD – – – – 3.8 20.2% Qurain Petrochemical Industries Co. (QPIC) Kuwait KD – – – – 27.5 23.9% Commercial Real Estate Co. (CRC) Kuwait KD – – – – 1.7 -68.0% Global Financial Investments Holding (GFIH) Oman OMR 1.6 22.2% – – 0.2 -72.4% Oman International Development and Investment Company (Omnivest) Oman OMR – – – – 7.9 0.5% Takaful International Co. Bahrain BHD 7.0 1.5% – – 0.1 10.7% Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Co. (BKIC) Bahrain BHD – – – – 1.9 107.9% Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) Oman OMR – – – – 34.4 18.2% Source: Company data, DFM, ADX, MSM Global Economic Data Date Market Source Indicator Period Actual Consensus Previous 05/07 US MBA MBA Mortgage Applications 2 May 5.30% – -5.90% 05/07 US BLS Nonfarm Productivity 1Q2014 -1.70% -1.20% 2.30% 05/07 EU Markit Markit Eurozone Retail PMI April 51.2 – 49.2 05/07 France INSEE Industrial Production MoM March -0.70% 0.30% 0.10% 05/07 France INSEE Industrial Production YoY March -0.80% 0.50% -0.50% 05/07 France INSEE Manufacturing Production MoM March -0.70% 0.10% 0.30% 05/07 France INSEE Manufacturing Production YoY March 1.50% 2.10% 1.60% 05/07 France Ministry of the Economy Trade Balance March -4937M -4650M -3771M 05/07 France Markit Markit France Retail PMI April 50.3 – 50.0 05/07 Germany Deutsche Bundesbank Factory Orders MoM March -2.80% 0.30% 0.90% 05/07 Germany BMWi Factory Orders WDA YoY March 1.50% 4.30% 6.50% 05/07 Germany Markit Markit Germany Construction PMI April 49.7 – 52.5 05/07 Germany Markit Markit Germany Retail PMI April 53.1 – 50.2 05/07 UK BRC BRC Shop Price Index YoY April -1.40% -0.80% -1.70% 05/07 Italy Markit Markit Italy Retail PMI April 49.5 – 46.5 Overall Activity Buy %* Sell %* Net (QR) Qatari 61.72% 71.86% (85,739,282.55) Non-Qatari 38.28% 28.15% 85,739,282.55
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6 05/07 China Markit HSBC China Services PMI April 51.4 – 51.9 05/07 China Markit HSBC China Composite PMI April 49.5 – 49.3 05/07 Japan Markit Markit Japan Services PMI April 46.4 – 52.2 05/07 Japan Markit Markit/JMMA Japan Composite PMI April 46.3 – 52.8 Source: Bloomberg (s.a. = seasonally adjusted; n.s.a. = non-seasonally adjusted; w.d.a. = working day adjusted) News Qatar  BRES enters into share sale and purchase agreement in relation to sale of Barwa City project to QDREIC’s unit for QR7.57bn – Barwa Real Estate Company (BRES) has entered into a share sale and purchase agreement in relation to the sale of the Barwa City project to Labregah Real Estate Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment (QDREIC) for QR7.57bn. The closure of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, while the purchase price is subject to customary price adjustment. (QE)  S&P: Qatari banks’ profitability to stay strong over 12 months – According to Standard & Poors (S&P), Qatari banks’ profitability is likely to remain strong over the next 12 months, even as risks remain on structural mismatches in their balance sheets, credit concentration and the country’s heavy reliance on hydrocarbons. The banking sector in Qatar has been classified under ‘Group 4’ – the fourth-lowest risk category on a 1-10 scale – under S&P’s banking industry country risk assessment criteria. (  Qatar ranks second in built asset index – According to EC Harris, Qatar ranked second among the world's 30 leading countries in terms of per capita contribution to GDP from 'built assets' estimated at $20,630 in 2013, closely followed by the UAE. Qatar’s economy generates significant income per capita from its built assets than many other countries, which bodes well for its future economic growth. (Peninsula Qatar)  MERS set for QR1.5bn expansion – Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (MERS) is set to invest QR1.5bn for the construction of nine malls, which are expected to be completed within 2014. MERS’ CEO Guy Sauvage said that the new branches would be distributed inside and outside of Doha, where market is growing rapidly. Sauvage said MERS has registered stellar growth year after year, which prompted it to embark on an expansion spree to meet the needs of its market base. (  PwC: MPHC seen prompting more QE floats – According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the listing of Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company (MPHC) is expected to prompt other companies to float on the Qatar Exchange (QE). PwC said that IPOs in the GCC countries during 1Q2014 improved YoY in terms of value, but volumes have remained relatively stable at two offerings. The total proceeds from the two IPOs in the GCC – MPHC and Saudi Marketing Company – were higher by 183% as compared to 1Q2013. (  KCBK opens branch at The Pearl-Qatar – Al Khaliji Commercial Bank (KCBK) has opened a branch at The Pearl- Qatar, as part of its plans to expand its footprint in the country. This is the third branch to be opened in the past six months, all situated in strategic locations for serving the bank’s high-end customer base. (  QGMD to disclose 1Q2014 results on May 8 – Qatari German Company for Medical Devices (QGMD) has announced that it will disclose its 1Q2014 full financial results on May 8, 2014. (QE)  Barwa Bank is now Ooredoo's Nojoom partner – Ooredoo has announced Barwa Bank as the newest partner of Nojoom, the award winning reward program. Barwa Bank customers can now redeem their Loyalty Points for Nojoom Points and in turn, enjoy access to Nojoom's rewards and services from over 150 partners in Qatar and abroad. ( International  Yellen: High degree of accommodation still needed – The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made it clear she believes the US economy still requires a strong dose of stimulus even five years after the recession. Yellen said that a high degree of monetary accommodation remains warranted since many Americans who want a job are still unemployed and inflation is below the central bank’s 2% target. Yellen highlighted the weaknesses in the labor market such as the number of long- term unemployed, even though the economic outlook has improved. The Treasury market yield curve steepened after her comments tempered expectations among some investors for a faster pace of interest-rate hikes. (Bloomberg)  BoE to stick with low rates even as UK recovery continues – The Bank of England (BoE) looks set to keep its interest rates at a record low, despite signs that the UK economic recovery is picking up speed and that house prices are surging. Britain is likely to grow faster than any other Group of Seven nation this year and expectations are building that the BoE might raise borrowing costs sooner than it has signaled. This week, the pound has hit its highest level against the dollar in nearly five years. The BoE hinted in February 2014 that the second quarter of 2015 was the most likely timeframe. According to the latest data, Britain's economy remains a tad below its size before the 2008-09 recession despite the speed of its turnaround. The BoE thinks the recovery can continue without causing any inflation pressure. (Reuters)  ECB to hold course as euro strength challenges recovery – The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to take heart from signs of life in the Eurozone economy and keep interest rates on hold, resisting pressure to act in the face of a stronger euro and persistently low inflation. Days before the Governing Council met in Brussels for its May policy meeting, France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls and the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development called for more stimulus as the Euro marched towards a 2-1/2 year high. However, while the ECB is expected to reiterate its concern about the impact the strong currency has on low inflation, it is not expected to act soon since data points to a firmer recovery and improved financing conditions. A Reuters poll found that the euro would need to reach $1.42 to spur any policy action, which is at $1.39 currently. (Reuters) Regional  GCC sets Jan 2015 to set up long-delayed customs union – Kuwait's Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh said GCC states have agreed to resolve hurdles obstructing the implementation of a long-delayed customs union, particularly revenue sharing. Leaders of the six-nation GCC region have set January 1, 2015 as the deadline to implement the customs union, which was first launched in 2003 and was delayed on several occasions. Anas
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6 al Saleh said that there had been agreement on all points of the agenda, including on the mechanism for distributing customs revenues, which has been the biggest hurdle. (Qatar Tribune)  GPCA to drive supply chain efficiency through SQAS – The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) has launched a three-year assessment program across the GCC region that will promote supply chain efficiency, flexibility and transparency in the petrochemical & chemical industry. GPCA’s Sustainability & Quality Assessment System (SQAS) is a uniform, independent and standardized program for petrochemical logistics service providers that will enable companies to monitor progress in their environment, health, safety, security and quality (EHSS&Q) processes. SQAS will help them to identify and improve weak areas in the supply chain and develop cost-efficient practices that shorten lead times and are environmentally sustainable. (  UMG, OEG to establish JV entity for offshore equipment – Unique Maritime Group (UMG) has entered into a joint venture agreement with OEG Offshore (OEG) to rent and sell offshore equipment in the Middle East region. The newly established JV ‘OEG Unique’ will be based in both the UAE and Qatar, and will provide local access to OEG's full range of 200 individual certified designs of DNV 2.7-1 certified cargo carrying units and A60 modules across the GCC countries. As part of the agreement, the partners have invested $1mn in new equipment including offshore containers, baskets, half heights, tanks and waste equipment. (Bloomberg)  Aon Saudi Arabia, BIBF to launch training academy – Aon Saudi Arabia and the Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF) have signed a deal to launch Aon Academy, an accredited graduate development program aimed at training Saudi youth in insurance and insurance brokerage services. The academy will enable fresh Saudi graduates to be trained and qualified to work in the insurance sector and develop it according to global standards. (  Nielsen: Saudi consumer confidence surges in 1Q2014 – According to a survey by Nielsen, consumer confidence in Saudi Arabia gained one-point to 102 during 1Q2014 over 4Q2013, and a six-point increase from 1Q2013. On jobs outlook, 53% of KSA respondents believe the job market would be good or excellent in the upcoming year, while respondents were more secure in money matters, with 62% believing their financial state to be good or excellent. The recessionary sentiment in KSA holds steady at 67%. (  Saudi CMA approves Al Hokair Group’s IPO – The Saudi CMA’s board has approved Abdul Mohsen Al-Hokair Group for Tourism & Development Company's IPO of 16.5mn shares, representing 30% of the company’s share capital. A portion of the offered shares will be allocated to mutual funds and authorized persons. The company's shares will be offered during the period from May 28, 2014 to June 3, 2014, once the book-building process is complete. (Tadawul)  Saudi CMA allos MEFIC to offer IPO fund – The Saudi CMA’s Board of Commissioners has approved the Middle East Financial Investment Company (MEFIC) to offer MEFIC IPO Fund. (Tadawul)  SABIC dominates IP efforts in GCC countries – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s (SABIC) CEO, Mohammad Al-Mady said that the company owns most of the intellectual property in the Kingdom, obtaining 380 patents in 2013. SABIC’s patents accounted for 50% of what was presented by the GCC countries. (  AHAB offers new deal on $5.9bn debt – Saudi-based Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company (AHAB) is offering to guarantee its banks at least a 20% payment on $5.9bn of debt, as it seeks to end a dispute with its creditors after causing the Middle East’s largest default. Chief Restructuring Officer Simon Charlton said the company will pay 10 cents on the dollar using cash from a share portfolio, if creditors agree to the offer and an additional 10 cents in five years. Depending on the asset recovery and litigation, AHAB will also pay up to an additional 30 cents, with gains above that level shared between the company and creditors. (Bloomberg)  Tadawul looking to go public soon – Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, Tadawul, is planning to sell shares in an IPO as it seeks to gradually open up to foreigners and boost institutional investment. Tadawul’s CEO, Adel Al Ghamdi said that it will hire advisers soon for the share sale. That would make it the second market in the GCC region to go public after Dubai’s bourse. (Bloomberg)  Kingdom hires HSBC to bifurcate SEC – According to sources, Saudi Arabia has hired HSBC Holdings to advise on a potential bifurcation of state-owned utility, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) into four independent power-generation companies. The Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority is planning to offer as much as 25% in each of the SEC’s units to international investors. (  Flynas launches Jeddah–Cairo flights – Saudi-based Flynas will launch daily non-stop flights from Jeddah to Cairo from June 2014. This will bring the total number of destinations it serves in Egypt to seven. The carrier also signed a strategic MoU agreement with Egyptian carrier Nesma Airlines aimed at solidifying its presence and reach in Egypt and North Africa. The agreement is expected to boost air links for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Egypt as well as cover high demand between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. (Bloomberg)  RAK’s tourism industry sees vast growth potential ahead – The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) sees huge growth potential in the emirate’s tourism sector due to its diverse landscape, rich heritage, temperate climate and openings of top-notch hotels and resorts in man-made Marjan Island. RAK TDA’s CEO Steven Rice said the emirate is fast establishing itself as a global tourism destination with huge potential for investment in hospitality projects. Rice said Ras Al Khaimah reported 1.24mn guest nights in 2013 and in 2014 it will increase further due to new openings of more hospitality projects in the emirate. (  Six new Damac projects to open – Damac Properties’ Managing Director Ziad El Chaar said that the company will open six new hospitality projects comprising 2,550 keys before the end of 2014 and total 10,000 keys will be operational in the next three years. The Dubai-based luxury property developer forays into hospitality business with the opening of its first property Damac Maison near Dubai Mall on December 31, 2013 with 355 keys. According to the company, the project received overwhelming response from investors and visitors as the first property is fully sold out and witnessed more than 80% occupancy level during first month of operations — January 2014. (  Air Arabia starts operations in Ras Al Khaimah – UAE-based Air Arabia has started its operations from its new hub in Ras Al Khaimah on May 6, 2014. The launch of operations follows the recent establishment of an Air Arabia hub at RAK International Airport, which is the airline’s fourth international base, and second in the UAE. (
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6  EIIE signs deal with MoneyGram – Emirates India International Exchange (EIIE) has entered into an agreement with a US-based company MoneyGram International to offer money transfer services across its locations in the UAE. This agreement enables UAE-based consumers more convenient locations to send and receive funds securely and quickly. (  Dubai leads as global hospitality destination – According to Deloitte and STR Global’s quarterly report titled the ‘Middle East Hotel Market Insight’, Dubai has established itself as a top global hospitality destination. The demand for hotel accommodation in Dubai has grown significantly in the last seven years, with the demand measured in rooms sold rising by 79% between 2006 and 2013. KSA drove the largest number of visits to Dubai in 2013 (1.4mn visits), followed by India (0.9mn visits) and the UK (0.75mn visits). The key future growth markets for Dubai are likely to be Saudi Arabia, the Russian Federation, India and Iran. In 2006, Dubai had 233 hotels providing 39,000 rooms across all sectors of the market, including 152 unaffiliated or independent hotels. By 1Q2014, this total stock had grown by almost 48% with the addition of 111 new hotels. (  Aramex, InPost form e-commerce JV – Aramex and InPost have formed a joint venture to ensure consumers across the Middle East & Africa region will be able to access private automated parcel lockers for all e-commerce activities. The new partnership with Aramex will create a network of automated parcel lockers that will be set up in all major cities across the region. (DFM)  MAF to introduce entertainment brand in 2014 – Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Leisure & Entertainment is looking to introduce a new entertainment brand in 2014 in Dubai. One outlet will be at Mirdif City Centre by the end of 2014 and two to three different locations will be covered at the beginning of 2015. (Bloomberg)  Kuwait Zain pays $12.5mn to up stake in Bahrain unit to 63% – Zain has bought a 6.25% stake in its Bahraini subsidiary from Vodafone for $12.5mn, upping the Kuwaiti firm's stake to 63% which will allow it to retain majority control after the unit's stock market listing. The acquisition values Zain Bahrain, which must sell 15% of its shares in an IPO and list on Bahrain's bourse as stipulated by its license terms, at $200mn. (Reuters)  ABK posts KD8.13mn net profit in 1Q2014 – Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) has reported a net profit of KD8.13mn for 1Q2014 as compared to KD7.07mn for 1Q2013. EPS amounted to 5fils at the end of 1Q2014. The NPL ratio reduced to 2.05% as compared to 5.13% in 1Q2013. (  CLH to invest €5mn in Muscat-Sohar pipeline project – Spanish fuel transportation company CLH has announced an initial investment of €5mn in a major fuel storage terminal and multiproduct fuel pipeline project being developed jointly with Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Ltd (Orpic) in the Sultanate. Orpic Logistics Company (OLC), a newly established JV between Orpic (60%) and CLH (40%), is implementing the Muscat-Sohar Products Pipeline (MSPP) project with a capital investment of around $200mn. It centres on the construction of a 175,000 cubic meter capacity strategic fuel storage terminal at Al Jifnain near Muscat, with pipeline linkages to Orpic’s two refineries at Mina al Fahal (Muscat) and Sohar, as well as Muscat International Airport. (  Omani CMA approves NGC’s rights issue – Omani Capital Market Authority (CMA) has approved the allotment of National Gas Company’s (NGC) rights issue. The issue was subscribed to the extent of 15.56mn shares, against an offer of 20mn. The company is in the process of completing the formalities with Muscat Clearing and Depository (MCD). (  PEIE signs MoU with ECGA – Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) has signed a MoU with Export Credit Guarantee Agency of Oman (ECGA) to promote Oman's non-oil exports. Under the agreement, ECGA will also focus on promoting its services to PEIE tenants (exporters), supporting the creation of business opportunities for ECGA, and organizing Business to Business Networking (B2B) between ECGA and PEIE tenants. Further, the MoU calls for cooperation in various fields including organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, and other events. (  Oman may cut petrol subsidies, no bond plans for 2014 – Oman’s minister for financial affairs, Darwish al-Balushi, said that the government is looking closely at cutting costly subsidies in the sultanate, with petrol an obvious target. Balushi added that Oman would not issue an international sovereign bond in 2014, with timing dictated by 2015 budget requirements. Further privatizations of state-owned companies are also unlikely to take place in 2014. (  TDC distributes first coupon for the OMR50mn Sukuk Ijarah – Tilal Development Company (TDC) has announced that it has paid the initial semi-annual payment of 5% on April 30, 2014 to the respective corporate Sukuk holders. The OMR50mn corporate Sukuk was announced in 2013 and is based on the Ijarah structure. (  Naseej project completes phase one sale – Naseej-led affordable housing public private partnership (PPP) project has finished the tier one phase of sales of the 367 homes being developed. Cebarco Bahrain, Chase Manara and Terna are the three contractors undertaking works on different sites of the project. (  DAM awards Dragon City contract to Nass Contracting – Diyar Al Muharraq (DAM) has awarded the Dragon City phase one construction contract worth BHD16.15mn to Nass Contracting Company. The project will take 14 months for completion and is being developed by Dragon City, a subsidiary of DAM. The mall will be operated by Chinamex Middle East. It has a gross floor area of circa 51,000 sqm, approximately 700 individual retail store spaces, warehousing of 5,000 sqm, a dining street of 6,000 sqm and car parking for 1,500 vehicles. (  BMMI finalizes BHD1.58mn land sale in Seef district – BMMI announced that it has finalized the sale of land located in Seef district for a total amount of BHD1.58mn. (Bahrain Bourse)  KHCB reports net profit of BHD335,000 in 1Q2014 – Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB) has reported a net profit of BHD335,000 in 1Q2014 as compared to BHD302,000 in 1Q2013. Total net income stood at BHD2.657mn as against BHD2.738mn in 1Q2013. EPS amounted to 0.30 fils at the end of 1Q2014 as compared to 0.27 fils a year earlier. Total assets stood at BHD576.4mn as at March 31, 2014 as compared to BHD542.2mn as at December 31, 2013. (Bahrain Bourse)  Alubaf profit soars 35% – A Bahrain-based wholesale bank Alubaf, reported a net profit of $11.6mn in 1Q2014, an increase of 35% as compared to the 1Q2013. Alubaf's Chief Executive Hasan Abulhasan said the main driver of the increase in income was core business activity. Net interest income increased by 33% and fee & commission income by 70% as compared to the same period last year. (Bloomberg)
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