Latest in Highlight

Advertising Area






Latest in


Islamic finance body IIFM eyes first sukuk standard

Reuters – The Bahrain-based International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) will develop its first standard contract template for sukuk (Islamic bonds), and aims to double the number of its standards as early as next year, its chief executive told Reuters. A standard for leasing-based sukuk will be developed first by the IIFM, a non-profit industry body …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s Pioneers Holding 2013 profit rises 37%

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

Daily News Egypt

Qatar calls for dialogue in Egypt

Relations between Egypt and the Gulf state have been strained over Doha’s backing for Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in July following nationwide protests.

Daily News Egypt

Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank launches Asian Islamic REIT

Reuters – Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank has launched a listed sharia-compliant real estate investment trust (REIT) that will invest in a portfolio of Asian properties, the lender said on Tuesday. The REIT will invest in between 15 and 35 properties and be managed by Swiss-based B&I Capital AG, with Al Salam providing seed capital for …

Daily News Egypt

Bahrain’s Investcorp eyes extended growth after profit leap

Reuters – Bahrain-based investment company Investcorp expects 15-20% annual growth over the next five years, its chief financial officer said on Sunday after reporting a 53% increase in first-half net profit. Investcorp, which famously took luxury brands Gucci and Tiffany & Co public in the 1990s, made a net profit of $60.1m in the six …

Daily News Egypt

Bahrain aims for new business with Takaful, sukuk rules

Reuters – Bahrain’s central bank will release a new regulatory framework for Islamic insurance (takaful) this quarter, in an overhaul of standards which the regulator hopes will attract new business in a sector it helped to pioneer. The kingdom has been a major hub for Islamic finance in the Gulf but in the last few …

Daily News Egypt

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

By James M. Dorsey Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials. In one of the latest rounds of detentions, authorities last month arrested three soccer and two handball …

Daily News Egypt