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Sharjah Islamic Bank issues AED 266.8 million convertible sukuk

Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has issued a AED 266.8 million (US$ 73m) convertible sukuk equivalent to 10 percent of the bank’s share capital According to a statement from the bank, the sukuk has been converted into ordinary shares in the name of Sharjah Social Security Fund (SSSF), an entity established by royal decree in November 2017 to manage government pensions ...

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ARADA confirms AED1 billion loan for Sharjah mega-project

ARADA has arranged an Islamic syndicated loan of AED1 billion (US$ 274m) as financing for its the 24 million square foot master-planned community development, Aljada. The property developer’s finance facility was arranged by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and Dubai Islamic Bank as joint-lead arrangers and bookrunners. ARADA was formed in early 2017 as a joint-venture between KBW Investments and ...

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First shopping mall opens in Al Madam

Al Badayer Shopping Mall has been opened in the town of Al Madam on the Dubai-Hatta road, the first purpose-built air-conditioned shopping mall in Sharjah’s Central Region. Less than an hour’s drive from Sharjah city and 20 minutes drive from Mleiha, Al Madam has recently become a focus for economic development and public infrastructure projects. All 27 retail units at ...

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SEWA mulls BOT project for Hamriyah power plant

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is evaluating details of an independent power project (IPP) for Hamriyah power station to be developed under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract. Sharjah’s utility authority started a bid process towards the end of 2015, for a project to expand and convert Hamriyah power plant from an open-cycle plant to a combined-cycle facility. According to Middle ...

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Crescent Enterprises announces new $150m venture capital division

Sharjah-headquartered diversified holding company Crescent Enterprises has announced the launch of its new corporate venture capital division with plans to invest up to US$150 million (AED548 million) over the next three years. The announcement was made at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF), organised by the Sharjah entrepreneurship centre, Sheraa, this week. According to the company CEO Badr Jafar, Crescent Enterprises ...

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Sharjah to award 10% of all digital projects to start-ups and SMEs

The Government of Sharjah aims to award 10 percent of all digital transformation projects to start-ups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), according to an announcement made at the inaugural Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF) by ‎the emirate’s Department of Government Relations. Organised by Sheraa, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre, SharjahEF took place on November 21st and 22nd at the Sharjah Golf ...

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Air Arabia to lease six Airbus A321neo long-range jets

Sharjah-headquartered Air Arabia PJSC (AIRARABI:DFM), the largest low-cost carrier operator in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed a leasing agreement with U.S.-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six Airbus A321neo long range aircraft. The long range airliners are built with the Airbus A321 new engine option, featuring CFM International engines. The 215-seat passenger jets will be delivered from ...

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Sharjah’s Emirates Industrial City 75% leased out

Seventy-five percent of Sharjah’s Emirates Industrial City (EIC) has now been leased, according to a a report in the UAE’s Khaleej Times newspaper, and an additional AED 200 million (US$ 55m) of plots are expected to be sold by the first quarter of 2019. Launched in 2005 by the investment consortium Emirates Company for Industrial Cities, the massive multi-use development ...

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Al Islami Foods opens its largest factory in the Middle East

Leading UAE halal food manufacturer Al Islami Foods has opened its biggest food production facility in the Middle East in Sharjah’s Hamriyah Free Zone. According to Al Islami Foods, the new 10,000 square metre (32,800 sq. ft.) factory is expected to create over 100 new jobs, increase the company’s food product production by 150 percent and allow it to launch ...

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Sharjah to host largest Entrepreneurship Festival in the UAE

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Sheraa, conducted a press conference to announce the launch of the largest entrepreneurship festival in the UAE at the Sheraa Hub, American University of Sharjah in the presence of leading industry experts and strategic partners. Celebrating and recharging the spirit of entrepreneurship, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF) makes its grand debut in Sharjah this November, 2017. SharjahEF, organized ...

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