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French FDI in UAE increases ten-fold

French FDI in UAE increases ten-fold

French foreign direct investments (FDI) in the UAE have grown ten times in the past decade, reaching US$3.6 billion in 2009, accounting for 35 per cent of the total French FDI in the Middle East. French civilian exports to the UAE have tripled between 1998 and 2009 reaching US$4.9 billion, according to data by Invest in France Agency (IFA), a body for promoting and facilitating international investment in France.

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Qatar government 'to invest US$100 billion' in local projects

 

Qatar government 'to invest US$100 billion' in local projects

The Qatar government will invest US$123.57 billion for local projects during the next ten years, Minister of Economy and Finance Yousef Hussain Kamal has been reported as saying by the Qatar News Agency. Kamal told daily Arabic newspaper 'Alwatan' that Qatar will invest billions of riyals in infrastructure projects, oil, gas and petrochemicals. However, he added that Qatar will continue its investment abroad.

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Abu Dhabi Ports considers US$1 billion bond

Abu Dhabi Ports considers US$1 billion bond

State-owned Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) may sell up to US$1 billion in bonds early next year to finance the Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Abu Dhabi, according to its chief financial officer. ADPC has appointed the National Bank of Abu Dhabi as a financial advisor to draw up a long-term financial strategy. Arrangers for the bond have yet to be appointed.

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North Africa 'catching up with GCC'

The exponential development activity in GCC countries has been impressive over the last couple of years but North Africa is quickly catching up, a report has said. Colliers' latest real estate overview on the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region confirmed as much, pointing out that Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Damascus and Tripoli are the places to be in the Mena region.

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Regional growth shows promise - IMF

The Kingdon Tower, Saudi Arabia

Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region will likely reach 4.5 per cent in 2010 and 4.8 per cent in 2011 due to commodity price strength, rising external demand and robust government spending programmes, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its World Economic Outlook report.

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