UAE personal loans amount to AED349 billion in February
Total volume of personal loans in the UAE increased to AED 349.9 billion in February 2017, according to a UAE Central Bank report issued on Tuesday, which affirmed the banks’ continual contribution to the overall wellbeing and growth of the economy. By providing personal and corporate finance facilities, as well as creation of jobs, the UAE banks continue to play a dynamic role in establishing a robust economic development process through the mobilisation of financial resources, ensuring the required financing for the support of the national economy and creating the required investments, the report added.
Abu Dhabi expected to achieve 3.7% economic growth in 2017
Khalifa bin Salem Al Mansouri, Acting Under-Secretary of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, is expecting Abu Dhabi’s economy to achieve a growth rate of between 3.5 to 3.7 percent during the current year, in light of the emirate’s ongoing implementation of large projects, an increase in private sector investments and oil price stability.
UAE economy is expected to grow by 4% in 2017
Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has predicted that the national economy will achieve a growth rate of between 3.5 to 4 percent during the current year amid activity and intensity of the performance of vital economic sectors. He noted this growth will be spurred by the country’s growing investment attractiveness, with a view to achieve numerous accomplishments in national economic indicators.
UAE Rain Enhancement Science awardee files patent for cloud seeding breakthrough
One of awardees of the First Cycle of the prestigious UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has filed a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO, for a promising new application of nanotechnology to cloud seeding techniques.
WhatsApp and Facebook are most popular in UAE, reveals Federal Competitiveness Authority
The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority has revealed the results of a survey about the public use of social media. According to the survey, the results show that WhatsApp and Facebook are the most popular with 97 percent and 89 percent, followed by YouTube with 73 percent. The least popular form of social media are Snapchat and LinkedIn, with 27 percent and 16 percent. LinkedIn is used mostly by the age group between 22 and 34 years old, while the age group between 18 and 21 years old had the highest rate of social media usage.
Abu Dhabi to host major conference to tackle MENA food challenge
Abu Dhabi is set to play a leading role in coordinating efforts to meet the pressures of feeding 520 million people by 2030, one of the biggest challenges facing the Middle East today. MENA Food Production 2030 will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 20th and 21st March during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, GFIA, an established annual event in the UAE capital. It will drive critical dialogue between government, food producers, scientists and investors to establish secure, sustainable and profitable food production systems.
ADFD Injects AED1.47 Billion into Central Bank of Sudan
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) deposited AED1.47 billion into the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) to secure increased liquidity and stimulate economic growth in Sudan. His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, signed an agreement to that effect with His Excellency Hazim Abdegadir Ahmed Babiker, Governor and Chairman of the Board of the CBOS.
CFA Society Emirates to host Middle East Investment Conference 2017
CFA Society Emirates, the Association of CFA Charter holders and members in the UAE, will host the 8th Middle East Investment Conference, MEIC, next month in Abu Dhabi. As significant shifts in oil prices, geopolitical developments and national budget revisions continue to affect the investment climate across the Middle East, the conference will bring together regional and international investment professionals to consider the most pressing issues facing investors today, under the theme, 'Beyond Borders: MENA’s Role in the Global Economy'.
India welcomes Mohamed bin Zayed’s visit
Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, has praised the exceptional ties between the UAE and India, which have witnessed unprecedented development in the areas of investment and trade relations, among others. India will welcome His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces on 26th January as the chief guest for its Republic Day celebrations, Suri said.
Residents Offer Back at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
UAE residents can enjoy all the thrilling rides and attractions available at the first Ferrari branded theme park, from 08 January to 11 February 2017, for only AED195! To take advantage of the offer and redeem your bronze admission ticket, all you have to do is present a valid emirates ID at the front gate of the Park. Don’t miss out on the fun. Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with your family and friends to enjoy its record-breaking roller-coasters and family friendly rides!
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