Archive for the ‘UAE’ Category

The Middle East’s Oil Giants Have Entered the Critical Minerals Race

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a look at how the Middle East hydrocarbon firms are ensuring they have a seat at the critical mineral table: Oil may be the lifeblood of many Middle Eastern economies, but some of the region’s biggest players are now setting their sights on another booming energy sector: critical minerals.  Minerals such […]

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Ports, Farmland, Contracts: What is UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed Seeking in Africa?

Via The Africa Report, a look at the UAE’s growing interest in Africa: In just a decade, Mohamed bin Zayed, also known as the ‘Gulf Hawk’, and his close associates, have turned the UAE into a key player on the African continent, largely due to his financial power. His influence causes imbalances, especially in the […]

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Middle East Banks Are Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game

Via Bloomberg, an article on the increasing growth of Middle East banks: Four Gulf banks financed $3.25 billion loan to GEMS Education Loan is part of deal that saw Brookfield buy a stake, CVC exit When one of the largest private school operators on the planet was looking to pull off a deal involving buyout […]

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A Middle East Dealmaker Fights for Credibility in Silicon Valley

Courtesy of The Information, a look at how the venture arm of Mubadala, the United Arab Emirates’ giant sovereign wealth fund, has elbowed its way into tech’s clubby investing circles under the leadership of Ibrahim Ajami. But missteps with its European dealmaking and skepticism about its direct investments in startups show it still has progress […]

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DP World Plans $3B African Ports Investment by 2029

Via Bloomberg, an article on DP World’s African investment plans: Critical minerals helping to drive need for greater capacity Dubai company interested in South Africa, Kenya opportunities DP World plans to spend $3 billion over the next three to five years on new port and logistics infrastructure in Africa to meet long-term growth that includes surging […]

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UAE Strengthens Senegal Trade

Via WhyAfrica, an article on UAE efforts to strengthen trade with Senegal: Senegal is the second-fastest growing economy in Africa and the fourth-fastest growing economy in the world, positioning this West African country as a key market of great strategic importance for countries in the Middle East. Dubai International Chamber, one of the three chambers operating […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.