Steve Klemme appointed as head of Middle East in Barclays private bank and overseas services

Steve Klemme
Updated 10 November 2017
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Steve Klemme appointed as head of Middle East in Barclays private bank and overseas services

Barclays has announced that Steve Klemme will be joining as the head of Middle East in private bank and overseas services.
With over 30-year experience in leading Middle East regional teams for global financial institutions, Klemme brings a unique depth and range of specialist expertise that will support the delivery of a high-growth strategy for private bank and overseas services across the region.
He and his teams, based in Dubai, Switzerland and London, will develop and strengthen relationships with Middle Eastern high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients through the delivery of bespoke advice and solutions and access to corporate and investment banking products and services.
Karen Frank, CEO, private bank and overseas services, Barclays, said: “This year we have completed a series of strategic appointments to deliver increased growth and returns. I’m excited to see our all new colleagues take up their seats because it shows the ambition of what we want to achieve for our clients. Klemme’s appointment significantly advances our plans to strengthen our capabilities in the Middle East.”
Francesco Grosoli, head of private bank for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Klemme’s track record in the Middle East, together with his technical expertise, will enable Barclays to originate and deliver a full range of banking, investment and credit capabilities tailored to the specific needs of our clients in the region. Klemme will focus on growing our Middle East market, by expanding and deepening our client relationships and delivering solutions from across Barclays International.”


Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.
Updated 13 November 2018
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Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate Developers launched their residential development project Golden Gate on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay. The project is a result of a joint venture between Bahraini-based company Kooheji Golden Gate and Indian real estate companies Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing.

The launch event was open to the public, who had an exclusive first look at the property in its entirety. Guests were also treated to a 360-degree virtual reality tour, where they were able to walk through the property and have a virtual experience of living in their homes. 

Chairman of Kooheji Golden Gate Ishaq Al-Kooheji said: “The innovation and creativity that we have shown will only propel Bahrain into the spotlight, making the Kingdom an exemplar of excellence in the real estate industry.”

Manoj Ajmera, managing director of Ajmera Realty, said: “We are thrilled with the way the launch has taken off and are expecting only bigger and greater successes for the Golden Gate project and our growing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Real estate firms Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing have delivered a number of commercial and residential spaces in India.

This partnership aims at fostering a long-lasting relationship between these two nations and attracting more foreign investment into the country. 

The property will be situated in the heart of Bahrain Bay, one of the most desirable locations for residential and commercial developments in the country where amenities and transport links are easily accessible for residents to enjoy. Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.

The project will feature a “modernistic interpretation of traditional architecture” and aims to become the tallest residential towers in the country, consisting of two towers with 45 and 53 stories and a total of 746 luxurious apartments, starting at 45,000 Bahraini Dinar ($119,380). The development fuses both Bahraini and Indian cultures, paying homage to their rich cultural backgrounds. 

Nayan Shah, chairman of Mayfair Housing, said: “Bahrain was a great choice for our first international venture as Golden Gate Developers, and Bahrain Bay was the best place to begin our journey. We are impressed with the country’s business-friendly mentality and strong work ethic, which enabled us to create possibilities such as the Golden Gate project, which we hope to make a prestigious landmark.”