Abu Dhabi’s Senaat sees ‘potential’ for bond next year

An event was held on Sunday to mark the listing of the first tranche of Senaat’s sukuk on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and London Stock Exchange. (WAM)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Abu Dhabi’s Senaat sees ‘potential’ for bond next year

LONDON: Abu Dhabi’s Senaat sees potential to issue an additional bond next year, its CEO said on Sunday.

The state-owned investor in the industrial sector last month issued $300 million in sukuk, or Islamic bonds, according to reports. 

Jamal Al-Dhaheri, CEO of Senaat, said further bond issuances could be made next year. 

“Yes, there is potential (for 2019). We wanted to test the market and the response was very good,” Al-Dhaheri was quoted as saying by Reuters.

He was speaking at an event to mark the listing of the first tranche of Senaat’s sukuk, valued at $300 million, which is dually listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and London Stock Exchange.

The sukuk was raised at a profit rate of 4.76 percent with a seven-year tenure, and saw demand from over 180 local and global investors, exceeding the coverage ratio by almost tenfold, state news agency WAM reported.

“The listing of the sukuk on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange is an important milestone in the company’s history. This is the first time the company has entered the public markets to issue sukuk that can be traded in one of the world’s leading financial markets,” Al-Dhaheri was quoted as saying.


Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

  • The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages
  • The program will also help the two countries evaluate the monetary policies of a centralized currency

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched a joint cryptocurrency during the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination council Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE’s national press agency WAM said.

The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages, until the governments have a better understanding of how Blockchain technology operates cross-borders.

The currency operates on the use of a “distributed database between the central banks and the participating banks from both sides,” aiming to protect customer interests, set technology standards and assess cybersecurity risks. The new program will also help evaluate the impacts of a central currency on monetary policies.

During the meeting, representatives of Saudi Arabia and the UAE also signed the Joint Supply Chained Security Cooperation program, which tests the two countries abilities to provide vital supplies during times of crisis and national emergencies, as well as share expertise and knowledge in the field.

All 16 members of the executive committee of the council followed up on the execution of the initiatives mentioned in the Strategy of Resolve.

Representatives also set five other initiatives to enhance the cooperation between the two countries, such as facilitating the traffic between ports, improving airports to make it easier for people with disabilities to travel, creating a financial awareness program for children aged 7-18, starting a joint platform to support local SMEs, and the integration of civil aviation markets,

The committee was headed by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi, minister of cabinet of affairs and the future of UAE, and Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Twaijri, minister of economy and planning in Saudi. The committee will also monitor the implementation of the initiatives.