Bupa Arabia No. 1 in public disclosure & transparency

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Updated 11 February 2019

Bupa Arabia No. 1 in public disclosure & transparency

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance ranked No.1 in the “public disclosure and transparency” category of the Corporate Governance Index (CGI) rating for publicly listed companies.
The Corporate Governance Center (CGC) at the College of Business of Alfaisal University issues an annual report which includes the CGI rating based on sound corporate governance principles set by the CMA, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The most recent report, the second annual ratings, covering the 2016 fiscal year, ranked Bupa Arabia first under the public disclosure and transparency category.
“Bupa Arabia ensures robust public disclosure and transparency, in both Arabic and English, through a variety of platforms, including its website, annual reports, Tadawul announcements and others,” said Chief Risk Officer of Bupa Arabia Ali F. Hamdan.
“Good governance is essential for publicly listed Saudi companies in the increasingly competitive global market, and public disclosure and transparency is one of the most important principles of corporate governance,” he added.
Public disclosure and transparency are essential elements of a robust corporate governance framework as they provide the base for informed decision-making by shareholders, stakeholders and potential investors in relation to capital allocation, corporate transactions and financial performance monitoring. The importance of transparency has been widely recognized by both academics and market regulators, resulting in numerous rules and regulations being introduced by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to ensure timely and reliable disclosure of financial information, creating the standards and procedures for corporate governance of companies listed on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) so as to strengthen their standing in the international market.
Today, the CMA’s initiative to enhance public disclosure and transparency is taking on a new meaning resulting in more comprehensive and proactive disclosures instead of the release of corporate governance details or policies in a “reactive” fashion. The newly adopted concept of transparency putting more responsibility on the listed companies not only allows the truth to be available for the public but also imposes its disclosure to every stakeholder.
Transparency and strong corporate governance are needed in both domestic and international transactions and at all phases of investment. With the CMA’s new rules and regulations, companies have no choice but to push for good, transparent data availability. Rapid transparent data is becoming integral to the establishment of a reduced risk investment environment.
Saudi Arabia plans to uplift corporate governance and transparency practices as it plays a crucial role in reducing investor risk and increasing investment flows, especially after the CMA declared in April that deeper corporate governance reforms are required in line with global governance standards.

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.