Kingdom Holding leads post-Eid Tadawul trading surge

Kingdom Holding leads post-Eid Tadawul trading surge
Tadawul closed for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday on May 10, with trading resuming a week later on May 17. (Reuters)
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Updated 18 May 2021

Kingdom Holding leads post-Eid Tadawul trading surge

Kingdom Holding leads post-Eid Tadawul trading surge
  • This is despite the fact the company in March reported a net loss after Zakat

RIYADH: A total of 56 companies listed on the Saudi Exchange (Tadawul) were trading above their three-month averages on Tuesday, as the bourse reopened this week following the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

Leading the pack was Kingdom Holding, the company controlled by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

According to data compiled by financial website Argaam, Kingdom Holding was trading 418 percent higher than its three-month trading average.

This is despite the fact the company in March reported a net loss after Zakat and tax of SR1.46 billion ($390 million) for 2020, compared with a profit of SR420.2 million the year before, a swing of 449.1 percent.

Second on the list was Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Company, which was trading at 259 percent above its three-month average.

The telco in February reported a net profit after Zakat and tax of SR102.6 million for the nine months ending on Dec. 31 last year, compared with a loss of SR62.49 million for the same period in 2019, a swing of 264 percent.

Etihad Atheeb resumed trading on Tadawul on Feb. 14 after it was previously suspended in July 2018 for not disclosing financial results.

In total, 17 companies saw a triple digit percentage trading surge. Ranked third was Saudi Printing, up 215 percent, followed by the Al Abdullatif Industrial Investment Co (up 205 percent) and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company – Maaden (up 190 percent).

Tadawul closed for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday on May 10, with trading resuming a week later on May 17.


Abu Dhabi opens up free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists

Abu Dhabi opens up free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists
Updated 16 min 36 sec ago

Abu Dhabi opens up free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists

Abu Dhabi opens up free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists
  • Infections have risen in the UAE in the past month, and Abu Dhabi still has restrictions on entry, including home quarantine and PCR testing at intervals after arrival

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is offering tourists free COVID-19 vaccinations that were previously restricted to UAE citizens and residency visa holders.
There is no indication that the change applies to Dubai, the most populous emirate, or the other five emirates that make up the UAE.
Visitors with visas issued by Abu Dhabi and passport holders eligible for tourist visas when they arrive in the UAE through Abu Dhabi can book free vaccines, according to information provided by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), which operates the emirate’s public health infrastructure.
Holders of expired residency or entry visas are also eligible for free vaccinations, Abu Dhabi Media Office said on June 11.
Job losses and travel restrictions during the pandemic mean some people’s residency visas have expired or have been canceled when they were made redundant.
UAE Health authorities said this month nearly 85 percent of the eligible population had received at least one vaccine dose, but did not say how many had had two doses.
Infections have risen in the UAE in the past month, and Abu Dhabi still has restrictions on entry, including home quarantine and PCR testing at intervals after arrival. People driving from other emirates are tested to show they are not infected.
Travelers from 27 countries including China, Germany and the United States can enter without quarantine on arrival.
SEHA offers COVID-19 vaccines by China’s state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm and by Pfizer/BioNTech in Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Media Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether eligibility criteria was to change. Dubai Health Authority information says vaccines are given only to citizens and holders of valid Dubai residency visas.


OPEC+ said to discuss gradual oil output rise from August

OPEC+ said to discuss gradual oil output rise from August
Updated 25 min 49 sec ago

OPEC+ said to discuss gradual oil output rise from August

OPEC+ said to discuss gradual oil output rise from August
  • OPEC+ is returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) to the market from May through July as part of a plan to gradually unwind last year’s record oil output curbs

DUBAI: OPEC+ is discussing a further gradual increase in oil output from August as oil prices rise on demand recovery, but no decision had been taken on the exact volume yet, two OPEC+ sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, is returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) to the market from May through July as part of a plan to gradually unwind last year’s record oil output curbs. OPEC+ meets next on July 1.
“It is highly possible to increase gradually from August,” said one of the sources, adding that no final decision had been made and the exact volumes are yet to be agreed on.
Crude oil prices rose on Tuesday, with Brent hitting $75 per barrel for the first time since April 2019, as investors remained bullish about recovery in oil demand and concerns eased over a quick return of Iranian crude to the market.


Does Iceland tourism rebound provide hope for Dubai?

Does Iceland tourism rebound provide hope for Dubai?
Updated 44 min 59 sec ago

Does Iceland tourism rebound provide hope for Dubai?

Does Iceland tourism rebound provide hope for Dubai?
  • Dubai is traditionally a popular destination for British holidaymakers
  • Britain is working on easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people to allow them to take a summer holiday

DUBAI: Iceland’s fourteen-fold increase in tourist arrivals in May compared to a year earlier highlights the extent of pent up demand for travel and could provide lessons for other emerging economies, according to research group Tellimer.

Similar to Dubai around the turn of the year, Iceland is currently demonstrating the pent-up demand for tourism, Tellimer said in a strategy note on Tuesday.
“I can attest to the unpleasant experience of spending 11 nights in a UK government quarantine hotel. I traveled from the UAE, which is a “red list” country despite doing a much better job of managing Covid than many on the UK’s “amber list,” and despite being personally very fortunate, by global standards, to have two doses of the Pfizer vaccine by virtue of being a Dubai resident,” said report author Hasnain Mailk. “If I had more time the route I might have taken would have been to spend ten days in Iceland, which is on the UK’s ‘green list.’”
Proof of vaccine means tourists can enter Iceland, take a free PCR test on arrival, and start their holiday with minimum fuss.
“Iceland, like other tourism destinations, is doing whatever it takes to re-open, but, of course, the resumption of tourism also requires a cooperative, competent, and unbiased policy from the country of a visitor’s origin or ultimate destination,” said Malik. “In the last two months, Iceland is providing an example of how vast the pent-up demand is for international tourism. It follows a similar experience in Dubai around the turn of the year. It remains to be seen whether there is a similar spike in infections as seen in Dubai (which subsequently moderated).”
Dubai, which has been urging UK authorities to ease travel restrictions to the emirate, is traditionally a popular destination for British holidaymakers.
Britain is working on easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people to allow them to take a summer holiday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday. However the plans are not yet finalized.


Dubai’s Tabby gets $50m in debt financing

Dubai’s Tabby gets $50m in debt financing
Updated 48 min 52 sec ago

Dubai’s Tabby gets $50m in debt financing

Dubai’s Tabby gets $50m in debt financing
  • The investment came from US-based Partners for Growth (PFG)
  • It will be used to expand Tabby’s lending capacity

DUBAI: Tabby, a Dubai-based buy now, pay later service, has raised $50 million in debt financing.
The investment came from US-based Partners for Growth (PFG), and will be used to expand Tabby’s lending capacity, it said in a statement.
Transaction volumes and merchant numbers of the platform have significantly increased since it was founded in 2019, CEO Hosam Arab said.
“It was essential for us to partner with an organization that would support our current and long-term growth,” he added, referring to the PFG investment.
The global lending firm has particularly focused on emerging growth companies, providing debt facilities to up and coming startups such as Tabby.
“Tabby is one of the fastest growing companies in the MENA region and they have an attractive market opportunity ahead,” Max Penel, PFG’s investment director, said.
 “We are excited to support the tabby team and provide financing that can enable tabby to scale the platform, harnessing the continuous growth of the buy now pay later sector both regionally and globally,” he added.


Egypt wants to export surplus gas to Europe through Greece

Egypt wants to export surplus gas to Europe through Greece
Updated 22 June 2021

Egypt wants to export surplus gas to Europe through Greece

Egypt wants to export surplus gas to Europe through Greece
  • It is part of a wider push to boost cooperation across energy and electrical grid interconnection across the island of Crete

RIYADH: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said he wanted to work with the Greek government to export surplus natural gas to Europe.
It is part of a wider push to boost cooperation across energy and electrical grid interconnection across the island of Crete, which lies midway between the North African country and mainland Greece.
He made the disclosure during talks in Cairo on Monday between Egypt and Greece, co-chaired by Madbouly and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Al Arabiya reported.
A number of recent offshore gas finds in the Eastern Mediterranean are rapidly redrawing Europe's energy landscape and shifting the balance of power as more countries move towards self-sufficiency in gas.
At the same time some countries in the region are also exploring the potential to link their power grids to allow the movement of electricity across borders.
It could potentially lead to Gulf Arab states exporting power north to Europe during the winter months when demand is high for heating and for European countries to share their excess power in the summer months, when demand rises in the Gulf, driven by rising air conditioning consumption.