Singapore’s central bank issues guidelines to discourage crypto public trading: Crypto moves

Singapore’s central bank issues guidelines to discourage crypto public trading: Crypto moves
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Updated 17 January 2022

Singapore’s central bank issues guidelines to discourage crypto public trading: Crypto moves

Singapore’s central bank issues guidelines to discourage crypto public trading: Crypto moves

RIYADH: Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency internationally, traded lower on Monday, falling by 1.48 percent to $42,558 at 6:51 p.m. Riyadh time.

Ether, the second most traded cryptocurrency, was priced at $3,241 down by 3.14 percent, according to data from Coindesk.

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore issued on Monday guidelines restricting cryptocurrency trading service providers from promoting their services to the general public, as part of an effort to protect retail investors from potential risks.

In the new guidelines, MAS asserts that companies should not engage in marketing or advertising of DPT services in public areas in Singapore or through third parties, such as social media influencers, to promote DPT services to the general public. They can only market or advertise on their own corporate websites, mobile applications or official social media accounts.

Singapore is a popular location for cryptocurrency companies due to its relatively clear regulatory and operational environment and is among the forerunners globally in developing a formal licensing framework.

The city state authorities have also repeatedly warned that trading in digital payment tokens or cryptocurrency, is highly risky and unsuitable for the general public, as they are subject to sharp speculative swings.

“MAS strongly encourages the development of blockchain technology and innovative application of crypto tokens in value-adding use cases” Loo Siew Yee, MAS assistant managing director of policy, payments and financial crime, said in a statement.

“But the trading of cryptocurrencies is highly risky and not suitable for the general public. DPT service providers should therefore not portray the trading of DPTs in a manner that trivializes the high risks of trading in DPTs, nor engage in marketing activities that target the general public.”

Mining 

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Block, said in a tweet that the fintech company is building an open bitcoin-mining system, as the newly rebranded company looks to expand beyond its payment business and into new technologies like blockchain.

In October, Dorsey said that Block, formerly Square, was considering building a bitcoin-mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide.

In a tweet thread on Thursday, Block’s general manager for hardware, Thomas Templeton, laid out the company’s plans to build the mining system.

“We want to make mining more distributed and efficient in every way, from buying, to set up, to maintenance, to mining. We’re interested because mining goes far beyond creating new bitcoin. We see it as a long-term need for a future that is fully decentralized and permissionless,” Templeton tweeted. 


Saudi food chain Raydan narrows losses by 49% in Q1

Saudi food chain Raydan narrows losses by 49% in Q1
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Saudi food chain Raydan narrows losses by 49% in Q1

Saudi food chain Raydan narrows losses by 49% in Q1

RIYADH: Raydan Food Co.’s losses narrowed by 49 percent in the first quarter of 2022, helped by higher sales and revenues.

Net losses reached SR4.7 million ($1.3 million) in the first quarter of 2022, from SR9.2 million in the prior-year period, according to bourse filing.

The company attributed the results to an increase in quarter one revenue by 14 percent to SR37,338.

In a separate announcement, Raydan Food announced that accumulated losses reached 48 percent of capital, amounting to almost SR162 million.


Saudi Arabia has its own unique food heritage, says Culinary Art Commission CEO Mayada Badr

Saudi Arabia has its own unique food heritage, says Culinary Art Commission CEO Mayada Badr
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Saudi Arabia has its own unique food heritage, says Culinary Art Commission CEO Mayada Badr

Saudi Arabia has its own unique food heritage, says Culinary Art Commission CEO Mayada Badr

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has its own unique food heritage and there is no necessity to copy from other regions, according to Mayada Badr, CEO of the Culinary Arts Commission. 

“We want to do a lot more in Saudi cuisine. We have our own heritage and we don’t want to copy it. We are using what we have,” she said. 

While speaking at the Future Hospitality Summit in Riyadh on May 24, Badr revealed that several young Saudi nationals are entering the culinary art sector. 

According to Badr, international brands have made their presence felt in the Saudi market along with local brands, which is ultimately resulting in healthy competition in the food and beverage industry. 

Talking about the impact of Vision 2030 on the F&B sector, she added, “With Vision 2030, we Saudis decided to share more than ever. You go to those tiny towns and you feel welcomed. They share food and you get exposed to all sorts of traditional food.” 


PIF’s ROSHN plans to put downtown Jeddah on the map

PIF’s ROSHN plans to put downtown Jeddah on the map
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PIF’s ROSHN plans to put downtown Jeddah on the map

PIF’s ROSHN plans to put downtown Jeddah on the map

DUBAI: ROSHN, a real estate company owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has charted out master plans to develop downtown Jeddah, revealed Amr Khashoggi, chairman of Amkest Group.

Deprived neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city are undergoing significant redevelopment after decades of relentless urbanization.

Jeddah’s municipal authorities are clearing districts and squatter settlements where planners say substandard infrastructure, crime, and disease are blighting the lives of roughly half a million people.

“Today, if you drive around in those areas, you will find flatlands available for development,” said Khashoggi on the sidelines of the Top CEO event in Dubai.

The area includes the historical region of the city, and Jeddah Islamic Port, the biggest gateway for Saudi Arabia’s imports and exports, with 75 percent of the country’s exports and inbound transshipment going through it.

“The biggest cost of development is the cost of land, and that’s available already, so it’s going to be easier for companies like ROSHN to come and develop high-quality housing and commercial investment,” he said.

Jeddah is also seeing other significant developments in the central of the city, led by Jeddah Central Development Company, including the coastal part known as the Jeddah waterfront. The area recently hosted Formula One, the highest class of international car racing.

“It will be a good area for people to entertain,” he said.

The city’s rebirth has led to a surge in demand for real estate and resulted in increasing prices.

“The demand is there, but the question is whether people can afford it or not,” said Khashoggi.

Banks today are contributing by offering mortgages in more accessible ways than before, which will help close the gap.

“We are in the building material business, and we see that the demand is increasing; many contractors have been awarded jobs,” he said.

To Khashoggi, the challenge today for the construction sector is not finding new projects; the challenge is finding enough labor.

There is a labor shortage; many have gone home during COVID-19 and never returned.

Amkest Group was founded by Amr Khashoggi in 1983, investing in sectors of landscaping, information technology, transportation, telecommunications, and building materials.

 


Saudi stocks flat as traders remain cautious: Opening bell

Saudi stocks flat as traders remain cautious: Opening bell
Updated 24 May 2022

Saudi stocks flat as traders remain cautious: Opening bell

Saudi stocks flat as traders remain cautious: Opening bell

RIYADH: The Saudi stock market opened flat in early trade on Tuesday morning as traders remained cautious.

Both the main index, TASI, and the parallel market, Nomu, were flat at 12,247 and 22,363, respectively, as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi Arabia.

The shares of Amana Cooperative Insurance Co. gained 7.08 percent, leading the gainers in the market.

Al Moammar Information Systems Co. fell 6.12 percent to lead the laggards, after the firm has reported a 50 percent drop in quarterly profit.

Saudi Aramco, the largest player on the Saudi oil market, opened today’s trading down 0.89 percent.

Both L'azurde Co. for Jewelry and Kingdom Holding Co. gained 0.24 percent and 1.65 percent, respectively, as they reported profits for the first quarter of 2022.

The Alhokair Group rose 0.75 percent after reporting its losses narrowed by 48 percent in the first quarter.

In the financial sector, the Kingdom’s largest valued bank Al Rajhi edged down 0.33 percent, while the Saudi National Bank gained 1.03 percent.

From the pharma sector, Aldawaa Medical Services Co. fell 0.26 percent, while Nahdi Medical Co. opened unchanged.

The energy market saw Brent crude trade at $112.03 a barrel and US West Texas Intermediate crude reached $108.96 a barrel, as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi time


Saudi developer Al Akaria’s losses widen by 539% despite higher sales

Saudi developer Al Akaria’s losses widen by 539% despite higher sales
Updated 24 May 2022

Saudi developer Al Akaria’s losses widen by 539% despite higher sales

Saudi developer Al Akaria’s losses widen by 539% despite higher sales

RIYADH: Saudi real estate developer Al Akaria has seen its losses widen by 539 percent in the first quarter of 2022, despite a surge in sales.

Saudi Real Estate Co., as the firm is formally known, reported SR29.4 million ($7.8 million) in net loss, compared to SR4.6 million in the same period last year, according to a bourse filing.

The company attributed the results to rising finance costs following the suspension of activities in Al Widyan Project as well as higher marketing and other expenses.

Revenues, on the other hand, soared by 54 percent on the year to SR282 million.

Established in 1976, Al Akaria is one of Saudi Arabia's leading real estate firms with a track record of delivering residential, retail, and commercial projects.