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Billionaire Sawiris said to back $4.7bn Signature takeover

Sawiris is the third-biggest shareholder in Signature Aviation

Dubai’s Emirates to reopen worldwide lounges, starting with Cairo

Emirates has introduced additional health and safety measures, which will be rolled out across all destinations

Egypt’s biggest listed bank slumps after chairman steps down

The stock fell as much as 10 per cent to trade at EGP60.10 pounds before paring the decline to 7.2 per cent at close

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ partners with Lulu International Holdings for Egypt expansion

ADQ and LIHL will work to collectively develop up to 30 hypermarkets and 100 express minimarket stores

Abu Dhabi wealth fund ADQ said to pursue Bausch’s Egypt unit

ADQ has been evaluating the Bausch business, known as Amoun Pharmaceutical Co

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Barceló Hotel Group and La Liga partner for new sports bar concept in MENA

The concept will be a technological integration of gastronomy, entertainment, football, and other sports in an interactive environment

Egypt prepares to issue region’s first green sovereign bond

Egypt seeks to raise $500m from the offering

Dubai’s Emirates to restart passenger flights to additional cities

The carrier’s global passenger network will grow to 92 destinations in October

Egypt’s Emaar Misr, Tahya Misr Fund tie up to develop Sidi Abdel Rahman village

Emaar Misr has committed to contribute roughly $1.26m to support the first phase of infrastructure and service improvements in Sidi Abdul Rahman village

Oil holds losses near $40 amid deteriorating demand outlook

Prices jumped 10 per cent last week after Saudi Arabia indicated it would defend the market

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Google’s Loon balloons now offer commercial internet access in Kenya

Loon has collaborated with Telekom Kenya to provide internet connectivity by way of 35 balloons covering an area of 50,000 square kilometres

Egypt asks IMF for financial aid amid coronavirus fight

Egypt has reported 4,319 cases of the coronavirus, including 307 deaths

Saudi grants 72-hour deadline for citizens to return to the country

Saudi also extended travel bans to 14 countries, including UAE, Oman and European nations

Egypt’s Banque Misr to borrow $250m, grow in Africa

Egypt’s second-largest state-owned lender will use the debt to finance small-and-medium-size enterprises, among other purposes

DP World CEO remains bullish on growth prospects in Africa, India

The Dubai-based ports operator doubled its capacity at Egypt’s Sokhna port

Egypt prices its citizenship by investment at $250,000

The country’s cabinet agreed to grant citizenship to foreigners who either buy property or make cash deposits ranging from $250,000 to $1m into a local account

ADIA hosts Africa Investment Summit in Abu Dhabi

The two-day event will include representatives from 22 countries, including seven African nations

UAE’s Dana Gas collections increase 16.7% for first nine months

Collections worth $230m came in from its operations in Egypt, the UAE and Kurdistan region of Iraq

UAE’s Abraaj to fully acquire African coffee chain Java House

The acquisition was made from private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners

UAE’s Crescent Enterprises invests in Africa’s Mara group

The investment was made into e-commerce platform Mara Shopping and Mara Xpress

How Middle East companies can succeed in Africa

Successful companies generally have three to six mutually distinctive capabilities that support and drive their strategy, according to Strategy&

Exclusive: UK subsidiary of Nigeria’s Access Bank to open Dubai office

The bank aims to help facilitate investments from the Gulf region into Africa, primarily Nigeria, says CEO

Emirates to launch flights to Bamako in Mali

The service to Bamako will help Emirates improve its connectivity in Africa, the airline said

Seychelles nationals get UAE visa waiver from July 16

The waiver will grant Seychellois visa-free arrival to the UAE for up to 90 days

Top five challenges faced by execs in the region – Bain

Regional directors say cyber attacks, customer loyalty are amongst the biggest challenges they face, finds new survey

Smartphone shipments to Middle East and Africa up 66% in Q1 2015

Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa are set to total 155m units by the end of 2015, a study says

Abraaj Group buys majority stake in Nigerian mattress maker Mouka

The founding family of Mouka who will retain a minority stake in the company, a statement said

Abraaj Capital sells 13.6% stake in Africa’s UAP Holdings

Abraaj sold its stake in the African insurance firm to London-based banking group Mutual plc

Tunisia sees tourism losses of $515m for 2015 after attack

Tunisia’s second terrorist incident this year involving tourists will heavily impact the sector, officials say.

Saudi investor’s Ethiopian farms to raise coffee, tea output

Horizon Plantations and Ethio Agri-CEFT plans to more than double its coffee production and expand tea output.