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 GFH Capital acquires American curriculum private school for $34 million

gfhcapital.jpgGFH Capital, the Dubai-based owner of Leeds United football club, has acquired an American curriculum private school in Dubai for $34 million.

GFH Capital is a subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House and was formerly known as Injazat Capital, one of the Middle East’s foremost private equity investors. (The school is not named, but currently serves a base of nearly 1,300 students and has registered in 20 per cent growth in student numbers over the past four years)

GFH Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIJ62.

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 Fajr Capital and consortium acquired NPS for more than $500 million

fajr-nps2.jpgA consortium of investors led by Dubai-based investment firm Fajr Capital has acquired the oilfield services company National Petroleum Services (NPS).

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, is valued "in excess of $500 million", Reuters is reporting. Fajr Capital is based in Dubai and have among its shareholders Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Government of Brunei, Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional and Saudi Alsubeaei Family Office.

Fajr Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINMA16.

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 Dubai firm acquires land in Texas for commercial and residential project

mag-dubai.jpgDubai-based conglomerate MAG Group (Moafaq Ahmed Al Gaddah Group) is developing a mixed-use commercial and residential project in Texas, its only real estate project outside of the UAE - ArabianBusiness is reporting.

The Group has acquired some 80 acres of land in Frisco, Dallas, with the project currently in the design stage. MAG Group owner and chairman Moafaq Ahmed Al Gaddah said: “We have undertaken studies on the US market and one of the fastest growing cities there for the residential market is Dallas. It has lots of yearly residential growth. We saw a gap in the market and went for it.” (In February the mayor of Frisco, Dallas visited Dubai)

MAG Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINMA13




 Dubai Angel Investor Fadi Ghandour launched a new VC fund with IFC

fadi-2014.jpgFadi Ghandour, one of the most notable angel investors from Dubai and the Middle East, today announced a new venture capital fund with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as co-investor.

Fadi, an early investor in Maktoob internet portal that was sold to Yahoo for $164 million, is the chairman of logistics firm Aramex and an active investor from the Middle East. His other investment firms are Wamda Capial and MENA Venture Investments.

(More details about his firm "MENA Venture Investments" can be found in the Middle East Investors Directory under the code SINX1)

More details follows from Wall Street Journal

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 iMENA Holdings invested $8 million in an online food ordering platform

imena-investors-hellofood.jpgiMENA Holdings, an investment firm based in Dubai and Jordan, has announced investing $8 million in the online food ordering platform Hellofood.

You may know Hellofood as FoodPanda as they already operate in 28 countries and raised investments of more than $20 million. iMENA Holdings has partnered with Rocket Internet, a global Internet incubator to bring Hellofood to the Middle East. iMena, co-founded by Khaldoon Tabaza and Adey Salamin and backed by LPs like Etisalat, has recently invested in other online consumer ventures like Desado and OpenSooq.

To see listing and contact emails of investors similar to iMena Holdings, check our Middle East Investors Directory.

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