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 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)

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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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 Middle East investors majority financiers of the $86 million Hollywood movie

ffa-film-investors.jpgWhen a region finds itself in a mess, the money from that region will find its way to other parts of the world. That's how the Middle East money have found its way as the majority financiers in the just released Hollywood blockbuster "2 Guns", starring Denzel Washington, with a $43 million+ investment.

FFA Private Bank, a Middle Eastern investment bank based in Lebanon and Dubai, has gathered 40 investors to invest a majority share in the $86 million movie, alongside other investors such as a Delaware-based "Dubai Media LLC". (Like the Hungarian airline that DubaiBeat.com featured last week, this investment also started with an email: “A couple of years ago, by chance, I was sent an email from a friend from overseas who said we have this interesting opportunity” the head of investment banking at FFA, Julien Khabbaz told the Daily Star newspaper)

To see listing and contact emails of investment firms from the Middle East check our Middle East Investors Directory.

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 BECO Capital and Dubai Angel Investors Invested in PropertyFinder

beco-prop.jpgBECO Capital, an investment firm based in Dubai, and a group of angel investors from Dubai and Silicon Valley, announced investing in a regional property website PropertyFinder.ae

PropertyFinder employs over 60 people across its four offices in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Lebanon. Other investors include Evren Ucok, the co-founder of Trendyol and Peak Games, Patrick Grove, the founder of property portal iProperty Group, some Silicon Valley investors and Dubai-based angel investor Mustafa Abdel-Wadood of Abraaj Capital.

BECO Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINOC9.

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 Dubai private equity firm listed its portfolio company on London exchange

Ithmar-Al-Noor-Medical.jpgIthmar Capital, a private equity firm based in Dubai, has announced the initial public offering of its portfolio company, Al Noor Hospitals Group, on the London Stock Exchange.

Ithmar Capital will retain a 28 percent stake in Al Noor after selling some shares in the offering. As DubaiBeat reported back in 2010, it had taken a $272 million equity stake in Al Noor Hospital back then. Their IPO prospectus is here.

Ithmar Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR32.

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  Dubai Investment firm Genero announced profit and three investments (June 2012)

  Dubai-based Royal Investment Bank launched alternative investment service (April 2012)

  Abraaj Capital to acquire 50% stake in Dubai-based vouchers business The Entertainer (March 2012)

  Dubai's Al Habtoor to acquire hotel in Budapest for $80 million (February 2012)

  Abraaj Capital to buy part of US TransAtlantic Petroleum for $164 million (February 2012)

  Abraaj Capital acquired UK fund Aureos Capital (February 2012)

  Dubai's Souq.com invested $2.5 million in Run2sport.com (February 2012)

  Dubai conglomerate Al Habtoor eyes Paris, London hotel buys (January 2012)

  Dubai film investors in $200 million deal with US firm Eternal Mind (January 2012)

  Dubai listed firm Aramex acquired South African firm for $55 million (December 2011)

  Dubai's Medrar Financial acquired majority stake in Diamond Aircraft (November 2011)

  HBT Ventures - a new tech investment firm in the Middle East (October 2011)

  Niagara Falls mayor heading to Dubai looking for investors (September 2011)

  Abraaj Capital acquires $161 million Amundi's private equity platform (August 2011)

  Gulf Finance House subsidiary acquired Turkish bank for $75 million (August 2011)

  Real Estate still popular among UAE investors - Barclays report (July 2011)

  New York Times Deal Book feature on Dubai's health care fund (June 2011)

  Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum's Royal Emirates acquired Getafe for $130 million (May 2011)

  Middle East investors acquired troubled US software firm SCO Group (April 2011)

  London headquartered asset manager I2BF opened office in Dubai (March 2011)

  Dubai firm acquired Italian fashion house Gianfranco Ferré (March 2011)

  Dubai listed Aramex acquired Irish freight forwarder (February 2011)

  Dubai private equity firm acquires 51% stake in Technical Rubber (January 2011)

  Dubai private equity firm TVM Capital MENA invested in UK clinic Bourn Hall (December 2010)

  Dubai firm acquired UK Alpha Flight Group for $158 million (October 2010)

  Dubai investment firm acquires Middle East franchise of Fitness First (October 2010)

  Abraaj Capital plans two 'sizeable' buyouts by end of 2010 (September 2010)

  Dubai private equity firm invested in UK's clean energy company (September 2010)

  Dubai firm acquired Singapore's Design Studio for $80 million (September 2010)

  Dubai firm to buy UK food chain for $139 million (September 2010)

  Dubai-based private equity firm acquired 10% stake in Northbridge Industrial Services (August 2010)

  Abraaj Capital investing $700 million in small and medium sized firms (July 2010)

  UK-based property investment fund sets up base in Dubai (July 2010)

  Dubai private equity firm acquired stake in a healthcare firm for $272 million (June 2010)

  Dubai private equity firm bought up $655 million debt of a stalled Omani real estate project (June 2010)

  Two UAE residents buy London properties worth $29 million (May 2010)

  Siraj and Rasmala announced funds targeting Saudi Arabia (April 2010)

  Dubai's fund of funds posted 41% return (March 2010)

  Dubai Investments to take its Private Equity arm public (March 2010)

  Shuaa Capital acquired land in Jeddah (March 2010)

  Emirates NBD launched Emirates Mena Fixed Income Fund (March 2010)

  Dubai-based investment firm launched its $54 million fund (March 2010)

  Middle Eastern private equity firm acquired 30% of IrisGuard (March 2010)

  TVM Capital launched $40 million healthcare venture fund in Dubai (February 2010)

  Dubai investment firm acquired stake in California tech company (February 2010)

  131 UAE private equity firms have $34 billion in capital (February 2010)

  Dubai's Istithmar to sell ISS - asking for $700 million (February 2010)

  State of Venture Capital in the Middle East (January 2010)

  Dubai's Habtoor Group to buy Hotels in Europe (January 2010)

  A Chinese investment bank setting up a $250 million fund for Dubai (January 2010)

  Four interviews with Middle Eastern private equity investors (January 2010)

  Dubai's largest private equity firm venturing into venture capital (November 2009)

  Dubai PE firm raised $375 million for real estate and small business funding (November 2009)

  Dubai-based private equity firm Saffar launching a PE fund (November 2009)

  Irish oil and gas firm acquired by Emirates National Oil Company (November 2009)

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  UAE private equity firm setting up a new $2 billion fund (November 2009)

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  Silicon Valley of Dubai to set up its Venture Capital fund (October 2009)

  UAE telecom firm acquired 16.6% stake in a French software company (October 2009)

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  Jafcco receives $45m financing facility (July 2009)

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  MENA Infrastructure Fund acquires stake in UPC for $26.5 million (July 2009)

  Dubai private equity firm invests $7 million in a technology group (June 2009)

  DUBAL investing in Brazil: buying 19% of Vale's refinery (April 2009)

  Dubai PE Firm Acquiring 51% stake in Australian Firm (February 2009)

  UAE PE firm acquired stake in an oil & gas private firm for $25 million (January 2009)

  Rasmala announces first closing of their fund: $120m of $350m committed (January 2009)

  “Hedge Fund Manager” Special Report about Dubai (December 2008)

  A New Firm Appears in the Middle East PE Scene (November 2008)

  Facebook CFO in Dubai for fundraising - reports (November 2008)

  Dubai Listed Company Acquiring an Engineering Services Firm (September 2008)





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