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 Dubai Venture Capital firm Arzan VC announced its third investment of this year

arzan-db.jpgArzan Venture Capital, a venture capital firm based in Dubai and Kuwait, announced its third investment of this year in Russian real estate portal Idinaidi.ru

The fund has also announced another investment alongside a group of angel investors in MENA Commerce, a Dubai based startup in the retail industry.

Arzan Venture Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156.

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 Silicon Valley VC firm seeks Middle East investors for $100 million fund

fenoxvc.jpgFenox VC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm is looking to raise a $100 million fund from Middle East investors to invest in early-stage startups - The Wall Street Journal is reporting

The firm has $10 million committed and is on the hunt for more cash from Middle East investors. “I know of no other time that a Silicon Valley VC has used capital from Middle East investors to promote entrepreneurship in the local region,” Brent Traidman, Fenox general partner said. (Its current investment portfolio includes Dream Link Entertainment, which recently listed in Tokyo, and Lark, a wearable technology company)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check the 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

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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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 UAE and Saudi venture capital firms invested $1.3 million in GlamBox

stc-mbc-ventures2.jpgSTC Ventures and MBC Ventures, two venture capital firms based in Saudi and UAE, invested $1.3 million in Beauty e-commerce website GlamBox.

GlamBox offers customers a box of trial-size beauty products every month and is launched in 2012. STC Ventures, backed by Saudi Telecom, is managed by European firm Iris Capital and has invested in Careem, ikoo, Gengo and Acadox so far. MBC Ventures is backed by MBC media group and is an investor in Aranim Games, SuperMama and Falafel Games. GlamBox is using the new investment to expand its operations into Saudi Arabia and other markets.

STC Ventures and MBC Ventures are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1303 and SIN1309 respectively.

 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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  MENA Venture Investments acquired stake in Wysada.com (June 2013)

  Middle East Venture Partners invested in 3 new firms (June 2013)

  Link Online acquires web portal Arabia.com (October 2012)

  Middle East Venture Partners invested in 4 new firms (October 2012)

  UAE early stage investor Saffar Holding to exit its investment in Zawya (April 2012)

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

  Abu Dhabi firm invests $2.5 million in two online gaming firms (August 2011)

  Another startup incubator for the Middle East - now in Bahrain (June 2011)

  Intel Acquires Egypt-based SySDSoft (March 2011)

  Middle East Venture Partners announces 3 new investments (February 2011)

  Bahrain investors and a consortium invested $68 million in US software firm (January 2011)

  ex-DIC manager invests venture capital in three companies (October 2010)

  Baharin investor to invest $50 million in Turkey's Tiryaki Agro (September 2010)

  Sahara International Ventures acquired majority stake in an ISP (September 2010)

  Bahrain venture capital firm invested in a furniture manufacturing firm (June 2010)

  Former director of Abraaj launched an investment firm in Dubai (May 2010)

  Qatar investment firm acquired 40% stake in Intercat (April 2010)

  Iranian investors group to buy Daewoo Electronics for $540 million (April 2010)

  Abu Dhabi investors acquired 75.1% stake in Greek Skaramangas shipyards (March 2010)

  QInvest bought 25% of Indian financial advisory firm for $54 million (February 2010)

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

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

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

  Qatar's investment firm acquired %71.3 of a Plastic company (January 2010)

  Abu Dhabi fund invested $75 million in Turkey's logistics firm (November 2009)

  Al Ain International Group's Abu Dhabi MAR to invest in German shipbuilding firm (November 2009)

  Abu Dhabi invested in California-based private jet firm (November 2009)

  Alnoor Holdings Qatar launched $200 million film fund (November 2009)

  Abu Dhabi invested in Vevo, the US-based media company (October 2009)

  Egypt investors acquired stake in UK gold miner company for $3.1 million (October 2009)

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

  UAE investor to buy a French fashion house (October 2009)

  GrowthGate acquired 30% of an animation firm (October 2009)

  Middle East investors Amara Dhari acquired 17 percent of UK market Plus for $8 million (September 2009)

  Saudi Investors acquired stake in Italian ceramic company (September 2009)

  Jafcco receives $45m financing facility (July 2009)

  Citadel Capital acquired the Nile Company for Food Industries (July 2009)

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

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

  Egyptian holding Acquires 35% of Italian clothing firm for $35 million (March 2009)

  Iranian investor acquired former Tehran InterContinential Hotel for $130 million (June 2008)

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