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 Venture Capital firm Arab Angel acquired stake in California firm NuEyes

arabangel-california.jpgArab Angel, a fund for HNWIs and family offices in the Middle East, has acquired stake in NuEyes, a California wearable technology firm.

Based in Orange County, NuEyes brings wearable technology to market for the visually impaired. It is founded by two US veterans in partnership with a military contractor who developed glasses for battlefield applications. (With offices in Abu Dhabi, New York, and Washington DC, Arab Angel Fund helps HNWIs and family offices from the GCC and MENA access companies in the US. Their investment committee include Abdulla Al Suwaidi, Mayssoun Habra, Hisham Al Gurg and Saud Al Nowais).

To see listing and email addresses of investors from the Middle East similar to Arab Angel Fund, check the Middle East Investors Directory.

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 Middle East investment firm EIP and consortium acquired UAE firm for $17 million

eip lebanonEmerging Investment Partners (EIP), a Middle Eastern investment firm based in Lebanon and a consortium acquired UAE’s Almasa Meat Processing Company for $17 million.

The consortium also includes Siniora Food Industries, a Jordan-listed company. The seller is Al Ghurair Group. Emerging Investment Partners is an investment management firm established in 2014 by the Obegi group and Generation Alfa, together with Wassim Heneine and Karim Burhani.

Emerging Investment Partners EIP is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code MA1604.

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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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 MENA Venture Investments acquired stake in Wysada.com

menavi.jpgMENA Venture Investments, an investment firm based in Jordan, announced angel investment in e-commerce platform Wysada.com

Launched in January 2013, Wysada.com is an online retail platform for home interiors and décor in the Middle East.

"MENA Venture Investments" is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINX1.

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 Middle East Venture Partners invested in 3 new firms

mevp.jpgMiddle East Venture Partners (MEVP) has announced a couple of new investments in 3 companies .

It is investing $400,000 in the fast food chain Shawarmanji, $250,000 in Arab recipe web portal Shahiya and $500,000 in the online book distribution company Cedar Books. These are co-investments between MEVP’s two funds Middle East Venture Fund MEVF and Building Block Equity Fund BBEF.

Middle East Venture Partners is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINJA31.

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 Link Online acquires web portal Arabia.com

linkonline-dubaibeat.jpgEgyptian investors of Link Online, a subsidiary of OT Ventures, announced the acquisition of Arabia.com, an Arabic web portal.

They have chosen Dubai to be the hub of launching the new look of Arabia.com. OT Ventures' subsidiary Link Online, launched in 2004, has been the force behind some portals including Masrawy.com, Yallakora.com, and Otlob.com and most recently the launch of Jawhara.me, which took place in Dubai.

To see more investors from the Middle East like Egypt's OT Ventures, check our Middle East Investors Directory

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 Middle East Venture Partners invested in 4 new firms

mevp.jpgMiddle East Venture Partners (MEVP), a Cayman Island fund managed by an ex-Dubai International Capital manager, has announced a couple of new investments in 4 companies.

The investments include acquiring stakes in The Luxury Closet, a UAE-based online market platform for luxury bags, Gate2Play, a Jordan-based e-payment solutions, Shahiya.com, a food recipes sites and
game developers of Wixel Studios. MEVP also made a second round of funding in the music portal Anghami.com, thus increasing its aggregate investment in the website to $1 million. (DubaiBeat past coverage on MEVP is here)

Middle East Venture Partners is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINJA31.



More from Middle East Venture Capital ...


  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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