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July 31, 2019 | by: Patrick Lord

Boom or bust? What is really going on with Egypt’s economy?

“Egypt’s economy isn’t booming…it’s collapsing” says a former minister in Mohammed Morsi’s short-lived administration.

July 2, 2019 | by: Tareef Howe

The very model of a modern Arab diplomat: Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan

If French is the traditional language of diplomacy, it seems appropriate that Prince Khaled was born in Paris and, we understand, proudly retains his links to the French state. Indeed you might be

May 30, 2019 | by: Noura Ramli

Sheikh Khalid closes in on Newcastle United

The Abu Dhabi ruling family may be set to continue its love affair with the English Premier League, as reports suggest that Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan is in talks to acquire club side

May 7, 2019 | by: Noura Ramli

Home grown in the desert: agri-tech companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

The dry, sun-drenched deserts of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are not the obvious place to think of cultivating crops, yet restaurants and supermarkets in the region are increasingly

March 20, 2019 | by: Asma El-Ayyadi

ClarifiedBy... Data Quality

Whether or not you believe The Economist’s now familiar assertion that data is more valuable than oil, there is widespread acceptance that data is a highly valuable resource, particularly for

March 13, 2019 | by: Karen Manley

Improving on Clarity

We're 'clarity geeks'. Self-confessed. Unashamedly. Borderline obsessive. Which is why we've been busy creating innovations within ClarifiedBy.com.

March 6, 2019 | by: Fiona Grant

MTN – More than a corruption and bribery accusation

Business and politics are seldom unconnected in emerging markets, particularly in strategic infrastructure sectors such as telecoms. So when relations between nation states ebb and flow, the fate

February 27, 2019 | by: Nameer Kanderian

Clarity in Africa - Country in Focus: Mozambique

Since we turned our methodology and resources to also cover Sub-Saharan Africa, we've been receiving an influx of bespoke requests*, views** and updates***.

February 20, 2019 | by: Patrick Lord

Source of wealth indicators in the Middle East & North Africa

One of the areas where compliance teams can struggle is to establish and verify the source of wealth of an individual. 

February 6, 2019 | by: Ben Hedger

The Case for Clarity - The Importance of Verified Company Information

Those of you investing in the emerging markets of Africa or the Middle East will likely be looking for clarity on some of the mechanisms and levers for growing your commercial interests in these

January 30, 2019 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

The Dantatas, the Dangotes and a bid to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil industry

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the founder of Dangote Group of Companies, is easy to write headlines about; not only has he been named as Africa's richest man for the 7th year in a row, but has also made

January 22, 2019 | by: Larissa Fontenelle

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

Natural gas might seem the obvious investment story for Mozambique, and there is no doubt that with the discovery offshore of the world’s 14th largest reserves by volume[1] the country’s economy

January 14, 2019 | by: Muhab Wahby

Silk City, Kuwait: a key staging post on the New Silk Road?

A recent flurry of meetings between officials from Kuwait and China has prompted speculation that Kuwait may be pivoting away from their alliance with the United States, and instead have opted to

January 8, 2019 | by: Faisal Ayub

Vulnerability in the Supply Chain

As business models become more complex, employees more technologically empowered and cross-border partnerships becoming more the norm, the on-boarding of new suppliers and supply chains puts every

January 3, 2019 | by: Nameer Kanderian

Who is behind Dubai Wonderland?

While scanning the news items of the day, I read about an impressive ‘$191m fund launched to finance Dubai Wonderland project’ and while part of me is delighted, I’m also left feeling sceptical.

December 10, 2018 | by: Nameer Kanderian

Family offices – here today, gone tomorrow?

A startling statistic about the family wealth sector in the Gulf region, is that only 6% of family offices last more than two generations. This is especially concerning if you consider that in

November 21, 2018 | by: Muhab Wahby

Understanding the Family Offices of the GCC

It is a universally acknowledged truth that no two family offices are the same, varying as they do by factors such as size, structure, outlook and investment strategies, among others. 

November 15, 2018 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

Sub Saharan Africa | 2017 Fastest Growing SMEs

In our series, looking at the top performers across SSA, we go to the SME-segment of the market and recognise the fastest growing companies.

November 13, 2018 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

Sub Saharan Africa | 2017 Best Performing Companies

In anticipation of what 2018 will prove in the battle of the brands, we take a look at the best performers in 2017.  Four key metrics were used: liquidity, solvency, return on assets and profit

November 12, 2018 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

Sub Saharan Africa | What are the fastest growing e-commerce start-ups?

These 9 startups are making major strides in SSA; continuing to experience growth and success despite the odds stacked against them.  We already have a few of them profiled in ClarifiedBy.   

November 6, 2018 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

Gulf investments in West Africa

Despite being historically Africa's earliest trading partner, news of the Middle East region's more recent investments into the continent have sometimes been pushed into the margins by

October 25, 2018 | by: Nameer Kanderian

Sub Saharan Africa: Most Valuable Brands 2017

Since launching our capabilities across Africa, the team have begun receiving enquiries and fielding lots of questions.

October 17, 2018 | by: Julia Doublait

“The sun rush” - Off-grid solar power companies in East and West Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the sunniest places in the world but despite this abundance of natural resource, it ranks amongst the most reliant upon fossil fuels for the production of electricity.

October 13, 2018 | by: Sadegh Ardalan

Out of currency devaluation comes....transparency?

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Whilst the Iranian rial (IRR) has been hammered over recent weeks following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the Iranian government has tried to reassure the public

October 8, 2018 | by: Emmanuel Igbinoba

Nigerian-Lebanese: West Africa’s Most Successful Diaspora

Over the years, Lebanon’s strongest export has been its citizens, who remit billions of dollars annually back to their country. Much of this capital flow has originated from Nigeria, where

October 5, 2018 | by: Nameer Kanderian

Clarity in Africa

We believe in the benefit clarity brings.

June 5, 2018 | by: Andreas Bjorklund

A tough road ahead for European companies in Iran

May 29, 2018 | by: Noura Ramli

The case for consolidation within the UAE

Scale. Efficiencies. Strategic fit…some of the reasons often given for a merger, JV or other form of strategic partnership between companies. The spate of high-profile mergers in the UAE in recent

May 6, 2018 | by: Tareef Howe

To be a (business)woman in Saudi Arabia

 

 
April 5, 2018 | by: Patrick Lord

It's the sources, stupid

As some of you will have noticed, this year is Diligencia’s tenth anniversary and in Nouri’s post about the early days of the company he set out one of the guiding principles of how we compile our

March 28, 2018 | by: Nouri Bakkali

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 2

As I look back over the last ten years I am struck by the fact that the MENA region has seen seismic changes. 

March 26, 2018 | by: Nouri Bakkali

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 1

10 years ago this month, I founded Diligencia. 

March 7, 2018 | by: Aseel Saif

Everyone is talking about Blockchain

Or to use its less catchy alternative name, distributed ledger technology (DLT). 

January 19, 2018 | by: Patrick Lord

The Saudi corruption purge in 5 charts and tables

Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on corruption briefly reappeared on the radar of international media outlets this week with the news that Prince Muteb bin Abdullah, previously head of the Saudi

January 19, 2018 | by: Patrick Lord

2017 in review – Clarified By Diligencia (Part 1)

For a region used to turbulence and conflict, 2017 has been an eventful year for the Middle East by any measure. 

December 27, 2017 | by: Patrick Lord

2017 in review – Clarified By Diligencia (Part 2)

In our last post we focused primarily on Saudi Arabia and the impact of its domestic and foreign policy agenda over the course of 2017.  We now turn our attention to another major regional power,

December 15, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Avoiding the translation pitfalls

For anyone who has spent any time trying to research subjects in the MENA region, they will doubtless be aware of the difficulties in confidently identifying target individuals and organisations.

November 17, 2017 | by: Phil Proom

Sporting passions in MENA - motorsport

October 17, 2017 | by: Nouri Bakkali

ClarifiedBy improvements – a message from Nouri

September 11, 2017 | by: Zakariya Alarbi

Private family offices: the role of the investment committee

When looking at decision-making within private family offices in the MENA region, it is perhaps natural to focus on the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), or equivalent position. 

September 5, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Feast and famine: Current investor sentiment towards Saudi Arabia

 

August 29, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Diligencia's ClarifiedBy.com partners with Arachnys

We are pleased to announce that ClarifiedBy.com’s proprietary MENA company information is now available to Arachnys customers via its Investigator and D3 platforms.

August 24, 2017 | by: Tareef Howe

The Independent's Saudi investor

More details about Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel have gradually been emerging since the announcement on 28 July that he had acquired 30 per cent of Independent Digital News and Media, owner of the

August 7, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Announcement of our partnership with LexisNexis

We are delighted to announce that Diligencia has entered into a content agreement with LexisNexis, a leading provider of content and technology solutions.

March 24, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Companies in the news: Mohammed Al Abbar, Noon.com and Adeptio

Amazon’s announcement this week that it has agreed to acquire Souq.com for an estimated USD650m sets the scene for a battle between the global online retail giant and a soon-to-launch regional

February 6, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Individual shareholder searches - now live on ClarifiedBy.com

We're delighted to announce that the individual ‘search for shareholder’ function is now live on ClarifiedBy.com, enabling our subscribers to start with an individual’s name and search for all

January 24, 2017 | by: Nouri Bakkali

Companies in the news: UAE Exchange Center

One of the most prolific outbound UAE investors, UAE Exchange Center is now part of the same network as Travelex, following the latter’s acquisition by well-known UAE entrepreneur BR Shetty at the

January 19, 2017 | by: Tariq Ali

Who will stand to benefit from the lifting of sanctions on Sudan?

This week the US government announced that it was lifting its longstanding sanctions on trade with Sudan.

January 3, 2017 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Companies in the news: SPA SOVAC Algerie

Volkswagen and Sovac have announced a joint venture in Algeria. Click hereto download a free company snapshot of SPA Sovac Algerie, ClarifiedBy Diligencia.

November 28, 2016 | by: Nouri Bakkali

Tangier, Morocco and Diligencia - a growth story

Last week I made one of my regular trips back to Tangier, the town where I was born and a city where Diligencia now has a team of over 20 researchers helping us provide reliable and accurate

November 16, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Charitable foundations or conglomerates? - Iran's Bonyad system

Bonyads (charitable foundations) are at the centre of Iran’s informal social welfare system.  They are significant to Iranians, particularly the retired and war-wounded, as providers of social

October 25, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

The new UAE bankruptcy law - surprise announcement?

It was announced today that new UAE legislation on bankruptcy had been decreed into law, a first draft of which was only approved by the country’s federal cabinet last month. In a move which may

October 4, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

What are Saham-e Edalat?  A glimpse into the process of Iranian 'cooperativisation'

The Justice Shares (saham-e edalat) scheme is one of the more mystifying examples of Iranian government bureaucracy.

September 21, 2016 | by: Nouri Bakkali

Announcing the launch of ClarifiedBy.com

I am delighted to announce the launch of www.ClarifiedBy.com – a new online portal bringing our community access to Diligencia’s accurate and reliable company information for the Middle East &

June 1, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

The 2015 UAE Commercial Companies Law – Clarified By Diligencia

UPDATE: since this article was written, the UAE government has announced a 12-month extension to the deadline to comply with the provisions of the 2015 Commercial Companies Law. UAE-based

April 14, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

The value of clarity – what have the Panama Papers taught us?

As the media hysteria around the so-called Panama Papers begins to subside, it is time to consider what this episode has taught us, if anything – and that does not include the hardly stunning

January 19, 2016 | by: ClarifiedBy Team

Iran – sealing the deal

On Saturday the first concrete steps were taken to rehabilitate Iran in the global economy, when it was announced that many of the international sanctions gradually imposed on the country over the

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  • Andreas Bjorklund
    Focus: Iran
    Role: Business Analyst
    Oxford,UK

    Andreas is an editor at Diligencia and has previously..

  • Aseel Saif
    Focus: Middle East
    Role: Business Analyst
    Oxford,UK

    Aseel, a master’s graduate of Middle East..

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    Focus: Quality Assurance
    Role: Data Quality Manager
    Oxford, UK

    Asma is our gatekeeper on quality at..

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    Focus: Customer Experience
    Role: Regional Head MENA
    Dubai,UAE

    Heading up the Diligencia office in..

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