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Major Influences on the Middle East’s Capital Markets in 2024

Thu, Feb 29, 2024 7:57pmGrey Clock 2 min

As inflation challenges global economies and the threat of recession appears over many key markets, the Middle East stands out as a sign of stability and growth. The region is distinguishing itself as a center for stability, innovation, and capital market opportunities.

The entrepreneurial landscape in the Middle East is thriving, with its economies catching the eye of both local and international private investors, thanks to a blend of dynamic factors. The youthful, tech-forward population, encouraging government policies towards private investment and startups, and an increasing interest in risk-managed returns are driving a notable transformation. This shift is drawing fresh investment, spotlighting the region’s capacity for growth and innovation.

The environment in the Middle East is particularly beneficial to investments in alternative assets. Amid global economic pressures, the Middle East exudes a sense of stability, innovation, and potential, especially in the Arabian Gulf, led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which is drawing significant international investment.

The Gulf possesses some of the largest capital reserves worldwide, attracting alternative asset managers. A notable shift towards private markets is observed, especially among the younger generation in large family offices, who exhibit a strong preference for diversified and alternative investments. This shift expands the investor base significantly.

Regulatory reforms across Gulf nations are enhancing the attractiveness of these markets by improving accessibility and transparency, thereby boosting international investor interest and confidence. These countries are aligning their regulations with global standards to facilitate better integration and familiarity, complemented by tax policies favorable to foreign investment.

The Arabian Gulf is emerging as a vibrant hub for tech startups, propelled by governments’ commitments to economic diversification and digital infrastructure investments. This proactive stance, alongside a supportive regulatory environment for venture capital and a rich talent pool, is attracting venture capitalists and angel investors, making it a hotbed for tech innovation and startup growth. The region’s youthful population is eager for technological advancements and innovative solutions, offering a rich landscape for entrepreneurial and investment endeavors.

Institutional investors are increasingly drawn to the Gulf, attracted by its robust economic indicators, evolving capital markets, supportive policies, and strategic location. The Gulf’s geographical positioning as a nexus between Europe, Asia, and Africa opens access to diverse and expanding markets, making it a strategic hub for global trade. This unique global connectivity and potential for future growth mark the Gulf as a compelling focus for smart institutional investors.

As these forces come together, the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Gulf, is becoming an increasingly appealing destination for alternative investments, marked by a unique blend of stability, growth potential, and strategic global positioning.



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“Saudi Summer is Next Door” plans to boost tourism in the Kingdom over four months across seven destinations.

Wed, May 22, 2024 4 min

Saudi Arabia has unveiled its plan to attract international tourists this summer. The strategy includes appealing visa options, complimentary airline tickets for families, a lineup of major events, and opportunities for tax-free shopping.

The initiative, organized under the guidance of Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), is named “Saudi Summer is Next Door.”

Jeddah

Extensive Summer 2024 Tourism Activities

The initiative will span four months, ending in September, and will be hosted across seven key destinations: Aseer, Al Baha, Taif, the Red Sea, Jeddah, Riyadh, and AlUla.

It features over 550 tourism products and more than 150 specially tailored offers and packages for families and various interest groups including adventure enthusiasts, luxury seekers, and cultural and heritage buffs.

The launch event of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 was attended by notable figures such as Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, in addition to more than 250 key partners from both public and private sectors, prominent media personalities, and influential opinion leaders.

Showcasing Global Events and Cultural Richness

This year’s program will also welcome back the Jeddah Season and introduce the Aseer Season, each filled with various activities and events for families. The Kingdom will host several significant events as part of the summer program, including the first Esports World Cup in Riyadh, an eight-week competition featuring top esports athletes, and various boxing tournaments in Riyadh and Jeddah.

During the event, Al Khateeb highlighted the latest global tourism trends, the Kingdom’s growth in the tourism sector, and the record-high tourist numbers that have propelled Saudi Arabia to the top of the UN World Tourism list and the G20 nations list.

Al Baha

Al Khateeb emphasized, “Saudi Arabia is witnessing a transformative period in tourism, driven by our vision to position the Kingdom as a premier global destination. The Saudi Summer Program 2024 is our commitment to showcasing the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and unparalleled hospitality that Saudi Arabia offers. “We invite local and international tourists to experience the diversity of our seven unique destinations and take advantage of the exceptional offers and packages designed to create unforgettable memories. “This initiative, supported by our strategic partnerships and groundbreaking efforts like the eVisa and increased flight connectivity, demonstrates our dedication to making Saudi Arabia more accessible and appealing to tourists worldwide. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from all corners of the globe to explore and enjoy the vibrant experiences that await them this summer.”

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, also remarked, “Saudi tourism is witnessing unparalleled development at all levels, achieving great leaps in recent years, which I witnessed during my multiple visits to this hospitable country.”

Riyadh

“Saudi Arabia has global indicators related to the number of tourists, which has qualified it to top the UN World Tourism list of significant tourist destinations.”

“All of these great achievements for Saudi tourism would not have been possible without proper planning by those in charge of the sector in the Kingdom and the great potential it possesses in terms of diverse climates, stunning natural landmarks, and the generosity of Saudi people who are distinguished by their hospitality, raising the ceiling of ambitions for new achievements.”

STA CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said: “While temperatures in the region rise to high levels during summer, temperatures in the highlands of Saudi Arabia in the southern region decrease to the extent that we even witnessed snowfall in Al Soudah yesterday.” “Through the promotional campaign for the Saudi Summer Program 2024, we seek to highlight the uniqueness of our destinations and their climatic, natural, and cultural diversity, along with the exceptional events and activities happening during summer. “This year’s summer program includes more than 550 tourism products and 150 special offers designed in collaboration with STA’s partners, which include attractive offers from hotels, airlines offering free tickets for children in partnership with major travel, tourism, and aviation companies, and exceptional products in the Aseer Season and Jeddah Season like tax-free shopping offers and many new and exciting experiences such as private beaches for tourists and ladies’ beaches.”

“The campaign slogan “Saudi Summer is Next Door” embodies an open invitation to explore the magic of Saudi destinations and their diversity. This diversity is expressed with simple words that reflect the uniqueness of each destination, such as “Closer,” “Cooler,” “More Beautiful,” and “More Affordable.”

The private sector is a very important component of the success of tourism programs and initiatives, and the Saudi Tourism Authority is committed to empowering it by fostering demand for products and offers that align with the aspirations of tourists globally.

The launch of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 marks a period when visiting the Kingdom has become easier, smoother, and safer through measures such as the availability of the eVisa to citizens of 66 countries, a 20 percent reduction in eVisa prices, and a significant increase in the number of weekly flights from

Gulf cities to Saudi summer destinations, now totaling 1,100.

Residents of the GCC can also benefit from the GCC residents visa, which allows them multiple entries and a stay of up to 90 days in the Kingdom over a year. Moreover, the number of hotel rooms available to travelers is set to increase, with an additional 25,000 rooms expected to be added this year.

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