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 Qatar investment firm Jaidah acquired Venice's Hotel For $117 million

starwood-qatar.jpgA wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar conglomerate Jaidah Holdings has acquired The Gritti Palace hotel in Venice for $117 million.

The seller is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and will continue to manage the property under what it said was a new long-term management agreement. The buyer, Nozul Hotels & Resorts, is the owner of W Doha Hotel.

Jaidah Holdings is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SMA88.

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 Abu Dhabi investment firm acquired stake at three Hong Kong hotels for $2.4 billion

ADIA-NWD.jpgAbu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has agreed to buy three Hong Kong hotels from a group led by New World Development Co in a $2.4 billion deal.

This is the sovereign wealth fund's biggest Asian property investment. Under the deal, a unit of New World will hold 50 percent of the venture, with Abu Dhabi Investment owning the rest. The hotels include the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, Renaissance Harbour View and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong hotel.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BD43.

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 Dubai venture capital firm MVI acquired stake in London startup Bidvine

mena-london.jpgDubai venture capital firm Mena Venture Investments, in a joint investment with two Dubai angel investors, has acquired stake at London's startup Bidvine.

Bidvine, a platform, currently operating in London linking service providers and customers, is launched by Dan Stuart in Canada and Sohrab Jahanbani in the UK. (They were also the founders of GoNabit, which was sold to US firm LivingSocial). Dubai angel investors who are co-investing are Habib Haddad from Wamda Capital and Amir Farha from BECO capital.

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

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 Saudi firm and partners acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board for $203 million

SALIC-CWB.jpgSaudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), as a partner in a consortium called G3 Global Grain Group, has acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for $203 million.

G3 is a joint venture between Bunge Canada, a subsidiary of Bunge Limited and SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC). (CWB is a grain handling and trading company that operates a network of seven grain elevators in Western Canada and port terminals).

To see a list of investment firms from Saudi Arabia, check our Middle East Investors Directory

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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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 Qatar investors to acquire stake at Chinese petrochemical firm for $5 billion

qidgroup.jpgTwo Qatari investment firms are acquiring stake at a Chinese petrochemical firm, Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, for $5 billion.

Qatar's Qatra for Investment & Development (QID Group) and Hamad Bin Suhaim Enterprises are the two Qatari investment firms acquiring the stake. The money will finance building 1,000 petrol stations across six provinces in China and a liquefied natural gas LNG terminal in Qinzhou.

Qatra for Investment and Development QID is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code AP113

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 Two Bahrain investment firms acquired a network of US schools for $405 million

mumtalakat investcorpTwo Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired a network of 176 schools in the US for $405 million.

The seller is Leeds Equity Partners which had acquired the firm back in 2011 for $149 million. Founded in 1984, Nobel Learning operates a network of 176 schools across 18 states with 5,000 teachers and staff and 25,000 students. (The company also has an accredited online private school that offers college preparatory programs to students from over 55 countries worldwide.)

Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory with the code SIN22 and BD43 respectively.

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 Dubai Arzan Wealth investors acquired Lenovo Enterprise building in US for $127 million

arzan wealthA consortium of investors in Arzan Wealth has acquired the global headquarters building of Lenovo’s Enterprise at Raleigh North Carolina for $127 million.

Arzan Wealth is an investment advisory firm registered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and is a subsidiary of Kuwait's Arzan Financial Group. (The 67 acre campus is located at the Research Triangle Park and was originally developed in 1995 for Ericsson. It is currently leased to Lenovo under a 13 year lease agreement).

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

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