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 Gulf Capital acquired majority stake in e-commerce platform Sporter

gulf capital sporterAbu Dhabi private equity firm Gulf Capital has acquired majority stake in sport-based products and supplements marketplace Sporter.com.

Sporter.com's offering comprises some global nutrition brands and it is benefiting from the general surge of online shopping in the Middle East. (The value of the deal is not disclosed, but it is part of $135 million that Gulf Capital is investing in technology and e-commerce platforms).

Gulf Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR26.

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 Middle East investors acquired Amazon’s largest UK distribution warehouse for $76 million

amzn-uk-dubai-investorsDubai investment bank Rasmala and Kuwaiti investment firm KAMCO acquired Amazon’s largest UK distribution warehouse for $76 million.

The acquired property is leased to Amazon UK Services with an unexpired term of 15 years. The investment will target an annual cash dividend yield of 6.5% per annum, with an expected internal rate of return of 7% upon exit.

Kamco and Rasmala are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR35 and OR48 respectively.

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 Dubai private equity firm invested $50 million in South American home designer

abraaj-shouth-america-chile.jpgDubai private equity firm Abraaj Group acquired a 51% stake in South American home designer Casaideas for $50 million.

Founded in Chile in 1993, Casaideas has since expanded its operations to 33 stores in Chile, 16 stores in Peru and seven additional franchise units in Bolivia. (Abraaj has invested in more than 20 companies in the retail sector across growth markets since 2003, including Capa de Ozono a leading fashion footwear retailer in Mexico and Iasacorp, a leading women accessories retail chain in Peru)

Abraaj Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR01.

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 Dubai deVere Group acquires private bank in the Caribbean

dubai devereDeVere group, a Dubai-based investment advisory firm, has acquired St Lucia-based private bank, Arton.

"We were able to acquire the St Lucia banking licence of Arton Bank and this, in turn, now enables us to offer a range of international private banking services directly to our global client base who seek an efficient, internationally focused service," Nigel Green, the chief executive of deVere has told the UAE paper The National.

To see a list of investors from Dubai similar to deVere group, check the Middle East Investors Directory.

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 Dubai investment firm acquired California shopping center Poinsettia Plaza

almal californiaAl Mal Capital, a Dubai-based investment firm, has acquired Poinsettia Plaza, a 153,000 square feet shopping center located in Ventura, California.

This is the second investment for Al Mal Capital in the US. The first was in a residential complex in Louisiana comprising 290 apartments, which the company exited in 2015 for an IRR of 16%.

Al Mal Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD21.

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 UAE, Saudi and Qatar investors acquired $105 million stake in US private jet firm

kbbo-us.jpgA consortium of investors including UAE and Saudi investors have acquired a $105 million stake in US private jet firm Jet Smarter.

UAE investment firm KBBO Group, Qatar investment firm Challenger Universal, and Saudi royal family are among the investors in this $105 million funding round. JetSmarter is a mobile marketplace that connects travelers to private jets from their smartphones.

KBBO Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINOC16.

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 Dubai investors of Delta Partners led investment of $20 million in Knowlarity

delta KnowlarityDelta Partners, a Dubai-based investment firm, has led investment of $20 million in Asia’s cloud telephony company Knowlarity.

Founded in 2009 and based in Singapore with more than 300 employees and 8 offices in India, South East Asia and Middle East, Knowlarity is a provider of cloud based communications solutions to businesses in the emerging markets. Among its customers are Google, Amazon, Uber, Practo, Ola and Zomato. (Delta Partners Capital, based in Dubai, is the investment arm of Delta Partners Group, an emerging markets-focused telecoms, media, and digital advisory and investment firm with over 200 employees operating from Barcelona, Bogota, Dubai, Johannesburg, Singapore and Palo Alto.)

Delta Partners is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code ORP8.

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 Dubai angel investor acquired $1 million stake in Indian firm HealthifyMe

dubai angel investor indiaDubai-based angel investor Neelesh Bhatnagar has invested $1 million in mobile health and fitness start-up HealthifyMe.

Founded in 2012, HealthifyMe is a fitness mobile application that uses technology and human services to target weight-loss. It had earlier raised $6 million from IDG, Inventus and Blume Ventures. (Neelesh Bhatnagar is a Dubai-based angel investor, managing director of NB Ventures, owner of the UAE Royals International Premier Tennis League, a former board member of Landmark Group and former CEO of Emax Electronics).

To see a list of angel investors from Dubai similar to Neelesh Bhatnagar, check the Middle East Investors Directory.

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