OPEC daily basket price stood at $65.09 a barrel Monday

VIENNA, The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $65.09 a barrel on Monday, 3rd May, compared with $65.42 the previous Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).


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UAE announces 1,699 new COVID-19 cases, 1,686 recoveries, 2 deaths in last 24 hours

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced that it conducted 179,453 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 1,699 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 527,266.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced 2 deaths due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,598.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,686 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 507,706.


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Eid al-Fitr holiday for private sector starts Ramadan 29 till Shawwal 3

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation today announced that the Eid al-Fitr paid holiday for the private sector will be from 29th Ramadan until 3rd Shawwal.

This came in a circular issued by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in implementation of the UAE cabinet’s decision on the official holidays approved for the years 2020/2021.


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5.6 magnitude earthquake hits South Iran, not felt in UAE

ABU DHABI, A 5.6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale was recorded in South Iran at 10:41 UAE local time, according to the National Seismic Network of the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

The NCM said in a statement the tremor was not felt by the people and had no effect on the UAE.


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Emirates NBD, Etihad Credit Insurance sign agreement to ease bank’s businesses access to trade finance

DUBAI, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal export credit company, and Emirates NBD have signed an agreement that will improve the liquidity of UAE exporters and businesses and enhance their global competitiveness.

The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2019 between Massimo Falcioni, CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance, and Ahmed Al Qassim, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Emirates NBD. The partnership is in line with the UAE government’s ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative as it will boost the confidence of the financial sector to fund UAE companies towards their manufacturing, export and expansion goals.

Following their agreement, Emirates NBD can leverage ECI’s insurance policy to provide credit facilities to UAE businesses. The backing of a federal export credit such as ECI helps the bank reduce any risks that may be associated with credit facilities, while supporting UAE businesses’ cashflow and capabilities to seek or continue their global operations.

This alliance is a positive step for local businesses. Through this partnership with Emirates NBD, ECI can help UAE businesses in strengthening the reach of UAE products and exports internationally, which can lead to more avenues to promote the uniqueness and quality of locally manufactured goods, thereby enhancing their competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Underlining ECI’s commitment in supporting financial establishments in the UAE, Falcioni said, “We are very pleased to support the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative, which aims to create a sense of pride in locally made products, through this strategic alliance with Emirates NBD. More than 80 per cent of world trade relies on trade finance, mostly of a short-term nature. We are delighted to offer the solutions we have developed for supporting banks’ factoring and supply financing activities, which can be leveraged effectively by the lenders, to offer innovative financial solutions to their clients, whether large companies or SMEs, thereby benefiting the local economy and supporting its continued development.”

Ahmed Al Qassim, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Emirates NBD added, “Emirates NBD is delighted to join hands with ECI to support our nation’s businesses and enhance their competitive strengths. As the UAE looks to build ICV (in-country value), this is a critical time for local manufacturers and exporters looking to enhance their proposition on an international stage. As strategic contributors to the UAE economy, Emirates NBD’s partnership with ECI builds on our long-term commitment to deliver robust financing facilities and support to UAE businesses to boost their trade competitiveness and overall confidence.”


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Sharjah Islamic Bank operating profits increases by 27% in Q1 2021

SHARJAH, The operating profits of Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has increased before provisions amounting to AED 212.2 million in Q1 2021, compared to AED 167.2 million for the same period last year, with an increase of 26.9 percent.

According to the bank’s financial statement, net profit for the three months ended 31st March 2021 amounted to AED164.2 million, compared to AED153.7 million for the same period last year, despite provision increase of 254.6 percent as a result of the increase in net provisions for impairment, which amounted to AED 48.0 million, compared to AED13.5 million from the same period last year, an increase of AED34.5 million.

The balance sheet reflects the Bank’s total assets of AED54.9 billion at the end of March 2020, growing by 2.5 percent compared to AED53.6 billion at the end of 2020.

The SIB continued to diversify its financing facilities portfolio in different economic sectors following its prudent credit policy that takes into consideration the effects of the prevailing market volatility and instability in the global and regional capital market on banking operations. Financing facilities reached AED29.3 billion, at the same level at the yearend 31st December 2020.

SIB successfully attracted more deposits during the period as customer deposits increased by 5.6 percent to reach AED35.5 billion compared to AED33.6 billion on the yearend 31st December 2020.

Liquid assets stayed strong at AED12.8 billion or 23.3 percent of total assets at the end of March 2021.

On the expenses side, general and administrative expenses declined to AED131.4 million at the end of the 1st quarter of 2021 compared to AED135.0 million for the same period 2020, a decrease of AED 2.1 million or 1.5 percent, due to operational efficiencies achieved by the Bank.

Sharjah Islamic Bank has a strong capital base. Total shareholders’ equity at the end of March 2021 reached AED7.5 billion, representing 13.6 percent of the Bank’s total assets with a strong capital adequacy ratio of 21.51 percent according to Basel III requirements.


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