Dubai – The importance of Africa‘s economic situation from the European perspective was demonstrated last November by the European Union‘s renewed push for billions of euros of investment there. With the conclusion of ten financial guarantee agreements with partner financial institutions, the European Commission has facilitated future investments of up to 10 billion euros in Africa for economic recovery from the Corona pandemic. Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, said: „These agreements will directly support people facing specific challenges due to Covid-19: Small business owners, the self-employed, entrepreneurs. They will also help finance a significant expansion of energy production from renewable sources.“ The November 2020 agreements complete the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), which is an important EU financial instrument to support investments in third countries. „Now our partners can use the plan‘s individual guarantees to mobilise billions of euros of much-needed investment, particularly in Africa“, Urpilainen stressed.

Dubai – The global real estate industry is also feeling the effects of the Corona crisis. In Dubai, however, the market situation was exceptionally stable in the first half of last year, despite Covid-19. Real estate transactions worth €16.3 billion were made there in the first six months of 2020. In the same period, Dubai Marina recorded a sales peak worth €770 million. The average purchase price for a flat was 253,000 euros and 550,000 euros for a villa. According to „Euronews.com“, women made investments worth 1.51 billion euros. The news portal quoted Dr Michael Waters in October 2020 with a brief analysis of the return potential of such investments. The associate professor of real estate at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai said: „From 2012 to date, anyone who has invested in Dubai has seen an annual return of about eight and a half per cent. Dubai has improved its ranking in the ‚Global Competitiveness Index‘, a kind of worldwide ranking of the attractiveness of cities within the past few years, from 29th to sixth.“

Dubai – Many innovative but financially weak start-ups in Europe are desperately seeking alternative sources of financing. In Germany in particular, company founders have great difficulty in obtaining conventional bank loans. The financial shortage makes many start-ups think about moving abroad. According to various studies, such as a Bitkom study, this now applies to every fourth start-up. The capital provided in Germany is simply too scarce to run a successful business. In 2019, German founders needed an average of around 3.2 million euros to secure their existence over the next two years. This is 100,000 euros more than in 2018 and even 700,000 euros more than in 2017.

Dubai – Afrika hat in Wirtschaftskreisen das Negativ-Image als Krisenkontinent weitgehend abgeschüttelt und wird von immer mehr Unternehmern als „Chancenkontinent“ gesehen. Das Begriffspaar „Chancenkontinent Afrika“ tauchte schon 2014 im Titel einer Studie des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie zur „BDI-Strategie Subsahara-Afrika“ auf. Im Vorwort hieß es: „Afrika ist im Begriff sich zu wandeln. Es ist an der Zeit, Afrika verstärkt als vielversprechenden Wirtschaftspartner und Zukunftsmarkt statt als Empfänger von Entwicklungshilfe wahrzunehmen.“

Ras Al Khaimah – Professor Ulrich Pape from the ESCP Europe Business School in Berlin defines the term „financial investment“ as „long-term oriented acquisition of financial assets“. Financial investments include equity securities (for example, shares) and creditor rights (for example, bonds or loans), according to Pape. Unlike a strategic company participation (Mergers & Acquisitions) financial motives are in the foreground here.While many financial service providers specialize and offer their clients only certain investment offerings, there are also „generalists“ with an almost all-encompassing portfolio. These include consulting, finance, investment, mergers, acquisitions, fund management and asset management services.

Dubai - The European start-up scene can not complain about their financial resources. This is the conclusion of the half-yearly published "Start-up Barometer Europe" of the consulting firm EY. According to the October 2018 survey, the number of financings increased in the first half of 2018 compared to same period last year across Europe by 19 percent to almost 2,000 deals. The total value of these financings grew even more: In the first six months of the year, deals totaling 10.2 billion euros were made in 2018 – 27 percent more than in the same period of the previous year. In view of the number and value of the financing rounds, we can speak of a veritable investment boom in the European start-up scene.

Dubai – A start-up is a business start-up with an innovative business idea and great growth potential. Due to high risks, financing is usually not organized through traditional banks, but through special development banks or forms of financing such as venture capital and crowdfunding. Most start-ups are active in the technology and Internet sector and are changing their entire business with their innovative strength and rapid growth. Industries with a high percentage of start-ups include Industry 4.0, the mobility sector, Internet commerce, electronics, financial technology, application software, biotechnology, new manufacturing processes and aerospace engineering.

Dubai – In Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Aras Group DWC LLC is at home. Two years ago, she described her business as follows: „Together with international partners, we offer our customers worldwide excellent conditions and conditions with years of experience in the areas of investment, investments, real estate purchase, real estate sales, merchandise trade, management consultancy and logistics.“ To the internationally well-networked group of companies include Aras Investment and Participation Ltd., Aras Logistic and Distribution Ltd., Aras Trading and Services Ltd., Aras Consulting and Advisory Ltd. and Aras Properties Ltd.

Dubai – Dubai is not only the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, but also a magnet for investors from all over the world. The metropolis rightly counts as a vibrant trading and financial center between Asia, Africa and Europe. One of the major economic players in the desert state has been the Aras Group DWC LLC for many years. It promises its customers tailor-made services in the fields of merchandise trade, shareholdings, management consultancy, logistics, investments and real estate. The project financiers and investment providers say about themselves: „A high degree of flexibility, intercultural communication and networking enables simple solutions, even in complex cases.“ In order to meet this intercultural aspiration, the company has employees from many nations in its ranks.

Dubai – For tourists, Dubai is known for its state-of-the-art architecture, luxury shops and vibrant nightlife. For investors, the metropolis of the United Arab Emirates is popular because of its excellent investment conditions and inspires the imagination of project finance and real estate developers ahead of Expo 2020. With Dubai the world exhibition takes place for the first time in the Arab world. In the six months from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, the hospitable country is expecting more than 25 million visitors.