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The GCC: opportunity born from positive momentum Why the GCC is geared to become one of the most rewarding investment destinations in 2018

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Burj Khalifa in Dubai at night

The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region has historically been a source of capital raising and outflow of funds that invested in everything global. Sovereign wealth institutions in the region are among the wealthiest in the world, and the investment appetite for diversifying national sources of revenue has always been healthy. However, today we are seeing a fundamental change. The GCC is increasingly becoming a destination for capital deployment with ample opportunities for investment in various sectors such as hydrocarbons, healthcare, education and real estate to name a few.

Ever since the decline of oil prices during the recent economic downturn, the region’s governments have had the prospect of looking at different avenues of sustainable national revenues and capital preservation. The oil crisis has had a positive impact in allowing the regional regimes to explore new avenues of income. Now as we see higher oil prices come into play, diminishing fiscal deficits, and the continued public spending, this surely is providing much needed support for a stable and solid 2018. In Abu Dhabi in particular, being home to 6% of the world’s proven oil reserves, the economic condition has been supported by the recovery in oil output that is expected next year post the OPEC-led agreement to maintain reduced production. 

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About Mustafa Kheriba

Mustafa Kheriba

Mustafa Kheriba is the Group Chief Operating Officer of Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), and Executive Director of the Company's Investment Manager, ADCM Ltd. He manages the investment activities and platforms of ADFG and its subsidiaries, including business development, deal origination, fund raising and key investments globally. Mustafa also currently serves as Executive Director of Integrated Alternative Finance, Board Member of Spadille Ltd., Executive Director of Northacre Plc, Board Member and Managing Director of Reem Finance, Executive Director of Integrated Securities and Integrated Eastern European Fund, in addition to being Non-Executive Director at Qannas Investments Limited. Additionally, Mustafa is a Board Director and Managing Director of Gulf Finance Company UAE and KSA. Mustafa previously held senior posts in financial services and investment companies in the GCC, USA and Canada. He has been named among the top 50 MENA Fund Managers in the 2015 and 2016 annual survey conducted by MENA FM. Mustafa holds a BA from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University with Magna Cum Laude honours.

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