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Private capital in the Middle East is beginning to diversify away from natural resources, with opportunities in fintech, delivery and logistics and entertainment, as well as healthcare, which has attracted nearly USD500m in private capital commitments since 2019. 

An archive of Middle East-focused research reports can be found here.

Members can access GPC Analytics for a ten-year archive of Middle East private capital transactions and data cuts.

Research Team

Jeff Schlapinski, Managing Director, Research

Sabrina Katz, Manager, Research & Special Projects

Tatia Dzaptashvili, Analyst, Research

Middle East Research

2022 MENA Data Insight

September 7, 2022
The global digital revolution has breathed new life into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) private capital industry following a long stretch of low activity. Additional analysis includes: A… Read More

2022 Global Private Capital Industry Data & Analysis

February 16, 2022
GPCA members can log in to download the complete 2022 Industry Data & Analysis Excel file. GPCA data through year-end 2021 across Asia, Latin America, Africa, CEE and the Middle… Read More

Mid-Year 2021 Global Private Capital Industry Data & Analysis

September 16, 2021
GPC 1H 2021 data on fundraising, investment and exit activity across Asia, Latin America, Africa, CEE and the Middle East   Key data takeaways:   All major markets posted year-over-year gains… Read More

2021 Climate Data Insight

November 2, 2021
Based on GPCA’s newly developed taxonomy of climate-dedicated businesses, the 2021 Climate Data Insight covers climate-focused private capital activity in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe and the… Read More

2021 Trends In Global Tech

May 25, 2021
Investments in Africa, Asia, CEE, Latin America and the Middle East EMPEA’s 2021 report on global venture investment traces venture capital (VC) flows across Africa, Asia, CEE, Latin America and… Read More

2021 Data Insights

March 31, 2021
Data Insights The 2021 Data Insights feature data and analysis on private capital activity in China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) through year-end 2020. This year, members also have access to LAVCA’s… Read More

Middle East Data Insight (Mid-Year 2019)

September 27, 2019
EMPEA Members, log in and click through for your exclusive access to the detailed report and underlying data. The private capital space in the Middle East has undergone a transformation over the… Read More

Middle East Data Insight (Year-End 2018)

March 11, 2019
  EMPEA Members, log in and click through for your exclusive access to the detailed report and underlying data.  Managers deployed USD516 million in the Middle East in 2018, representing a 102%… Read More

Africa and Middle East: An Overview of Select Markets’ Government Response to COVID-19 and State-Sponsored Relief Programs

June 8, 2020
Contributed by EMPEA Leadership Circle and Legal and Regulatory Council member, Debevoise & Plimpton Read More

2019 Global Limited Partners Survey

May 3, 2019
The 15th annual edition of EMPEA’s Global Limited Partners Survey features the views of 104 limited partners (LPs) on the current conditions and outlook for emerging market private equity (EM… Read More

Middle East News

UAE’s Qashio Raises USD10m Seed Round from Sanabil 500 MENA, Cadorna Ventures, One Way Ventures and Others

Qashio, a UAE-based spend management platform, raised a USD10m seed round from Sanabil 500 MENA, Cadorna Ventures, One Way Ventures, MITAA, Nuwa Capital, Iliad Partners, Phoenix Investments and others. Read… Read More

UAE’s Silkhaus Raises USD7.8m Seed Round

Silkhaus, a UAE-based short-term property rental app, raised a USD7.8m seed round from Nuwa Capital, Nordstar, Global Founders Capital, Yuj Ventures, Whiteboard Capital, VentureSouq and others. Read More

Valar Ventures Leads USD20m Series A for UAE’s baraka

Valar Ventures led a USD20m Series A for baraka, a UAE-based stock trading app for retail investors, with participation from Knollwood. Read More

Gulf Capital Sells 100% Stake in UAE’s Chef Middle East for USD100m

Gulf Capital exited its 100% stake in Chef Middle East, a UAE-based foodservice distribution business, to US-listed food distributor The Chef’s Warehouse, generating a 2.5x return. Gulf Capital acquired Chef… Read More

MEVP Leads USD10m Series A for UAE’s Invygo

Middle East Venture Partners led a USD10m Series A for Invygo, a UAE-based car subscription app, with participation from Al Rajhi Partners, Arab Bank, Amaana Capital and Palm Drive Capital,… Read More

Impact46 Leads USD50m Funding Round for Saudi Arabia’s Zid

Impact46 led a USD50m round for Zid, a Saudi Arabia-based e-commerce solution for retailers, with participation from Wa’ed Ventures and Endeavour Catalyst, and follow-on from Global Ventures, Elm Company, Arzan… Read More

UAE’s VUZ Raises USD20m Series B from Caruso Ventures, Vision Ventures, Others

VUZ (formerly 360VUZ), a UAE-basedVR content platform, raised a USD20m Series B led by Caruso Ventures, Vision Ventures, e& capital, Dubai Future District Fund, SRMG and Webit Investment Network. Elbert… Read More

Osool & Bakheet and iMENA’s Rua Growth Fund Leads USD10m Round for Saudi Arabia’s ZenHR

Rua Growth Fund, a joint venture of Osool & Bakheet Investment Company and iMENA Group, led a USD10m investment in ZenHR, a HR software provider based in Saudi Arabia, with… Read More

DPI Exits 34% Stake in Egypt’s B.TECH to Saudi Arabia’s PIF for USD150m

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) acquired a 34% stake in Egypt-based household appliances and consumer electronics retailer B.TECH from DPI for USD150m. DPI acquired the stake in B.TECH for… Read More

Investcorp Acquires Saudi Arabia’s NourNet

Investcorp, through its Investcorp Saudi Pre-IPO Growth Fund, acquired a majority stake in  Nour Internet for Communication and Information Technology Company (NourNet), a Saudi Arabia-based digital solutions company providing services… Read More

UAE’s Eat App Raises USD11m Series B Led by 500 Global, Middle East Venture Partners, Derayah VC, Others

Eat App, a UAE-based restaurant reservations platform, raised a USD11m Series B from 500 Global, Middle East Venture Partners, Derayah VC, Dallah Albaraka, Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers Company,… Read More

Global Ventures, Wa’ed Ventures Lead USD10.5m Series A for Saudi Arabia’s Elevatus; Global Ventures Leads USD4.4m Seed Round for Nigeria’s Remedial Health

Global Ventures and Wa’ed Ventures led a USD10.5m Series A for Saudi Arabia-based human resources platform Elevatus with participation from otf Jasoor Ventures. Global Ventures also led a USD4.4m seed… Read More