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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

Tatia Dzaptashvili, Analyst, Research

Middle East Research

2023 Industry Data & Analysis

21 February 2023
Private capital investment activity across GPCA’s markets remained strong by historical standards in 2022, with fund managers deploying USD208b.  Overall deal value declined 22% from 2021, yet 2022 was still… Read More

2023 Trends in Global Tech

21 February 2023
Overview GPCA’s annual Trends in Global Tech report traces venture capital flows across Africa, India, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Amidst a… Read More

2022 MENA Data Insight

7 September 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

16 February 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

16 September 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

2 November 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

25 May 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

31 March 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)

27 September 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)

11 March 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

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

2019 Global Limited Partners Survey

3 May 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

Brookfield to Acquire UAE’s Network International Holdings for ~USD2.8b

Brookfield Asset Management agreed to acquire Network International Holdings, a UAE-based payments solutions provider for consumers, for GBP2.2b (~USD2.8b). Read More

Asian Development Bank To Provide USD174m of Loans to Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power

The Asian Development Bank agreed to provide USD174m of loans to Saudi Arabia-based energy company ACWA Power to develop two wind power plants in Uzbekistan.  Read More

Saudi Arabia’s Hakbah Raises USD2m Pre-Series A

Hakbah, a Saudi Arabia-based financial savings platform, raised a USD2m pre-Series A from Global Ventures and Aditum Investment Management.  Read More

Connecting Fund Managers with Impact Investors’ Tax Principles

The purpose of this article is to initiate communication between multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions (‘’DFIs”) and private equity fund managers (“FMs”) that seek to attract DFI funding for… Read More

STV and Wa’ed Ventures Lead ~USD28m Series A for Saudi Arabia’s Manafa

Saudi Technology Ventures and Wa’ed Ventures led a SAR106m (~USD28m) Series A for Manafa, a Saudi Arabia-based crowdfunding platform. Read More

UAE’s Letswork Raises USD2m Seed Round from 500 Global, DTEC Ventures, The Space and Angels

Letswork, a UAE-based co-workspace provider, raised a USD2m seed round from 500 Global, DTEC Ventures, The Space and angel investors. Read M Read More

NBK Capital Partners Reaches USD215m Final Close for Third Private Credit Fund

NBK Capital Partners reached a final close of USD215m, including co-investment commitments, for Shari’ah Credit Opportunities Fund, a vehicle targeting middle-market companies in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the broader… Read More

Impact46-Backed Jahez To Acquire Saudi Arabia’s The Chefz for ~USD173m

Jahez, a food delivery app backed by Impact46, agreed to acquire a 100% stake in The Chefz, a Saudi Arabia-based dessert delivery platform for SAR650m (~USD173m). Read More

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