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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 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

Jordan’s liwwa Raises USD4.5m Pre-Series B Led by DASH Ventures FMO, Edgo and Bank al Etihad

liwwa, a Jordan-based peer-to-peer lending platform, raised a USD4.5m Pre-Series B led by DASH Ventures, FMO, Edgo and Bank al Etihad with participation from DEG. The company also raised an… Read More

Egypt’s Endure Capital Reaches USD50m First Close for Second Early-stage VC Fund

Egypt-based Endure Capital reached a USD50m first close for Endure 21, its second early-stage VC fund investing in early-stage startups across Africa. Investors include BII and Egypt’s MSME Development Agency… Read More

Investcorp Leads USD100m Series C for Saudi Arabia’s TruKKer

Investcorp led a USD100m Series C for TruKKer, a UAE-based digital freight platform, with participation from Riyad Valley Capital, Reliance Group, and March Holding, and follow-on from Mubadala. Read More

Middle East Venture Partners and BY Ventures Leads USD8m Pre-series A for UAE’s Stake

Middle East Venture Partners and BY Ventures led a USD8m pre-series A for Stake, a UAE-based fractional property investment platform, with follow-on from Vivium Holding and Combined Growth Real Estate.… Read More

Goodwater Capital, Dubai Future District Fund Rebel Fund, Trampoline Venture Partners and Zemu VC Leads USD3m Seed Round for UAE’s Zywa

Goodwater Capital, Dubai Future District Fund Rebel Fund, Trampoline Venture Partners and Zemu VC led a USD3m seed round for UAE-based startup Zywa, a teen-focused financial service platform. Read More

Sanabil Investments Leads USD100m Series B for Saudi Arabia’s Tamara

Sanabil Investments led a USD100m Series B for Saudi Arabia-based BNPL platform Tamara, with participation from Coatue, Shorooq Partners and Endeavor Catalyst, and follow-on from Checkout.com. Read More

Apollo Global Management Acquires 11.1% Stake in UAE’s Aldar Investment Properties for USD400m

Apollo Global Management acquired an 11.1% stake in Aldar Investment Properties, asubsidiary of UAE-listed real estate developer Aldar Properties, for USD400m. The deal is part of Apollo’s USD1.4b investment commitment… Read More

BECO Capital Leads USD10m Pre-series A for UAE’s Dukkantek

BECO Capital led a USD10m pre-Series A for Dukkantek, a UAE-based store management platform, with participation from Rocketship.vc and Chaos Ventures and follow-on from Colle Capital Partners, Comma Capital, AMK… Read More

Atalaya Capital Management and Partners for Growth Provide USD150m Credit Facility to UAE’s Tabby

Tabby, a UAE-based BNPL startup, secured a $150m credit facility from Atalaya Capital Management and existing lender Partners for Growth. The company raised a USD54m Series B extension in March… Read More

Atalaya Capital Management and Partners for Growth Provide USD150m Credit Facility to  UAE’s Tabby

Tabby, a UAE-based BNPL startup, secured a $150m credit facility from Atalaya Capital Management and existing lender Partners for Growth. The company raised a USD54m Series B extension in March… Read More