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Blogs 25 November 2019

Botswana's rich and powerful

Despite being the world’s third largest diamond producer, Botswana’s wealthiest individuals made their fortunes outside the mining sector.

Blogs 11 November 2019

Technology-driven growth takes centre stage in the GCC

Digital technologies are disrupting economies globally and the GCC is no exception. In this blog, we look at how the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are embracing advances in technology.

Blogs 29 October 2019

Who's who in Nigeria

Each year Forbes ranks the world based on its wealthiest people. In our latest blog, we take a closer look at the most prosperous people in Nigeria and their business connections.

Blogs 21 October 2019

In the spotlight: Mubadala and its interests in North Africa

Mubadala Investment Company is one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds and invests in over 50 countries. In this blog, we look at their oil and gas investments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Blogs 01 October 2019

Running red hot – the global shisha tobacco market

The shisha tobacco industry is experiencing significant growth. We look at the reasons why and highlight some of the manufacturers benefiting.

Blogs 17 September 2019

Mining in the UAE - a clear opportunity

In our blog we look at the potential for domestic mining and local mineral production within the UAE.

News 05 September 2019

We’ve relaunched ClarifiedBy.com!

ClarifiedBy.com has been providing best-in-class data in the Middle East and Africa since 2016. During that time, we have listened to our clients’ feedback and are proud to deliver a redesigned improved platform.

Blogs 22 August 2019

We are all storytellers

Patrick Lord read the excellent ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Hariri over the summer – a masterful sweep of human history, mixing anthropology, sociology and good old-fashioned storytelling. But his early section on collective belief systems in particular made him pause for thought...

Blogs 31 July 2019

Boom or bust? What is really going on with Egypt’s economy?

Despite the headwinds reflected in the external data points, not least geo-political events which could easily de-rail any progress, our internal evidence leads me to believe that Egypt is on the up.

Blogs 02 July 2019

The very model of a modern Arab diplomat: Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan

Following Prince Khaled’s appointment as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s eighth ambassador to the United Kingdom in April 2019, we take a closer look at his education, family and career so far.

Research 30 June 2019

SMEs in the UAE

Working in collaboration with MEED we were asked to mine our company information database, ClarifiedBy.com, to highlight key trends amongst SMEs in the UAE for the Gulf Capital SME Awards.

Research 25 June 2019

Mining companies in Africa

This report contains our selection of companies to watch from Africa’s mining sector, drawn from our wider portfolio of company profiles in the sector available via our online platform ClarifiedBy.com.

Blogs 30 May 2019

Sheikh Khalid closes in on Newcastle United

The Abu Dhabi ruling family may be set to continue its love affair with the English Premier League, as reports suggest that Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan is in talks to acquire club side Newcastle United.

Blogs 07 May 2019

Home grown in the desert: agri-tech companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

The dry, sun-drenched deserts of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are not the obvious place to think of cultivating crops, yet restaurants and supermarkets in the region are increasingly stocking food that has been grown locally.

Blogs 30 March 2019

ClarifiedBy….Data Quality

Data quality has always been central to Diligencia’s mission – not just in the authenticity of the data and how it is sourced (from official sources only) but also in the way we then structure and curate our information.

Blogs 06 March 2019

MTN – More than a corruption and bribery accusation

Business and politics are seldom unconnected in emerging markets, particularly in strategic infrastructure sectors such as telecoms. So when relations between nation states ebb and flow, the fate of those countries’ commercial players often rise and fall in tandem.

Blogs 20 February 2019

Source of wealth indicators in the Middle East & North Africa

In our experience, a picture can be built of an individual’s source of wealth via a number of indicators including corporate interests, family relationships and patronage.

Blogs 07 February 2019

The Case for Clarity – the importance of verified company information

Of all the reams of content that has been written on best practice in compliance and due diligence, at Diligencia we believe that company data is best applied by following three steps: Identify, Verify, and Monitor.

Blogs 30 January 2019

The Dantatas, the Dangotes and a bid to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil industry

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the founder of Dangote Group of Companies, has many business interests in Nigeria including his relationship with one of Nigeria’s longest established business dynasties, the Dantatas.

Blogs 22 January 2019

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

According to the World Economic Forum, Mozambique is expected to be one of the 10 fastest growing destinations for leisure travel between 2016 and 2026.

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