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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | Daily Newspaper published by GPPC Doha, Qatar.
 Santhosh V. Perumal
Santhosh V. Perumal
Santhosh V. Perumal, a postgraduate in Econometrics with an advance qualification in Capital Markets and Financial Services, is Gulf Times' journalist. His coverage areas are debt and equity, hydrocarbons, international trade, environment, banks, insurance and real estate. Previously, he was in New Delhi, India as Senior Finance Correspondent of PTI.
QInvest co-chief executive officer Hussain Abdulla.
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Global asset managers increasingly looking at Doha as Ashmore Group launches $200mn Qatar equity: QInvest CEO

With the US and Europe "drying up", global asset managers such as Ashmore are flocking to Qatar’s capital market, which also has the potential to see Qatari riyal debt issuances of QR10bn in the next two to three years, according to QInvest co-chief executive officer Hussain Abdulla.Addressing a panel session at the second Qatar Financial Market Forum, jointly organised by the Qatar Financial Centre and Bloomberg Intelligence, he said the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of the Middle East and North Africa is $4tn, of which the GCC economies form $2tn. Moreover, the region's sovereign wealth funds' assets are valued more than $2tn.In the past, global asset managers came to the GCC to tap the enormous capital but it is not the case anymore, according to him."There is dryness in the US and Europe. All these asset managers are now using the GCC as a hub," he said in a specific reference to the recent agreement between Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Ashmore Group to launch a $200mn corpus Qatar equity fund.The Ashmore Qatar Equity Fund, with QIA as an anchor investor and Ashmore Group as the first partner, will play a pivotal role in enhancing investor relations, quality of disclosure, research coverage, and improve liquidity on the local bourse.The sovereign wealth fund's active asset management initiative to seed funds by re-allocating shares in QSE listed companies to these external managers will add to the available free float in the market and create confidence among investors and encourage both local and global investment institutions to participate."I believe the main driver (behind the global asset managers to set base here) is the oil and gas," he said, adding the ongoing review of the equity capital market and its legislation in Qatar have now been completed.The local bourse had recently amended the list of securities eligible for the market making to include more stocks.Referring to the opening up of the markets for international investors, he said it would encourage more foreign investments into the country and the move by Ashmore Group is an example.Qatar has liberalised the foreign ownership limits in the Qatar Stock Exchange listed companies up to 100% and the country also witnessed the launch of third financial sector strategy, through which the sector is expected to contribute as much as QR84bn to Qatar’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.Abdulla said the initial public offering of Meeza through book-building process, the first of its kind in the country, was fraught with challenges, especially around its timing and the pricing. However, the offer (which was oversubscribed 111%) highlighted the investors' confidence in the system."If there is much larger equity or IPO story, we can open up to international investors assuming we have the necessary infrastructure, especially when it comes to settlement," he said.On the Qatari riyal issuance in the debt market, he said "with the number of banks that we have, we can easily reach QR10bn within two to three years and we need to provide liquidity."

QFC Authority CEO Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida addressing the Qatar Financial Market Forum. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
Business
Economic diversification, infrastructure development and technological advancement position Qatar as "attractive" investment destination: Al-Jaida

Qatar's economic diversification, coupled with focus on infrastructure development and technological advancements, has positioned the country as an "attractive destination" for investments, according to Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority CEO Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida.Addressing the second Qatar Financial Market Forum, jointly organised by the QFC and Bloomberg Intelligence, he said much like emerging markets, Qatar not only shows the potential for "significant and sustainable" change but also presents a wealth of investment opportunities.Recognising the need to diversify its economic base and reduce dependence on hydrocarbons, he said Qatar has embarked on ambitious initiatives to broaden its economic scope.The rapid urbanisation and infrastructural development in the country aligns with the growth patterns usually observed in the emerging markets, he said, adding significant investments have been made in infrastructure projects, including aviation, maritime, transportation, hospitality, and sports facilities.This accelerated development, according to him, reflects the pace seen in emerging markets as they strive to meet the demands of a growing population and expanding economy.Qatar has also proactively embraced innovation and technology, directing investments towards renewable energy, smart cities, and advanced technologies. This strategic move reflects the tech-driven transformations often witnessed in emerging markets, he said."Qatar's commitment to economic diversification, coupled with its focus on infrastructure development and technological advancements, positions the nation as an attractive destination for investment," al-Jaida said.The QFC has aligned with the Third National Development Strategy, to "sustainably develop our economy to remain competitive amidst a turbulent and rapidly changing global landscape" and achieve the targets of the Qatar National Vision 2030, he added.Recognising the pivotal role of the financial sector in promoting sustainable economic growth, he said the QFC places "significant" emphasis on developing the financial services industry.To advance financial innovation and promote transparency in the financial market, the QFC introduced sustainable sukuk and bonds and, recently, it inaugurated the QFC Digital Dome, housing the digital assets lab and other digital financial innovation platforms."Our goal is to position the country at the forefront of global digital evolution by attracting talent, fostering innovative ideas, promoting local and international collaborations, and bringing cutting-edge projects that shape the future to life," he said.

A higher than average demand, especially in the telecom, transport and banking counters, led the 20-stock Qatar Index settle 0.77% higher at 10,369.56 points on Monday
Business
Global rally helps QSE gain 79 points; M-cap adds QR2.72bn

Reflecting the positive rally in the global equity sphere and oil market, the Qatar Stock Exchange on Monday gained as much as 79 points although losers outnumbered gainers..text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[130236]**A higher than average demand, especially in the telecom, transport and banking counters, led the 20-stock Qatar Index settle 0.77% higher at 10,369.56 points.The foreign institutions were seen net buyers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses truncated to 4.26%.The Gulf funds were seen bullish in the main bourse, whose capitalisation added QR2.72bn or 0.45% to QR601.22bn with micro and small cap segments gaining the most.The domestic institutions turned net buyers in the main market, which touched an intraday high of 10,387 points.The foreign retail investors were seen increasingly into net buying in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.02mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan) valued at QR0.04mn trade across seven deals.The Arab individuals turned net buyers, albeit at lower levels, in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index underperformed the key index in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index rose 0.77%, the All Islamic Index by 0.6% and the All Share Index by 0.57% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the increase.The telecom sector index shot up 1.38%, transport (1.08%), banks and financial services (0.86%), consumer goods and services (0.11%) and industrials (0.08%); while insurance and real estate declined 1.25% and 0.33% respectively.Major gainers in the main market included Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Gulf Warehousing, Qatar Islamic Bank, Nakilat, Ooredoo, Masraf Al Rayan and Industries Qatar. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares appreciate in value.Nevertheless, more than 60% of the traded constituents were in the red with major shakers being Qatar Insurance, Qamco, Ezdan, Dlala, Qatari German Medical Devices, Baladna, Qatar National Cement and Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding. In the junior bourse, Al Faleh Educational Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.The foreign institutions turned net buyers to the tune of QR19.74mn compared with net sellers of QR6.9mn on January 21.The Gulf institutions were net buyers to the extent of QR9.04mn against net profit takers of QR12.04mn the previous day.The domestic institutions turned net buyers to the tune of QR2.79mn compared with net sellers of QR1.83mn on Sunday.The foreign individual investors’ net buying increased marginally to QR1.74mn against QR1.47mn on January 21.The Arab individuals were net buyers to the extent of QR0.25mn compared with net sellers QR1.32mn the previous day.However, the local retail investors turned net sellers to the tune of QR33.49mn against net buyers of QR19.87mn on Sunday.The Gulf individuals were net profit takers to the extent of QR0.07mn compared with net buyers of QR0.73mn on January 21.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure for the second straight session.Trade volumes in the main market soared 42% to 366.39mn shares, value by 53% to QR1.03bn and deals by 42% to 33,626.The venture market saw 58% plunge in trade volumes to 0.42mn equities, 51% in value to QR0.51mn and 41% in transactions to 41.

The domestic institutions were seen net sellers as the 20-stock Qatar Index shed 0.27% to 10,290.63 points, reflecting the persisting concerns on the US rate imbroglio.
Business
Domestic funds and Arab individuals drag QSE 28 points; M-cap melts QR1.79bn

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) on Sunday opened the week weak as its key index fell more than 28 points to close below 10,300 levels..text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[130236]**The domestic institutions were seen net sellers as the 20-stock Qatar Index shed 0.27% to 10,290.63 points, reflecting the persisting concerns on the US rate imbroglio.The insurance, telecom, industrials, real estate and transport counters witnessed higher than average selling pressure in the main market, whose year-to-date losses widened further to 4.99%.More than 56% of the traded constituents were in the red in the main bourse, whose capitalisation melted QR1.73bn or 0.29% to QR598.8bn with small cap segments losing the most.The Arab individuals were seen bearish in the main market, which however, touched an intraday high of 10,390 points.The local retail investors’ weakened net buying had its influence in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.03mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.06mn trade across 12 deals.The foreign individuals’ lower net buying also had its say in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index declined faster than the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index shed 0.27%, the All Islamic Index by 0.44% and the All Share Index by 0.27% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the decline.The insurance sector index tanked 1.87%, telecom (1.12%), industrials (0.45%), realty (0.38%), transport (0.3%) and banks and financial services (0.04%); while consumer goods and services gained 0.13%.Major shakers in the main market included Qatar Insurance, Qatari German Medical Devices, Medicare Group, Ooredoo, Milaha, Industries Qatar, Qamco, United Development Company and Milaha. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.Nevertheless, Qatar National Cement, Mekdam Holding, Zad Holding, QIIB, Doha Insurance, Gulf Warehousing and Nakilat were among the gainers in the main market. In the junior bourse, Al Faleh Educational Holding saw its shares appreciate in value.The domestic institutions turned net sellers to the tune of QR1.83mn compared with net buyers of QR17.57mn on January 18.The Arab individual investors were net sellers to the extent of QR1.32mn against net buyers of QR4.67mn the previous trading day.The local retail investors’ net buying declined significantly to QR19.87mn compared to QR38.65mn last Thursday.The foreign individuals’ net buying weakened noticeably to QR1.47mn against QR3.19mn on January 18.The Gulf retail investors’ net buying eased marginally to QR0.73mn compared to QR0.76mn the previous trading day.However, the Gulf institutions’ net profit booking grew substantially to QR12.04mn against QR39.6mn last Thursday.The foreign institutions’ net selling weakened drastically to QR6.9mn compared to QR25.3mn on January 18.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure against net buyers to the extent of QR0.05mn the previous day.Trade volumes in the main market shrank 22% to 258.49mn shares, value by 42% to QR673.34mn and deals by 35% to 23,608.The venture market saw trade volumes more than quadruple to 0.99mn equities and value quadrupled to QR1.04mn on tripled transactions to 69.

The industrials, insurance and banking counters witnessed higher than average net selling as the 20-stock Qatar Index knocked off 1.4% this week
Business
US rate imbroglio drags QSE index 147 points; M-cap melts QR9bn

The lingering doubts on when the US Federal Reserve will cut the interest rates rattled the sentiments in the regional bourses, including Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), which closed.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[127743]**this week on a bearish note as its key index lost as much as 147 points and capitalisation eroded QR9bn.The industrials, insurance and banking counters witnessed higher than average net selling as the 20-stock Qatar Index knocked off 1.4% this week which saw the Qatar Investment Authority and Ashmore Group enter into a strategic tie up to launch a $200mn Qatari equity fund.The foreign institutions were seen increasingly net profit takers this week which saw QIIB issue $500mn sustainable sukuk and was oversubscribed eight times.The Gulf institutions were seen net sellers this week which saw Qatar Islamic Bank report net profit of QR4.3bn in 2023.The Arab retail investors’ weakened net buying had its influence in the main market this week which saw Woqod report net profit of QR983.96mn in 2023.More than 80% of the traded constituents were in the red in the main bourse this week which saw Ahlibank Qatar register net profit of QR836.5mn in 2023.However, the domestic funds were increasingly net buyers in the main market this week which saw the third national development strategy forecast that Qatar’s sovereign expenditure growth not to exceed non-hydrocarbon growth by 2030.The local retail investors turned bullish in the main bourse this week which saw Q-Fab, a subsidiary of Mahhar Holding, in a dealership contract with Zhejiang Dingli Machinery Company.The foreign individuals were seen net buyers in the main market this week which saw a total of 0.28mn Masraf Al Rayan-sponsored exchange-traded fund QATR worth QR0.63mn trade across 36 deals.The Arab institutions turned net buyers in the main bourse this week which saw this week which saw as many as 0.03mn Doha Bank-sponsored exchange-traded fund QETF valued at QR0.29mn change hands across 53 transactions.The Gulf individuals continued to bet net sellers but with lesser intensity in the main market this week, which saw consumer price index inflation in Qatar rise 1.59% month-on-month and 1.65% year-on-year in December 2023.The Islamic index was seen declining slower than the other indices in the main bourse this week which saw the banks and industrials together constitute more than 57% of the total trade volumes.Market capitalisation eroded QR9.13bn or 1.5% to QR600.23bn on the back of large and midcap segments this week, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.Trade volumes and turnover were on the decline in the main bourse; while it was on the decline in the venture market this week, which saw no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index shed 1.4%, the All Share Index by 1.48% and the All Islamic Index by 1.19% this week, which saw Qatar’s industrial production index plunge 5.8% year-on-year in November 2023.The industrial sector index tanked 3.1%, insurance (2.99%), banks and financial services (1.41%), consumer goods and services (1.35%) and real estate (0.91%); while telecom and transport gained 3.3% and 0.13% respectively this week.Major losers in the main market included Industries Qatar, Aamal Company, Qamco, Qatar Insurance, Ezdan, Mazaya Qatar, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, QLM, Inma Holding, Qatari German Medical Devices, QNB, QIIB, Doha Bank, Medicare Group and Baladna. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value this week.Nevertheless, Ooredoo, Gulf International Services, Ahlibank Qatar, Doha Insurance and Milaha were among the gainers in the main market. In the junior bourse, Al Faleh Educational Holding saw its shares appreciate in value this week.The foreign funds’ net selling increased substantially to QR66.34mn compared to QR9.35mn the week ended January 11.The Gulf funds were net profit takers to the tune of QR59.16mn against net buyers of QR9.09mn the previous week.The Arab individual investors’ net buying eased marginally to QR4.04mn compared to QR5mn a week ago.However, the domestic funds’ net buying rose significantly to QR84.78mn against QR33.53mn the week ended January 11.The local retail investors were net buyers to the extent of QR36.96mn compared with net sellers of QR23.12mn the previous week.The foreign individuals turned net buyers to the tune of QR1.04mn against net profit takers of QR13.6mn a week ago.The Arab institutions were net buyers to the extent of QR0.05mn compared with net sellers of QR0.14mn the week January 11.The Gulf individual investors’ net profit booking eased marginally to QR1.37mn against QR1.4mn the previous week.The main market witnessed a 30% surge in trade volumes to 885.83mn shares, 52% in value to QR2.93bn and 26% in deals to 94,378 this week.In the venture market, trade volumes declined 49% to 0.74mn equities, value by 39% to QR0.89mn and transactions by 19% to 79.

The industrials and banking counters witnessed higher than average selling as the 20-stock Qatar Index shed 0.92% to 10,401.92 points Wednesday, as investors fear that the US Federal Reserve may not cut interest rates as soon as previously expected.
Business
Fed rate worries feed pessimism on QSE as index tanks 96 points; M-cap melts QR6bn

Reflecting the worries in the global markets on the US interest rates, the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) Wednesday lost as much as 96 points and capitalisation eroded.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[127743]**QR6bn. The industrials and banking counters witnessed higher than average selling as the 20-stock Qatar Index shed 0.92% to 10,401.92 points, as investors fear that the US Federal Reserve may not cut interest rates as soon as previously expected.The foreign and Gulf institutions were increasingly net profit takers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses widened to 3.96%.As much as 71% of the traded constituents were in the red in the main bourse, whose capitalisation tanked QR5.77bn or 0.95% to QR603.02bn with large and midcap segments losing the most.The foreign individuals were seen net sellers in the main market, which however, touched an intraday high of 10,526 points.The foreign institutions’ weakened net buying had its influence on the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.05mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.12mn trade across six deals.The local retail investors turned bullish in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index fell slower than the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index shed 0.92%, the All Islamic Index by 0.59% and the All Share Index by 0.91% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover grew amidst lower volumes.The industrials sector index plummeted 1.74%, banks and financial services (0.93%), consumer goods and services (0.73%), insurance (0.56%), transport (0.17%) and realty (0.12%); while telecom shot up 1%.Major shakers in the main market included Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Beema, QLM, Industries Qatar, QNB, Commercial Bank, Masraf Al Rayan, Baladna, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding and Mazaya Qatar.Nevertheless, Vodafone Qatar, Ooredoo, Qatar Insurance, Qatar Oman Investment and Milaha were among the gainers in the main bourse.In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares appreciate in value.The foreign institutions’ net selling increased noticeably to QR25.67mn compared to QR17.02mn on January 16.The Gulf institutions’ net profit booking grew markedly to QR10.32mn against QR7.55mn the previous day.The foreign individuals turned net sellers to the tune of QR1.62mn compared with net buyers of QR0.43mn on Tuesday.The domestic institutions’ net buying declined considerably to QR14.84mn against QR26.56mn on January 16.However, the local retail investors’ net buying rose significantly to QR13.72mn compared to QR2.5mn the previous day.The Arab individuals were net buyers to the extent of QR8.65mn against net sellers of QR4.97mn on Tuesday.The Gulf retail investors’ net buying expanded marginally to QR0.42mn compared to QR0.05mn on January 16.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure for the fifth straight session.Trade volumes in the main market shrank 12% to 117.31mn shares, whereas value increased by 6% to QR475.38mn and deals by 4% to 14,908.The venture market saw a 50% plunge in trade volumes to 0.09mn equities, 43% in value to QR0.12mn and 50% in transactions to 11.

The transport, insurance, telecom and industrials counters witnessed higher than average selling pressure as the 20-stock Qatar Index declined 0.34% to 10,498.31 points Tuesday.
Business
Foreign funds’ selling pressure drags QSE 35 points; M-cap melts QR2bn

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) Tuesday snapped four consecutive days of bullish run with its key index losing as much as 35 points and capitalisation melted about QR2bn,.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[127743]**reflecting the concerns in the global markets on the interest rates.The transport, insurance, telecom and industrials counters witnessed higher than average selling pressure as the 20-stock Qatar Index declined 0.34% to 10,498.31 points.The foreign institutions and Arab individuals were seen net profit takers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses widened to 3.07%.The Gulf funds were increasingly net sellers in the main bourse, whose capitalisation melted QR1.71bn or 0.28% to QR608.79bn with small cap segments losing the most.As much as 68% of the traded constituents were on the red in the main market, which however, touched an intraday high of 10,546 points.The local retail investors turned bullish in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.01mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.05mn trade across five deals.The foreign individuals were net buyers in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index fell faster than the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index shed 0.34%, the All Islamic Index by 0.68% and the All Share Index by 0.24% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the decline.The transport sector index tanked 1.87%, insurance (1.17%), telecom (0.92%), industrials (0.65%) and consumer goods and services (0.44%); while banks and financial services gained 0.28% and real estate 0.14%.Major shakers in the main market included Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Milaha, Ezdan, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, Meeza, Mannai Corporation, Qatar Insurance and Ooredoo. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.Nevertheless, QLM, Doha Insurance, Commercial Bank, Barwa and Gulf Warehousing were among the gainers in the main market.The foreign institutions turned net sellers to the tune of QR17.02mn compared with net buyers of QR7.41mn on January 15.The Gulf institutions’ net profit booking increased markedly to QR7.55mn against QR3.65mn the previous day.The Arab individuals were net sellers to the extent of QR4.97mn compared with net buyers of QR0.83mn on Monday.However, the domestic institutions’ net buying strengthened considerably to QR26.56mn against QR8.03mn on January 15.The local retail investors turned net buyers to the tune of QR2.5mn compared with net sellers of QR10.74mn the previous day.The foreign individuals were net buyers to the extent of QR0.43mn against net profit takers of QR0.01mn on Monday.The Gulf retail investors turned net buyers to the tune of QR0.05mn compared with net sellers of QR1.78mn on January 15.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure for the fourth straight session.Trade volumes in the main market were down 12% to 132.71mn shares, value by 6% to QR448.91mn and deals by 14% to 14,375.The venture market saw doubled trade volumes to 0.18mn equities and value almost doubled to QR0.21mn on 47% surge in transactions to 22.

The telecom sector witnessed higher than average demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.23% to 10,523.74 points Monday.
Business
Foreign funds’ buying interests lift QSE 24 points; Islamic equities outperform

The foreign institutions’ bullish outlook Monday lifted the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) for the fourth consecutive session and its key index gained 24 points, even as.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[127743]**capitalisation was on the decline.The telecom sector witnessed higher than average demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.23% to 10,523.74 points. The Arab retail investors turned net buyers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses shrank to 2.74%.The foreign individuals’ lower net profit booking had its influence in the main bourse, whose capitalisation nevertheless melted QR0.7bn or 0.11% to QR610.5bn with microcap segments losing the most.The domestic institutions continued to be net buyers but with lesser intensity in the main market, which touched an intraday high of 10,543 points.The Gulf funds were seen bearish in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.18mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.44mn trade across 18 deals.The Gulf retail investors were increasingly net profit takers in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index outperformed the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index rose 0.23%, the All Islamic Index by 0.48% and the All Share Index by 0.02% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover grew amidst lower volumes.The telecom sector index gained 0.65%, transport (0.13%), industrials (0.11%) and banks and financial services (0.04%); while insurance tanked 1.26%, real estate (0.22%) and consumer goods and services (0.1%).Major movers in the main market included Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Masraf Al Rayan, Gulf International Services, Qatar Electricity and Water, Estithmar Holding, Qamco, Ooredoo, Gulf Warehousing and Nakilat.Nevertheless, QLM, Ezdan, Doha Insurance, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, Qatar Islamic Insurance, QNB, Doha Bank and Qatar Insurance were among the losers in the main market. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.The foreign institutions turned net buyers to the tune of QR7.41mn against net profit takers of QR5.75mn on January 14.The Arab individuals were net buyers to the extent of QR0.83mn compared with net sellers of QR5.06mn on Sunday.The foreign retail investors’ net profit booking eased perceptibly to QR0.01mn against QR0.95mn the previous day.However, the local retail investors’ net selling strengthened markedly to QR10.74mn compared to QR7.16mn on January 14.The Gulf institutions turned net profit takers to the tune of QR3.65mn against net buyers of QR1.96mn on Sunday.The Gulf retail investors’ net selling expanded noticeably to QR1.78mn compared to QR0.83mn the previous day.The domestic institutions’ net buying decreased considerably to QR8.03mn against QR17.78mn on January 14.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure for the third straight session.Trade volumes in the main market were down 2% to 150.26mn shares, while value shot up 28% to QR476.51mn and deals by 42% to 16,746.The venture market saw a 52% plunge jump in trade volumes to 0.08mn equities and 42% in value to QR0.11mn but on 87% surge in transactions to 15.

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Qatar
Qatar to digitise 90% of citizen services by 2030

Qatar will set up a specialised ‘centre of excellence’ for data and emerging technologies, as Artificial Intelligence, to digitise 90% of its services to citizens by 2030.Moreover, the country will revamp the tools for monitoring operational and institutional performance to track the progress of achieving NDS3 (third National Development Strategy) outcomes.Qatar aims to position itself as a leader in digital government with the aim of digitising 90% of its services to citizens and achieving a customer satisfaction score exceeding 85% across all its services by 2030, said the recently launched NDS3.“To achieve this objective, a specialised Centre of Excellence for data and emerging technologies, such as AI, will be established to drive several initiatives. This includes the development of a comprehensive national data governance and management framework, ensuring improved data availability and quality,” it said.Additionally, there is a strong focus on advancing system interoperability through enhanced data exchange layers, it added.The country aims to enhance the effectiveness and speed of government decision making as the government institutional transformation is essential to facilitate the realisation of envisioned progress across the economic and social spheres of Doha, said the NDS3, which was released recently."The government will transform the design and delivery of its services by strengthening central capabilities in innovation and digitisation," it said, targeting.This involves revamping the service catalogue, establishing Service level agreement (SLA) frameworks, launching a one-stop shop portal, delivering integrated services and a better customer experience at service complexes, and creating innovation labs and a 'Centre of Excellence' for service design.This approach culminates in government plans to design and launch centralised performance tracking and monitoring systems for government services to improve customer experience, ensure quality and efficiency, and drive continuous improvement.Qatar continues to partner with key players to instill digitalisation across all fields, from launching smart cities and fostering innovative solutions to advancing connectivity and IT infrastructure. ICT providers such as Ooredoo Qatar, Siemens and Microsoft have partnered to drive smart city solutions across Qatar by developing digital, Internet of Things (IoT) and software analytics solutions, Invest Qatar had earlier said.Stressing that Qatar will place a particular emphasis on policy alignment across the various government entities in line with NDS3, also incorporating views from academia, citizens, residents, businesses, and non-governmental entities systematically; the strategy said "to this end and to enhance execution, the deployment of the suitable expertise and optimal capacity will be ensured.”Stressing that NDS3 aims to strengthen accountability in the government institutions, it said this will be achieved by enhancing the capabilities, governance, and operating models of independent oversight bodies.Furthermore, the challenge of limited access to up-to-date information will be addressed, ensuring easy access to government reports, policy changes, and open public data. "Adherence to SLAs within and between governmental entities is also expected to exceed 80%," it said.

On the sovereign expenditure growth, experts are of the view that the NDS3 is on the right track since structural efficiency is as important as economic diversification. PICTURE: Thajudheen
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Qatar's sovereign expenditure growth not to exceed that of non-hydrocarbons: NDS3

Qatar's government expenditure growth is not to exceed non-hydrocarbon (NHC) gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 2030 as the country "develops a more sustainable and shock-resistant" medium-term fiscal framework. This was enshrined in the recently launched Third National Development Strategy (NDS3), which has targeted a NHC growth of 4% and an overall fiscal balance of 5.5% of GDP by 2030. On the sovereign expenditure growth, experts are of the view that the NDS3 is on the right track since structural efficiency is as important as economic diversification. This comes amidst the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030’s intent to steer a large part of the economy towards non-energy sectors, especially knowledge-based economic opportunities. In its latest Article IV consultation report on Qatar, the International Monetary had said the NDS3 would provide an opportunity to accelerate economic transformation towards a knowledge-based and inclusive economy supported by private-sector led growth. Global credit rating agency Standard & Poor's had earlier said it expected the national development strategy projects to improve the economy’s productive capacity. The NDS3, which defines bold and transformative initiatives and reforms designed to achieve the remaining QNV 2030 goals, also said the medium-term fiscal framework, characterised by diversified and stable sources of revenues and efficient and effective public expenditures, and by a resilient balance sheet, reflected in healthy debt levels. Qatar aims to achieve an increased share of non-hydrocarbon government revenues, and achieving this will include strengthening tax administration capacity and efficiency, enhancing tax compliance, and implementing a proactive risk system using advanced technologies. It highlighted that Qatar also aims to maintain a sustainable fiscal budget, reduce pro-cyclicality, and enhance public expenditure efficiency and effectiveness. The expenditures in the fiscal year 2024 budget saw an increase by 1% from 2023 to QR200.9bn. "To this end, Qatar has already established a medium-term fiscal framework and is in the process of implementing programme-based budgeting," it said, adding it will also better align planning and budgeting processes. "We seek through this strategy to sustainably develop our economy to remain competitive amidst a turbulent and rapidly changing global landscape," HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani had said at the launch. The NDS3 said Qatar aims to manage public debt and contingent liabilities to generate sufficient fiscal space for economic downturns. The NDS3 will enhance the government debt management framework to reduce debt exposure risks and support balanced and stable fiscal planning, by developing comprehensive public sector and contingent liability frameworks, and implementing a sovereign green financing framework, it said. While the economy has been robust, it said the development of the non-hydrocarbon economy has remained slow with growth averaging less than 2% during 2017-22, impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions regionally and internationally.

The Qatar Stock Exchange yesterday opened the week on a stronger note with its key index gaining as much as 44 points and surpassed 10,500 levels on the back of buying interests, particularly in the telecom, transport and real estate sectors.
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Domestic funds’ increased net buying lifts QSE 44 points; M-cap adds QR1.84bn

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) on Sunday opened the week on a stronger note with its key index gaining as much as 44 points and its key index surpassed 10,500 levels on the.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[127311]**back of buying interests, particularly in the telecom, transport and real estate sectors. The domestic institutions were increasingly net buyers as the 20-stock Qatar Index gained 0.42% to 10,509.85 points.The foreign retail investors’ weakened net selling had its influence in the main market, whose year-to-date losses shrank to 2.96%.The Gulf individuals’ lower net profit booking also had its say in the main bourse, whose capitalisation nevertheless added QR1.84bn or 0.3% to QR611.2bn with small cap segments gaining the most.The Gulf institutions continued to be net buyers but with lesser intensity in the main market, which touched an intraday high of 10,539 points.The local retail investors were seen increasingly bearish in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.05mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.28mn trade across 17 deals.The foreign funds were increasingly net profit takers in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index outperformed the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index rose 0.42%, the All Islamic Index by 0.61% and the All Share Index by 0.29% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover fell amidst higher volumes.The telecom sector index shot up 2.09%, transport (1.78%), real estate (0.89%), industrials (0.28%) and banks and financial services (0.02%); while insurance declined 0.59% and consumer goods and services 0.3%.Major movers in the main market included Ooredoo, Milaha, Gulf International Services, Untied Development Company, Nakilat and Lesha Bank.Nevertheless, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing, Qatari German Medical Devices, Inma Holding, Zad Holding, Widam Food and Gulf Warehousing were among the losers in the main market. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.The domestic institutions’ net buying increased noticeably to QR17.78mn compared to QR11.7mn on January 11.The foreign individuals’ net selling weakened significantly to QR0.95mn against QR12.67mn the previous trading day.The Gulf retail investors’ net profit booking shrank perceptibly to QR0.83mn compared to QR3.19mn last Thursday.However, the local retail investors’ net selling strengthened marginally to QR7.16mn against QR6.7mn on January 11.The foreign institutions’ net profit booking expanded considerably to QR5.75mn compared to QR2.99mn the previous trading day.The Arab individuals turned net sellers to the tune of QR5.06mn against net buyers of QR6.88mn last Thursday.The Gulf funds’ net buying weakened significantly to QR1.96mn compared to QR6.98mn on January 11.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure for the second straight session.Trade volumes in the main market rose 15% to 153.36mn shares, while value declined 18% to QR371.94mn and deals by 13% to 11,787.The venture market saw an about six-fold jump in trade volumes to 0.17mn equities and value grew more than six-fold to QR0.19mn on doubled transactions to 8.

The transport counter witnessed substantially higher than average demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.31% this week
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Positive sentiments lift QSE index despite concerns on 'sticky' US inflation data

Amid concerns on "sticky" inflation data in the US and the perceived little room for reduction in the Federal Reserve interest rates, the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE).text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[124682]**settled this week on a higher note with its key index gaining as much as 32 points.The transport counter witnessed substantially higher than average demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.31% this week which saw the country unveil its third National Development Strategy 2024-30, targeting an average yearly 4% gross domestic product growth.The Gulf institutions were seen net buyers this week which saw the country’s largest lender QNB report net profit of QR15.51bn during 2023.The local retail investors’ weakened net profit booking had its influence in the main market this week which saw Nakilat embark on "strategic" expansion through a significant vessel acquisition by placing order for six gas vessels to meet the increasing demand.The Gulf individuals’ lower net selling pressure also had its say in the main bourse this week which saw Petrotec, an Al Mahhar Holding subsidiary, has entered into an agreement with a major energy customer in Qatar.However, as much as 59% of the traded constituents were in the red in the main market this week which saw the Qatar Financial Centre’s purchasing managers’ index find that the country’s non-energy private sector completed a year of solid overall growth during 2023, even as the business optimism “softened” in 2024.The domestic institutions continued to be net buyers but with lesser intensity in the main bourse this week which saw the prospects for the realty and construction sectors in Qatar appear brighter this year with building permits issued witnessing double-digit year-on-year growth in December 2023.Similarly, the Arab individuals continued to be bullish but with lesser vigour in the main market this week which saw a total of 0.03mn Masraf Al Rayan-sponsored exchange-traded fund QATR worth QR0.08mn trade across 10 deals.The foreign individuals were net sellers in the main bourse this week which saw this week which saw as many as 0.01mn Doha Bank-sponsored exchange-traded fund QETF valued at QR0.13mn change hands across 18 transactions.The foreign funds turned net profit takers in the main market this week, which saw Qatar Islamic Insurance decide to reduce the ‘Wakala’ fee for the policyholders to 30% from 33%.The Islamic index underperformed the other indices in the main bourse this week which saw the banks and industrials together constitute more than 62% of the total trade volumes.Market capitalisation was seen adding QR0.7bn or 0.12% to QR609.36bn on the back of microcap segments this week, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.Trade volumes and turnover were on the decline in both the main bourse and venture market this week, which saw no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index gained 0.31%, the All Share Index by 0.44% and the All Islamic Index by 0.16% this week.The transport sector index zoomed 6.02%, banks and financial services (0.57%) and real estate (0.39%); while industrials declined 0.98%, telecom (0.9%), consumer goods and services (0.45%) and insurance (0.02%) this week.Major gainers in the main market included Milaha, Alijarah Holding, Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution, Aamal Company, Nakilat, QNB, Masraf Al Rayan, Lesha Bank, Qatar National Cement, Qatari Investors Group, Gulf International Services, Doha Insurance, Beema, United Development Company, Mazaya Qatar and Vodafone Qatar. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares appreciate in value this week.Nevertheless, Ahlibank Qatar, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, Medicare Group, Qamco, Inma Holding, Industries Qatar, Ooredoo and Gulf Warehousing were among the shakers in the main market. In the junior bourse, Al Faleh Educational Holding saw its shares depreciate in value this week.The Gulf funds were net buyers to the tune of QR9.09mn against net sellers of QR143.27mn the week ended January 4.The local retail investors’ net profit booking fell drastically to QR23.12mn compared to QR77.14mn a week ago.The Gulf individual investors’ net selling weakened markedly to QR1.4mn against QR10.94mn the previous week.However, the foreign individuals were net sellers to the extent of QR13.6mn compared with net buyers of QR11.27mn the week ended January 4.The foreign funds turned net profit takers to the tune of QR9.35mn against net buyers of QR87.93mn a week ago.The Arab institutions were net profit takers to the extent of QR0.14mn compared with no major net exposure the previous week.The domestic funds’ net buying plummeted significantly to QR33.53mn against QR125.41mn the week ended January 4.The Arab individual investors’ net buying eased marginally to QR5mn compared to QR6.76mn a week ago.The main market witnessed an 18% surge in trade volumes to 680.61mn shares, 26% in value to QR1.99bn and 11% in deals to 74,986 this week.In the venture market, trade volumes declined 23% to 1.46mn equities, value by 21% to QR1.47mn and transactions by 24% to 98.

The used vehicles market in Qatar witnessed a brisk double digit growth month-on-month; while new vehicle sales were on the decline in November 2023 despite a buoyant heavy equipment segment, according to the official statistics
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Qatar's used vehicles market see brisk growth month-on-month in November 2023: PSA

The used vehicles market in Qatar witnessed a brisk double digit growth month-on-month; while new vehicle sales were on the decline in November 2023 despite a buoyant heavy equipment segment, according to the official statistics.The transfer of ownership was seen in 32,108 vehicles in November 2023, which grew 19.5% on as annualised basis, while it decreased 6.6% month-on-month. It constituted 25% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period against 24% in October 2023.The renewal of registration was reported in 72,415 units, which shot up 15% year-on-year but shrank 12.6% month-on-month in November 2023. It constituted 57% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period compared to 58% in October 2023.The clearing of vehicle-related processes stood at 127,353 units, which soared 12.4% on yearly basis but fell 11.1% on an annualised basis in the review period.The number of driving licenses saw a 4.4% month-on-month jump to 9,687 in November 2023 with those issued to non-Qatari males increasing by 1.5%, non-Qatari females by 14.4% and Qatari females by 49.1%; whereas those to Qatari males declined 2.6%.The country witnessed 8,046 new vehicles registered in November 2023, which declined 14.6 and 4.7% year-on-year and month-on-month respectively in November 2023.The number of driving licenses saw a 1% month-on-month jump to 9,276 in October 2023 with those issued to non-Qatari males and females increasing by 2.3% and 1.1%; whereas those to Qatari females and males declining 15% and 12.9% respectively.The registration of new private vehicles stood at 5,453; which tanked 10.2% and 12.2% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in November 2023. Such vehicles constituted 68% of the total new vehicles registered in the country in the review period.The registration of new private transport vehicles stood at 1,243, which reported 18% growth month-on-month but was down 6% year-on-year in November 2023. Such vehicles constituted 16% of the total new vehicles in the review period.The new registration of other non-specified vehicles stood at 630 units, which declined 22.4% and 48.2% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in November 2023. These constituted 8% of the total new vehicles registered in the country in the review period.The registration of new private motorcycles stood at 515 units, which zoomed 72.2% on a monthly basis but shrank 4.3% year-on-year in November 2023. These constituted 6% of the total new vehicles in the review period.The registration of new heavy equipment stood at 174, which constituted 2% of the total registrations in November 2023. Their registrations had seen a 13% and 62.6 surge month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in the review period.As many as 31 trailers were registered in November 2023, which plummeted 42.4% on monthly basis but was flat on an annualised basis. These constituted less than 1% of the total new vehicles in the review period.The modified vehicles’ registration stood at 5,552; which grew 1.2% and 85.2% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in November 2023. They constituted 4% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period.The number of lost/damaged vehicles stood at 5,047 units, which tanked 31.5% and 34% on a monthly and yearly basis respectively in November 2023. They constituted 4% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period.The number of cancelled vehicles was 2,100; declining 1.8% and 9.6% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in November 2023. They constituted 2% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period.The number of vehicles meant for exports stood at 1,879 units, which shrank 10.3% month-on-month, even as it more than doubled year-on-year in November 2023. It constituted 1% of the clearing of vehicle-related processes in the review period.The re-registration was done in 129 vehicles, which soared 15.2% and 33% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in November 2023.

The country saw as many as 627 building permits issued in December 2023, which gained 19% year-on-year, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority.
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Qatar records 19% yearly jump in building permits issued in December 2023: PSA

The prospects for the real estate and construction sectors in Qatar appear to be brighter in 2024 with building permits issued witnessing double-digit year-on-year growth in December 2023, according to the official estimates.Doha's outskirts displayed opportunities as Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Daayen, Al Shamal and Umm Slal municipalities reported higher than average growth in building permits issued in December 2023, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA).The country saw as many as 627 building permits issued in December 2023, which gained 19% year-on-year.The building permits data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator for the performance of the construction sector, which occupies a significant position in the national economy.Of the total number of new building permits issued, Al Rayyan constituted 194 permits, 31% of the total; Doha 125 permits (20%), Al Daayen 100 permits (16%), Al Wakra 94 permits (15%), Umm Slal 44 permits (7%), Al Khor 41 permits (7%), Al Shamal 15 permits (2%) and Al Shahaniya 14 permits (2%) in the review period.Total building permits issued in Al Khor soared 115.8% year-on-year this September, Al Rayyan (78%), Al Daayen (31.6%), Al Shamal (25%) and Umm Slal (15.8%); while those in Al Wakra declined 27.7% and Al Shahaniya 22.2%.On a monthly basis, total building permits issued in the country shrank 16% with Al Wakra reporting 25% decline, Al Daayen (23%), Al Shahaniya (22%), Al Rayyan (19%), Umm Slal (14%) and Doha (13%); while those in Al Khor and Al Shamal grew 52% and 15% respectively in December 2023.The new building permits (residential and non-residential) constituted 245 permits or 39% of the total building permits issued in September 2023, additions 368 (59%) and fencing 14 (2%).Of the new residential buildings permits, villas topped the list, accounting for 79% (172 permits), dwellings on housing loans 14% (31), and apartments 7% (16).Among the non-residential sector, the industrial buildings as workshops and factories accounted for 42% (11 permits), commercial structures 38% or 10 permits, other unspecified non-residential 12% or three permits in the review period.Qatar saw a total of 288 building completion certificates issued in December 2023, of which 235 or 82% was for the new buildings (residential and non-residential) and 53 or 18% for additions.The total building completion certificates issued Qatar saw a 14.5% dip on an annualised basis in December 2023 with Al Shamal reporting 80% contraction, Al Daayen (26.9%), Al Rayyan (23.3%), Al Shahaniya (22.2%) and Al Wakra (9.5%).Nevertheless, those issued in Al Khor reported a 44.4% surge, Umm Slal (10.53%) and Doha (8.3%) in the review period.The total building completion certificates issued in the country saw a 20% month-on-month shrinkage in December 2023 with Al Shahaniya registering 36% plunge, Al Rayyan (28%), Al Daayen (24%), Al Wakra (23%), Al Khor (19%) and Umm Slal (5%).However, in the case of Doha, there was a 6% increase; while those in Al Shamal remained flat in the review period.Al Rayyan constituted 69 certificates or 24% of the total number of certificates issued in December 2023, Al Wakra 67 certificates (23%), Al Daayen 57 (20%), Doha 52 (18%), Umm Slal 21 (7%), Al Khor 13 (5%), Al Shahaniya 7 (2%) and Al Shamal 2 (1%) in December 2023.Of the 204 residential buildings completion certificates issued in September 2023, as many as 136 or 76% were for villas, 26 or 14% dwelling on housing loans, 7% or 13 for apartments, and five others.Of the 136 villas completion certificates issued in December 2023, as many as 37 were in Al Daayen, 34 in Al Rayyan, 22 in Doha, 18 in Al Wakra, 14 in Umm Slal, seven in Al Khor, and two each in Al Shamal and Al Shahaniya.In the case of 13 apartments, Doha issued eight completion certificates; three in Al Daayen, and one each in Al Wakra and Al Rayyan in December 2023.

A higher than average selling pressure, especially in the telecom and banking sectors, led the 20-stock Qatar Index knock off 0.64% to 10,416.52 points yesterday
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Foreign funds’ selling pressure drags QSE 66 points; M-cap melts QR4bn

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) on Tuesday lost more than 66 points, as investors awaited the US inflation data and assessed the timing of potential interest rate cuts by the US.text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[124682]**Federal Reserve.A higher than average selling pressure, especially in the telecom and banking sectors, led the 20-stock Qatar Index knock off 0.64% to 10,416.52 points.The foreign institutions were seen net profit takers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses widened to 3.32%.The foreign individuals turned bearish in the main bourse, whose capitalisation melted QR4.1bn or 0.67% to QR608.83bn with midcap segments losing the most.The Gulf retail investors were seen net sellers in the main market, which touched an intraday high of 10,495 points.However, the domestic institutions turned bullish in the main bourse, which saw as many as 0.01mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan) valued at QR0.02mn trade across two deals.The Gulf funds were also seen net buyers in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index declined faster than the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index shed 0.64%, the All Islamic Index by 0.72% and the All Share Index by 0.57% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the decline.The telecom sector index tanked 2.04%, banks and financial services (0.71%), industrials (0.51%), transport (0.35%) and real estate (0.25%); while insurance gained 0.92% and consumer goods and services 0.09%.As much as 64% of the traded constituents were in the red with major losers being Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Qamco, Ooredoo, Qatar National Cement, Doha Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Lesha Bank, Estithmar Holding, Ezdan and Vodafone Qatar. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.Nevertheless, Beema, Zad Holding, Inma Holding, Qatari German Medical Devices, Doha Insurance, Meeza and Qatar Insurance were among the gainers in the main market.The foreign institutions turned net sellers to the tune of QR30.63mn compared with net buyers of QR20.74mn on January 8.The foreign individuals were net sellers to the extent of QR0.74mn against net buyers of QR1.25mn the previous day.The Gulf retail investors turned net sellers to the tune of QR0.24mn compared with net buyers of QR0.42mn on Monday.However, the domestic institutions were net profit takers to the extent of QR15.49mn against net sellers of QR0.76mn on January 8.The Gulf funds turned net buyers to the tune of QR13.97mn compared with net profit takers of QR8.61mn the previous day.The local retail investors were net buyers to the extent of QR2.73mn against net sellers of QR7.78mn on Monday.The Arab individuals’ net profit booking declined noticeably to QR0.57mn compared to QR5.25mn on January 8.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure.Trade volumes in the main market were down 7% to 130.31mn shares, value by 5% to QR379.56mn deals by 15% to 15,179.The venture market saw a 67% plunge in trade volumes to 0.11mn equities, 65% in value to QR0.12mn and 56% in transactions to 12.

Nakilat chief executive officer Abdullah al-Sulaiti and S Y Park, president and chief operating officer of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, shake hands after placing orders for six gas vessels.
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Nakilat embarks on vessel acquisition drive to meet rising demand

Nakilat, a global leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping and maritime transportation, has embarked on "strategic" expansion through a significant vessel acquisition by placing order for six gas vessels to meet the increasing demand, thus cementing its position as a global leader in the gas shipping industry.It has placed orders with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) of South Korea for the construction of two LNG carriers with a cargo capacity of 174,000 cubic meters each and four modern very large LPG (liquefied petroleum gas/ammonia gas carriers) with a substantial cargo capacity of 88,000 cubic meters. These modern vessels are set to be delivered between 2026 and 2027, said the company. Upon delivery, Nakilat's LNG fleet will expand to 71 vessels, and the LPG fleet will grow to eight with the addition of the four new vessels.The greater fleet capacity and increased operational efficiency provide Nakilat,whose LNG carriers account for more than 10% of the global capacity, with a competitive edge as its expands its international shipping portfolio.Nakilat's new LNG carriers and LPG carriers will embody the latest technologies, showcasing advanced environmentally friendly and efficient propulsion systems through fuel-saving devices, reinforcing Nakilat's commitment to sustainable and eco-conscious shipping solutions."Our investment in these advanced vessels reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional service and environmental stewardship. We strive to meet the increasing demand for safe, reliable, and eco-friendly transportation of gas, contributing to a more sustainable future," said Abdullah al-Sulaiti, Nakilat's chief executive officer.This latest addition to Nakilat's ever-expanding fleet not only signifies an increase in capacity and flexibility for its customers, but also reinforces the company's pioneering role in the energy transportation sector.Once these vessels are operational, they will further cement Nakilat's position as a global leader in the gas shipping and regasification industry.S Y Park, president and chief operating officer of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, said this opportunity will strengthen the ongoing partnership between two companies for the benefit of two countries."We affirm our full commitment to contribute the latest technologies and expertise to ensure safer and more efficient transportation," he said.Highlighting its decades-long relationship with Nakilat, he said it is "looking forward to establishing a closer business link that will enable both parties to take the initiative in leading gas sector."Nakilat’s move comes in the wake of Qatar approving expansion projects that would boost its LNG output by 64%, up to 126mn tonnes per year by 2027. QNB Financial Services (QNBFS) had said in a report that Nakilat could secure a "significant" share of the upcoming North Field ship contract awards.QatarEnergy has already inked major LNG shipbuilding capacity agreements worth more than QR70bn with Chinese and South Korean companies to build more than 100 LNG vessels.

GCC tourists at Souq Waqif. File picture
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GCC visitors enhance Qatar tourism growth In November: PSA

Qatar's tourism sector witnessed a robust growth month-on-month in November 2023, mainly on substantial jump in visitors from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), other Arab nations and the Europe.However, the country saw a substantial decline in visitors on an annualised basis since November 2022 which had seen increased footfalls in view of the FIFA World Cup, said the figures released by the Planning and Statistics Authority.The visitor arrivals from the Gulf Co-operation Council or GCC stood at 181,068 or 46% of the total, Europe 79,580 (20%), other Asia (including Oceania) 78,509 (20%), other Arab countries 26,417 (7%), Americas 21,342 (5%), and other African countries 6,325 (2%) in November last year.On a month-on-month basis, the visitor arrivals from the GCC shot up 131.8%, other Arab countries by 12.2% and Europe by 4.6%; whereas those from other African countries declined 12.3%, other Asia (including Oceania) by 4.1% and Americas by 3% in the review period.On an annualised basis, the visitor arrivals from the GCC zoomed 41%, while those from Americas plummeted 84.3%, other Arab countries by 69.1%, other African countries by 54.6%, other Asia (including Oceania) by 31.8% and Europe by 29.8% in November 2023.The period in review painted a gloomy picture for the hotel industry on an annualised basis with rooms' yield plunging substantially despite higher occupancy levels.The decline in revenue-per-available room was owing to an across the board shrinkage, particularly in the five and four-star as well as hotel apartments categories in the review period.The weakened rooms’ yield year-on-year comes amidst 393,241 visitor arrivals, which registered a 33.5% year-on-year decrease but surged 36.1% month-on-month respectively in November 2023.Qatar's hospitality sector overall saw a 71.95% year-on-year plunge in average revenue per available room to QR287 and the average room rate by 77.88% to QR404, even as occupancy improved by 15% to 71% in November 2023.The five-star hotels witnessed the average revenue per available room plummet 72.69% year-on-year to QR373 as average room rate tanked 78.65% to QR554; while the occupancy soared 14% to 67% in the review period.The average revenue per available room in the four-star hotels decreased 71.78% on a yearly basis to QR162 in November 2023 as the average room rate were lower by 76.97% to QR231, but the occupancy zoomed 13% to 70%.The three-star hotels saw a 67.27% year-on-year contraction in average revenue per available room to QR163 as the average room rate shrank more than three-fourth to QR184, even as the occupancy rose 23% to 89% in the review period.The two-star and one-star hotels' average revenue per available room declined 52.66% year-on-year to QR151 last November October as the average room rate tanked 57.81% to QR162, even as the occupancy grew 10% to 93% at the end of November 2023.The deluxe hotel apartments registered a 70.14% year-on-year contraction in average revenue available per room to QR269 in November 2023 as the average room rate dipped 76.59% to QR360, whereas the occupancy was seen jumping 16% to 75% in the review period.In the case of standard hotel apartments, the room yield weakened by 74.48% year-on-year to QR161 as the average room rate tanked 80.52% to QR234; while the occupancy by 16% to 69% in November 2023.

The foreign institutions were increasingly into net buying as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.38% to 10,483.15 points Monday
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Foreign funds’ higher net buying pulls QSE up 39 points; M-cap adds QR2bn

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) Monday gained more than 39 points on the back of transport and banking counters..text-box { float:left; width:250px; padding:1px; border:1pt white; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 30%;}}**media[124969]**The foreign institutions were increasingly into net buying as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.38% to 10,483.15 points.The foreign retail investors turned net buyers in the main market, whose year-to-date losses stood at 3.21%.The Gulf individuals continued to be net buyers but with lesser intensity in the main bourse, whose capitalisation added QR1.81bn or 0.3% to QR612.93bn with microcap segments gaining the most.The Gulf funds were increasingly net profit takers in the main market, which regained from an intraday low of 10,438 points.The local individuals were also increasingly into net selling in the main bourse, which saw as many as 5,590 exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan) valued at QR0.01mn trade across two deals.The Arab retail investors were seen increasingly bearish in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.The Islamic index underperformed the other indices in the main bourse, which witnessed no trading of treasury bills.The Total Return Index rose 0.38%, the All Islamic Index by 0.23% and the All Share Index by 0.41% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover grew amidst lower volumes.The transport sector index gained 0.83%, banks and financial services (0.67%), telecom (0.3%) and real estate (0.08%); while insurance declined 0.16%, consumer goods and services (0.07%) and industrials (0.03%).Major gainers in the main market included Qatar National Cement, Doha Bank, Doha Insurance, Vodafone Qatar, Aamal Company, Qatari Investors Group and Nakilat. In the venture market, Al Faleh Educational Holding saw its shares appreciate in value.Nevertheless, Inma Holding, Ahlibank Qatar, Al Khaleej Takaful, Qatari German Medical Devices, Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Industries Qatar and Qamco were among the losers in the main market. In the junior bourse, Mahhar Holding saw its shares depreciate in value.The foreign institutions’ net buying increased considerably to QR20.74mn compared to QR4.51mn on January 7.The foreign individuals were net buyers to the tune of QR1.25mn against net sellers of QR1.12mn the previous day.However, the Gulf institutions’ net profit booking strengthened substantially to QR8.61mn compared to QR2.05mn on Sunday.The local retail investors’ net selling expanded noticeably to QR7.78mn against QR4.23mn on January 7.The Arab individuals’ net profit booking shot up perceptibly to QR5.25mn compared to QR4.18mn the previous day.The domestic institutions were net seller to the tune of QR0.76mn against net buyers of QR5.38mn on Sunday.The Gulf individual investors’ net buying eased notably to QR0.42mn compared to QR1.7mn on January 7.The Arab institutions had no major net exposure.Trade volumes in the main market were down 4% to 139.89mn shares, while value rose 6% to QR401.51mn deals by 35% to 17,839.The venture market saw a 43% jump in trade volumes to 0.33mn equities, 31% in value to QR0.34mn and 29% in transactions to 27.