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Middle East sees higher value of Merger and Acquisition Deals in 2018

PUBLICATIONS / Articles / 2019 / Middle East sees higher value of Merger and Acquisition Deals in 2018
The value of merger and acquisition deals increased by 50 per cent year-on-year in 2018 in the Middle East. Such growth was the result of the number of transactions valued at $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) with the UAE being at the top. 

The Middle East’s second greatest economy, the UAE remained the most appealing targeted country for foreign investors in 2018. The value of total 59 inbound deals was $7.4 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia with 12 deals valued $1.05 billion. 
 
The value of outbound cross-regional deals from the Middle East rose by 53 per cent year-on-year to $17.5 billion in 2018. The UAE once again remained the most active acquirer country both by volume and value, with a total of 89 transactions valued at $9.4 billion. 

Meanwhile, the global merger and acquisition deal values soared in 2018, rising by 19 per cent to $4 trillion. 

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