Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) a leading shari’ah-compliant global alternative investment company, with over $3 billion of assets under management in real estate, private equity and venture capital, has announced the opening of its new company, Gulf Ventures Capital, with headquarters in Bahrain.

This comes as part of GII’s strategy to expand its footprint in the Mena region and globally with current presence in the UAE, London, and Frankfurt.

The company is set to invest in food, focusing on strategic food sustainability projects in agriculture, aquaculture, food processing and production, as well as logistics, green technology, and healthcare, aligning with the company’s vision for the GCC.

Through its investment in food sector, GII aims to address the rising population, increase in standard of living, disposable income and thereby the rising demand in food, it stated.

Increasing local production in sectors that are experiencing demand-supply gap, would improve GCC food sector, and GII’s investments are aligned to narrow the gap, create market competitiveness of locally produced and processed food, contributing towards long-term food sustainability, it added.

Mohammed Al Hassan, co-Founder, and co-CEO, said: "Our commitment to building and increasing our footprint is testament to our firm belief in the thriving GCC market. We see significant growth potential in food projects and logistics in Bahrain and the larger GCC region. We continue to deliver on our strategy through expanding our portfolio for our stakeholders and partners."

GCC food market by consumption is forecasted to reach 53.14 million MT in 2026, experiencing growth at a CAGR of 3.15% for the period spanning 2022-2026.

According to Al Hassan, the logistics sector is estimated to witness strong growth due to the increase in infrastructure investment by government & private sector to develop the region into a robust logistics hub with pro-business regulatory policies.

It is estimated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period 2022-2027, he added.

Pankaj Gupta, co-Founder, and co-CEO for GII, said: “GII’s diversified investments prove our leadership in financial solutions and profitable partnerships. Our new presence in Bahrain offering different asset classes demonstrates our strong position in the region."

Saleh Albelushi has been appointed as the CEO for the new GII entity - Gulf Venture Capital.

On his new role, Albelushi said: "It gives me pleasure to execute GII’s strategy for growth. Food, agriculture, logistics and green technology are sectors that we will focus on, covering not only Bahrain but also the GCC."

"These are exciting times for us and l look forward to translating GII’s vision in the region," he added.

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