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Press Release.

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 a wholly owned company named Gulf Ventures Capital.

Gulf Ventures Capital will be based in Bahrain, 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 investing in the food sector, GII will be addressing the rising population, increase in standard of living, disposable income and thereby the rising demand in food. 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.

Mohammed Al Hassan, Co-Founder, and Co-CEO for GII, commented: “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*.

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.

Pankaj Gupta, Co-Founder, and Co-CEO for GII, also commented: “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, the appointed CEO for Gulf Venture Capital, stated: “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. It is exciting times and l look forward to translating GII’s vision in the region.”

* GCC Food Market Report (2022 to 2026) – Technological Advancements are Aiding Food Production.