- Waha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-based investment company focused on opportunities across the global emerging Middle East markets.Since its foundation in 1997, Waha Capital has invested in five strategic sectors; offshore oil and gas services, aircraft leasing, financial services, healthcare and Infrastructure. As of 31 March 2015, the firm had total assets of US$2.7 billion under its management.HistoryThe firm was originally founded by an Emirati businessman Hussain J. Al Nowais as Oasis International Leasing Company in 1997. Initially, the company operated as a leasing company of high-value assets, including aircraft, ships and infrastructure. As of 2000, the firm's shares are listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.Investment strategiesAs the central part of the firm's investment strategy, Waha Capital is focused primarily on the MENA region’s emerging economies that are undergoing transition and set to grow. It makes direct investments commercially across a number of sectors and regional infrastructure funds.Primary Investments AerCap Dunia Finance Anglo Arabian Healthcare Stanford Marine Group Mena Infrastructure Fund National Petroleum Services AlmarkazStructure and key personnelWaha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-based investment group established in 1997 by its current Chairman Hussain J. Al Nowais. The firm initially began as a leasing company, Oasis International Leasing Co. and rebranded itself in 2007 as Waha Capital to focus on the investment business. Waha Capital also recruited various renowned investors such as Salem Al Noaimi and Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori to help serve as directors and oversee the firm’s management. It operates regionally from Abu Dhabi, increased its number of investment professionals to 75 in 2015 to manage a total asset value of US$2.7 billion (AED9.8 billion).
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