CEO & MD's Message

Waha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-listed investment company that offers shareholders and third-party investors exposure to high-potential opportunities in diversified asset classes.

Based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the world’s most dynamic economies, our growth strategy is primarily focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets, where we see strong macro-economic drivers and significant untapped opportunities.

Waha Capital invests in sectors that are underpinned by robust demand and attractive growth prospects, specifically, aircraft leasing, healthcare, financial services, energy, infrastructure, industrial real estate and capital markets.

For example, healthcare is a critical sector in the MENA region and is seeing significant demand due to population growth, rising income levels, and an aging population. We have invested in Anglo Arabian Healthcare, which owns and operates a large number of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic centres across the UAE. The company’s excellent management team has rapidly expanded the company’s network through multiple add-on acquisitions, resulting in greater efficiency, quality enhancements, and economies of scale. 

We also focus on building long-term mutually beneficial partnerships with the companies we invest in. This is particularly evident in AerCap Holdings, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company – where we have been a strong and long-standing backer. Thanks to our patient approach, Waha Capital has achieved a strong return on investment, giving us the financial resources to expand our investments in other areas.     

Our deep roots in the MENA region underpin our reputation, and enable us to draw on valuable insights as we expand our investments. Thanks to our strong balance sheet, resulting from a commitment to prudent financial management, Waha Capital is now in an excellent position to pursue attractive opportunities in our key target sectors: healthcare, energy, education and infrastructure.

Given our excellent track record in direct and capital markets investments through business and market cycles, Waha Capital is well placed to provide our expertise to third party investors. The company therefore offers a suite of funds, in which we have committed significant capital to align our interests closely with those of our investment partners.   

In summary, Waha Capital is a company with unique abilities and scope. Our strength is derived from broad diversification across asset classes and sectors, as well as a deep expertise in managing investments. I am confident these attributes will help deliver attractive returns to shareholders and investment partners in the years ahead. 

“Our top priority is to add value and achieve attractive returns for our shareholders by continuously building on our existing investments and seeking promising investment opportunities in selected sectors, primarily in our home market".

Over the past few years, Waha Capital has made a number of successful investments in various sectors. The company also continues to build up a strong track record in capital markets, with our proprietary credit portfolio and advisory business delivering strong performance. Moreover, we see high potential for growth in Abu Dhabi, particularly in areas such as infrastructure and industrial real estate.

As we continue to expand, Waha Capital’s management has ensured that the company's operations are optimally-structured and that we continue to follow a disciplined investment approach with best-practice corporate governance.

With a sound strategy in place, coupled with the fertile economic environment provided by the UAE, we are in a strong position to move ahead and seize attractive market opportunities as they arise.

Salem Rashid Al Noaimi

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

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