Arcapita to invest in Saudi leisure, wellness sectors

Arcapita to invest in Saudi leisure, wellness sectors

by Marcelle Djaha

The Bahrain-based Shari’ah compliant alternative investment firm plans on establishing the first wellness-focused investment platform in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

The  wellness-focused investment platform which is expected to include, among other sectors, fitness and wellbeing, pharmaceuticals and devices and non-clinical healthcare services.
The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik said that Arcapita is particularly optimistic about the leisure, wellness and healthcare segments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Arcapita sees Saudi Arabia as a market with significant growth potential for private equity

 

In October 2018 , Arcapita invested $67 million in NuYu, a chain of female-only gyms. The investment will allow NuYu to expand its network from seven gyms to over 30 spread across the country.

The fiscal year 2018 marked our first private equity investment in the kingdom’s sports and wellness industries, he said.
We believe these industries are poised to experience significant growth over the medium to long term, in large part due to the government’s commitment to help citizens to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.

 

Abdulmalik added that Arcapita has previously invested in multiple real estate projects in Saudi Arabia, which have “yielded strong returns, especially in the logistics sector.”

We are currently focused on logistics and industrial-oriented projects that provide a recurring income in the range of 8 to 10 percent annually, he explained.

Across the wider GCC, Abdulmalik said that he believes the logistics and industrial sectors “will continue their robust growth over the medium to long term due to the sustained and continued growth of e-commerce.”

While we are mainly focused on traditional sectors such as logistics and healthcare, we are seeing an uptick in investment activity across emerging sectors such as Fintech and e-commerce and are keeping an eye on both start-ups and established businesses in this space, he said.

 

 

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