Gulf Capital is a gateway to long-term private investment opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. We were set up with a clear mission: to be a leading alternative asset management company in the MENA and Africa region.
Based in Abu Dhabi, we draw on deep local knowledge and networks to identify and source promising investments in companies and projects in high-potential sectors and markets. We have a strong track record of growing our companies, adding value to our investments and delivering solid returns for our stakeholders.
Established in 2006 with US$330 million in capital from the region’s leading institutional and individual investors, we have expanded to manage over US$3 billion in alternative assets, with a business spanning private equity, private debt, principal investments and real estate development. We benefit from a number of unique advantages, including a diverse shareholder base that consists of some of the Gulf’s most prestigious institutions and individuals, as well as a board rich in international experience and industry expertise.
Our private equity strategy centres on acquiring strategic stakes in highly profitable and rapidly expanding companies in fast growing, mainly defensive, industries with a tendency to perform regardless of economic cycles. We are one of the first regional private equity firms with a dedicated team of post-acquisition specialists. Through active ownership and a focus on operational improvement and expansion, we accelerate our portfolio companies’ growth and help them reach higher profitability.
Our private debt business focuses on providing capital to traditionally underserved firms in the Middle East and Turkey and Africa, supporting their growth ambitions and regional expansion. We also specialise in providing acquisition finance to regional and global investment firms looking to invest in leveraged buy-outs.
In property, we have teamed up with The Related Companies, the most prominent privately owned real estate firm in the United States, to create iconic mixed-use developments that cater to the Gulf’s increasingly affluent consumer class. Our real estate development arm, Gulf Related, specialises in high-end retail, mixed-use and residential developments across the Gulf.
We look forward to cementing our reputation for successfully sourcing unique investment opportunities, growing assets and delivering strong returns to our investors and shareholders. We are confident that existing and prospective investors and shareholders will continue to regard us as the partner of choice as they look to participate in one of the world’s most compelling growth stories.
Dr. Karim El Solh
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Gulf Capital Pvt JSC