The National Investor Voted “Best Investment House in the UAE

The National Investor Voted “Best Investment House in the UAE” Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 25, 2006: The National Investor (TNI), the region’s leading investment banking firm, was awarded the prize for “Best Investment House in the UAE” in Real Estate at the IREF ME 2006 Gala Awards Dinner. The Islamic Conference Group (ICG) announced the winners of the 2006 Islamic Real Estate Finance (IREF) ME Awards for Excellence in Real Estate at a gala dinner held at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE on the 21st of December, 2006.

Mr. Orhan Osmansoy, TNI CEO, said: “We are proud to have won such a prestigious award. This award highlights the accomplishments that TNI has achieved in Real Estate.” It was only in February of 2005 that TNI made the strategic decision to establish a dedicated Real Estate Division that would give it the ability to access advisory and investment opportunities in a burgeoning real estate market across the region.

According to Mr. Emile Habib, Managing Director, TNI Real Estate, “this division cuts across our entire business to provide real estate-specific solutions in investment banking, asset management and specialized real estate development. The decision has proved to be insightful and profitable.” TNI is the only investment banking firm in the UAE with a team that specializes in real estate. In 2005/06, it launched a series of real estate funds, such as the Emirates Real Estate Fund, a Shari’a compliant investment fund which was the first of its kind to be launched in the UAE.

TNI has over a decade of award-winning performance and proven expertise in the spheres of investment banking, private equity, real estate and asset management. For its impressive track record in direct private equity investments spanning the last decade, it received in May 2005 the award for “Best Institution for Private Equity” from Banker Middle East. A month later, TNI was awarded “Best Equities House in the UAE” by Euromoney magazine for its success in consolidating its position as the leading arranger of UAE IPOs. And in May 2006, it earned a place on the map of regional asset management activity, as witnessed by its award of “Best Asset Management House” by Banker Middle East.

About The National Investor: The National Investor (TNI) is a privately owned regional investment and merchant banking group. The firm comprises seven strategic business units covering investment and merchant banking, private equity, asset management, real estate, investment research, principal investments and client advisory. In addition, the firm has an associate company, GNSC, which provides brokerage services as a registered member of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADSM) and the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).