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Abraaj Capital is the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. The management team has collectively executed some of the most compelling and successful transactions in the history of leveraged acquisitions across the region. Abraaj has pioneered the institutionalization of the private equity practice in the region and is setting trends and benchmarks for others to follow. The firm has been received a number of industry awards including ‘Middle Eastern Private Equity of the Year’ from Private Equity International (2005, 2006 & 2007), the Banker Middle East Award for ‘Best Private Equity Institution’ in 2006 and for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Financial Services in the Middle East’ in 2007 and ‘Best Private Equity House’ at the World Private Equity Awards, MENA in 2007. Arabian Business recognized Abraaj among the 50 Most Admired Companies in the GCC in 2007. Abraaj is also the first pure private equity firm to be licensed by DFSA to operate out of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Apart from managing its five private equity funds, Abraaj Capital Holdings Limited (ACHL) itself is extremely well capitalized, with an issued share capital of US$ 1 billion.