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Dubai - Reuters has launched a dedicated news service designed to give an edge to investors and financial professionals interested in the fast-growing markets of the Gulf. The new service responds to the growing demand for financial news in the region.

Reuters Gulf Financial News Service offers clients detailed and exclusive stories in English about the companies, markets, economies and regulatory climate in Saudi Arabia – one of the world’s top 25 equities markets by market capitalisation – the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

Stories range from interviews with managers of the rapidly expanding funds in the region to interviews with Gulf CEOs, stories about the fast-changing regulatory climate and developments in the local financial industry.

"Reuters is uniquely well placed to serve Gulf investors because it is the only news company with a long-established network of high quality journalists across the region," said Michael Stott, Reuters Global Head of National News Services. "Now we are first to market with a comprehensive news service covering the needs of all those who work in the region or invest in it."

Gulf Financial News is available on all Reuters financial desktop products, as well as to media clients and is edited from Reuters Gulf hub in Dubai. Arabic language coverage from Reuters highly respected Arabic News Service will also be integrated into the service.

Reuters offers the world's most comprehensive set of domestic financial news coverage spanning 26 key markets in 19 languages. Earlier this year Reuters made a series of investments in its local language news services including the launch of a French language news service for financial professionals in Switzerland, and the expansion of its Chinese language news service. It also signed an exclusive partnership with ANP in the Netherlands to provide market-leading Dutch news, and with SeeNews in Bulgaria to provide coverage of South Eastern Europe.