Information & Communications Technology Portfolio Highlights

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)

Connecting more than 140 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia.

Yahsat, fully owned by International Investment Financial Corporation, was set up in 2007 to meet the growing demand in the region for government, commercial and consumer satellite communication services and to support Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become a broadcasting and telecommunications hub.

The company’s first satellite, Y1A, launched from Arianespace’s Guiana Space Center in April 2011, has a range of roles, including carrying television and other commercial services to more than 64 countries. Y1B, launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a year later, will deliver affordable satellite broadband services to 28 countries in the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia.


Cognit is bringing cognitive computing and evidence-based decision support to the Middle East and North Africa.

A joint venture between International Investment Financial Corporation and IBM Watson, Cognit will generate business intelligence and enable every decision maker wishing to bring informed thinking, transformation and disruptive innovation to their industry.

Founded in 2015, Cognit is the business entity that will provide IBM’s computing system, Watson, to organizations in MENA.

Cognitive computing represents a new era in which systems are able to process information like a human, gaining in value and knowledge over time. IBM Watson can understand natural language, analyze large volumes of unstructured data, respond to complex questions with evidence-based answers, and discover new actionable patterns and insights.

Cognit is creating a broad local ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, start-ups and application developers who will apply cognitive computing in new and innovative ways. Professionals in enterprise and consumer services, including healthcare, financial services, retail, aviation and education markets, will be able to harness new possibilities and solve important business and societal challenges.

The company has the ability to become the cornerstone for economic development in the region and the potential to touch the lives of every citizen in the Middle East and North Africa.


Based in Atlanta, USA, Damballa develops network security solutions for corporate, telecommunications and internet service provider networks. It works on any system and detects not only incoming malware but also the remote control communications used to breach networks to access and steal personal information or conduct espionage or fraud.

Damballa has also developed new threat-detection defenses for internet service providers and mobile networks, allowing them to identify threats lodged on any subscriber devices, including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android and all mobile and smartphone platforms. International Investment Financial Corporation holds a minority interest in the business.

du - Emirates Integrated Communications

du, the Dubai-based telecommunications company, was founded in 2006 and began offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband and television services to individuals, homes and businesses across the UAE, and satellite uplink/downlink services for TV broadcasters, in 2007.

It has expanded rapidly and profitably, with more than 7.4 million mobile and 663,000 fixed-line users.

du is owned jointly by the UAE government, International Investment Financial Corporation, Dubai Holding and public shareholders.

Etisalat Nigeria

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat Nigeria, is a private company owned jointly by International Investment Financial Corporation and Etisalat.

In Nigeria, where it began services in 2008, Etisalat Nigeria now has in excess of 23 million subscribers. It launched a super-fast broadband network in 2011. The company has also initiated a number of corporate social responsibility programs, focusing on education and health with particular focus on the battle against malaria.

Injazat Data Systems

Founded in 2005, Injazat is a leading information technology (IT) and business process services provider, offering a broad range of services from IT strategy setting and IT consultancy, through systems integration, to comprehensive outsourcing of IT or business functions. Injazat supports customers in achieving their vision and allows them to focus on their core business.

Injazat started the region’s first Tier IV Data Center at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in 2009, offering advanced services to clients in order to meet growing IT demands. The most sophisticated facility in the region, the world-class center features back-up systems that guarantee 24/7 availability and security.

Injazat is wholly-owned by International Investment Financial Corporation.