With offices in Dubai and Istanbul, Carlyle’s buyout activities in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) draw on the local insight of a team of investment professionals backed by Carlyle’s global network.

Carlyle Mena Partners

Launched in 2007 at $500 million, this fund targets investment opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa.

Investment Industry Invested Status
Al Nabil Food Industries Ltd. Co.

Producer of food products

Consumer & Retail Current
Alamar Foods

Alamar operates as a franchise of Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts for the MENA region. 

Consumer & Retail Current
Bahcesehir Schools

Bahcesehir is among the top three chain schools in Turkey's private education sector and provides education in the nursery, primary and secondary school segments. At the time of Carlyle's investment, Bahcesehir Kolejleri had 11 school campuses.

Consumer & Retail Exited
General Lighting Company

General Lighting Company, Saudi Arabia’s largest lighting fixtures manufacturer and supplier, manufactures a broad range of indoor, outdoor and industrial lighting products. In addition, the company represents leading international lighting brands and provides complete lighting solutions to its clients.

Industrial Exited
Medical Park Hospital Group

Medical Park Hospital Group is the leading healthcare provider in Turkey, operating general hospitals and related health care facilities. The company's general hospitals offer acute care services, radiology services, and respiratory therapy services, as well as operating and recovery rooms, and pharmacies. It also provides intensive care, critical care and/or coronary care units, and physical therapy; orthopedic, oncology, and outpatient services.

Healthcare Exited

Penti is the largest legwear manufacturer, and a leading retailer of legwear, lingerie and beachwear, in Turkey and in neighboring countries.

Consumer & Retail Current

Carlyle established its MENA investment operation in 2006, targeting investment opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Carlyle’s approach in the MENA region mirrors its method throughout the world: field a team of local investment professionals with intimate knowledge of the region and leverage the Carlyle platform, which features an extensive global network, industrial expertise and operational know-how. Carlyle is one of the first global private equity firms to establish a presence in the region.

A Transforming Region

We believe the MENA region is large, growing rapidly and ripe for private equity investing:

  • Economy has world’s fifth largest GDP (growth projections through 2010 are 55% higher than rest of the world and 76% greater than the U.S.)
  • Population is world’s third largest at 426 million
  • Capital markets are maturing and large enough to provide exit opportunities
  • Liberalizing state agendas creating opportunities for large scale transactions (increasing large scale privatizations)
  • Low private equity penetration
  • Carlyle’s regional presence provides opportunity for cross-country investments and M&A within the MENA region

The MENA Team Approach

  • Target Regions: From offices in Dubai and Istanbul, Carlyle’s team of dedicated professionals targets investments in Turkey, North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), the Levant (Lebanon and Jordan) and Pakistan.
  • Target Industries: The Carlyle MENA team will invest primarily in healthy, growing companies in the energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology, transportation & logistics and manufacturing sectors.
  • Value Creation Focus: Carlyle seeks to invest in sound companies and businesses with potential for value creation, supports their business and leads them to the next stage.
  • Corporate Partnership: Carlyle teams with strategic investors when the partnership will add value to the portfolio companies.
  • Mid- to Long-Term Investor: Carlyle investment professionals devote a significant amount of their time to maximizing the portfolio company’s value on a mid-to long–term basis.
  • Consistent and Disciplined: We seek to make sound investments in good companies with strong management teams and structure our transactions with appropriate amounts of debt. The MENA team focuses on industries it knows best.