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Saudi banks' loan growth

Major Saudi banks continue to post strong results Subscription Required

16 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Profits up for most lenders in the kingdom

Profits

Dubai bank reports 34 per cent rise in profits Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai Islamic Bank continues to lower bad loan ratio

Deutsche Bank branch fined in Dubai

Deutsche Bank branch fined in Dubai Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai Financial Services Authority penalises German lender

Tower construction

Deyaar reports profit increase Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local developer announces an increase in net profits as it seeks necessary approvals for AED3.5bn development

Pet plant

Oman to complete Liwa Plastics financing soon Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Orpic to speak with banks in May-June to raise capital for $3.6bn petrochemicals project

Europe was the main beneficiary, receiving $10.2bn of commercial real estate investment from the Middle East

Fall in Middle East outwards property investment Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

GCC fails to capture global real estate inflows

Oil prices

Renewable projects will continue to attract financing Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Gulf solar plants maintain investor interest despite low oil prices

India's Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha

UAE investors approached to invest in Indian infrastructure Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

India planning to double the size of its economy over the next 10 years

Diamond trade

National Bank of Fujairah sets up diamond division Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s role as diamond trading hub grows

Qatar National Bank headquarters

Qatar National Bank reports profits growth Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Profits in Q1 2015 up 10 per cent compared to last year

King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh

Banque Saudi Fransi reports profit hike Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Saudi bank reports strong first quarter results

Tehran Stock Exchange

New Iran investment fund expected in April Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Foreign investor interest in Iran ramps up post-nuclear agreement

Saudi power demand

Saudi Arabia invites bids for Fadhili IPP Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Cogeneration plant will be developed jointly by Saudi Aramco and Saudi Electricity Company

Saudi Arabia currency

Riyad Bank’s profits are up for first quarter Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Saudi bank boosts lending and deposit volumes

Qatar finance

Qatar First Bank reports profit rise Subscription Required

6 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Qatari banking sector set for growth

Hospital construction

Qatar could turn to PPP to support infrastructure Subscription Required

6 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Private sector will need to step up as budget deficit looms

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company raises additional $1.5bn debt facility

Kufpec raises additional $1.5bn loan Subscription Required

6 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation subsidiary extends existing facility

Majid al-Futtaim

Majid al-Futtaim rules out plans for IPO Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local developer says it will not launch an IPO despite the success of Emaar’s mall group in 2014

Bank profits

Noor Bank reports record profits Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE bank sees profits leap by 166 per cent

Iran currency

Nuclear deal could ease Iran's bank restrictions Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Any easing of Iran trade rules needs support of workable banking system

Losses

Bank Nizwa reduces losses in 2014 Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Revenues grow at Omani Islamic bank

Dubai energy strategy 2030

Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Mall of the Emirates and Umm Suqeim Road

Developer forms fund for new Dubai project Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The residential and hotel scheme will be build on Umm Suqeim Road

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Deal to be concluded in matter of weeks

Comment

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan companies benefit from undervalued Yen

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

A depreciated Yen is not enough to boost Japan’s Middle East expansion

Dubai projects

Dubai takes on another mission impossible

14 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Softening real estate prices have created a new funding challenge

 Concerns over deal pipeline but new opportunities emerge

Lenders eye prospects in new markets Subscription Required

11 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Project finance market remains apprehensive about impact of lower oil prices

As the most populous Arab country, much of Egypt's infrastructure is ill-equipped to meet the needs of its people

All eyes on Egypt Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

International community eagerly anticipating country’s impending infastructure boom

Renewables

Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

First phase projects move toward financial close

Analysis

Saudi banking sector loan growth

Lending slowdown concerns persist in Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Banks begin posting first-quarter results

Craig Cowie, QInvest

Investors diversify on low oil prices Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Robert Jones

Opportunities sought around the GCC, as well as the US and Asia

Naoki Tamaki, chief representative in Dubai, Jbic

Naoki Tamaki, chief representative in Dubai, Jbic Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The executive from Japan Bank for International Cooperation says the Middle East and North Africa region will remain an important market for Japanese developers

Bahrain banking sector assets

Bahrain banking sector to come under pressure Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Low oil price will do little to improve fortunes

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