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Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch

Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Resilient performances boost ratings of lenders

National Bank of Fujairah sees profit jump 31 per cent

National Bank of Fujairah sees profit jump Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank’s net impairment losses fall by 15.2 per cent in first half of year

Cairo

Egyptian banks ramp up lending Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Deposits grow slower than loans for first time in year

Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts increased second-quarter profits Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE banks begin posting strong second-quarter results

Caterpillar equipment

Unatrac to consider bond issuance Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Mansour Group-owned, Caterpillar equipment dealer Unatrac to turn to capital markets in coming years

Bank Muscat profits rise on Bahrain merger Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lender’s profits up by 37 per cent

Commercial Bank of Dubai posts highest first half results to date Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank achieves AED581.1m in net profit  

Arab Bank posts profit increase for first half Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Jordan’s Arab Bank also boosts lending  

Revenue growth drives Saudi bank profits Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Saudi Arabian banks eye new markets to beat competition

Qatar Islamic Bank reports increase in first half profits Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar Islamic Bank reports strong growth in its fee income business

Shuaa Capital maintains profit drive Subscription Required

15 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai investment bank Shuaa Capital returned to profitability in 2013

Bank Sohar boosts lending in first half Subscription Required

14 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Oman’s Bank Sohar reports profit increase of 35 per cent

Acwa’s Ouarzazate solar plant project to win new investment Subscription Required

14 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

World Bank’s IFC considers equity stake in Moroccan project

Saudi banks continue to post profits for second quarter Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Al-Rajhi Bank breaks trend with 8 per cent decline in profit

Project finance volumes in the Middle East fall in first half Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Market declines despite Saudi Arabia’s Maaden deal being second-largest deal signed globally

Oman power firm appoints advisers for $2.1bn debt raising Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Firms will act as joint financial advisers and arrangers for financing package

QNB reports profit rise for first half of year Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar National Bank assets reach new high for bank

Egypt’s slums secure upgrade funding Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

EU investment to improve living standards for country’s poorest

International Finance Corporation invests in Acwa Power Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

International Finance Corporation move broadens Saudi company Acwa Power’s shareholder base

Saudi Fransi’s second quarter profits rise Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Profit increase in line with wider Saudi banking market trends

Sharjah Islamic Bank growing faster than UAE average Subscription Required

7 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Banks across emirate see asset base strengthen

Saudi lenders post strong profit growth for second quarter Subscription Required

7 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Riyad Bank and Saudi Hollandi Bank benefit from increased operating income

Saudi Investment Bank posts profit rise for first half Subscription Required

6 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lender increases loan portfolio

Commercial Bank of Dubai finances Movenpick acquisition Subscription Required

6 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank Muscat’s new property fund acquires beachfront hotel

Bahrain's ABC Bank launches syndication of $500m loan Subscription Required

6 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Four banks selected to arrange deal

Comment

Banking

Saudi banks look to new markets

17 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Strong competition and tight margins are driving the kingdom’s lenders to explore new markets

Mining

Maaden’s new funding source

3 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

The involvement of foreign banks in a $5bn financing for the phosphates city project opens up new funding options for the mining company

Nakheel back from debt

The milestone is Nakheel is back Subscription Required

25 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Prepaying all bank debts will allow Nakheel to return to its former glories

Analysis

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Qatar commercial bank lending

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lending growth forecast to remain about 10-15 per cent a year

Growth in Egypt bank loans

Bank lending in Egypt gains momentum Subscription Required

23 June 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Loan volume improves for fourth month in a row

UAE commercial banks loans and advances

UAE central bank says lending not driving real estate boom Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank releases financial stability report for 2013

Oman’s middle-sized banks fight for market share Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Tighter regulation heightens competition among Oman’s banks

Sharjah

Sharjah’s rating affirmed by Standard & Poor’s Subscription Required

26 May 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Estimated economic growth of 5 per cent for Sharjah in 2014

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