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Oil price could hit Dubai refinancing plans

Oil price fall could hit Dubai refinancing plans Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Emirate’s diversified economy provides temporary buffer

Bahrain outlook revised to negative

Bahrain outlook revised to negative Subscription Required

21 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Downward revision by Fitch Ratings partly due to declining oil price

Fitch Ratings has maintained a stable outlook for the GCC banking industry due to the high level of sovereign support the sector receives

GCC banks maintain stable outlook Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Sovereign support gives confidence to regional lenders, says Fitch Ratings

Abu Dhabi-based Baniyas Investment & Development Company (BIDC) has raised a AED1bn loan to refinance existing funding used for various construction projects in the emirate

Baniyas Investment & Development Company secures refinancing Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Deal replaces previous funding deal for Bawabat al-Sharq Mall in Abu Dhabi

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Qatari conglomerate acquires 25 per cent stake in Ecisa Compania General de Construcciones

Citizens with bank accounts

Low-income Egyptians face 'massive' obstacles to finance access Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Government needs to engage with unbanked population

New Scotland Yard, in London

Abu Dhabi buys New Scotland Yard Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

British police headquarters sold to Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market sets up expert panel Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Emirate’s new financial free zone to develop new regulation

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal for King Abdullah Economic City

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

New loan to be used to finance Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City project

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

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Cairo

Egypt’s international reserves decline Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

First fall since June

Water pipelines

Al-Khalij funds Qatar reservoir pipelines Subscription Required

9 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Finance covers reservoir pipelines recently awarded to a contracting joint venture

S&P downgrades Oman outlook

S&P downgrades Oman outlook Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lower oil prices provoke negative outlook but A/A-1 rating remains

Cairo

Egypt’s state oil company secures $1.5bn loan Subscription Required

1 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Financing will be used to help pay back foreign oil companies

Egypt microfinance

First microfinance securitisation due Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Could change how millions of Egypt’s small business people are financed

Invest

Egyptian investors call for stability and reform Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Priority should be speeding up bureaucratic transactions

Finance

Qalaa Holdings considering new capital raising in 2015 Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Egyptian firm raised capital to EGP8bn last year

Cairo in Egypt

Public-private partnerships to fund $4bn of Egypt projects Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong , Edmund O'Sullivan

The country is decentralising the process and tendering 19 schemes over the next two years

Shanghai in China

Kuwaiti lenders look to China to help finance projects Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Local lenders say new approaches needed to provide funding for $160bn project pipeline

Taxes

Egypt strives to improve investment environment Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Egypt developing a more business friendly investment environment

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Italian agency guaranteeing $261m loan

Shipbuilding industry

Zakher Marine wins bank funding for shipbuilding Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Abu Dhabi-based company signs $420m deal

More should be done in the region to improve accessibility to financial services and the capital markets

Arab Monetary Fund calls for more regulation Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Chairman says more work needed on transparency in region’s exchanges

Qatar National Bank is set to acquire more stakes in banks around the world in the coming years

QNB eyes further international expansion Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank acquired stake in African financial institution in September

Qatar export markets

Qatar central bank governor eyes stronger ties with China Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Doha wants to lead Gulf in renminbi settlement

Comment

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Deloitte

Riyadh sets out stall for financial transparency

4 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Kingdom is preparing to open stock exchange to foreign investors in 2015

Shanghai in China

China proves attractive to Qatari banks

27 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

Analysis

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Funds take a new approach to Europe

Bahrain banking sector

Bahrain banks strengthen their position Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Banking sector’s asset base stabilises

Selected UAE banks profits for first nine months

Profitable UAE banks raise international profile Subscription Required

5 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Most UAE banks post first nine-month profit increase

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