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Egypt microfinance

First microfinance securitisation due in 2015

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

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Priority should be speeding up bureaucratic transactions

Finance

Qalaa Holdings considering new capital raising in 2015

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

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

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

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

 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 Subscription Required

25 November 2014 | By Richard Thompson

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Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo is building up its mobile banking capabilities

Ooredoo targets mobile banking growth Subscription Required

25 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Data services driving revenues for Qatari telecoms firm

Bank of Palestine net profit 2003-13

Bank of Palestine to open Dubai office Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lender looking to attract more foreign investment

Indian industrial manufacturer Jindal Saw has secured a six-year club facility to finance its growth in the Middle East

Jindal Saw closes deal to fund UAE operations Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Indian manufacturer secures $126.6m club facility to finance growth in Middle East

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

$230m deal arranged by Dubai Islamic Bank

UAE personal loans

New credit bureau raises questions among UAE banks Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lenders concerned about responsibility for credit data quality

Business

SME access to finance still limited in Middle East Subscription Required

17 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Regional banks remain wary of lending to smaller companies, conference told

Construction

Drake and Scull issues five-year sukuk Subscription Required

16 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Issuance launched under Nasdaq Dubai’s murabaha platform

NBF net profit

UAE infrastructure boom boosts equipment finance demand Subscription Required

12 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

National Bank of Fujairah CEO eyes opportunities  

Theme parks to be built in Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts closes $1.5bn financing Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Deal forms debt portion of funding to support new theme parks

Dubai International Financial Centre, in Dubai, the UAE

DIFC pushes forward with infrastructure expansion Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s financial centre to boost number of international firms

Dubai Financial Centre

Oversubscribed Amanat IPO dominated by UAE investors Subscription Required

9 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Start-up company eyes possible first acquisition in early 2015

Bahrain's ABC Islamic Bank reports healthy profits

ABC Islamic Bank reports healthy profits Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahraini lender records 25 per cent increase in first nine months this year

Sukuk issuances 2014

DIFC Investments secures competitively priced sukuk Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

First issuance for company since 2007

Comment

Shanghai in China

China proves attractive to Qatari banks

27 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings

6 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai and London bourses compete for North African business

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

Qatar banks net profits

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Saudi banks quarterly profits

Saudi lenders post solid third-quarter profits Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Kingdom’s banking sector remains highly competitive

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

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