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Egypt gets loans for $1.25bn sanitation project Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Development bank supports rural sanitation

Qatar shifts its project spending plans

Qatar banks focus on contractor finance Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Project finance dominated by foreign lenders

Siemens confirms Egypt turbine order

Loan under discussion for $9bn power project Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Export credit agency to support international banks in Egypt

Mashreq

Emirates ID cards to work as bank cards Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Mashreq rolls out ATM system

Tunisia recapitalises banks

Tunisia recapitalises banks Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Two state-owned banks get support

UAE banks show strong growth

UAE banks show strong growth Subscription Required

22 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

ADCB among banks to post increased profits

Dubai International airport

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise repays loan Subscription Required

22 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Aircraft leaser returns to expansion plans

Dubai finance

Abu Dhabi finance house posts record profits Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Growth in customer numbers driving returns

Petroceltic International is pushing ahead with a bond issuance of up to $175m to finance investment in the Ain Tsila gas field in Algeria

Petroceltic pushes through Ain Tsila bond issuance Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Oil and gas company facing down shareholder protests over Algerian asset

UAE project finance deals

Dubai solar closes financing Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Three banks finance 200MW solar IPP

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing considers direct financing in wake of fund closure Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

US Export-Import Bank shutdown leaves $4.3bn exposure in guaranteed loans with UAE airlines

Egypt money

Egypt mulls microfinance scheme to help small businesses Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Cairo looks to encourage job growth in the Golden Triangle area

Emirates airline

US fund shutdown not denting UAE airlines Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Diversified funding sources provides caution for carriers

Mediterranean coast in Tunisia

Tunisia gets World Bank loan Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Loan intended to improve rural roads

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman to issue bonds in August Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sultanate’s plans for Islamic debut delayed

Cairo Egypt

Moody’s improves Egyptian banks’ outlook Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Revived economy to spur growth

Emirates NBD profits soar

Emirates NBD profits soar Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Recent Dubai restructurings allow bank to thrive

Construction on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

Arcapita acquires Abu Dhabi properties Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Investment management firm on the road back from bankruptcy

Qatar invests in $6bn project dubbed Australia’s Canary Wharf

Qatar sets up $600m fund with Singapore's Capitaland Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Real estate investment fund to focus on Asia and Europe

Banking

Saudi banks navigate slowing economy Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Profit and loan growth remain positive for first half

Dubai shipyard operator Drydocks World has appointed US-based Citi bank to advise on the restructuring of $2.3bn of debt

Dubai's Drydocks World moves to restructure debt Subscription Required

13 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Shipyard operator appoints advisers

Saudi sovereign bonds to stimulate debt markets

Saudi Arabia issues bonds to narrow deficit Subscription Required

12 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Government shortfall this year is expected to reach $37bn

Qatar

QNB profits keep rising Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Booming economy sustains banking growth

World Bank invests in Middle East renewables company

World Bank invests in Middle East renewables company Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Investment to boost renewables sector

Oman project finance deals

Oman considers PPP for rail network Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Private sector could fund most profitable sections of the network

Comment

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Philippa Wilkinson

The upside to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Issuing debt may seem a last resort for the GCC, but it would benefit the banking industry

Philippa Wilkinson

A whimper not a bang for the Tadawul Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The much anticipated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is likely to underwhelm

Liz Bains

Credit demand set to slow Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Region’s banking sector is better prepared for an economic slowdown than it was in 2009

Analysis

Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif

Iran banks in need of huge overhaul Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bad debt and stifling regulations will need to be addressed as sanctions are lifted

Tehran in Iran

Emirati banks cautious on Iran Subscription Required

23 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

UAE could be well-placed for trade finance boom

Construction

Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah-based United Arab Bank

Interview: No slowdown in UAE consumer loans Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah’s United Arab Bank, is bullish on continued growth in the UAE

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

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