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Taqa raises Samurai loan to refinance bond Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 12:50 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Abu Dhabi firm Taqa taps new source of liquidity

Dubai Islamic Bank raises foreign ownership limit Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 8:18 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Higher limit means DIB is likely to be included in emerging markets index

Qatar First Bank upbeat on Qatar Exchange Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 5:27 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar First Bank eyes listing but awaits regulatory approval

Dubai’s IMG World of Adventures secures billion-dirham financing

14 April 2014, 9:50 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Theme park due to open by early 2015

QNB Bank reports first quarter profit increase Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 8:15 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Bank expected to support Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure building programme

Qatar bank gets approval to increase foreign ownership Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 8:14 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Foreign investors will now be able to hold 25 per cent of Commercial Bank of Qatar’s equity

Saudi Arabia cancels IPP plans for Dhuba 1 Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 8:13 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe , Rebecca Spong

Project will be tendered as a standard engineering, procurement and construction contract

Shuaa Capital posts first-quarter profit increase Subscription Required

13 April 2014, 13:27 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

UAE investment bank Shuaa Capital’s success driven by capital markets growth

Middle East and North Africa syndicated loans dip in first quarter Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Borrowers review options, but credit growth forecasts remain healthy

Emirates NBD opens in Egypt Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 13:17 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

UAE-Egypt relations strengthen

UAE to introduce central bank overnight lending Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 9:50 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

New overnight lending mechanism to strengthen UAE banking sector

Banque Saudi Fransi posts first quarter profit rise Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 8:07 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Bank posts 25 per cent year-on-year net profit growth

UK and Bahrain to work closer on Islamic finance Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 8:04 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Preliminary framework agreement signed in London

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank to acquire Barclays’ UAE retail banking unit Subscription Required

6 April 2014, 9:04 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Lender will receive 110,000 customers under the $177m deal

Damac issues $650m sukuk Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 11:43 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Some of the funds will be used for the acquisition of land plots

Project bond issuance to remain low in the coming year Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 6:41 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Bonds accounted for just 10 per cent of project financing in 2013

Waha Capital refinances under a $750m loan Subscription Required

2 April 2014, 7:13 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

A syndicate of banks are to provide a five-year line of credit

Noor Bank attracts increase in customer deposits Subscription Required

1 April 2014, 10:27 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s Noor Bank sees profits grow in 2013

Kahramaa extends bid deadline for Facility D water and power project Subscription Required

1 April 2014, 8:48 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

$3bn project will need strong bank support

Moody's assigns rating to National Bank of Fujairah Subscription Required

1 April 2014, 7:02 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

UAE lender has a steady long-term outlook

Lower oil prices could reduce GCC's economic growth Subscription Required

31 March 2014, 12:51 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

The GCC is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the slowdown in emerging markets

Qatar calls for private sector to support tourism projects Subscription Required

31 March 2014, 11:05 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar Development Bank to provide direct financing for tourism schemes

Kurdistan power project could secure IFC support Subscription Required

31 March 2014, 8:20 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Project involves construction of 1,260MW Greenfield power plant in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

‘Poor management’ is main challenge facing PPPs Subscription Required

30 March 2014, 12:18 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Region will need increased private sector support for infrastructure boom

UAE’s first credit bureau to open Subscription Required

30 March 2014, 10:32 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Office to improve consumer bank lending

Comment

Dubai

Financing the Dubai boom

17 April 2014, 15:17 GMT

Investor confidence is growing, but Dubai still needs to close several finance deals to attract future funding for revived infrastructure plans

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity

10 April 2014, 15:39 GMT

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Bahrain

Bank mergers to boost Bahrain’s status

6 March 2014, 12:56 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

The consolidation of larger lenders will strengthen the country’s status as a financial hub for the region

Dubai debt

Confidence to rise with Dubai debt rollover

20 February 2014, 15:40 GMT

The emirate is set to extend the deadline on its debt to Abu Dhabi, further boosting investor optimism

Analysis

Strategy: Dubai is seeking to use private-public partnerships and stock market listings to raise financing

Dubai’s search for finance Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 15:16 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Faced with a huge debt pile and risk-averse banks, the emirate is seeking new ways to fund its boom

Recovery

The growing appetite for bonds Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 13:46 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Increased corporate activity spurred by strong economic growth is helping to expand the market

Trade confidence in the Middle East

Confidence among UAE traders grows Subscription Required

8 April 2014, 7:47 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

India and China will remain the UAE’s fastest-growing trade routes

Qatar banking sector

Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription Required

2 April 2014, 7:08 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription Required

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman , Rebecca Spong

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC

Interview: Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC Subscription Required

4 March 2014, 6:12 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

The IFC’s head of Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa explains how the organisation is attracting private investment into the renewables sector

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