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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

Port of Fujairah to tap banks for expansion plans

Port of Fujairah to tap banks for expansion plans Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Loan will support new jetty construction

National Commercial Bank

NCB’s IPO sets new standard for Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

4 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Offering is region’s largest to date

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank boosts profits Subscription Required

4 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank results follow completion of Barclays’ acquisition

Emirates NBD headquarters building in Dubai, in the UAE

Nasdaq Dubai welcomes Emirates NBD’s New Zealand dollar bond Subscription Required

2 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai bank remains exchange’s largest issuer

Dubai Islamic Bank secured a stake in Indonesian bank, PT Bank Panin Syariah, the Islamic banking arm of PT Bank Panin, earlier this year

Perception issues hinder growth of Islamic banking Subscription Required

2 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Banks need to improve promotion of shariah-compliant products

Total outstanding sukuk

Finance is the key to Dubai’s Islamic economic vision Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Sovereign sukuk issuances are driving interest in Islamic finance

Carbon Holdings is in negotiations with the UAE government over a $400m investment in its giant Tahrir petrochemicals complex

Carbon Holdings negotiates $400m UAE investment Subscription Required

29 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Planned Tahrir petrochemicals project will involve almost $5bn in construction contracts

Oil

Oman may turn to debt market as oil prices drop Subscription Required

27 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Drop in oil prices is putting increasing pressure on fiscal position

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

Project financing could be used for Gulf railways Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

New funding options for metro and rail projects under consideration

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Financial adviser confirmed on Oman petrochemicals scheme

Sace is looking to support Italian exports of machinery and equipment that will be used within Morocco’s expanding infrastructure and construction sector

Italian export credit agency eyes Moroccan deals Subscription Required

20 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Sace to invest $255m to boost Italian exports to North African country

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription Required

20 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

NCB is pushing forward with plans to list on the Tadawul, despite criticism from some Islamic clerics

Saudi Arabia’s NCB pursues listing in face of criticism Subscription Required

19 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank says initial public offering is sharia-compliant

Comment

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

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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