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Cairo

National Bank of Oman positive on Egypt Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Egypt’s large-scale investment plans attract bank

UAE money

UAE Central Bank warns of legal action against Standard Chartered Subscription

24 August 2014 | By

New York anti-money laundering settlement to affect thousands of UAE businesses

Seoul, South Korea

Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund signs deal with South Korea Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Investment Corporation of Dubai to work with the Export-Import Bank of Korea

Rakbank

Rakbank to acquire stake in insurance firm Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Ras al-Khaimah-based bank eyes new business

Abu Dhabi

Fitch maintains high rating for Abu Dhabi Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Banking sector’s performance improving in line with economy

Bahrain finance

ABC Bank closes $750m syndicated loan Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Bahrain bank’s loan has margin of 120 basis points

Mall of the Emirates in the UAE

UAE consumer credit bureau to open in September Subscription

13 August 2014 | By

Office aims to reduce credit losses

Bahrain Financial Harbour

Gulf Finance House to list sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

Islamic bond worth $200m to be issued in coming months

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Finance trends

Dubai investment

Foreign investors buy into Dubai’s vision Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Projects in the emirate are moving forward with foreign funding

Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

Egypt bank exposure to government debt

Egypt banks remain heavily exposed to sovereign debt Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Lending to private sector remains low

Investment grade bond debt maturities by country

The Middle East’s refinancing burden Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Region’s investment grade companies need to refinance $91bn-worth of debt by 2018

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Qatar commercial bank lending

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Lending growth forecast to remain about 10-15 per cent a year

Growth in Egypt bank loans

Bank lending in Egypt gains momentum Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

Loan volume improves for fourth month in a row

UAE commercial banks loans and advances

UAE central bank says lending not driving real estate boom Subscription

12 June 2014 | By

Bank releases financial stability report for 2013

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MEED comment

Banking

Saudi banks look to new markets

17 July 2014 | By

Strong competition and tight margins are driving the kingdom’s lenders to explore new markets

Mining

Maaden’s new funding source

3 July 2014 | By

The involvement of foreign banks in a $5bn financing for the phosphates city project opens up new funding options for the mining company

Nakheel back from debt

The milestone is Nakheel is back Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Prepaying all bank debts will allow Nakheel to return to its former glories

Banking

Banks return to growth mode Subscription

22 May 2014

Backed by steady deposits and economic growth, regional lenders are looking for new revenue streams

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia banks key to debt settlement Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

AH Al-Gosaibi’s plan to settle its debts will only bear fruit if Saudi and foreign lenders work together

Appetite

Dubai tests risk with Islamic bond Subscription

1 May 2014

Sukuk issuance will assess the true tone of investor confidence in the emirate’s debt market 

Dubai

Financing the Dubai boom Subscription

17 April 2014

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 Subscription

10 April 2014

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

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Special reports

Banking

Banking: Assets grow on economic recovery Subscription

22 May 2014

The regional banking industry is in strong health

Project finance

Banking: Sadara deal boosts project finance Subscription

30 January 2014

Last year was a bumper year for project finance deals in the Middle East and North Africa region, with $48.7bn of deals signed

Banking

Banking: Dubai leads region's bourses in 2013 Subscription

11 December 2013

The Dubai Financial Market has risen 80 per cent year-to-date, a clear sign the emirate is recovering from the 2008-09 real estate crash

Islamic banking

Islamic banking: The GCC's 20 leading Islamic banks

29 August 2013

The GCC’s Islamic banks performed strongly in 2012

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Finance data

People

Harj Rai Subscription

20 July 2014

Harj Rai is partner in Riyadh and Dubai at Latham & Watkins

Villiers Terblanche Subscription

20 July 2014

Villiers Terblanche office managing partner, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha at Latham & Watkins

Craig Nethercott Subscription

20 July 2014

Craig Nethercott is partner in Riyadh and Dubai at Latham & Watkins

Salman al-Sudairi Subscription

20 July 2014

Salman al-Sudairi is partner, Riyadh at Latham & Watkins

Amar Meher Subscription

20 July 2014

Amar Meher is counsel in Riyadh at Latham & Watkins

Omar Elsayed Subscription

20 July 2014

Omar Elsayed is counsel in Riyadh at Latham & Watkins

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Rebecca Spong
Finance and Banking Editor


Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0255
Email: rebecca.spong@meed.com

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