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Bank profits

Noor Bank reports record profits Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

UAE bank sees profits leap by 166 per cent

Iran currency

Nuclear deal could ease Iran's bank restrictions Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

Any easing of Iran trade rules needs support of workable banking system

Losses

Bank Nizwa reduces losses in 2014 Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Revenues grow at Omani Islamic bank

Dubai energy strategy 2030

Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Mall of the Emirates and Umm Suqeim Road

Developer forms fund for new Dubai project Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

The residential and hotel scheme will be build on Umm Suqeim Road

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Deal to be concluded in matter of weeks

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

UAE banks participate in syndication

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Finance trends

Craig Cowie, QInvest

Investors diversify on low oil prices Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Opportunities sought around the GCC, as well as the US and Asia

Naoki Tamaki, chief representative in Dubai, Jbic

Naoki Tamaki, chief representative in Dubai, Jbic Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

The executive from Japan Bank for International Cooperation says the Middle East and North Africa region will remain an important market for Japanese developers

Bahrain banking sector assets

Bahrain banking sector to come under pressure Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Low oil price will do little to improve fortunes

Non-performing loan volumes in decline

UAE banks to weather difficult 2015 Subscription

16 February 2015 | By

New report says sector is well-equipped to deal with slowdown

UAE bank profits 2014

UAE banks to face a rocky 2015 Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

Analysts warn of slowdown in credit growth

Middle East and North Africa syndicated loan volumes

Mena syndicated loan volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

Middle East and North Africa region records a 12 per cent drop on previous year

Mena project finance volumes

Mena project finance volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

Oil price concerns could affect this year’s deal pipeline

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Funds take a new approach to Europe

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MEED comment

 Concerns over deal pipeline but new opportunities emerge

Lenders eye prospects in new markets Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Project finance market remains apprehensive about impact of lower oil prices

As the most populous Arab country, much of Egypt's infrastructure is ill-equipped to meet the needs of its people

All eyes on Egypt Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

International community eagerly anticipating country’s impending infastructure boom

Renewables

Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close

Dubai finance

Dubai World debt restructure good for banks Subscription

16 February 2015 | By

Creditor approval of debt restructuring deal will help to lower bad loan volumes

UAE banking sector set for tough 2015

UAE banking sector set for tough 2015 Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

Lenders posted record profits last year

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Deloitte

Riyadh sets out stall for financial transparency Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Kingdom is preparing to open stock exchange to foreign investors in 2015

Shanghai in China

China proves attractive to Qatari banks Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

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Special reports

Banking and finance

Project finance volumes slump

10 March 2015

With depressed oil prices, the prospect of project finance volumes recovering to the levels seen in 2007 for a sustained period is remote

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Banking

Banking: Loan books continue steady expansion Subscription

9 December 2014

Strong economic growth and high levels of government spending are driving demand for credit across the GCC

Banking

Qatar banking: State spending boosts banking sector Subscription

27 November 2014

Qatar’s financial services sector is finally feeling the benefit of Doha’s acceleration in infrastructure spending as it prepares to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022.

Insurance

Insurance: Takaful market sees signs of rebound Subscription

22 October 2014

Recession slowed the expansion of the industry

Banking

Banking: The GCC's 20 leading Islamic banks Subscription

18 September 2014

While sharia-compliant finance is flourishing in the GCC, the industry in the wider region has yet to live up to its potential

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Finance data

The GCC top 20 banks 2012 by profit

GCC banks by country Subscription

13 June 2013

The main banks in the GCC, listed by total assets for each country

The GCC top 20 banks 2012

Major GCC bank results: 2007 - 2012 Subscription

13 June 2013 | Updated: 18 June 2012

Finance figures for the Gulf’s 20 biggest banks, listing their customer deposits, loans and advances, total assets and profits

Banking and finance data Subscription

February 2013 Online Content

An overview of the Middle East banking and finance sector, 2005-2011

Companies

People

Udayan Mukherjee Subscription

28 January 2015

Udayan Mukherjee is partner at Dentons Dubai

Safwan Moubaydeen Subscription

28 January 2015

Safwan Moubaydeen is managing partner at Dentons in Amman, Jordan and Doha, Qatar

Neil Cuthbert Subscription

28 January 2015

Neil Cuthbert is partner at Dentons Dubai

Qasim Aslam Subscription

28 January 2015

Qasim Aslam is a partner in the banking and finance practice at Dentons

Fahad Ismail Zainal Subscription

16 October 2014

Fahad Ismail Zainal is chief administration officer at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Yousuf Mohammed al-Jaida Subscription

30 September 2014

Yousuf Mohammed al-Jaida is the deputy CEO at the Qatar Financial Centre Authority

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Finance and Banking Editor


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