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Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch

Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Resilient performances boost ratings of lenders

National Bank of Fujairah sees profit jump 31 per cent

National Bank of Fujairah sees profit jump Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Bank’s net impairment losses fall by 15.2 per cent in first half of year


Egyptian banks ramp up lending Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Deposits grow slower than loans for first time in year


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts increased second-quarter profits Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

UAE banks begin posting strong second-quarter results

Caterpillar equipment

Unatrac to consider bond issuance Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Mansour Group-owned, Caterpillar equipment dealer Unatrac to turn to capital markets in coming years

Bank Muscat profits rise on Bahrain merger Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Lender’s profits up by 37 per cent

Commercial Bank of Dubai posts highest first half results to date Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Bank achieves AED581.1m in net profit  

Arab Bank posts profit increase for first half Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Jordan’s Arab Bank also boosts lending  

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Finance trends


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

Oman’s middle-sized banks fight for market share Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Tighter regulation heightens competition among Oman’s banks


Sharjah’s rating affirmed by Standard & Poor’s Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

Estimated economic growth of 5 per cent for Sharjah in 2014

Oman commercial banks deposit base

Oman’s banks remain resilient to shocks Subscription

22 May 2014 | By

Central bank warns sector to diversify funding base

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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


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


Banks return to growth mode Subscription

22 May 2014

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


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


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 


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: Assets grow on economic recovery

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: 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


Alain Renaud Subscription

12 July 2014

Alain Renaud is general manager for corporate, commercial and investment banking at Commercial Bank of Dubai

Hussain al-Nowais Subscription

12 July 2014

Hussain al-Nowais is chairman of several public companies and institutions, such as Senaat, NPCC and others

Jonathan Macdonald Subscription

12 July 2014

Jonathan Macdonald, managing director and head of syndicated finance at NBAD

Jonathan A Conner Subscription

30 June 2014

Jonathan A Conner is head of Middle East at JP Morgan Private Bank

Dhiraj Rai Subscription

7 May 2014

Dhiraj Rai is director, Gulf & Eastern Mediterranean, Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharief Habib al-Awadhi

20 February 2014

Sharief Habib al-Awadhi is director general, Fujairah Free Zone

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Yemen: Central bank ATS and CSD linkages Subscription

10 May 2014 | By

Supply, implementation and support of an automated transfer system (ATS) and a central securities depository (CSD)

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