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Abu Dhabi-based Baniyas Investment & Development Company (BIDC) has raised a AED1bn loan to refinance existing funding used for various construction projects in the emirate

Baniyas Investment & Development Company secures refinancing Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Deal replaces previous funding deal for Bawabat al-Sharq Mall in Abu Dhabi

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Qatari conglomerate acquires 25 per cent stake in Ecisa Compania General de Construcciones

Citizens with bank accounts

Low-income Egyptians face 'massive' obstacles to finance access Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Government needs to engage with unbanked population

New Scotland Yard, in London

Abu Dhabi buys New Scotland Yard Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

British police headquarters sold to Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market sets up expert panel Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

Emirate’s new financial free zone to develop new regulation

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal for King Abdullah Economic City

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

New loan to be used to finance Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City project

 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

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Cairo

Egypt’s international reserves decline Subscription

10 December 2014 | By

First fall since June

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Finance trends

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Funds take a new approach to Europe

Bahrain banking sector

Bahrain banks strengthen their position Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Banking sector’s asset base stabilises

Selected UAE banks profits for first nine months

Profitable UAE banks raise international profile Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Most UAE banks post first nine-month profit increase

Qatar banks net profits

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Saudi banks quarterly profits

Saudi lenders post solid third-quarter profits Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Kingdom’s banking sector remains highly competitive

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

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

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MEED comment

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

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

27 November 2014 | By

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings Subscription

6 October 2014 | By

Dubai and London bourses compete for North African business

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

UK in front for world's largest airport Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

New airport, not the Expo, is the largest Dubai construction scheme

Banking

Saudi banks look to new markets Subscription

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 Subscription

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

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Special reports

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

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

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

22 October 2014

Recession slowed the expansion of the industry

Banking

Banking: The GCC's 20 leading Islamic banks

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

Banking

Banking: Assets grow on economic recovery Subscription

22 May 2014

The regional banking industry is in strong health

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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

People

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

David Dhanoo Subscription

22 September 2014

David Dhanoo is group chief legal officer and board secretary at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan al-Thani Subscription

22 September 2014

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan al-Thani is chief financial officer and director of tax at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Massimo Falcioni Subscription

10 September 2014

Massimo Falcioni is head of Middle East countries at Coface

Harj Rai Subscription

20 July 2014

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

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Finance and Banking Editor


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

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