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Selected UAE bank profits

Continued profit growth for UAE banks Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Market remains cautious on real estate exposure

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank reports 19 per cent profit increase

ADCB reports 19 per cent profit increase Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi bank’s non-performing loan ratio improves

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

Cairo

Egyptian banks ramp up lending Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Deposits grow slower than loans for first time in year

Selected UAE bank profits

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

Bank Muscat profits rise on Bahrain merger Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Lender’s profits up by 37 per cent

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Finance trends

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

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

5 June 2014 | By

Tighter regulation heightens competition among Oman’s banks

Sharjah

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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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

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

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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Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0255
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Tenders

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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