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Sace is looking to support Italian exports of machinery and equipment that will be used within Morocco’s expanding infrastructure and construction sector

Italian export credit agency eyes Moroccan deals Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Sace to invest $255m to boost Italian exports to North African country

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

NCB is pushing forward with plans to list on the Tadawul, despite criticism from some Islamic clerics

Saudi Arabia’s NCB pursues listing in face of criticism Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Bank says initial public offering is sharia-compliant

Saudi British Bank profits increase in third quarter

Saudi British Bank profits increase in third quarter Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Results reflect wider banking sector growth

Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation has won approval to issue $60m in convertible bonds

Gulf Navigation wins approval for convertible bonds Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Bonds form part of Dubai shipping company’s restructuring plan

Bahrain

Bahrain advances with multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

Government aims to attract international investors

Saudi Hollandi Bank has reported a 6.6 per cent increase in profits for the third quarter of this year

Saudi Hollandi sees growth in third-quarter profits Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Results dip slightly compared with preceding quarter

Biggest sukuk issuers

Gulf sukuk pipeline remains healthy says S&P Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Market buoyed by sovereign and financial institution issuance

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Finance trends

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

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

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Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings

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

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

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 

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Special reports

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

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

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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

Yousef 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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