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Muscat Securities Exchange

Bank Nizwa opts out of merger Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Two other financial institutions express interest

Islamic bonds

Lack of liquidity stifling sukuk market Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Experts call for more corporate issuance

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract

Export credit agencies teaming up for Dubai airport funding Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

UK offered $2bn of export credit guarantees in 2014

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

Emaar, the Economic City gets financing Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

Islamic financing for development of Economic City

Dubai Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank prepares sukuk Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

International arrangers appointed


Cairo delays capital gains tax for two years Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Egypt puts stock market tax on hold

Financing debt terms

AH al-Gosaibi reveals improved terms Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Date set for creditors meeting

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Chinese bank to issue debt on Dubai markets Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Medium-term notes to be issued over 12 months

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Finance trends

Corporate legal battle

The AH al-Gosaibi debt default Subscription

22 April 2015 | By

The largest corporate financial scandal that shook Saudi Arabia

Saudi banking sector loan growth

Lending slowdown concerns persist in Saudi Arabia Subscription

14 April 2015 | By

Banks begin posting first-quarter results

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

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Oil price drop threatens remittances Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Flow of funds out of the GCC is expected to fall as spending is curtailed

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan companies benefit from undervalued Yen Subscription

14 April 2015 | By

A depreciated Yen is not enough to boost Japan’s Middle East expansion

Dubai projects

Dubai takes on another mission impossible Subscription

14 April 2015 | By

Softening real estate prices have created a new funding challenge

 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


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

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Special reports


Saudi banking: Sector in rude health

18 May 2015

The kingdom’s locally incorporated lenders have posted promising profits in 2014 as well as the first quarter of 2015, despite low oil prices and new regulations

Banking and finance

Project finance volumes slump Subscription

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: 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


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: Takaful market sees signs of rebound Subscription

22 October 2014

Recession slowed the expansion of the industry

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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



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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Jordan: Financial management reform services Subscription

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Provision of technical assistance services for public financial management reforms

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Kuwait Projects 2014

Kuwait Projects 2015

23 - 25 November 2015 | Exploring project opportunities in the Kuwait Market

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