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Bahrain

Bahrain to promote Islamic private banking Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Minister of finance says insurance and trade finance are also areas of growth

Union Oasis

Dubai transport agency to seek Union Oasis developers Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Public-private partnership will develop real estate on top of metro station

Banking

Arab Banking Corporation posts profit increase Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Bahrain bank reduces bad-loan ratio

Emaar Properties

Emaar Properties’ outlook upgraded to positive Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Moody’s affirms Emaar Properties’ Ba1 rating

Standard & Poor’s

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat rating lowered by S&P Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Sovereign wealth fund has negative outlook

Rakbank

Rakbank raises additional bond funding Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

 A further $300m raised under scheme

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco confirms renewal of credit facility Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

The existing credit line is $4bn

Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank has posted a 31.7 per cent increase in profit

Ahli United Bank reports 31 per cent profit hike Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Bahrain bank posts profits of $482m

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Finance trends

Bahrain financial district

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

Mena project finance volumes

Mena project finance volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

Oil price concerns could affect this year’s deal pipeline

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

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MEED comment

Renewables

Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close

Dubai finance

Dubai World debt restructure good for banks

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

3 February 2015 | By

Lenders posted record profits last year

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

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

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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 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

Insurance: Takaful market sees signs of rebound Subscription

22 October 2014

Recession slowed the expansion of the industry

Banking

Banking: The GCC's 20 leading Islamic banks Subscription

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

Companies

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People

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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