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Kuwait City

Global Finance House signs murabaha financing Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

Bahraini bank to also list sukuk in coming months


National Bank of Oman positive on Egypt Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Egypt’s large-scale investment plans attract bank

UAE money

UAE Central Bank warns of legal action against Standard Chartered Subscription

24 August 2014 | By

New York anti-money laundering settlement to affect thousands of UAE businesses

Seoul, South Korea

Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund signs deal with South Korea Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Investment Corporation of Dubai to work with the Export-Import Bank of Korea


Rakbank to acquire stake in insurance firm Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Ras al-Khaimah-based bank eyes new business

Abu Dhabi

Fitch maintains high rating for Abu Dhabi Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Banking sector’s performance improving in line with economy

Bahrain finance

ABC Bank closes $750m syndicated loan Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Bahrain bank’s loan has margin of 120 basis points

Mall of the Emirates in the UAE

UAE consumer credit bureau to open in September Subscription

13 August 2014 | By

Office aims to reduce credit losses

Dubai at night

Union Properties secures debt refinancing Subscription

6 August 2014 | By

UAE property developer signs AED360m ($98m) facility


HDFC Bank opens Dubai office to support international business Subscription

5 August 2014 | By

Bank sets up in DIFC to support non-resident Indians

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Banking 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’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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MEED comment


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

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


Banks return to growth mode Subscription

22 May 2014

Backed by steady deposits and economic growth, regional lenders are looking for new revenue streams


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


Bank mergers to boost Bahrain’s status Subscription

6 March 2014 | By

The consolidation of larger lenders will strengthen the country’s status as a financial hub for the region

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Special reports


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: 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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Banking data

Top 20 GCC Islamic banks by assets, 2013 Subscription

29 August 2013 | By

The biggest banks in the Gulf, listed by assets



Alain Renaud Subscription

12 July 2014

Alain Renaud is general manager for corporate, commercial and investment banking at Commercial Bank of Dubai

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

Jaafar Khatteche Subscription

20 November 2013

Jaafar Khatteche is president and chief executive officer, Banque Nationale Agricole (BNA)

Khalil Ammar Subscription

20 November 2013

Khalil Ammar is president and chief executive officer, Banque de Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (BFPME)

Mohamed Kaaniche Subscription

20 November 2013

Mohamed Kaaniche is president and chief executive officer (CEO), Banque Tunisienne de Solidarite (BTS)

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Kuwait: Bank branch works Subscription

10 June 2014 | By

Carrying out maintenance and rehabilitation works to a bank branch

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