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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


Egyptian banks ramp up lending Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Deposits grow slower than loans for first time in year


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts increased second-quarter profits Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

UAE banks begin posting strong second-quarter results

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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 Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Lender’s profits up by 37 per cent

Commercial Bank of Dubai posts highest first half results to date Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Bank achieves AED581.1m in net profit  

Arab Bank posts profit increase for first half Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Jordan’s Arab Bank also boosts lending  

Revenue growth drives Saudi bank profits Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Saudi Arabian banks eye new markets to beat competition

Qatar Islamic Bank reports increase in first half profits Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Qatar Islamic Bank reports strong growth in its fee income business

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Banking trends

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

UAE banks' first-quarter results

UAE banks post strong first quarter results Subscription

30 April 2014 | By

Market set to get more competitive as economy strengthens

Trade confidence in the Middle East

Confidence among UAE traders grows Subscription

8 April 2014 | By

India and China will remain the UAE’s fastest-growing trade routes

Qatar banking sector

Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription

2 April 2014 | By

Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

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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

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

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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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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