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UAE banks show strong growth

UAE banks show strong growth Subscription

22 July 2015 | By

ADCB among banks to post increased profits

Cairo Egypt

Moody’s improves Egyptian banks’ outlook Subscription

15 July 2015 | By

Revived economy to spur growth

Emirates NBD profits soar

Emirates NBD profits soar Subscription

15 July 2015 | By

Recent Dubai restructurings allow bank to thrive


Saudi banks navigate slowing economy Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Profit and loan growth remain positive for first half

Saudi sovereign bonds to stimulate debt markets

Saudi Arabia issues bonds to narrow deficit Subscription

12 July 2015 | By

Government shortfall this year is expected to reach $37bn


QNB profits keep rising Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Booming economy sustains banking growth


Kuwaiti bank gets approval for Egyptian acquisition Subscription

7 July 2015

Banks must wait for Egyptian Central Bank before finalising deal

Financiers keen on Kuwait PPP projects

Financiers keen on Kuwait PPP projects Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Local banks eye larger role

Abu Dhabi

Adib approves sukuk and share issuance Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Bank to improve capital ratios

Shanghai in China

Middle East nations join Asian International Investment Bank Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Fifty countries sign on with new China-led development bank

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Banking trends

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah-based United Arab Bank

Interview: No slowdown in UAE consumer loans Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah’s United Arab Bank, is bullish on continued growth in the UAE

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

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

Egypt foreign reserves

Egypt tackles US dollar black market Subscription

10 February 2015 | By

Country’s depreciating currency starts to stablise

UAE bank profits 2014

UAE banks to face a rocky 2015 Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

Analysts warn of slowdown in credit growth

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MEED comment

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint

27 July 2015 | By

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Philippa Wilkinson

The upside to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Issuing debt may seem a last resort for the GCC, but it would benefit the banking industry

Philippa Wilkinson

A whimper not a bang for the Tadawul Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

The much anticipated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is likely to underwhelm

Liz Bains

Credit demand set to slow Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

Region’s banking sector is better prepared for an economic slowdown than it was in 2009


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

Dubai project finance

Project financing requires innovation Subscription

28 January 2015 | By

Banks must develop innovative finance packages to allow project market to continue growth

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Special reports


Banking & Finance: The GCC's 20 largest lenders Subscription

10 June 2015

Profits have continued to grow


Saudi banking: Sector in rude health Subscription

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

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.


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

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Banking data


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Amgad Husein Subscription

28 January 2015

Amgad Husein is partner at Dentons Saudi Arabia

Neil Cuthbert Subscription

28 January 2015

Neil Cuthbert is partner at Dentons Dubai

Paul Trowbridge Subscription

27 January 2015

Paul Trowbridge is CEO at United Arab Bank

Samer Abdel Kader Subscription

26 January 2015

Samer Abdel Kader is head of SEI Investments Middle East

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

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Kuwait: Bank headquarters Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Construction of a headquarters building for a bank