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Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Financial adviser confirmed on Oman petrochemicals scheme

Sace is looking to support Italian exports of machinery and equipment that will be used within Morocco’s expanding infrastructure and construction sector

Italian export credit agency eyes Moroccan deals Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Sace to invest $255m to boost Italian exports to North African country

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

NCB is pushing forward with plans to list on the Tadawul, despite criticism from some Islamic clerics

Saudi Arabia’s NCB pursues listing in face of criticism Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Bank says initial public offering is sharia-compliant

Saudi British Bank profits increase in third quarter

Saudi British Bank profits increase in third quarter Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Results reflect wider banking sector growth


Bahrain advances with multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

Government aims to attract international investors

Saudi Hollandi Bank has reported a 6.6 per cent increase in profits for the third quarter of this year

Saudi Hollandi sees growth in third-quarter profits Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Results dip slightly compared with preceding quarter

Biggest sukuk issuers

Gulf sukuk pipeline remains healthy says S&P Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Market buoyed by sovereign and financial institution issuance

Shuaa capital net profit

Shuaa Capital net profits soar in third quarter Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Dubai investment bank achieves best quarterly results this year

Qatar National Bank reports increase in net profits

Qatar National Bank reports increase in net profits Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

Lender’s assets rise to new high

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

Egypt bank exposure to government debt

Egypt banks remain heavily exposed to sovereign debt Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Lending to private sector remains low

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

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Saudi banks look to new markets Subscription

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

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Special reports


Banking: The GCC's 20 leading Islamic banks

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: 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



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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Egypt: ATM installation equipment Subscription

27 September 2014 | By

Supply of equipment for the installation of 1,000 ATM machines

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