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Fitch Ratings has maintained a stable outlook for the GCC banking industry due to the high level of sovereign support the sector receives

GCC banks maintain stable outlook Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Sovereign support gives confidence to regional lenders, says Fitch Ratings

Abu Dhabi-based Baniyas Investment & Development Company (BIDC) has raised a AED1bn loan to refinance existing funding used for various construction projects in the emirate

Baniyas Investment & Development Company secures refinancing Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Deal replaces previous funding deal for Bawabat al-Sharq Mall in Abu Dhabi

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group

Al-Alfia Holding invests in Spanish construction group Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Qatari conglomerate acquires 25 per cent stake in Ecisa Compania General de Construcciones

Citizens with bank accounts

Low-income Egyptians face 'massive' obstacles to finance access Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Government needs to engage with unbanked population


Egypt’s state oil company secures $1.5bn loan Subscription

1 December 2014 | By

Financing will be used to help pay back foreign oil companies

Egypt microfinance

First microfinance securitisation due Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Could change how millions of Egypt’s small business people are financed

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal

Sace finalises Egypt power plant deal Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Italian agency guaranteeing $261m loan

Qatar National Bank is set to acquire more stakes in banks around the world in the coming years

QNB eyes further international expansion Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Bank acquired stake in African financial institution in September

Qatar export markets

Qatar central bank governor eyes stronger ties with China Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Doha wants to lead Gulf in renminbi settlement

Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo is building up its mobile banking capabilities

Ooredoo targets mobile banking growth Subscription

25 November 2014 | By

Data services driving revenues for Qatari telecoms firm

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Banking trends

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

Qatar banks net profits

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Saudi banks quarterly profits

Saudi lenders post solid third-quarter profits Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Kingdom’s banking sector remains highly competitive

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

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

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MEED comment

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

Shanghai in China

China proves attractive to Qatari banks

27 November 2014 | By

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals


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

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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: 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


Qatar banking: State spending boosts banking sector

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

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

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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: Banking unit equipment Subscription

15 November 2014 | By

Preparation and supply of equipment for a new banking unit

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