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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

Dubai finance

Stanford Marine secures Islamic finance Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Plenty of interest for marine services company debt consolidation

The Tadawul

Foreigners to move cautiously on Tadawul Subscription

14 June 2015 | By

Saudi stock market opening will be dampened by summer lull

Bank of Sharjah issues benchmark bond

Bank of Sharjah issues benchmark bond Subscription

14 June 2015 | By

Debut international bond oversubscribed


Islamic Development Bank raises sukuk ceiling Subscription

14 June 2015 | By

Bank will issue up to $25bn in sukuk

FGB launches $3bn debt issuance

FGB launches $3bn debt issuance Subscription

11 June 2015 | By

Bank is diversifying funding sources

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

National Bank of Abu Dhabi considers bond issuance Subscription

7 June 2015 | By

Subordinated bonds to have lower rating


Jabal Omar Development secures loan Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Islamic financing for Mecca development

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Banking trends

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

Middle East and North Africa syndicated loan volumes

Mena syndicated loan volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

Middle East and North Africa region records a 12 per cent drop on previous year

Mena project finance volumes

Mena project finance volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

Oil price concerns could affect this year’s deal pipeline

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MEED comment

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

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



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