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ADCB extends loan to support Abu Dhabi Fairmont hotel Subscription

23 April 2014, 7:43 GMT | By

Loan is for AED950m

Saudi banks’ lending activity to drive profits Subscription

22 April 2014, 12:23 GMT | By

Banking sector posts strong first quarter results

Saudi’s Acwa signs co-investment deal with Apicorp Subscription

22 April 2014, 8:47 GMT | By

Agreement will boost Acwa’s ability to fund new projects

Bank Sohar posts Q1 profit increase Subscription

21 April 2014, 8:49 GMT | By

Results follow National Bank of Oman’s positive results

Kuwait Finance House sees profits rise by 13 per cent Subscription

20 April 2014, 11:16 GMT | By

Kuwait Finance House bank looking to strengthen Turkish business

Lebanese banks granted outlook upgrade Subscription

20 April 2014, 9:17 GMT | By

Three banks have forecasts revised to stable by Standard & Poor’s

Taqa raises Samurai loan to refinance bond Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:50 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi firm Taqa taps new source of liquidity

Dubai Islamic Bank raises foreign ownership limit Subscription

16 April 2014, 8:18 GMT | By

Higher limit means DIB is likely to be included in emerging markets index

Qatar First Bank upbeat on Qatar Exchange Subscription

15 April 2014, 5:27 GMT | By

Qatar First Bank eyes listing but awaits regulatory approval

Dubai’s IMG World of Adventures secures billion-dirham financing Subscription

14 April 2014, 9:50 GMT | By

Theme park due to open by early 2015

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Banking trends

SAIB net profit 2008-2012

Saudi Investment Bank Subscription

9 January 2014, 10:06 GMT | By

SAIB is in the final year of a strategic plan to boost market share

Saudi Arabia loan-to-deposit ratio

Saudi bank liquidity improves as credit growth drops Subscription

20 November 2013, 13:08 GMT | By

Loan-to-deposit ratio of Saudi banks drops for second consecutive month

Growth in GCC banking assets

Bank Nizwa Subscription

15 October 2013, 9:10 GMT | By

The Islamic lender hopes to lead the development of the sharia finance sector in Oman

Saudi loan-to-deposit ratio

Saudi bank loan to deposit rate hits highest rate since 2008 Subscription

9 October 2013, 8:04 GMT | By

Competition to book new assets is starting to recede

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Bank mergers to boost Bahrain’s status

6 March 2014, 12:56 GMT | By

The consolidation of larger lenders will strengthen the country’s status as a financial hub for the region


Qatari banks will continue to grow Subscription

28 November 2013, 14:44 GMT

International and domestic growth opportunities bode well for Qatar-based lenders

Dubai banking district

UAE lenders start to talk tough Subscription

21 November 2013, 14:32 GMT

The UAE’s banking sector is trying to combat a bad reputation with a new credit bureau and code of conduct

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Special reports

Project finance

Banking: Sadara deal boosts project finance

30 January 2014, 7:27 GMT

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, 12:41 GMT

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, 5:02 GMT

The GCC’s Islamic banks performed strongly in 2012


Banking: QNB extends its lead over GCC rivals Subscription

12 June 2013, 16:20 GMT

For the first time in its history, the Middle East has a bank with assets worth more than $100bn


Saudi banking: Lenders look to deploy liquidity Subscription

24 April 2013, 14:16 GMT

Saudi banks find themselves in an enviable position

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Banking data

Top 20 GCC Islamic banks by assets, 2013 Subscription

29 August 2013, 6:43 GMT | By

The biggest banks in the Gulf, listed by assets

The GCC top 20 banks 2012 by profit

GCC banks by country Subscription

13 June 2013, 13:51 GMT

The main banks in the GCC, listed by total assets for each country

The GCC top 20 banks 2012

Major GCC bank results: 2007 - 2012 Subscription

13 June 2013, 8:52 GMT | Updated: 18 June 2012, 12:54 GMT

Finance figures for the Gulf’s 20 biggest banks, listing their customer deposits, loans and advances, total assets and profits



Jaafar Khatteche Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:24 GMT

Jaafar Khatteche is president and chief executive officer, Banque Nationale Agricole (BNA)

Khalil Ammar Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:23 GMT

Khalil Ammar is president and chief executive officer, Banque de Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (BFPME)

Mohamed Kaaniche Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:22 GMT

Mohamed Kaaniche is president and chief executive officer (CEO), Banque Tunisienne de Solidarite (BTS)

Noureddine Zekri Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:21 GMT

Noureddine Zekri is director-general, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Chedly Ayari Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:19 GMT

Chedly Ayari is governor and president of the board, Central Bank of Tunisia

Karim Eddine Khellili Subscription

22 October 2013, 10:02 GMT

Karim Eddine Khellili is president and chief executive officer, Banque Nationale d’Algerie

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