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Emaar Properties

Emaar Properties’ outlook upgraded to positive Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Moody’s affirms Emaar Properties’ Ba1 rating

Standard & Poor’s

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat rating lowered by S&P Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Sovereign wealth fund has negative outlook


Rakbank raises additional bond funding Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

 A further $300m raised under scheme

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco confirms renewal of credit facility Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

The existing credit line is $4bn

Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank has posted a 31.7 per cent increase in profit

Ahli United Bank reports 31 per cent profit hike Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Bahrain bank posts profits of $482m


Noor Trade to open more Dubai branches Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

SME market getting more competitive, bank says

Jordan power demand

Jordan’s solar projects move towards financial close Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

Development banks funding solar photovoltaic plants

Ras Tanura refinery

Saudi Aramco to raise $10bn loan Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

Facility will refinance Saudi firm’s existing obligations

Noor Bank to lend $1.4bn to small businesses in the UAE

Noor Bank expands SME business Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

Lending target set for 2018


S&P puts Saudi banks on negative outlook Subscription

19 February 2015 | By

Action follows earlier review of Saudi sovereign risk

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Banking trends

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

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Funds take a new approach to Europe

Bahrain banking sector

Bahrain banks strengthen their position Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Banking sector’s asset base stabilises

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

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MEED comment


Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close

Dubai finance

Dubai World debt restructure good for banks

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

3 February 2015 | By

Lenders posted record profits last year

Dubai project finance

Project financing requires innovation

28 January 2015 | By

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

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 Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

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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 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


Banking: Assets grow on economic recovery Subscription

22 May 2014

The regional banking industry is in strong health

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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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