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UAE works to standardise Islamic finance Subscription

6 October 2015 | By

Mature regulation would sustain Islamic sector growth

World Bank approves $300m programme for Tunisia

World Bank extends extra $500m to Tunisia Subscription

4 October 2015 | By

Loan fast-tracked to compensate for economic impact of terrorism

Mediterranean coast in Tunisia

IMF releases loan for Tunisia Subscription

1 October 2015 | By

Tunisia’s economy “resilient”


Iran pays debt to contractors in government bonds Subscription

1 October 2015 | By

Treasury bills to be issued next week


Islamic finance growth to slow Subscription

29 September 2015 | By

Lower oil prices and potential hike in interest rates to curb exponential growth

Emirates NBD

Emirates NBD considers IPO of subsidiary Subscription

22 September 2015 | By

Electronic payments firm could be listed


Lebanese banks’ outlook lowered Subscription

17 September 2015 | By

Political instability weighs on sovereign credit ratings


Qatar National Bank gets Saudi licence Subscription

16 September 2015 | By

First Qatari bank to get approval

Oman banks keen on Liwa Plastics

Oman banks keen on Liwa Plastics Subscription

14 September 2015 | By

Roadshow builds appetite for foreign investors

Abu Dhabi's FGB gets financing

Abu Dhabi's FGB gets financing Subscription

14 September 2015 | By

Loan deal struck with international syndication

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Banking trends

Qatar bank liquidity at risk from oil slump

Falling liquidity to drive up the cost of finance Subscription

22 September 2015 | By

Lower oil revenues have dampened liquidity at GCC banks

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia lending slows Subscription

10 September 2015 | By

Banks more cautious on private sector loans

Limited potential: Development of Iran’s vast offshore South Pars gas field has been constrained by sanctions

Iran looks east for project finance Subscription

8 September 2015 | By

Cash-starved project market hungry for foreign investment

Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif

Iran banks in need of huge overhaul Subscription

28 July 2015 | By

Bad debt and stifling regulations will need to be addressed as sanctions are lifted

Tehran in Iran

Emirati banks cautious on Iran Subscription

23 July 2015 | By

UAE could be well-placed for trade finance boom


Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah-based United Arab Bank

Interview: No slowdown in UAE consumer loans Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah’s United Arab Bank, is bullish on continued growth in the UAE

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Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint Subscription

27 July 2015 | By

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Philippa Wilkinson

The upside to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Issuing debt may seem a last resort for the GCC, but it would benefit the banking industry

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

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Special reports


Banking & Finance: The GCC's 20 largest lenders Subscription

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.

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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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Kuwait: Bank headquarters Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Construction of a headquarters building for a bank