The merger between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and FGB could well trigger a series of consolidatory moves across the Gulf's banking sector. But will this lead to the emergence of a handful of regional powerhouses? Kit Gillet assesses the situation.
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Liquidity in the Saudi Arabian banking sector has tightened, but there is no cause for concern just yet, reports Kit Gillet. However, the central bank is introducing measures to ease the pressure and boost lending.
Two years of low oil prices are draining the ample state coffers of the Gulf's hydrocarbon exporters. The region's finances have been affected and sovereigns are now piling into the international bond market to plug budget deficits. Tom Stevenson reports.
In the immediate aftermath of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran was looking forward to reaping the benefits of a sanctions-free future. However, major UK and EU banks are holding back on entering the country. James King examines why.
The Dubai International Financial Centre has risen to become a major trade, investment and logistics hub over the past decade. However, as James King discovers, it is eyeing further growth through its strategy to become a leading global centre by 2024.
Proximity to war-torn Syria is piling on the pressure for Lebanon, which faces plummeting tourist numbers and an influx of refugees. Yet the country's GDP continues to show modest growth, and offshore oil reserves wait to be tapped if the political will can be found.
The long-serving central bank governor of Lebanon, Riad Salamé, is a popular figure throughout the country, where he is widely seen as a steady hand amid an environment of political uncertainty. He talks to Edward Russell-Walling about his role in managing the Lebanese economy.
Lebanon's banks have for the past few years served as the pillars of the country's otherwise shaky economy. While they remain healthy, profits are being squeezed and lenders are anxiously awaiting a return to political and economic stability in the country.
As the Qatari economy begins to slow on the back of decreasing oil prices, liquidity in the country's banking system is feeling the squeeze. Ratings agencies have responded with downgrades, yet recent results are healthy as banks pursue new sources of growth.
Qatar is expected to post its first budget deficit in 15 years in 2016, exemplifying the difficulties faced by the oil-dependent economy. But, far from buckling under the pressure, the country is stepping up to the challenge of diversifying its economy and reining in public spending, as Kit Gillet reports.