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Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

The Middle East's private equity market had a successful year in 2014, with several notable deals, a number of vehicles closing their fundraising and increased international interest in the market. James King investigates how likely it is that its popularity will extend into 2015.

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

Encouraging growth in the non-hydrocarbon, SME and retail sectors have all contributed to what has been a largely successful year for the United Arab Emirates' banking sector.

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Israel's hi-tech ascent

Israel’s impressive ecosystem of hi-tech start-ups is increasingly taking on financial technology, with bold ambitions and an eye to the larger potential offered by the US, Europe and Asia. 

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EBRD president promotes development in north Africa

The president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development talks about the bank’s role in promoting private-sector development in north Africa and the Levant following the Arab Spring. 

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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – global and regional winners

The best of the best are celebrated as The Banker crowns the global Bank of the Year, and hands out the laurels for our regional winners and the lender that has excelled the most when it comes to financial inclusion.

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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – Middle East

The cream of the crop for 2014 from the Middle East.

Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

Hussain Al Qemzi, CEO of Noor Bank, discusses the long-term prospects for the Islamic banking sector, describing the valuable role it can play in promoting greater cross-border co-operation and operational harmonisation. 

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014: a stand-out year

Banks across the Arab world are prospering, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking, thanks to the health of the financial sector despite ongoing political and security risks in some areas.

Ziad Fariz

Central Bank of Jordan's 10-year plan

Jordan has endured a demanding few years in light of the challenging political and security environment in the Middle East. However, a series of policies introduced by the Central Bank of Jordan and the country's government are already making headway in tackling these challenges.

Karnit Flug

Israel CBG: Interest rate cuts target weak economy

A year into Karnit Flug’s tenure as governor of the Bank of Israel, James King looks at the impact of her stewardship on the broader economy.

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