Latest articles from Middle East

Ali Taiebnia

Iran's finance minister seeks positive post-sanctions outlook

January 4, 2016

Iran's potential – with its abundant natural resources, young and educated workforce, advantageous geographical location and emerging status as a tourism hub – can now be realised with the sanctions imposed against the country dropped. This is an opportunity that cannot be missed, writes Ali Taiebnia, the country's minister of economic affairs and finance.

Bank of the Year Awards 2015 – Middle East

December 3, 2015

Middle Eastern banks performed strongly in 2014, making the selection for Bank of the Year particularly tough. Read which banks made it onto the list of winners.

Slow growth forces UAE banks into new markets

Slow growth forces UAE banks into new markets

December 1, 2015

A slower growing economy and tighter liquidity environment are presenting the United Arab Emirates' lenders with a new set of challenges. Will expanding their international presence provide a solution?

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Top 100 Arab Banks 2015: another strong year

October 1, 2015

Banks across the Arab world continue to perform well despite the turbulent political environment, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking. 

Mahmood-Al-Kooheji

Bahrain SWF overcomes bout of turbulence

October 1, 2015

Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, has weathered economic and political uncertainty both at home and throughout the wider Middle Eastern region, and is now back on a path to growth, with its aviation holdings being at the forefront of this turnaround.

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Resilient Qatar looks to further economic diversification

September 1, 2015

The drop in oil prices has not hit Qatar's economy particularly hard, and its central bank governor, Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, is looking to further diversification, a strong banking sector, infrastructure investment and closer ties with China to keep the country in the fast lane when it comes to economic growth.

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Iran: open for business

September 1, 2015

The historic deal to end sanctions imposed by various Western powers upon Iran still has hurdles to clear, but already would-be investors are eyeing the country's rich potential.

Mohamed-Damak

The oil drain: how will banks in the Arab world cope?

September 1, 2015

As oil prices remain in the doldrums, the spending plans of hydrocarbon-dependent economies within the Arab world appear to be taking a hit. James King looks at how this new environment will affect the region's banks. 

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Will China's New Silk Road progress smoothly?

September 1, 2015

China's One Belt, One Road initiative – building a new Silk Road between western Europe and China's east coast as well as improving the Maritime Silk Road – will be a major game changer for international trade. Stefania Palma assesses its possible impact.

A green solution to MENAs energy crisis

MENA's energy challenge: will renewables relieve the capacity crisis?

July 15, 2015

Renewable energy is expected to play a significant role in the Middle East and north Africa's future energy mix, and the region's lenders are now paying attention to the attractive opportunities presented by this energy evolution. 

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