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Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

June 2, 2014

As the Qatari economy has contracted in recent years, the country's banks have developed their own niches in order to remain profitable in what has become an increasingly competitive market.

Deals of the Year 2014

Deals of the Year 2014 – Middle East

May 1, 2014

The Deals of the Year winners from the Middle East.

Another Saudi success story

Big profits in a strong economy… another Saudi success story

May 1, 2014

There are commentators within the country who claim that the Saudi Arabian economy and its banking environment may well be the best in the world, with strong profits, a high level of capital investment and robust demographics. But there are concerns that small and medium enterprises do not have enough access to lending, providing a new focus for bank efforts.

Banks start to close the gender divide in Saudi Arabia

Banks start to close the gender divide in Saudi Arabia

May 1, 2014

The naming of the first woman CEO at a Saudi investment bank is one of several signs that the country's banking sector is redressing its gender imbalance.

The Saudi Arabian juggernaut powers on and on

The Saudi Arabian juggernaut powers on and on

May 1, 2014

Despite a drop in oil revenues, Saudi Arabia’s economy remains the envy of most countries in the world, boosted by government spending and the vibrant non-oil private sector. Not satisfied with this, the government is instigating major social reforms in the labour market and in education. 

Relaunching Bahrain

Bahrain’s banking sector rises to domestic challenges

May 1, 2014

Bahrain's central bank has steered the country's banking sector through a period of economic and political turbulence. With strong fundamentals and ample growth prospects, particularly in the Islamic finance segment, the country's lenders are now in a good position, but their future growth still hinges on the country maintaining social stability. 

New optimism for Lebanons banking sector

New optimism for Lebanon's banking sector

May 1, 2014

Lebanon is facing a new dawn, with its first functioning government in months promising an end to the political volatility that has mired its economy in recent years. Yet despite this instability, the country’s banks have been steadily growing and increasingly looking to other markets to expand. 

Riad Salameh anticipates economic rebound

Lebanon's central bank governor anticipates economic rebound

May 1, 2014

Lebanon has endured a difficult few years of domestic and regional uncertainty, which have weighed heavily on its economy. But now the governor of the central bank Riad Salameh, is preparing for the prospect of renewed growth. 

Putting Iraq back on the banking map

Putting Iraq back on the banking map

April 1, 2014

After years of neglect, the Iraqi banking sector offers promise once again. Mobile banking, trade finance and infrastructure financing opportunities are proving attractive to existing lenders and the wave of new entrants looking to break into the market. But, before the tide can finally turn, there are regulatory issues that need addressing.

The end of an era at National Bank of Kuwait

The end of an era at National Bank of Kuwait

April 1, 2014

In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Ibrahim Dabdoub has transformed the National Bank of Kuwait from a small local player into a global force. Now that he has chosen to step down from his position as chief executive, The Banker reflects on the legacy that he will leave behind.

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