Latest articles from Middle East

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari: no pause for breath for QNB

July 1, 2014

Not satisfied with being the number one bank in the Middle East, Qatar National Bank is looking further afield as it seeks higher growth opportunities outside Qatar. Its acting group chief executive speaks to James King.

Top 1000 World Banks – Gulf banks lead the Middle East's charge

June 30, 2014

Gulf lenders continue to drive the performance of Middle Eastern banks, recording impressive growth in this year's rankings. Elsewhere, Iranian banks are making sizeable gains.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani

Qatar's CBG tries to stay ahead of the game

June 2, 2014

Growth may be buoyant but that by no means makes managing the Qatari economy an easy task. Central bank governor Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani describes the steps that he has taken to make sure that such growth is sustained in the medium and long term.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

CIMB Islamic chief predicts a good year for sukuk

June 2, 2014

Observers are already predicting that 2014 will be a record-breaking year for sukuk issuance. While the majority of deals are currently coming out of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic's CEO believes that developments in the pipeline will see the asset class grow its international presence.

Ali Shareef Al Emadi

Finance minister looks to restructure Qatar

June 2, 2014

Qatar's gross domestic product growth may be envied by much of the rest of the world, but the country's finance minister is not blinkered by the country's current economic success. As he explains to The Banker, the need to diversify the hydrocarbon-reliant economy is great, which is why he has just announced a record-breaking budget to this end.

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. 

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