Latest articles from Middle East

Kuwait's upgraded exchange gears up for more business

April 1, 2014

With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

April 1, 2014

Despite an unusual structure as the holding company for a fixed-line monopoly, B Communications issued Israel's first dual-listed bond to considerable demand.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG pushes optimistically ahead

April 1, 2014

With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.

Jordan defies regional unrest

Jordan's banks defy regional unrest

March 3, 2014

Political instability in the Middle East has taken a toll on Jordan’s economy, but those on the inside maintain that the country remains politically and economically stable, and open for business. 

Kuwait governor's Islamic finance agenda

February 14, 2014

Kuwait’s central bank governor Mohammad al-Hashel is at the forefront of new thinking on Islamic finance.

The Middle Easts movers and shakers in 2013

The Middle East's biggest movers and shakers in 2013

January 2, 2014

A profile of the appointments who made an impact in banking and finance in the Middle East in 2013.

Central Banker of the Year awards

Central Bank Governor of the Year 2014

January 2, 2014

The Banker’s Central Bank Governor of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

December 20, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Bank of the Year Awards 2013

Tougher banking regulation needed for mortgages

November 25, 2013

Central banks around the world should take note of the United Arab Emirates' new regulations on mortgage lending. 

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