Latest articles from Middle East

Social banking in the omnichannel era

Social banking in the omnichannel era

February 1, 2013

Banks are no longer just competing with each other, they are also at war with a growing number of retailers and innovative start-ups that employ social media tactics to offer sought-after services. The Banker brought together a panel of banking experts to discuss the issues. This round table was sponsored by Cisco, but independently written and edited.

Oman hopes to open Islamic finance floodgates

Oman hopes to open Islamic finance floodgates

January 28, 2013

Oman's late introduction to Islamic finance will work in the favour of the country's bank, as they can learn from the examples of others, says HE Hamood Sangour Al-Zadjali, governor of the country's central bank.

Al-Masri Sabih

Arab Bank's new chairman looks to maintain leading role

January 2, 2013

Sabih Al-Masri, the new chairman of Arab Bank, talks about his plans for the lender, the benefits of cross-border activity and his vision to help the Arab world grow.

TEASER-Sahar Nasr

Putting Mena's private sector in the driver’s seat

January 2, 2013

In light of the growing demographic bulge in the Middle East and north Africa, regional governments must focus on generating new employment opportunities. At the top of their agenda should be growing the role of the private sector and prioritising the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, both of which can be achieved by much-needed regulatory reforms and a rethinking of the economic landscape.

Kuwait CBG's six steps to regulatory best practice

December 13, 2012

Kuwait's central bank governor says that maintaining an effective regulatory framework is a difficult and time-consuming task that requires constant attention and frequent fine-tuning. As the global economic crisis has shown, however, there is little alternative.

Jordan: a brighter future or more of the same

Jordan: a brighter future or more of the same?

December 12, 2012

Ongoing regional instability has taken its toll on Jordan’s banks, which are feeling the impact of a sharp slowdown in the real estate and construction sectors. But with the central bank receiving praise for its response to the crisis, what are the country’s prospects for recovery?

Iraqi banking sector fails to profit from oil riches

Iraqi banking sector fails to profit from oil riches

December 3, 2012

Iraq's banking sector is struggling to put its ever-increasing assets to work, a situation not helped by the fact that it is dominated by inefficient state-owned institutions. Can an influx of foreign banks – and the technology and expertise they bring – help transform the sector, or will development hinge on the state-owned banks' ability to reform?   

The Banker Awards 2012 TEASER

The Banker Awards 2012 – Middle East

November 29, 2012

The Bank of the Year winners from the Middle East.

Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor Islamic Bank pushes Islamic finance towards maturity

November 7, 2012

Islamic finance is increasingly being viewed as a credible alternative to conventional finance, but Hussain Al-Qemzi, group chief executive of Dubai-based Noor Investment Group and chief executive of Noor Islamic Bank, recognises that Islamic institutions must work together if they are to compete with conventional banks.

Islamic finance looks to pastures new

Islamic finance looks to pastures new

November 7, 2012

To maintain its phenomenal growth rates, Islamic finance is increasingly looking beyond sukuk and property investment to growth areas such as renewable energy and healthcare. 

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