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Saudi Arabia looks to realise its 2030 vision

April 3, 2017

Saudi Arabia's blueprint for the future, Vision 2030, aims to diversify the economy and cement the country's status as a Middle Eastern powerhouse. But the reforms necessary to modernise the country and attract investment will bring challenges as well as opportunities, as James King reports.

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Saudi capital markets play prime role in diversifying economy

April 1, 2017

In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 blueprint to diversify the country’s economy away from oil, its capital markets are being liberalised and broadened to include regional and foreign investors. James King reports.

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GCC banking M&A stuck in a rut

March 1, 2017

The high-profile NBAD-FGB merger has failed to start a consolidation trend in the Gulf Co-operation Council countries, with M&A activity for 2016 otherwise flat and little movement expected in the coming months. James King reports.

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Lebanon takes a consolidatory route

March 1, 2017

Lebanon was a hub of M&A activity in 2016, with the country's larger banks buying up smaller operators, while global lenders exited the scene. James King reports.

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Abu Dhabi targets fintech hub status

February 1, 2017

Keen to diversify its economy further away from oil, Abu Dhabi is looking to position itself as the fintech hub for the Middle East and Africa, backed by projects such as the RegLab sandbox. James King reports.

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Joseph I Lieberman: The case against investing in Iran

January 1, 2017

Banks that do business with Iran should bear in mind the legal, political, financial and reputational risks to both the company and its employees.

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Why Expo 2020 Dubai will benefit the Middle East, Africa and beyond

October 1, 2016

The United Arab Emirates minister of state for international co-operation, who is also the director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai, assesses the potential of this mega-event to engineer an economic and business boost for the entire Middle East, Africa and south Asia region.

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Top 100 Arab Banks: has the oil price slump hurt profits?

October 1, 2016

The drop in oil prices and regional unrest have seen Arab banks struggle to maintain their stellar profit results of previous years, but overall their performances remain impressive by global standards.

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Is the Gulf banking sector set for a wave of consolidation?

September 1, 2016

The merger between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and FGB could well trigger a series of consolidatory moves across the Gulf's banking sector. But will this lead to the emergence of a handful of regional powerhouses? Kit Gillet assesses the situation.

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Saudi banks' growth hit by liquidity squeeze

September 1, 2016

Liquidity in the Saudi Arabian banking sector has tightened, but there is no cause for concern just yet, reports Kit Gillet. However, the central bank is introducing measures to ease the pressure and boost lending.

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