Latest articles from Middle East

Incomplete oversight

June 5, 2006

Regulatory failings in Kuwait’s stock exchange have led to calls for the setting up of a capital markets authority.

A future to plan for

June 5, 2006

As both the banking sector and competition grow, Kuwait’s major banks are developing their individual strategies. Stephen Timewell reports.

Playing catch up

June 5, 2006

In the Gulf financial centres race, Kuwait is starting at the back of the field and has yet to find its role.

New Era, New Challenges

June 5, 2006

Despite the enormous riches stemming from $70-a-barrel oil, strong growth and good prospects across all sectors, the jury’s out on whether Kuwait’s leadership has the political will to achieve its potential. Stephen Timewell explains.

Shopping abroad for Arab liquidity

May 2, 2006

More confident Lebanese banks have been moving into regional markets, helping to win another ratings upgrade, write Jon Marks and Eleanor Gillespie.

Project finance needs grow

May 2, 2006

A new generation of mega-projects is creating huge opportunities for local and ‘suitcase’ bankers, writes Jon Marks in Riyadh.

Islamic journey

May 2, 2006

Farhan Bokhari reports on the push for the expansion of shariah-compliant Arab Islamic money outside the Middle Eastern region.

Gateway to the future

May 2, 2006

After a rocky start, the Dubai International Financial Centre appears to have reached critical mass.

Pernickety investors

May 2, 2006

Boom time in the Middle East does not translate into an easy ride for fund managers, says Nick Kochan.

Private investigations

May 2, 2006

The Middle East private equity industry doubled in size in 2005, as more Gulf investors woke up to the potential for 25% annual returns.

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