Latest articles from Middle East

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.

A flying start

May 2, 2006

Morgan Stanley’s managing director in the UAE, Georges Makhoul, tells Richard Dean how the bank has thrived since it opened for business in Dubai last year.

Down but not out

May 2, 2006

A sharp correction in UAE stock markets is unlikely to deal a fatal blow to Dubai’s ambitions as a financial centre.

Tolerable profits

May 2, 2006

UAE banks should see earnings rise in 2006 but the gravy train of triple-digit profit growth built on absurdly oversubscribed flotations appears to be ending. Richard Dean reports from Dubai.

Boom persists amid bust

April 3, 2006

Stock market turbulence should not detract fromthe huge strides being made by the wider Saudi economy, writes Jon Marks in Riyadh.

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