Latest articles from Middle East

Reality check for the Gulf

April 3, 2006

The recent drop in Gulf stock prices gave everyone a shock. But, as Stephen Timewell reports, it appears to have been the correction of a maturing market and not the precursor to a regional slump.

Hub of Sharia finance

March 6, 2006

With the introduction of project finance instruments to complement more familiar short-term trade finance and consumer lending, Islamic banking has found a sound but innovative home in Bahrain. Jon Marks and Ian Lewis report.

Fighting off the challengers

March 6, 2006

Competition to draw international banks into the Gulf region is stronger than ever but Bahrain is confident that it can retain its leading edge, write Jon Marks and Ian Lewis.

Activity on the acquisition trail

March 6, 2006

Lebanon’s top two banks have boosted profits and set their sights on regional and global expansion, despite political turmoil at home. Stephen Timewell reports.

Horizons must widen

February 6, 2006

Following capital market reform, Israel’s banks are being forced to look overseas for expansion opportunities, says David Lipkin.

Gulf successors have chance to craft role of GCC

February 6, 2006

All eyes are on the Gulf region to see which direction it will take in choosing replacements for its long-time leaders.


January 2, 2006

Gulf International Bank
dr Khaled M Al-Fayez,CEO

What the bankers say: Israel

January 2, 2006

The Banker invites CEOs from around the world to discuss the economic climate in their country and institution, and their hopes for the future


January 2, 2006

National Bank of Kuwait
Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, CEO

Central Banker of the Year/ Middle East

January 2, 2006

Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al-Sabah Governor, Central Bank of Kuwait

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