Latest articles from Middle East

Islamic banking arrives in the UK

May 2, 2005

The authorisation of the first fully Shariah-compliant bank in the West has created considerable interest. Michael Ainley looks at the FSA’s approach and what lies ahead.

Bahrain’s regional reach

April 4, 2005

Stephen Timewell reports on FT Business’s seminar on new opportunities in Bahrain as it develops its Islamic banking sector and regulatory powers.

Saudi banks are on a roll

April 4, 2005

Saudi Arabia’s banks are enjoying the spoils of buoyant markets, with record-breaking profits spurring ground-breaking deals. Stephen Timewell reports.

Project finance wells

April 4, 2005

This year will be remembered for Saudi Arabia’s embrace of project finance after watching from the sidelines, write Kevin Godier and Jon Marks.

Emergence of a global leader

April 4, 2005

Shrewd exploitation of its gas reserves has catapulted Qatar to the forefront of the global project finance industry, write Jon Marks and Eleanor Gillespie.

Index attracts feverish interest

April 4, 2005

Qatar’s law is being amended to liberalise foreigners’ ability to buy equity listed on the Doha Securities Market, boding well for the fast rising index. By Will McSheehy.

A new line on taxes

April 4, 2005

After extensive research into international taxation practices, the Qatar Financial Centre has adopted a different tax regime from the rest of the country.

New beginnings

April 4, 2005

The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority’s new chairman tells Stephen Timewell how the centre is establishing a one-country, two-system environment.

Ready to draw business in

April 4, 2005

Qatar’s financial centre is based on a very different model to others in the Gulf, and is designed to attract big business, as Stephen Timewell explains.

Project opportunities

April 4, 2005

Estimates suggest that the total value of investment project opportunities in Qatar in the 2004-2010 period across all sectors, from LNG to education and research to hotels, is around $110bn. And around $33bn of these are described as “open projects” which still have financing needs and are available to external investors.

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