Latest articles from Middle East

Qatar’s new game plan

April 4, 2005

Qatar is fostering a project finance partnership with the international finance community via establishment of the Qatar Financial Centre and the approval of new laws. Stephen Timewell reports from Doha.

Catalyst for investment

March 7, 2005

Activity has increased in capital markets since the Capital Market Authority was set up last year. International investment banks are now lining up for a piece of the action. Stephen Timewell reports from Riyadh.

New dynamics bolster banking

March 7, 2005

Stephen Timewell looks behind the booming profits in the Saudi banking sector at the factors that are driving growth and the new product lines that are beginning to come onto the market.

Prosperous life

March 7, 2005

Samba managing director and CEO Eisa Al-Eisa has steered the bank into a strong position since the departure of Citigroup.

Good story continues

March 7, 2005

Hamad al-Sayari , governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, discusses Saudi Arabia’s booming economy with Stephen Timewell in Riyadh.

Performance rises higher

March 7, 2005

Another bumper year for the Saudi economy in 2004 included dynamic growth in non-oil private sectors, such as telecoms. And banks are beginning to benefit from growing capital markets activity, as Stephen Timewell reports from Riyadh.

Qatar financial centre to focus on partnerships

February 2, 2005

Qatar, the world’s fastest-growing economy, has announced plans to establish a new financial centre based on a different model to other regional financial centres in neighbouring Bahrain and Dubai.

Bahrain offers home comforts for HNWIs

December 1, 2004

High oil prices and an increasing aversion to Western markets are drawing huge flows of wealth into the Gulf. This is creating a highly lucrative market for private bankers in Bahrain.

Banks line up to underwrite gas

December 1, 2004

Qatar has attracted a record 36-strong underwriting group for its latest gas scheme, in what is being hailed as the largest project financing scheme on record, write Kevin Godier and Jon Marks.

Broader horizons

December 1, 2004

Bank Melli Iran is maximising its regional strength through an ambitious expansion strategy that extends across the Middle East and beyond.

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