Latest articles from Middle East

Karnit Flug

Israel CBG: Interest rate cuts target weak economy

October 1, 2014

A year into Karnit Flug’s tenure as governor of the Bank of Israel, James King looks at the impact of her stewardship on the broader economy.

Israeli banks seek hi-tech growth

Israel's banks gear up for their next phase of growth

October 1, 2014

A difficult macroeconomic environment has hardly dented the performance of Israeli banks, which are pushing ahead with new plans for longer term growth by honing their strategies in sectors including hi-tech and energy.

Cyber attack

Cyber attack: Is your bank safe?

September 1, 2014

From financially motivated cyber crime to politically influenced cyber warfare, the virtual threats to financial institutions are multiplying. Companies must respond by arming themselves against such attacks or else they risk losing their footing on the new digital battleground.

Nicholas Wilson

Qatar Investment Fund chairman puts out the international welcome mat

August 1, 2014

Qatar Investment Fund is overcoming the traditional hurdles to investment in Qatar, allowing investors to tap the country’s stellar growth, its chairman tells James King.

UAE and Qatar move up the investment status ranks

August 1, 2014

Having been upgraded from frontier to emerging market status by Morgan Stanley Capital International, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are certain to see increasing levels of investor interest, but they are also likely to be confronted with some new challenges.

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari: no pause for breath for QNB

July 1, 2014

Not satisfied with being the number one bank in the Middle East, Qatar National Bank is looking further afield as it seeks higher growth opportunities outside Qatar. Its acting group chief executive speaks to James King.

Top 1000 World Banks – Gulf banks lead the Middle East's charge

June 30, 2014

Gulf lenders continue to drive the performance of Middle Eastern banks, recording impressive growth in this year's rankings. Elsewhere, Iranian banks are making sizeable gains.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani

Qatar's CBG tries to stay ahead of the game

June 2, 2014

Growth may be buoyant but that by no means makes managing the Qatari economy an easy task. Central bank governor Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani describes the steps that he has taken to make sure that such growth is sustained in the medium and long term.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

CIMB Islamic chief predicts a good year for sukuk

June 2, 2014

Observers are already predicting that 2014 will be a record-breaking year for sukuk issuance. While the majority of deals are currently coming out of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic's CEO believes that developments in the pipeline will see the asset class grow its international presence.

Ali Shareef Al Emadi

Finance minister looks to restructure Qatar

June 2, 2014

Qatar's gross domestic product growth may be envied by much of the rest of the world, but the country's finance minister is not blinkered by the country's current economic success. As he explains to The Banker, the need to diversify the hydrocarbon-reliant economy is great, which is why he has just announced a record-breaking budget to this end.

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