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Qatari banks health check

Qatar's banks: a health check

June 1, 2015

A snapshot of Qatar’s banks shows a sector in good health, with sound provision levels and growth in public sector credit. But with real estate prices increasing rapidly, concerns remain over the potential for a bubble emerging in the market. 

A global energy shift

A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

March 1, 2015

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

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.

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.

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.

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

June 2, 2014

As the Qatari economy has contracted in recent years, the country's banks have developed their own niches in order to remain profitable in what has become an increasingly competitive market.

The Middle Easts movers and shakers in 2013

The Middle East's biggest movers and shakers in 2013

January 2, 2014

A profile of the appointments who made an impact in banking and finance in the Middle East in 2013.

Gulf sovereign wealth funds

Gulf SWFs look to move with the times

October 1, 2013

The Gulf’s sovereign wealth funds have grown in size and influence, adapting to market forces and taking advantage of the global financial crisis. But just how are they generating returns in the current economic climate?

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