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Arab banks show clean bill of health

Top 100 Arab banks ranking, 2013: Clean bill of health

October 1, 2013

The Arab world has captured the wrong kind of attention in recent years as the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermath have dominated global headlines. However, The Banker's Top 100 Arab Banks rankings show a banking industry that is well capitalised and well run.

Middle East banks continue to take small steps forward

July 1, 2013

Slow but steady growth seems to be the order of the day for banks in the Middle East, with most countries in the region having something to cheer.

On the rise: lenders such as Qatar National Bank have benefited from the country’s construction boom

Qatar's banks stand strong

June 3, 2013

Despite the rapid growth that Qatar – and its banking sector – has experienced in recent years, the country's government is not resting on its laurels and is actively looking to address issues such as an overcrowding of the market, overdependence on foreign funding and the economy’s lack of diversification. 

Banks to watch in 2013, EFG Hermes

February 1, 2013

The Banker has identified 13 banks to keep an eye on in the coming year based on a variety of factors. Following its 2012 merger with Qatari investment bank QInvest, Egypt-based EFG Hermes will be a bank to watch in 2013.


The struggle to find the right Islamic banking model

November 7, 2012

The steady growth of sharia-compliant assets suggests banks believe in the future of the sector, but the dismantling of the largest cross-border Islamic window raises questions about whether global banking groups can make a success of the business.

Gulf three-way asset management traffic

The Gulf's three-way asset management traffic

October 1, 2012

The financial centres of Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar dominate the Gulf's economic sphere and despite some major regulatory changes, the region as a whole is becoming more attractive to international asset managers in search of investable wealth.

Resilience underpins Arab banks

Top Arab banks ranking, 2012

October 1, 2012

Arab banks offset the turmoil of the Arab Spring and offered a robust performance in 2011 with impressive growth across the key financial indicators. And with minimal exposure to the eurozone crisis, the region's banks are expected to continue their recovery from the global financial crisis.

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Qatar Central Bank moves closer to its goal

September 3, 2012

With the same proactive approach that allowed the country to steer clear of the worst of the global economic crisis, Qatar's central bank is preparing the country's banks sector for regulatory pressures ahead, while ensuring they can meet the large-scale funding requirements that come with the country hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar Exchange eyes global presence with five-year plan

June 1, 2012

The Qatar exchange was the only bourse in the Middle East and north Africa region to record a positive price return in 2011 as the Arab Spring uprisings hit the country's financial markets. The exchange's CEO explains the factors behind its stability, and how its three-phase strategy will enhance its reputation.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani

Qatar's CBG seeks diversified route to sustained growth

June 1, 2012

Qatar's impressive economic growth over the past few years, driven by the energy sector, looks set to slow down in 2012. However, the country's central bank governor is unfazed by such forecasts, as he says the private sector will now come to the fore in areas such as infrastructure, education, services and healthcare.

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