Latest articles from United Arab Emirates

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.

Structural risks persist in the UAE banking sector

July 24, 2012

Banks in the United Arab Emirates are generating decent profits, but there are still significant underlying risks in the operating environment that all market participants need to address.

Citi’s central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa debt capital markets team: (from left) Ignacio Temerlin, Peter Charles, Blazej Dankowski, William Weaver and Vassiliy Tengayev

Citi makes the most of emerging debt volatility

July 2, 2012

Citi’s debt capital markets team switched nimbly between reopening Russian markets when risk appetite was high and placing Gulf state sukuk when investors searched for safety.

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Qatar plays in the banking big league

June 1, 2012

Qatar's infrastructure development projects – set to be worth $255bn over the next decade – and its hosting of football's World Cup in 2022 are set to provide a boon for banks already operating in the world's richest country by GDP per capita.

A little local insight

Middle Eastern banks: a little local insight

May 1, 2012

Local banks in the Middle East have continued to perform strongly despite the global financial downturn. The strategies of three such institutions – state-owned National Bank of Abu Dhabi, local-owned Qatar National Bank and retail franchise Emirates NBD – help to explain such a strong performance.

Middle Eastern banks look to move up a gear

Middle Eastern banks look to move up a gear

May 1, 2012

Armed with deep pools of liquidity, many Middle Eastern banks are exploring new avenues of growth, from expanding their regional presence to concentrating on innovation within the Islamic finance sphere.

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Crisis forces regulation refocus in UAE

February 1, 2012

The events triggered by the 2008 global financial crisis have ushered in a new wave of banking regulation in the United Arab Emirates and led to a greater focus on risk management. While UAE banks now boast some of the highest capitalisation levels in the world, the biggest challenge facing the sector as a whole is that of tightening liquidity.

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Dubai's rehabilitation gathers pace

October 3, 2011

Dubai’s banking sector has suffered a series of setbacks in the past few years. But with a series of new bond issuance from state-owned companies being met with high demand, and banks rolling out new mortgage products, 2011 has seen an upturn in the fortunes of the emirate.

Mubadala shines in stormy Middle East

June 30, 2011

With unrest spreading through many Middle Eastern and north African countries, the stability of the United Arab Emirates is making the country a haven for investors in the region, with Abu Dhabi's development and investment company Mubadala a leading light when it comes to utilising the bond markets.

Will UAE banks be able to comply with Basel III capital rules?

February 25, 2011

A surge in issuance of subordinated debt by banks in the UAE may make it more difficult for them to comply with Basel III capital requirements. Click here to see which banks.

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