Latest articles from United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

UAE back in business

February 21, 2011

Rising oil prices and restructured debt deals have lifted the mood about the economic outlook for the United Arab Emirates. 

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UAE banks: out of the woods and heading East

February 21, 2011

Hit hard by the credit and property bubbles that were at the epicentre of the global financial crisis, the United Arab Emirates' banks have since managed to shore up their stability and start to devise strategies for future growth. 

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Positive signs are emerging from Dubai

May 28, 2010

In addition to the global financial crisis, the Dubai World debt quandary has provided another test for the emirate's banks. Nevertheless, positive signs are emerging. Writer Daniel Maalo

Arab banks stay solid in tough conditions

October 5, 2009

Although not unaffected by the global financial crisis, the Arab banking sector has continued to expand, with the UAE banks accounting for a growing proportion of asset growth. Writer Stephen Timewell

A mixed year for GCC banks

September 2, 2009

The Gulf Co-operation Council countries have suffered as a result of the global economic downturn. Bank profits are down and there have even been some bank failures. But there is also plenty to be upbeat about, with some regions bucking the downward trend. Writer Michael Imeson

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Bright vision in a gloomy climate

May 5, 2009

Abu Dhabi's second Islamic bank was launched almost a year ago, just before the global financial crisis hit the Middle East. Despite this Al Hilal Bank continues to expand. Writer Mike Imeson

Can deep pockets protect the UAE?

April 7, 2009

The United Arab Emirates began to feel the chill winds of global recession late last year. However, the Emirates' immense accumulated wealth, especially that of Abu Dhabi, is likely to protect the economy in general, and the financial system in particular, from the worst effects. Writer Michael Imeson

The rise and rise of the new gulf

October 6, 2008

Dubai’s healthy economy embodies a radically different financial model that Europe and the US might do well to learn from. Even its lucrative oil interests are being left behind. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Tapping into fresh overseas deposits

September 1, 2008

The UAE’s banks’ profits based on lending are huge but with customer deposit levels lagging and international borrowing increasingly difficult, many are looking towards expansion opportunities abroad. Writer Mark Ford.

Exchange trades up

June 2, 2008

The newly rebranded Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange is branching into listing exchange-traded funds in a bid to increase its market stronghold, writes Lucia Dore.

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