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Saudi Arabia outside of the oil

How Saudi Arabia's non-oil private sector is fuelling growth

April 1, 2015

The non-oil private sector is playing an ever-expanding role in the growth of Saudi Arabia's economy. However, will it be able to help tackle the country's high unemployment ratio and low home ownership rates? James King reports.

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

April 1, 2015

The impact of low oil prices on Saudi Arabia's banks in 2014 was negligible, as they posted stellar figures. And the sector looks to be in a good position to continue to thrive, says James King, a testimony to its prudent management.

Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

Kuwait ignited: Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

April 1, 2015

Hit hard by the global financial crisis and a stagnant domestic political scene, Kuwait is now emerging as a stable, pro-business destination with a buoyant private sector and an economy moving away from its reliance on oil, as James King discovers.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait CBG takes a positive outlook

April 1, 2015

The governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, Mohammad Al-Hashel, has every reason to look to the future with optimism, given that the country's banking sector is coping well with low oil prices, welcoming foreign entrants, bringing down its NPL ratio and helping diversify the country's economy. 

Kuwait stays among the leading Islamic finance pack

Kuwait stays among the leading Islamic finance pack

April 1, 2015

Despite its small size, Kuwait has long been a key player within the global Islamic finance industry, and with its sharia-compliant institutions posting strong figures in 2014, this position only looks likely to strengthen.

Kuwait from crisis to confidence

From crisis to confidence: the re-emergence of Kuwait's banks

April 1, 2015

Kuwait’s banks are slowly recovering from the global financial crisis and bankers are optimistic for 2015. However, issues remain, including high exposure to the real estate market, outstanding debt settlements and a funding shortfall for the country’s SMEs. 

Kuwait Stock Exchange looks to claw back ground

Kuwait Stock Exchange looks to claw back ground

April 1, 2015

The dual blow of declining oil prices and increasing instability in neighbouring Iraq hit the Kuwait Stock Exchange hard in 2014. But hopes are high that it will rally in 2015, after a modest rise in the weighted index in January. 

Dr Fahad Al-Mubarak

SAMA governor targets SME and consumer banking

April 1, 2015

The governor of Saudi Arabia’s central bank, Dr Fahad Al-Mubarak, sees growth potential in consumer banking and SMEs, and is helping banks better cater to these sectors. 

Hamood Sangour Al Zadjali

Oman CBG looks beyond oil worries

March 2, 2015

Despite facing budgetary pressures and a falling oil price, Hamood Sangour Al Zadjali, Oman's central bank governor, is optimistic over the country's future, describing to James King how directives to encourage SME lending and bring about a harmonious Islamic banking sector will bring huge benefits.

Strong and steady

Strong and steady: Oman's quiet path to banking success

March 1, 2015

Unlike some of its more illustrious neighbours, Oman's banking sector was barely affected by the global financial crisis, thanks in no small part to its domestic focus and cautious central bank. However, while the short-term prospects are strong, a plummeting oil price and increasing competition at home pose longer term challenges.

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