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Sultan Choudhury

Al Rayan Bank CEO enjoys UK comforts

August 1, 2015

Al Rayan Bank CEO Sultan Choudhury explains how the first Western sharia-compliant bank defied early setbacks and the global financial crisis to write its own success story. 

A green solution to MENAs energy crisis

MENA's energy challenge: will renewables relieve the capacity crisis?

July 15, 2015

Renewable energy is expected to play a significant role in the Middle East and north Africa's future energy mix, and the region's lenders are now paying attention to the attractive opportunities presented by this energy evolution. 

Adnan Ahmed Yousif

Al Baraka chief looks to a bigger and more harmonised Islamic finance market

July 1, 2015

Adnan Ahmed Yousif, the president and chief executive of Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group, believes that the scope for international expansion for Islamic finance is huge, and that improved oversight combined with scholarly jurisprudence is the key to a more harmonious global structure in the market.

African payments system

Connecting a continent: the rise of Africa's payment systems

July 1, 2015

Africa's regional payments systems, such as Siress, are flourishing and are expected to play a growing role in the continent's economic growth, particularly as intra-African trade picks up.

Top 1000 World Banks – QNB narrows gap with NCB for top Middle Eastern slot

June 29, 2015

Gulf lenders continue to dominate The Banker's top Middle Eastern lenders ranking, but Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank has had its lead cut by second placed Qatar National Bank.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asia-Pacific dips but still dominates global profit share

June 29, 2015

Western Europe increased its share of global banking profits in the 2015 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, but while Asia-Pacific saw its share decline slightly, it still dominates on this score.

Top 1000 World Banks – Greater global reach for new arrivals in Top 1000

June 29, 2015

The new arrivals ranking shows a drop in the number of banks from China and Russia, but the global reach of the newcomers is spread wider.

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese banks top for net interest income

June 29, 2015

Chinese lenders dominate the top 20 banks by net interest income tables in 2015.

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. 

Lebanon in stasis

In stasis: Lebanon's economy stifled by Syria and political deadlock

April 30, 2015

The civil war in bordering Syria and a stagnant political scene have caused Lebanon's economy to grow at a slow pace in recent years. While factors such as the low oil price give some cause for optimism, the prevailing feeling of uncertainty in the country means few see it realising its full potential any time soon.

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