Latest articles from Middle East

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Investment in traditional energy is essential for transition

September 9, 2022

Careful and planned investment in both renewables and hydrocarbons is essential for an effective energy transition.

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The Banker's Top 100 Arab Banks 2022

August 19, 2022

SNB claims the Arab world’s top spot as post-Covid regional profitability rebounds.

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Open banking comes to the Middle East

August 3, 2022

Tarabut Gateway CEO, Abdulla Almoayed, talks to John Everington about the prospects for open banking in the Middle East and the lessons regional lenders can learn from around the world.

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HSBC rides the Middle East IPO wave

July 27, 2022

In contrast to the US and Europe, where IPO volumes have slumped, the Middle East is enjoying a bumper period, with HSBC playing a key role.

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Lebanese central bank governor defends economic record

July 27, 2022

Banque du Liban governor Riad Salamé claims the bank's controversial engineering scheme is not responsible for the country’s economic meltdown. 

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Lebanon’s economic crisis drags on

July 1, 2022

Despite banking reforms, an end to the country’s economic trauma remains a distant prospect.

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The rise and rise of Qatar’s Islamic banking sector

May 30, 2022

Kit Gillet talks to Bassel Gamal, group CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank, about the role Islamic banking plays in Qatar today, the potential impact of the 2022 World Cup, and what is holding back the global adoption of Islamic finance.

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Gas windfall provides bonus in Qatar’s World Cup year

May 27, 2022

As Qatar prepares to host the World Cup later this year, the country’s economy is set to receive a major windfall from higher gas prices.

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The UAE's growing role as a fintech hub

May 26, 2022

Government reforms are making the UAE an increasingly attractive location for fintechs doing business in the wider region, writes Nameer Khan. 

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Rising gas receipts and World Cup influx set to lift Qatari lenders

May 26, 2022

The country’s banks are set for a bumper year, even as a heavy reliance on foreign funding raises concerns.