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Nameer Khan

The UAE's growing role as a fintech hub

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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

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

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Oil surge puts Saudi economy in the black

April 29, 2022

Higher oil prices mean a return to budget surplus, even as investment challenges remain.

Tony Cripps

SABB targets SME growth as economy recovers

April 28, 2022

SABB CEO Tony Cripps talks about the impact of higher interest rates, the bank’s digital ambitions and how it plans to increase its foothold in Saudi Arabia’s retail market.

Alinma

Saudi lenders set for bumper year as rates rise

April 26, 2022

Further growth in retail mortgages will continue to underpin credit growth for banks as the economy improves. 

Global M&A volumes drop by 20% in Q1

April 19, 2022

It has not been a great start to the year for the global mergers and acquisitions market, with deal volumes down across all regions. 

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Kuwaiti banks bounce back as economy recovers

April 1, 2022

Higher oil prices and an end to most coronavirus restrictions point to a rosy year ahead for local lenders, with new digital entrants set to raise fresh questions about consolidation.

Sulaiman Al-Marzouq

Sulaiman Al-Marzouq on NBK’s new standalone ‘Weyay’

April 1, 2022

The National Bank of Kuwait’s deputy CEO for Kuwait talks to John Everington about the outlook for the economy and the prospects for public–private partnerships.

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Markaz CEO signals the need for Kuwaiti bank consolidation

March 31, 2022

Markaz's CEO Ali H Khalil discusses the importance of Kuwait’s stalled debt law, the outlook for deposits in the banking sector after 2021’s declines and the likelihood of consolidation in the local banking market.

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Boubyan Bank on the benefits of digital automation

March 30, 2022

Boubyan Bank is Kuwait’s second-largest bank and the country’s fourth-largest lender overall. Abdul Salam Al Saleh, the bank’s CEO for corporate banking, financial control, treasury and legal affairs, spoke to John Everington about the country’s economic outlook for 2022, the outlook for the local mortgage market and the impact of digital banking.