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Bassel-Gamal

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.

Nameer Khan

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. 

QNB

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.

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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.