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Day of reckoning approaches for Lebanon's economy

June 3, 2019

A combination of political paralysis and fiscal crises have brought Lebanon’s economy to its day of reckoning. 

GCC Islamic banks growth poised for revival

May 10, 2019

Asset growth is likely to accelerate in 2019-20 for GCC Islamic banks after a difficult 2018.

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Deals of the Year 2019 - Middle East

May 1, 2019

A celebration of the top deals in the Middle East over the past year.

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Saudi Arabia's CMA chief looks to keep on pressing for change

May 1, 2019

The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Capital Markets Authority talks to The Banker. 

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Saudi Arabia celebrates MSCI index inclusion

May 1, 2019

The acceptance of Saudi Arabia's stock exchange into the MSCI Emerging Markets Index marks the progress of its capital markets. 

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Saudi banks prosper as country transitions away from oil

May 1, 2019

Saudi Arabia's banks are getting prepared for the transition to a less oil-dependent economy. 

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Market keeps faith with Saudi commitment to reform

May 1, 2019

As Saudi Arabia moves towards its Vision 2030 goals, the business community remains optimistic that reform is inevitable, if slower than hoped.

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Kuwait central banker finds fine balance between prudence and innovation

April 1, 2019

Kuwait's central bank governor talks about preserving the attractiveness of the national currency and harnessing the power of technology while mitigating its risks.

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Kuwait invests in oil and gas while toeing OPEC line

April 1, 2019

As an OPEC member, Kuwait has agreed on oil production caps and accepted the new normal of low oil prices. The Banker assesses what this means for the country’s ambitions.

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Kuwait builds on its regional ambitions

April 1, 2019

Kuwait is oil-rich, has an enviable geopolitical location and a well-developed financial sector. James King assesses its ambitions to become a serious regional player in the Middle East.