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Bahrain freezes bank repayments as GDP shrinks

March 1, 2021

Government acts as lower oil prices and the pandemic result in a rating downgrade.

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Saudi mega-merger symbolises Gulf M&A trend

March 1, 2021

Tie-up between NCB and Samba Financial heralds a second wave of bank consolidation in the region.

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Behind the push to make banking more inclusive in MENA

February 4, 2021

The Middle East and north Africa has some of the lowest access to financial services in the world, but work is underway to change this.

Saudi Arabia steps up efforts to reboot economy

January 18, 2021

Gulf kingdom reportedly seeking to snatch multinationals from Dubai, as sovereign wealth fund ramps up investment.

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UAE banks robust despite challenging environment

January 4, 2021

Gulf country’s financial sector has withstood twin shocks to the domestic economy.

Will legal reforms boost UAE’s position as a global business hub?

November 10, 2020

Wide-ranging legal changes have been designed with foreign residents and investors in mind.

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IFC encourages the private sector in the Middle East and Africa

November 2, 2020

IFC vice-president for the Middle East and Africa, Sérgio Pimenta, on Covid-19’s lasting impact on economies in the two regions.

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Healthtech: a unique opportunity to improve care in emerging markets

September 30, 2020

The gap in levels of accessible healthcare for those in developed and emerging markets is vast but technology offers a solution. 

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The evolution of the GCC’s digital banking sector

September 28, 2020

Despite optimal conditions for a digital shake-up of the banking sector, a genuine challenger has yet to emerge.

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Can Qatar's self-reliance strategy provide bulwark against crisis?

June 5, 2020

Gulf state hopes economic independence because of blockade will help it withstand downturn.