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The Banker Shorts March 3

The Banker Shorts – March 3, 2023

March 6, 2023

Your quick guide to the week ending March 3, 2023, on

A portrait of Ibrahim Sultan Al Haddad, CEO, Salik.

Salik’s road to IPO success

February 28, 2023

In its first foray into the market, the sole operator of Dubai’s automated road toll collection system saw its retail tranche 190 times oversubscribed.

A woman sitting in a branch of NBB, pointing to a leaflet.

Bahraini lenders eye mortgage boost

February 27, 2023

Having benefited from high government spending during the pandemic, Bahrain’s banks are looking to the retail sector to support growth in the coming year.

Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi at dusk, with an inset portrait image of Huda Al-Lawati, CEO of Aliph Capital.

Female-founded private equity fund forges path in the Middle East

February 22, 2023

Huda Al-Lawati, founder and CEO of Aliph Capital, the first female-founded private equity fund in the Middle East, speaks to The Banker.

A busy Bahraini market street, with stalls selling a variety of foodstuffs.

Bahrain’s economy enjoys respite despite long-term challenges

February 20, 2023

The country faces an uphill battle to prepare for a future beyond oil.

Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Digitisation can drive a global trade revolution

February 17, 2023

This post-pandemic moment is the perfect time to modernise the global trading system, writes UAE minister of state for foreign trade, Thani Al Zeyoudi.

The facade of a branch of Bank Sohar in Oman.

Vibrant tech sector cushions fall in Middle East deals

February 14, 2023

Surging sovereign wealth fund coffers sustained Middle East deal-making in 2022, while banking consolidation slowed to a trickle.

Cityscape of Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah with inset portrait of Rakbank chief executive Raheel Ahmed

Rakbank’s fight to remain competitive with UAE megalenders and neobanks

January 6, 2023

Rakbank chief executive Raheel Ahmed talks to John Everington about the outlook for the UAE economy in 2023, the bank's strategy for remaining competitive in a crowded market, and the outlook for the country's neobanks.

Desert scene with bright sun and FTX logo appearing over horizon

Arabian crypto dreams look like a mirage

January 4, 2023

The fallout from the collapse of FTX has been felt keenly in the Arabian Gulf, where several jurisdictions have positioned themselves as would-be crypto hubs. 

Saudi Arabian banks keep growing

January 3, 2023

Lenders in the region are witnessing an increase in profitability.

Databank 3 January 2023