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Smaller and stronger: will consolidation shake up Middle East banking?

March 1, 2019

Consolidation is hitting banks operating within the GCC, creating regional 'mega-banks'. However, the appetite for M&A in the rest of the Middle East remains stilted.

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Will Fiscal Balance Program bring budgetary harmony back to Bahrain?

March 1, 2019

A slump in oil prices and a large budgetary deficit have left Bahrain's economy experiencing sluggish growth. However, a $10bn support package and a drive to reduce public debt give hope for a brighter future.

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Bahrain’s banks see a future in fintech

March 1, 2019

The Bahraini banking sector sees fintech development and Islamic finance as reliable prospects while oil prices remain low. Kit Gillet reports.

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UAE banks feel the benefit of experience

February 1, 2019

From their enviably stable position, the UAE’s banks are in a strong position to face anything 2019 can throw at them, even the market turbulence caused by impending mergers and rising interest rates. James King reports.

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UAE faces headwinds undaunted thanks to reform agenda

February 1, 2019

The UAE’s reform timetable is providing the country with some breathing space in addressing problems with a declining real estate market and stagnant job creation rates. James King reports. 

Why oil crash has upside for Arab banks

October 1, 2018

The oil price crash has sparked consolidation and modernisation among Arab banks, changing the region's financial landscape for the better.

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Palestine presses on with banking sector development

September 3, 2018

Palestine’s banks have to contend with challenges that include political tensions, an underbanked population and no national currency.

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Mohammad Y Al-Hashel: Unlocking Islamic finance’s true potential

September 3, 2018

Islamic finance should have a wider global appeal, writes Kuwait's central bank governor.

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Qatar’s central bank governor hails resilient economy

August 1, 2018

Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, governor of the Qatar Central Bank, talks to Kit Gillet about enduring the economic blockade and the country’s growing Islamic finance industry.

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Emirates NBD’s new digital lead brings a fintech mindset

August 1, 2018

Evans Munyuki, recently appointed as group chief digital officer at Emirates NBD, talks to Joy Macknight about his plans to take the digitally mature bank to the next level of innovation.