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Jean-Christophe Durand

National Bank of Bahrain embraces digital as it looks to the future

March 1, 2022

The National Bank of Bahrain's chief executive Jean-Christophe Durand discusses key recent developments for the country and its banking sector.


Gulf consolidation slows as economic pressures ease

March 1, 2022

Middle Eastern fintechs and neobanks are attracting investment from overseas, as the wave of mega-mergers among the region’s largest lenders grinds to a halt.


The Banker’s Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking 2022

March 1, 2022

Lenders in the Gulf Co-operation Council continue to drive the rise in Islamic finance, as shown by The Banker's most recent ranking, with government spending and mortgage growth set to further boost growth in 2022.

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Bahrain plans fresh economic restructuring as Covid impact dissipates

February 22, 2022

Higher oil prices and a successful vaccination programme have eased pressure on Bahrain's economy. However, as Kit Gillet reports, questions remain about whether the country can meet its deficit reduction targets. 

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Bahrain's banks rebuild after Covid contraction

February 22, 2022

After being hit hard in the early days of the pandemic, Bahraini lenders are cautiously optimistic about growth prospects for 2022.


UAE banks remain cautious on lending

January 26, 2022

Protected from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic by the central bank, UAE's stable banking sector faces asset quality challenges and profitability pressures. Is further M&A on the cards?


UAE's Zand aims to support SMEs

January 25, 2022

On the runway to launch, the CEO of the UAE's new digital-only bank talks about its plans to attract customers in a competitive market.


UAE's competitiveness agenda

January 21, 2022

Already one of the most dynamic economies in the Middle East, the UAE is continuing to pass bold reforms to attract investment and talent from around the world.

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Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa: Abu Dhabi's open for business

December 31, 2021

Abu Dhabi's goals will be realised through pivoting the economy towards technologies and new economic sectors, says the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.


Middle East's improved outlook for 2022

December 23, 2021

Sunil Kaushal, Standard Chartered's regional CEO for Africa and the Middle East, speaks to John Everington about the outlook for GCC economies in 2022, oil market predictions, and the Middle East's growing trade links with Asia.