Latest articles from Bahrain

Mehdi Manaa

Buna seeks to resolve cross-border payment issues

April 19, 2021

Mehdi Manaa, CEO of Buna, a multi-currency payment platform for the Arab region, on revolutionising cross-border payments.

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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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Bahrain advances with caution

February 17, 2020

Though flat oil prices are having an effect on Bahrain’s economy, the country’s banking sector continues to perform well, in spite of calls for consolidation.

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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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Economic Development Board chief eyes fintech model for Bahrain

June 1, 2018

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, talks to James King about moving the country's economy away from oil, leveraging its financial hub credentials to attract fintechs and how Amazon gave it a vote of confidence by locating its first regional data centre there.

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Islamic finance and the quest for common standards

August 1, 2017

While enjoying massive success, Islamic finance has developed in a piecemeal fashion, with many warning that global standardisation is needed if it is to avoid fragmentation and successfully push into frontier markets. James King reports.

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Top 100 Arab Banks 2015: another strong year

October 1, 2015

Banks across the Arab world continue to perform well despite the turbulent political environment, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking. 

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Bahrain SWF overcomes bout of turbulence

October 1, 2015

Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, has weathered economic and political uncertainty both at home and throughout the wider Middle Eastern region, and is now back on a path to growth, with its aviation holdings being at the forefront of this turnaround.

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Bahrain’s banking sector rises to domestic challenges

May 1, 2014

Bahrain's central bank has steered the country's banking sector through a period of economic and political turbulence. With strong fundamentals and ample growth prospects, particularly in the Islamic finance segment, the country's lenders are now in a good position, but their future growth still hinges on the country maintaining social stability. 

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