Latest articles from Bahrain

Bahrain Financial Exchange targets sharia business

December 23, 2010

Island kingdom Bahrain has opened a new Islamic exchange house and is launching innovative products to the market, such as an electronic trading platform, in an attempt to capture a bigger share of sharia-compliant assets. Writer Hafsa Kara


A tale of two centres

November 24, 2010

From Hong Kong to London, established global financial centres are looking to reinvent themselves as Islamic finance hubs and capture a slice of a fast-growing and still largely untapped market.


Battling the odds

March 3, 2010

Bahrain has had to deal with its fair share of problems on the back of the global economic downturn, but a sound regulatory and supervisory structure and deft handling of the crisis by the central bank has ensured it will emerge as a stronger, more confident nation as a result. Writer Charlie Corbett

Adel El-Labban

September 2, 2009

The chief executive of Ahli United Bank in Bahrain outlines the woes of the banking sector and explains why his bank has fared better than most. Writer Michael Imeson

A mixed year for GCC banks

September 2, 2009

The Gulf Co-operation Council countries have suffered as a result of the global economic downturn. Bank profits are down and there have even been some bank failures. But there is also plenty to be upbeat about, with some regions bucking the downward trend. Writer Michael Imeson

Tighter times for Bahrain

April 7, 2009

The global economic downturn is catching up with Bahrain's banks. However, the country still has some cause for optimism, particularly in its Islamic banking sector. Writer Michael Imeson

Good show of profits

May 5, 2008

Stephen Timewell looks at the latest performance of Bahrain’s banks and finds them relatively unscathed by the US crisis.

Hard work for a leading player

May 5, 2008

Bahrain faces a difficult task to keep ahead of its rivals as the leading financial centre of the Middle East, but the right moves could pay off. Stephen Timewell reports from Bahrain.

A new challenge for the masters of reinvention

April 2, 2007

Bahrain’s regional dominance of financial services is being challenged by neighbours setting up their own shops. Stephen Timewell, in Manama, assesses the kingdom’s prospects.

AUB achieves expansion

November 6, 2006

Ahli United Bank has established a substantial network, which is still growing. Stephen Timewell reports.

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