Latest articles from Bahrain

Bahrain bets on its track record

August 7, 2006

Bahrain believes its continued dominance as a financial centre lies in it complementing GCC rivals, while taking a lead in Islamic banking. Eleanor Gillespie writes.

Hub of Sharia finance

March 6, 2006

With the introduction of project finance instruments to complement more familiar short-term trade finance and consumer lending, Islamic banking has found a sound but innovative home in Bahrain. Jon Marks and Ian Lewis report.

Fighting off the challengers

March 6, 2006

Competition to draw international banks into the Gulf region is stronger than ever but Bahrain is confident that it can retain its leading edge, write Jon Marks and Ian Lewis.


January 2, 2006

Gulf International Bank
dr Khaled M Al-Fayez,CEO

Bahrain’s regional reach

April 4, 2005

Stephen Timewell reports on FT Business’s seminar on new opportunities in Bahrain as it develops its Islamic banking sector and regulatory powers.

Bahrain offers home comforts for HNWIs

December 1, 2004

High oil prices and an increasing aversion to Western markets are drawing huge flows of wealth into the Gulf. This is creating a highly lucrative market for private bankers in Bahrain.

Islamic insurance sector gets a boost in Bahrain

November 4, 2004

Against the background of its solid reputation as an international banking centre, Bahrain is expanding the scope of its activities with the development of its insurance market.

Bahrain bolsters the Islamic finance industry

October 4, 2004

The burgeoning Sukuk bond market is just one sign of the global Islamic financial services industry’s spectacular growth, which Bahrain is promoting by providing a sound investment and regulatory environment. James Gavin and Jon Marks report.

Single currency move

September 2, 2004

Several other members of the six Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) economies have traditionally had dollar pegs. And since the December 2001 Oman GCC summit decided to move the regional grouping towards a single currency by 2010, all Bahrain’s partners have moved to a dollar peg.

Monetary policy imperative

September 2, 2004

As well as regulation,the Bahrain Monetary Authority is responsible for setting and overseeing monetary policy objectives, to protect the Bahraini dinar’s value and maintain general economic stability, as well as that of financial markets.

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