Latest articles from Bahrain

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.

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.

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