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Conventional banks face sharia restrictions in Qatar

February 21, 2011

Qatar's decision to ban conventional banks from operating sharia-based finance units within its financial jurisdiction has left observers concerned the central bank has set the wrong kind of precedent, one that is likely to create uncertainty in banking throughout the Middle East.

Firm foundations hold steady

May 28, 2010

A swift government response to the international meltdown coupled with an economy based around strong fundamentals mean that Qatar's banking system is emerging from the financial crisis in better shape than most. Writer Stephen Timewell

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Qatar's shining example

May 28, 2010

The rapid expansion of Qatar's energy sector has given a huge boost to the country's economy - and the financial sector has been making the most of the opportunities presented by this activity. Writer Stephen Timewell

The power of knowledge

October 28, 2009

For Qatar to compete with London and New York as a financial centre, it needs to be supported by a local talent pool. Qatar Financial Centre chief executive Stuart Pearce highlights two initiatives that will help the country in this regard. Writer Brian Caplen

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

Cautious optimism

June 4, 2009

Leading Qatari banks have recorded strong results over the past two quarters and figureheads within the sector are quietly confident that profitability will be maintained, or indeed increased, in the year ahead. Writer Stephen Timewell

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Qatar's plan comes together

June 4, 2009

One of the few economies to prosper in the past two years, Qatar's route to success - on the back of liquefied natural gas exports - started with an expensive, long-term investment in the mid-1990s that is now coming to fruition. Writer Stephen Timewell

Doha sets pace with standard reforms

September 1, 2008

In an increasingly competitive Gulf environment, the need for credible but user-friendly regulation is paramount. Writer Paul Melly.

New regulation on track

June 2, 2008

Legislation for a new unified regulatory authority is expected to be passed before the year’s end and the Qatar Financial Centre is working to bring in more new players, writes Nadine Marroushi.

Not immune but robust

June 2, 2008

Even Qatar’s robust project finance market has been affected by the global liquidity crunch but the market remains strong, write Kevin Godier and Jon Marks.

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