Latest articles from Saudi Arabia

Cautiously optimistic in chaotic times

November 3, 2008

Saudi Arabia’s strong fundamentals mean that bank exposure to the credit crisis has been limited, and the mood among bankers is bullish. Writer Nadine Marroushi.

Economic cities point to a sea change in thinking

November 5, 2007

The financial services sector in Saudi Arabia is benefiting from new policies aimed at attracting foreign investors, and creating a more sophisticated market, write Nadine Marroushi and Jon Marks.

Keys to the kingdom

April 2, 2007

Saudi Arabia seems to be entering a new golden age, with barriers to the financial sector being lowered and project finance booming. Stephen Timewell reports from Riyadh and Jeddah.

Finance Minister of the Year/Middle East

January 8, 2007

Ibrahim Al-Assaf
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Saudi’s strategy of diversification

August 7, 2006

The kingdom is to build a vast financial centre to service its growth and employment needs thereby avoiding the need to import expatriates, write James Gavin and Jon Marks.

Confidence rebuilding

July 3, 2006

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have reacted to recent stock market falls by sacking their regulator and forging ahead with a new financial centre. Jon Marks explains.

Project finance needs grow

May 2, 2006

A new generation of mega-projects is creating huge opportunities for local and ‘suitcase’ bankers, writes Jon Marks in Riyadh.

Boom persists amid bust

April 3, 2006

Stock market turbulence should not detract fromthe huge strides being made by the wider Saudi economy, writes Jon Marks in Riyadh.

Saudi’s new bond market beckons

November 7, 2005

The pace of Saudi capital market reform is quickening, with the establishment of a secondary market in government bonds, write James Gavin and Jon Marks.

Central bank takes steps to control inflation

July 4, 2005

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority is trying to curb the surge in money supply in the economy but will prices be kept under control? Dr Nahed Taher reports.

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