Latest articles from United Arab Emirates

The north Africa attraction

Heading west: why Gulf banks are eyeing north Africa

April 30, 2015

The countries of north Africa have been proving attractive for lenders from the Gulf region for decades, but in recent years this activity has picked up, with Egypt a particularly popular destination. Tom Stevenson looks at the reasons why Gulf banks are heading west. 

A global energy shift

A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

March 1, 2015

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

February 2, 2015

The Middle East's private equity market had a successful year in 2014, with several notable deals, a number of vehicles closing their fundraising and increased international interest in the market. James King investigates how likely it is that its popularity will extend into 2015.

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

January 2, 2015

Encouraging growth in the non-hydrocarbon, SME and retail sectors have all contributed to what has been a largely successful year for the United Arab Emirates' banking sector.

Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

November 3, 2014

Hussain Al Qemzi, CEO of Noor Bank, discusses the long-term prospects for the Islamic banking sector, describing the valuable role it can play in promoting greater cross-border co-operation and operational harmonisation. 

UAE and Qatar move up the investment status ranks

August 1, 2014

Having been upgraded from frontier to emerging market status by Morgan Stanley Capital International, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are certain to see increasing levels of investor interest, but they are also likely to be confronted with some new challenges.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

CIMB Islamic chief predicts a good year for sukuk

June 2, 2014

Observers are already predicting that 2014 will be a record-breaking year for sukuk issuance. While the majority of deals are currently coming out of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic's CEO believes that developments in the pipeline will see the asset class grow its international presence.

The Middle Easts movers and shakers in 2013

The Middle East's biggest movers and shakers in 2013

January 2, 2014

A profile of the appointments who made an impact in banking and finance in the Middle East in 2013.

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

December 20, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Tougher banking regulation needed for mortgages

November 25, 2013

Central banks around the world should take note of the United Arab Emirates' new regulations on mortgage lending. 

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