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GCC Islamic banks ranking

March 1, 2021

The Gulf Co-operation Council region is powering the global growth in Islamic finance, as The Banker’s latest ranking show.


Bahrain central bank backs fintechs to boost FDI

March 1, 2021

Bahrain is leading the Gulf states charge to boost digital financial services.


Fintechs drawn to underdeveloped Middle East and Africa markets

March 1, 2021

Western Union is just one major company to seize digital opportunities in the underbanked Middle East and Africa regions.


Gulf merger trend results in mega-lender

March 1, 2021

The merger of two Saudi giants heralds a second wave of bank consolidation in the region.


Now Money scoops up GCC's unbanked workers

March 1, 2021

Now Money co-founder Ian Dillon outlines big plans for the remittance and banking app.

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Kenya epicentre of busy M&A year for Africa

February 24, 2021

Leading banks expanded across the continent, while consolidation continued in overbanked countries.

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Behind the push to make banking more inclusive in MENA

February 4, 2021

The Middle East and north Africa has some of the lowest access to financial services in the world, but work is underway to change this.

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The Banker's Top 100 African Banks 2020

October 1, 2020

The Top 100 African Banks ranking shows strong performance for South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. 

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The evolution of the GCC’s digital banking sector

September 28, 2020

Despite optimal conditions for a digital shake-up of the banking sector, a genuine challenger has yet to emerge.

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Embracing digital disruption

September 22, 2020

Top 1000 World Banks Regional Commentary & Analysis

Top 1000 World Banks 2020: the biggest and the best

Top 1000 World Banks ranking

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