- ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ receives over 100 applications from more than 32 countries
- ENBD REIT invests into Dubai’s first purpose-built student accomodation
- ADIB global investment outlook takes an overweight view on GCC and European equities
- Mumzworld launches a Saudi Arabia specific site
- White & Case advises United Arab Shipping Company on merger with Hapag-Lloyd
- Ithmaar Bank’s retail banking subsidiary in Pakistan, Faysal Bank limited, reports higher profits
- Weqaya Takaful Insurance and Reinsurance Company’s shares have been delisted from the Tadawul
- NBQ posts shares ownership limits
- SHUAA Capital appoints new GM
- The Middle East Investor Relations Association signs MOU with the Beirut Stock Exchange
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To the power of three
Qatar Financial Centre aims to be destination of choice for asset management, reinsurance and captive insurance.
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Margin Call offers a humanised introduction to 'financial crisis-lite' as la-la-land continues to try to make sense of the recent past...
Three quarters of a very full year
MENA banks' profitability continues to show further signs of improvement.
The blockchain conundrum
Darryl Proctor, Product Director—Payments at Temenos addresses common concerns surrounding the applicability of blockchain technology.
How would you describe the reception of blockchain…
Cybersecurity can power fintech to new heights
Leo Cole, VP—Marketing at DarkMatter, discusses the correlation between fintech and cybersecurity.
Innovations in financial technology (fintech), and the growing importance of online transactions…
Strength in regulation
Mark Van Leewarden, Managing Director and Founder of Warden Consulting, discusses the necessities of strong regulations in managing cybersecurity risks.
Describe the cybersecurity landscape…
Creating a diverse bond market
In an exclusive mini roundtable, Nabilah Annuar, Banker Middle East Editor, sits down with Michael Grifferty, President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, Dr. Hansjoerg Herzog, Head of…
Building the future
EIBFS sheds light on how banks in the UAE are charting the course for tomorrow's leaders.
As the 21st century progresses, business leaders will be expected to deliver…
Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance at S P Jain School of Global Management provides a holistic view of the UAE’s private equity market.
The 1970s witnessed a series of developments…
Insurance: optimising the customer experience
Michael Jensen, Managing Director MENA Zone, AIG, discusses the impacts of digitisation and its disruption on the insurance sector.
The winds of change from digitisation…
Iraq: hanging on
The economic and financial situation in Iraq remains ever challenging, but improving oil prices and the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement could place the country in an upward trajectory.
Regional regulatory update
Divya Abrol Gambhir, Head of Financial Regulation & Securities, Banking & Finance and Margaret Elder, Associate, Banking & Finance, both at Al Tamimi & Company provides an aerial view…
UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…
Funding pressures on GCC banks to ease this year
Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances and lower credit growth bodes well for banks in the Gulf.
Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances…
How Ramadan will affect business operations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A recent statement by Saudi Arabian business support service provider, Proven SA, laid out the do’s and don’ts of working in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.
Focusing on the fundamentals
Shailesh Dash, Founder & Board Member of Regulus Capital sat down with Banker Middle East to discuss his concept and strategy in investments.
What prompted the inception…
Determining actual value
Simon Townsend, Director—Head Valuation & Consulting, CBRE Middle East clarifies the importance of correct assessments in real estate transactions.
Middle East investors were major…
Are banks listening?
Customers want a secure digital experience, says Marwan Elnakat, Digital Banking Solutions Director for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto.
There is no doubt that technological advances in…
Room for improvement
Nabilah Annuar, Editor of Banker Middle East, speaks to Ihab Khalil and Massi Markus, both Partners and Managing Directors at BCG Middle East on the current state of the private…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
M&A deals are on the up but many risk destroying brand value
Brand due-dilligence a crucial matter that should be thoroughly assessed in a consolidation exercise, says Sholto Lindsay-Smith, Chief Executive at Industry Partners.
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
With macroeconomic conditions slow to improve, the impact of low oil prices continue to create dents in the balance sheets of hydrocarbon-reliant sovereigns. Perhaps realising that conditions may not…
Staying ahead in the game
Arjun Kalra, a Principal in Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting, discusses the anti-money laundering landscape in the UAE and how it compares on a global platform.
Describe the AML landscape…
Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next
Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments sheds light on the implications of the Brexit vote and its prospects for investments in the MENA region.
Britain is on the verge of undertaking…
Commodities lower as funds scale out
The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according toFostering continental development
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East Editor, Nabilah Annuar, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank provides an insight on the bank’s performance and direction…Benchmarking human resources in finance
Talal Bayaa, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bayzat, discusses the advantages of automation in human resources for financial institutions.
Human resources (HR) departments in financial…
Are regional banks immune to cyberattacks?
Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Security Solutions—Advisory Division, BlackBerry discusses potential prevention mechanisms to enhance security in financial transactions.
The state of MENA
In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017, Nabilah Annuar sat down with Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President for New Business at the International Finance Corporation…
Is bitcoin the new safe haven for investors?
Looking at how bitcoin has been well-received in various markets including the UAE, Mark Leigh, Chief Operating Officer at Xtrade advocates that it is an investment that is worth contemplating.…
Getting back on track
Amidst many difficulties Saudi Arabia may be facing, on the back of the Kingdom’s reforms, the economy is resilient enough to weather the storm.
Saudi Arabia will experience an interesting…
A new rule: digital payments and virtual currencies
The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.
The Central Bank of the UAE on the 1 January 2017 issued the Regulatory Framework for Stored…
V.Ramkumar, Senior Partner at CEDAR Management Consulting provides an outlook on the UAE banking sector for 2017.
The year 2016 has been an interesting and challenging year for banks and the…
Bond markets in acceleration
Dr. Nawazish Mirza, Associate Professor of Finance and Director Industry Interface Projects at SP Jain School of Global Management provides an analysis of trends across the GCC’s debt capital…
Making strides in Iraq and beyond
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman at Trade Bank of Iraq provides an insight into the bank’s growth and its expansion plans for 2017.
The rise of open banking
Chris Truce, Director, Platform Development at Saxo Bank highlights emerging trends and developments that are re-shaping banking technology.
For years, mid-tier banks have been told they’re…
Designing a self-protecting app to secure our modern mobile kingdoms
Marwan Elnakat, Mobile App & eTransaction Security Manager for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto discusses the importance of adopting a defence system that is based on a layered approach.…
Revolutionising retail banking
Charles Habak, Principal, Financial Services at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses the state of retail banking in the region.
Describe the development of retail banking in MENA.…
What’s in a colour?
James Packer, Managing Director at Industry discusses the determining factors in positioning GCC banks for success in a digital-first world.
For banks in the UAE, standing out from competitors…
FXTM Analysis–Trump optimism fails to send the dollar higher
FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on the S&P 500 breaching the $20 trillion market cap.
After the Dow Jones…
Oil traders eye Middle East’s new frontiers as the Port of Fujairah leads UAE to become an energy hub alongside global heavyweights, says Jonty Rushforth, Head of Pricing at S&P Global Platts.…
Adjusting to a new environment
Waleed Barhaji, Business Head of Consumer Finance at Noor Bank discusses the UAE’s macroeconomic environment and developments that have taken place in the country’s banking sector.
Markets struggling to find direction–FXTM
Greece is back in the headlines as the IMF clashes with the Euro zone over the future of the heavy indebted country, according to FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed.…
Speaking exclusively to Nabilah Annuar, Editor, Banker Middle East, Mubarak Abdullah Al-Khafrah, Chairman of Alawwal Bank discusses the significance of the bank’s recent rebranding exercise…
The final countdown
Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board explains the workings of the impairment element of the IFRS 9 standard.
In 2018, a new accounting standard that will have…
The week ahead: politics to overshadow macroeconomics
After a very busy week of central banks meetings, economic data outcomes, and earnings across the globe, investors’ attention will shift again to politics–a move…
Fed acts on facts, not assumptions
Investors hoping for more clarity on the path of US interest rates were disappointed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left the fed funds target unchanged at 0.5–0.75 per cent, and…
FXTM analysis–global stocks selloff, beginning of a reversal?
Regardless of their feelings towards President Trump, investors seek opportunities, and markets were rallying on the President’s commitments to reduce taxes, deregulate…
Markets subdued as momentum against Trump's immigration ban grows
Although it is expected and understood that the UK will be aiming to strengthen relationships around the world following the result of the EU Referendum, it is uncertain how…
Central banks and data back in focus
Although Donald Trump policies will remain to be the key moving indicators for financial markets in the days and weeks to come, central banks and economic data will attract some attention the…
A tripartite pact
Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar to create largest Islamic bank in Qatar in a potential merger which could materialise in the next six months.
Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa…
UBS House View February 2017–Uncovering opportunities
Mark Haefele, Global Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management, UBS wrote from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, where the threat of populism…
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2017 is the region’s leading financial event. This year awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
CPI Financial, publisher of Banker Middle East strives to showcase those institutions that are truly innovative and pioneering in their respective areas of finance. For the last 15 years CPI Financial has been informing C-level executives about the events and developments shaping the future of finance in the region. The annual Banker Middle East KSA Product Awards are designed to recognise banking and financial products and services that are either exceptionally innovative or have witnessed excellent financial performance and/or transference of market share.