Sunday 06, November 2011    |   The business of banking

Moving Forward

  • 19    To the power of three

    Qatar Financial Centre aims to be destination of choice for asset management, reinsurance and captive insurance.

  • 26    Be first. Be smarter. Or Cheart.

    Margin Call offers a humanised introduction to 'financial crisis-lite' as la-la-land continues to try to make sense of the recent past...

  • 48    Three quarters of a very full year

    MENA banks' profitability continues to show further signs of improvement.

Latest stories

  • NBF Elham—brings female entrepreneurship to the fore

    National Bank of Fujairah’s (NBF) drive toward understanding customer needs across multiple business segments has resulted in ‘NBF Elham’, a specialised business service for the banking…

  • Catalysing Kuwait’s banking sector

    Fitch Ratings report on Kuwait’sbanking sector is optimistic for its growth across loan segments.In its Q4 report, Fitch Ratings statement on a public spending boost to Kuwaiti Banks, points…

  • al khaliji – building a strong customer franchise

    al khaliji’s GCEO Fahad Al Khalifa discussed his vision for the bank and strategies for cooperating between the Bank’s centres across Qatar, UAE and France with Zoya Malik.What is your…

  • UAE businesses celebrate Flag Day

    Businesses across the UAE have come together to celebrate Flag Day.

  • Solvent but sensitive

    GCC banks are solvent but sensitive to government activity with fiscal deficits shielding banks’ balance sheets and the whole economy from low oil prices. Jordi Rof, Economist at Asiya Investments…

  • Water in the desert—the battle for Saudi Arabian banking customers

    Saudi Arabia’s vast landscape might soon be ruled by challenger banks that can provide a strong offering, posit Dr. Jan Engelke, Partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners and Matthew Jackson, Manager…

  • Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait: simpler banking

    Michel Accad, CEO at ABK met Zoya Malik to discuss the bank’s newly launched ‘Simpler Banking’ programme and expansion into Egypt with the acquisition of Piraeus Bank Egypt (PBE).

  • The emerging affluent: aspirational and ambitious

    The emerging affluent across Asia and Africa are confident about their market’s growth prospects, expect their incomes to rise, have clear spending plans, and are highly confident in achieving…

  • Cedar acquires IBS Intelligence

    What does a business consultancy service have to offer the banking and finance industry in this overcrowded market? Zoya Malik talks to Sanjiv Anand, Chairman, Cedar Management Consulting International…

  • Currency wars and the GCC

    The recent yuan devaluation may trigger a currency war with other countries also devaluing, to boost exports and economic growth, comments Binod Shankar at Genesis Institute.The recent devaluation…

  • Green banking and sustainability

    Doha Bank Group CEO Dr. R Seetharaman’s passion for and research into green banking and sustainability, subjects close to his heart, have won him a Ph.D from Sri Sri University, India. Zoya Malik…

  • GCC brands go global

    David Haigh, Brand Finance’s Chief Executive highlights MENA’s top 50 brands with aviation, banking and telecoms sector corporates as leaders in the rankings.Every year, Brand Finance…

  • A Greek tragedy averted?

    Dr. John Lodewijks and Professor Nitin Patwa of SP Jain School of Global Management analyse the political and economic relevance of Greece’s debt situation within the Eurozone and the Middle…

  • A catalyst for SME finance growth

    Fatima Qasimi, Chief Executive Officer of Aseel Islamic Finance spoke to Zoya Malik about Aseel’s corporate values and approach to operating in a competitive market and contributing to the future…

  • Sparking an investment cycle

    Jean-Sylvain Perrig, CIO at Union Bancaire Privee shares his views on the Fed’s and ECB’s policies to impact the banking sector globally and investors’ actions.Some observers…

  • Tadawul opening its gate to international investors

    K. Vinod Cartic, Senior Consultant, Business & Financial Services, Frost & Sullivan offers his perspective on concerns and opportunities for foreign investors on the opening up of the Saudi…

  • Bank Aljazira: Retail banking... differentiated

    Nabil D. AlHoshan, CEO and Managing Director speaks to Zoya Malik about the growth strategy of the bank in becoming a fully Shari’ah-compliant retail banking leader in KSA.Tell us of…

  • Global predictions in retail banking

    2014 was an interesting year for the retail banking industry, but as we near 2015 it’s clear that there are more interesting changes afoot, comments François Chaffard at Gemalto.The rise…

  • Banque Saudi Fransi: Securing e-channel Services

    Khaled A. Al-Toukhi, Division Head - GTB at Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) tells BME of the development of the bank’s e-channel services.What e-services is Saudi Fransi offering customers?

  • Embracing a risk culture

    On the 40th anniversary of United Arab Bank, Zoya Malik spoke to Paul Trowbridge, CEO at UAB to discuss his views on risk management, the bank’s growth through challenging times and making a…

  • Big returns from UK rental real estate

    A growing demand for rental property coupled with a severe undersupply, has helped rental returns grow substantially over the last few years. BME spoke to Adam Price, Managing Director…

  • Skills challenge for recruiters

    UAE needs more local finance professionals to maintain economic prosperity comments Michael Armstrong, ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia at Emirati Youth Forum.It was…

  • Gulf Capital: The gateway to alternative investments in the Middle East

    Dr. Karim El Solh, Co-Founder and CEO, Gulf Capital tells Zoya Malik about the make-up and performance of the company's funds and advises investors on GCC growth sectors.Kindly…

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