- Saudi Ministry of Finance details SAR 7.22 billion Sukuk tap issuance
- UAE Central Bank Hosts first meeting of new Higher Shari'ah Authority
- Albaraka Turk Participation Bank issues Turkey's first Exchange-Listed Tier 1 Sukuk
- Kuwait's Global Investment House annual net profits down 28 per cent
- KFH, NBK sign KWD 249.2 million credit deal with Limak
- Maaden subsidiary successfully completes Sukuk issuance in Saudi
- Alternatives now almost a quarter of Sovereign Wealth Fund assets
- Investcorp partners with Bahrain Fintech Bay
- IFC, Central Bank of Iraq to strengthen banking sector governance
- Emirates NBD closes club financing for UNEC’s Deira Mall
Revealed: how the Middle Eastern consumer prioritises their spending
When looking at the spending habits of consumers around the Middle East, American Express Middle East have become the ultimate expert. Thanks to its unique ‘closed loop network’ business…
Market's wild ride not over yet
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the market’s volatility.
Investors across the globe are finding it difficult time currently…
Challenges on the path to achieving impact
Management need to be clear and fully committed to their objectives, says Tariq Hameed, Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Institutions Advisory Services…
Al Rajhi Bank: Looking to the future
In a conversation with Robin Amlôt, Consultant at CPI Financial, Steve Bertamini, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank, talks about the bank’s performance in 2017 and its plans in the…
Getting regulation ready
In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East sits down with Patrick Gearon, Partner at Charles Russel Speechlys, to discuss the regulatory environment surrounding financial…
Deepening GCC-Asia petrochemical ties
Hetain Mistry, Managing Analyst—Petrochemicals at S&P Global Platts, suggests a rapid re-think of the playbook for Gulf exporters to sustain a competitive edge.…
Banking's new horizon
Tony Long, CEO of CPI Financial, shares his thoughts on the future of banking.
The future. It’s always interesting…
2018: a better year for GCC banks
Banker Middle East looks at how improving economic conditions and strong capitalisation underpin the resilience and stability of financial institutions.
The new black
Oil may finally stop dominating the conversation in 2018, thanks to the UAE’s safe-haven status, sound banks and diversified economy.
The UAE has faced…
VAT challenges for UAE insurers could hurt 2018 performance
Although the relevant authorities have made it clear over the past few months that all insurance policies—with the exception of life insurance—are subject to the levy,…
10 ways SMEs can prevent cyberattacks
Richard Anning, Head of IT Faculty at ICAEW discusses how the digital age has brought the world closer in trade, innovation and accountability but has opened…
Is there value in emerging market bonds?
Craig Mackenzie, Senior Investment Strategist at Aberdeen Standard Investment, explains that value is in emerging market bonds rather than US equities.
Plugging the finance gap
Speaking to Banker Middle East, George Traub, Managing Partner at Lumina Capital Advisers provides an insight into the realities of mid-market capital dearth.…
What Islamic economy can offer in terms of South-South investment
In recent years, there is an increasing tendency among investors from developing countries to channel their funds into other developing countries, writesCabo Verde turns green
Cabo Verde announced an ambitious goal of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.
Cabo Verde has pledged as part of its ‘sustainable…
Egypt: the investment gateway to Africa
Hassan Abdalla—CEO of the Arab African International Bank (AAIB) sat for an interview with Banker Africa on how Egypt’s rising economic prerogatives can help accelerate African economic…
Bruised dollar not finding support
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the extent of the dollar’s decline over the last week.
A vision of sanction-free Sudan
El Baqir Elnouri, General Manager, Faisal Islamic Bank Sudan on the opportunities and challenges facing Sudan’s Islamic banking landscape in light of lifted sanctions.…
Prioritising future solutions
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Simon Eedle, Regional Head, Middle East at Natixis, discusses his vision for the bank’s future.
Steady rising global oil prices to be key driver of growth in the GCC
As we transition from 2017 to 2018, many economies in the Middle East, especially those in the GCC, will achieve several milestones in 2018. In UAE, households and firms will adapt to…
AI, cloud control, and data stewardship are key factors in making most of data in 2018
In the same way that a CFO sets out the strategy and framework for investment and cash flow, CIOs and CTOs need to take control of making dataflow work for their organisations,…
VAT tips for UAE entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) UAE, the local chapter of the global network of entrepreneurs, reported that its members experienced a seamless transition to VAT this week.
Dollar stumbles into New Year, Gold extends gains
Asian stocks were mostly higher during early trading on Tuesday, after an unexpectedly upbeat survey of Chinese manufacturing activity in December stimulated risk appetite, according…
Ibdar Bank: Islamic fintech will foster a culture of change
Ayman Sejiny, Chief Executive Officer, Ibdar Bank, speaks with Islamic Business & Finance about the industry’s future
Do you think fintech will be the single greatest…
NBF–banking options for female Emirati entrepreneurs
National Bank of Fujairah has made moves to accommodate the financing needs of their female Emirati clientele.
According to the 2015 Female Entrepreneurship Index developed…
A sincere form of flattery?
When Stevi Lowmass of The Camel Soap Factory discovered her product was being copied and sold, she took a number of steps to address the situation.
Stevi Lowmass, the CEO and Founder…
Technology: an unstoppable force
In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East sat down with Diebold Nixdorf’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Mattes, and Habib Hanna, Managing Director, Middle East and…
Bitcoin future trading kicks off while investors await central banks decisions
Trading bitcoins entered a new phase today, after Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) listed the first futures contract on the cryptocurrency, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
Employees who feel appreciated while working in a healthy environment will go above and beyond to ensure the business succeeds.
Recent research revealed that more than 80 per cent of employees…
Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Lulu Exchange Holdings, discusses the considerations made as the company develops its online presence.
What market gap was Lulu Exchange…
Omaira Farooq AlOlama
The Emirati Managing Director of ALF Administration is passionate about developing the skillset of UAE Nationals in an effort to contribute to the development of her country.
Siobhan Crick, from asset manager SANNE, discusses the different approaches taken by GCC families to succession planning.
Collectively, the largest GCC family-owned businesses…
Accounting–better get started
With VAT a few months away, Arshi Kaura at Legends Accounting discusses how small business owners can get their financial reporting in order.
SME owners must maintain good financial…
Five ways to spot a toxic employee
Toxic employees can do damage to your team and spotting them soon is essential, according to Chester Elton, Partner and Founder of employee engagement training and coaching provider,…
Senate's tax bill vote fails to impress dollar bulls
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on how the Senate’s tax bill vote, failed to impress dollar bulls.
Despite US equities closing at new records on…
2018 IT security predictions–attacks, investment areas and cybersecurity strategies
It’s that time of year again when we look back at what has motivated the market for IT security solutions in the last year, in order to develop our plans for the next year. With…
Digital Trends of 2018
As we near the end of 2017, the surge in all-things-digital is showing no signs of stopping, according to Alexander Rauser, CEO and Founder of Prototype Interactive.
Future proofing organisations with zero-trust approach
Repeated onslaughts of cybersecurity attacks are driving businesses to relook at their security policies end-to-end, and to make them more future-ready for digital environments, explains…
Voluntary benefits key to unlocking employee productivity and corporate competitiveness
Employees across the UAE are looking to employers for additional employment benefits, following the successful introduction of mandatory health insurance, which has created a new benefits…
How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector
Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…
If bonds are right a steep equity correction is underway
2017 has seen many hedge fund and portfolio managers send warning signals that an equity market correction is overdue, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
VAT in the GCC–accelerating compliance with the right ERP platform
The benefits of tax aside, being prepared for VAT compliance can be a daunting prospect writes Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software.
Public cloud not the only strategy for Middle East organisations
For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive, but a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors, according…
Innovation in Islamic finance is better cultivated from the roots than the branches
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority provides his insights on innovation in Islamic finance, ahead of the Global Financial Forum this week.
Islamic finance refers to financial services that adhere…
Reinventing the wheel
Qais Al Khonji, CEO of Genesis Projects and Investments, sheds light on the crucial realities of investment and economic diversification in this region.
Since the 1960’s, oil has been…
Oil hits a new two-year high; no immediate resistance
Oil prices continue to be front and centre for traders in a relatively quiet market, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
Brent crude surged 3.5 per cent to trade…
Venture capital by education
Banker Africa spoke with Adedana Ashebir, Regional Manager, Africa, Village Capital about her firm’s unique approach to venture capital
How is Village Capital…
Impact investing in the GCC
Shailesh Dash, Founder & Board Member of Regulus Capital highlights the potential of impact investing in the region.
Impact investing is becoming an integral part of investment strategies…
Are we there yet?
Tariq Qaqish, Managing Director—Asset Management at Menacorp, lays down his projections for the second half of 2017.
The longest bull market of over eight years with no meaningful correction…
All eyes forward
Hassan Abdalla, CEO, Arab African International Bank (AAIB) sat down with Banker Africa to discuss the bank’s sustainable finance practices. How do you define sustainable finance?…