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  • 18    UAE Islamic banks still showing strong…

    According to the Central Bank of the UAE, the UAE's Islamic banks has posted strong growth year on year as of July 2016.

  • 32    Technology is the great enabler

    New technology products are making islamic banking more versatile than ever before, writes Fadi Mehdi, Head of Abu Dhabi Representative Office, Saxo…

  • 40    Sustainable and responsible Sukuk in…

    Sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) is an increasing focus for investors, and Malaysia's framework for such is a path forward for Sukuk in…

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  • 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…

  • A closer look at Sukuk

     

    Vijay Valecha, Chief Market Analyst, Century Financial Brokers expands on the most Successful bonds in the region.

    Sukuk is a Shari'ah-compliant debt instrument that is in line…

  • Fitch: GCC VAT a test for Islamic Finance

    Bashar Al Natoor, Global Head of Islamic Finance, Fitch RatingsThe plan to introduce VAT in GCC member states could be a key test for the region's Islamic finance industry regarding tax parity…

  • Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report: classic attack vectors re-emerge;

    According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR), over one-third of organisations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss…

  • Who played the trump card?

    A shockwave of disbelief went round the world when Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the US [I think he may even have been slightly surprised himself]. As the swathe of red swept across…

  • Leading the way

    Whether developing an Islamic banking framework or innovating new ways to reach retail consumers, Bank of Khartoum has often pioneered the market—and now it looks further afield than Sudan, says…

  • Islamic finance's momentum in Russia increasing

    With large institutions formally asserting their interest in pursuing greater activity in the Islamic finance space, the eyes of the Islamic finance community have turned to Russia

    With the…

  • CIBAFI: A voice for Islamic banks

    On the sidelines of the first CIBAFI Global Forum, CIBAFI Secretary General Abdelilah Belatik sat down with IB&F to discuss its role speaking on behalf of the industry and the path to…

  • Turning to mobile during Ramadan

    Throughout the holy month last year, mobile usage increased, something that Islamic banks and businesses are taking note of this yearWhen looking at customer habits during Ramadan, one platform has…

  • Inside Dubai Islamic Bank's move into Indonesia

    Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) completed its investment into Panin Dubai Syariah Bank in December 2015. Adnan Chilwan, CEO, DIB, spoke with IB&F to give insight into their Indonesia…

  • Overcoming Takaful’s challenges

     In an industry expected to reach a value of AED 52 billion by 2020, Takaful companies in Dubai and beyond have a lot to address, writes Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO…

  • The path forward

    After years of milestones, Islamic finance in Dubai and beyond still has work to do, writes Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIEDC Last fall, Dubai concluded the second Global Islamic Economy Summit…

  • Takaful’s road forward

    The Middle East’s Takaful industry has work to do if it’s going to catch up to Malaysia’s, writes Blake Goud, Chief Research Officer, Middle East Global Advisors

    The experience…

  • Path to better fintech

    Islamic Business & Finance caught up with Mohammed Kateeb, Group Chairman & CEO of Path Solutions to discuss the company’s leadership role, plans and the…

  • New chapters in Ugandan banking

    The passage of several significant amendments ushers in Islamic banking, bancassurance and new mobile and agency banking regulations.

    The Bank of Uganda, the county’s central bank, has…

  • Trading FX within Islamic finance

    Exploring FX Tom/Next rollover for compliance with Shari'ah principles, by Raid Madiyeh, Senior Sales Trader, Saxo Bank.Where once Islamic finance was seen as a niche banking system, it has now grown…

  • Jordan rising

    Since joining, JDIB's CEO Sami Al-Afghani has built a framework for future success, bolstering the Islamic finance industry and changing its image in Jordan.

    Tell me the story of Jordan…

  • Sukuk stutters in H1

    Sukuk slowdown in H1 2015, bond market hit by external forces.According to Fitch Ratings, total new bonds and Sukuk (with a maturity of more than 18 months) from the GCC+7 (Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey,…

  • The case for business intelligence

    Abhijit Singh, Head of Asset Management & Investments, Solidarity Group, argues investment in analytics could improve pricing structure and profitabilityAccording to the latest EY Global Takaful…

  • Saving lives

    National Bonds is fighting for cultural change; Mohammed Qasim Al Ali, CEO of National Bonds, explains how its unique Shari’ah-compliant fund is transforming people’s habits from spending…

  • 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…

  • GCC hotels set for big growth in Halal tourism

    Hospitality Management Holdings are set to grow Halal tourist options in the GCC in order to meet demand.There has recently been global recognition of the huge demand for Halal tourism options. HMH…

  • Falling oil prices are unlikely to spur Gulf sovereign Sukuk issuance in 2015

    Standard & Poor's believes that financing ability will likely remain strong, and there likely won’t be a direct result of increased Sukuk in 2015Upside for sovereign Sukuk issuance in countries…

  • Driving the Islamic Economy

    Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) CEO Khaled Al-Aboodi speaks out on the work he does around the world to bolster the private sector in accordance with the principles…

  • Growing focus on Islamic property funds

    By Richard Corrigan, Deputy Chief Executive, Jersey Finance Limited.It is hardly surprising that growth in the Islamic economies continues to attract the attention of the West. Those markets represent…

  • Islands of Islamic finance

    The Government of the Maldives is geared towards developing the newest Islamic banking hub.Just four years after the first Islamic bank was opened on the shores of the Maldives, the country’s…

  • Innovation key to unlocking global Islamic economy

    Traditional ways of doing business are increasingly out of tune with a new generation of customers demanding more sophisticated and varied products and services, and players in the Islamic economy…

  • Guiding the growth of Islamic banking

    Islamic banking is growing rapdily in Kenya, bringing with it questions of regulatory needs and standarisation.Habil Olaka, CEO of the Kenya Bankers Association, discusses what it will take for the…

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