- UAE MoF partners with FinovateMiddleEast to drive innovation in fintech
- Dr Fawaz Gerges outlines six key factors impacting Arab countries
- Indonesia goes chip with OpenWay
- Afreximbank and Attijariwafa Bank sign MOU to support trade across Africa
- PayU Nigeria expands online payment options with PayU Receive
- The Abraaj Group invests in leading Turkish online travel agent Biletall.com
- DIB scoops four accolades at Islamic Business and Finance Awards 2017
- NBF retains “Best Islamic Window–UAE” Award at Islamic Business and Finance Awards 2017
- Winners of 12th annual Islamic Business & Finance Awards revealed at gala dinner
- Dubai Economy records brisk licencing and registration activity in November 2017
Finding global success
Fadi Al Faqih, CEO, Bank of Khartoum
Islamic Business & Finance Awards 2016
On 23 Novemeber, the 11th Islamic Business & Finance Awards return to Emirates Towers Hotel.
Sudan navigates tricky waters
While the Sudanese government has committed to healing conflict, renewed sanctions cast doubt on 2017 economic hopes.
Mixed results for GCC Takaful in 2016
Results from Takaful Emarat, Takaful Oman Insurance and Al Madina Takaful told different stories in the first nine months of 2016.
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
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
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…
Gallery: Islamic Business & Finance Awards 2015 winners
The Islamic Business & Finance Awards 2015 on 10 December 2015.
Is Islamic debt a salve for the risk-averse?
Mohieddine Kronfol, CIO Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income at Franklin Templeton Investments ME, based in Dubai, UAE, explains why more investors are turning to Shari'ah compliance.
Declining oil prices to affect Islamic finance and beyond
Market fluctuations have far reaching implications, including for the Islamic finance industry writes Aslin Ahmad, Senior Associate, Banking and Finance - Al Tamimi & Company.The UAE has enjoyed…
Bank of Khartoum's Big Moves
Bank of Khartoum, a true leader in its market, is setting its sights farther, expanding to Bahrain and exploring opportunities in Nigeria, according to Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Khartoum Fadi…
Empowering women in the UAE's Islamic finance sector
The UAE is firmly on the right track, writes Fatima Qasimi, CEO of Aseel Islamic finance.Since its inception, the UAE has led the way for women’s empowerment across the region and demonstrated…
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…
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…
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…
This Awards programme honours the very best of Islamic finance in Southeast Asia.