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Accounting meets religion in challenge for Islamic banks
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Accounting meets religion in challenge for Islamic banks

Monday, 28 November 2016 3:20 PM

Reconciling accounting standards and religious principles is challenging Islamic banks and regulators as they adapt to new international book-keeping rules

Banking on reforms in Kuwait
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Banking on reforms in Kuwait

Saturday, 22 October 2016 2:05 AM

As Kuwait stares down its first deficit in 20 years, the Gulf state is relying on its financial sector to help navigate choppy fiscal waters. Delayed plans to privatise the Kuwait Stock Exchange are finally on the home stretch and could prove vital to the country’s recovery

Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale
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Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale

Monday, 17 October 2016 2:03 PM

Riyadh is under pressure to maximise the size of its international issue with a 2016 state budget that envisages an $87bn deficit

Saudis cut wage, benefit bill in delicate pursuit of austerity
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Saudis cut wage, benefit bill in delicate pursuit of austerity

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 7:33 PM

Some Saudis appear prepared to accept austerity following the signal that ministers would share the pain

Who audits the auditors?
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Who audits the auditors?

Saturday, 17 September 2016 1:56 PM

DIFC Courts is hearing a case against the Middle East branch of auditor Deloitte for allegedly failing to spot a complex money laundering scheme financing drug trafficking and terrorism from Lebanon. But the accusations also raise questions over whether regional operations of the ‘Big Four’ auditors are appropriately monitored.

Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity
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Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity

Monday, 5 September 2016 3:45 PM

Gov't cuts, which began late in 2015, are now rippling through almost every area of the Saudi economy, reducing consumers' disposable income

Fly economy class, share an office: Qatar's new reality
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Fly economy class, share an office: Qatar's new reality

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:29 PM

Gov't employees are being asked to make savings as low energy prices force austerity even among the world's wealthiest citizens

Saudi Arabia, other issuers gear up as Gulf bond crush looms
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Saudi Arabia, other issuers gear up as Gulf bond crush looms

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 3:49 PM

Cash-strapped region gears up for one of its heaviest-ever periods of international issuance

Saudi central bank fights to curb money rate rise
Banking & Finance»

Saudi central bank fights to curb money rate rise

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 2:21 PM

Commercial bankers say more radical steps may be needed to fight a surge in market interest rates

Are the troubles easing for Saudi construction giant Binladin?
Construction»

Are the troubles easing for Saudi construction giant Binladin?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 4:22 PM

Gulf kingdom's biggest builder appears to have pulled back from the brink of a financial crisis that risked damaging the wider economy

Statistics fog raises risk as cheap oil hits Gulf
Banking & Finance»

Statistics fog raises risk as cheap oil hits Gulf

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 2:49 PM

Sharp revision of economic data in Saudi Arabia suggests its economy may be weaker than previously thought

Why banking in the Gulf will never be the same again
Banking & Finance»

Why banking in the Gulf will never be the same again

Saturday, 25 June 2016 12:36 AM

New technologies are emerging in banking and finance at a rapid pace, as fintech, and blockchain in particular, revolutionise payments. The impact is expected to affect almost every industry in the GCC

How Gulf SWFs have thrown funding lifeline to tech ventures
Banking & Finance»

How Gulf SWFs have thrown funding lifeline to tech ventures

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 1:56 PM

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have ploughed money into hot tech investments such as Uber and Alibaba

Saudi Arabia signals new investment strategies in $3.5bn Uber deal
Banking & Finance»

Saudi Arabia signals new investment strategies in $3.5bn Uber deal

Thursday, 2 June 2016 7:17 PM

Deal makes the Public Investment Fund a player in the technology start-up market - a break from Riyadh's past emphasis on conservative, low-risk foreign investments

Obstacles could derail Middle East bond train
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Obstacles could derail Middle East bond train

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 4:44 PM

Market is beginning to creak around the edges and bankers warn that issuers will have a tougher time after the Ramadan break


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