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Why banking in the Gulf will never be the same again
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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
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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
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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

Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone
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Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:10 PM

Volatile energy swings mean the currency remains vulnerable, especially if Riyadh fails to deliver fast on its reform plans

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma
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The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:15 AM

With oil prices still faltering around their lowest level in 11 years, many GCC governments are drawing down assets from their once swelling sovereign wealth funds to plug budget deficits. Yet this is having a knock-on impact on global markets

Gulf's bond market thaws as panic over oil fades
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Gulf's bond market thaws as panic over oil fades

Thursday, 7 April 2016 5:45 PM

Improved sentiment seen in the response to a $500m, five-year debut bond this week by Qatar's Ahli Bank

Is Lebanon an entrepreneur’s utopia?
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Is Lebanon an entrepreneur’s utopia?

Monday, 7 March 2016 1:00 PM

A country in the MENA region where banks commonly invest in start-ups does not have to be a pipe dream of struggling entrepreneurs. Tamara Pupic analyses how Lebanon has set itself apart from other entrepreneurship-friendly countries in the region.

'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar
Banking & Finance»

'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar

Thursday, 3 March 2016 8:06 PM

Generous government salaries and free healthcare do not always translate into healthy bank balances for ordinary Qataris

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The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation
Politics & Economics»

The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation

Thursday, 25 February 2016 2:01 PM

Former mayor of Jeddah has become the ruling family's point man for a wide-ranging revamp of Saudi Arabia's economy

Rising from the ashes: The UAE's insolvency dilemma
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Rising from the ashes: The UAE's insolvency dilemma

Saturday, 6 February 2016 1:04 AM

The UAE is close to finalising a modern insolvency law that would allow struggling businesses to rise from the ashes, but entrenched cultural attitudes towards corporate failings and a host of other challenges look set to defeat it

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Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk
Politics & Economics»

Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk

Thursday, 4 February 2016 11:13 PM

Currency traders have been betting against the Saudi peg, and those of other regional oil producers, in the wake of oil's price collapse

Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump
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Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump

Thursday, 28 January 2016 4:06 PM

Cheap oil continues to put pressure on Saudi currency; opens up record state budget deficit of around $100bn

Saudi forex, CDS suggest confidence partly restored by budget
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Saudi forex, CDS suggest confidence partly restored by budget

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 5:03 PM

2016 budget announcement seen by many investors as a test of Saudi Arabia's will to take painful steps needed to cope with era of cheap oil

Saudi rulers weigh political cost of tough economic reforms
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Saudi rulers weigh political cost of tough economic reforms

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 6:54 PM

Cars queuing outside petrol stations to fill up before higher fuel prices came into effect underscore impact of economic changes


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