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Trading bricks: The growing popularity of real estate investment trusts in the Gulf
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Trading bricks: The growing popularity of real estate investment trusts in the Gulf

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 3:46 PM

Investor interest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) has been muted in the Gulf in recent years. But the launch of eight new REITs in the region in just the past five months has analysts predicting they will soon overtake direct real estate investment.

First bank merger in 20 years sets Saudi Arabia up for more deals
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First bank merger in 20 years sets Saudi Arabia up for more deals

Thursday, 27 April 2017 2:42 PM

Q&A look at what the planned merger of HSBC and RBS’s Saudi ventures will mean

A natural move: How Dubai Chamber is strengthening its ties in Latin America
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A natural move: How Dubai Chamber is strengthening its ties in Latin America

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:22 AM

With vast resources and more than half-a-billion people, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is convinced Latin America is a new economic frontier. Having inaugurated its first office in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, the chamber is poised to support exponential growth in business between its members and the expansive region.

If Saudi future's so bright, why can't these banks find buyers?
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If Saudi future's so bright, why can't these banks find buyers?

Monday, 24 April 2017 7:01 PM

No big-name global banks eager to buy stakes in Saudi banks, according to analysts

GCC economies must live up to their potential to thrive: PwC chairman
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GCC economies must live up to their potential to thrive: PwC chairman

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:38 PM

No matter how much revenue VAT generates, it does not negate the UAE’s need to find other revenue streams

Analysis: Winning the battle against the Gulf's dirty laundry
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Analysis: Winning the battle against the Gulf's dirty laundry

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 9:24 AM

With its strategic trading position, it is little surprise the Gulf has been used as a thoroughfare for illicit funds. But banks, regulators and technology firms are clubbing together in the fight against financial crime, and hope to wash corruption out of the system for good.

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UAE banking merger could be just the start
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UAE banking merger could be just the start

Sunday, 2 April 2017 9:05 AM

First Gulf Bank and National Bank of Abu Dhabi has created the largest financial institution in the country

A humbler Qatar still wants to punch above its weight
Politics & Economics»

A humbler Qatar still wants to punch above its weight

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:05 AM

Qatar has acquired more than $335bn worth of assets around the globe, buying up trophies such as London’s Shard

Saudi Arabia spends money to make money
Politics & Economics»

Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:17 PM

Tour of Asia by Saudi Arabia's King Salman advances drive to attract foreign investment but comes with an expensive price tag

Soft money: will cash transactions soon be a thing of the past?
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Soft money: will cash transactions soon be a thing of the past?

Friday, 3 March 2017 1:26 AM

The rapid digitisation of banking in the UAE is enabling robots and smartphones to replace bank tellers and cash transactions. But there is a limit to the transformation, experts say

Oman gains breathing space with jumbo $5bn bond sale
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Oman gains breathing space with jumbo $5bn bond sale

Thursday, 2 March 2017 3:34 PM

Order books for the issue totalled $20bn, showing that Oman can for now count on strong international demand for its debt

Taking cover: Inside the GCC home insurance market
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Taking cover: Inside the GCC home insurance market

Monday, 27 February 2017 2:51 PM

Home insurance in the GCC remains remarkably low, despite arresting reports of fires that have caused costly damage to homes and treasured possessions. Industry players say residents are finally sitting up and taking note, but the transitory nature of expats and a general lack of awareness continue to suppress demand.

Is Africa's investment dream still on track?
Politics & Economics»

Is Africa's investment dream still on track?

Saturday, 21 January 2017 1:33 AM

It was the new bright spot for global investors, but widespread falling GDP growth and decreased commodity prices has meant Africa's dream of attracting billions of dollars of investment from the GCC is taking longer to realise than anticipated. But ahead of the Arabian Business Africa Forum, stakeholders argue serious returns are there to be made

Deal-making to drive 2017 Middle Eastern banking fee bonanza
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Deal-making to drive 2017 Middle Eastern banking fee bonanza

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 7:08 PM

Fees from the Middle East reached $581m during the first nine months of 2016, an 11% rise year-on-year

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


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