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Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil
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Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 7:05 PM

SWF managers face growing pressure from politicians and the public to prove they're investing national reserves wisely

Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa
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Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 4:12 PM

There's an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia

Some banks win, some lose in Dubai's 'Islamic economy'
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Some banks win, some lose in Dubai's 'Islamic economy'

Friday, 17 April 2015 2:23 PM

Dubai's gov't announced plans to turn the emirate into a global hub for an 'Islamic economy' in 2013

Coming to America
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Coming to America

Friday, 6 March 2015 10:21 AM

As Barack Obama seeks to rebalance the bloated US economy, the EB-5 visa scheme is being used to attract overseas investment by offering a green card, US citizenship and an American passport for those with at least $500,000 to spare. Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik, from Dubai-based STEP America, outline why it is proving popular with Gulf-based expats

Should the Gulf introduce VAT?
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Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

Friday, 27 February 2015 2:02 AM

The GCC’s plans to bring in value-added tax were withdrawn as a result of the global financial crisis. However, lower oil prices mean that the contentious topic is now back on the agenda

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Why are some of the world's biggest banks leaving the UAE?
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Why are some of the world's biggest banks leaving the UAE?

Friday, 13 February 2015 2:22 AM

Large Western banks have been selling off their local assets and retreating home, helping highly liquid local institutions deepen their roots even further. But as lower oil revenues make their impact, there are warnings even home-grown banks will soon have to take a closer look at their operations

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How Gulf banks are helping to underwrite region's aviation boom
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How Gulf banks are helping to underwrite region's aviation boom

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 3:57 PM

Figures from Airbus show that 47% of MidEast aircraft deals in the first 11 months of last year were funded by local banks

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Regulation, tight pricing overshadow Gulf's capital-boosting bonds
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Regulation, tight pricing overshadow Gulf's capital-boosting bonds

Monday, 2 February 2015 2:09 PM

GCC banking sector expected to need an additional $35bn of capital by 2019, according to report

Austerity? Not for us, say rich Gulf states as oil slides
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Austerity? Not for us, say rich Gulf states as oil slides

Sunday, 11 January 2015 5:21 PM

Economic defences which the Gulf states built up after the global financial crisis to cope with just such a drop in oil are holding

Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money
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Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

Thursday, 11 December 2014 4:47 PM

Gov't has previously has found it hard to promote start-ups in a society which lacks a culture of risk-taking

Why PE's back in vogue in the Middle East
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Why PE's back in vogue in the Middle East

Friday, 28 November 2014 1:13 AM

Confidence is returning to the Gulf’s private equity market after local investors took a hit after the global financial crisis.

The curious case of David Haigh
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The curious case of David Haigh

Saturday, 1 November 2014 1:58 AM

The story of how the former Leeds United boss went from football fan and manager of his favourite English club to a lengthy stay in a Dubai prison on fraud allegations has gripped newspaper headlines on both sides of the world

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How Mashreq hits the sweet spot
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How Mashreq hits the sweet spot

Saturday, 1 November 2014 1:57 AM

Mashreq’s retail operations in a series of Middle Eastern markets have helped contribute to some impressive bottom-line results in the last couple of years. Three regional executives from one of the UAE’s biggest lenders explain how that strategy could bring in $1.4bn in profits by 2020

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Q&A with Noor Bank
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Q&A with Noor Bank

Sunday, 19 October 2014 3:07 PM

Kazim Ali, head of corporate banking at Noor Bank, discusses SME finance, managing growth, and risk assessment

Saudi bank's $6bn IPO ignites religious controversy
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Saudi bank's $6bn IPO ignites religious controversy

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 7:21 PM

Plans by National Commercial Bank have prompted some clerics to suggest it violates Islamic principles


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