Dubai's $1b global Islamic bank

The forthcoming $1 billion launch of Alnoor will capitalise on growing demand for Shari'ah-compliant finance around the world
By Anees Dayoub and Ben Flanagan
Wed 22 Nov 2006 08:12 AM

The Dubai government is preparing to launch a new Islamic bank, with a total capital of $1 billion, and which will focus on both the domestic and international market.

Alnoor bank will start operations overseas as soon as it launches, capitalising on the growing global demand for Shari'ah-compliant financial services, according to today’s Al Khaleej newspaper.

The bank will employ both local experts in Islamic banking and suitably qualified expatriates for its international operation.


There are now 280 Islamic financial organisations worldwide, managing investments worth a total of $450 billion.

Alnoor – which means ‘light’ in Arabic – will be the UAE’s fifth Islamic bank, alongside Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Sharjah Islamic Bank and Emirates Islamic Bank. The four banks have total assets of around Dhs100 billion, according to Al Khaleej.

The banking sector in the UAE is particularly strong, according to Michael Tomalin, CEO of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. In a roundtable discussion held earlier this week by the Oxford Business Group, Tomalin said that banks in the UAE capital could see an increase of up to 20 per cent in earnings next year.

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