Tuesday 29, March 2016    |   The business of banking

Dancing in the light

  • 24    Oman turns to new economic horizons

    Amidst several setbacks last year, Oman remains resilient to the unfavourable economic backdrop.

  • 44    Rising demand for professionalism

    Matthew Cowan, Regional Director–Middle East, Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, highlights the importance of professionalism…

  • 60    Virtual banking business is UAE's next…

    Mohammed Areff, Vice President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Avaya explains the importance of digital transformation.

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  • Creating a diverse bond market

    In an exclusive mini roundtable, Nabilah Annuar, Banker Middle East Editor, sits down with Michael Grifferty, President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, Dr. Hansjoerg Herzog, Head of…

  • Building the future

    EIBFS sheds light on how banks in the UAE are charting the course for tomorrow's leaders.

    As the 21st century progresses, business leaders will be expected to deliver…

  • Undiscovered horizons

    Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance at S P Jain School of Global Management provides a holistic view of the UAE’s private equity market.

    The 1970s witnessed a series of developments…

  • Insurance: optimising the customer experience

    Michael Jensen, Managing Director MENA Zone, AIG, discusses the impacts of digitisation and its disruption on the insurance sector.


    The winds of change from digitisation…

  • Iraq: hanging on

    The economic and financial situation in Iraq remains ever challenging, but improving oil prices and the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement could place the country in an upward trajectory.


  • Determining actual value

    Simon Townsend, Director—Head Valuation & Consulting, CBRE Middle East clarifies the importance of correct assessments in real estate transactions.

    Middle East investors were major…

  • Are banks listening?

    Customers want a secure digital experience, says Marwan Elnakat, Digital Banking Solutions Director for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto.

    There is no doubt that technological advances in…

  • Room for improvement

    Nabilah Annuar, Editor of Banker Middle East, speaks to Ihab Khalil and Massi Markus, both Partners and Managing Directors at BCG Middle East on the current state of the private…

  • Europe mispriced

    The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…

  • M&A deals are on the up but many risk destroying brand value

    Brand due-dilligence a crucial matter that should be thoroughly assessed in a consolidation exercise, says Sholto Lindsay-Smith, Chief Executive at Industry Partners.


  • Seven finance predictions for 2017

    If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.

    There is much that has…

  • Saving Oman

    With macroeconomic conditions slow to improve, the impact of low oil prices continue to create dents in the balance sheets of hydrocarbon-reliant sovereigns. Perhaps realising that conditions may not…

  • Staying ahead in the game

    Arjun Kalra, a Principal in Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting, discusses the anti-money laundering landscape in the UAE and how it compares on a global platform.

    Describe the AML landscape…

  • Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next

    Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments sheds light on the implications of the Brexit vote and its prospects for investments in the MENA region.

    Britain is on the verge of undertaking…

  • Commodities lower as funds scale out

    The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according to

  • Fostering continental development

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East Editor, Nabilah Annuar, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank provides an insight on the bank’s performance and direction…

  • Benchmarking human resources in finance

    Talal Bayaa, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bayzat, discusses the advantages of automation in human resources for financial institutions.

    Human resources (HR) departments in financial…

  • Are regional banks immune to cyberattacks?

    Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Security Solutions—Advisory Division, BlackBerry discusses potential prevention mechanisms to enhance security in financial transactions.


  • The state of MENA

    In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017, Nabilah Annuar sat down with Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President for New Business at the International Finance Corporation…

  • Is bitcoin the new safe haven for investors?

    Looking at how bitcoin has been well-received in various markets including the UAE, Mark Leigh, Chief Operating Officer at Xtrade advocates that it is an investment that is worth contemplating.

  • Getting back on track

    Amidst many difficulties Saudi Arabia may be facing, on the back of the Kingdom’s reforms, the economy is resilient enough to weather the storm.

    Saudi Arabia will experience an interesting…

  • A new rule: digital payments and virtual currencies

    The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.

    The Central Bank of the UAE on the 1 January 2017 issued the Regulatory Framework for Stored…

  • Managing expectations

    V.Ramkumar, Senior Partner at CEDAR Management Consulting provides an outlook on the UAE banking sector for 2017.

    The year 2016 has been an interesting and challenging year for banks and the…

  • Bond markets in acceleration

    Dr. Nawazish Mirza, Associate Professor of Finance and Director Industry Interface Projects at SP Jain School of Global Management provides an analysis of trends across the GCC’s debt capital…

  • Making strides in Iraq and beyond

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman at Trade Bank of Iraq provides an insight into the bank’s growth and its expansion plans for 2017.


  • The rise of open banking

    Chris Truce, Director, Platform Development at Saxo Bank highlights emerging trends and developments that are re-shaping banking technology.

    For years, mid-tier banks have been told they’re…

  • Designing a self-protecting app to secure our modern mobile kingdoms

    Marwan Elnakat, Mobile App & eTransaction Security Manager for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto discusses the importance of adopting a defence system that is based on a layered approach.

  • Revolutionising retail banking

    Charles Habak, Principal, Financial Services at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses the state of retail banking in the region.

    Describe the development of retail banking in MENA.

  • What’s in a colour?

    James Packer, Managing Director at Industry discusses the determining factors in positioning GCC banks for success in a digital-first world.

    For banks in the UAE, standing out from competitors…

  • FXTM Analysis–Trump optimism fails to send the dollar higher

    FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on the S&P 500 breaching the $20 trillion market cap.

    After the Dow Jones…

  • Fujairah emerging

    Oil traders eye Middle East’s new frontiers as the Port of Fujairah leads UAE to become an energy hub alongside global heavyweights, says Jonty Rushforth, Head of Pricing at S&P Global Platts.

  • Adjusting to a new environment

    Waleed Barhaji, Business Head of Consumer Finance at Noor Bank discusses the UAE’s macroeconomic environment and developments that have taken place in the country’s banking sector.

  • Markets struggling to find direction–FXTM

    Greece is back in the headlines as the IMF clashes with the Euro zone over the future of the heavy indebted country, according to FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed.

  • Preserving excellence

    Speaking exclusively to Nabilah Annuar, Editor, Banker Middle East, Mubarak Abdullah Al-Khafrah, Chairman of Alawwal Bank discusses the significance of the bank’s recent rebranding exercise…

  • The final countdown

    Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board explains the workings of the impairment element of the IFRS 9 standard.

    In 2018, a new accounting standard that will have…

  • A tripartite pact

    Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar to create largest Islamic bank in Qatar in a potential merger which could materialise in the next six months.

    Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa…

  • UBS House View February 2017–Uncovering opportunities

    Mark Haefele, Global Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management, UBS wrote from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, where the threat of populism…

  • Investors look to the week ahead...

    Traders hoping for volatility to pick up are likely to be lucky in the week ahead with many key moving events, by Hussein Al Sayed, Chief Market Strategist, FXTM

    For the past two months markets…

  • The UAE Bankruptcy Law - an overview

    The new bankruptcy law has been introduced under Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 (The Bankruptcy law) and applies to companies formed under the Commercial Companies Law, and companies formed in a free…

  • Overcoming threats posed by falsified credentials

    Harshul Joshi, Senior Vice President of Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at DarkMatter sheds light on global hacks committed through falsified credentials and how banks in the Middle East are…

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