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Lebanon sees 1.5-2pc GDP growth despite Syria crisis

Lebanon's economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 per cent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 per cent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria, the central bank governor said on Monday. Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war i

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Saudi cbank may cap consumer lending

Saudi Arabia's central bank has published new consumer lending regulations which give it the power to cap retail lending at individual banks and limit the fees that banks can charge. The rules could dent profit growth at banks, especially those that rely heavily on retail act

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ENBD eyes capital-boosting bond sale

Emirates NBD (ENBD), Dubai's largest lender, plans to sell a benchmark-sized capital-boosting bond, a document from lead managers said on Monday, looking to take advantage of favourable markets to strengthen its reserves. ENBD has chosen Citigroup, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank,

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ADIB completes Barclays unit purchase

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) said it has formally completed the purchase of Barclays’ UAE retail banking business from the British lender. As per the new deal, ADIB and Barclays will now work closely to ensure the seamless transition of over 110,000 customers onto the Abu

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AlKhair Capital launches Sharia-compliant fund

AlKhair Capital, a leading Saudi-based investments institution, has launched the ‘AlKhair Capital Plus Sukuk Fund’ - its open-ended, Sharia-compliant investment fund for investment in fixed income markets. The fund is aimed at generating regular income as well as achieving

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Islamic Economy Awards attract global submission

The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) has invited nominations across eight categories for the Islamic Economy Awards 2014, and have had a high uptake from international and local companies. The submissions of nominations for the award will remain open until October

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GCC sukuk industry shows massive growth potential

The Sukuk industry in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region is set to be one of the fastest growing segments of the Islamic finance industry with huge growth potential, particularly in Dubai, UAE, said a report. The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated that sukuks w

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China to buy larger share of GCC exports

Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) export to China is growing in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman and is set to increase in Kuwait next year, according to an expert. A deal announced in mid-August between Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) and China’s Sinopec to double the amount of

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New margin trading rules take effect in Bahrain

New market rules that allow margin trading and non-Bahraini brokers to trade will come into effect from today (September 1) at the Bahrain Bourse (BHB). A key provision is that non-Bahraini brokers licensed by capital market regulatory institutions in their domiciles can trade at

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BFH names new chief executive

The Bahrain Financial Holding (BFH) Company and the Financial Centre Development Company have appointed Ahmed Ebrahim Al Moataz as the new chief executive and board member of BFH. The two companies are the developers of the Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH), a fully integrated wate

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