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Saudi's Tadawul is currently dominated by local retail investors, but opening up to the international market will broaden horizons (File/AFP)
July 24, 2014 - 13:07 GMT
Saudi Arabia's decision to open its stock market to the outside world was a good choice and already garnered strong support across the MENA region.

June 5, 2014

During the event
10:18 GMT
(press release)

Standard Chartered has been recognised as the ‘Best Transaction Services House in the Middle East’ at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2014.

Saif Al Shehhi, the Senior Managing Director - Government of Abu Dhabi & VVIP Clients at NBAD (middle) receives the best bank in UAE award from Euromoney officials
10:03 GMT

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has been named the Best Bank in the UAE by the prestigious international publication Euromoney, making it the fourth time in six years that NBAD has won this important award.

During the event
06:31 GMT
(press release)

National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) PJSC has announced that it has won the award for “Best Domestic Commercial Bank” at this year’s Banker Middle East (BME) Industry Awards.

Arab Bank
06:07 GMT
(press release)

Arab Bank recently relocated its regional management headquarters to its new offices in Dubai at Emaar Square, Building #2.

June 4, 2014

First Gulf Bank
11:48 GMT
(press release)

FGB, one of the leading banks in the UAE, has won two 2014 Banker Middle East Industry Awards, including ‘Best Bank in United Arab Emirates’, for the second year running, and ‘Best Wealth Management Firm’.

During the event
11:34 GMT
(press release)

Emirates NBD announced that it won two prestigious awards at the Smart Cards & Payments Middle East, which was organised as part of Cards and Payments Middle East, the region’s premium event for payment cards.

June 3, 2014

The report said that support from the GCC has allowed the government to put off “difficult choices” and operate in with a “muddle through” fiscal strategy until the first half of 2015.
17:37 GMT

Egypt’s fiscal deficit is set to “remain firmly in double digits” with inflation easing in 2014, a Citibank report published in May has said.

“The UAE is known for setting new benchmarks in various fields and creating exemplary standards that are being emulated across the region."
13:20 GMT

This was among the few demonstrations worldwide, where a government-issued identity card has been used to enable financial transactions.

The documentation of the facility from BLME has been finalised, with the closing and initial drawdown having been successfully concluded.
13:07 GMT

BLME has concluded a $15 million senior secured facility for Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA), the regional MVNO group rolling out Virgin Mobile across the Middle East & Africa region.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi
09:26 GMT

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi has partnered with Celer Technologies to develop Global Markets E-Commerce applications.

Jordan Ahli Bank
09:08 GMT
(press release)

Jordan Ahli Bank sponsored the first in a series of economic conferences organized by the Jordan Society for Scientific Research (JSSR), held under the heading “Jordan’s Economy in a Changing world.”

Doha Bank and VISA
08:36 GMT
(press release)

Doha Bank, the leading private commercial bank in Qatar, together with Visa, announced that a Doha Bank Visa debit cardholder is the lucky winner of a trip for two to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup live in Brazil.

The International Monetary Fund warned Bahrain last year that the Kingdom needed to reform its public finances in the medium term to avoid its debt burden becoming unsustainable.
03:55 GMT

The small oil exporter faces tough choices between boosting state expenditure to sooth simmering political unrest and keeping its fragile public finances sustainable.

June 2, 2014

Mr. César González-Bueno, Gulf Bank’s Chief Executive Officer
10:52 GMT
(press release)

Standard & Poor's (S&P), the world’s leading international credit rating agency, affirmed Gulf Bank’s long-term credit rating at BBB+ with a positive outlook.

During the event
10:32 GMT

Burgan Bank announced today that the bank’s Corporate Banking Group has successfully completed a bilateral finance deal with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the largest shipping company in the Middle East.