Features: Islamic Finance

REGIONAL REPORT: Gulf Cooperation Council Sukuk issuance is rebounding as investor confidence returns to the GCC region. By Gordon Platt The global financial crisis has accelerated what already was a growing interest in Islamic finance and has created new opportunities ...

Features: Looking Up In Dubai

REGIONAL REPORT: Gulf Cooperation Council The UAE economy is well on the road to recovery, one of its biggest boosters says. By Gordon Platt Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, speaker of the house of the Federal National Council, the parliament in ...

Regulars : EM Roundup Middle East

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the US-based private equity firm, received a license to operate from the Dubai International Financial Center. By Gordon Platt The building in which the firm, whose 1988 leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco was chronicled in a book ...

Cover Story : Recession Proof

MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL REPORT RECESSION PROOF Saudi Arabia epitomizes the trend toward big spending on infrastructure by oil-rich nations that is keeping their economies afloat. By Gordon Platt The Middle East is not immune to the effects of the global ...

Features : Back To Basics

SECTOR REPORT SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS A series of disastrous investments in Western banks and mounting pressure to invest locally is prompting a sea change in sovereign wealth funds’ investment attitudes. Dickinson: Some SWFs are facing pressure to diversify their investments ...

Features : Best Laid Plans

MIDDLE EAST Determined to avoid repeating past mistakes, oil-rich nations in the Middle East have worked hard to diversify their economies. So far they have fared well, but pitfalls remain. Oil is integral to the Middle East's economic fortunes, but ...

Features : Islamic Finance

BACK TO BASICS ISLAMIC FINANCING The core ethical principles of Islamic finance have protected the industry from the worst effects of the credit crunch. A customer makes a transaction at Emirates Bank in Dubai. One segment of the financial markets ...

GCC Report: Shifting Gears

REGIONAL REPORT: GCC / COUNTRY PROFILE: QATAR Qatar has plenty of gas for the long drive to becoming a knowledge-based economy. Doha's constantly changing skyline illustrates Qatar's rapid growth. Qatar has the world’s third-largest reserves of natural gas after Russia ...

GCC Report: Move To Launching Pad

REGIONAL REPORT: GCC / CAPITAL MARKETS The region’s biggest exchanges, in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are ready for liftoff. Al Sowailim: Saudi Arabia offers great opportunities for global investors. The volume of initial public offerings on the Saudi Stock ...

Features: Awards: Islamic Financial Institutions

ANNUAL SURVEY / ISLAMIC FINANCE Global Finance selects the winners in a fast-growing area of finance that combines investing according to the tenets of Islamic law with modern financial products and systems. Islamic finance is a system of ethical investing ...

Features : Sharing In Risk And Reward

SECTOR REPORT / ISLAMIC FINANCE The range of Islamic finance techniques is growing rapidly, but some are concerned that the most innovative products may be flouting shariah principles. While conventional financial markets are still reeling from the credit crunch, and ...

Cover Story: Let the good times roll

The Middle East Prudent investment of vastly increased oil revenues and a determination to build stable financial foundations are helping transform the Middle East into one of the world’s most vibrant economic areas. The DIFC in Dubai: One of the ...

Cover Story : Secondary Development

Middle East As Islamic bonds become more popular, banks are creating a viable secondary market. Emirates Islamic Bank: Reaping the benefits of a surge in business. Asurge in the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, and growing demand from global ...

Features : Opportunity Play

SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS Sovereign wealth funds snap up bargains in one of the biggest financial industry land grabs in history. Bader Al Sa'ad, head of Kuwait's SWF, helped arrange a huge cash infusion for Citi. To say Citi and Merrill ...

Features : Changing The Game

SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS With sovereign wealth funds rapidly becoming one of the most powerful forces in global finance, one key question has emerged: Should they be feared or revered? With the subprime-induced credit crunch causing stocks of financial giants such ...

Features : Shariah-Compliant Corporate Finance Forges Ahead

ISLAMIC INVESTMENT BANKING Investor demand, banks’ creativity and deep pools of liquidity in the Middle East are driving strong growth in the development of Islamic investment banking products. Hassoune:“Investors and entrepreneurs must hare the risks and rewards of a given ...