2020

The Gulf Goes Green

The Gulf Goes Green

Facing the combined effects of Covid-19 and an oil crisis, GCC governments and banks are looking to accelerate economic diversification and transition to sustainable finance.

Future Uncertain

Future Uncertain

The MENA region is rapidly minting millionaires, but the Covid pandemic and a generational shift in ownership of wealth promise changes in how it’s invested and in what.  

Lebanon’s New Deal

Lebanon’s New Deal

A close-up look at how Lebanon and its banks reached the edge of the cliff—and the tough choices they need to make to step back from the brink.

Saudi Banking: An Expert View

Saudi Banking: An Expert View

Redmond Ramsdale, head of Middle East bank ratings at Fitch Global Ratings, explains the 2020 outlook for the Saudi banking sector.

Good Funding: Q&A With Faith Capital's Co-Founder Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani

Good Funding: Q&A With Faith Capital's Co-Founder Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani

Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani is co-founder and managing partner of Faith Capital, a Kuwait-based regional VC fund; and CEO of Floward, an online flower and gift retailer. He was previously vice chairman of Kuwait’s National Fund for SME Development and a co-founder of Talabat, the Middle East’s largest online food-ordering platform. He talks about opportunities and the growth of entrepreneurship in the region.

Kuwait: Banking On Growth

Kuwait: Banking On Growth

Kuwait is keen to diversify its energy-centered economy. Foreign investment and market liberalization are definitely part of the formula.

2019

Qatar: Resilience And Growth

Qatar: Resilience And Growth

The tiny emirate can rely on natural gas, infrastructure projects, foreign investment—and the World Cup—to weather a blockade by its neighbors.

Out Of Africa, Into MENA

Out Of Africa, Into MENA

With more people holding a smartphone than a bank account, the MENA region offers giant opportunities for telcos offering payments and money-transfers.