2020

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. 

MENA: Fintech Makes Its Mark

MENA: Fintech Makes Its Mark

Investors made 2018 a record year for startups in the MENA region, highlighting its rapid embrace of fintech. But regulation and infrastructure still have to catch up.