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.


Best Digital Banks Of The Middle East

Best Digital Banks Of The Middle East

Global Finance presented various awards for digital-banking excellence, and honored Middle East innovators, at a special ceremony in Dubai in September.

Uber's Fight Goes Global

Uber's Fight Goes Global

Competition is stiffening as ride-hailing companies extend their model into emerging markets. Even Uber, the giant of the field, faces hard choices.

Banking On Tech

How far will MENA banks go in embracing digital innovation? Global Finance’s Dubai conference explored various approaches to rapid change in the banking sector.

Enter The Dragon

Chinese finance is stepping up in Africa. While other powers worry about Beijing’s growing influence, it’s hard for cash-strapped governments to say no. 

Taxes: VAT Revolution

Taxes: VAT Revolution

Adopting a new tax system, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deliver a shock to companies and consumers—and reassurance to foreign investors.

MENA: Dipping Into Digital

Digital banking, cryptocurrencies, ecommerce and fintech start-ups—2017 was a record year for digital investments in the MENA region. But there’s wide variation between countries.  

Is Lebanon The New Greece?

The war in neighboring Syria has taken its toll on Lebanon’s economy, which is demonstrating lackluster growth and high levels of public debt. Could the upcoming May parliamentary elections restore growth and investor confidence? 


Q&A With Central Bank Governor of Jordan

Dr. Ziad Fariz, governor of Jordan’s central bank since 2012, talks about the refugee problem, recovery from the financial crisis, and how his country is keeping its financial system on an even keel. 

Q&A With Central Bank Governor of Lebanon

Riad Salamé, governor of Lebanon’s central bank, discusses economic conditions for his country and the region in general, and how Lebanon benefits from its “strong, healthy and conservative banking sector.”


UAE Telco Providers Are Gearing Up For 5G

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) wants to be one of the first countries in the world to roll out the fifth generation of mobile networks, more commonly known as 5G.

Bahrain Launches National E-Wallet

The Central Bank of Bahrain will launch the kingdom’s first electronic wallet by the end of June, “an important step in enhancing the financial sector by providing innovative payment solutions aimed at both public and private sectors,” says Salman bin ...