World’s Best Banks 2012: Middle East

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt MIDDLE EAST The oil-exporting countries of the Middle East are enjoying strong economic growth, whereas countries that experienced political uprisings during the Arab Spring of 2011 are struggling to get back ...

Middle East 2012: Economies In Transition

SHIFTING SANDS   By Gordon Platt   Extraordinary changes are occurring in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings. New economic models—and new opportunities for foreign investors—are developing. But the potential for great reward comes with ...

Middle East 2012: Doha Dreams

FAITH IN THE DOLLAR PEG   By Gordon Platt   Global Finance sits down with Qatar’s central bank governor, sheikh Abdullah Bin Saud Al-Thani. The pegged-exchange-rate regime is working well, according to Al-Thani, and the resilient financial sector will help ...

Country Report: Kuwait

LONG-TERM VISION   By Justin Keay   Kuwait’s development in recent years has been driven by the state, with little FDI. However, upcoming elections promise a new government that could improve the business climate for foreign investors.   When protesters ...

EM Regional Review: Middle East

    THE ARAB SPRING’S COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES   By Gordon Platt Countries in the region are evaluating the economic outcome of social and political upheaval—both the opportunities and the challenges.   Commercial International Bank, Egypt’s largest private sector bank, ...

Fischer Still Seeking New Employment

NEWSMAKERS: ISRAEL   By David Lipkin   Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde may have secured the top job at the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), but some fund insiders are still gunning for Stanley Fischer, governor of the Central ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

DUBAI’S NEW BUSINESS LAW COULD STIMULATE INVESTMENT   By Gordon Platt   A new law governing corporate activity in the UAE should cut red tape for investors and make it easier for companies operating in the emirate’s free zones to ...