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Oct 19, 2018

Egypt_mapThe Egyptian government is preparing to issue its first ever international sukuk in 2019, according to finance minister Mohamed Maait.

Sep 28, 2018

Persian gulf statesSaudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait are set to join JP Morgan’s emerging market government bond indices in 2019.

Jul 27, 2018

Arabic_coinsSaudi Arabia’s ministry of finance has issued $925 million of Islamic bonds through a new primary dealer scheme designed to boost investor appetite for the asset class.

May 25, 2018

Kuwait Finance HouseKuwait’s second biggest lender, Kuwait Finance House (KFH), is planning its biggest ever play in the Islamic finance market with the issue of a $3 billion Islamic bonds programme.

Apr 20, 2018

A debt issuance by Qatar has set a record for the largest emerging market bond so far this year.

Apr 13, 2018

Funds repatriationA recently published bond prospectus has confirmed that Qatar’s largest sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has repatriated $20 billion in an attempt to shore up its banking sector, which is feeling the effects of a trade embargo from its Gulf neighbours.

Mar 02, 2018

Bonds_newspaperThe UAE’s largest bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), has issued a $650 million, five-year sukuk. The final price was registered as 95 basis points above midswaps, stated the bank.

Feb 16, 2018

gavel_law_booksA high court judge in the UK has ruled in favour of investors holding $700 million of Islamic bonds (sukuk) issued by UAE-based energy producer Dana Gas which last year refused to redeem the bonds on the grounds that they were no longer Shariah-compliant or legal in the UAE.

Feb 02, 2018

Sovereign-wealth-fundsAlternative investments now make up almost a quarter (23%) of all sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) asset allocations, according to a report from PwC.

Dec 01, 2017

Moodys_websiteA ruling in a dispute over sukuk issued by Dana Gas is “credit positive” for Islamic finance, according to a ratings agency.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Jan 04, 2019

Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

Jun 13, 2018

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Jun 13, 2018

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.