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GCC banks 2010: restored confidence, improved balance sheets, and official backing support the outlook for regional banks (Part1)

More than a year has passed since the global crisis imposed its toll on GCC banks. With the worst of the global crisis now believed to be behind us, the risks facing most regional banks are ebbing, and we expect a gradual turnaround in banks’ attitude and activity. Despite the strong link and integration with global financial markets, the strong capitalization and financial strength of regional banks, along with generous government support enabled banks to ride out these difficult times at a relatively low cost, and demonstrated their resilience and ability to weather sudden and dramatic shifts in their business environment.

Undoubtedly, the full impact of the crisis on banks varies from one bank to another, yet there has been a common reaction and response by regional banks to the new banking reality: a conservative lending approach, more dependence on government deposits, higher provisioning, cost cutting, and delays of expansion plans .

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