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Islamic banking gaining foothold in Nigeria (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 31/01/2011)

The banking sector in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has hardly had time to digest the "Guidelines on Shariah Governance for Non-interest Financial Institutions in Nigeria" and the "Framework for the Regulation and Supervision of Institutions

The missing link in Sharia finance (Rushdi Siddiqui - Gulf News - 31/01/2011)

Financial editors and news bureau chiefs of major conventional and western media organisations have to look at not only the importance of a news story, but also its time sensitivity. Islamic finance stories must compete against numerous "conventional"

Saudi Arabia’s ability to attract FDI becomes a big success story ( Khalil Hanware - Arab News - 26/01/2011)

SAUDI Arabia’s recently announced 2011 budget shows the government’s dedication for continued public spending in order to create a positive investment environment and bolster economic growth. The increased government expenditure serves to maintain the

Investment opportunities abound in Kingdom (Khalil Hanware - Arab News - 26/01/2011)

The performance of Saudi Arabia’s economy has been remarkable in recent years, especially since 2002 with the national economy more than doubling to $481.6 billion owing mainly to rising oil revenues. The combination of additional government spending

Amanah Raya to help set up Islamic bank in Kazakhstan (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 25/01/2011)

Malaysian trustee company Amanah Raya Berhad is joining forces with Fattah Finance, a local Kazakh brokerage company, and the state-owned Development Bank of Kazakhstan to conduct a feasibility study to establish the second Islamic bank in the CIS

Yemen plans debut sukuk (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 24/01/2011)

Yemen is the latest country to announce that it may raise much-needed financing from the financial markets through a debut sovereign sukuk issuance sometime in the first half of 2011. Yemeni officials including Finance Minister Nouman Al-Suhaibi and

Dubai: Building recovery (Oxford Business Group - 23/01/2011)

Dubai’s construction sector is still dealing with the fallout of the global recession. Some segments are experiencing gathering momentum while others may have to look beyond 2011 before demand picks up and confidence returns. An oversupply of residential

Sharjah: On the radar (Oxford Business Group - 23/01/2011)

The outlook for 2011 is one of correction and consolidation for Sharjah’s real estate sector. The market should slowly start to pick up, though recovery is expected to be modest in the shorter term before gaining momentum. According to data issued by the

Kuwait: Year in Review 2010 (Oxford Business Group - 20/01/2011)

his year Kuwaits economy has stabilised, allowing the country to look forward to a period of renewed growth and dynamism. Following a 4.6% contraction in GDP in 2009, the picture for 2010 and beyond looks significantly brighter. In September the ratings

Bahrain: Encouraging entrepreneurship (Oxford Business Group - 20/01/2011)

A renewed focus on entrepreneurship is at the heart of Bahrains efforts to diversify its economy and achieve the goals outlined in its long-term development plan, Economic Vision 2030. In a sign of its commitment to promoting entrepreneurship, the

Prominent Saudi scholar warns on agenda against Shariah advisories (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 18/01/2011)

At a time when the global Islamic finance industry is debating whether Shariah advisory should be regulated and scholars restricted to advising only a small number of institutions, Malaysia almost in passing adopted on Jan. 1 a new Shariah Governance

Saudi Arabia: Safety at work (Oxford Business Group - 17/01/2011)

Saudi Arabia’s insurance sector is set for changes in 2011 with the implementation of a law mandating health insurance for all private sector employees. While just one aspect of the rapid pace of change in the sector, the expansion is likely to create a

Abu Dhabi: Bright spot (Oxford Business Group - 17/01/2011)

While construction in the UAE and the wider region has been hit by the financial crisis, Abu Dhabi’s commitment to forge ahead with its major developments bodes well for contractors active in the local market. “The market might be slightly low, but the

Abu Dhabi: Year in Review 2010 (Oxford Business Group - 12/01/2011)

The year 2010 will be remembered in Abu Dhabi for the local government forging ahead with a counter-cyclical spending regime aimed at boosting the economy and buttressing the Economic Vision 2030. The Union Railway, a nationwide rail project, offers a

Will Saudi banks have enough resources to deploy in 2011? (Arab News - 11/01/2011)

After more than two years of global financial crisis, the Saudi banking sector has emerged almost unscathed. But like many banking systems, during the turbulent period, both investment and loan portfolios of Saudi banks were implicated. As a result, all

BSE, ISE Islamic equity indexes to open floodgates to a spate of offerings (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 10/01/2011)

The launch over the last few weeks by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) of their debut equity indexes which comply with non-interest based Islamic investment principles is potentially a major development for the

Bahrain: A Year in Review 2010 (Oxford Business Group - 06/01/2011)

Bahrain’s economy posted solid results across 2010, with expansion in most sectors, inflation well in hand and a positive outlook going into the new year. In December, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated GDP growth at 4% in 2010,

2011 Financial market outlook: Stress and risk factors remain... (Mohamed A. Ramady - Arab News - 04/01/2011)

The year 2011 promises to be just as lively and full of surprises for the financial market as 2010 was, and which went down as the year that saw the continuation of the global financial crisis, and words such as Quantitative Easing (QE), European

Tatarstan set for debut sukuk (Mushtak Parker - Arab News - 03/01/2011)

Following the visit of President Rustam Minnikhanov of the Russian republic of Tatarstan to Malaysia in December and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kuala Lumpur between the Tatarstan government, the local IFC Linova, Malaysia’s

Dubai luxury market gains momentum (Kevin Brass - The National - 03/01/2011)

Increasing signs of a pickup are appearing in Dubais high-end residential market, with estate agents reporting arise in enquiries and sales of luxury properties. "Its definitely better," said Jackie Johns, the managing partner for Dubai Luxury Homes.

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