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Issue 856 - 27 June 2009

The sukuk list

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List detailing sukuk transactions in 2009

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar | Lebanon
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With conventional bank funding drying up, sovereign and corporate issuers are tapping the Islamic bond market to fund expansion. Bahrain has just launched an issue that was eight times over-subscribed. But in the longer term, the sukuk industry’s credibility will depend on improving market transparency

Bahrain
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President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree on 3 June naming General Hassan Ali Turkmani assistant vice president. The US Navy is to take over the former commercial port at Mina Salman.

Bahrain | Syria
Issue 854 - 30 May 2009

KING HAMAD: UN chief visits

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King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa on 17 May received United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at Gudaibiya Palace.

Bahrain
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Kuwait’s largest telecoms operator has gained a majority stake in the Palestine Telecommunication Company (Paltel) as part of an expansion plan. Showing the depressed mood in the Gulf, even large family businesses are looking away from their traditional home markets. International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on the development and financing of a large scale specialist healthcare project in Muharraq.

Kuwait | Bahrain
Issue 854 - 30 May 2009

Project market clues to recovery

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In the project finance market, signals have been mixed. On the one hand, the Saudi market has been through a dour time, not least in its cancellation of the $5.5bn-$6bn Ras Al-Zour independent water and power project (IWPP) as a private sector development after the original bid winner, Malaysia’s Malakoff, failed to come up with financing and decided to withdraw.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain
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Rarely do GCC disputes get more public, and it will take more than warm words from Riyadh to win back the Al-Nahyan into the currency union fold. For Abu Dhabi, bank location is the deal-breaker

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Qatar
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While the Middle East has weathered the global recession better than most regions, the regional dynamics have altered, with the more highly leveraged economies such as Dubai losing ground to more conservative and resource-rich players, led by Saudi Arabia.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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Bahrain’s King has earned a breathing space, but only real concessions can defuse the impact of a soon to be launched extra-parliamentary alliance with political and religious appeal.

Bahrain
Issue 851 - 18 April 2009

New Bahrain bourse to open in 2010

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When launched in Q1 10 the new Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX) will offer to members a platform to trade multiple asset classes including capital

Bahrain
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The central bank’s prudent regulation has helped to keep the domestic banking sector in a relatively solid shape, but a prolonged downturn in the region, particularly in real estate markets, could lead to an uncomfortable situation.

Bahrain
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ADIC eyes MENA private equity deals; Bahrain banks consolidate their positions; Kuwait enters Palestine telecoms sector; Vodafone Qatar to sell a 40% stake in April IPO

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait | Bahrain | Qatar
Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

Regional diplomatic challenge

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Whoever wins the Iranian election will have to engage in sustained diplomatic fence-mending. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s apparently thoughtless way with words has cost Iran dear over the past three and a half years. This month, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has been in Riyadh – where he met King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz – and Manama, seeking to patch up the latest strains in relationships with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He also visited Kuwait, with whom Tehran’s dealings are rather more placid.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain
Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

Energy Pointers: Taqa, Oxy, QSTP

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Taqa profits down as oil price stays low. Oxy deal to raise output. Qatar to build 100MW solar power plant

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Bahrain | Qatar
Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

Manama unrest

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The mood in Bahrain was edgy in the run-up to the 26 March trial of 35 individuals including Haq leader Hassan Mushaima,

Bahrain