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Published in June 2009, this map provides an overview of global Islamic finance markets. Charts and graphics include Sharia-compliant financial assets by country (Dec 2007), Takaful operators by country (2008), Leading Islamic banks by asset values (Dec 2007), and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) inter-regional trade

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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GSN lists some – but not by any means all – of the key players operating in the industry

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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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ICs – whose numbers almost doubled to 99 in 2005-08 – have on- and off-balance sheet assets equivalent to more than 100% of the banking system’s assets. This makes the ICs “systemically important” – posing a systemic risk if their solvency deteriorated further.

Kuwait
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Moody’s Investors Service on 9 June applied a ‘negative’ ratings outlook to Kuwait’s Aa2 sovereign ratings – a downgrade from the previous ‘stable’ – adding to investor discomfort during a period when Kuwait-based financial institutions have come under intense scrutiny.

Kuwait
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Ratings downgrades for major Saudi investors, a potential systemic crisis in Kuwait where investment companies are in freefall, fraud charges against well-connected Dubai developers and a marked lack of performance by Abu Dhabi’s investment flagship.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
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The former oil minister’s return is a measure of the political complications that Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed has to negotiate as opponents launch first grilling.

Kuwait
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Al-Ghanim & Sons has signed a MoU with Russian state-owned power trader Inter Rao and VTB Bank to invest up to

Kuwait
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Public demand for a constructive and non-ideological politics seems to explain the severe election setback suffered by the Salafists and Islamic Constitutional Movement (Hadas), whose parliamentary contingent - five or six strong just a few years ago - has been slashed from three seats to one.

Kuwait
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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.

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Having seen voters punish the protagonists of confrontation, new MPs – women in the vanguard – could hold the key to co-operation in government. Prominent new MP Rola Dashti told GSN that Kuwaitis were seeking solutions rather than apportioning blame. Reappointed PM Sheikh Nasser Mohammed will hope she’s right.

Kuwait
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The election of four women to the National Assembly marks a significant victory for civic rights and indicates a shift in public mood.

Kuwait
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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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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Saudi Arabia, after all, is to house the planned Gulf Co-operation Council central bank. Following the 11th GCC consultative summit, held in the Kingdom on 5 May, the GCC’s outgoing secretary-general Abdelrahman Al-Attiyah announced that Riyadh would be the new joint monetary council’s base; this institution will eventually evolve into the GCC central bank.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia