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THE ECONOMY - BANKS

Emirates Islamic Bank announces results for the first half of 2008

Posted on 17/07/2008

Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) has announced the results of the first half of 2008, recording a net profit, excluding the depositors' share, of Dh320 million, an outstanding increase of 321 percent on the results of Dh76 million for the same period last year. Total income for the first half of 2008 grew to Dh780 million from Dh401 million in the same period last year, reflecting strong growth of 95 percent. As for depositors' share of profit, it reached an outstanding amount of Dh266 million. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts record half year profits

Posted on 16/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) has released its financial results for Second Quarter, confirming a record net profit of AED 520m for the half year ended 30 June 2008. This figure represents an increase of 50.4% compared to the same period in 2007, a bank press release said Tuesday. Second Quarter net profit was Dh276m and this represents an increase of 53% compared to the same period in 2007, and a 13% growth on the previous quarter. Earning per share for the half year ended 30 June 2008 is ...  >>MORE

UAE controls a fifth of bank assets in Arab world

Posted on 14/07/2008

A rapid growth in its financial sector over the past two years has allowed the UAE to become the dominant Arab banking centre, controlling nearly a fifth of the total bank assets in the region at the end of 2007, according to bank statistics. Bankers expect the country to maintain that position through 2008 as first quarter indicators showed growth is gaining momentum and new banks have joined the market, including Al Hilal Bank, one of the largest Islamic banks in the Middle East. Figures by ...  >>MORE

DFM and NBAD sign Depository Participant Agreement

Posted on 10/07/2008

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) announced yesterday that it has signed a Depository Participant Agreement with National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to be the first UAE-based bank providing securities services to local and international investors in DFM. The signing ceremony was attended by Essa Kazim, Chairman of DFM; Abdulla Mohammed Saleh AbdulRaheem, NBAD's Senior General Manager and Group Chief Operating Officer;. Sally Paterson, NBAD's Head of Business Planning and Strategy; and Mariano ...  >>MORE

Emirates NBD arranges US$75 million loan for UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group

Posted on 10/07/2008

Emirates NBD has arranged a US$75,000,000 club loan facility for UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group, Ukraine. The facility has a tenor of 364 days and pays a margin of 1.00% p.a. over LIBOR. Proceeds of the facility will be used by UkrSibbank for general corporate funding purposes. Placement of the facility was focused on Middle East and Asia and the deal was subscribed with the participation of 6 banks from various countries including United Arab Emirates, Oman and Japan. Addressing a press ...  >>MORE

CBD first half-year profits jump 31 % to Dh566m

Posted on 10/07/2008

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) yesterday announced its results for the 2nd Quarter of 2008 ( first half year of 2008), registering a significant increase of 31% in its first half year result to Dh566 million, compared to Dh431million in the same period of 2007. The 2nd quarter results jumped 40% to Dh299 million as compared to Dh213 million for the second quarter last year. The core banking profit increased by 35% to Dh468 million in comparison to Dh346 million for the first half 2007. Net ...  >>MORE

Mubadala, Waha, Fullerton create new finance company

Posted on 07/07/2008

Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala), Waha Capital PJSC, Al Moosa Enterprises LLC and Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte Ltd (FFH) announced Sunday that they have signed an agreement to incorporate a new finance company headquartered in Abu Dhabi to be called ‘Dunia Finance LLC'. Dunia Finance LLC (Dunia) will have a nationwide presence across the UAE and will focus on the retail and small business segments in the UAE to provide a range of loans, credit cards and financial planning ...  >>MORE

Amlak Finance half year net profit up by 155%

Posted on 07/07/2008

Amlak Finance PJSC announced yesterday its preliminary financial results for the half year of 2008. At the end of June 2008, Amlak's half year net profit rose to Dh269m, an increase of 155% compared to Dh106 m in the half year of 2007, a company press release said. Amlak's revenue for the half year of 2008 was posted at Dh620m, up 114% against the half year of 2007, with the company's property financing activities contributing 52% of the total revenue. Total assets, as of June 2008, stood at ...  >>MORE

Emirates NBD tops syndication deals

Posted on 06/07/2008

Foreign banks in the UAE have been overtaken for the first time by a local bank in syndication deals. Emirates NBD, which arranged US$14.7 billion in nine deals in the first four months of 2008, has emerged on top. It is now set to arrange syndicated loans worth US$10 billion during the second half. Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, general manager of Wholesale Banking at ENBD, said that the bank is already working on confirmed syndications, which will be finalised during the next six months for a total ...  >>MORE

UAE set to become dominant banking force

Posted on 03/07/2008

A rapid growth in credits and other financial operations have coupled with an ongoing capital increase drive to turn the UAE into the largest banking sector in the Arab world, overtaking Saudi Arabia in almost all banking components. At the end of March, the United Arab Emirates emerged with the dominant Arab banking sector in terms of assets and most of their components, including loans and advances, deposits, capital and financial reserves. Official figures showed the combined assets of the ...  >>MORE

ADCB plans to issue US$1.2bn worth of bonds in Far East

Posted on 26/06/2008

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), the emirate's third-largest bank, plans to issue as much as US$1.2 billion (Dh4.4bn) worth of bonds in Malaysia and Singapore as it looks to tap into growing opportunities in Asia. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank agreed in May to pay US$1.2bn for 25 per cent of Malaysia's fourth-largest lender RHB Capital in a bid to exploit commercial relations between the Middle East and Asia. Ratings agency Ram yesterday assigned a long-term stable rating of AAA to ADCB Finance ...  >>MORE

Emirates NBD looks to expand into Turkey

Posted on 26/06/2008

Emirates NBD group is looking for acquisitions or mergers in the Turkish market as part of its plans to expand globally, according to Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of the group. He said the strategic geographic location and investment opportunities that are available in Turkey make it a very attractive market for the group to venture into. Emirates NBD has adopted an ambitious expansion strategy, which includes among other promising markets, Turkey. "Emirates NBD is looking to expand its ...  >>MORE

Foreign deposits with UAE banks up by Dh143bn

Posted on 23/06/2008

A capital influx triggered by the UAE's economic boom allied with an expansion in overseas investments to boost foreign deposits with the country's banks by nearly Dh143 billion in 2007, official figure showed yesterday. From Dh177.6bn at the end of 2006, the foreign liabilities of the UAE's 52 banks rocketed to Dh320.9 billion at the end of 2007, the Central Bank said. The bulk of the increase was in deposits of foreign banks in the UAE's banks as they jumped from Dh96.7bn to a record ...  >>MORE

ADNL '&' FAS sign Dh875 million lease finance deal

Posted on 22/06/2008

Abu Dhabi National Leasing (ADNL), a fully owned subsidiary of National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), and Falcon Aviation Services LLC (FAS) signed an agreement for a Lease Finance Facility of Dh875 million. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the patron-in-chief of FAS, a leading aircraft chartering and maintenance company based in Abu Dhabi, and Mr. Michael Tomalin, NBAD's Chief Executive have signed the agreement at NBAD head office in Abu Dhabi. The facility will be used to ...  >>MORE

Personal loans surge by Dh5bn in Q1

Posted on 22/06/2008

Soaring inflation in the UAE boosted personal loans extended by banks to residents by nearly Dh5 billion in the first quarter of 2008 and economists expect them to climb to record levels through the year. The loans in the first quarter are higher than the personal loans provided by the country's 52 banks through 2006 and their increase indicates a steady growth in household spending because of higher consumer prices. From Dh43.46bn at the end of 2007, the personal consumer loans provided by ...  >>MORE

ADCB and DIB clinch awards

Posted on 22/06/2008

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has been named the Best Bank at the Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2008, while Dubai Islamic Bank won the Best Islamic Bank award. ADCB also won the award for the Best Bank in Advertising and Marketing campaigns, while the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) secured the largest number of awards presented in Dubai on Tuesday. Rick Pudner, CEO of Emirates NBD, the largest banking group in the Middle East in terms of assets, received the Banker of the Year award. ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates Al Hilal Bank

Posted on 20/06/2008

General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday patronized the opening of Al Hilal Bank, the latest addition to the Sharia-compliant banks with a capital of Dh4 billion. The opening ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Authority, HE Rashid Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of the Civil ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to inaugurate Al Hilal Islamic bank

Posted on 16/06/2008

The UAE's largest Islamic bank will be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The new Sharia-compliant bank plans to open branches across the country. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces will patronise the opening of Al Hilal Bank, one of the world's largest Sharia-compliant banks in terms of capital, which is set at Dh4 billion. "The Al Hilal bank will be inaugurated on Thursday under the patronage of ...  >>MORE

Mashreq awarded Best Bank in the UAE

Posted on 13/06/2008

Mashreq, a leading bank in the UAE, was named 'Best Bank in the UAE' for the fourth time in the last 16 years at the 2008 Euromoney Awards for Excellence Middle East held at Madinat Jumeirah on Wednesday 11 June 2008. The company's CEO, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, was given the 'QFC Euromoney Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Services in the Middle East' for his work in promoting the UAE banking industry. 'Euromoney was impressed by the growth evident in all aspects of Mashreq's ...  >>MORE

Gulf States plan unified legislation for banks

Posted on 12/06/2008

Gulf States are planning to unify legislations governing supervision of their banks ahead of the enforcement of their monetary union. Officials from the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) discussed the plan at talks in Doha on Tuesday and said unification of such legislations is essential before the launching of the monetary union, which is preliminary set for 2010. The GCC Banking Control and Supervision Committee debated draft common legislations for the banks chalked out two years ...  >>MORE

UAE top borrower from Euro area

Posted on 10/06/2008

The UAE topped in borrowing among the emerging markets in 2007 with banks, primarily in the Euro area and the UK, channelling a combined US$23 billion (Dh84bn) to borrowers in the country, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) said. While Saudi Arabia's borrowing totalled US$10bn followed by Kuwait at US$6bn, the bank said. At the same time, residents in the Middle East deposited significant amounts in offshore banks in the fourth quarter of 2007, driving an overall net outflow from the ...  >>MORE

Finance ministry and Egypt Bank sign agreement

Posted on 09/06/2008

UAE Ministry of Finance and Egypt Bank signed on Sunday an agreement pertaining to the registration of bank guarantees using e-Dirham mechanism. The agreement was signed between Director of Revenues department at the Ministry of Finance Faisal Ali al Mansouri and Manger of the Abu Dhabi branch of Egypt Bank Mohammed Fareed Kamal Eddin. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Presidential Affairs minister inaugurates Abu Dhabi premises of EIBFS

Posted on 08/06/2008

Minister for Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated in Abu Dhabi yesterday the new premises of the Emirates Institute of Banking Studies (EIBFS). The Minister also attended the graduation ceremony of the new batches of the EIBS students. The ceremony coincides with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the institute. In a keynote address, EIBFS board chairman, Ahmed Humaid al Tayer, said the 25th anniversary of the EIBFS and the graduation ceremony, ...  >>MORE

UAE banking sector assets surge to Dh1.21tr, emerges as largest in ME

Posted on 27/05/2008

With total assets of Dh1210 billion (US$336 billion), the UAE banking sector has reinforced its position as the largest in the Middle East, followed by Saudi Arabia with total assets of US$290 billion, EFG-Hermes has said in a report. According to the UAE Central Bank, the vibrant banking sector has seen a strong performance in 2007, as combined profit rose more than 25 per cent to Dh24.8 billion compared with Dh19.4 billion in 2006. Total deposits grew by 21.5 per cent to Dh675 billion from ...  >>MORE

ADCB wins Best UAE Retail Bank award

Posted on 21/05/2008

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has won Best Retail Bank - UAE and Best Customer Loyalty Programme at The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards for 2008. Arup Mukhopadhyay, Group Head Retail Banking at ADCB, received the awards on behalf of the bank at a distinguished gathering of international retail bankers held in the Thai capital city, Bangkok, 16 May 2008. In 2007, ADCB saw a 40 percent growth in core business, a 31 percent growth in assets, a 30 percent growth in customer ...  >>MORE

UNB launches its first Islamic Fund

Posted on 18/05/2008

Union National Bank announced the launch of the Al Samaha Islamic Fund, a Sharia compliant fund investing mainly in the UAE and with the flexibility to seek opportunities in other GCC countries, MENA and other emerging equity markets. The fund aims at investing in a balanced portfolio compliant with the Sharia creating a growth in the capital both in the short and long term. The Fund will focus on Islamic equities in addition to other Sharia investment instruments that are compliant with the ...  >>MORE

ADCB launches MSCI Arabian Markets Index Fund

Posted on 17/05/2008

As part of their ongoing endeavors to deliver innovative investment solutions, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank today announced the launch of the ADCB MSCI Arabian Markets Index Fund, a first-of-its-kind fund designed to track the performance of a diversified basket of Arabian market stocks. The Fund will track the MSCI Arabian Markets index which is a multi-country equity benchmark covering the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco and Jordon. Quantitative optimization ...  >>MORE

US$10bn Dubai Banking Group established

Posted on 07/05/2008

Dubai Holding has announced the consolidation of its investments in Dubai Islamic Investment Group and Dubai Bank under Dubai Banking Group with combined assets of more than US$10 billion (Dh36.7bn). The new group will operate as a global Sharia-compliant investment company, focusing on investing in Sharia-compliant assets in the Islamic sector, which is expected to continue to grow at a very high rate. Dubai Banking Group already has investments in Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, ...  >>MORE

EmiratesNBD wins 'Best Bank in the UAE' Award

Posted on 06/05/2008

Emirates NBD, the largest banking group in the Middle East in terms of assets has been named as the best bank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the renowned Global Finance Magazine. In an exclusive survey to be published in the May 2008 issue of the publication, Global Finance editors along with industry analysts and banking consultants selected the best emerging market banks in the Middle East. Criteria for selecting the winner included: growth in assets, profitability, strategic ...  >>MORE

Dubai banks' profits jump 26.5 per cent

Posted on 05/05/2008

Dubai's banks reported a growth of 26.5 per cent in their profits to Dhs2.4 billion by the end of March 2008 compared with Dhs1.9 billion for the corresponding period last year. The total assets of the four banks - Emirates NBD, Dubai Islamic Bank, MashreqBank and Commercial Bank of Dubai - grew by 11 per cent to Dhs490 billion for the first quarter of this year compared with Dhs440.7 billion in December 2007. Based on the preliminary data, the profits of Emirates NBD Group jumped by 36.3 ...  >>MORE

Mashreq Q1 net profit up to Dh465m

Posted on 01/05/2008

Mashreqbank Group announced the first quarter 2008 net profit of Dh465.3 million, recording a growth of 4.5 per cent over Dh445 million for the same period last year. Total assets reached Dh94.1 billion, up 52.6 per cent from Dh61.7 billion last year. Customer deposits reached Dh46.9 billion, an increase of 28 per cent over last year of Dh36.7 billion, while customer advances have grown by 48 per cent, to Dh43.3 billion from Dh29.3 billion, the bank said in a Press statement. The growth in ...  >>MORE

Emirates NBD earnings rise 37pc in Q1

Posted on 01/05/2008

Emirates NBD recorded a net profit of Dh1.196 billion during first quarter of 2008 compared to Dh874 million in the same period last year, reflecting a growth of 37 per cent. The bank's total assets reached at Dh277.5 billion on March 31, 2008 from Dh253.8 billion on December 31,2007, an increase of 9.3 per cent. Loans and advances grew 5.4 per cent over the same time period to reach Dh175 billion, driven by robust growth in both wholesale and retail segments. Customer deposits also grew eight ...  >>MORE

Combined assets of UAE banks rose by Dh364bn last year

Posted on 01/05/2008

The combined assets of UAE banks jumped by nearly Dh364 billion in 2007, the highest annual increase since they began operating in the country more than 30 years ago, official figures showed yesterday. From Dh859.5 billion at the end of 2006, the aggregate assets of the country's 23 national banks and 28 foreign units soared to an all time high of Dh1.223 trillion at the end of last year, an increase of around 42 per cent, the Central Bank said in a report. It was the highest annual increase ...  >>MORE

Dubai Islamic Bank Q1 profit jumps on property loans

Posted on 30/04/2008

Dubai Islamic Bank, the Gulf's third-largest bank that complies with Islamic law, said first-quarter profit rose 31 percent after lending more, especially to the United Arab Emirates' booming realty sector. Net income in the three months to March 31 rose to 556 million dirhams (US$151.4 million), compared with 424 million dirhams in the year-earlier period, the Dubai-government affiliate said in a statement, without making clear whether that was after depositors' share. Financing and ...  >>MORE

NBAD Q1 net profits soars 45% to Dh875 million

Posted on 28/04/2008

The Board of Directors of National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) announced Sunday its net profits surged by 45 per cent to Dh875 million in the first quarter of 2008, compared to corresponding period last year. Commenting on the results, NBAD's chief executive Michael H. Tomalin said "these are strong set of results reflecting our disciplined approach to creating shareholder value in a rapidly expanding UAE market place during a period of serious global financial turbulence." He added "Three ...  >>MORE

ADIB net income rises 47 per cent to US$66.5m

Posted on 28/04/2008

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), one of three publicly listed Islamic lenders in the United Arab Emirates, posted its second-biggest profit ever in the first quarter after boosting income from lending. Demand for financial services that comply with Islamic law, including a ban on the receipt of interest, is growing as the world's 1.3 billion Muslims seek to adhere more to their religious beliefs, and record oil prices fuel economic growth in the Gulf. ADIB's net income in the three months to ...  >>MORE

Banks operating in UAE surge to 51

Posted on 27/04/2008

The number of commercial banks operating in the UAE has increased to 51 and the figure is set to rise as the country pushes ahead with plans to tear down barriers to foreign investment in banking and other sectors. Central Bank figures issued yesterday showed 23 national and 28 foreign banks were operating in the UAE at the end of March while there were two investment banks, 16 finance companies, 80 representative offices, 16 investment companies and 13 banking consultant firms. The list, part ...  >>MORE

Bank of Sharjah income up 38pc

Posted on 27/04/2008

Bank of Sharjah's strong performance for the first quarter was driven by the robust growth in its core banking activities, despite the decline in the UAE financial markets during this period, the bank said in a statement. The growth in the bank's commercial activity was attributed to the continued expansion of the UAE economy. During the quarter, the bank strengthened its balance sheet which grew by 15 per cent to reach Dh12.4 billion compared with Dh10.8 billion in December last year, as a ...  >>MORE

UAE banks dominate banking sector

Posted on 23/04/2008

Latest research from The National Investor (TNI), the Abu Dhabi-based investment bank, has identified that national banks in the UAE account for nearly 75 per cent of the sector's total assets. The report titled 'Exciting Times Ahead' highlights the national banks' access to the Government's surplus funds, plus unrestricted branch network options as reasons for the domination. It also cites the national banks' corporate lending activities, in particular on the countries 'big ticket' projects as ...  >>MORE

UAE Islamic banking assets to hit US$87bn by 2010

Posted on 22/04/2008

Total Islamic banking assets, including Takaful, in the UAE could reach US$87 billion (Dh319bn) by 2010, increasing the country's global market share to around 11.5 per cent. This would place the country among the world's top global Islamic financial centres, said global investment bank Goldman Sachs. Annual average asset growth will be 28 per cent in the UAE for the next three years, with incumbent leaders Dubai Islamic Bank and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank slightly losing market share to their new ...  >>MORE

EIB unveils region's first Islamic co-branded airline credit card

Posted on 22/04/2008

Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) yesterday announced the launch of the first Islamic co-branded airline credit card in the region. The Skywards Emirates Islamic Bank Credit Card was launched in partnership with Emirates Skywards and Visa Card International. Faisal Aqil, General Manager, Retail, Emirates Islamic Bank, said the card comes with "a host of exciting offers, discounts and numerous travel-related benefits." He claimed that EIB's card has many special privileges that no other card can ...  >>MORE

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Emirates Islamic Bank announces results for the first half of 2008


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts record half year profits


UAE controls a fifth of bank assets in Arab world


DFM and NBAD sign Depository Participant Agreement


Emirates NBD arranges US$75 million loan for UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group


CBD first half-year profits jump 31 % to Dh566m


Mubadala, Waha, Fullerton create new finance company


Amlak Finance half year net profit up by 155%


Emirates NBD tops syndication deals


UAE set to become dominant banking force


ADCB plans to issue US$1.2bn worth of bonds in Far East


Emirates NBD looks to expand into Turkey


Foreign deposits with UAE banks up by Dh143bn


ADNL '&' FAS sign Dh875 million lease finance deal


Personal loans surge by Dh5bn in Q1


ADCB and DIB clinch awards


Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates Al Hilal Bank


Mohammed to inaugurate Al Hilal Islamic bank


Mashreq awarded Best Bank in the UAE


Gulf States plan unified legislation for banks


UAE top borrower from Euro area


Finance ministry and Egypt Bank sign agreement


Presidential Affairs minister inaugurates Abu Dhabi premises of EIBFS


UAE banking sector assets surge to Dh1.21tr, emerges as largest in ME


ADCB wins Best UAE Retail Bank award


UNB launches its first Islamic Fund


ADCB launches MSCI Arabian Markets Index Fund


US$10bn Dubai Banking Group established


EmiratesNBD wins 'Best Bank in the UAE' Award


Dubai banks' profits jump 26.5 per cent


Mashreq Q1 net profit up to Dh465m


Emirates NBD earnings rise 37pc in Q1


Combined assets of UAE banks rose by Dh364bn last year


Dubai Islamic Bank Q1 profit jumps on property loans


NBAD Q1 net profits soars 45% to Dh875 million


ADIB net income rises 47 per cent to US$66.5m


Banks operating in UAE surge to 51


Bank of Sharjah income up 38pc


UAE banks dominate banking sector


UAE Islamic banking assets to hit US$87bn by 2010


EIB unveils region's first Islamic co-branded airline credit card