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Bilateral Relations

UK and Bahrain look to the future as they celebrate 200 years of history


The UK's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Bahrain in November 2016 to mark two centuries of formal relations between the two kingdoms

When Theresa May became the first ever UK Prime Minister to attend the annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council in December 2016, it demonstrated... Dec 14, 2016

Government | Middle East | Bahrain



Islamic Finance

Bahrain’s Islamic finance sector sets the tone for the rest of the world


Bahrain’s World Trade Center and Financial Harbor (Photo: ©Mubarak Fahad)

With decades of experience and regarded as the benchmark for its regulation, Bahrain stands out as a global leader in Islamic finance and has helped... Dec 13, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


Bahrain Banking & Fintech

Regional leader backed by 40 years of banking tradition


Bahrain’s banks regard the fintech trend as a way to modernize, internationalize and democratize financial services in the region

As the foremost financial services center in the Gulf, Bahrain has proved to be resilient in the face of liquidity challenges posed by low oil prices... Dec 12, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


City Cement Co.

City Cement goes “beyond imagination”


Saleh Al-Shabnan, CEO of the Tadawul-listed City Cement Company

As Saudi Arabia’s new economic masterplan puts the onus on private sector-led growth, City Cement CEO, Saleh Al-Shabnan, talks about the impact... Dec 07, 2016

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Saudi Arabia



Macroeconomic Challenges

How to ensure economic resiliency in times of dynamic changes?


Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor of the Qatar Central Bank

By strengthening macro oversight, implementing risk aversion strategies and ensuring that international standards are met, Qatar has acquired sufficient... Nov 22, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Diversification in Saudi

Saudi Arabia vows to end “oil addiction” through Vision 2030


Chief architect of Saudi’s Vision 2030 Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman pictured during his visit to the Pentagon on June 16, 2016. (US Dept of Defense photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, via flickr)

Bold plan for economic diversification aims to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40% to 65% whilst creating new non-oil growth... Nov 21, 2016

Government | Middle East | Saudi Arabia


Qatar Stock Exchange

Reforms, economic resilience set stock market on path to growth and more listings


Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange

The first listing of a private company in six years in April has generated renewed optimism around the QSE, whose CEO says that there has been an increase... Nov 08, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar



Three-Pronged Strategy

United vision and collaboration pave the way for enhanced regulatory reform


From left to right: Michael Ryan (QFCRA), Nasser Ahmed Al-Shaibi (QFMA), and Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani (QCB) have jointly developed Qatar’s first Strategic Plan for regulation

The combined efforts of the Qatar Central Bank, the Qatar Financial Markets Authority and the Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority are creating... Oct 31, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Qatar Central Bank

Banking sector remains resilient and optimistic despite analyst warnings




Qatari banks enjoyed asset and profit growth in 2015, despite the challenging global economic conditions and regional volatility. Analysts warn that... Oct 27, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Industry Leaders

High standards transform Qatari champions into international references with best practices


Acquiring new routes and new aircraft, Qatar Airways is the world’s fastest growing airline

Some of Qatar’s top companies lead their sectors internationally in innovation and technology, while fostering economic and community development,... Oct 17, 2016

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Qatar



Qatari Private Sector

An empowered private sector thriving on innovation sustains growth




As the economy diversifies and becomes more sophisticated, businesses such as Ali Bin Ali Group are prime examples of the strategic planning that has... Oct 14, 2016

Conglomerate | Middle East | Qatar


Qatari Economy

Central Bank maintains economic stability amid regional uncertainty


Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani, Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar

Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani remains confident about the prospects for Qatar’s economy, in spite of multiple challenges... Oct 07, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Qatar


Ahead of Vision 2030, Bahrain is standing at the forefront of the Health sector in the Gulf

Mahmood Hashim Alkooheji
Chief Executive Officer of Mumtalakat

With the establishment of the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA), the Bahraini... Jan 16, 2017


CSR underpins a pillar of Qatari development

Dr Raghavan Seetharaman
CEO of Doha Bank

Qatar needs to speak up and share its achievements with the rest of the world, states Dr... Dec 19, 2016


'It’s simply easier and more cost effective to do business here'

Dr Waheed Al Qassim
CEO of the Bahrain Association of Banks

At a time when most of the world’s financial services sectors have been shrinking,... Dec 15, 2016


Diverse, ethical banking draws global interest

Yousif Abdulla Taqi
Director & Group CEO of Al Salam Bank-Bahrain

Widely recognized as a global leader in Islamic finance, the assets in Bahrain’s Islamic... Dec 12, 2016


Confidence in UK-Bahrain relations runs deep

Simon Martin CMG
UK Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain and United Kingdom are celebrating the 200th anniversary of close... Dec 12, 2016


Medical city at the forefront of Saudi healthcare revolution

Dr Mahmoud Al Yamany
CEO of King Fahad Medical City

Commissioned in 2004, King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) has evolved into one of the most advanced... Dec 07, 2016


Innovative solutions for scarce resources

Khalid Abunayyan
CEO of Abunayyan Holding

As a 65-year-old diversified family company that has grown in tandem with the Saudi Arabia,... Dec 05, 2016


A partner in the transformation of Saudi Arabia

Hisham Al Bahkali
President & CEO of General Electric, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain

Having been present in Saudi Arabia for more than 80 years, General Electric announced investments... Nov 28, 2016


Islamic finance to shape Qatar’s economic future

Adel Mustafawi
Group CEO of Masraf Al Rayan

Involved in all sectors of the economy, leading financial services provider Masraf Al Rayan... Aug 05, 2016


Enterprise in synch with national vision

Adel Ali Bin Ali Al Muslimani
Chairman of the Ali Bin Ali Group

One of the largest retail and distribution companies of quality international products and... Aug 04, 2016


Record results highlight Qatari potential

Tamim Hamad Al-Kawari
CEO of QInvest

Despite having proved its resilience, particularly after the 2008 crisis, and being expected... Jul 16, 2016


CBQ looks to ‘wake up’ private sector with specialist SME services

Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi
CEO of the Commercial Bank of Qatar

The entrepreneurial beginnings of one of the largest banks in the country, as well as its... Jul 15, 2016


Universities critical partners in Qatar’s sustainable progress

Dr Hassan Al-Derham
President of Qatar University

President of Qatar University Dr Hassan Al-Derham shares his evaluation of Qatar’s... Jul 14, 2016


Qatar’s ‘infrastructure rush’ to continue apace in years ahead

Ali Al-Khalifa
CEO of Astad Project Management

Astad Project Management has been involved in the development of the most iconic projects... Jul 13, 2016


Ambitious projects bolster Qatar’s tourism sector

Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla
CEO of Katara Hospitality

Building up a portfolio of iconic landmark developments has made Qatar-based Katara Hospitality... Jul 12, 2016


QNB targets strategic, opportunistic growth

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari
Group CEO of Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Group CEO of Qatar’s largest bank, Qatar National Bank (QNB), Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari... Jul 04, 2016


“SMEs are the cornerstone for achieving a sustainable and diversified economy in Qatar”

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa
CEO of Qatar Development Bank

Jun 26, 2016


A helping hand

Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari
CEO Qatar Charity

In a world where times of crisis are set to become more frequent and more serious, Qatar... Jun 20, 2016


Qatar’s ‘Best Bank’ leads Islamic finance sector

Bassel Gamal
Group CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank

The country’s leading Sharia-compliant lender, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) now controls... Jun 19, 2016


QBIC sparks new energy into startups & SMEs

Aysha Al Mudahka
CEO of Qatar Business Incubator Center

Significant support is on hand from all sides for Qatar’s potential startups and SMEs... Jun 17, 2016


Edutainment at Katara Cultural Village uses the past to unite the future

Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti
General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara

A long-held vision to position Qatar as a cultural beacon of art, theater, literature, music,... Jun 17, 2016



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