Singapore bank DBS to ‘almost double’ Dubai private banking staff by 2023 – Gulf Business

DBS, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, said it would almost double its Dubai private banking staff in its bid to triple revenue for those operations in the Middle East by 2023, capitalising on a shift of investments towards Asia. The Singapore bank is joining Citibank and other global lenders expanding wealth management operations in the region. The prospective client base includes wealthy Middle East business people, family offices and non-resident Indians. Source: Singapore bank DBS to ‘almost double’ Dubai private banking staff by 2023 – Gulf Business

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Saudi Al Rajhi Bank, SABB report double-digit Q3 profit growth | Reuters

DUBAI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Al Rajhi Bank and Saudi British Bank, two of Saudi Arabia’s largest banks, reported double-digit third-quarter profit growth on Wednesday, broadly in line with forecasts. Al Rajhi Bank, the kingdom’s second-largest lender by assets, reported a 13.6 percent climb in its third-quarter net profit, helped by a rise in net special commission income and fees from banking services. Source: Saudi Al Rajhi Bank, SABB report double-digit Q3 profit growth | Reuters

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Kuwait up 0.8 pct on expectations of foreign inflows

DUBAI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Kuwaiti stocks rose nearly 0.8 percent in early trade on Tuesday, helped by expectations that its inclusion in the FTSE Russell emerging market index will trigger more foreign fund flows. The first phase of its entry to the index began on Monday and the second stage will be on Dec. 24. Source: MIDEAST STOCKS-Kuwait up 0.8 pct on expectations of foreign inflows

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Deutsche Bank appoints Riyadh GM | ZAWYA MENA Edition

LONDON: Deutsche Bank has appointed Mohammed Alajmi as general manager of Deutsche Bank Riyadh Branch in Saudi Arabia.He will have oversight of the bank’s business regulated by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Deutsche Bank said in a statement.The German banking giant originally established its Riyadh branch in 2006. Source: Deutsche Bank appoints Riyadh GM | ZAWYA MENA Edition

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Revealed: Top 10 banks in the UAE – Gulf Business

Things have been on the up for the GCC’s banks, which collectively recorded a better year in 2017 despite slowing economic growth in the region as a whole.Banking activity was supported by a higher oil price and continued infrastructure investment as Gulf states diversify their economies in various ways. Commercial activity in the region expanded in 2017 and consumer confidence grew, albeit slightly. As a result, our list of the region’s 50 leading banks – ranking institutions in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – recorded higher net profit in 2017. Source: Revealed: Top 10 banks in the

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UK real estate firm Savills acquires Cluttons Middle East – Gulf Business

UK-based real estate advisory firm Savills has announced its acquisition of consultancy Cluttons Middle East.Savills said the business employs 190 staff in seven cities across the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and Saudi Arabia and provides agency, management and consultancy advice in the commercial and residential sectors. Source: UK real estate firm Savills acquires Cluttons Middle East – Gulf Business

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Dubai’s Emirates NBD to acquire Turkey’s DenizBank for $3.19bn – Gulf Business

Dubai’s largest bank Emirates NBD has announced a definitive agreement to acquire a 99.85 per cent stake in Turkish private bank DenizBank from Russia’s Sberbank for TRY14.6bn ($3.19bn).The deal represents a coup for Emirates NBD amid reports that it had been met with resistance from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who sided with Qatar against the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in last year’s Gulf dispute. Source: Dubai’s Emirates NBD to acquire Turkey’s DenizBank for $3.19bn – Gulf Business

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