Islamic banking assets in Qatar valued at $97bn by end-2017: QFC Authority CEO

Islamic banking assets in Qatar were valued at $97bn by the end of 2017, which constituted nearly 81% of the total Islamic finance assets, said QFC Authority chief executive officer Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida. In the past five years, the growth of Islamic banking industry assets in Qatar has outpaced that of the conventional banking industry, he said at an event here on Monday. Source: Islamic banking assets in Qatar valued at $97bn by end-2017: QFC Authority CEO

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Abu Dhabi banks ADCB, UNB and Al Hilal to merge creating UAE’s third largest lender – Gulf Business

UAE lenders Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and Union National Bank (UNB) have confirmed plans to merge and together acquire Al Hilal Bank to create the country’s third largest lender. The new banking group will carry the ADCB identity and will continue to have institutional backing from its biggest stakeholder – the Abu Dhabi government, a statement said. Source: Abu Dhabi banks ADCB, UNB and Al Hilal to merge creating UAE’s third largest lender – Gulf Business

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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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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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