EU's tax blacklist of UAE questionable It is not clear if the UAE is violating something it agreed to or if the EU is trying to unilaterally enforce rules on the UAE

Earlier this year an ambassador from an EU country asked me if I invested in the EU. I informed him that I didn’t. When he asked me why, I pointed out that the EU had treated two of their members, Greece and Britain, abhorrently, and had tried to punish both countries in ways that made no sense to me. I

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Stark SME stats don’t tell the full story

The issue of lending to SMEs in the UAE was discussed at the Middle East Banking Forum in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, where a number of solutions were raised to tackle a perceived dearth in funding for the country’s small businesses. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, the governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, said the Bank was working on

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Clearing up misconceptions about Islamic finance

Nizar Al Shubaily, an experienced Islamic banker, co-authors with me on Islamic finance. Although I believed that I was well versed in matters related to Islamic finance, the prevalence of misunderstood terms and concepts in the media and elsewhere have often confused matters. Mr Al Shubaily has helped me understand a few things. To start off, let’s take a step

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank's Q3 financials An example of proactive balance sheet management

Following on last week’s article analysing the Q3 financial performance of Dubai Islamic Bank, Union National Bank and Mashreq, on Wednesday I had a look at how the other banks are performing and was pleasantly suprised when I visited the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank website. ADCB’s good investor relations The pleasant surprise was not that ADCB had its financials up; I

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Innovation needs perspective not isolation Break free from the entrepreneurship dream bubble

I was honoured to be invited to Bahrain this week to give a talk at an event organised by Bahrain Development Bank’s Rowad Programme, a comprehensive platform providing multiple layers of support to Bahrain’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. Rowad’s breadth and depth are far greater than anything else that I have seen in the region, and addresses multiple facets of the

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