A message from the Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to the Arab Bankers’ Association!

We are an association of bankers and finance professionals who work in Arab financial markets. Most of our members, both corporate and individual, are based in the U.K. but a significant proportion are based outside. Nearly all of us have spent much of our professional lives living and working in the Arab world.

Our aims are simple: to foster improved relations, information sharing and understanding between the private and public sectors in the Arab world and the U.K. We achieve this through our programme of evening seminars and social events, through tailored events for individual members and their clients, and through personal interaction and introductions that are based on decades of business experience.

You will find more information about our work on the various pages of this website. For example, elsewhere on this page you can download a copy of our Annual Magazine; on the “Events” page you can download presentations given at recent evening seminars; and soon we will be adding a new page to our website -- “Arab Banking News” – where you will see a brief round-up of recent events that are relevant to our membership.

The “Join” page also contains a full list of member benefits.

This is an exciting time for Arab banks and their subsidiaries and affiliates in London. Gulf banks are looking to expand their international operations, banks in Egypt and other north African countries are finding their footing after the uncertainties of the Arab Spring, and debt issuance across the region is increasing.

London hosts the largest and most important banking community in Europe, so its not surprising that it is in London that many of the innovative new financial structures that are shaping Arab finance are designed and sold.

The ABA has been serving and promoting Arab banking in London for more than 30 years and we are as enthusiastic and committed to our mission today as we were on the day we were founded. If you are a member, I look forward to working alongside you in the months ahead. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider joining us.

George E. Kanaan Chief Executive Officer

05/07/15  The Potential For Retail Islamic Banking in Germany

News After the licensing of Germany’s first Islamic Bank, Dr Oliver Recklies of the strategy experts “RMP” and Taoufik Bouhmidi, of the Frankfurt-based specialized broker “Zinsfrei.de”, consider the potential for retail Islamic finance in Germany. In March this year, Germany’s bank regulator (known as ‘Bafin’) issued a license for the country’s first Islamic bank: Kuwait Turk Bank. Known as ‘KT Bank’, the new institution is a subsidiary of Kuveyt Turk Katimim Bankasi,  the largest Islamic bank in Turkey, owned 62% by Kuwait...

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Thu June 18 2015 - Thu June 18 2015
ABA Real Estate Seminar Draws Big Crowd

Events , ABA Events The latest ABA technical seminar drew a crowd of 80 members and friends on 18 June. Starting at 6pm at the ABA's offices in Upper Grosvenor Street, the event was followed by a buffet dinner that enabled participants to mix informally with speakers. The seminar comprised six formal presentations: Sophie Chick and Ben Raywood from Savills, who addressed property trends in London and the broader UK Maisam Fazal, the head of commercial finance at Al Rayyan Bank and Wasim Khan, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, who both dealt with different aspects of the Shari'ah-compliant market Michael ...

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17/06/15  Ramadan Kareem

News The Directors and Staff of the Arab Bankers Association extend their best wishes to members and their families during the holy month of Ramadan.   

Mon June 15 2015 - Mon June 15 2015
Middle East Debate: Lebanese Roulette

Events , Partner Events The British Lebanese Association will hold a debate and discussion about the Middle East and Lebanon on 15 June at the Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Association. Speakers will include Derek Plumbly, recently the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon; Ian Black, the Guardian's Middle East Editor; Roula Khalaf, Assitant Editor and the Foreign Editor of the Financial Times; and Baria Alammuddin, Editor of Media Services Syndicate and Foreign Editor at Al Hayat. The event will begin at 7.30pm with a reception. The debate an...

Thu June 11 2015 - Thu June 11 2015
Investing in UK Real Estate, and Beyond

Events , ABA Events Our next evening seminar will address developments in the UK real estate market, and developments further afield. It will be held on Thursday 11 June at 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 2NJ. Doors will open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. The seminar will be followed by a buffet supper. The seminar is being held under the sponsorship of National Bank of Kuwait, Norton Rose Fulbright, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Battersea Power Station Development Company and Al Rayan Bank. There will be six presentations: Ms. Sophie Chick, an Associate at Savills: "The UK Residential Property Market" M...