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

Thu December 17 2015 - Thu December 17 2015
Christmas Party

Events , ABA Events We will be holding our Christmas Party on Thursday 17 December, at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce Building, 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 2NJ. The party will start at  5.30 pm. There will be a large number of prizes drawn in a raffle (so when you receive your ticket, be sure to bring it with you!) as well as musical entertainment. Tickets cost £40 for both members and non members. Tickets may be bought from the ABA office (Joumana Karam or Huda Lahiani 020 7659 4889) or through this website.


22/10/15  Tarek Amer Appointed as Governor of Central Bank of Egypt

News Tarek Amer has been appointed to succeed Hisham Ramez as Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt. He will begin his four year term on 27 November. Ramez tendered his resignation five weeks before his term of office was due to expire, on 26 November. Amer was First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt from 2003 until 2008, when he became Chairman of National Bank of Egypt. In 2013 he moved to London to head National Bank of Egypt's London subsidiary. Earlier in his career, Amer worked for Bank of America and Citibank and was Deputy Chairman of state-owned Banque Misr. Ramez has been...


12/10/15  Christmas Party: Thursday 17 December

Events , ABA Events Our Christmas party will be held on Thursday 17 December at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce Building, 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 2NJ. The evening will include canapés, drinks, raffle prizes and musical entertainment. Tickets are £40 for both members and non members. They can be purchased through the ABA office (Joumana Karam 020 7659 4889) or Huda Lahiani 020 7659 4892) or office@arab-bankers.co.uk. They can also be purchased through this website (see entry about the party in the right hand column of the Events Tab).  

Thu November 5 2015 - Thu November 5 2015
ABA Annual Gala Dinner

Events , ABA Events We will be holding our Annual Gala Dinner on Thursday 5 November at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, in Knightsbridge. During the dinner we will be presenting our annual award for Distinguished Service to Arab Banking, which this year goes to Adel El-Labban, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank. The keynote speaker will be H.E. Shawkat Aziz, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Mr. Aziz will be introduced by Lord Lamont of Lerwick, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer.  Guests will be entertained by a professional singer and pianist...


Thu October 1 2015 - Thu October 1 2015
ABA Members Receive Expert Briefing on Citizenship, Residency and Investment

Events , ABA Events Global citizenship and residency is big business, with many programmes now available to enable citizens from one country to earn citizenship or residency of another through investment. Several new programmes have been developed in recent years (for example, by Malta), and in late 2014, the British Government announced big changes to its own Investor Visa programme. The Arab Bankers Association organised a technical seminar during which experts from Henley & Parterns, London & Capital and CharlesRussell Speechlys explained the opportunities available to those seeking a second reside...