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

Tue March 4 2014 - Tue March 4 2014
Lecture: Prospects for Inclusive Growth in the MENA Region

Events , Partner Events This lecture is part of the London Middle East Institute’s Tuesday lecture series on the contemporary Middle East.Dr. Hakimian will consider the MENA region’s recent trajectory of growth and its prospects for achieving inclusive growth in the light of recent political and social upheavals in the region.   Admission free. No pre-registration required. 


14/02/14  Save the Dates! Upcoming ABA events

Events , ABA Events Details of the ABA's seminar on gold and foreign exchange markets, to be held on 19 March, will be posted on our website soon. The event is being sponsored by the World Gold Council and will be begin at 6pm at the ABA offices in Upper Grosvenor Street. Speakers include Marcus Grubb, Managing Director -- Investment Strategy at the World Gold Council, Daragh Maher, Senior FX specialist at HSBC, Janet Henry, HSBC's Chief European Economist, and Ned Naylor-Layland, Investment Director at Quilter Cheviot. Events on immigration and business visas, and on the fight against financial crime in ban...


Wed March 19 2014 - Wed March 19 2014
Evening Seminar on Gold and FX

Events , ABA Events The World Gold Council and HSBC will sponsor an evening seminar on the Gold and Foreign Exchange markets on 19 March. The event will be held at the ABA's offices in Upper Grosvenor Street and will start promptly at 6pm. The seminar will end around 7.30 after which a buffet dinner will be served. Both ABA Members and their friends are welcome to attend free of charge. For reservations please contact Mr. Joumana Karam, the ABA's Business Development Officer on 020 7659 4889 or by email at jkaram@arab-bankers.co.uk   Speakers will include: Mr. Marcus Grubb: Managing Director -- Inve...


Wed December 4 2013 - Wed December 4 2013
High Level Briefing on New Banking Regulations

Events , ABA Events Government officials and experts from KPMG provided with a high level briefing on the new regulations and supervisory practices affecting U.K. banks, and in particular the London-branches of overseas banks, at an evening seminar on 4 December. The briefing was led by Mr. Patrick Young, the Lead Associate at the U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) responsible for overseeing banks from the MENA region operating in London. He was followed by two partners from KPMG who summarised the key advice that they give to firms on how to most effectively interact with regulators. Simon Hills, Exe...


14/02/14  ABA Iftar at Maroush Gardens

Events , ABA Events Over a hundred members and friends of the Arab Bankers Association braved a heat-wave in London to celebrate Ramadan at the Association’s annual Iftar dinner. The event was held at the Maroush Gardens restaurant in London’s West End and was sponsored by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The Iftar is one of three regular social events that the Association holds during the course of the year in addition to its business-focussed seminars. The other social events are the Annual Dinner, usually held at the end of October, and the Christmas reception.