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 March 5 2015 - Thu March 5 2015
ABA Golf Society, Inaugural meeting

Events , ABA Events The inaugural meeting of the ABA's Golf Society will be held on Thursday 5 March at the Richmond Golf Club, Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park. Members are encouraged to bring guests and friends. The event will begin at 12pm with a quick bite to eat, with golfers teeing off between 1 and 1.30. There will be a meal after the golf has finished. The event will be over 18 holes, using Stableford rules.  Tickets are £90, all in.  There will be three prizes: best score, nearest the pin, and longest drive. The full address of Richmond Golf Club is Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park, L...


05/02/15  ABA Golf Society Announces First Meeting

News The first meeting of the ABA Golf Society will take place at the Richmond Golf Club, Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park, London on Thursday 5 March. The meeting will start at 12pm with a bite to eat, and golfers will Tee off between 1pm and 1.30. There will be a meal after the golf. The cost for the event will be £90 all in. The event will be over 18 holes using Stableford rules. There will be prizes for the best score, nearest the pin, and longest drive.  For more details, including details of how to register, please look at the entry on the "Events" tab. We are grateful to our ...


Fri January 30 2015 - Fri January 30 2015
Smith & Williamson Brief ABA Corporate Members on Changes to UK Tax Regime

Events , ABA Events Tax and wealth management specialists from Smith & Williamson, hosted the ABA's first Corporate Members' lunch of 2015 with a briefing on changes to the UK's tax regime that will affect high net worth individuals and offshore corporations. Roy Baldwin, a Partner in the firm's Tax Investigations & Disputes department, told attendees that the tax authorities ("HMRC") had been levying tax surcharges on people who they believed had been trying to evade tax by moving assets through several tax jurisdictions. He also described the increased capacity of HMRC to locate taxable income and t...


15/01/15  The Political Situation in the Gulf States and Iraq

News Gerald Butt has been analysing the reporting on Middle East politics for more than 30 years. In an interview with the Arab Banker's Association, he explains how recent events in Iraq, such as the change of government and the gains made by the Islamic State, are affecting the domestic and foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and other GCC States. He also comments on recent high-level Ministerial changes in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Butt believes that there are many positive features of the Iraqi government under Haidar al-Abadi: not only is Mr. Abdadi a less divisive figure than his predecessor, Noori...


15/01/15  New Appointments in the Middle East

News National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has appointed Salah Al-Fulaij as CEO of its operations in Kuwait. Fulaij was previously CEO of NBK Capital, the group's investment banking arm. He joined NBK in 1985.  Faisal Abdullatif al-Hamad will replace Fulaij as CEO of NBK Capital. Hamad was previously Managing Director of Brokerage and Research. Nabil Nayef Maroof has been appointed Deputy CEO of NBK Capital. He was previously Senior Managing Director of Asset Management. NBK Capital has announced that it is putting all funds managed by its Alternative Investments Group into a new entity: NBK Capi...