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


13/03/15  ABA Golf Society Holds First Event; More Planned

Events , ABA Events There was plenty of sunshine, a good lunch, great company, and...great golf. It was the ABA Golf Society's inauguaral outing, at the Richmond Golf Club on 5 March.  Jonathan Carr won the overall competition and took home the trophy and a bottle of champagne kindly donated by Tim Wilson of Henry Sanderson Homes. Jez Drayton ws second and Phil John third.  Jez won the trophy for the longest drive  and Phil won the "Nearest the Pin" trophy. The ABA is grateful to Pearl Acquisitions and to Essential Design Company for donating the trophies. The event was preceeded by a li...

Fri March 27 2015 - Fri March 27 2015
"How to Make Winning Presentations"

Events , ABA Events The Arab Bankers Association has partnered with Speakers' Corner to offer a one day workshop for members entitled, "How to Make Winning Presentations." The workshop will be held on Friday 27 March at the ABA's offices in Mayfair. It will begin at 10am and finish at 5 pm. The objective of the workshop will be to develop each of the participant's presentation skills and will focus on the following points: What makes a good presentation? "Message is the key" "Structure Matters" PowerPoint: should be an aid not a hinderance Great communicators show heart. The workshop will be presen...


25/02/15  IMF Upbeat on Egyptian Economy

News The IMF's latest Article IV Report is the first since Egypt's 2011 revolution. The press release on the report states that, "The (Egyptian) authorities have started implementing policies to raise growth, create jobs and restore macro-economic stability." The IMF projects GDP growth of 3.8% in 2014/15 and 5% over the medium term, compared to an average of only 2% over the last four years.  Commenting on Egyptian banks, the IMF says that, "The banking system, starting from a relatively strong position, has been resilient to the shocks and has maintained profitability, low non-performing...

Thu March 19 2015 - Thu March 19 2015
Conference and Workshop: "International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges"

Events , Partner Events The London Centre of International Law Practice is organising a one day conference entitled, "International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges." The conference will be held on 19 March at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, London WC2R 3DX (the home of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, by Temple underground station).  The conference will comprise four sessions:  The evolving practice of international sanctions and its legal implication Impact on cross-border business Living under sanctions: the view from targeted parties Legal challenges to s...


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...