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 was 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. Please click her...
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
Events , ABA Events Seventy members and friends of the Arab Bankers Association attended the seminar on U.K. employment law and immigration rules on 4 July. The event was sponsored by Lewis Silkin, the law firm and by Europe Arab Bank. The first presentation was by Ms Maxine Walton, Acting Deputy Director at the U.K. Border Agency. Ms. Walton outlined current U.K. policies related to the granting of visas to those wishing to visit, live and work in the United Kingdom. She was followed by four senior executives from Lewis Silkin who gave detailed presentations recent developments in e...
Events IFN 2013, the two-day Islamic Finance Conference organised by RedMoney Events, will take place on Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 29 May at The Guildhall in London. The first day will focus on the needs and interests of issues of Islamic financial instruments, and will include sessions on capital markets, sukuk, and factors governing the issuance of Islamic instruments in Europe. The second day will focus on investors, and will include sessions on real estate products, Islamic investment funds and Islamic financial centres in Europe. Speakers will include practitioners f...
Events The London Business School will hold its annual Middle East conference at the Landmark Hotel in central London on Friday 17 May. The theme for the conference is, “A forecast for the Middle East: the re-emergence of a sustainable economy.” Keynote speakers at the conference will be Ayman Asfari, the Chief Executive of oil services firm Petrofac, and Ousama Fansa, the Chief Executive of the Roots Group, the Middle East focused building group. Panel sessions will focus on investment and economic development, and on entrepreneurship. The Middle East conference ...
Thu March 7 2013
“The Middle East in turmoil: What can Britain Do?”
Events The ABA is joining with the Conservative Middle East Association to present a seminar entitled, “The Middle East in Turmoil: What can Britain Do?”. The seminar include presentations by Lord Lamont of Lerwick, the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer and a noted commentator on the Middle East, and Patrick Seale, the journalist and author, who is known in particular for his biography of Hafiz al-Asad and other works on Syria and Lebanon. The event will be held on 7 March at the ABA’s offices in London’s West End. Doors will open at 5.30pm, ...