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


02/06/14  Developing GCC Fixed Income Markets: Interview with Michael Grifferty

News The development of fixed income finance is one of the biggest challenges facing financial markets in the GCC and progress will be essential if financial markets are to move forward. There are encouraging signs: issuance and trading, both of conventional bonds and of sukuk, is increasing; new issuers are coming to market; and some efforts to harmonise national regulations are being made. The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) was founded in 2010 to promote fixed income markets in the region. The Arab Bankers Association spoke to the GBSA's President, Michael Grifferty, about recent dev...


28/05/14  Barwa Bank's Steve Troop on the UK's First Sovereign Sukuk

News Please go to the "Banking News" page to read Steve Troop's article about the UK Sukuk Issue.


27/05/14  Dealing with Regulatory Change: ABA Seminar 22 May

Events , ABA Events "Corporate Governance", "Conduct Risk and Financial Crime" and the UK regulators' growing use of "attestations" were the three topics covered during the ABA's expert seminar on on-going regulatory change on 22 May.  Addressing the issue of Corporate Governance, FTI's Senior Managing Director, Jeannette Lichner, described the governance requirements that are applied to banks in the FCA's Handbook, referencing the specific SYSC (Senior Management Arrangements, Systems & Controls) numbers that apply to bank governance. She then explained the "Approved Persons" regime and the current ...


23/05/14  NBAD's Alex Thursby Speaks to ABA about "West-East" Corridor

News Alex Thursby, the Group Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) spoke to the Arab Bankers Association about the bank’s new strategy to seize opportunities in the “West East Corridor” – a region stretching from West Africa to East Asia.    ABA Last year, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) announced a new strategy based on opportunities in the "West-East Corridor". How do you define the "West-East Corridor" and why do you find this region so much more attractive than other regions?   Alex Thursby The West-East Corrido...

22/05/14  The UK Government’s Sovereign Sukuk: Opportunities and Challenges - Steve Troop

News The UK Government’s Sovereign Sukuk: Opportunities and Challenges Steve Troop is an advisor to the Chairman and Board of Directors of Barwa Bank, the Shari’ah-compliant Qatari bank. He previously served as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Troop has been involved in discussions with the UK Government on its plans to issue a sovereign sukuk and promote London as centre for Islamic finance. He is a member of the Right Honourable Baroness Warsi’s Global Islamic Finance and Investment Group. In the following article, Mr. Troop outlines the opportunities and the c...