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

Wed May 14 2014 - Wed May 14 2014
Seminar on Business Immigration

Events , ABA Events "Options for High Net Worth Immigration to the UK and Europe/ Opportunities and Limitations for UK Immigration" Henley & Partners, Edwin Coe and London & Capital will present a fresh look at the recent developments and opportunities in the world of immigration into the UK and EU, in particular for high net worth applicants. Speakers will include: Mr Hakan Cortelek, Managing Partner, Henley and Partners: "The world of investor immigration -- options for today's global citizens" Ms Dhruti Thakrar, Partner, Edwin Coe: "The UK -- is it open for business?" Mr Frank Strachan, Tax Par...


15/04/14  HSBC Appoints New Head of MENA Retail and Wealth Management

News Khalid Elgibaly has been appointed to head HSBC's retail banking and wealth management operations in the MENA region. The appointment was announced in late March, just weeks after Elgibaly had taken up a new position as head of Standard Chartered's operations in Pakistan. He had previously led Standard Chartered's consumer banking oeperations in the UAE and the Middle East. Elgibaly succeeds Francesca McDonagh, who transfered to HSBC UK at the beginning of the year as head of retail banking and wealth management.

Tue June 10 2014 - Tue June 10 2014
Seminar and Book Signing: Ghassan Hasbani

Events , Partner Events Ghassan Hasbani will deliver a seminar entitled "Scenarios for 2030: Lebanon and the Middle East in a changing world", based on his recently-published book, "Life Outside the Cave".  Mr. Hasbani was until recently the CEO of Saudi Telecom International and now runs his own Beirut-based consulting firm.  George Kanaan, the CEO of the London Arab Bankers Assocation, and Sir David Richmond, Chairman of the British Lebanese Association, will give opening remarks.  The seminar will be held at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce at 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, (the same building ...


15/04/14  "Investing in UK Real Estate": next ABA Seminar, 17 June

Events , ABA Events ABC International, National Bank of Kuwait, Norton Rose and Saville's will sponsor the ABA's next evening seminar, entitled, "Investing in UK Real Estate", to be held on 17 June. Details of speakers and how to register is given on our "Events" page.  The Association has also set the dates for its Ramadan Iftar -- to be held on Monday 14 July -- and the Annual Gala Dinner -- to be held on Wednesday 12 November. Both the Iftar and the Gala Dinner will be held in central London. More details will be published on the website as they become available.  For more details and to regist...


02/04/14  Natural Gas To Be Fastest Growing Energy Source: BP

News Natural gas demand will grow by 1.9% per year from until 2035 -- faster than any other energy source -- according to BP's latest Energy Outlook. A recent Economic Commentary by Qatar National Bank (QNB) provides an easy-to-read two-page summary of the BP report, and includes two key charts projecting energy consumption by region and energy consumption by energy source between 2012 and 2035. BP is predicting that global energy consumption will grow by 41% from 2012 until 2035 and that 95% of this new demand will come from emerging markets. India and China will account for about 25% of tota...