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

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04/11/13  ABA Gala Dinner Combines Finance, Fun and Philanthropy

Events , ABA Events The Annual Gala Dinner of the Arab Bankers Association confirmed its place as the leading social event for London’s Arab Banking Community on 24 October.   Two hundred and twenty ABA members and guests attended the event, which was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge.   ABA Chief Executive George Kanaan and Chairman, Hani Kablawy presented the Association’s award for Distinguished Service to Dr. Naaman Azhari, the Chairman of Blom Group. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Azhari outlined the ten principles of banking which have guide...


30/10/13  Samir Hanna Speaks to the ABA about Bank Audi’s Expansion Plans

News   In the following interview, conducted in October 2013, Mr. Samir Hanna, the bank’s Group Chief Executive Officer tells the Arab Banker about Bank Audi’s expansion plans – including its successful opening in Turkey – and its strategy to strengthen its position as one of the leading regional banks in the Middle East. Samir Hanna joined the bank in 1963 and was appointed General Manager of Bank Audi in 1886. He became a member of the Board of Directors in 1990. An addition to being the bank’s C.E.O., he is Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and hea...


25/09/13  Interview with Oliver Miles on the Situation in Libya

News Interview with Oliver Miles on the Situation in Libya   To help our members understand the forces and pressures at work in Libya today, The Arab Bankers Association spoke to Oliver Miles, a former British Ambassador to Tripoli. Since retiring from the British Diplomatic Service, Oliver Miles has maintained a strong interest in Libyan affairs, leading British Trade and Investment missions to Libya and serving as Deputy Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council.   Arab Bankers Association: Do you think Libya will become a strong, centralised state, led by a Government in ...