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The December IFN Supplement will focus on the Middle East Islamic markets and issuer and investor activity across all jurisdictions in the region.

All eyes are increasingly focused on the Middle East markets, with jurisdictions such as the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ramping up their Islamic finance activity to cater to growing market demand. Investors are also becoming increasingly comfortable with doing business in the region with the opening up of the markets, steady GDP growth and import-export activity, high liquidity levels, the region’s growing relations with Asia and its status as an emerging market with extensive untapped potential.

Being a natural hub for Islamic finance due to its population demographic, and also a hotspot for international talent, the Middle East markets is becoming increasingly dynamic in terms of issuer and investor activity, and have come leaps and bounds from the 2008 defaults; an acid test which it successfully emerged from. With increased transparency, tighter regulations, the provision of sound infrastructure and an overall healthier business outlook, the Middle East Islamic finance markets are set to thrive.

In this issue of Islamic Finance news Supplements, we take an in-depth look at the Middle East and how current shifts in its political and socioeconomic landscape has affected the markets as well as the opportunities that have emerged from the rubble. We gain expert opinion on the best investment moves in the Middle East, market demand and product development via roundtables, interviews and features.

The cover story will focus on the dynamic structure of dual-tranche bonds and its increasing demand in the region, as well as its relevance to today’s market environment. Other in-house authored features will cover cross-border and trade finance, liquidity management instruments catered to the GCC markets, investors’ preferred asset classes as well as the Arab Spring and how governments intend to utilize Islamic finance instruments such as Sukuk to rebuild and finance much-needed infrastructure development.

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CONTENTS
 
 
Latest Issue
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Volume 12 Issue 04
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: Will 2015 be the year China finally makes its move into the world of Islamic finance?
  SECP dissolves Shariah Advisory Board — the right move?
  Visionary Saudi monarch King Abdullah passes away, leaving global uncertainty in his wake
  Islamic finance and Russia: Closer than you think
  IAFC’s inaugural acquisition, a milestone for Shariah compliant aviation financing
  Malaysia sees strong Sukuk activities in 2014; government Sukuk doubles market share
  Sovereign Sukuk: A quiet week
  SMEs set to receive major boost from new Shariah compliant supply chain finance platform
IFN Country Correspondents
  Hong Kong has all the right ingredients for Islamic finance
  MoU signed between the IDB Group and the Kingdom of Morocco
  Indonesian government Sukuk: Starting 2015 strong
IFN Country Analysis
  Senegal: Rising from the ashes
IFN Sector Analysis
  Bank debt and loan financing: An ongoing business
Feature
  Islamic finance making headway in Palestine
Case Study
Ethiopian Airlines: First Islamic financing in Africa’s aviation industry

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