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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 23rd April 2014
Volume 11 Issue 16
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  The race is on!
  Sabana REIT struggling in a challenging market
  Innovative approach makes waves in Islamic asset management
  Hong Kong: The next Sukuk destination?
  From construction to retail: The competition heats up
  Islamic securitization ó a new approach to asset bundled securities in the West?
  Omani Sukuk: A matter of initiative
IFN Country Correspondents
  Qatar's upgrade
IFN Sector Correspondents
  Searching for Islamic finance investors in global private equity
  The slow growth of Shariah products: Time to stop blaming others
IFN Country Analysis
  Islamic finance in Oman: The industryís new up and coming market
IFN Sector Analysis
  Sukuk: The face of Islamic finance
Features
  Omanís Islamic banking sector: A review
Following the introduction of Omanís Islamic banking framework, the country has taken steps to initiate Shariah compliant services across its finance sector...
  Islamic finance and Oman: One year on
A full year after Oman finally issued its Islamic banking framework, ANTHONY COLEBY examines the state of its Shariah compliant finance sector and the challenges it continues to face...
  Perspectives of Takaful in France
Of the 16 million Muslims in the EU, France is not only home to the largest Islamic population in Europe; but in proportion to its size and population is also the largest Muslim community in the Western world...
Case Study
SECís largest Sukuk issuance to date

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