Debt and default: Restructuring the Islamic way


With liquidity tight especially across core Islamic finance markets in the Gulf, banks are becoming increasingly risk averse. Lending is down to its lowest point in four years in the GCC, with banks set for a profit dip as asset growth slows

Infrastructure projects appealing to Islamic finance


Infrastructure undertakings across multiple markets are including Shariah compliant tranches in their fundraising activities in order to leverage the high liquidity of the Islamic market and expand their pool of potential investors. From highway construction to water systems, power plants to railway

Businesses turn to Islamic banks amid tough times for lenders


The banking industry has had a tough year, especially in oil-producing regions like the GCC where surpluses have shrunk and deposits diminished, placing pressure on lending activity and causing problems for corporates seeking business financing. Lending attitudes have become more conservative as

‘One Belt, One Road’: China turns to Islamic finance to fund overseas expansion


Islamic finance is playing a major role in funding ambitious new initiatives from China, as the world’s second-largest economy looks overseas to sustain ins growth prospects and benefit from the rapid growth across new markets – including multiple Muslim-majority economies. As the

Taking flight: Royal Jordanian deal highlights Islamic aviation opportunities


On the 14th February Jordan’s national flag carrier, Royal Jordanian Airline, successfully closed a US$275 million dual tranche conventional and Islamic loan facility to become the latest airline to tap the liquidity in the Islamic market – with an overwhelming response highlighting