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9 Aug 2018   Projects, Macro, Middle East

Interview: Sharjah DMO Director on the Building Boom in UAE, ECA Financing and PPPs

With trade wars and geopolitics-related volatilities engulfing global markets, the GCC finds itself in an unusual role of a relative safe-haven, insulated from the tremors by strong growth and a high oil price. We speak to Tom Koczwara, Director of the Government of Sharjah’s Debt Management Office, about prospects and challenges facing the Emirate.

CASE STUDY: Emirate of Sharjah Brings Rare RMB2bn Panda to Middle East Market

The trailblazing issuance by the state government could open doors to China’s onshore market to other Middle East issuers as part of the “Bond Connect” initiative.

EM Bond Outlook: Better 2H 2018 Expected

It has been a tough start to the year for emerging market bonds, but things are looking up as we head into 2H 2018 – you just need to know where to look.

CASE STUDY: Dubai Aerospace Gets Lift-Off on USD480mn Dual-Tranche Murabaha RCF

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has signed a landmark unsecured four-year dual-tranche revolving credit facility with an initial commitment of USD480mn and an accordion feature that allows the facility to be increased to up to USD800mn. The deal was one of the largest conventional/Islamic transactions in the region.

GCC Bonds: Is the Worst Behind Us?

In line with our expectations at the beginning of the year, YTD total return on Barclays Bloomberg GCC index has been a loss of 2.67%, almost entirely attributed to the increase in benchmark UST yields.

Rajat Sapra, Bank ABC Goes Sector-by-Sector on GCC Debt Capital Markets Pipeline

Rajat Sapra, Group Head, Capital Markets at Bank ABC sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to go sector-by-sector on the key drivers for new issuance in the GCC through the remainder of this year, and dispel myths surrounding the impact of rising interest rates on borrowers

Hamid Butt, Head of Investment Banking at Noorbank on Why Sukuk is Growing in 2018

Hamid Butt, Head of Investment Banking at Noorbank sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about why sukuk is gaining mainstream acceptance from investors from outside the GCC.

Usman Ahmed, Emirates NBD Asset Management on Growth in Sharia-Compliant Assets

Usman Ahmed, Managing Director at Emirates NBD Asset Management sat down with Bonds & Loans at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about the growth of the asset management segment in the GCC.

Reforms Amplify Uncertainty in Saudi Arabia’s Real Estate Sector

Saudi Arabia’s grand ambitions to create new large-scale residential, industrial, “shoppertainment” and other mixed-use developments could be a boon for the country’s – indeed the region’s – real estate developers, investors and financiers. But the sector’s potential has never looked so mixed.

Bank of Singapore's Todd Schubert on GCC Credits and Fiscal Reform Effort

Todd Schubert, Managing Director, Fixed Income Research at Bank of Singapore sat down with us at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 2018 conference in Dubai to talk about GCC credits from both relative value and absolute perspectives, and assess the success of key fiscal reform efforts undertaken in the region.

 

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