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


Thu December 15 2016 - Thu December 15 2016
Christmas Party at the Jumeirah

Events , ABA Events The Christmas party was the third of our social events for 2016 – we held a Ramadan Holiday Party in July and our annual Gala dinner was held on 22 October. This year the Christmas party was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in London's Knightsbridge. Guests enjoyed canapes and other delicacies from the Jumeirah's kitchens and were entertained by singer Claire Harper and pianist Bob Holloway. More than 20 local retailers and firms donated gifts to the prize raffle. Photographs from the event can be seen on the Gallery Tab of this website. We are grateful to the followin...


16/12/16  ABA members named in The Banker magazine's Best Bank award

News Six ABA members were named among The Banker Magazine's Best Banks at the magazine's annual award ceremony in London on 8 December.  Ahli United Bank, the parent of ABA member Ahli United Bank (UK), was named the best bank in the Middle East and the best bank in Bahrain. Arab Bank, the parent of ABA member Europe Arab Bank, was named the best bank in Jordan. National Bank of Kuwait was named best bank in Kuwait. Blom Bank, the parent of ABA member Blom Bank France was named best bank in Lebanon. Qatar National Bank was named best bank in Qatar. Emirates NBD was named best ban...

Mon February 27 2017 - Tue February 28 2017
Frontier Exchange Middle East and North Africa Roadshow

Events , Partner Events Frontier Exchange will be holding its second Middle East and North Africa Roadshow in London on 27-28 February. Speakers at the event will include the Chief Executives of the stock exchanges in Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Iraq, Tunisia and Jordan as well as senior executives from regional and international investment funds. The first morning will include presentations on the investment climate in Middle East countries, while the afternoon will take the form of company presentations (including a session devoted to banks and financial institutions). The second morning will address areas such as ...


13/12/16  Round-up of Iran Economic News

News   ABA member Fieldfisher has issued a new note on Iranian sanctions in the light of Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential election. Entitled 'Don't Jump Ship' the note points out that although Trump has said he would 'rip up' the JCPOA, he is also on record as saying that he does not generally favour economic sanctions, since they restrict opportunities for American companies. Fieldfisher also points out that abandoning the JCPOA would put Trump into conflict with Russia, one of Iran's allies, while Trump has repeatedly said that he will seek a better working relationship with...


Mon November 28 2016 - Mon November 28 2016
Arab Banks in London meet with bank regulators

Events , ABA Events Twenty five senior managers of Arab banks in London met with four officials from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on 28 November. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half and was the second such meeting organised by the Arab Bankers Association this year.  The meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule. Topics discussed included the PRA's approach to supervising subsidiaries and branches of foreign banks possible changes to the UK deposit insurance scheme the implementation of the Senior Managers' Regime capital weightings for development finance liquidity reporti...