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
ABA Christmas Party

Events , ABA Events Our Christmas Party will be held in the evening of Thursday 15th December at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge.  The party will start at 6pm and finish at 9pm. In addition to exceptional catering, there will be entertainment and raffle prizes.  Tickets cost £55 (for members and non-members) and may be purchased from the ABA head office or through this website.  To buy through the head office, please contact Joumana Karam (020 7659 4889), Esin Erdil (020 7659 4892) or Riem Mroue (020 7659 4850). (Don't forget to bring your ticket to the event - i...


Fri November 18 2016 - Fri November 18 2016
Briefing for Corporate Members on Tax Strategy and Governance

Events , ABA Events There have been significant changes in what the UK government now expects from large firms, both in terms of their tax strategies and their compliance with tax regulations. Furthermore, the government is planning to introduce a new corporate criminal offence of 'failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion'. Anne-Frances Reid, a Director in PwC's Banking and Capital Markets Tax division, and Megan Cooper, a Manager in the Tax Reporting and Strategy Division, briefed ABA corporate members on the latest developments during an invitation-only lunch, held at the Association's offices on ...

Wed March 8 2017 - Thu March 9 2017
Financial Crime Compliance in the Middle East

Events , Partner Events C5 is organising a conference on Financial Crime Compliance in the Middle East, to be held in the United Arab Emirates on 8-9 March 2017. The agenda includes presentations by Western and Middle Eastern financial regulators as well as leading regional and international banks and law firms.  There will also be a pre-conference workshop, held on 7 March, that will address latest appraoches to financial crime risk assessment. The conference brochure can be downloaded here.


21/11/16  Walid Niazy: An Appreciation

News Walid Niazy, who died in London in late September, was a prominent member of the Arab banking community in London and a founding member of the Arab Bankers Association. Walid was born into an intellectual Damascene family in 1937. After finishing high school in Damascus in 1954, he attended the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris. While in Paris, Walid developed an appreciation of jazz and he also met a young British lady, Shirley, whom he married in 1960. After Walid graduated, he and Shirley returned to Damascus, but in 1963 the young family moved to Philadelphia. By 1969, Wal...


21/11/16  Save the Date: ABA Christmas Party

News We will be holding our Christmas Party on Thursday 15 December at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel. More details are available on our events page.