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


11/09/16  Eid Mubarak to our Members and their Families

News Eid al-Adha is the Muslim festival that marks the end of the pilgrimage season. It is the most important Muslim festival of the year. The Arab Bankers Association sends best wishes to its members and their families on this festive occasion. The image shows the Ka'ba, the building at the centre of the pilgrimage complex in Mecca. 


02/09/16  Annual Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 27 October

Events , ABA Events The Association's Gala Dinner is the premier social event for London's Arab financial community and for those who work alongside Arab financial institutions. It attracts 250-300 guests. This year we will be honouring Mr. Saddek El-Kaber for his Distinguished Service to Arab Banking, both as Chairman of Bank-ABC and as Governor of the Central Bank of Libya. More details on the dinner, including ticket prices and how to book, are given on the Events tab of this website (right hand column).     

Mon September 26 2016 - Mon September 26 2016
Annual General Meeting

Events , ABA Events The Association's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 26 September at 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 2NJ. The meeting will start at 6pm and is expected to last between one hour and an hour and a half.  The meeting is open to all members of the Association and there is no need to register in advance to attend.  Members should already have received a formal invitation to the AGM, including an agenda (with a proxy form), the minutes of last year's meeting, and the Associations annual accounts. 


02/09/16  Big turnout for AGM

News The Association's Annual General Meeting was held on 26 September. The meeting began at 6pm.  The Chairman, Abdulaziz al-Khereiji, opened the meeting, and noted that the Association is continuing to prosper, and is getting stronger, despite the many challenges facing the banking industry, both in the Middle East and globally. The Treasurer, Neel Patel, presented the Association's accounts for 2015, which were similar, in terms of revenue and expenditure to those for 2014. Looking ahead, Neel said that revenues are up during 2016 as a result of increased corporate memberships and high...

Wed September 14 2016 - Sun September 18 2016
Safar Arab Film Festival

Events , Partner Events The 'Safar' Arab Film Festival will be held in London from 14-18 September. The festival is a biennial event that is led by the Arab British Centre. This is the third occassion that the festival has been held. This year, Safar is focussing on contemporary Arab cinema. The festival will open on 14 September at 8.30pm with Before the Summer Crowds, the last film of the Egyptian director Mohamed Khan. In the following days films will be shown from a variety of other Arab countries, including Tunisia, Algeria and Kuwait. Films will be shown in the evening on the Thursday 15 and Friday 16 Septe...