5 Omani Rials

Winning philosophy, bold progress, and a cyclone test passed with flying colours

DHOFAR Insurance Company believes in looking after its customers, thinking globally — and becoming everyone's insurer of choice. Dhofar Insurance (DIC) has been putting that...
KFIC blood donation

Admirable driving forces put KFIC at head of pack

KFIC was established in early 2000s as a Kuwaiti Shareholding Company, primarily operating in the financial services sector. The company's driving forces are its shareholders,...
Islamic law

Sharia banking weaves moral fibre into the West’s oft-flawed system

No pork, no porn, no booze: this traditional Islamic take on finance and funding relies on ancient ethical codes — and ensures lender and...
Dhow Qatar Trade

Qatar Trade In Crisis

The international blockade on doing business with Qatar has left the oil rich state fragile. Despite the finger pointing and accusations of its support...

Middle East: Qatar – Speak Softly and Carry a Large Bag of Cash

Looking to buy up a fair chunk of the world around it, Qatar has set its sights on Asia and the US as it...

A Synchrotron for Africa: Scientists Unite Behind Proposed Project

With the Zimbabwe dollar now relegated to history, the country’s resilient, albeit battered, economy is once again lubricated by a stable currency. Emerging from...

Mo Ibrahim: Cleaning Up a Continent

Engineer, academic, expert, innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist: Mohammed Ibrahim is a rich and successful man who now applies his vast resources to fight corruption...

Middle East: New Roads Leading to Teheran

There can be little doubt as to the economic importance of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A tide of contrasting change has...

Grant Thornton UAE: Islamic Finance Oil Prices Impact

Modern banks started offering Islamic finance in the mid-1970s. At the time, there were major developments in the Muslim world such as the oil...

Queen Rania of Jordan: A Royal Force for Change

Recognising the need for change, Queen Rania of Jordan is not afraid to speak her mind: “We’ve witnessed frustrations boil over as young people...