2018 Banker Middle East Industry Awards

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The Banker Middle East Industry Awards, in association with Maserati, took place on 3 May 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC in front of a packed audience from across the MENA region's banking and financial services industry.

Leaders from across the industry were among the 400 guests attending the annual awards presentation to recognise the Best Banks and Fastest Growing Banks as determined by CPI Financial's BME100 research, based on quantitative analysis of financials from the top one hundred banks across the region.

In a gala evening compèred by Dubai Eye's Business Breakfast presenter, Richard Dean, the achievements of other banks and financial institutions in specific sectors and countries were also recognised through awards based on the voting of Banker Middle East readers and other registered users of CPI Financial's website at cpifinancial.net.

Commenting on the success of the event, Tony Long, CEO of CPI Financial said, "The 2018 Banker Middle East awards once again showed that the best players in the banking and financial services industry across the Middle East are very much at the top of their game and the impressive growth from some of the challengers demonstrates there is great potential rising through the ranks."  




Best Corporate Bank – UAE        

National Bank of Fujairah

Best Commercial Bank – UAE     

National Bank of Fujairah

Best Commercial Bank – Kuwait              

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait

Best Private Bank – Kuwait         

Ahli United Bank Kuwait

Best Human Resources Development – Kuwait   

Ahli United Bank Kuwait

Best Retail Bank – KSA  

Al Rajhi Bank

Best Brokerage Company – Middle East

Al Ramz Capital

Best Market Maker –  Middle East          

Al Ramz Capital

Best Banking Service Provider – Middle East       


Best Corporate Bank – Lebanon

Blom Bank

Most Innovative Consulting Firm – Middle East  

Cedar Consulting

Best Digital Banking Technology – Middle East   


Best Customer Acquisition – Kuwait       

Kuwait International Bank

Best Retail Bank – Middle East  

Mashreq Bank

Best Digital Bank – UAE

Mashreq Bank

Best Corporate Digital Bank – KSA           

National Commercial Bank

Best Digital Bank – KSA 

National Commercial Bank

Best IT Risk Management – KSA


Best IT Solutions – KSA  


Best Trade Finance Bank – Iraq 

Trade Bank of Iraq

Best Corporate Bank – Kuwait   

Warba Bank

Best Investment Bank – Kuwait

Warba Bank

Best Islamic Retail Bank - UAE    

Dubai Islamic Bank

Best Islamic Corporate Bank - UAE          

Dubai Islamic Bank

Best Sukuk Arranger – Middle East         

Dubai Islamic Bank

Best Islamic Bank – Middle East

Dubai Islamic Bank

Best Human Capital Development – KSA


Best CSR in Banking – KSA          


Best Retail Bank – Lebanon        

Bank of Beirut

Best Transaction Bank – Lebanon            

Bank of Beirut

Best Commercial Bank – Lebanon           

Bank of Beirut

Best Retail Bank – Kuwait           

Gulf Bank

Best Private Equity Firm – UAE  

Tabarak Investments

Best Trade Finance Bank – Bahrain         

Bahrain Middle East Bank

Best Wealth Management Firm – Middle East    

ADS Securities

Best Online Trading Platform – Middle East        

ADS Securities

Best Provider of Innovative Financial Services – Jordan  

The Housing Bank of Trade and Finance

Best Investment Bank – Middle East       

GFH Financial Group

Best Quality Testing and Assurance Provider – Middle East          

SR Intelligent Technologies Consultancy

Best Investment Bank – UAE      

Global Investment Bank

Best Retail Bank – UAE  

Emirates NBD

Best Asset Manager – KSA          

Sedco Capital

Best Asset Manager – Middle East          

GFH Financial Group

Most Improved Company – Middle East

Boursa Kuwait

Best Private Bank – Middle East

FFA Private Bank

Best Private Debt Provider – Middle East             

Gulf Capital

Most Innovative Wealth Management Solutions – Middle East   

Standard Chartered Bank

Best IT Solutions Provider – Middle East

Maveric Systems

Best Private Bank – KSA

Alawwal Bank

Best SME Bank – UAE    

RAKBANK Business Banking

Best Technology Provider – Middle East


Best REIT Manager – Middle East            

Equitativa Group

Sukuk of the Year – Middle East

Emirates REIT

Best Private Equity Firm – KSA   

Alkhabeer Capital

Most Innovative Bank – KSA       

Alawwal Bank

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Fastest Growing Bank – UAE      

Ajman Bank 

Fastest Growing Bank – KSA       

Alinma Bank

Fastest Growing Bank – Bahrain              

Eskan Bank

Fastest Growing Bank – Oman   

Bank Nizwa

Fastest Growing Bank – Kuwait

Warba Bank

Fastest Growing Bank – Lebanon             

Bank of Beirut

Fastest Growing Bank – Jordan  

Bank Al-Etihad

Fastest Growing Bank – Middle East       

Warba Bank

Best Bank – UAE             

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Best Bank – KSA              

National Commercial Bank

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Ahli United Bank 

Best Bank – Oman          

Bank Muscat

Best Bank – Lebanon     

Blom Bank

Best Bank – Jordan        

The Housing Bank of Trade and Finance

Best Bank – Middle East              

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Best Bank - Kuwait         

National Bank of Kuwait

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Lifetime Achievement Award    

Salim G. Sfeir, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of Beirut

Excellence in Global Islamic Banking and Finance             

Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank

Banker of the Year – Iraq            

Faisal Al-Haimus, Acting CEO & Chairman, Trade Bank of Iraq

Banker of the Year – KSA            

Steve Bertamini, CEO, Al Rajhi Bank

Banker of the Year – Egypt         

Khaled El Salawy, CEO & Managing Director, ABK – Egypt

Investment Banker of the Year  

Hisham Al Rayes, CEO, GFH Financial Group