Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players

Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players

The six countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC)–Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman–have
emerged as a vital source of stable capital and investments that will
help power global economics in the coming decades.

In Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance, Aamir A. Rehman, the acclaimed author of Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States,
sheds welcome light on the hows and whys of trillions of dollars of
Gulf capital, and Shariah-compliant finance–a fast-growing sector that
Standard & Poor’s values at $750 billion. In addition to incisive
analysis of these dynamic, often unfamiliar markets, Rehman examines
this sector’s growth potential and investment opportunities.

Clearly
written, brilliantly reasoned, and refreshingly free from geopolitical
biases, this book is an excellent resource for professionals seeking to
understand Gulf investments, Islamic finance, and their impact on
global markets. Inside, you’ll find in-depth knowledge on a host of
vital topics, including:

  • Background and context on
    the rise of Gulf capital and Islamic finance: their origins, evolution
    to date, and current landscape
  • Descriptions of key GCC
    institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds, specialist
    investment vehicles, and private investors
  • Global
    implications of the rise of these new players–what it means for
    investors, bankers, regulators, and international markets
  • The
    role of Gulf capital and Islamic finance in an emerging, multipolar
    world–and whether they should be seen as opportunities or threats

Involvement
with Gulf-based investors in international markets is already bearing
financial and strategic fruit for savvy global firms, as well as
influencing reform in the GCC region. The flow of capital in and out of
Shariah-compliant sectors presents tremendous opportunities for those
who understand–and are prepared to meet–the aspirations and needs of
these investors. Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance provides
these firms and professionals with in-depth knowledge that builds a
solid platform for dealing with businesses in a region that is assuming
a broader role in the global economy.

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