UAE banks told to extend loan maturities for citizens

The UAE central bank wants lenders to extend maturities on certain personal loans held by UAE citizens by more than five years. In the latest circular sent to banks, the regulator wishes to reschedule citizen's loans by more than 48 months if the repayment exceeds 50% of gross salary and other income. This is to help UAE's citizens to carry high debt burden, since they took out massive personal loans during the boom years between 2003 to 2008 but found themselves unable to pay them back as the cause of global financial crisis.