Al-Baraka Banking Group

GCC Islamic Banks Turn Offshore For Growth

Islamic banks in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations need to expand abroad to maintain their pace of growth in the future, according to Al-Baraka Banking Group, which operates in 15 countries from the Middle East to Asia. Expansion of market share for Shariah-compliant lenders within the six-member GCC may be limited as conventional banks constrain the pace of growth. Thus, lenders need to consider consolidating, and to target corporate business deals to gain market share. A point of maturity has been reached in some markets and this is why Islamic finance needs to reach out to a new market segment and continue to identify new innovations to help it grow further.

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