Global Finance Names Safest Banks In The Middle East & Africa 2015

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 — Global Finance has named the Safest Banks in the Middle East & Africa in an exclusive survey to be published in the November 2015 issue. Banks were selected through an evaluation of long-term foreign currency ratings—from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch—and total assets of the 500 largest banks worldwide.

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National Bank of Abu Dhabi takes the top spot again this year, and Saudi banks performed very well, taking six of the top ten positions.

The full report includes the following rankings: World’s 50 Safest Banks, World’s 50 Safest Commercial Banks, Safest Banks by Country, 50 Safest Banks in Emerging Markets, Safest Islamic Financial Institutions in the GCC, Safest Banks by Region (Asia, Australasia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, North America and Western Europe) and Safest Emerging Markets Banks by Region (Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa).

“The past year has been a rollercoaster for companies and investors, as some of the region’s biggest markets have seen intense volatility and major market changes. Global Finance’s Safest Banks ranking 2015 highlights those banks that have built strong foundations—providing safety and security in this rapidly changing market landscape,” says Global Finance publisher and editorial director Joseph D. Giarraputo. “This ranking is an invaluable tool for companies and investors to evaluate institutional strength.”


Bank Name


National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Qatar National Bank
National Bank of Kuwait
Samba Financial Group
Saudi Arabia
National Commercial Bank
Saudi Arabia
Al Rajhi Bank
Saudi Arabia
Riyad Bank
Saudi Arabia
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Banque Saudi Fransi
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

Ratings current as of August 14, 2015


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