Islamic banks’ profits down 17% in H1

Islamic banks in the UAE recorded a decline of around 17 per cent in its net earnings in the first half of 2010 despite a sharp rise in the profits of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB). Individually, several national banks reported growth in their net income in the first half of 2010, including the government-controlled National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and First Gulf Bank (FGB). The UAE's largest bank, Emirates NBD, reported a 51 per cent fall in profits because of its exposure to Dubai World. Central Bank figures showed UAE banks are pushing ahead with a post-crisis provisioning drive because of their exposure to Dubai World, the domestic real estate sector and two Saudi financially troubled family businesses. According to a key Western financial institution, UIAE banks have emerged as more vulnerable to real estate downturns than those in other Gulf oil producers because of their massive lending for that sector.

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