01Fitch in the Middle East

As a global leader in credit ratings and research, Fitch is recognized in the Middle East for in-depth research and analysis across all major sectors including Corporate, Structured, Islamic Finance, Financial Institutions, Government, Infrastructure, and Project Finance. Our analytical teams have a global perspective with local market expertise which is valued by investors in the Middle East and across the globe.

As an important global market, we continue to enhance our Middle East presence by providing timely and insightful research to capital markets.

فيتش للتصنيف في الشرق الأوسط

من منطلق كونها إحدى المؤسسات العالمية الرائدة في التصنيفات والأبحاث الائتمانية، تحظى مؤسسة فيتش بتقدير واسع عبر الشرق الأوسط كمصدر موثوق للأبحاث والتحليلات المتعمقة عبر جميع القطاعات الرئيسية كالشركات، والتمويل المهيكل والإسلامي، والمؤسسات المالية، والحكومات، والبنية التحتية، وتمويل المشاريع. وتجمع فرق التحليل الخاصة بنا بين المنظور العالمي والمعرفة بالسوق المحلية وهو ما يحظى بتقدير المستثمرين عبر الشرق الأوسط والعالم ككل.

وتعمل فيتش بشكل متواصل على تعزيز حضورها في الشرق الأوسط، والذي يُعد سوقًا عالمية مهمة، من خلال توفير الأبحاث المتعمقة في التوقيت المناسب لأسواق رأس المال.


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2023 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA ABS

2023 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA ABS

2023 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA RMBS

2023 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA CMBS

2023 Virtual Investor Series - Global Covered Bonds

Food Price Inflation Still High Despite Falling Input Costs

Global Bank Regulators to Draw Lessons from Bank Turmoil

EMEA Non-Bank Financial Institutions’ Refinancing Risk is Modest in 2023

Credit Outlook 2023 - Middle East Banks’ Neutral Outlook Reflects Solid Economic Conditions

Credit Outlook 2023 - Global Mining Sector Outlook Weakens on Reduced Profits, Cashflow

Credit Outlook 2023 - Outlook Improving for EMEA Utilities in 2023

Credit Outlook 2023 - Green Shoots May Take Time in EMEA Leveraged Finance

Credit Outlook 2023 - Global Oil & Gas Sector’s Profits are High Despite Windfall Taxes

Developments & Outlook of ESG in the GCC

Credit Outlook 2023 - Neutral 2023 Global Autos Outlook Pent Up Demand Offsets Macro Risk

Credit Outlook 2023 - Growth and Funding Costs Weigh on 2023 Sovereign Outlook

EMs Closer than DMs to Restoring Pre-Pandemic Fiscal Positions

ESG Will Increasingly Influence Insurers’ Strategies

2022 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA CLOs

2022 Virtual Investor Series-EMEA CMBS

2022 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA RMBS

OPEC+ Actual Oil Output Fall to be Lower than Production Quota Cuts

A Shift to Clean Energy Will Tighten Metals Markets

2022 Virtual Investor Series - EMEA ABS

2022 Virtual Investor Series - Covered Bonds

Key Takeaways from the 2022 International Reinsurance Conference in Monte Carlo

Global Food Price Inflation Likely to Fall Sharply in 2023

EM Banks’ Profitability Mitigates Economic Slowdown Risks

Non-European Emerging Markets Vulnerable to an EU Growth Shock

Apparel, Durable Goods Most Vulnerable to Climate Risk Within Retail

High Oil Prices, Relocation Support UAE Real Estate Recovery

2022 Mid-Year Outlook - Sovereign Sector Outlook Revised to Neutral from Improving on Ukraine War Impact

2022 Mid-Year Outlook - Inflation, Rate Rises, Stagflation Undermine Sector Outlooks

2022 Mid-Year Outlook - Global Corporates are Adequately Equipped to Weather Risks in 2022

Ukraine War Intensifies Low-Carbon Supply-Chain Disruptions

European Airlines’ Recovery Dampened by Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Raises Risks for Some Emerging Markets

Stronger Dollar Remains a Risk for Emerging-Market Sovereigns

FitchCast Middle East - Sector Spotlight: Airlines

2022 Credit Outlook - Economic Recoveries Drive Global Financial Sector Outlooks in 2022

2022 Credit Outlook - Financial Discipline Supports Global Oil Gas Sector Outlook

2022 Credit Outlook - Policy Tightens but Sovereigns Outlook for 2022 is Improving

2022 Credit Outlook - Global Airline Outlook Improving but Material Risks Remain

2022 Credit Outlook - North American and European Securities Firms Outlooks Neutral for 2022

2022 Credit Outlook - EMEA Utilities Stable on High Prices, Increasing Capex Plans

2022 Credit Outlook - Global Investment Managers Resilient to 2022 Challenges

Emerging Markets Central Banks Respond to Inflation Shock

Fitch Ratings is the Market Leader in Islamic Finance

FitchCast Middle - Focus on Middle Eastern oil & gas credit markets

Fitch in the Middle East

2021 Virtual Investor Series - Global Structured Finance

Fitch on Banking - A Cybersecurity Discussion with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and SecurityScorecard

2021 Virtual Investor Series - RMBS

2021 Virtual Investor Series - CMBS Office Space

Water, Air Quality, Energy, Biodiversity & Extreme Climate Issues to Affect Credits

Rating Outlooks for Financial Institutions Begin to Stabilize

FitchCast – Global Structured Finance Performance: A Year Into a Global Pandemic

Spectrum Outcomes to Shape 5G Priorities, Credit Trends

FitchCast Middle East - Regional debt capital market trends and outlook

Fitch Long Term ESG Vulnerability Scores

Awareness and Confidence Key Challenges for Islamic Finance Growth

FitchCast Middle East - Fitch's Insights & Ratings Approach on Regional Infrastructure Credit

Home Price Growth to Stall Around the Globe in 2021

Coronavirus Dominates Global Sovereigns 2021 Outlook

2021 Credit Outlook Conferences - See it All Come Together in January 2021

Ratings Process

Telcos Worldwide to Ramp Up 5G Capex, Raising Pressure on Credit Profiles

Fitch Cast Middle East - Fitch’s GRE Methodology and Application in the GCC Corporate Sector

2020 Virtual Investor Meeting - Structured Finance in the Time of COVID-19

Investors and Corporates Perceive Future ESG Risks Differently

Corporates Face USD5 Trillion 2020 Revenue Loss from Crisis

Coronavirus Darkens Fiscal Outlook for MEA Sovereigns

OPEC+ Deal Reduces Downside Risks, Surplus Not Eliminated

Lure of Higher Inflows to Fuel ESG Fund Launches Post-Coronavirus

40% of EMEA High Yield Corps Have Low Headroom for Coronavirus

Saudi Aramco Posts Strong Cash Flows

FT-Fitch Global Banking Conference - The economic and geopolitical outlook for EMEA

Milken Institute MENA Summit - ESG in a World in Transition​

Milken Institute MENA Summit - New Opportunities From a World in Transition


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07Sector Analysts

Bashar Al Natoor
Islamic Finance
Global Head - Islamic Finance
+971 4 424 1242 |

Redmond Ramsdale
Banks - EMEA
Senior Director
+44 20 3530 1836 |

Jan Friederich
Sovereign Ratings
Head of EMEA
+852 2263 9910 |

Samer Haydar
Corporate Ratings
Head of GCC Corporates
+971 4 424 1240 |

08Business Contacts

Jay Leitner
Head of Middle East & Africa BRM
Managing Director
+971 4 424 1222 |

Nejoud Al Mulaik
BRM Regional - EMEA
General Manager - Saudi Arabia Office
+966 11 484 7140 |

Wael Mourad
BRM Regional - EMEA
Senior Director
+971 4 424 1204 |

Ahmed Hassan
BRM Regional - EMEA
Senior Director
+971 4 424 1255 |

Faisal Al Gharabally
BRM Regional – EMEA
Senior Director – Investor Development
+971 4 424 1289 |