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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 07/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) United Arab Bank, or UAB, the fastest-growing bank in the Middle East, has set up a dedicated desk to support Turkish businesses in the UAE, in a quest to become the preferred local bank for the Turkish business community in the UAE. The mutual relationship will also support UAE businesses when trading in the Turkish market.

UAB continuously strives to offer customers clear, compelling reasons to choose UAB as their bank of choice. Through the strategic alliance formed between Alternatifbank in Turkey and Commercial Bank of Qatar, a major stakeholder in both UAB and Alternatifbank, the bank will be able to serve the needs of UAE clients in Turkey in areas including investment banking, corporate banking, trade finance and mortgage financing. Furthermore, UAB will serve the banking needs of Turkish customers and companies doing business in the UAE.

Through this alliance, UAB aims to tap into the ever-growing Turkish commercial banking market in the UAE and a potential retail customer base of approximately 20,000 Turkish expats, representing mainly white collar professionals benefitting from a higher income level.

Howard Kitson, executive vice-president of Wholesale and International Banking at UAB, said: "Our desire is to become the preferred corporate banking for companies who wish to do business with Turkey. We are happy to open a representative desk as Turkey is a rapidly growing economy, representing tremendous opportunities for us. The UAE is a central country within the region and relations are growing between the two countries. This coupled with the fact that the UAE is a window to reach the Asian, African and Arab markets, while Turkey is a window to reach the eastern and western countries in Europe, means that UAB and Alternatifbank will benefit from the significant business arising from the Turkey-UAE trade corridor."

The president of the Turkish Business Council in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Hakan Bahceci, said: "We are extremely pleased to learn about UAB's initiative to form a desk dedicated to Turkish business. The alliance with Alternatifbank in Turkey shows UAB's commitment to supporting businesses that are active in trade and investment between Turkey and the UAE. The alliance and the dedicated desk provide UAB the knowledge and capability to support Turkish businesses in the UAE as well as the local and international companies based in the UAE and wishing to do business in Turkey."

Total trade volume between the two countries is currently estimated to be 11.8 billion. A sustained and rapid growth over recent years has shown Turkish imports from the UAE increasing by 118 per cent in the last two years and similarly Turkish exports to the UAE have grown by 120 per cent in the same period, demonstrating the positive partnerships between both nations.

 






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