HSBC Amanah, the Islamic banking arm of HSBC, will be cutting jobs and moving positions offshore from Qatar. Goh Seng Chong / Bloomberg News
HSBC Amanah, the Islamic banking arm of HSBC, will be cutting jobs and moving positions offshore from Qatar. Goh Seng Chong / Bloomberg News

HSBC Amanah to close in Qatar



HSBC Amanah, the Islamic unit of the global banking giant, is to cease operations in Qatar at the end of the year.
The move to close the bank's Sharia-compliant operations in the country follows a circular from Qatar Central Bankordering conventional banks to sell their Islamic units, which HSBC had hoped to negotiate.
"The central bank's directions are pretty clear: they're not open to interpretation and they don't appear to be open to flexibility," said Steve Bottomley, the regional head of strategy and planning for HSBC Middle East.
"With immediate effect, we cannot open new customers for Islamic banking. By the end of the year, we have to migrate our Islamic business to conventional."
The move may hinder the bank's activities in project finance, where business had been expected to balloon as Qatar prepared to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup, since HSBC will be unable to conduct financing using sukuk, hijra or other Islamic instruments, although it will still have access to conventional finance.
HSBC's annoyance with Qatar Central Bank's new regulations has been an open secret among the banking industry.
However, the bank said Qatar remained a strategic market, alongside Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE.
Staff working at HSBC Amanah in Qatar will be "absorbed" within the conventional bank, with no job cuts predicted.
HSBC Amanah's first branch in Qatar opened last July, at a ceremony attended by the bank's then chief executive, Michael Geoghegan, and the central bank's governor, Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani.
But only three months later, the central bank issued a circular banning new Islamic banks from being established, followed by the announcement in February mandating that conventional banks sell their Islamic units.
Mashreq Al Islami, the Sharia-compliant arm of Dubai's Mashreq, has also been blocked from obtaining a licence to operate in the Gulf state as a result of the central bank's actions, according to the bank's chief executive. HSBC Amanah is now exploring the possibility of Oman and Egypt as potential markets.
The Central Bank of Oman announced the opening of the sultanate's first Islamic bank this month.
In Egypt, Sharia-compliant banking may be given a boost by the change of regime. The government of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak had been reticent to allow Islamic banking.
"There's an emerging expectation that Islamic banking will be more favourably viewed in Egypt," Mr Bottomley said, adding that HSBC could begin Islamic operations within 90 days of approval being given.
In addition to the loss of its Islamic operations in Qatar, HSBC is to begin a process of "right-shoring" - cutting jobs and moving positions offshore to regions where it is cheaper to operate, although Mr Bottomley said specific plans had not yet been determined.
The bank, the largest in Europe by market capitalisation, has embarked on a global cost-cutting drive in an attempt to reduce its cost of doing business and to protect its profitable Asian operations.
Last month the bank announced 370 jobs had been cut in the Middle East, out of a workforce of 12,000. A spokesman said 68 of the UAE's staff of 3,100 lost their jobs.
Financial statements for the first quarter revealed HSBC Middle East's profits before tax had increased 91.4 per cent to US$335 million (Dh1.23 billion) compared with the same period last year.
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Top 10 most competitive economies

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The flights

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The package

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The info

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Tailors and retailers across the city said it was an ominous start to what is usually a busy season for sales.
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A second stash was said to have been held in Accra, Ghana, inside boxes at the local offices of an international human rights organisation based in France.

Inside Out 2

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Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri

Rating: 4.5/5

Set-jetting on the Emerald Isle

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When: Friday until March 9

Where: All main sessions are held in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Price: Sessions range from free entry to Dh125 tickets, with the exception of special events.

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Hydrogen has an estimated $11 trillion market potential, according to Bank of America Securities and is expected to generate $2.5tn in direct revenues and $11tn of indirect infrastructure by 2050 as its production increases six-fold.

"We believe we are reaching the point of harnessing the element that comprises 90 per cent of the universe, effectively and economically,” the bank said in a recent report.

Falling costs of renewable energy and electrolysers used in green hydrogen production is one of the main catalysts for the increasingly bullish sentiment over the element.

The cost of electrolysers used in green hydrogen production has halved over the last five years and will fall to 60 to 90 per cent by the end of the decade, acceding to Haim Israel, equity strategist at Merrill Lynch. A global focus on decarbonisation and sustainability is also a big driver in its development.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Director: Olivia Newman
Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn
Rating: 2/5

Januzaj's club record

Manchester United 50 appearances, 5 goals

Borussia Dortmund (loan) 6 appearances, 0 goals

Sunderland (loan) 25 appearances, 0 goals

THE SWIMMERS

Director: Sally El-Hosaini

Stars: Nathalie Issa, Manal Issa, Ahmed Malek and Ali Suliman 

Rating: 4/5

Five famous companies founded by teens

There are numerous success stories of teen businesses that were created in college dorm rooms and other modest circumstances. Below are some of the most recognisable names in the industry:

  1. Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and his friends started Facebook when he was a 19-year-old Harvard undergraduate. 
  2. Dell: When Michael Dell was an undergraduate student at Texas University in 1984, he started upgrading computers for profit. He starting working full-time on his business when he was 19. Eventually, his company became the Dell Computer Corporation and then Dell Inc. 
  3. Subway: Fred DeLuca opened the first Subway restaurant when he was 17. In 1965, Mr DeLuca needed extra money for college, so he decided to open his own business. Peter Buck, a family friend, lent him $1,000 and together, they opened Pete’s Super Submarines. A few years later, the company was rebranded and called Subway. 
  4. Mashable: In 2005, Pete Cashmore created Mashable in Scotland when he was a teenager. The site was then a technology blog. Over the next few decades, Mr Cashmore has turned Mashable into a global media company.
  5. Oculus VR: Palmer Luckey founded Oculus VR in June 2012, when he was 19. In August that year, Oculus launched its Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $1 million in three days. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion two years later.
Nepotism is the name of the game

Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, is one of Bollywood’s most legendary screenwriters. Through his partnership with co-writer Javed Akhtar, Salim is credited with having paved the path for the Indian film industry’s blockbuster format in the 1970s. Something his son now rules the roost of. More importantly, the Salim-Javed duo also created the persona of the “angry young man” for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the 1970s, reflecting the angst of the average Indian. In choosing to be the ordinary man’s “hero” as opposed to a thespian in new Bollywood, Salman Khan remains tightly linked to his father’s oeuvre. Thanks dad. 

The Facility’s Versatility

Between the start of the 2020 IPL on September 20, and the end of the Pakistan Super League this coming Thursday, the Zayed Cricket Stadium has had an unprecedented amount of traffic.
Never before has a ground in this country – or perhaps anywhere in the world – had such a volume of major-match cricket.
And yet scoring has remained high, and Abu Dhabi has seen some classic encounters in every format of the game.
 
October 18, IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad
The two playoff-chasing sides put on 163 apiece, before Kolkata went on to win the Super Over
 
January 8, ODI, UAE beat Ireland by six wickets
A century by CP Rizwan underpinned one of UAE’s greatest ever wins, as they chased 270 to win with an over to spare
 
February 6, T10, Northern Warriors beat Delhi Bulls by eight wickets
The final of the T10 was chiefly memorable for a ferocious over of fast bowling from Fidel Edwards to Nicholas Pooran
 
March 14, Test, Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by six wickets
Eleven wickets for Rashid Khan, 1,305 runs scored in five days, and a last session finish
 
June 17, PSL, Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 15 runs
Usman Khawaja scored a hundred as Islamabad posted the highest score ever by a Pakistan team in T20 cricket

The Woman King

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Stars: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega 

Rating: 3/5

The years Ramadan fell in May

1987

1954

1921

1888

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Price, base / as tested: Dh182,178
Engine: 3.7-litre V6
Power: 350hp @ 7,400rpm
Torque: 374Nm @ 5,200rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
​​​​​​​Fuel consumption, combined: 10.5L / 100km

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