Overview of Banks in Qatar
The Qatar Central Bank licenses and regulates 18 banks in Qatar, as of January 2015. Although the increasing foreign exposure of Qatar’s banks is a growing challenge for authorities, Qatar’s banking sector has maintained its stability and efficiency through the years. Local banks dominate Qatar’s banking sector and these banks have very high credit ratings, with Moody’s rating them Aa3 to A2. This guide will outline the top banks in Qatar.
Top Banks in Qatar
Here is a list of the top 10 banks in Qatar. Learn about their history, operations, and size so you can plan your banking career path as we profile the top banks in Qatar.
Qatar National Bank
Qatar National Bank (QNB) is the largest of the commercial banks in Qatar. It is headquartered in Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The first domestically owned commercial bank in Qatar, QNB was founded in 1964, growing into not just the biggest in Qatar but also the largest financial institution in the Middle East. QNB owns and operates subsidiaries in 31 countries. The bank is jointly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority and members of the public, each of which has a 50% ownership interest.
Assets in 2016: $197,718,273,000
Assets in 2015: $147,968,995,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 33.62%
Net profit in 2016: $3,407,769,000
Return on assets (ROA) in 2016: 1.72%
Qatar Islamic Bank
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) is the largest of Islamic banks in Qatar. QIB was established in 1982 with paid-up capital of QR25 million and opened its first branch in 1983 as Qatar’s first Islamic financial institution. Since it is an Islamic financial Institution, all products and services offered by the bank are supervised by a Sharia Board. The Sharia Board ensures that the bank adheres to Islamic banking principles. For instance, Islamic banking rules forbid usurious lending (i.e., charging interest on loans).
Assets in 2016: $38,415,969,000
Assets in 2015: $34,898,490,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 10.08%
Net Profit in 2016: $579,869,000
Return on Assets (ROA) in 2016: 1.51%
Commercial Bank of Qatar
The Commercial Bank of Qatar is the largest of the private banks in Qatar. It was set up by a Qatari businessman, Hussain Alfardan. Alfardan previously worked for Standard Chartered (then called Eastern Bank Limited) and saw the need for a private commercial bank in Qatar. The Commercial Bank of Qatar was established in 1975 as the first private bank in the country. The bank started operations on April 10, 1975, out of a small two-story building in what is now Souq Najada.
Assets in 2016: 35,818,760,000
Assets in 2015: 33,906,883,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 5.64%
Net profit in 2016: $137,741,000
Return on assets (ROA) in 2016: 0.38%
Masraf Al Rayan is the second largest Islamic bank in Qatar. Al Rayan was incorporated in 2006 and operates 12 branches situated across Qatar. It is licensed by the Qatar Central Bank and is listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange. Al Rayan is primarily composed of three divisions: Al Rayan Retail Banking, Al Rayan Wholesale Banking, and Al Rayan Private Banking.
Assets in 2016: $25,145,879,000
Assets in 2015: $22,809,341,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 10.24%
Net profit in 2016: $570,055,000
Return on assets (ROA) in 2016: 2.27%
Assets in 2016: $24,825,535,000
Assets in 2015: $22,887,119,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 8.47%
Net profit in 2016: $289,500,000
Return on assets (ROA) in 2016: 1.17%
Doha Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar. Doha Bank was incorporated in 1978 and started its operations in March 1979. Doha Bank primarily comprises four divisions: Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking, International Banking, and Treasury and Investments. The bank also operates branches in Kuwait, UAE, and India, as well as representative offices in China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.
Al Khaliji Commercial Bank
Assets in 2016: $16,647,596,000
Assets in 2015: $15,558,800,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 7%
Net Profit in 2016: $117,193,000
Return on Assets (ROA) in 2016: 0.7%
Al Khaliji Commercial Bank operates out of Doha, with a strong presence not just in Qatar but also in the UAE, including offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaima. Al Khaliji also maintains an office in Paris, France. Al Khaliji primarily consists of four divisions: Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking, Treasury Management, and Central Functions Management.
Barwa Bank is the youngest Islamic Bank in Qatar. It is licensed and regulated by the Qatar Central Bank. As with other Islamic Banks, all services provided by Barwa Bank are Sharia-compliant (i.e., they follow Islamic Banking rules and regulations). Barwa Bank offers retail banking, corporate and commercial banking, business banking, private banking, real estate financing, and asset management services.
Assets in 2016: $12,651,011,000
Assets in 2015: $12,418,027,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 1.88%
Net Profit in 2016: $202,968,000
Return on Assets (ROA) in 2016: 1.60%
Qatar International Islamic Bank
Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) is a privately owned Islamic Bank. QIIB was established in 1991 and is licensed and regulated by the Qatar Central Bank. As with other Islamic Banks on this list, all the services QIIB provides are Sharia-compliant.
Assets in 2016: $11,689,824,000
Assets in 2015: $11,137,375,000
Growth Rate (2015-2016): 4.96%
Net Profit in 2016: $215,596,000
Return on Assets (ROA) in 2016: 1.84%
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