Moody’s Investors Service Middle East Limited prides itself on being able to meet the needs of its Middle Eastern customers thanks to a combination of local expertise and global experience, while ensuring consistency with other Moody’s offices worldwide. After a long history of rating sovereigns and banks in the region, Moody’s began operations in the region, located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), in early 2007 with fully staffed analytical presence. To further support our commitment to issuers in the Middle East, an office was opened in Saudi Arabia in 2018. Moody’s in the Middle East has expanded its rating universe to a growing number of corporate and securitization transactions.
Our team consists of highly trained and experienced experts, dedicated to providing the best service possible and recruited from many different backgrounds, both cultural and professional.
Moody’s rates and publishes independent credit opinions on fixed-income securities, issuers of securities and other credit obligations. We rate debt obligations in the areas of Banking, Corporate, Project Finance, Sovereign and Regional/Local Governments and Supranationals, Structured Finance, Insurance and Managed Funds.
Moody’s is committed to meeting the growing demands of Middle East's credit market participants. Our experience both locally and globally means that we can tailor our products and services accordingly.
Moody’s Investors Service Middle East Limited is regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority and is incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre under Registration no. CL1311 and having its registered office at Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Precinct Bldg 3, Level 3 , P.O. Box 506845, Dubai, UAE
Islamic finance is one of the most dynamic sectors of global finance. Moody’s is an active participant in the Islamic finance markets, applying the full breadth of Moody’s experience and expertise to assessing the credit risk of Islamic banks, insurers, bonds and structured products, more commonly known as Sukuk.
Islamic Finance seeks to encourage 'ethical' investing that conforms with the principles of the Islamic faith. Such principles form part of ‘Shari’ah’, which is often understood to be ‘Islamic Law’, but it is actually broader than this in that it also encompasses the general body of spiritual and moral obligations and duties in Islam. The most major difference from conventional finance is that trading in ‘indebtedness’ is prohibited and money should be earned, so the issuance of conventional bonds would not be compliant as they are usually traded and represent [usurious] interest based debts. It is worth noting that equity financing of an 'ethical' business is Shari’ah compliant and fits well with the risk/return precepts of Islam.
Moody's is strongly committed to support the growing importance of Islamic finance by providing market participants with ratings and supporting credit research. Moody's is also regularly quoted in the media for our perspectives on Islamic finance.
Moody’s capabilities in Islamic finance include:
• A dedicated team of analysts specializing in Islamic finance
• Islamic bank and Sukuk ratings
• Issuer- and deal-specific credit research
• Regular thought-leadership research
Visit our Islamic Finance page to learn more.
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