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Qatar Islamic Raises $300 Mln Loan, Plans Bond - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar Islamic Bank QISB.QA, the country’s biggest Islamic lender by market value, said on Tuesday it had raised $300 million in a bank loan complying with sharia and would sell an Islamic bond next year.

Standard Chartered Bank and ABN Amro equally contributed to the 12-month murabaha loan, Qatar Islamic said in a statement on the Doha bourse Web site.

The two banks would also arrange an Islamic bond, or sukuk, for Qatar Islamic in 2008 to pay for the murabaha loan, it added.

The lender was marketing a $150 million sukuk in Doha, Manama and Dubai, it said.

Islam bans lending on interest, and in a murabaha deal a lender buys a commodity and sells it to customers at a higher price, locking in profit.

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