Mashreq ramps up Asia operations with opening of its first representative office in Shanghai

Office will serve as an instrumental link in trade and investment flows between China and the UAE

Tarek El Nahas - Group Head International Banking Group

Tarek El Nahas - Group Head International Banking Group

  • With the new representative office, Mashreq has a presence in 13 countries

Dubai:Mashreq Bank, a leading financial institution in the UAE, has inaugurated its representative office in Shanghai amid a strategic push to expand its presence in China.

The Shanghai representative office will serve as a liaison office, with the primary objective of building Mashreq’s franchise in mainland China. The office will be a key intermediary for Middle Eastern corporations with trade and investment flows into China, as well as for Chinese enterprises looking to establish operations within Mashreq’s existing international banking footprint.

Ahmed Abdelaal, Group CEO of Mashreq Bank, commented: “This milestone marks a strategic step into expanding our promising footprint into China. At Mashreq, we see this representative office as an instrumental initial link in fostering trade and investment flows between the UAE, wider Middle East and China. We believe there is enormous potential on the back of China’s Belt and Road initiative and the growing bilateral relationship between the UAE and China.

“Most importantly, the office enables us to leverage our insights of the MENA region for our stakeholders, as well as provide invaluable on-the-ground knowledge of China’s economic and banking landscape. We are proud of this milestone and look forward to exploring opportunities to further expand in the future.” Abdelaal added.

Tarek El Nahas, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of the International Banking Group, Mashreq Bank, commented: “The international banking business is a significant contributor to Mashreq’s overall revenues and the opening of a representative office in Shanghai demonstrates long term commitment towards strengthening our franchise in Asia. As China continues to shape the global trade map, corporates and financial institutions are adapting and repositioning themselves in order to leverage the evolving growth opportunities. The Shanghai presence is of high strategic interest to us and will produce synergies with all the international offices in Mashreq’s global network.”

With this latest announcement, Mashreq now operates in 13 countries, including the UAE. The UAE is considered China's largest non-oil trading partner in the Middle Eastern and North African region. According to recent reports, UAE-China trade volume has reached over $50 billion, and the target is to expand further to $200 billion by 2030. Additionally, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is expected to significantly boost bilateral trade and will involve massive infrastructural developments such as the construction of roads, railways and shipping lines between China and more than 60 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.


About Mashreq 

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services. 

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Market Leader by Euromoney Cash Management Survey  in UAE for Corporates and in the Middle East and Africa for the Financial Institutions , Market Leader by Trade Finance Survey in the UAE and Middle East, Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

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