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Bloomberg Capital Markets League Tables: Record year for MENA green bonds 

by Madaline Dunn

Data from Bloomberg’s Capital Markets League Tables has revealed that in 2023, annual issuances of green social, sustainable, and sustainability-linked bonds (GSSB) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hit $24 billion, a new record.

This 155 per cent increase, it was shared, was driven primarily by growth in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which accounted for 77% of total regional issuances.

Topping the regional green bond league tables was the UAE, with sales reaching $10.7 billion, up nearly 170 per cent and accounting for approximately 45 per cent of regional totals. 

The year in which the UAE hosted COP28 was notable for the large number of debut sustainable debt issuances from the country’s corporates and government entities, which amounted to $7.95 billion in total, it was noted. 

The 11 debut green issuers included bonds or sukuk from:

  • DP World sukuk ($1.5 billion), 
  • Sharjah government ($1 billion), 
  • TAQA ($1 billion), 
  • Emirates NBD ($750 million), 
  • Masdar ($750 million), 
  • Mubadala ($750 million), 
  • Aldar sukuk ($500 million), 
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai ($500 million) and
  • Five Holdings ($350 million), in addition to green Sukuk from
  • Dubai Islamic Bank ($750 million) and 
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank ($500 million)

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia accounted for 32 per cent of total regional volumes, up 69 per cent year-on-year. 

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was the region’s largest issuer in 2023, driven by issuances of $5.5 billion in February 2023. 

Other notable Saudi issuers Bloomberg highlighted were Saudi National Bank ($60.69 million), Saudi Electricity Company ($1.2 billion) and Al Rajhi Bank ($1 billion).

Indeed, last year was called a “milestone year” for green Sukuk, with Islamic issuances accounting for more than a quarter of MENA totals for the first time. 

Green Sukuk totalling approx. $6.5 billion were issued in the MENA region in 2023. This represents more than half of all global green Sukuk, with notable sales by ADIB ($500 million), DP World ($1.5 Billion), First Abu Dhabi Bank (approx. $350 million), Majid Al Futtaim ($500 million), and Aldar ($500 million).

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