Global Islamic banking assets set to exceed US$3.4 trillion by 2018

Global Islamic banking assets with commercial banks are on course to exceed US$3.4 trillion by 2018, fueled by growing economic activity in core Islamic finance markets. Across the six markets of Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey (QISMUT), the combined profits of Islamic banks broke the US$10 billion mark for the first time at the end of 2013. If the current growth rate continues, the Islamic banking profit pool across QISMUT markets is set to exceed US$25 billion by 2018. There is significant growth potential for the industry. Only a small number of Islamic banking customers have fully transitioned from a traditional to an Islamic banking relationship.