"London Lord Mayor to launch Islamic finance qualification", Islamic Republic News Agency, October 24, 2006
"Launching in London of the Qualification in Islamic Finance" (Translated from French to English by Google Translate), Ecole Superieure des Affaires
The joint offering of an Islamic finance qualification (IFQ) by the Securities & Investment Institute (SII) in London and the Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) in Beiruit was announced on June 3, 2006, but only available in London & Beiruit. However, beginning next Tuesday, October 31, 2006, the test will be available via Computer Based Testing (CBT), expand the number of testing locations worldwide (the SII provides a list of CBT locations [pdf])
"$1b int'l Islamic investment bank to be launched - Saudi Arabia", MENAfn, October 24, 2006
An investment bank with capital of $1 billion will be launched according to the president of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Saleh Kamel. The location of the headquarters is not known yet, although it is believed it will be in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Bahrain or the UAE.