Who We Are

We trace our genesis back to a group of motivated Kenyans who envisioned an Islamic bank as an alternative to conventional banking in 2005. This bank would conduct business on the principles of Shari’ah and provide an ethical and fair banking for all. The bank would leverage strong links to between the Gulf and Africa to establish a channel for attractive investments in Kenya and its name would bear the symbol of partnership: The Gulf African Bank.

We became the first Islamic Bank in Kenya incorporated on August 9th 2006 and was fully operational on January 8th 2008 as Kenya’s first fully fledged commercial banking license from the Central Bank of Kenya as a dedicated Islamic bank.

Since 2008, we have been an active part of the growth seen in Kenya’s financial sector, offering a one-stop financing and business development centre for corporates, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and retail segments. We have a strong dedication to accelerating growth in the banking sector that will lead to economic development.


The Shari’ah Compliant Bank of Choice

Our Mission

To provide innovative and competitive financial solutions professionally through principles of fairness and integrity while enhancing the wellbeing of our customers, staff and the community

Our Values

    • Customer First
    • Getting things done right
    • All in to win
    • Better is possible

Who we are

Gulf African Bank (GAB) is a premier SME bank in Kenya operating on Shari’ah principles. We are an SME focused financial partner that exist to ensure your business grows. We actively participate in building the SME sector offering a one-stop financing and business development services to effectively accelerate the sector’s growth in your business and the country.

Our Awards

Think Business Banking Awards

  • Best Bank in Islamic Banking
  • Best Bank in Tier III
  • Best Bank in Mortgage Finance
  • 2nd Runner Up – ESG Factors

Gazet International

  • Strongest Islamic Bank in Kenya 2023

World Business Outlook

  • Leading Shari’ah Compliant Financial Services Provider Kenya 2023
  • Leading SME Bank Kenya 2023
  • Leading Islamic Bank Kenya 2023

International Business Magazine

  • Best Islamic Bank Kenya 2023
  • Best Islamic Corporate Bank Kenya 2023

Kenya Real Estate Awards

  • Mortgage Provider of the year Award

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