UAE: Abu Dhabi Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

In 2017 the UAE was home to the largest and fastest-growing insurance sector in the GCC. The industry has recorded strong compound annual growth rates in both non-life and life segments during the last decade, while takaful (Islamic insurance) products have developed considerably since 2012. This growth has come on the heels of an influx of expatriates, increase in the population of working-...

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the UAE, in terms of both its land mass and economy, and home to the majority of the country’s energy production and reserves. While the emirate is home to the world’s sixth-largest proven oil reserves, financial buffers have helped it diversify and yield steady non-oil revenues.

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Once reserved for ambitious start-ups and industry-leading tech operators, financial technology (fintech) has more recently caught the attention of major private sector firms and government planners alike, becoming a regular feature in budget speeches and strategic development plans. As fintech progressively plays a larger part in the lives of...

 

Banks in Abu Dhabi are well funded and have demonstrated resilience, be that during the global financial crisis of 2007-08 or in response to local challenges since oil prices fell in 2014. They also exist in a very competitive environment that is widely seen as overbanked. After a major merger created the region’s second-largest lender in 2017...

 

What does the merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank signal about the evolution and trajectory of the local banking sector?

 

Abu Dhabi’s capital markets have witnessed rapid expansion since the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in 2000. Prior to the creation of the ADX – which was originally known as the Abu Dhabi Securities Market – the sector played a much more limited role in the emirate’s financial services landscape. Historically the...

 

Abu Dhabi ended its six-year initial public offering (IPO) drought in December 2017 with the sale of a 10% stake in the downstream distribution arm of the government-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The sale of the stake in ADNOC Distribution was the largest IPO in a decade on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and gave the...

 

While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...