UAE: Abu Dhabi Financial Services

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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-...

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Abu Dhabi is a prominent player in Islamic finance and is active in markets for sharia-compliant debt; deposit, lending and investment schemes; and risk-management through takaful (Islamic insurance). Acting through the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the emirate’s financial free zone, the sector has access to domestic as well as offshore service providers. Together with the six other emirates of the...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Abu Dhabi’s capital markets have witnessed rapid expansion since the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in 2000. Prior to the ADX, the sector played a much more limited role in the emirate’s financial services landscape. Historically the region has had a significant amount of capital owing to its oil wealth and, coupled with a relatively robust and liquid banking system,...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Banks in Abu Dhabi are well funded and have demonstrated resilience. They also exist in a competitive environment that is widely seen as overbanked. After a major merger created the region’s second-largest lender in 2017, further moves towards consolidation are expected. For now, the banking system has ample liquidity and would benefit from more opportunities to deploy it. The government has...

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.

Planned mergers are set to create a more consolidated and robust banking sector in Abu Dhabi, strengthening its position as a leader in the regional financial market.

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