UAE: Dubai Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Dubai 2019

Throughout 2018 Dubai continued working towards the goal of establishing itself as the global capital of the Islamic economy. Financial services are a core aspect of that project, and the emirate has taken a leading role in hosting Islamic financial services companies. Its government and government-related entities were early sellers of sukuk (Islamic bonds), and the industry has become one of...

Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.

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Throughout 2018 Dubai continued to strengthen its status as a global capital of the Islamic economy, with the last five years seeing the emirate emerge as a hub for sharia-compliant offerings and innovation in the commercial sphere. Financial services are a core aspect of that project, and the emirate has taken a leading role in hosting...

 

How will the consolidation of the financial services sector affect operating costs for Islamic banks?

 

With various economic factors impacting the demand for loans, what do you see as the key growth drivers in the banking sector?

 

Featuring both onshore and offshore markets, Dubai’s banking sector has become an integral part of the global financial services universe. Facilities range from conventional financial intermediation in a competitive domestic landscape to advanced specialist services housed in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the emirate’s...

 

Once reserved for ambitious start-ups and industry-leading operators, financial technology (fintech) has caught the attention of private sector firms and government planners alike, becoming a regular feature in budget speeches and development plans. As fintech plays a larger part in the lives of consumers, investors have come to recognise its...

 

The period of easily raising funds from abroad seems to be coming to an end for emerging markets around the world. Amid rising interest rates in the US and increased competition for capital flows, portfolio managers are becoming more selective with where they invest. One way for developing nations to ensure that their financial markets can...