UAE: Dubai Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Innovation & Investment from The Report: Dubai 2018

Building on its reputation as a global city, regional financial centre and showcase of smart technology, Dubai is forging an economic future based on investment in forward-thinking ideas. As part of this strategy, the emirate is set to welcome millions of visitors to Expo 2020, which is aimed at creating an international platform to foster creative thinking on development goals for the MENA...

Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 3.2% in 2017 and is expected to reach 3.5% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.

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How much is the growth in both conventional and Islamic government debt issuance set to encourage corporates to use debt instruments?


With some analysts suggesting that the 2017-20 period could see as much as $480bn in combined government expenditure across the GCC – with $288bn of that to be spent in transport and infrastructure projects alone – the region clearly maintains a considerable appetite for major capital investment.


To what extent can e-payment spur the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?


How will the expansion of DFM’s sharia-compliant standards impact the growth of Islamic finance?


What are your expectations with respect to initial public offerings (IPOs) in the near future?


Dubai’s capital markets are seeing innovation in a range of spheres, witnessing the launch of new fund-based products on its primary exchanges, as well as new types of futures contracts on both Nasdaq Dubai and the emirate’s derivatives-focused exchanges.