UAE: Dubai Financial Services

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How do you envisage the recent issuance of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China bonds on Nasdaq Dubai broadening the debt market?

 

The focus on adding new instruments in Dubai – among them futures and options swaps – is being spurred on by the drive to boost liquidity on the emirate’s trading platforms. It comes with an emphasis on foreign institutional investors, with those from what are considered well-regulated markets being granted remote access to the trading...

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...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Dubai 2019

Capital markets in Dubai are spread across multiple exchanges, each with an emphasis on a different asset class. With this structure established and still growing, the aim is to boost activity in all asset classes, and to create an overall offering with the breadth and depth to rival major global financial centres. For now, most securities trading is governed by external factors, foremost...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Dubai 2019

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, the emirate’s financial ser¬vices free zone. Dubai has also positioned itself...

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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