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

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 Islamic...

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 growth...

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 financial...

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 continue...