Themed ‘Navigating the New Order’, the Global Financial Forum will convene an exclusive gathering of invited speakers and delegates to thoughtfully identify and address the challenges and opportunities facing emerging markets today.

GFF will explore geopolitical, technological and financial trends and discuss how they are impacting the finance industry today and may continue to do so in the future. The Forum will take a broad view of global finance while focusing on the Gulf’s financial markets, as well as exploring how the MEASA region plans to navigate shifts in the industry in the coming years.

The Forum, organised by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), will provide a platform for dialogue and networking, and facilitate open discussion among international business leaders and financial regulators, to address these challenges and forge a path to navigate this new order.

Why Attend

The Global Financial Forum will bring together ministers and regulatory officials, as well as C-suite executives from a range of financial institutions including banks, financial technology companies, insurers, asset managers and professional services firms.

By attending The Global Financial Forum, you have an opportunity to discuss and network with attendees from the policy and business communities.

The forum will offer:

  • Panels on emerging trends moderated by The Economist’s editorial team.
  • Focused networking with C-suite business leaders and key government officials and regulators from regional and global economies.
  • Opportunities to explore new business relationships in the fast-growing Gulf region.
  • Exclusive access to international decision-makers in the finance sector from both established and emerging markets.

Conference Schedule

Event Chair: Simon Long, Finance and Economics Editor, The Economist
Co-chair: Simon Cox, Emerging Markets Editor, The Economist

Our Speakers


The Global Financial Forum will take place at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, at Jumeirah Beach. This beachfront luxury resort with a modern Arabian style is 8km from The Dubai Mall and 7km from Dubai International Financial Centre.

For more information on the venue, please visit Four Seasons Jumeirah website.

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Travel Assistance

Attendees of the Global Financial Forum can benefit from preferential rates on flights and at hotels secured by our dedicated travel consultants. Please contact our dedicated representative Ms Rochelle Pereira by email or call +971 56 216 5783 for assistance with Visas, flights and hotels.

Visa Information
If your country of origin appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vatican City

Please note that this information is for your reference only and the organisers we will not be held liable for any special permit visas that are rejected.

Knowledge Hub

Learn More About the Dubai International Financial Centre
Global Financial Forum, Dubai |  14 November 2017 | Navigating the New Order

DIFC is the financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing a world-class platform that connects the region’s markets.

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DIFC to Host Inaugural Global Financial Forum 2017
Global Financial Forum, Dubai |  14 November 2017 | Navigating the New Order

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Forum will convene the international financial community.

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Welcome to the Global Financial Forum 2017 from your Host
Global Financial Forum, Dubai |  14 November 2017 | Navigating the New Order

Your host, His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC welcomes you to Dubai for the inaugural Global Financial Forum.

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Organised by DIFC

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), a region comprising over 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and nominal GDP of US$7.4 trillion. As well as connecting the region’s markets to the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas, DIFC facilitates the flow of trade and investment along the South-South economic corridor encompassing Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Established in 2004, DIFC is a 110-acre district that is home to over 1,600 companies and more than 21,000 highly skilled professionals, making it the leading financial centre in the region.
The Centre provides an environment for these businesses to expand their operations and thrive. Its independent regulator, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), has embedded uncompromisingly high standards in a clear, succinct and robust UK Common Law framework based on international best practices. Meanwhile, the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) has grown to become the preferred platform for legal excellence and commercial dispute resolution in Dubai and the wider region.
DIFC is also driving the development of the regional financial services sector. The Centre is continuously engaging with the financial services community to ensure legislation and the operating environment adapt to market needs, accommodate emerging industries and provide an ideal platform for clients looking to access new opportunities.

Programmed By The Economist Events

The Economist Events is a leading provider of international forums for senior executives seeking new insights into strategic issues. These meetings include industry conferences, management events and government roundtables held around the world. Each meeting organised by the events teams delivers objective and informed analysis. Meetings provide unusually high-level forums where senior executives can gain insights, exchange views and compare strategies.

Contact Us

If you need any assistance with your registration or if you require any other information, please contact us on the following details:

Registrations and Delegate Services

If you need any assistance with your registration or if you have any questions regarding your participation as a delegate, please contact: GFF@economist.com

Speaking opportunity

If you would like to submit a speaker for suggestion please send a concise, 100 word pitch, videos of previous speaking engagements, a biography and any relevant articles to: Caiwilshaw@economist.com


If you are a media representative and would like to attend this event or interview one of our speakers, please contact: Hajar.AlKetbi@difc.ae

General Enquiry

For any other enquiries, please contact GFF@economist.com and we will pass this on to the relevant department