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Venture capital (VC) and angel investors are the kindling that lights up an economy, providing the start-up funding and expertise to nurture high-risk, paradigm-shifting businesses. Globally, the US has long been the VC kingpin, which is why it has a...

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Hafez Ghanem, vice president of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has a deep and historically informed perspective on the challenges facing the region and the most promising ways to overcome them. In his current role Mr Ghan...

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Kevin Sneader, chairman of McKinsey & Company's Asia offices, has seen remarkable changes take place since he first moved to the region in 1995. Back then, China had yet to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and Jack Ma—who became China’s t...

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Infrastructure brings economic and social value to a country: it can drive economic growth by facilitating business activity; it can provide residents with essential services, from mobility to electricity; and new projects can create new jobs. Howeve...

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In financial services, identity defines and permits the relationship between providers and clients. Financial institutions need to know they are lending to genuine, legal and reliable customers, and customers must be able to trust financial providers...

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This report, which draws on expert interviews and country analysis, assesses the state of finance in MEASA, the factors shaping the future of key financial subsectors, and the regulatory framework and best practices required to enable the delivery of...

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Dubai International Financial Centre offers financial firms access to the fast-growing markets of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.   Dubai straddles three diverse and dynamic regions—the Middle East, Africa and So...

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Mapping Opportunities in the MEASA Region
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Dubai International Financial Centre Wealth and Asset Management Report 2017

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Message from H.E. Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC As the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region DIFC has firmly established itself as a facilitator for trade and investment across the dynamic ...

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Dubai International Financial Centre Authority Annual Review 2016
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In 2016, we saw global and regional uncertainty and only muted economic growth – and yet, Dubai International Financial Centre maintained strong growth momentum, highlighted by a number of developments that helped characterise 2016 as “a year of firsts” for the Centre.

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Dubai International Financial Centre Continues to Grow and Innovate in the First Half Of 2017
  • DIFC remains on track to achieve the targets set out in its 2024 Strategy
  • Number of active licenced companies increased by 6.2%, to...

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The Largest and Most Diverse Financial Centre in the Region
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With an ecosystem of around 1,800 firms, DIFC provides an enabling platform for region-wide investment banking, M&A, commercial banking and innovative project finance, including securitisation and asset-backed financing, across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

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Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Forum will convene the international financial community to focus on ‘Navigating the New Order’ Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading internat...

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Learn More About the Dubai International Financial Centre
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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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