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The past 15 years have seen major advances in capital markets activity in Dubai. The financial sector free zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has gone from idea to reality, and the emirate recently became the world’s largest market for sukuk (Islamic bonds). However, development has been uneven across types of...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Dubai 2016

The past 15 years have seen major advances in capital markets activity in Dubai. The financial sector free zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has gone from idea to reality, and the emirate recently became the world’s largest market for sukuk (Islamic bonds). However, development has been uneven across types of capital markets offerings based on local demand patterns. New...

While the first half of 2016 saw property values fall in Dubai’s real estate sector, strong fundamentals and consistent demand from foreign buyers suggest they may flatten out in the second half before turning upwards in the lead-up to Expo 2020.

 

One of the major reforms expected in the Islamic financial services sector in Dubai is a new, federal-level sharia board. Approved in May 2016 by the UAE Cabinet, the authorities believe that it will improve services and governance, and carve a path towards standardisation in what is a young and fast-developing industry. As of mid-2016...

 

One sign of enduring strength in Dubai’s credit markets is that multiple obstacles have not hindered growth. This includes external factors, such as lower oil prices and a recent history of credit struggles. In the past year, another challenge to lending growth has been Al Etihad Credit Bureau. While in the long term this new actor is expected...

 

What has been the impact of the MSCI upgrade of the UAE from frontier to emerging market status?