Asset Management

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Enormous wealth, a maturing insurance industry and institutional investor demand are creating new opportunities in asset management across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Sitting at the heart of MEASA’s financial services industry, DIFC provides the ideal platform for firms to develop, distribute, manage and domicile all types of public, private, Sharia-compliant, and qualified funds.

The Centre’s world-class legal and regulatory structures balance efficient setup with oversight that gives investors confidence in asset management products. It also offers direct access to institutional and high-net-worth individuals looking to access both conventional and alternative investment products.

Asset Management is one of four areas within the Wealth and Asset Management focus at DIFC. The other areas include Fund Management, Private Equity, and Wealth Management.

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Advantages of setting up in DIFC

DIFC is the unrivalled financial hub of the region with an established and tested legal and regulatory framework. Safe and stable, Dubai is a global city and business, trade and tourism centre that’s fully connected to regional and global markets.


Sophisticated fund set-up and structuring capabilities


Worldwide acceptance of DIFC funds


World class regulation in a common-law framework

Legal and Regulatory Framework

Although operating independently, the DIFC Authority, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) serve a common goal: reinforcing DIFC’s principles of integrity, transparency and efficiency. 

The DIFC Authority is responsible for the guiding strategy, ongoing development and overall public administration of DIFC. The DFSA is the globally recognised independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from DIFC. The DRA provides an English-language, commercial common law judicial system, as well as a dispute resolution platform, and other services to deliver legal excellence in the Middle East.

Register in Three Steps

Simple and straightforward licensing, registration and regulation, makes setting up and operating in DIFC fast and efficient. 

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Discuss fund options with DFSA and DIFC service advisors


Submit application documents 


Receive approvals for licenses, visas and consent notifications 

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