Fund Management

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The large and growing pools of wealth in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region are creating an increasingly urgent need for specialist fund management services.

Both institutions and high-net-worth individuals are looking for regionally based experts to address their complex investment requirements.

DIFC’s legislative and regulatory regime provides a highly supportive and secure environment for local, regional and global players to domicile, manage and distribute funds. It’s no wonder that DIFC continues to set the pace as the region’s largest fund management jurisdiction.

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