Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Wealth Management

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Personal and family wealth continues to grow rapidly across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, driving record demand for wealth management services.

Individuals and families require all types of wealth solutions. Interest is particularly strong in investment and portfolio management, estate and inheritance planning, Sharia-compliant wealth management, and real estate and financial advisory.

DIFC stands apart with its platform to serve these regional customers. The Centre combines a large ecosystem of specialist professional services providers, a location at the centre of the region’s financial services industry, and a legal and regulatory environment designed to address the needs of individuals, families and institutions.

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

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Sophisticated fund set-up and structuring capabilities

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Worldwide acceptance of DIFC funds

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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

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Submit application documents

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Receive approvals for licenses, visas and consent notifications

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