27 January 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 January, 2016: Dubai Forward, an annual Conference on Dubai as a financial and private banking centre, taking place from 15 to 17 February 2016, will feature several critical topics that are of importance to the growing emphasis on the city's progress towards becoming a global financial centre, especially in light of today's challenges. While highlighting the current and future regulations and laws that will be emplaced to further enhance the financial sector, the conference will also focus on the steps that could be taken in 2016 to shift Dubai's economy beyond oil by finding new sources of revenue and activity through the financial services industry.

In light of the financial services sector being a significant driving factor for Dubai's growth, there will be practical discussions on exploring ways to attract more foreign and institutional investors, transforming the stock markets to capital markets, the emergence of a fund industry and the need for providing modern investment vehicles.

"As a trusted partner for new ventures and existing companies, it is important for Dubai FDI to have detailed insights into all business sectors to be able to provide them with the right guidance. The theme of Dubai Forward is well-aligned with our approach in working with the finance and private banking sector and more importantly, it responds to the expectations foreign private and institutional investors have for doing business in Dubai," said Mr. Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI)

Sylvain Veiujot, Exective Deputy Chairman, Emirates REIT, said, "Being the first REIT in the UAE, we are excited to support Dubai Forward and discuss the real estate investment opportunities. We have seen significant appetite among investors for income-producing real estate in the Middle East."

"We live in one of the wealthiest regions in the world, but assets are being managed abroad. However, our local asset management business services the largest global pension schemes and SWFs, in direct competition with global asset managers. This proves that our region does not lack any talent but requires the right environment to excel. For us at Afkar Capital, we look to help grow a more diversified Asset Management business in the MENA region. Dubai Forward is an excellent opportunity to connect with stakeholders in the finance and banking sector to discuss ways to grow and evolve the Middle East financial industry," said Seif Fikry, Co-Founder and CEO, Afkar Captial.

Dubai Forward will welcome key members of the financial and industrial services sectors as speakers who have been contributing to the growth of the industries through their leadership and provides an excellent opportunity for new professionals and investors to engage in discussions with such eminent figures in order to better understand Dubai's objective as a financial centre and the new equation for its economy.

Academy & Finance is delighted to have the ongoing support of the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Emirates REIT and Afkar Capital.

The detailed programme is available on www.academyfinancedubai.com. 

About Academy & Finance
Academy & Finance, headquartered in Geneva since March 2000 with branches in Hong Kong and Dubai, is a leading financial conference organizer in Switzerland specializing in the field of compliance, wealth, tax & estate planning and asset protection. Academy & Finance organises 100 conferences every year in Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Vaduz, Monaco, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

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