11-12 Oct 2016



ADIB is a leading bank in the UAE with more than AED 120 billion in assets. Its 931,352 customers benefit from the third largest distribution network in the UAE with 88 branches and more than 770 ATMs. The bank also offers world-class online, mobile and phone banking services, providing clients with seamless digital access to their accounts 24 hours a day. ADIB provides retail, corporate, business, private banking and wealth management solutions. The bank was established in 1997 and its shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).  

In the UAE, the Bank has more than 2,300 employees and remains one of the leading banks in the recruitment, development and promotion of local talent in all the markets in which it operates. The bank has one of the highest Emiratisation ratios with more than 43 percent of the bank’s workforce being UAE Nationals.

ADIB has presence in six strategic markets: Egypt, where it has 70 branches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Iraq and Qatar.

Named “Best Bank in the UAE” by The Financial Times’ The Banker publication, ADIB has a rich track record of innovation, including introducing the award-winning Ghina savings account, award-winning co-branded cards with Etihad and Etisalat and a wide range of financing products.

Dubai Islamic Bank

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Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), established in 1975, is the first Islamic bank to have incorporated the principles of Islam in all its practices and is the largest Islamic bank in the UAE. DIB is a public joint stock company, and its shares are listed on the Dubai Financial Market. The bank enjoys a reputation as a leader and innovator in maintaining the quality, flexibility and accessibility of its products and services. The bank currently operates 90 branches in the UAE.

DIB’s leading position has been reaffirmed by more than 185 local, regional and international accolades that it has won since 2004. It has been declared the winner of the "Best Islamic Bank, UAE - 2016" by World Finance - Islamic Finance Awards 2016. DIB was also recognised for its banking services at the Banker ME Industry Awards 2016 for being named as the “Best Islamic Bank”; “Best Sukuk Arranger”; “Best Islamic Corporate Bank”, “Best Islamic Retail Bank - UAE”. DIB’s notable recognitions also includes being named the “Best Retail Bank ME", “Best Corporate Bank ME”, “Best Commercial Bank ME”, “Best Sukuk Arranger ME” and “Best Sukuk Deal” award at the Islamic Business & Finance Awards 2015


Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

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Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is an integrated free zone technology park, wholly owned by the Government of Dubai. DSO was established following Law no 16 of 2005 of the Government of Dubai, with the Mission to "facilitate and promote modern technology based industries"; thus supporting the region's demand for business expansion. Companies operating within DSO can benefit from a full package of free zone incentives and benefits in addition to its integrated community that provides both a living and working environment.
DSO's urban master-planned community spans 7.2 million SQM and has been carefully divided into 5 main pillars based on industrial, commercial, education, living & residences, and public facilities. The technology park enjoys state-of-art utility infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks as well as a plethora of advantages including: in-house business services, and strong business support such as technology investment incentives for large enterprises, entrepreneurial support, an incubation centre, and venture capital funding.


Tawreeq Holdings

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Tawreeq Holdings is a group of related corporate entities, based in the UAE and Luxembourg, specialising in comprehensive Supply Chain Finance (SCF) solutions targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their corporate clients across the MENA region.

Tawreeq introduced the world’s first comprehensive Sharia compliant SCF solutions to provide SMEs with needed support to grow by partnering with their Obligors and offering innovative short-term Sharia compliant investment solutions under SCF programs.

We provide an innovative approach to help service the trade flow in the MENA region, offering securitisation, factoring, reverse factoring and ethical management of the entire SCF cycle.

Tawreeq Holdings group includes Dar Al Tawreeq Forfaiting and Factoring Services LLC, iSCF Capital Limited, Tawreeq Investments, and HMR Consulting. The group offers:


An efficient alternative liquidity solution that provides Suppliers / SMEs with immediate access to cash by selling their approved invoices “Receivables”

Reverse Factoring

Liquidity solutions tailored for large and mid-sized corporates to extend payment terms “Payables Finance” with regional and international suppliers

Comprehensive SCF Solutions

Tailored cash flow and working capital solutions to facilitate trading and financial terms between corporates and their suppliers network

Alternative Sharia-Complaint Investments

Competitive alternative asset-class investment that is short-term, Sharia-compliant, focused on the real economy, and provides attractive yields


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Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) was established by the issue of law No. 6 in 2004 by His Highness the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. With the expansion of the institution in its work and functions, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai issued law No. 9 in 2007 strengthening the work of the institution. 


AMAF oversees the welfare of nearly 2,400 minor children through the development of ‘waqf’ (trust funds) that provide for their support and the care of their affairs, according to Shari’a principles through a well-structured long term plan, conscious vision and insight.


Fitch Ratings

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Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.
At Fitch Ratings, we have been providing independent and objective credit ratings to the Islamic Finance market for over a decade. With a strong track record in Islamic Finance, we rate more Islamic banks than any other global credit rating agency. We currently rate over 80 outstanding Islamic Finance instruments worldwide and 29 Islamic Finance based issuers.
Fitch has a dedicated Islamic Finance Group (IFG) that coordinates all Islamic Finance activities and expertise across the Sovereign, Financial Institutions, Corporates, Structured Finance, Infrastructure, and Insurance teams. In addition to being involved in the rating process of Islamic Finance entities and instruments, the IFG monitors and reports on this rapidly growing sector through specialised research and commentary, as well as criteria development. The Islamic Finance team spans various continents and time zones and brings a combination of local knowledge and a strategic global perspective to this evolving sector.
Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. In addition to Fitch Ratings, the group includes Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; Fitch Learning, a provider of learning and development solutions for the global financial services industry; and BMI Research, a provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets. Fitch Group is majority-owned by Hearst.


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National Bonds Corporation PJSC is a leading investment company that takes pride in its innovative shari'a approach to financial products and services; catering to a substantial and diversified client base of retail customers, high-net-worth individuals, and corporations.

National Bonds offers direct wealth accumulation through an all-in-one shari'a compliant Mudaraba based saving scheme, the first of its kind in the world. The company's strong belief in the pivotal role of savings in building a stronger economy helped its customers achieve their own financial future objectives through disciplined and regular saving habit. And it's committed to keep shaping brighter financial future for today's and tomorrow's generations.

National Bonds is a private joint stock shareholding company, established in March 2006 with a paid-up capital of AED 150 million. It is 100% owned by The Investment Corporation of Dubai, the investment arm of Dubai government. NBC is licensed and regulated by the UAE Central Bank, and audited by Dubai Government Audit Department, Sharia Supervisory Board as well as reputable International external auditors.

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Noor Bank began operations in 2008. Since inception, it has differentiated itself as a leading Islamic bank in the region, by providing excellent service that puts the customer first.

Noor Bank focuses on providing unique, personalised services, in Personal and Corporate Banking, Priority Banking, Treasury, Wholesale Banking and through its dedicated SME platform. All of its operations are governed by a Shari’a Supervisory Board, comprising leading Islamic scholars.  

The Bank has received multiple awards and was named ‘Best Islamic Bank in the UAE' by New York based Global Finance magazine for its annual World's Best Islamic Financial Institution Awards 2016.

The corporate shareholders of the Bank are The Office of the Crown Prince of Dubai (25.73%), the Investment Corporation of Dubai (22.71%) and the Emirates Investment Authority (4.7%).  The remaining shares are beneficially held by individuals who each own less than 5% of Noor Bank.  For further details, please visit: or call 800 6667.

Design Sponsor


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Dubai Design District, (d3), one of the TECOM Group’s communities, is a destination dedicated to design. The chosen home for the region’s collective of creatives, artists and designers, d3 is a shining beacon of inspiration and innovation. Created to answer the need from the industry, d3 provides businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals from across the design value chain with a thriving community where they can collaborate, create and inspire.

Offering something totally unique, d3 offers individuals and businesses the choice of operating either as a free zone entity or as an on-shore business.

d3 both nurtures local Islamic designers and enables established brands to reach a new audience. Through international events such as Fashion Forward, Dubai Design Week and Meet d3, d3 champions regional talent with a focus on Islamic design and architecture whilst the events simultaneously drive footfall to the district.

With this year’s launch of lifestyle boutiques, contemporary art galleries and culinary concepts in its core 11 buildings, d3 is causing a cultural buzz. Taking a novel approach, d3 has selected original concepts to form a creative community of new outlets, restaurants and pop-up events that invite visitors to enjoy a more authentic shopping and dining experience.

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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is the Emirate’s dedicated authority for culture, arts and heritage in Dubai. the Authority is instrumental in establishing Dubai as a global centre for creativity, Islamic arts and enhancing the city's cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. The Authority’s initiatives are aligned with Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people, who proudly celebrate their cultural identities.

Dubai Culture initiatives aim to further showcase Dubai’s position as the capital of Islamic arts, culture and economy worldwide and provide people from all walks of life with educational platforms to gain deeper understanding of Islamic culture.

The Authority’s initiatives include Creatopia ( - the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.


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Path Solutions

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Path Solutions is a leading information technology solutions provider offering a broad, deep spectrum of Sharia-compliant integrated solutions and services to the Islamic financial marketplace.
Designed to meet the needs of modern Islamic banking, Path Solutions’ turnkey solutions are based on an open, flexible architecture and an established deployment methodology. They have been tested and implemented at some of the world’s most sophisticated Islamic banks, Islamic banking windows as well as conventional banks converting into Islamic banking operations.
The company’s flagship product - iMAL, provides a complete suite of Islamic banking applications with a rich sweep of functionality and features, addressing Sharia compliance, local and regulatory requirements. The system is built on the JEE platform and is SOA compliant. iMAL runs as a web application and can be deployed in a multi-tier setup environment.
Path Solutions’ team of qualified professionals and complementary solution partners have an unparalleled ability to address regulatory and Sharia compliance requirements at both international and regional levels. Armed with deep industry expertise and field-tested best practices, the company’s team strives to provide the highest quality services to its clients all over the world.

Media Partners

CNBC Arabia

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Entrepreneur Middle East (ME)

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Entrepreneur Middle East (ME) is a regional business magazine based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the guide for the region's entrepreneurs and business-minded readership. Published monthly, Entrepreneur ME currently has three editions: Entrepreneur Middle East, Entrepreneur Qatar, and Entrepreneur Al Arabiya.

Entrepreneur MENA publications are a division of BNC Publishing, officially licensed by the U.S.-based business and growth publication Entrepreneur. As a monthly print and digital publication devoted to business endeavors that acts as a valuable resource for businesspeople globally, Entrepreneur, as a global brand, makes strategic use of various other mediums in the realm of web and social media as well. 

Twitter account: @EntMagazineME

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal

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Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal:

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal was established in 1979 when it launched the first Pan-Arab business monthly magazine “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal”. In 1993, it became the first Arab media group to establish a strong start in the conference industry in the region, an activity that was solely the preserve of western institutions. The Group has organized 250 events in 25 countries, attended by more than 10,000 leading businessmen and investors from the region and worldwide.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine:

Nominated as the leading Arab business publication in the region (according to Ipsos BES 2008, 2009, 2010), Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine, and since 1979, is still the most comprehensive source of information on Pan-Arab business and economy, delivering relevant, in-depth and timely coverage of news you can use.
With its 12 monthly regular issues and 15 special issues published with transparency and professionalism over the year, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal with 10% market share over all other 247 business publications in the region, is the right tool for a better understanding of major industries and country economies, as well as investment and business opportunities in the region.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal
P.O.Box 113-6194
Hamra Beirut 1103 2100
Tel +961-1-780200
Fax +961-1-780206

Halal Focus

Visit Website is a news resource for the global Halal industry and the Muslim consumer. Providing daily news updates, cutting edge commentary and in-depth analysis on the developments within this fast moving international Halal sector. The Halal sector covers food from farm-to-fork, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, fashion, travel, media and entertainment, and it is developing rapidly.

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The Business Year (TBY)

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The Business Year (TBY) is a leading research firm and publisher of annual economic resources on national economies. Present in over 25 countries, TBY provides first-hand access to the people and ideas shaping business and policy throughout the world. Each country-specific edition contains a comprehensive range of interviews and analysis, offering an inside look at doing business in the world’s most dynamic economies. TBY’s interviewees, readers, and partners comprise an international network of thought-leaders who are helping to define the future of the global economy.

AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Islamic Economics (CIBE)

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AlHuda-CIBE provides a comprehensive package of Islamic banking and finance facilities and products under one platform. "AlHuda CIBE" is a pioneering effort to promote Islamic Banking and Finance in masses through Advisory, Education, Training, Awareness, Consultancy, Product Development, International conferences to support, sustain, spread and supplement SBP and Govt. Initiatives.


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When launched in November 2006, Business Islamica was the first monthly magazine of its kind in the Middle East, specifically covering all aspects of Islamic business and finance both regionally and internationally. The magazine's objective is to spearhead awareness initiatives about Shari'ah-based finance, heighten knowledge of its core principles and practices and feature the latest developments in this industry. Islamic finance, which was once considered as no more than an interesting aspect on the periphery of mainstream finance, has emerged as a major global force, developing and growing faster than its conventional counterpart. Our editorial covers interviews with key industry leaders, case studies, and features on a wide range of topics such as; Islamic Banking, Wealth Management, Takaf ul (Islamic Insurance) , Islamic investments, Marketing and Branding of Shari'ah-compliant products, Regulatory Issues, Islamic Financial Markets, Sukuk, Islamic Evolution and Global Islamic developments.

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Published annually, the ISLAMICA 500 is a business guide providing hard-to-find biographical details for 500 of the world’s most prominent and influential personalities in the Islamic world and economy.

Because the Islamic economy is multi-sectorial and global, the ISLAMICA 500 focuses on personalities from different sectors, markets and nationalities. Thus, this worldwide guide lists the leading figures from the worlds of industry, finance, science, business, politics, international affairs, law, and media. All areas that influence the Islamic Economy.

On October 10th, the edition 2017 of the ISLAMICA 500 will be launch during a Private Reception held in Dubai.

Oxford Business Group

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Oxford Business Group is a global publisher and consultancy producing annual investment and economic reports on more than 30 countries. Every business intelligence report is based on in-country research by experienced analysts

Arab Economy

Pan-MENA Arabic monthly economics and business magazine -also distributed in London and Paris- published by Tawasul Publishing out of Dubai Media City. Specifically, it is distributed in various Arab countries with its biggest markets being the UAE and KSA followed by the rest of the GCC region, Egypt and the MENA region.
Arab Economy focuses on the macro-economy, investments, trade, innovation, smart governments, the internet of things, the Islamic Economy as well as luxury and business tourism, destinations and products.
Arab Economy topped Ipsos 2015 rankings of business and economics publications (Arabic and English) in the UAE in terms of access to Emirati nationals and top wage earners. It also participates and sponsors numerous economics-focused events, conferences and exhibitions across the region.
Additionally, Arab Economy produces niche issues around investment opportunities, Islamic Economy, luxury and business travel and products and smart governments in both the Arabic and English languages.

Modest Style Guide

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Hadith Of The Day

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Bedaya SME

Halal Gems

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Visa Support

Thank you for your interest in attending the 3rd Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES).

Thomson Reuters encourages delegates that need a visa to familiarize themselves with the requirements and apply at the earliest.

If you are not a citizen of one of the GCC countries, you will be required to hold a visa in order to enter the United Arab Emirates to take part in the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES).

Depending on your nationality, you will either have to pre issue a visa or you will be able to obtain one on arrival. To determine your visa eligibility please Click Here

Your hotel will most likely be able to assist with the visa process, in addition to that Thomson Reuters will be able to provide you with an official invitation letter to help with the visa issuance process, if required. To request a personal invitation letter, kindly provide the following details:

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