Dubai Economic Council (DEC)

Investment Bank for Trade Finance Dubai

Attracted to the region by its growing wealth, cross-boarder trade and investment activity, M&A activity and ongoing restructuring by state owned enterprises, corporations and private entities, a large number of banks and brokerages have established a presence in DIFC.

From DIFC, investment banks are able to service the region's growing financing needs and support growing sophistication of businesses operating in and from around the region. Recent years have seen the expansion of the corporate sector with more sophisticated financing requirements.

Regional debt capital markets are also picking up as governments and corporates across the region diversify their funding bases they will need to resort more and more to capital markets to tap into private financing.

Our legislative and regulatory regime has created a highly conducive and secure environment for the growth of banks offering a wealth of services, including:

  • Commercial banking
  • Investment banking
  • Trade and export finance
  • Project and infrastructure funding
  • Treasury services


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