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Global Reinsurance
Global Reinsurance (GR) is a leading media brand in international (re)insurance. Launched in 1990, the brand is actively involved with the (re)insurance community and is recognised as an authoritative source of knowledge on one of the most global of industries. Specialist journalists with years of industry experience of the sector provide in-depth analysis, while leading practitioners contribute opinion and perspective. Global Reinsurance is responsible for organising and hosting some of the sectors most successful events. Global Reinsurance organised Multaqa Qatar from 2007 – 2016 and the Middle East Risk and Insurance Conference and Awards.

The Dubai International Financial Centre Authority
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s top ten financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The Centre provides a world-class platform connecting the region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas and facilitates growth in South-South trade and investment. An onshore, international financial centre, DIFC offers a stable, mature and secure base for financial institutions to develop their wholesale businesses.

The Centre offers all the elements found in the world’s most successful financial industry ecosystems, including an independent regulator and judicial system with a common-law framework, a global financial exchange, inspiring architecture, powerful, enabling support services and a vibrant business community. The infrastructure within the district features ultra-modern office space, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, residential apartments, public green areas and hotels.

Located midway between the global financial centres of New York, London in the West and Singapore, Hong Kong in the East, DIFC (GMT +4) fills a vital time-zone gap with a work day that bridges the market and business hours of financial centres in both Asia and North America.

In 2015, DIFC launched its 2024 growth strategy, a blueprint for the next decade of growth of the financial hub. This strategy aims to stimulate trade and investment flows along the South-South economic corridor encompassing the Middle East, Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America.

Currently, 1,750 active registered companies operate from the Centre, with a combined workforce of 21,611 professionals. Amongst the companies, are the vast majority of leading financial related companies including 21 of the world’s top banks, 11 of the globe’s top money managers, 7 of the top 10 insurance companies and 9 out of the top 10 legal firms.

DIFC continues to pursue expansion into new services and sectors within the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, an area comprising over 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and nominal GDP of US$7.4 trillion.

For further information, please visit our website: www.difc.ae or follow us on Twitter @DIFC.