Dubai International Financial Centre
|Industry||Banking, Financial Services|
|Founded||2002, operations started 2004|
|Headquarters||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
H.E. Abdullah Mohammed SalehSheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is an on-shore financial hub which aims to provide a platform for business and financial institutions to reach into and out of the emerging markets of the region. It was established to create an environment for growth, progress and economic development in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region by providing the needed legal and business as well as physical infrastructure benchmarked against international standards.
The DIFC is an independent jurisdiction under the UAE Constitution, and has its own independent civil and commercial laws, which are written in English and which default to English law. It also has its own courts, with judges taken from leading common law jurisdictions including England, Singapore and Hong Kong. The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre is an independent centre of international arbitration that uses rules modeled on the London Centre of International Arbitration.
Role as an international financial centre
License applications are considered from financial institutions in the sectors. Each of these units offer benefits such as zero tax rate on income and profits, 100 percent foreign ownership, no restrictions on foreign exchange or capital/profit repatriation, operational support and business continuity facilities.
One of the key elements of the centre is a privately held financial exchange that opened in September 2005 as Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) but was rebranded to NASDAQ Dubai in the year 2008.
Companies listed on NASDAQ Dubai include ordinary shares listed by DP World along with DEPA. DP World's initial public offering was the largest ever in the Middle East and raised $4.96 billion; it was 15 times oversubscribed, and is one of the most valued companies in the Middle East Region.
NASDAQ Dubai is regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority.
The Dubai International Financial Center complex has one hotel, the Ritz Carlton DIFC. The hotel was announced and construction was started in 2006. Paris-based construction firm Bouygues built the hotel for developers Union Properties. The hotel was scheduled to open 2008, but began operations in January 2011.
The 5 star property is located adjacent to the Gate Precinct within the Gate Boulevard district near the Gate Building. It is 14 stories tall and consists of 341 rooms plus 124 serviced apartments, 3 restaurants 2 lounges and a 1400 square meter ballroom. The hotel covers an area of 2000 square meters.
The developers of the hotel, Union Properties, sold it in November 2010 for AED 1.1 Billion in order to reduce debt.
The hotel has a 4.5/5 rating on Tripadvisor.
The galleries showcase works by Middle Eastern and international artists, and frequently host events to present new works from different artists. Some of the above galleries also act as auction houses.
Restaurants and cafés
There is a variety of 42 cafes and restaurants located in this area featuring local and international chains; the selection of eateries includes everything from fast food outlets to dining options. A wide variety of cuisines can be found here:
Within the DIFC complex are located a variety of retail shops and convenience stores along with business services outlets:
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