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Apr 2021

Market Profile


Drawing a new regulatory roadmap

The long-anticipated merger of the UAE’s insurance regulator with its central bank finally came to pass at the end of January – delivering a single cohesive level of financial oversight that hints at the growing monetary sophistication of the nation.

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A modern international regulator

Part of the genius of modern Dubai was the decision to launch the DIFC and so create a new financial services hub for the region. Regulating the insurance sector activity of entities based in the centre falls to the DFSA. We spoke to its chief executive Bryan Stirewalt about regulatory developments for the industry.

Market shows resilience

The UAE insurance market continued to achieve an overall increase in profitability and premium growth in 2020 despite the pressures from lower oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Robust performance of life and health

COVID-19 has impacted the performance of medical books in the UAE positively while increased capacity and possible large rate reductions for life insurance mean that the year ahead is going to be an interesting one. We spoke to ADNIC’s Mr Charalampos Mylonas to see how the market looks on the ground.

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A focus on quality

A company's financial solidity, its solvency, its focus on delighting customers and the quality of reinsurers it partners with are all critical factors influencing the client in choosing their preferred insurer, says Oman Insurance Company CEO Jean-Louis Laurent Josi.

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Charting a sustainable path forward

Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE takaful market will have to respond and adapt effectively to changes in demand, competition, regulations and technology in order to thrive in an increasingly complex operating environment.

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A new phase in the cycle

The pandemic has contributed to the hardening of the reinsurance market in the region. The upswing in the market cycle is a healthy development for providers – both direct and reinsurers – yet it changes the rules of the game at a time of economic stress.

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Pursuing the gold standard in employee benefits

With a mission to make world-class employee experiences accessible to every SME, Bayzat CEO Talal Bayaa says the company will continue to invest in its two-step value proposition by helping HR teams save time on administrative tasks across the employee benefits space, while giving employees a better experience.

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