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Apr 2019

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Consolidation is inevitable

MARKET PROFILE - Dubai

The profitability of the sector is holding up for the third year in a row. However, with the ongoing market competition and fragmentation, M&A is necessary for the sector to grow and sustain a healthy performance.
 


Mercury rising: Insuring a highly volatile future

COVER STORY - Climate Risk

The insurance sector is being called to the front line to assess the most sustainable way forward to keep assets insurable and balance sheets healthy in the face of climate change.

Listed Insurers' Performance - Taking stock of the GCC listed insurers

FEATURE

While the listed insurers on the seven stock exchanges across the GCC delivered a mixed bag of results for 2018, Qatar Insurance Company remains the crème de la crème in terms of profits and premiums amid a tough environment.


All Stories

  • Magazine article aboutEditor-s-Message

    Editor's Message

    It’s April – the month that you see all the pieces fitting into a nice, clear picture for the year. But this time the buzzword seems to be on global warming where everything seems to be out of season. So will the pieces of April fit?

Cover Story

Climate Risk

  • Magazine article aboutMercury-rising-Insuring-a-highly-volatile-future

    Mercury rising: Insuring a highly volatile future

    The insurance sector is being called to the front line to assess the most sustainable way forward to keep assets insurable and balance sheets healthy in the face of climate change.

  • Parametric insurance offers respite in Africa

    A parametric drought and livestock insurance programme in Kenya that leverages data from satellites have helped farmers cope with the impact of extreme weather conditions. While still in its infancy, the model could be replicated across the world to...

  • The importance of ESG in a changing climate

    Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are coming under increasing scrutiny as investors develop more sophisticated sustainable investment policies. They are increasingly recognising that ESG factors can affect a company’s ability...

Insights

Healthcare

News

MENA

People on the move

Diary

Takaful Feature

  • Magazine article aboutThe-potential-of-blockchain-in-takaful

    The potential of blockchain in takaful

    Blockchain technology – with its ability to provide complete accountability, transparency and security – can help insurers overcome today’s challenges. Takaful operators too should be willing to innovate and adopt this technology...

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  • UAE takaful operators catching up with conventional peers

    Despite operating in a highly competitive market, the takaful segment in the UAE registered higher growth than its conventional peers in 2018 though its market share remains comparatively small, say Ms Emily Thompson and Mr Salman Siddiqui of A.M....

Feature

Bancassurance

  • Customer-first tech strategy the way to go

    While technology alignment is critical for a better collaboration between banks and insurers, working with like-minded partners who put the customer first is just as important, says Mr Bharath Venepally of RSA.

  • Regulatory trends in the GCC

    Bancassurance in the GCC has an enormous potential for growth as long as regulators strike a balance between protecting the consumer and not hindering insurers and banks from seeking wider distribution of their products and sourcing new avenues of...

Market Profile

Dubai

  • Magazine article aboutConsolidation-is-inevitable

    Consolidation is inevitable

    The profitability of the sector is holding up for the third year in a row. However, with the ongoing market competition and fragmentation, M&A is necessary for the sector to grow and sustain a healthy performance.

Events

Interview

  • Magazine article aboutEmerging-markets-offer-glimmer-of-hope-for-global-economy

    Emerging markets offer glimmer of hope for global economy

    The global economy is less resilient now compared to 10 years ago. However, emerging Asia is a bright spot and potential remains for the MENA region, especially with some countries forging ambitious national visions and benefiting from technology as...

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  • Accelerating growth

    Backed by its strong brand and the region’s encouraging demographics, Cigna is confident of growing significantly and making a difference in the MENA markets, says its Middle East CEO Jerome Droesch.

  • Building on a strong base

    ACE Reinsurance Brokers (ACE Re) aims to expand the group’s reinsurance reach worldwide and explore new growth opportunities from its newly established base at the DIFC, says its SEO Yolla El-Khoury, who is also the executive group vice...

Conference Report

  • Magazine article aboutFAIR-Picking-up-the-pace

    FAIR: Picking up the pace

    Speakers at the 2nd FAIR Marketing Conference stressed the importance of harnessing digital marketing for insurers to reach new social segments.

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  • DWIC 2019: Finding better solutions

    In its third edition, the Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC) 2019 was an opportunity for industry participants to glean updates on global reinsurance trends and the sector’s status in the MENA market, and discuss issues plaguing the region.

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