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Wealth and Asset Management

Join the number one financial centre to access more wealth with a network of more than 340 hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, private banking and asset management firms at DIFC.


About DIFC

Number one financial centre in the MEASA region

When you join the number one global financial centre in the region, you can access the highest concentration of wealth in any Middle Eastern city. Nearly 72,000 millionaires live in Dubai. USD 3trn of private wealth is within an hour’s flight and USD 8trn is available across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. With a 20-year track record, we are the most experienced financial centre in the region

The Centre offers an ideal base for many types of wealth and asset management companies. Asset management companies can develop, distribute, manage, and domicile all types of public, private, Sharia-compliant, and qualified funds.

DIFC offers a range of market entry options and regulated licences for wealth and asset management companies. A representative office allows marketing services, information provision, promotions, and referrals. A category four licence allows asset raising and full client relationship management, whereas a category three licence will allow full portfolio management.

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Global Asset Managers

Govt Banks and Private Banks

Independent Asset Managers

Professional Services Firms

Access the MEASA's largest and deepest wealth & asset management cluster 

Unlock Wealth and Asset Management Opportunities
Benefit from a future-focused platform.


No. 1 regime for domiciled funds


No. 1 global financial centre


No. 1 green financial centre 


No. 1 city in the region for sustainable finance and responsible investing

  • Industry collaboration through Dubai sustainable finance working group, a DIFC chaired initiative.

  • Progressive regimes for digital assets - investments and crypto tokens.

Why set up in DIFC for Wealth and Asset Management?

Access to the largest financial services talent pool


•    Dubai’s lifestyle and cosmopolitan nature have made it the destination of choice for skilled professionals aiming to pursue their career aspirations in a modern and safe environment.
•    Total workforce in DIFC today, 42,000 individuals representing over 150 nationalities.

Robust legal and regulatory framework at par with global standards

•    Independent English-language common law judiciary administered by the DIFC courts.
•    Independent risk-based regulatory bodies (DFSA).

•    Leading data protection (GDPR-compliant) and IP laws.

Tax-efficient operating environment

•    Globally competitive and attractive tax regime,

Strategic location and access to regional and global markets
•    Bridging the time-zone gap between the leading financial centres of the East and West.
•    Strategic location, making markets of 2.5bn people accessible.
•    Dubai provides access to 193 destinations across 92 countries.

Flexible legal structures
•    100% Foreign ownership with a range of options for structuring legal entities.
•    Zero restriction on capital repatriation.
•    No currency restrictions.

World-class infrastructure

•    Located in the heart of Dubai with state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities.

DIFC – The Global Hub to Unlock Wealth & Asset Management Opportunities 

Wealth Management

Private Equity 

Asset Management

Hedge Funds

Fund Management

Venture Capital Firms

Set up in three simple steps

1. Submit LOI

First step is to provide DIFC with letter of intent (LOI).

2. Approval

Submit Regulatory Business Plan (RBP) and application documents to DFSA, and obtain in-principle approval.

3. Set up

Complete the registration and incorporation process with ROC (including office setup, visas, bank accounts, etc.).
Once all conditions are fulfilled, DFSA grants a license, and the entity may start the operations.

Please complete the fields below and we will be in touch to help you set up and get started in DIFC

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