DIEDC Reviews Progress of 2019 Initiatives, Plans for 2020

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) held its fourth and last board meeting for 2019, chaired by Sami Al Qamzi, Vice Chairman of DIEDC and Director General of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, on behalf of His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of DIEDC.


Summing up DIEDC’s performance in 2019, His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri noted that the Centre has remained committed to closely overseeing ongoing initiatives and launching new ones, as well as expanding its partner base in line with its mandate to implement the Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy initiative.


He said: “During the past year, DIEDC has recorded exceptional achievements in realising the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the global capital of Islamic economy, and supporting the priorities highlighted in the Fifty-Year Charter, issued earlier this year, such as economic diversification of the emirate.


Notably, the Centre has exceeded the KPIs set for certain initiatives while reaching others ahead of the timeline. By end-2017, the Centre successfully boosted the contribution of the Islamic economy to Dubai’s GDP to 10 per cent, increased the share of halal products in the emirate’s overall trade to 14 per cent, and elevated the UAE among the top three countries in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator.”


He added: “In 2019, DIEDC has made great strides in consolidating Dubai’s status as the global capital of Islamic economy, especially in terms of expanding international partnerships. The Centre signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) to conduct joint capacity-building programmes in various jurisdictions, especially in markets new to Islamic banking and finance, as well as to drive the sustainable development of the industry. The agreement also enables DIEDC to hold a series of meetings with East Asian entities that focus on Islamic economy development.”


Addressing the board, Sami Al Qamzi said: “Following the strategic plan put forward by the board, the Centre will work around the clock in 2020 to achieve favourable results. In the coming year, we will prioritise the objective of measuring the contribution of the Islamic economy to the national GDP, as accurate statistics will allow us to direct our efforts where they are needed the most.”

Turkey, Malaysia, Qatar can pioneer in Islamic Finance

Ready to be taken to the next level, the burgeoning sector of Islamic finance is ready to take root in new regions through Turkey, Malaysia and Qatar, according to a leading figure in Qatari finance.


Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview, the CEO of the Qatar Financial Centre Yousuf Al-Jaida said Malaysia could act as a gateway for Islamic finance into Asia, with Turkey into Europe and Qatar the Middle East and Africa.


He stressed that Malaysia was ready with its legal framework to facilitate the sector, as well as such products as Sukuk — a non-interest-bearing note. Qatar, and Turkey need to step up and do more for the sector, which should be pioneered by Muslim countries.


Underlining that Doha and Ankara needed to step up and do more, he said these three countries could form a large platform to share experience, technology and knowledge in the $2.4-trillion field.


“I think we can create something really superb and magnificent for the industry,” Al-Jaida said, adding that Islamic finance is now growing at an even quicker pace than traditional or conventional finance.


The CEO highlighted several new potential fields for Islamic finance, such as Islamic financial technologies, Islamic reinsurance and Islamic asset management.


“I think we have a very bright and rosy future, but there is a lot of work that needs to be done,” he noted.


With economic problems mounting across the globe, Al-Jaida said Islamic finance could be a role model for the world economy.


Istanbul Finance Center

Touching on Turkey’s Istanbul Finance Center project, expected to be completed in 2022, Al-Jaida expressed optimism in the center’s potential.


“We have been talking to the Malaysians and the Istanbul Financial Center and hopefully very soon we’re going to be signing a very important MoU,” he said.


Strategically located between European and Muslim countries, the Istanbul Finance Center hopes to become a center of the non-bank financial sector.


Al-Jaida urged Turkey to collaborate with Qatar and Malaysia to establish Islamic finance as a successful sector in the country.


Qatar’s investments in Turkey

“Turkey is a massive country. It’s a very important market. It’s very well-opened in terms of foreign direct investment,” asserted Al-Jaida.


He cited Qatar’s investments in Turkey, stressing that Qatar has committed $10 billion as of yet, and that 35% of this has been invested.


Turkey should make legal reforms to attract more foreign direct investment, he said, adding: “But there’s no doubt, the Turkish market is very attractive and very interesting.”


The hydrocarbon-rich Gulf state of Qatar currently invests in Turkey’s banking, real estate and health sectors.


“Investments will follow healthy political relations and our relations with Turkey go back hundreds of years.”

Gulfood 2020

Celebrating its 24th Edition in 2020, Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food, beverage and hospitality exhibition which attracts F&B professionals from all over the world to Dubai – a hub for international trade and commerce.


Since its launch in 1987, the exhibition has grown to promote F&B trade between more than 180 countries annually. In 2019 Gulfood set records with 97,000 visitors attending and over 5000 companies from over 185 different countries exhibiting their products.


UAE imports over 80% of its food product, of which around 50% are re-exported to Gulf Cooperative Council countries, the Indian subcontinent and Eastern Africa. The key to Gulfood is that it attracts buyers not only from the Gulf region but from all over the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).


Exclusive services

  • Guidance and coordination from Export Solutions (‘ES’) staff in Australia pre show
  • Australian themed booths in a great location, with your brand highly visible, and “Australia” locational signage overhead.
  • Furniture package, assistance with additional equipment
  • Experienced on site ES team with high level project management capabilities



  • Over 120,000sqm, including a 3 new Halls and 2 purpose built temporary structures
  • 5,000 exhibiting companies from more than 182 countries
  • 103 Australian Companies, Industry Bodies and Government Agencies exhibited in 2019
  • Over 98,695 visitors attended Gulfood 2019