In order to conduct financial services in or from the DIFC, firms need to obtain a licence from the DFSA. To conduct ancillary services in or from the DIFC, firms need to be registered by the DFSA. As a risk-based regulator, the DFSA conducts initial assessments to ensure firms adhere to the DFSA’s standards of conduct and business.
In order to conduct financial services through the Dubai International Financial Centre, individuals or entities need to seek authorisation from the DFSA. Authorisation is given in the form of a licence which is issued by the DFSA, which specifies the type of financial services that can be conducted.
For more information about the authorisation process, refer to the sections under the specific entities:
Firms wishing to conduct other services should refer to the Becoming Registered section.