Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre Industry Banking, Financial Services Founded 2002, operations started 2004 Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates Key people
H.E. Abdullah Mohammed SalehSheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a near-shore financial hub for the or Middle East and North Africa (MENA) containing a capital market designated as a financial free zone in Dubai. The centre was designed by Eric Kuhne. It was established to create an environment for growth, progress and economic development in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region by providing the needed legal and business as well as physical infrastructure benchmarked against international standards.
The DIFC is an independent jurisdiction under the UAE Constitution, and has its own independent civil and commercial laws, which are written in English and which default to English law. It also has its own courts, with judges taken from the common law world including England, Singapore and Hong Kong. The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre is an independent centre of international arbitration that uses rules modeled on the London Centre of International Arbitration.
Role as an International Financial Centre
License applications are considered from financial institutions in the sectors. Each of these units offer benefits such as zero tax rate on income and profits, 100 percent foreign ownership, no restrictions on foreign exchange or capital/profit repatriation, operational support and business continuity facilities.
One of the key subsidiaries of the centre is NASDAQ Dubai (Formerly Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX)).
It is a privately held financial exchange that opened in September 2005 as Dubai International Financial Exchange(DIFX) but it was rebranded as NASDAQ Dubai in the year 2008.
The trading hours of NASDAQ Dubai are from 10:00am to 2:00 pm (06:00 am to 10:00 am GMT) from Sunday to Thursday.
Products listed on the DIFX include ordinary shares listed by DP World along with other Damas and DEPA. DP World is the largest IPOs in the Middle East and raised $ 4.96 billion. It was 15x oversubscribed and is one of the most valued companies in the Middle East Region.
NASDAQ Dubai is regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority 
Center of Excellence
The DIFC Center of Excellence was setup in 2009, it is a resource center that possesses basic infrastructure required by educational institutes to function. The center comprises 21 seminar rooms, 3 lecture rooms, 2 lecture theaters, a computer lab and library..
The list of Educational Institutes which operate from these facilities is as follows:
S.No. Name Location Established Courses Offered 1 Cass Business School Gate Village 2 2007 Executive MBA 2 Duke Fuqua School of Business Gate Village 2 2009 MBA, Executive MBA, Advanced Management Program and the Global Leadership Program  3 International Compliance Association Gate Village 2 2008 Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance and Financial Crime Prevention Training 4 London Business School Gate Village 2 2007 Executive MBA 5 Phoenix Financial Trading Gate Village 2 2006 Specialist Financial Training
In addition to the above listed organizations, The Center is also partnered with the following:
- International Bar Association
- Thomsun Reuters
- Dubai Private Equity Network
- Amanie Islamic Finance Consultancy and Education
- Dubai Private Equity Network
- The Schulich School of Business
- School of Oriental and African Studies
The Dubai International Financial Center complex has 1 hotel, the Ritz Carlton DIFC. The hotel was announced and construction was started in the year 2006, It was designed by architects Gensler. Paris based construction firm Bouygues built the hotel for developers Union Properties. The hotel was scheduled to open in the year 2008, however the hotel began operations in January 2011.
The 5 star property is located adjacent to the Gate Precinct within the Gate Boulevard district near the Gate Building.It is 14 stories tall and consists of 341 rooms plus 124 serviced apartments, 3 fine dining restaurants 2 lounges and a 1400 square meter ballroom. The hotel covers an area of 2000 square meters.
The developers of the hotel, Union Properties, sold it in November 2010 for AED 1.1 Billion in order to reduce debt.
The hotel has a 4.5/5 rating on Tripadvisor
S.No Gallery Location 1 Art Dubai Gate Village 01 2 ARTSPACE Gate Village 03 3 Ayyam Gallery Gate Village 03 4 Christies Gate Village 05 5 Cuadro Fine Art Gallery Gate Village 10 6 Opera Gallery Gate Village 03 7 The Empty Quarter Gate Village 02 8 The Farjam Collection Gate Village 04 9 XVA Gallery Gate Village 07
The Galleries showcase art from Middle Eastern & International artists, the galleries frequently host events to present new works from different artists. Some of the above Galleries also act as Auction Houses for the sale of Art.
Restaurants & Cafes
There is a variety of 42 cafes and restaurants located in this area featuring local and international chains, the selection of eateries includes everything from fast food outlets to fine dining options. A wide variety of cuisines can be found here.
The list of outlets along with their cuisine and exact location in the area is as follows:
S.No. Outlet Location Cuisine 1 Al Mandaloun The Balcony 03 Lebanese 2 Au Bon Pain The Balcony 02 Cafe 3 Auntie Anne's Marble Walk Cafe 4 Blue Rain Ritz Carlton Thai 5 Cafe Bateel The Balcony 02 Cafe 6 Cafe Florian Gate Village 06 Cafe 7 Cafe Nero The Balcony 02 Cafe 8 Can Can Brasserie Ritz Carlton French 9 Can Can Cafe Rtiz Carlton Cafe 10 Caramel Lounge The Balcony 03 International 11 Caribou Coffee Marble Walk Cafe 12 Center Cut Steak House Ritz Carlton Australian 13 Costa Coffee The Balcony 02 Cafe 14 Debauve & Gallais Marble Walk Chocolatier 15 Dome Cafe The Balcony 05 Cafe 16 Freshii Marble Walk International 17 Gazebo Marble Walk Indian 18 Gloria Jeans Marble Walk Cafe 19 Gourmet Burger Kitchen Marble Walk American 20 Joga Juice The Balcony 03 Juice Bar 21 Kitsch Cupcakes Marble Walk Cupcakes 22 La Petite Maison Gate Village 08 French 23 Lobby Lounge & Terrace Ritz Carlton Cafe 24 Mado Marble Walk Cafe 25 MORE The Balcony 04 Cafe 26 No. 5 Lounge & Bar Ritz Carlton Bar 27 Pinkberry Marble Walk Yogurt 28 Potbelly Marble Walk Sandwiches 29 Robertos Ristorante Gate Village 01 Italian 30 Royal China The Balcony 04 Chinese 31 Sana Bonta Marble Walk Italian 32 Starbucks The Balcony 05 Cafe 33 Subway Marble Walk Sandwiches 34 The Gramercy The Balcony 03 Bar 35 The Lunch Box Marble Walk Cafe 36 The Noodle House Marble Walk Asian 37 u fuel Gate Village 05 38 Xqueezit Precinct Building 2 Juice Bar 39 Yo Sushi The Balcony 03 Japanese 40 Zuma Gate Village 06 Japanese 41 1762 Appetite The Balcony 05 Cafe 42 Scuzi? Marble Walk Italian
Within the DIFC complex are located a variety of retail shops and convenience stores along with Business Services outlets. The list of the stores located within this area is as follows: 
S.No Outlet Location Type 1 Andrew Martin Gate Village 7 Furniture 2 Aliel Gate Village 01 Jeweler 3 Ascots & Chapels Marble Walk Tailor 4 AVIS Marble Walk Car Rental 5 Axiom Telecom Marble Walk Telecom 6 Beautech Gate Village 08 Beauty Salon 7 Bespoke Marble Walk Tailor 8 Boots The Balcony 05 Pharmacy 9 Borders The Balcony 05 Books 10 Business Solutions LLC Marble Walk Stationary 11 Champion Cleaners The Balcony 02 Laundry 12 DESCO Printers The Balcony 04 Printing 13 Emirates Post Marble Walk Postal 14 Etisalat The Balcony 05 Telecom 15 FedEx Express Marble Walk Postal 16 Fitness First Marble Walk Fitness 17 Flower Boutique Marble Walk Flowers 18 CONTEMPO Gate Village 05 Flowers 19 Hummingbird Early Leaning Center The Balcony 05 Children 20 Lunettes House of Quality Optics The Balcony 05 Optical 21 M.A.H Centre Marble Walk Beauty Salon 22 Marina Center Pharmacy Marble Walk Pharmacy 23 Momentum Marble Walk 24 New Center Marble Walk 25 N Style The Balcony 02 Beauty Salon 26 Ordning & Reda The Balcony 02 Design 27 Proof Woody FZ LLC Marble Walk Cafe/News Kiosk 28 Rivoli Marble Walk Luxury Goods 29 Sharaftravel Marble Walk Travel Agent 30 Spectrum Digital Print Solutions Marble Walk Priting 31 The Clinic Gate Village 07 Healthcare 32 The Health Club Ritz Carlton 33 Ritz Carlton Spa Ritz Carlton Spa 34 The Rug Company Gate Village 02 Carpets 35 The Shoe Shine Co Marble Walk Shoes 36 Toni & Guy Marble Walk Salon 37 u energy Gate Village 04 Fitness 38 Urban Male Lounge The Balcony 02 Spa 39 Visual Optics Marble Walk Optics
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- ^ The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is open for business | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
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- ^ NASDAQ Dubai
- ^ DIFC Centre of Excellence unveils fully equipped Resource Centre | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
- ^ Centre of Excellence
- ^ Education | Dubai International Financial Centre
- ^ a b Cass Business School launches world's first Executive MBA offering a specialism in Islamic Finance in association with DIFC | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
- ^ a b Duke University sets up Dubai Campus at DIFC | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
- ^ a b International Compliance Association sets up office in DIFC | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
- ^ a b London Business School launches Dubai Centre at the DIFC | DIFC | AMEinfo.com
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- ^ Centre of Excellence
- ^ Ritz-Carlton launches first hotel at Dubai International Financial Centre | Travel and Tourism | AMEinfo.com
- ^ a b c Bouygues hits Dubai with Ritz-Carlton job - ArabianBusiness.com
- ^ a b c Union Properties finalizes sale of Ritz Carlton Hotel at DIFC | Union Properties (UP) | AMEinfo.com
- ^ Ritz-Carlton heads for DIFC - Travel & Hospitality - ArabianBusiness.com
- ^ New Ritz-Carlton to Open January 2011 at Dubai International Financial Centre
- ^ a b The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, International Financial Centre (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor
- ^ World Trade Centre Hotel in Dubai: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Intl. Financial Centre
- ^ DIFC Galleries Night | Dubai International Financial Centre
- ^ Art & Culture | Dubai International Financial Centre
- ^ Cafés & Restaurants | Dubai International Financial Centre
- ^ Dubai Restaurants, Online menu Guide, Dubai Cuisines, Dubai Menu Guide – MenuPages.ae
- ^ Retail & Convenience | Dubai International Financial Centre
- Official Website
- Official Press Page
- DIFC Center of Excellence
- Sangani & Co - Registered auditors in DIFC
- NASDAQ Dubai
- DFSA - Dubai Financial Services Authority
- London Business School
- Cass Business School
- The Queens School of Business
- Chartered Institute for Investments and Securities
- School of Oriental and African Studies
- Duke Faqua School of Business
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