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UAE banking sector assets to record up to 10pc growth in 2022: UBF Chairman



UAE Banks Federation (UBF) Chairman AbdulAziz Al Ghurair has projected that the UAE’s banking sector assets will surge in the range of 8 to 10 percent next year.

He said the banking sector will benefit from the economic revival as the country’s economy will also increase about 5 per cent in 2022.

AbdulAziz Al Ghurair said that the UAE’s economy will reap benefits from Expo 2020 for about nine years with more international investors attracting to the country.

He highlighted that banks are already seeing improvements in key performance matrixes such as asset quality, capitalisation, loans and deposit growth, profitability, loans to deposit ratio, costs, and liquidity.

Al Ghurair predicts that the non-performing loans ratio of the UAE’s banking sector will moderate from the current 8 per cent to 2 per cent in 2022.

Even before the third quarter 2021 results, figures show that the UAE banks are entering a period of healthy growth in assets and profits.

The UBF chairman said that the coronavirus pandemic has already expedited digitalisation, especially in the banking sector as most of the customers have been forced to try digital solutions of their banking problems. It is indeed a good development for banks, customers and all other stakeholders in the economy, he added.

Al Ghurair said that increased digitalisation is helping the banks reduce the number of branches and overall costs while offering a better customer experience.

Meanwhile, the latest data from the Central bank showed the digitalisation has resulted in a decline in the number of bank branches from 534 at the end of first quarter this year to 522 at the end of second quarter. Likewise, the number of bank employees fell by 414 to 32,623 at the end of June 2021.

Al Ghurair said the central bank’s support was timely and substantial but the banking sector in the country is ready for the phasing out of the support under the Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS) of the Central Bank of UAE.

As the Central Bank is set for a gradual withdrawal of its direct liquidity support, Al Ghurair said the banking sector no longer needs funding. He said that some 95 per cent of the banks have already surrendered their TESS quotas. He expected a decline in loan impairments over the next few quarters.

UBF Chairman Al Ghurair said the UAE’s healthy banking system is supportive of the economic growth momentum, while banks are also gaining benefit from the underlying strength of the operating environment. He said the post-COVID-19 recovery in the economy is going to benefit all sectors that were negatively impacted during the pandemic.


Dubai’s Economy Surges: GDP Hits Dh115 Billion in Q1 2024 with 3.2% Growth



Dubai’s economy has grown 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year — with the emirate’s gross domestic product (GDP) reaching Dh115 billion.

“Dubai’s ambition is limitless, and its success story will remain a role model for cities wishing to create a promising future for their coming generations,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the UAE, and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

The goal, he said, is to “sustain success and establish a culture of excellence and leadership” across all sectors in the emirate. The economic growth in the first quarter of the year mirrors the success story of 2023, when the GDP reached approximately Dh429 billion, marking an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to the 2022 figure of approximately Dh415 billion.

Numbers show that Dubai is booming across sectors — from transportation and storage to food services and real estate.

Here’s how each sector has grown in the first quarter of the year:

  • -Transportation and storage sector: 5.6%, amounting to Dh15.4 billion
  • -Financial and insurance activities sector: 5.6%, amounting to Dh15.1 billion
  • -Wholesale and retail trade sector: 3%, amounting to Dh26.3 billion (the top GDP contributor at 22.9%)
  • -Information and communications sector: 3.9%, amounting to Dh5.1 billion
  • -Accommodation and food services activities sector: 3.8%, amounting to Dh4.7 billion
  • -Real estate sector: 3.7%, amounting to Dh8.4 billion
  • -Utilities and waste management: 7.5%. amounting to Dh3.2 billion
  • -Manufacturing sector: 1.6%, Dh8.4 billion
  • -Other activities: 0.46% (These include agriculture, mining, construction, professional services and administrative services, among others.)

Sheikh Hamdan said the emirate’s successes highlight the combined efforts and teamwork of various stakeholders to realise the objectives of the emirate’s comprehensive development plans for 2033, especially the Dubai economic Agenda (D33) and Dubai Social Agenda 2033.

“Dubai is progressing in accordance with a clear vision whose foundations were laid down and whose goals were defined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” the Crown Prince said.

“What we witness today is a practical reflection of this vision, which has placed Dubai among the leading economic and commercial centres of the world.”

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Indian wellness practioner Piush Jain eyes global expansion, announces plans for Dubai



Award-winning Indian wellness practioner Dr Piush Jain, renowned for his groundbreaking age reversal therapy using Ayurvedic medicines and herbs, is now eyeing global expansion with Dubai as his first international hub.

Dr Jain, who runs the famous Dr PK Jain Clinics with a legacy of close to hundred years in the Indian city of Lucknow, has helped many reverse aging process, naturally, through a 5000-year-old age reversal Ayurvedic therapy. And now, the leading Ayurveda exponent is ready to spearhead age reversal therapy by taking his line of work to the wider world.

“My line of treatment is a revolutionary step forward in the field of age management and hormonal health and it is something I now want more people from around the world to have greater access to. So there’s no place better than Dubai to start my global operations from.  And our plans are to be in business within this quarter pending all necessary approvals from relevant authorities,” Dr Jain said this week during his trip to Dubai where he is meeting officials from various health authorities ahead of his grand launch. “Dubai is home to close to 200 nationalities. So setting up a business means unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation, thanks to its strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and business-friendly environment and also a gateway to the wider world”

Dr. Jain – a fourth-generation practitioner from a family of holistic wellness therapists who have been tapping the power of traditional Ayurvedic practices for over a 100 years in India – stresses particularly on the use of Amalki Rasayana herbs, that he says, have a positive impact on the pituitary-gonadal axis – a key controller of aging and vitality.

“What sets us apart is our work on the pituitary gland. Often referred to as the ‘master gland,’ it plays a pivotal role in regulating the body’s hormonal balance and, consequently, the ageing process. My groundbreaking treatment taps the power of traditional Ayurvedic medical practices like the age old Amal Ki Rasayan and other herbs to harness the natural functions of the pituitary gland to manage age-related hormonal changes. By stimulating the gland in a way that mimics the body’s own processes, this innovative approach effectively slows down the ageing process without introducing any side effects,” explains Dr Jain who has been lauded with lifetime achievement awards both internationally and in his native India.

Recent studies underline the potential of Ayurvedic treatments to enhance longevity and quality of life. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), the Swiss-based publisher of open-access scientific journals and the largest of its kind, emphasises how natural compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, critical factors behind aging process. A comprehensive study on the effects of Vajikaran Rasayana herbs substantiates their significant influence on hormonal balance and vitality. “The results are stunning – one’s hair start growing again, one’s skin starts glowing just as your other organs including brain, kidney and liver start functioning at an optimum level again thereby making one reverse a lot of usual age-related conditions like diabetes, hypertension, eventually making the patient feel better emotionally, physically and even sexually as part of a holistic wellness therapy,” he says.

Based in Lucknow but now with a firm eye on global expansions starting with Dubai, Dr. Jain’s clinic has scripted many success stories. His patients have reported feeling more energetic, mentally clearer, and looking younger. Not just in India, his work is also gaining attention and popularity across the globe as more and more people look for alternative anti-aging treatments.

For more information about Dr. Piush Jain and his Ayurvedic age reversal therapy, please visit or contact: India – +919415027773 /+917007467416

UAE – +971545935289

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UAE ranks second most hardworking country in the world



The UAE is the world’s second hardest working country, according to a report by communications agency duke+mir. Residents in the Emirates work an average 50.9 hours per week, but they also have fun, with 97% going out for entertainment every month. The study, which included a poll of more than 1,000 residents, also found that seven in 10 people in the UAE dine out every single week.

The duke+mir study included a commissioned survey of UAE residents and global statistics from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO data showed that the UAE was only behind Bhutan for average hours worked per week. Lesotho, Congo and Qatar completed the top five.

Mir Murtaza Khurshid, Partner at duke+mir discussed the report’s findings, “This study highlights that the UAE is proudly one of the most hard-working countries in the world. Emirati nationals and expatriate workers are contributing to the UAE’s rapid growth and success, but also finding time to have fun and enjoy themselves. With some of the world’s most exciting entertainment options, it’s clear that the UAE is the global capital of ‘work-hard, play-hard’ culture.”

In line with the UAE’s vision for a healthy nation, the research also found encouraging participation in sports, with two-thirds (66%) of people playing sport every week, with that figure rising to 75% among young adults (18-24 years old).

In addition, the poll found that every week 37% of UAE residents go out to watch live sports, 24% go to the cinema and 23% go to a live performance (such as a concert, gig or theatre event).

The report also covers at-home activities. Every week, more than eight in 10 people (83%) watch movies and nearly seven in 10 (68%) tune in to live sports from the comfort of their home. The data also uncovered that much of that viewing comes from subscriptions – 81% of UAE residents have one or more paid subscriptions. However, nearly a third of people in the UAE have subscriptions that they rarely use and would like to cancel, potentially equating to millions of dirhams in dormant accounts.

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