The Dubai Financial Services Authority saw a 54 per cent growth in licensing and registration activity in 2022, it said on Tuesday.
The authority also saw a 9 per cent jump in total regulated entities during the period.
DFSA chairman Fadel Al Ali said: “In 2022, we continued to focus on ensuring a robust and resilient financial sector. In line with UAE government initiatives, we have worked to create an enabling environment for the digital economy and have introduced a new regulatory framework for crypto tokens to further facilitate the future of finance in the DIFC.”
“We set high standards in building a clear and flexible regulatory framework, based on the best practices and laws of the world’s leading financial jurisdictions. The results demonstrate the trust that local, regional, and international businesses have in the DFSA.”
The total number of authorised firms grew by 11 per cent from 529 in 2021 to 588 in 2022. The DFSA also observed diversification in the types of firms authorised, with more innovative companies being registered through the DFSA’s money services regime and its Innovation Testing Licence (ITL) Programme.
As part of the DFSA’s efforts to maintain the integrity of the DIFC and safeguard consumers of financial services, the DFSA undertook 10 enforcement actions in 2022 and issued 15 scam alerts.
In addition, through the DFSA’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform (DFSA TIP), 8,153 cyber events were shared in 2022 consisting of more than two million Indicators of Compromise. Intel on these risks were shared with more than 236 members that are connected to the platform.
In early November 2022, as part of the DFSA’s ESG agenda, the Task Force for Sustainable Finance (TFSF) issued its Climate and Environmental Risk Management publication featuring insights from seven TFSF members on how best to address and mitigate the physical and transition risks stemming from climate change, as well as broader environmental risks in the UAE.
“As a forward-looking and proactive regulator, we continue to respond to the rapidly changing financial services landscape by being more innovative, more assertive, and more adaptive. The vision of the leadership of Dubai and the UAE set the tone, by continually evolving and future proofing to respond to the challenges and opportunities of this ever-evolving sector,” Al Ali concluded.