Dear valued reader,

If the response to our first edition is anything to go by, then there is clearly a hunger for information about the Middle East’s insurance markets from inside and outside the region.

People have been in touch to tell us their opinions about ongoing trends, while others have asked for articles with a particular focus. I must thank everyone who has contributed, especially some of the leading delegates at the MultaQa insurance conference in Qatar. The result is a publication with a balance of concise views and insights into the future.

One of the conversations I had in Qatar was about the mistakes people make regarding the Middle East insurance markets. I thought it was a very important subject and it gave me the idea for the easy-reading ‘Five Myths’ feature on p16. To be honest, I was guilty of believing at least one of these myths. If you are aware of any more, be sure to let us know!