Dubai World Insurance Congress

Bahrain Grand Prix to take place despite protests

How Bahrain got overtaken in the Middle East reinsurance market

Increasingly antiquated rules and a lack of innovation have lost Bahrain its early mover advantage in Middle East re/insurance, according to a report published this week by ratings firm AM Best

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The InsureTech Revolution: a roundtable debate hosted by GR and Charles Taylor InsureTech

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Insurance technology efforts should be about customer-driven outcomes, not just technology-driven solutions. GR and Charles Taylor InsureTech hosted a roundtable debate in Dubai to discuss how insurance firms can do better.

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DWIC Report 2019: Where MENA markets meet

This year’s DWIC event featured a number of themes, including the need for product innovation, the rise of insurtech, pricing competition in health and motor markets, steps towards insurance penetration, progress for Takaful products, Dubai’s continued importance as the Middle East regional re/insurance hub, and reinsurers under continued pressure


DWIC interview: Andy Rogers, co-CEO, Amdaris

David Benyon, editor, Global Reinsurance speaks with Andy Rogers, co-CEO of Amdaris and Adrian Sutherland, CTO, Jumar about how technology is transforming (re)insurance.


Innovation in Middle East markets – a little less conversation, a little more action

Insurers in Middle East markets talk about launching new products, but not enough innovation follows, JLT Re’s Russell Walters told GR

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Takaful faces market awareness challenge: Even some people who work in it don’t know what it does

By David Benyon, Scott McGee

The Takaful and Re/Takaful sector has an image problem and general lack of awareness about what it can do, according to speakers at DWIC 2019


Seize opportunities coming to the UAE soon

Panellists on the final MENA session from day one of DWIC 2019 talked about new product opportunities the region could see soon.


Healthcare tourism could be a strained market's saving grace

The health insurance market is struggling to keep up with demand, but a new trend has emerged, says Axa Global Healthcare’s Laurent Pochat-Cottilloux


African markets waiting for a catalyst

Africa shows great growth potential, but it needs a push from insurers willing to take a chance


Insurance wrappers for government bonds - Willis Re's Vickers on market opportunities

Fiscal pressure on governments could be one of re/insurance’s biggest opportunities, Willis Re International chairman James Vickers told DWIC 19 in Dubai


Weak market leaves reinsurers under pressure

“Soft-hard” pricing after recent renewals leaves reinsurers under pressure, DWIC 2019 heard from a roundtable debate on the state of the market

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DWIC 2019: Day 2 live and free

Catch up with all the news from the Dubai World Insurance Congress 2019

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Reinsurers shifting focus from cat business – Axa XL’s Watson

Disruption to core catastrophe business is leading to a significant change in the global reinsurance market as reinsurers place greater emphasis on margin expansion in other lines of business, David Watson, chief executive international reinsurance at Axa XL told delegates at this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC).


Construction will bounce back - Scor

Hedi Hachicha, Scor’s chief underwriting officer for property and casualty treaty business in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) talks new risks, construction demand, and effective regulation


Signs of life in UAE energy construction market

After three years in relative hibernation, several energy construction projects loom for the UAE

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DWIC 2019: Day 1 live and free to read

Click through here to read the first day of GR’s coverage of the Dubai World Insurance Congress 2019

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Saudi, UAE health market overcrowded, dropouts expected – Fitch Ratings

Fitch says the compulsory health insurance market is overcrowded and predicts the pressures on profitability will force out weaker players

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Health warnings amid profits for UAE insurers

2018 marked a second consecutive year of bumper profits for the UAE’s insurance market, according to an AM Best report

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Demand hugely untapped – Willis Re’s Vickers

The insurance sector has a lot to do if it wants to close the protection gap in Middle East markets, according to James Vickers, chairman of Willis Re International

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Big challenges face Middle East reinsurance market – Chedid Re

Compulsory lines are the only ones growing in the Middle East, causing commoditisation of products

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Aon highlights 8 cyber risk areas

Game-changing business opportunities are created, as well as risks, as companies continue to use technology to speed up information transfer, according to re/insurance broker Aon


Middle Eastern insurers are well capitalised despite the region’s problems – report

Suppressed oil prices and government budget cuts have led to fewer insured risks, but GCC insurers are well capitalised, according to AM Best

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DWIC18 - Aon Benfield’s Andersen predicts ‘hodgepodge’ future for value chain

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Coverage from day one of this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress


DWIC18 ends on optimistic note

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The two-day event, co-hosted by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), saw a global delegate contingent of nearly 600 network and gain insight


DWIC18 - Insurers must cut down AI strategies to less than 12-months to avoid implementation failure

By Newsdesk

Failures created by long-term strategies represent a point of no return, warns DataRobot’s Satadru Sengupta


DWIC18 - NASA on managing space-age risks from the coalface

By Newsdesk

The federal agency’s aerospace engineer Jeevan Perera provides a risk-focused perspective at this year’s DWIC


DWIC18 - B3i company to launch next week, Régis Delayat

By Newsdesk

Speaking at Day Two of DWIC18, Scor’s Delayat announced the change of structure

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Q&A: Scor's Régis Delayat on implementing change

By Samera Owusu Tutu

One of the industry’s biggest advocates for digital changes talks about preparing for the tech revolution

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FinTech Hive – the story so far

By Samera Owusu Tutu

With the first panel of DWIC18 day two focussing on the DIFC’s Fintech Hive, we take a look at what has been achieved

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DWIC18 - New data and processing power make way for “renaissance” in AI

By Newsdesk

A breakdown of the key talking points from the DWIC 2018 AI panel on day one


DWIC18 - New Innovation Lab will help Lloyd's deliver change', Cameron Murray

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Speaking with Global Reinsurance group publisher, Lloyd’s head of Middle East & Africa outlines the launch of a new Lloyd’s innovation lab

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DWIC18 - Insurers must evolve or die, Vincent Vandendael

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The Lloyd’s chief commercial officer told DWIC delegates that the ecosystem business model was the way forward

Launch 2

DWIC18 goes live

By Newsdesk

Expect full event coverage over the next two days

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Q&A: Aon Benfield's Eric Andersen on a joined up approach

By Samera Owusu Tutu

Ahead of his DWIC 2018 ‘Global View’ keynote, the Aon Benfield chief executive speaks to Global Reinsurance about seizing opportunities in the market

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Buzz round: Dubai World Insurance Congress 2018 speaker Arif Amiri

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The DIFC Authority chief executive officer, speaker at this year’s Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC) 2018 event, talks innovation and insurtech in the MENA region

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Q&A: RemitRadar's Emil Griston on the emerging customer

By Samera Owusu Tutu

Griston talks to Global Reinsurance about getting into the psychology of groups of people who avoid using insurance

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DWIC: Leave looking backwards in the past, says Matteo Carbone

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Leading voice within innovation Matteo Carbone speaks to delegates at DWIC

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DWIC: Insights - Andrew Brown-Allan, marketing director Trak Global

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When disruptors use their tools to provide solutions


DWIC: Humans make UrbanStat’s automation model work smoother

By Newsdesk

Tech provider says intuition still valuable in underwriting process

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DWIC: Understanding exposures crucial to tackling technology change

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Projects such as Hyperloop creating new challenges for insurers, delegates told

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DWIC: Insights - Salmaan Jaffery, chief business development officer DIFC

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Jaffery speaks to Global Reinsurance about innovation in the Middle East

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DWIC: DIFC chief sees risk management as key to reaching $62bn growth trajectory

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DIFC Authority chief executive Arif Amiri cites a positive future for the Middle East

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DWIC: blockchain should not be heavily regulated - Peter Hacker

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Speaking at the inaugural DWIC event, the cyber thought leader shared his opinion on the new technology

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DWIC: Plenty to be optimistic about in MENA region - Giles Ward

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Chubb’s regional president shares report card on industry in DWIC regional keynote

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DWIC: Insurance sector is “sleepwalking” into new world – Lloyd’s Inga Beale​, DBE

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Rise of new economies and technology are key factors shaping the insurance industry

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Dennis Mahoney: (re)insurance revitalised

By Samera Owusu Tutu

The RFIB chief executive speaks to Global Reinsurance about his confidence in the industry and its ability to embrace innovation in 2017 and beyond