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9th Annual
World Islamic Retail Banking Conference
21. March - 22. March 2018, Dubai

Region’s only Islamic retail banking conference

Country case studies: Nigeria, Tanzania & Malaysia

Regulatory view: Smart contracts

Special address: VAT & Islamic Finance


UAE Smart Government initiative and UAE vision 2021

Introduction of VAT: understanding tax parity between conventional & Islamic finance transactions

Guru Retail Banking Panel: How to be accessible and seamless across all platforms?

Annual open Fatwa session: Shariah guidelines for collaborative and competitive fintech companies


  • Annual open Fatwa session

  • Regulatory Panel

  • Guru Retail Banking panel

  • CEO Panel

  • Guru IT Panel


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Thomas Hirschi

Executive Director at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

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Omar Farouk

IT Governance & Security at Ministry of Finance

16+ years of impressive track record in leveraging governance controls to align IT capabilities with business priorities as well as maximizing business value of IT Investments. Leading all phases of P

Learn more about Omar >

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Aladdin Al Deesi

Chief Executive Officer at Mashreq Al Islami

Aladdin is the CEO of Mashreq Al Islami, the Islamic Financial Services arm of Mashreq, and the Head of Distribution for Mashreq Bank. Prior to joining Mashreq, Aladdin worked in various senior lea

Learn more about Aladdin >

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Irfan Siddiqui

President and CEO at Meezan Bank

Who you will meet


  • CEO, CFO
  • Branch Heads
  • Head of  Training & HR
  • Head of  E-Banking
  • Shariah Committee Head
  • Head of  Distribution Channels
  • Head of Risk


  • Finance
  • BFSI
  • Law Firms
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Financial Institutes

Learn the full detail about the event program in the downloadable agenda.


  • “Very well organized with interesting topics and presentations”

    Martin Popiz

    Adastra Business Consulting

  • “Its great learning and education style, attractive and productive.“

    Ahmed Saeed Rashid Al Reyami

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi

  • ”This conference is very useful and very informative.”

    Dr. Abdullah Shiham Hassan

    Bank Of Maldives PLC

  • “The topics chosen for presentation were extremely relevant and informative. The chairman was especially good at linking the topics and in driving the discussions.”

    Sam Guest

    Eiger Trading Advisors

  • “The impressively attended event with great punctuality of timing, and nicely structured sessions. The choice of topics was highly relevant to current industry trends and the speaker line-up was impressive.”

    Sohail Zubairi

    Dar Al Sharia Legal & Financial Consultancy LLC

  • “The WIRBC was very well organized with excellent attention to detail. We were impressed with the number of highly quality leads and interest in our line of Islamic software solutions. The event organizers were also very helpful, extremely friendly and made our participation very worthwhile."

    Rosie Kmeid

    Path Solutions

  • “I welcome this conference & it is encouraging to see a conference focused on retail issues, an important and fundamental building block for the future of islamic finance“

    Omar Shaikh

    Islamic Finance Council UK

Facts from the last year


of attendees stated that the conference is important to their business.


of attendees stated that the conference brought them valuable knowledge and market insights.


of attendees stated that the conference is a key event in the region.






Hour Programme


Participating Countries

Sponsors & Partners

Associate Sponsor

Professional Excellence Partner

Professional Excellence Partner

Knowledge Partner

Join us in Dubai

Dubai is the most populous city in the UAE and is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. Known for its iconic skyline and skyscrapers, Dubai has become a global business hub for the world.

Dubai's western-style model of business is the major driver of its economy which is also one most diverse economies in the Middle East.

Dubai has emerged as a hot favourite for the district cooling industry, owing to the numerous mega project going on in the city.