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Date: 22nd November 2017 Venue: Riyadh Marriott Hotel

Saudi Arabia is one of the most active and influential markets in the Islamic finance space today and certainly the biggest in the Gulf. With landmark steps including the opening of Tadawul to foreign investors, the potential for access to the Saudi debt market and booming asset classes including IPOs, real estate and project finance, a growing number of issuers are coming to market and the overall investment scene is growing dramatically.

Our exclusive access to the movers and shakers who matter make IFN Saudi Arabia Forum the essential event for anyone with interest in the Saudi market. IFN returns to Saudi Arabia for the sixth time and IFN Saudi Arabia Forum 2017 is slated to attract global market players eager to gain access to the highly lucrative Saudi Arabian market. With its solid regulatory framework and firm foundation in Islamic banking, the Saudi Arabian market will continue to prosper and innovate.



09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
09:15 – 09:30 Keynote Address/Interview
09:30 – 10:30 Islamic Finance and Banking in Saudi Arabia: 2017 and Onwards
Saudi Arabia is embarking on ambitious transformation, diversification and privatisation programs. What will Vision 2030 mean for the financial services industry? What will the Kingdom’s diversification program offer and what will be the connotations of changes to welfare programs? What role can Islamic finance play in the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program 2020 initiative and what is the outlook for the sector across key business areas? We ask the industry’s elite to share their views.
10:30 – 11:00 The Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International
The Saudi Aramco listing and the Saudi Sovereign are acknowledged game changers in the capital markets and recent corporate Sukuk issuance has provided an important benchmark. However, what needs to be done to further shape the Kingdom as a recognised international financial centre? What will a new generation of products such as REITs, Sukuk funds and mortgage-backed securitizations bring, and where can Islamic finance play a role?
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30– 11:40 Presentation: Real Estate Investment Trusts: Structures and Uses in a Saudi Arabian Context
11:40– 11:55 Analysis: Sukuk Risk and the Case of the Dana Gas Default. We ask two leading capital markets professionals to outline their views on the situation.
11:55 – 12:25 Ethical, Sustainable and Responsible Finance, Investment and Development in Saudi Arabia
Islamic finance products that are also ethical and sustainable offer financial institutions and investors an opportunity. We look at the potential offered in the Kingdom by investments in renewables and capital raising instruments such as Green Sukuk.
12:25 – 12:55 Funding Infrastructure Requirements in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities for Islamic Finance
We discuss public-private partnerships, financing structures, Shariah and legal issues as well as opportunities in active sectors such as power, energy, transport and renewables.
12:55 – 13:25 Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Saudi Arabia
What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? We analyse opportunities and threats as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels
13:25 – 14:30 Luncheon and Networking






King & Spalding


The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation


Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF), IBA
The RFI Foundation


Ableace Raakin


S & P Global Ratings


Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
IFN Education
IFN Saudi Arabia


Oxford Business Group


AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)
Business Islamica
Capital Business
China Go Abroad
Executive Women
Mashreq Capital
Morocco World News
The Business Year
True Banking Magazine
Voices of Leaders





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