Banking 10 years from now

11 November 2018| Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City


UAE Banks Federation, The Financial Times and The Banker have been jointly hosting the Middle East Banking Forum since 2013. Now in its sixth year, the Forum is one of the leading banking conferences in the region.

Held in the UAE, senior executives and officials from banks, financial regulators, government entities, consultancies, technology companies, law firms and other organisations gather to discuss the major challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Through keynote addresses, panel sessions and on-stage interviews, our speakers and panellists explain how these issues can be addressed to profitable effect.

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Highlights for 2018 Middle East Banking Forum



  • Hear from industry observers how banking will change in the next decade
  • Find out what a winning retail banking strategy looks like
  • Listen to experts talk about digital banking, artificial intelligence and robotics, and how these will impact the future 
  • Discover why sustainable finance is gaining traction in the Middle East
  • Meet banking leaders from the UAE and the region 


This event will gather over 400 senior executives from across banking and financial services as well as corporate treasurers and regulators from the UAE & Middle East.

Forum attendees include:

  • Senior financial regulators and policymakers
  • C-Level executives
  • Directors and Heads of Banking Supervision, Security Officers, Investment/Asset Allocation, Funds/Portfolio Management, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Retail Banking, Consumer Banking, Business Banking/SME Banking, Digital Banking, Mobile Banking, Channel Delivery, and Innovation Treasury

 Please note all registrations are subject to approval from the UAE Banks Federation and FT Live.


The Middle East Banking Forum 2018

Nobody knows for certain what banking will look like 10 years from now, but it is possible to make an informed guess. The future will be even more digitalised. Mobile banking, faster payments, open banking APIs and banking ecosystems will be well entrenched around the world. Robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain will be maturing or have already matured in many markets. New tech-based concepts most of us cannot even dream of today will, a decade hence, be under discussion, and probably be piloted or rolled out on a commercial scale. 

Outside the technology arena, sustainable finance will become mainstream, with bankers taking full account of environmental, social and governance principles in their strategies. They will pay more attention to how they behave, professionally and ethically. They will still be engaged in a relentless struggle against money laundering, fraud and other financial crimes as the dishonest find new ways of making money illicitly. And bankers will be faced with new regulations which will – for all their good – pose major compliance headaches.

The UAE Banks Federation, the Financial Times and The Banker present the sixth annual Middle East Banking Forum: Banking 10 years from now, a half-day conference that will look deep into the future.

Banking executives, regulators, consultants and others in the industry will meet to discuss how banking is changing, and how it is likely to develop over the coming decade. The panel sessions and on-stage interviews will be conducted by FT Group journalists. Delegates will have the  opportunity to participate in inter-active voting and Q&A sessions, and there will be ample opportunities to meet like-minded people during the networking breaks. 

Put your crystal ball away. Join us at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City on 11 November to hear what real visionaries have to say about the future of banking.

Agenda Outline:


8:15 Registration and Networking

9:00 Conference chairman’s opening remarks

9:05 Opening remarks from the Central Bank of the UAE

9:15 Opening remarks from the UAE Banks Federation

9:20 Opening keynote address: Banking 10 years from now

9:50 Panel session 1: Finding a winning retail banking strategy in the digital age

10:30 Panel session 2: Financial Crime can never be eradicated but can be contained

11:10 Networking refreshment break

11:40 On-stage interview: Sustainable finance is the future of finance

12:00 Panel Session 3: Global financial regulatory reform – no time for a breather

12:40 Panel session 4: The ethical banker

13.20 Closing keynote address: Future proofing your bank – digital transformation and regulatory reform

13:50 Conference co-chair’s Closing remarks

14:00 Networking lunch