TRL Programme Overview

The Dubai Financial Services Authority launched its prestigious Tomorrow’s Regulatory Leaders (TRL) Programme in 2006, having recognised the opportunity to make an important contribution towards the UAE’s Emiratisation initiative.  The DFSA is investing in developing young UAE Nationals to become leaders in the financial sector, specifically in the area of financial regulation.

The TRL Programme is a unique blend of formal training and work experience.  It aims to deliver sustainable and enduring benefits to UAE Nationals, by equipping them for long-term career advancement and future leadership in Regulation. The Programme aims to develop competence and confidence; and encourage a belief that hard work will contribute to the growth of Financial Services in the UAE.

The TRL Programme is committed to giving suitably qualified and motivated, new UAE National graduates the best possible chance to make a career in regulation and, over time, to become leaders in this area.  To learn more about the role of TRL Associate click here.

To learn more about the role of TRL Associate click here.

To learn more about the TRL Programme click here.

TRL Programme Mission and Structure

The aim of the TRL Programme is to develop regulatory skill sets in UAE Nationals leading to:

  • Sustainable employment opportunities in regulation within the DFSA and the wider region; and
  • A reduction in the future dependence of the DFSA on expatriate hirings within a framework that ensures the continued credibility and reputation of the DFSA as a world-class regulator.

Operating to world-class standards, the DFSA is proud to be a part of the continuing development of the UAE and the Middle East region.

The TRL Programme features a structured individual and intensive technical and practical training over a two-year period, followed by long term employment opportunities. This includes:

  • On-job coaching during rotations by experienced DFSA professionals. The assigned personal coaches are responsible for helping individuals gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed;
  • Specific and demanding professional technical and leadership training inputs from experienced DFSA professionals and specialist trainers;
  • Mentoring by the Manager, Learning and Development;
  • Completion of industry specific qualifications.

Watch TRL Programme video below to find out about a personal experience on the TRL Programme.

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TRL Programme Video


Effective 29 January 2014, the DFSA has been authorised as an “ACA Training Employer” by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). ACA is ICAEW’s Chartered Accountant qualification and will provide our TRL graduates and other employees a combination of technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience.


“I am a Senior Manager in the Supervision Division, my position in the DFSA enabled me to gain extensive experience and exposure to the international financial services industry. Working for the DFSA is challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Every day is a new challenge, not a routine job!.”


“Working at the DFSA has been a great learning experience for me, while also being an enjoyable place to work. Being on the regulation side of the business gives you great exposure across the financial services industry, as we have Firms from many different financial sectors operating in the DIFC.”


“Working at the DFSA has broadened my exposure to regulation, corporate governance and risk assessments. The TRL Programme prepared me for my current role in managing my own portfolio of Firms ranging across asset managers, fund administrators, brokerage Firms and banks. It has been and continues to be a learning experience for me. We are expected to continuously train and further enhance our knowledge base even after the TRL Programme, which is something I value greatly.”

Awards and Achievements

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Moza was awarded - “CISI International Award Winner 2020” for achieving the joint highest mark in the Islamic Finance Qualification exam during the 12 months period from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

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