To be an internationally respected regulator, leading the development of financial services through strong and fair regulation.


To develop, administer and enforce world-class regulation of financial services within the DIFC.

Regulatory Approach

To be risk-based and to avoid unnecessary regulatory burden.


To expect high standards of ethical conduct and integrity from the DFSA and its people.

To demonstrate professionalism, independence, efficiency, leadership and resolve in the discharge of our responsibilities.

To ensure administrative fairness, consultative process, accessibility, impartiality and accountability in the performance of our functions.

Why We Are Here

Our regulatory regime has been tailor-made to suit the DIFC, to the highest international standards. The result is clear and succinct legislation that is appropriate for a modern financial centre.

Objectives and Principles

The DFSA has established, and strives to maintain, an environment that fosters the DIFC guiding principles of integrity, transparency and efficiency. It has done so by embedding uncompromisingly high standards in a clear, succinct and flexible regulatory framework based on international best practices relevant to a modern international financial centre.

In discharging its regulatory mandate, the DFSA has a statutory obligation to pursue the following objectives.

In exercising its powers and performing its functions, the DFSA shall take into consideration the following guiding principles, being the desirability of:


The DFSA administers the Regulatory Law 2004, which is the cornerstone legislation of the regulatory regime. The Law establishes the constitution of the DFSA and enables the creation of the regulatory framework within which entities may be licensed, authorised, registered and supervised by the DFSA.

Under the Law, the DFSA has the power to enforce the Law and Rules that apply to all regulated participants within the DIFC.

The DFSA also administers the Markets Law 2012. This law governs the activities and conduct of financial and market participants.

The DFSA also administers the Law Regulating Islamic Financial Business 2004, the Collective Investment Law 2010 and the Investment Trust Law 2006.

The DFSA also strives to detect and prevent money laundering activities within the DIFC, and will work closely with the UAE Central Bank in this vital area.