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Bank of Singapore to open PB services in Dubai

The bank intends to offer services including wealth planning advisory to its HNWI and UHNW clients in the Middle East.

The bank has been granted regulatory approval to operate a branch in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The branch will be opened by the private banking subsidiary of Singapore’s OCBC Bank in the first quarter next year, according to a joint statement from Bank of Singapore and DIFC.

The move enables the bank to offer “customised private banking solutions”, which include investments, credit and wealth planning advisory services to its ultra-high and high-net-worth clients, the statement said.

Bank of Singapore first established its presence in Dubai in 1996 through its representative office based outside the DIFC. According to the statement, since then it has doubled its AUM in the Middle East and grew net new money by almost five times.

Private wealth in the Middle East and Africa is projected to rise at a compounded annual rate of 8.2% to reach a record high of $11.8trn by 2020, which is 1.4 times higher than the global average, the bank said, citing data from the Boston Consulting Group.

“Dubai’s position in the Middle East is similar to Singapore’s role in Asia, both serve as strategic economic hubs, supporting wealth growth and investments for indviduals and businesses,” said Bahren Shaari, CEO.

The DIFC is the financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and has an independent regulator, an independent judicial system with a common-law framework and a global financial exchange, among others, according to the statement.

It was ranked as the top financial centre in Middle East and Africa and 18th globally, according to London-based Z/Yen’s  Global Financial Centres Index report, which was published in September.

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