1 February 2016 — DFSA Launches Mobile Application and New Website

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Dubai, UAE, 1 February 2016: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) announced today the launch of a new free IOS and Android mobile application and its newly revamped website. The new application and revamped website will provide stakeholders with a more innovative and direct way to access information about the DFSA's activities.

The development of the mobile application aims to facilitate easy access to information about Authorised Firms and Authorised Individuals through the Public Register. It features push notifications that will enable users to be alerted about DFSA alerts, media releases and other DFSA regulatory updates and warnings of scams as and when they happen.

The new website is highly visual, with a focus on modern design and a user friendly interface. It has been designed for an optimal viewing and interactive experience, easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling, across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.

Mr Waleed Al Awadhi, DFSA Director, Operations and Corporate Affairs said: "Today we are proud to announce the introduction of our new mobile application and launch of our newly revamped website. This move comes in line with the strategy of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a "Smart City". The new application and website will allow us to communicate more directly and transparently with our stakeholders on all levels, and will facilitate better stakeholder interaction. As we continue to move forward in this Information Technology age, we at the DFSA are committed to enhance stakeholder engagement. Today smart technology has become part of every government entity in Dubai, and the DFSA intends to stay ahead in ways to contribute to the success story of Dubai."

To visit the new DFSA website please visit the following link:

To download the DFSA IOS mobile app please visit the following link:

To download the DFSA Android mobile app please visit the following link:

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For further information please contact:
Kaja Mohaisen
Corporate Communications
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Level 13, The Gate, West Wing
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 (0)4 362 1662

Editor's notes:

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) is the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a purpose-built financial free-zone in Dubai. The DFSA's regulatory mandate covers asset management, banking and credit services, securities, collective investment funds, custody and trust services, commodities futures trading, Islamic finance, insurance, an international equities exchange and an international commodities derivatives exchange. In addition to regulating financial and ancillary services, the DFSA is responsible for supervising and enforcing Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) requirements applicable in the DIFC. The DFSA has also accepted a delegation of powers from the DIFC Registrar of Companies (RoC) to investigate the affairs of DIFC companies and partnerships.

Mr Waleed Saeed Al Awadhi joined the DFSA in March 2013 and is an experienced professional who has led key functions in financial services, Islamic banking, real estate investment and development, media and telecommunication industries.

Through his international and local responsibilities, he has developed expertise in strategy and market intelligence, sales and marketing, communications, project management, product development, business development, business excellence and knowledge management.

Before joining the DFSA, Mr Al Awadhi worked as Executive Director of Marketing and Communication at Abu Dhabi Media, Head of Priority Banking at Emirates Islamic Bank and Deputy Head of Retail Banking Group and Deputy Chief Marketing Officer at Dubai Bank where he led Royal Banking and Wealth Management, Branding, Corporate Communications and Customer Services Enhancement. He has also been Global Director of Marketing and Sales and Head of Research Intelligence Department at Sama Dubai (a Dubai Holding company), where he was responsible for over 20 international markets spanning the Far East, Australia, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and the Levant region.

Previously, Mr Al Awadhi worked as Key Accounts Manager in the Top Corporate Customers Department in Emirates Telecommunication Company.