The takaful regulatory landscape across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Takaful regulation across the GCC remains fragmented between specialist takaful regimes, general insurance regimes that are also applicable to takaful insurers and regimes which have little or no specific recognition of takaful. Despite this, the GCC takaful market remains one of the most important and fast growing in the world. The relatively recent introduction of specialist takaful regimes means we are still very much in the developmental stage of regulatory oversight. The recent introduction of the new Financial Regulations in the UAE and the potential establishment of a Shari’a Oversight Committee represents steps firmly in the direction of closer and more robust regulatory scrutiny of takaful in the UAE. We are yet to see if other GCC States will follow.