Ghassan Marrouche

UAE insurer sees premiums quadrupling in 2011

Takaful Emarat wants to launch new products and as a result it expects gross written premiums to surge to Dh65 million ($17.7 million) in 2011.
Ghassan Marrouche stated that the new savings products, combined with the expectation that medical insurance will become compulsory in the United Arab Emirates would help the rise of written premiums. He added that demand is already increasing for Islamic insurance, or takaful, products in markets such as India, Pakistan, Jordan and Syria.

Islamic insurance: tackling global hurdles

Ernst and Young state that the market for Takaful will extend to $12 billion this year.
The quest for security
It was hard for Takaful operators such as Takaful EM to acquire a Shariah-compliant re-insurance. Because it had a large potential, leading reinsurers such as Munich Re, Swiss Re or Hannover Re created Re-Takaful. It appears that Malaysian Takaful operators are world leaders.
Swiss Re, the second largest conventional re-reinsurer worldwide, thinks that the breakthrough of Takaful has only began.
Takaful expansion challenges
Ghassan Marrouche underlines the fact that the challenges for Takaful are in human resources. As demands raise, new distribution channels become inevitable.

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