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2018 BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 to Friday, March 9, 2018
Venue: Jumeirah Emirates Tower  Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Get Directions

BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum
Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovation in Correspondent Banking
March 7-8, 2018
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE

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F | (202) 663-5538


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Riding high from a successful inaugural event in 2017, we are once again hosting the MENA Bank to Bank Forum in Dubai, UAE from March 7 – 8, 2018 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The Forum will focus on opportunities and innovative solutions in correspondent banking in light of the emergence of disruptors, compliance requirements and other challenges.

A Gathering of Transaction Banking Executives in the Region and Beyond

We expect another successful turnout of attendees involved in transaction banking, from a variety of functions and titles, companies and countries. Last year, the event gathered 150 delegates, mostly mid to senior level executives, from 70 institutions representing 26 countries. This year, we expect a significant growth in these figures, with attendees representing transaction banking, trade, payments and cash management, FI/sales/relationship management, and more.

It was an excellent platform for Bankers to discuss various aspects of their daily and future plans.

Good topics and discussions relevant to industry trends, very well attended, and good networking opportunities.

Featured Sessions

Keynote Address: Wednesday, March 7

His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Head of International Banking Group
Mashreq Group

CEO Views on Financial Services in the Region: Wednesday, March 7

Tod Burwell
President and CEO

Saad Azhari
Chairman of the Board and General Manager

Andre Sayegh
Deputy CEO
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Executive Roundtable: Thursday, March 8

Eric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank

Harry Newman
Head of Banking

Navin Gupta
India Country Head

Dedicated Bilateral Meeting Times During the Event

We know how important client/bilateral meetings are to you to make the most of your time at any event. So we’ve not only gathered prospective and existing clients in one venue, we’ve even blocked an entire afternoon in the program just for this. Plan your meetings with other senior executives and decision makers from global and regional/local banks, non-FIs, providers, and regulators during the Forum. Special meeting tables are available for sponsors to use during these dedicated bilateral meeting times.

Hotel Accomodation

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
T | +971 4 330 0000

The Jumeriah Emirates Tower is at the heart of Dubai’s financial district, just steps away from the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), and home to 13 dining and nightlife venues. We reserved a special block of rooms exclusive to our Forum attendees. Please check out the hotel information for additional information and to reserve your room today. The special BAFT rate is guaranteed only until February 25, 2018.

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Note: If you need to change your dates of stay or number of people in the room, scroll up to the top of the hotel reservation page. If you are going directly to the Jumeriah Emirates Towers website, make sure to enter group code ROY030618 to avail of the BAFT special rate.


Register for the MENA Bank to Bank Forum Today!

Registration Type

Early Bird Registration Fee

Ends February, 1, 2018

Regular Registration Fee

After February, 1, 2018













*Registration fee is in US dollars.

Bonus! Free Pre-Conference Workshop on SWIFTgpi

We are excited to offer a pre-conference workshop to our BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum attendees on SWIFTgpi, new standard in cross-border payments, on Tuesday, March 6. This is a deeper dive into gpi’s key features and services, and highlight the value of gpi in the Middle East. This free event will be held at the Park Hyatt Dubai from 09:30-15:30.This is a closed event, but open to BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum financial institution attendees, included as a bonus to your attendee registration.

Upon completing your registration to the BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum, a link to register to the SWIFTgpi pre- conference workshop will be included in your confirmation page.SWIFT has a right to decline attendance to the workshop at their discretion.

Note: SWIFTgpi invited guests planning to attend the BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum, you are eligible for a special registration rate to the Forum. Please contact to register and avail of the special pricing.

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