STEP Arabia Conference

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The objective of this conference is to provide delegates with the latest regional legacy planning developments and practical examples from leading industry experts, as well as a taste of the potential solutions under consideration.

With the introduction of the Dubai International Finance Centre’s (DIFC) new flagship 'Family Wealth Centre', we look at its purpose, aims and how it will impact family businesses. We also consider how STEP professionals can interact with the Centre. Leading on from this we have a deep dive into Family Governance, looking at impact on regional families and the way best practices are developing.

We return to a topic that is at the core of all things STEP Arabia and see how business succession in the whole Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) is developing, before we round off the agenda with some in depth analysis of the UAE corporate tax regime that has been introduced this year, with a particular emphasis
on the impact on client wealth structures.

We welcome you to the region’s premier wealth planning and networking event.

Tim Denton TEP
Chair, STEP Arabia

  • Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) family wealth centre
  • Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) business succession
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) corporate tax
  • Family governance
  • Family offices worldwide
  • International tax updates (UK,US, Spain)
  • Indian and Pakistani resident founders of UAE foundations
  • Next gen family office structuring – Do’s and don’ts

Keynote: Dr Ayth Al Mubarak, CEO, The National Centre for Family Business, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Alastair Glover TEP, Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Anand Shah, Senior Partner, AZB & Partners, Mumbai, India
  • Chadi Hourani, Partner, Hourani & Partners, Dubai, UAE
  • Christian Kunz, Chief Strategy, Innovations & Ventures Officer, DIFC Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Clare Stirzaker TEP, Partner Private Client & Tax, Boodle Hatfield, London, UK
  • Emma Heelis-Adams TEP, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Faizal Bhana, Director, Middle East, Africa, India, Jersey Finance, Dubai, UAE
  • Ismael Hajjar TEP, Partner, PwC, Dubai, UAE
  • Jose Eduaro Aguilar Shea, Tax Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, Madrid, Spain
  • Khatija Haque, Chief Economist & Head of Research, EmiratesNBD, Dubai, UAE
  • Nancy Chien TEP, Partner, Bedell Cristin, Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Paul Tomlinson TEP, Head of Family Office, Altum Group, Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Richard Grasby TEP, Partner, Appleby (Hong Kong), Hong Kong, PRC
  • Shiraz Khan, Partner, Head of Tax, Tamimi & Co, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Sunita Singh-Dalal TEP, Partner, Hourani & Partners, Duabi, UAE
  • Suzanne M. Reisman TEP, Law Offices of Suzanne M. Reisman, London, UK
  • Xavier Isaac, Chief Executive Officer, Accuro Group, London, United Kingdom
  • Yann Mrazek TEP, Managing Partner, M/HQ, Dubai, UAE

5 November 2023 - Welcome cocktail and networking reception - Rooftop Terrace, Amazonico, Dubai International Financial Centre
Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Located in the heart of Dubai’s financial district with views of the iconic Museum of the Future, we invite you to join us on the rooftop terrace of Amazonico, for an evening inspired by the Amazon, featuring Latin American canapes & drinks. This is a chance to network with fellow delegates ahead of the conference.

Kindly sponsored by Ogier

6 November 2023 - STEP Arabia Conference - Al Habtoor Ballroom, Habtoor Palace
Time: 08:30 – 17:30

Full-day conference including coffee breaks, lunch and a chance to meet with our sponsors during the coffee breaks.

Post-conference cocktail reception - Firefly Garden, Habtoor Palace
Time: 18:00 – 20:00

We will close the event with sunset drinks from the terrace.


This event is now sold out!


STEP Arabia has negotiated a 30 per cent discount on the Best Available Rate at three hotels in Al Habtoor City; Habtoor Palace, Hilton Dubai and V Hotel. You can review the hotels within the offer on the Al Habtoor City website.

To access the discounted rate you must email your preferred hotel quoting:

Discount Code: PRBANQ 
Event: STEP Arabia Conference

Please note the code is not applicable to bookings made via the hotel website.

Email addresses for the hotels are as follows:

Habtoor Palace - [email protected]
Hilton Dubai - [email protected]
V Hotel - [email protected]

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Conference enquiries

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