Welcome to STEP Arabia
In 2003, two STEP members met in Dubai and the following year STEP Arabia launched with handful of members. Now there are more than 90 members located in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, including 20 student members working towards STEP’s International Foundation Certificate and International Diploma. STEP Arabia members have been involved in the development of the Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar trust laws and the family office framework in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
STEP Arabia seeks to address key issues that are faced by private investors of the United Arab Emirates when conducting personal investments. Investors located in the GCC (Gulf Council Countries) have invested more than $1 trillion of private money in overseas markets; STEP Arabia seeks to educate investors on the significance of careful estate and trust planning.
A testament to STEP Arabia’s short but successful history is the now annual STEP Arabia Conference. The conference showcases the reputation STEP Arabia has acquired for extremely well-planned and executed conferences with nearly 100 delegates on average attending from Canada, Cyprus, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK, as well as STEP members resident in the UAE. The conference has the trimmings of a regional conference, despite being put together by a single branch.
Islamic Assets and Legacy Planning Group (IALPG)
Coordinating Officer - Adriana Rocchi TEP
Reporting to, and operating as a sub-committee of STEP Arabia Branch, this satellite SIG was formed in 2014. It is a satellite of the International Client Global Special Interest Group (SIG)
The group's mission is to help advisers better advise their clients with assets and succession planning requirements in the Islamic world. It aims to achieve this through a series of seminars, presentations and conferences which create awareness, educate, and provide solutions on some of the issues faced by Muslims.