56. Arif Amiri

Designation: CEO
Company: Dubai International Financial Centre Authority
Country: U.A.E.
Nationality: Emirati
Sector: Free Zone

Amiri assumed his current position in 2015. The total number of registered companies in DIFC increased from 4,031 to 4,949 in the first half of 2023, a 23% year-on-year growth. In 2023, DIFC announced the “Dubai AI and Web 3.0 Campus,” which is set to attract over $300 million in collective funds, host over 500 global AI and Web 3.0 startups, and create over 3,000 jobs by 2028. Amiri is also a board member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council and Dubai’s Higher Committee for Future Technology Development and Digital Economy, among others. Before joining the DIFC Authority, Amiri held roles at Emaar Properties and HSBC Bank Middle East.