In line with Dubai 'Capital of Islamic Economy' Initiative, and as the first of its kind endeavor on the Asian and regional level to promote the mutual growth of Islamic economies in the UAE and China, Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance (DCIBF) at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), in cooperation with the China Islamic Finance Club, and ZhiShang Intercultural Communication, as well as in knowledge partnership with Thomson Reuters, organized the first China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance, May 24 - 25, 2016 at the Diaoyutai State Guest House Fanghuayuan Estate, Beijing, China.

Held under the title "Islamic banking and Finance: Perspectives, Challenges and Sustainable Impact," the Conference was an international platform which served as an international platform for experts, decision-makers, scholars, academicians and other Islamic Banking and Finance stakeholders to exchange knowledge and best practices and share key theoretical and practical developments.