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Gross written premium increased by 12.7% in Q4 2023: CBUAE

Gross written premium increased by 12.7% in Q4 2023: CBUAE
1 Apr 2024 16:03

ABU DHABI (WAM)

The UAE insurance sector continued to grow in Q4 2023, as reflected by the increase in the gross written premiums, according to the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates.

As of year-end, the number of licenced insurance companies in the UAE remained at 60, as announced in the CBUAE's quarterly economic report Q4 of 2023.

The insurance sector comprised 23 traditional national companies, 10 Takaful national and 27 foreign companies, while the number of insurance-related professions remained at 491.

Gross Written Premium
Based on the information in the report, the gross written premium increased by 12.7 percent YoY in Q4 2023 to Dh53.2 billion, mostly due to an increase in health insurance premiums by 16.5 percent YoY and an increase in property and liability insurance premiums by 18.9 percent YoY.

While, the insurance of persons and fund accumulation premiums decreased by 12.4 percent YoY, resulting primarily from the decrease in individual life premiums.

Paid Claims
Gross paid claims of all types of insurance plans increased by 12.8 percent YoY to Dh31.1 billion at the end of 2023, according to the report.

This was mainly driven by the increase in claims paid in health insurance by 16.9 percent YoY and the increase in paid claims in property and liability insurance by 10.9 percent YoY, partially offset by the decline in claims paid in insurance of persons and fund accumulation by 2.8 percent YoY.

Technical Provisions
The total technical provisions of all types of insurance increased by 8.4 percent YoY to Dh74.4 billion in Q4 2023 compared to Dh68.6 billion in Q4 2022.

Investments
The volume of invested assets in the insurance sector amounted to Dh 76 billion (60.4 percent of total assets) in Q4 2023 compared to Dh 71.4 billion (59.4 percent of total assets) in Q4 2022.

Reinsurance
The retention ratio of written insurance premiums for all types of insurance was 52.9 percent (Dh 28.1 billion) in Q4 2023, compared to 54.9 percent (Dh 25.9 billion) at the end of 2022.

Insurance Soundness Indicators
The UAE insurance sector remained well-capitalised in terms of early warning ratios and risk assessment.

Own funds to minimum capital requirement ratio increased to 335.7 percent in Q4 2023, compared to 309.3 percent at the end of 2022, due to an increase in own funds eligible to meet the minimum capital requirements.

Additionally, own funds to solvency capital requirement ratio rose to 221 percent in Q4 2023 compared to 208.5 percent in Q4 2022, due to an increase in own funds eligible to meet solvency capital requirements.

Finally, own funds to minimum guarantee fund ratio reached 316.3 percent at the end of 2023 down from 314.6 percent a year earlier, due to higher eligible funds to meet minimum guarantee funds.

In terms of profitability, the net total profit to net written premiums increased to 6.5 percent in Q4 2023, compared to 2.9 percent at the end of 2022.

The return on average assets increased to 0.3 percent in Q4 2023 compared to 0.1 percent in the previous year.

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