HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance as a new step in support of the efforts towards establishing Dubai as the world's capital for Islamic economy. The centre is a collaboration between the Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University and the emirate's initiative: 'Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy'. The new centre will provide support to the initiative through three academic programs on human resources development, scientific research and community service. In the area of Human Capital Development, the Centre offers programs and courses. On the research front, The Centre conducts and facilitates research to advance the professional and theoretical foundation for Islamic Banking and Finance.The Center will also play a role in widening access to Islamic banking and finance education to the wider community.