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By Pawan Nawawattanasub, CEO, YLG Bullion International

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The strategic entry of YLG Bullion into the Dubai gold market aligns perfectly with the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) significant advancements in financial regulation, underscored by its removal from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) “grey list” on February 23, 2024. This important milestone not only highlights the UAE’s dedication to enhancing its anti- money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures but also boosts Dubai’s standing as a reliable and secure hub for global financial transactions, including the gold trade. This scenario provides an ideal backdrop for YLG Bullion’s launch there, demonstrating the company’s strategic foresight and timely expansion.
Dubbed the “City of Gold,” Dubai is a vital link for gold trade routes, connecting African mines with Asian markets. Its strategic location, supported by sophisticated trading platforms like the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) and the infrastructure of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), plays a key role in the global gold trade. Known for its transparency, trading volume, and regulatory framework, Dubai offers an attractive environment for YLG Bullion’s operations, which focus on ethical sourcing, fair pricing, and unparalleled customer service.


1. Utilising Core Strengths

YLG’s strategy to expand into the Dubai gold market leverages its successful track record in Southeast Asia, combining strong financial backing, a diverse product portfolio, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service. These attributes align well with the needs of Dubai’s dynamic gold market, creating a solid foundation for YLG’s regional growth.

2. Embracing Market Dynamics

The tax-exempt environment and security and efficiency in Dubai present YLG Bullion with a prime opportunity to enhance its market presence. The company’s commitment to transparency and ethical practices is expected to resonate with Dubai’s market values, fostering trust and reliability with new partners and customers.

3. Leveraging the Singapore Experience

Using its Singapore office as a model for expansion into the Middle East offers YLG a proven approach for entering new markets. Insights from Singapore are crucial in developing a strategy for YLG’s establishment in Dubai, providing a blueprint for operational management in a foreign setting.

4. Localisation

Acknowledging the distinct characteristics of the Middle Eastern market, including daily variations in gold bar premiums and discounts, YLG intends to tailor its products and services to meet local preferences. This client-centred approach aims to address the regional demand for gold jewellery and premium bullion, ensuring that YLG’s offerings are well-received in the Dubai market.

5. Broader Internationalisation Strategy

YLG Bullion’s expansion into Dubai represents a significant milestone in its broader internationalisation strategy, positioning the company as a prominent player in emerging markets worldwide. By strategically entering Dubai’s gold arena, YLG sets a precedent for future expansions into other profitable markets, capitalising on its unique strengths and market insights.

6. YLG’s Uniqueness and Strengths

YLG Bullion’s unparalleled strength stems from its ability to seamlessly connect markets across Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and other ASEAN countries. With over thirty years of reputable service and significant paid-up capital, YLG is a trusted name, supported by renowned international bullion banks and accredited refineries globally.

7. Choice of Products and Pricing Strategies

YLG prioritises ethically sourced products with LBMA accreditation, emphasising “conflict-free” sourcing and environmentally friendly production. In Dubai, YLG can also access Dubai Good Delivery accredited refineries to meet market preferences, sourcing a variety of brands, including favoured Swiss bars and various accredited refinery brands, to ensure customer satisfaction and market adaptability.

8. Ready Stocks and Supply Assurance

YLG’s meticulous inventory management guarantees a consistent supply of gold bars, secured by reputable storage companies. This commitment to preparedness boosts customer confidence and ensures prompt delivery, even in fluctuating market conditions.

9. Innovative Trading Platform and Timely Transactions

YLG’s commitment to customer convenience is underscored by its innovative trading platform and timely transactions. Real-time monitoring and immediate transaction processing allow customers to capitalize on favourable market opportunities, showcasing YLG’s dedication to service excellence.


YLG Bullion’s well-planned entry into Dubai’s gold market capitalises on the UAE’s robust regulatory framework and Dubai’s status as a global trade hub. YLG brings its proven Southeast Asian experience, emphasizing ethical sourcing, competitive pricing, and exceptional service, which aligns perfectly with Dubai’s market values. By understanding local preferences and tailoring products and services accordingly, YLG is poised to replicate its Southeast Asian success in the Middle East. This strategic expansion not only strengthens YLG’s presence as a global bullion leader but also underscores its commitment to ethical practices and innovation.
Pawan Nawawattanasub is the CEO of YLG Bullion Singapore and the CEO and founder of YLG Bullion International. She has almost 40 years of experience in the jewellery industry and established YLG in Thailand in 2003. In 2012, she brought YLG to Singapore. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Thailand Gold Traders Association and is a SBMA Committee member.