Some of the biggest names in finance are back in the Middle East this week with plenty on the agenda as the world's markets tumble and investors contemplate the beginning of a bear market.
The U.S. Federal Reserve began its long-awaited tightening phase in December which helped to roil sentiment alongside growth concerns from China and an unnerving drop in the price of oil.
"We're closer to the end of the party than the beginning," Vikram Mansharamani, academic and author of "Boombustology" told CNBC via telephone. "Asset prices have grown addicted to cheap money."
Now markets, high on the availability of funds thanks to low interest rates and quantitative easing, are going cold turkey. A rapid disruption to this low-rate environment has the potential to generate significant financial chaos, according to Mansharamani who will attend the Global Financial Markets Forum this week.
He'll be joined by 1,500 economists, policymakers and market-watchers in Abu Dhabi from Wednesday when the event kicks off. The event focuses on specific topics that are relevant to the West-East corridor but the major volatility will no doubt be first and foremost with the agenda being so tightly linked to financial markets.