Pioneers Investors – Abu Dhabi Global Market, the award-winning international financial center, is pleased to announce the return of the Abu Dhabi Fintech Festival, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, from 22 to 24 November 2021, as an event that brings together Virtual and actual attendance, as the festival is the most prominent event in the financial technology field in the Middle East and North Africa, and brings together various industry leaders and strategic partners to discuss ideas and launch innovative initiatives, thus contributing to strengthening the country’s position as a global destination for financial technology.
Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 returns with a version that combines virtual and real sessions, after the 2020 edition of the festival was held virtually and enjoyed great success. While the next edition of the event will witness the launch of “The Majlis Forum”, the exclusive event that will include a series of private talks and forums that will open the door for discussion between financial technology leaders from the public and private sectors from all over the world. All public sessions within the festival will be broadcast via digital means, allowing the choice between attending the festival in person or virtually from anywhere in the world.
The Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival 2021 will start its activities through the search tour, which will be held virtually to include this year more than 35 countries to find and select the best financial technologies to join the Fintech 100 platform. The virtual tour, which will start on June 2, 2021 and run until the end of October 2021, will provide Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the founders of the most prominent FinTech startups in each country who will present their innovative solutions. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from FinTech leaders, government representatives and innovators.
Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 will celebrate innovation through the annual Innovation Challenge, which will give FinTech companies the opportunity to provide innovative solutions in response to problem reports from major companies from the financial and government sectors, which in turn will provide support to the successful participants in the challenge. This year, the festival will witness new additions, including:
Fintech for Good, dedicated forum taking a closer look at the intersection of sustainability, fintech and innovation
CxO21, a deep dive into the worlds of corporate innovation and digital banking
Token, focusing on the fast-evolving world of digital assets and currencies
Risk4.0, bringing together experts in financial security
Fintech Souk, a close look at cutting-edge developments in retail and payments
Majlis Forum, a new, invitation-only platform for senior public and private sector leaders from across the globe to connect and collaborate
Emmanuel Jevanakis, CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority at the market, said: “Fintech Abu Dhabi continues to achieve more success, as the event adapted to the current circumstances through a mixture of virtual and real, and continues to evolve to meet the needs of the technology work environment. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the adoption of technological solutions, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market, in its role as a global center for financial technology and a platform to empower the work environment and companies, is proud to present the new edition of the festival to support innovation within the sector, and this year’s event will provide an opportunity for innovators and start-ups and investors for discussions and collaboration on policy development and future fintech regulations. We look forward to welcoming you to Fintech Abu Dhabi this year, both in person and virtually.”
It is worth noting that last year’s edition of Fintech Abu Dhabi was successfully held from November 24 to 26, 2020, through a 3D virtual platform that attracted more than 18,500 participants from all over the world. The three-day event agenda included keynotes, panels and talks led by fintech leaders, highlighting developments and trends in the fintech sector, including artificial intelligence, software interfaces, venture capital, scaling start-ups and regulation development.
The Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival 2020, featured the Fintech 100 platform, which brought together 100 founders and CEOs of the most influential FinTech companies in the world, with an average funding of $66 million for each startup. The fourth edition of the event also hosted the Investors Forum, which welcomed an international gathering of leading investors in equity, private equity and sovereign funds. In addition, the event included the Fintech Government Forum, which hosted a global audience of ministers, mayors and regulators as well as innovation leaders from financial institutions and the banking sector.
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