Since early 2015, Dubai has focused on taking blockchain technology mainstream. On March 6, 2017, the World Blockchain Forum returns to the opulent Burj Al Arab in Dubai so participants can learn and capitalize on these innovative technologies first hand.
Blockchain Accelerates in Dubai
Cryptocurrency solutions like Bitcoin and underlying blockchain protocols are growing quite popular in Dubai. The country’s Crown Prince has pledged to have all government documents held on a blockchain protocol by 2020, and is also investing one billion dirhams ($275 million USD) into Dubai’s fintech and blockchain sectors.
In order to bolster Dubai’s technological lead and research, World Blockchain Forum attendees will experience a day filled with crypto-industry luminaries and leaders in distributed ledger technology.
World Blockchain Forum participants will hear from bright minds such as Osman Sultan, CEO of Du; Wesam Lootah, CEO of Dubai Smart Government Establishment; Ali Sajwani, CIO at EmiratesNBD; Eva Kaili, European Parliament Member; Dr. Noah Raford, COO at Dubai Future Foundation; and Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain.com.
The event will provide a networking space for attendees and blockchain industry leaders to build relationships. Attendees include the Director Generals, CEOs, CIOs, and COOs of the largest organizations in the Middle East and Europe, including Smart Dubai, DFF, Dubai Holdings, Emirates Airlines, DIFC, IBM, Microsoft, Visa, Deutsche Bank, EmiratesNBD, Bank of Canada, Danske Bank, Aramco, DMCC, and more. The focus of this year’s event is the implementation and piloting of blockchain projects, rather than the initial exploratory stages.
‘…Massive Shift within the World’s Tech Landscape’
The World Blockchain Forum producer Moe Levin told Bitcoin.com he looks forward to this year’s Dubai conference, stating:
Dubai is at the intersection of Asia, Africa, and Europe and significant global financial traffic runs through it. Through Dubai’s incredible leadership, I think that blockchain technology has been prioritised as a major opportunity and we are seeing the effects of this prioritisation around the entire UAE.
Levin added: “As the industry has grown around the world, Dubai has not taken a backseat in the evolution and production of new use cases and piloting them. Smart Dubai and the Dubai Future Foundation have both announced that they will have all government documents on the Blockchain by 2020. Customs and Immigration are piloting blockchain projects and Dubai Police are piloting new projects. There is not one government agency in Dubai that is not embracing the massive opportunity that innovation brings.”
The World Blockchain Forum is dedicated to catering to both blockchain novices and experts. Attendees from all around the world are set to attend the World Blockchain Forum alongside Dubai’s local government representatives, financial institutions, and academia, as well.
Tickets to the World Blockchain Forum can be purchased at keynote.ae. Keynote organizers want Dubai participants to “get [in on] the ground floor and position themselves to capitalise on this massive shift within the world’s financial landscape.”
Clearly, blockchain technology is on its way to being a disruptive force in our global society. And, Dubai definitely wants its role in blockchain technology to be a ‘success story.’
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