Fintech Abu Dhabi 2019 returns for its third and largest-ever edition

ADGM FSRA 30/04/2019

FinTech Abu Dhabi 2019 will be back from 21 – 23 October 2019 with a brand new format, larger scale, and more exciting programme

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the award-winning international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, announced yesterday that its third edition of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival will be held on 21 – 23 October 2019.


Building on the success of the previous two editions of FinTech Abu Dhabi, ADGM has partnered with Unbound, a global innovation ecosystem builder with a successful track record of creating innovation events around the world, to deliver FinTech Abu Dhabi. The ambition of ADGM is to make FinTech Abu Dhabi the largest FinTech Festival in the MENA region and one of the leading FinTech events in the world.

The three day event will be held over 21 – 23 October 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), and expects to attract more than 5,000 participants for three days of engaging talks and panel discussions with an expert bench of international and regional speakers, FinTech demo sessions, exhibitor booths, and more.

FinTech Abu Dhabi 2019 will focus on the following four key themes:

• Innovation: Profiling and discussing cutting-edge FinTech and RegTech solutions enabled by AI, data analytics, quantum computing, etc., including actual use cases that have been deployed in the UAE, the region and globally.

• Investment Deal-making: Linking up FinTech entrepreneurs with global and regional investors, and harnessing Abu Dhabi’s strength as an investment and financing hub.

• Belt & Road FinTech Hub: Showcasing investment and Fintech opportunities along the Belt & Road region, and forging global partnerships and connectivity with other FinTech ecosystems.

• Enterprise & Talent Development: Promoting innovation amongst young talent and students, and building a pipeline of talent for Abu Dhabi’s FinTech and wider tech ecosystem.

As part of FinTech Abu Dhabi, ADGM will run a global innovation program to catalyse FinTech startups and innovators from around the world and attract them to come to Abu Dhabi to co-develop their FinTech solutions with local and regional partners, and showcase these at FinTech Abu Dhabi. The centrepiece of this program will be a regional and global roadshow to recruit the best 50 FinTech startups to help solve the challenges affecting Abu Dhabi and the region. This will help attract talent into the Abu Dhabi FinTech ecosystem, create business opportunities, and benefit customers from all walks of life.

Richard Teng, CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM, said, “FinTech Abu Dhabi 2019 will be more exciting, bigger and better in all aspects, from regulatory focus, global speakers, FinTech firms to VCs and accelerators. ADGM’s commitment and efforts in bringing and building the FinTech environment have placed Abu Dhabi on a global platform and secured Abu Dhabi’s status as the recognised FinTech hub and nexus of the MENA region.

FinTechs operating in ADGM today are supported by a vibrant ecosystem including the recently launched Hub 71 tech hub, the AED 535 million funding scheme for start-ups and VCs administered by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), ADGM’s Tech Start-up Licence and Entrepreneurship Support Programme, as well as innovation enablers such as Plug & Play ADGM. FinTech Abu Dhabi will further bolster the Abu Dhabi and UAE FinTech ecosystem by attracting the best and brightest minds in FinTech, and facilitate the co-creation of exciting FinTech solutions here in ADGM and Abu Dhabi.

He continued: “ADGM is pleased to partner with an ever more growing number of local and global government bodies, financial institutions, technology innovators, start-up and other ecosystem player, and to continue ADGM’s commitment as an enabler and trusted partner of the FinTech hub in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We are here to support the needs of businesses so they can set up easily, thrive and expand. In the coming weeks and months, you will hear more from ADGM and Unbound about the exciting program in store for you at FinTech Abu Dhabi this year.”

For more information and to register your participation, please visit the FinTech Abu Dhabi website at

About FinTech Abu Dhabi 2019

Bringing together global and local financial institutions, FinTech start-ups, investors, regulatory agencies and the business community to network, collaborate and exchange expertise and knowledge in FinTech developments in Abu Dhabi, the wider MENA region and internationally. For more details of the ADGM’s FinTech Abu Dhabi event, visit to register interest and follow us on @FinTechAD, #FinTechAD and #InnovationChallengeAD

About Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015. Established by a UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for
business and finance and serves as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s key strengths including private banking, wealth management, asset management and financial innovation. Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM as IFC governs the Al Maryah Island which is a designated financial free zone. It
enables registered financial institutions, companies and entities to operate, innovate and success within an international regulatory framework based on Common Law. Since its inception, ADGM has been awarded the “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for three consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region.*

For more details of ADGM, please visit or follow us on Twitter: @adglobalmarket and Linkedin: ADGM

* Source : The Global Investor Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Awards

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Joan Lew, Senior Manager, Communications
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