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Digital Sandbox
Enabling APIs, system virtual machines and applications that connect legacy systems

The Digital Sandbox (DSB) is a virtual environment hosted by ADGM, in which FinTechs, Financial Institutions and a financial services regulator, represented by ADGM's FSRA, can seamlessly connect, experiment and develop innovative solutions, creating new products, and testing prototypes swiftly.

By providing the ecosystem with access to resources such as data, APIs, system images and reference architectures the DSB will enable participants to validate their new solutions with a replication of their own technology stack more readily.

The DBS provides the ability to safely collaborate enabling the industry to identify and address shared challenges together. It also includes a virtual space to pose industry challenges for FinTechs to address and provide solutions.

The types of entities that we see using the DSB include:

  • Financial services
  • Start ups
  • Regulators
  • Tech vendors
  • Professional services
  • Academics
  • Government organisations
  • Venture capitalists

Not just for entities operating in ADGM's Regulatory Laboratory or registered in ADGM, the platform also caters to those technology entities (whether FinTechs or more established entities) who do not need a licence from ADGM to collaborate with financial entities in a truly inclusive environment.

For ADGM's RegLab participants, the digital platform will enable ADGM to supervise their test activities with financial entities in real time through the use of innovative supervisory tools and technology (SupTech).

 

Why apply to join the ADGM Digital Sandbox?

Access to partners

The DSB connects start-ups, Financial Institutions and ADGM's FSRA to each other to trial best-in-class technologies for financial markets. Institutions looking for the latest FinTech solutions and start-ups looking for corporate adoption can avail themselves of the Digital Marketplace to find the right partners. ADGM encourages collaborative growth, in addition to providing an opportunity to integrate FinTech solutions with institutional data and functionality to test for scalability and robustness.

Broad technology coverage

Not just for entities operating in ADGM's Regulatory Laboratory or registered in ADGM, the platform also caters to those technology entities (whether FinTechs or more established entities) who do not need a licence from ADGM to collaborate with financial entities in a truly inclusive environment. For ADGM's RegLab participants, the digital platform will enable ADGM to supervise their test activities with financial entities in real time through the use of innovative supervisory tools and technology (SupTech).

Easy-to-use interface

The DSB is intended for all types of user, regardless of technical background. Whether you are a business user or work in an IT function, you will be able to collaborate and run experiments using a suite of user-friendly tools.

Secure and Standardised

The DSB is hosted on a world-class cloud platform on UAE data centres which adheres to both international and UAE security standards. It is a secure environment for traditional and disruptive talent to collaborate around new financial products.

ADGM Digital Sandbox is one of three FinTech focused areas at ADGM. The other areas include FinTech and ADGM RegLab.

Abu Dhabi is a hub for FinTech innovation

Abu Dhabi Innovation Agenda

Abu Dhabi is committed to promoting growth in technology innovation and encouraging competition within the FinTech sector. 

Safe and stable

Ranked one the safest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi offers world-class infrastructure, including housing, schools, sporting facilities, cultural institutions and events with convenient international transportation links globally.

Strategically located

Conveniently positioned globally with time zones and at the crossroads of major trading routes, Abu Dhabi is in close proximity to the world's fastest growing markets.

Why apply to join the ADGM Digital Sandbox
FinTech hub
ADGM is rated to be one of the world's leading FinTech jurisdictions with a flourishing ecosystem and with the world's second most active FinTech regulatory sandbox.
Full ecosystem
ADGM offers a full ecosystem of legal, accounting and servicing firms and enables the optimisation of businesses.
Collaboration
By providing a Digital Sandbox environment, a cloud-hosted platform for start-ups, ADGM encourages collaborative growth alongside institutional partners, in addition to providing an opportunity to integrate FinTech solutions with banking data and functionality, to test for scalability and robustness.
Growth potential
ADGM is home to world-leading fund managers with a strong technology focus, such as SoftBank, in addition to more traditional asset managers including Aberdeen Asset Management, and BNP Paribas.
Global Financial Innovation Network
With the Global Financial Innovation Network, ADGM facilitates an international regulators' group that allows FinTechs to test their products in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously, with interaction from each country's financial regulators.
Business friendly
ADGM tailors its regulatory frameworks to encourage responsible investment through for example its Venture Capital Fund regime.
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RegLab

The ADGM RegLab is a specially-tailored regulatory framework which provides a controlled environment for FinTech participants to develop and test innovative FinTech solutions.

As the first RegLab in the region and the world’s second most active FinTech sandbox, the RegLab is designed to foster innovation within the UAE financial services market for both new market entrants and existing financial institutions.

FinTech

Abu Dhabi has recently been recognised as the top FinTech hub in MENA region with ADGM actively championing the development of a sustainable and vibrant FinTech ecosystem, setting many 'firsts' for the MENA region, including the first FinTech Regulatory regime and the first FinTech RegLab which today is the world's second most active FinTech sandbox after London.

We are the first in the region to pioneer financial innovation and offer a platform for a vibrant FinTech ecosystem, while providing the opportunity to collaborate with a progressive and award-winning regulator.

The ADGM RegLab is a specially-tailored regulatory framework which provides a controlled environment for FinTech participants to develop and test innovative FinTech solutions.

As the first RegLab in the region and the world’s second most active FinTech sandbox, the RegLab is designed to foster innovation within the UAE financial services market for both new market entrants and existing financial institutions.

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