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From AI to Wealth Management: FinovateMiddleEast Arrives in Dubai


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In just two days, Finovate will make its Middle East debut. The conference begins on Monday, 26 February and continues through Tuesday, 27 February, and will feature both our signature 7-minute, live demo format as well as an exciting array of fintech visionaries and thought leaders to provide insight and context into the technological innovations we’ll see over the two days of FinovateMiddleEast.

So what are we talking about when we talk about fintech in MENA? Our FinovateMiddleEast Themes Word Cloud below offers more than a few helpful hints.

Let’s take a closer look at the top three …

AI – Leveraging artificial intelligence to solve technical challenges in finance is as important for fintechs in MENA as it is all over the world. Often combined with machine learning and data analytics, AI is enabling businesses to better understand their customers, make many operational procedures faster and less error prone, and even pave the way for a world of connected devices courtesy of the Internet of Things.

Mobile Wallets – While mobile wallet adoption has been mixed in many places, in MENA mobile wallets continue to play a major role in driving mobile payments and providing opportunities for consumers – especially the un- and underbanked – to participate more easily in e-commerce as well as giving businesses such as grocery stores, gas stations, and public transit a path toward faster payment processing and a better experience for consumers.

Wealth Management – The growing population of high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals in MENA is helping generate interest in wealth management solutions. These options range from 100% robo advisory services to wealth management firms that blend technology with human experts to provide a holistic financial advisory service.

Get to know the companies whose technologies reflect these and many more innovative trends in fintech via our FinovateMiddleEast Sneak Peek series. And for more information on our keynotes speeches and panel discussions, be sure to check out our Day One and Day Two agendas.

We are excited about Finovate’s debut in Dubai and hope you will join us in person at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Events Centre here in Dubai, UAE, or follow us online through our Live Twitter feed @Finovate.  Registration on both Monday and Tuesday will begin at 8am with refreshments and a continental breakfast available to attendees. Opening remarks on Monday will begin at 8:30; on Tuesday the first presentation begins at 9am.


The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Finance is the Exclusive Strategic Partner of FinovateMiddleEast

FinovateMiddleEast sponsors also include UAE Exchange, Profile Software, simility, Temenos, Block Gemini, Loxon Solutions, Ortec Finance, Plug and Play Abu Dhabi Global Market

Dubai International Financial Centre is a supporting partner of FinovateMiddleEast

FinovateMiddleEast partners also include AstroLabs, Byte Academy, European Fintech Alliance, Femtech Leaders, FINOLAB, Fintech Connector, Fintech Galaxy, Fintech Professionals Association, Holland Fintech, Plug and Play Abu Dhabi Global Market, SME Finance Forum, Startupbootcamp, Startupbootcamp Fintech, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, Women Who Code

FinovateMiddleEast media partners include Aite Group, Arabnet, BankersHub, Banking Technology, BeFast.TV, Big Data Made Simple, Blockchain in Europe, BlockExplorer, Breaking Banks, Middle East Business Review, Crowdfund Insider, Financial IT, Fintech Finance, Fintechtime, Forrester, Gigabit, Headcount, IBS Intelligence, Innovate Finance, Islamic Finance News, Mercator Advisory Group, Ovum, Oxford Business Group, Plus Journal, Rainmaking Colab, RFI Group, The Fintech Times, The Nilson Report, The Paypers, Unlock Blockchain