Dubai: Top 11 Upcoming Fintech Events Taking Place in H1 2022

Dubai: Top 11 Upcoming Fintech Events Taking Place in H1 2022

Physical, in-person events are back in full force this year as governments around the world ease up social distancing and traveling rules.

As Dubai continues to see its fintech landscape grow and thrive, organizers are increasingly choosing the city to host fintech conferences and events.

For this list, we’ve chosen 11 of the biggest in-person fintech events taking place in Dubai in H1 2022.

DIFC AI Festival

February 21-23, 2022

Open Stage, DIFC Innovation Hub (inside Gate Avenue)

DIFC AI Festival

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a special economic zone and fintech hub, is hosting the DIFC AI Festival between February 21 and 23, 2022, bringing together the artificial intelligence (AI) community from across the world.

The event will focus on exploring the differences between AI, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and robotics to help optimize and implement AI technology across a range of sectors. It will include a series of discussions, fireside chat and workshops, showcasing the prospects of innovation and the impact of AI.

Confirmed sessions include a fire side chat with His Excellency H.E. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; the Future of the Metaverse featuring Barakah; AI Financial Services featuring Flybits; AI-Driven Portfolio Analytics to Solve Information Asymmetry in Wealth Management featuring Finalytix; and Education and Career Opportunities in AI, IoT and Robotics featuring Crimson Ed.

iFX EXPO Dubai 2022

February 22-24, 2022

Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre

2022 International Financial Expo IFINEXPO Dubai Investment Summit

The self-proclaimed “first and largest financial business to business expo in the world,” iFX EXPO Dubai will be coming back from February 22-24, 2022.

Every year, the event attracts decision makers from leading organizations including those that are driving sectors forward through innovation and discovery. Since 2021, it has connected over 40,000 attendees with over 1,750 exhibitors from around the world.

Key themes covered this year will include Technology and Liquidity; Digital assets and Blockchain; Retail and Institutional Brokers; Payments and Banks; and Regulation and Compliance.

Step Conference Dubai 2022

February 23-24, 2022

Step Dubai 2022

Step started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 10 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in Dubai.

With four main tracks, more than 400 global startups showcasing, hundreds of global investors, and an estimated 8,000+ global attendees over two days, Step is set to bring the world to Dubai.

The Fintech Track will bring together banks, payment gateways, processors, fintech startups, regulators and more to discuss the latest in fintech, blockchain, digital currencies, payments, lending, and wealth management. Confirmed speakers include top executives representing organizations such as Tap Payments, Tabby, Tarabut Gateway,, Bitoasis and Mambu.

MetaWeek 2022

March 8-9, 2022

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre

MetaWeek 2022

Metaverse, an avant-garde creation of the blockchain development world, even though being in its early innings, promises to deliver a trailblazing experience for millions of users and shake the world’s economy and innovative landscape.

The market opportunity for launching the metaverse may bring an annual revenue of over US$1 trillion. Web 2.0 companies, tech giants like Facebook, have already picked up the Metaverse stance, raising questions on whether they will become centralization proponents for Web 3.0 or not.

Alongside metaverse, essential financial and non-financial applications of blockchain will be covered during MetaWeek, a week-long event with a core two-day conference and rich schedule of side events.

The event is set to bring together blockchain masterminds, non-fungible tokens creators, decentralized finance (DeFi) spearheads, AI forerunners, artists, gaming tycoons, data analysts, metaverse instigators and other experts to explore topics surrounding the metaverse, privacy, governance challenges, decentralized structures, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), DeFi, GameFi, digital identifies and investment priorities.

Global Tech Innovation Summit

March 9-10, 2022

Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

Global Tech Innovation Summit 1

The Global Tech Innovation Summit will take place on March 9 and 10, 2022, and feature enterprise use-cases, inspirational keynotes, panel discussions, tech-talks, crypto fireside chats, start-up speed pitches, competitions and awards.

Key industry leaders will bring participants the stories of their successes, failures and will reveal the insights they need to embrace impactful technological change right now.

This year’s summit will focus on Powerful Women in Tech; Smart Innovations; Digital Asset Trading and Trends; Decentralized Economy; DeFi and NFTs; Smart Technologies; AI and Cybersecurity; and the Metaverse.

Future Tech Summit

March 24, 2022

Dubai Exhibition Center, SAP Pavilion

Future Tech Summit (Expo 2022)

Future Tech Summit is launching with a lineup of 100 global speakers and partners in Dubai. The summit aims to deliver the world’s most exclusive event featuring future tech investors, entrepreneurs and influencers coming together to address the world’s greatest challenges in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG).

The summit will also serve to teach fundamentals of future technology, leading social impact applications of future tech and startup development strategies on AI, virtual reality (VR), nanotechnology, space tech and blockchain.

Money 2.0 Conference

March 20-22, 2022

Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City

Money 2.0 Conference

The Money 2.0 Conference will focus on financial and investment strategies, providing participants with a view of emerging financial markets, enterprise risk management strategies, blockchain-based transactions, and fintech and insurance trends. The conference is aimed at a wide range of finance and investment professionals, including venture capitalists, fintech entrepreneurs, CFOs, and financial advisors.

Top-notch speakers from successful organizations, including Huawei, CrayPay, New Era Life Insurance Company, Novae and LP Venture Group will share actionable insights, ideas, and break down the latest developments in the finance and insurance markets.

The first leg of the conference will take place in Dubai in March, while a second edition will take place in Las Vegas during April.

World Blockchain Summit Dubai

March 23-24, 2022

Atlantis, The Palm

World Blockchain Summit – Dubai

The self-proclaimed “most influential crypto and blockchain conference in the Middle East since 2017,” World Blockchain Summit (WBS) Dubai will return to an in-person format event in March 2022.

Aimed at providing an unparallel networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, governments, developers, industry enthusiasts, and global media, the event will focus on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, the metaverse, Web 3.0 ecosystems, and their wide-reaching effect on commerce, culture, and communities.

Key topics of discussion will include NFTs and the future of the metaverse, Web 3.0, the current state of DeFi, navigating blockchain and digital assets as a venture capital (VC) firm, DAOs, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the institutionalization of crypto markets, and regulation.

Participants will get to explore the latest blockchain innovations from established tech leaders and emerging startups, understand how to automate and cut costs of several state-provided services, explore collaboration opportunities with top global technology enterprises, and network with elite blockchain experts, business owners, investors and startups.

Outside the Block 2022

March 31, 2022

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel


Outside the Block is an annual event hosted by the Welups Foundation and Omanee Incorporation.

This year’s event will take place again on March 31 2022, in Dubai. During the event, the organizations will officially launch the Omanee ecosystem, Welups Identity Blockchain. Along with that, the event will bring together industry leaders, including technology professionals, business leaders, change-makers, senior or junior practitioners, and startups, to exchange ideas and share the value of growing the blockchain ecosystem around the world.

Participants will get to discover, learn, share and network with different local or international companies from across the world. The event will include an exhibition, group meeting, discussion hubs, workshops, networking sessions.

FinnoSec Middle East

May 24-25, 2022

Conrad Dubai


The 3rd edition of FinnoSec Middle East, a leading summit on financial security and cyber resilience, will be held on May 24 and 25, 2022 in a hybrid format in Dubai.

The event is set to bring together more than 350+ delegates from across the region and partners from across the world to discuss the prevalent data and information technology security issues faced by banks and financial institutions, enhance cybersecurity strategies and promote data protection initiatives to safeguard the banking and financial services industry against the ever-evolving threats.

The summit will feature more than 40 pioneer speakers, 8+ networking hours, 4+ panel discussions and 15+ keynotes. Key topics will include security standards in fintech, IT governance in the banking and insurance sector, digital identity and data access management, cyber-threat intelligence, open infrastructure, and the use of AI in security and risk management.

Seamless Middle East 2022

May 31 – June 01, 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre

Seamless Middle East 2022

For 22 years now, Seamless has been a meeting place for the brightest and most innovative minds across the payments, fintech, banking, retail, e-commerce, cards and identity industries.

This year, the Seamless Middle East two-day conference is set to bring together more than 10,000 attendees and feature 350+ exhibitors and 300+ speakers. Key topics will include the latest trends, market disruptors and technologies shaping the payments, fintech, retail and e-commerce world.

A free-to-attend multi-brand exhibition hosting hundreds of international exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge solutions and featuring the most innovative startups across the region.

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