Unlock Blockchain Forum, scheduled to take place on January 14-15, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC, has put a sharp focus on issues concerning the blockchain startups in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.

“We are proud of the efforts we have taken to help build the blockchain ecosystem not only in Dubai but also across MENA region. We will have more than 60 blockchain startups, exhibiting, speaking, and attending Unlock Blockchain. We hope that Dubai benefits from having these startups where many are present here for the first time ever,” commented Walid Abou Zaki, Executive Director of Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal, the organizer.

The startups are from more than 35 countries around the world. The organizers are also expecting more than 350 delegates to attend.

The sponsors at the event that include the likes of Smart Dubai, IBM, DarkMatter, Emirates Airlines, Microsoft, Avanza Solutions, DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority), DU Telecom and Dubai Municipality. Unlock Blockchain forum is also supported by startupbootcamp, CrytpoValley Labs, and Careem as transportation partner.

“We have created an event that will bring blockchain into the mainstream discussion and across various sectors. Attendees will hear about what blockchain is, how to successfully implement blockchain projects. We will also discuss blockchain in utilities, smart cities, real-estate, banking and more. Many announcements and agreements will be signed at Unlock to further develop blockchain in the MENA region and encourage startups to flourish,” commented Lara AbdulMalak, Project lead for Unlock.

Some of the speakers at the forum include Dr. Aisha Bin Bishir, Director General SmartDubai; Wesam Lootah CEO of Smart Dubai Government; Oliver Bussmann, Founder of Bussmann Advisory, President of Swiss CryptoValley Association; James Wallis, Vice President Blockchain IBM; Dr. Veronica Lange Da Conceicao, Head of Innovation UBS and Marc Taverner, Vice President Sales Bitfury Group among others.

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