Saif bin Zayed inaugurates "Seamless Middle East 2022" Conference and Exhibition

The UAE leads the region in digital transformation

Saif bin Zayed during the opening of the "Seamless" conference and exhibition.


Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, inaugurated the activities of the Digital Economy Conference and Exhibition "Seamless Middle East 2022", which is held at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Dubai under the auspices of the League of Arab States and organized by Terrapin International Conferences Organization, in the presence of the President Republic of Madagascar, André Rajoelina.

His Highness attended the opening session of the conference, where His Highness witnessed the launch of the third edition of the Arab Digital Economy Index 2022, which is the first Arab indicator to measure the development of digital economy practices in the Arab region after the release of the two versions of the index for the years 2018 and 2020.

The report showed that the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf continued to lead the Arab region in digital transformation, as the UAE topped the general index, followed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.

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The President of the Republic of Madagascar and His Highness General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan toured the exhibition accompanying the Conference on Digital Economy Technologies (Seamless Middle East 2022), where they were briefed on the latest technology in the areas of digital government, digital security, electronic payments, e-commerce platforms, and technologies Retail, financial technology, banking, digital identity, and logistics.

Continuous regulation

In turn, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed his happiness to participate, even from a distance, in the opening of the Digital Economy Technologies Conference and Exhibition "Seamless Middle East 2022".

He extended his thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, for his patronage and support for all Arab activities and meetings that promote Arab integration.

Aboul Gheit added, “The global economy is going through delicate and extremely difficult conditions, as the synchronization of two global crises has caused unprecedented repercussions, as the emerging Corona virus pandemic has left economic losses exceeding $12 trillion, debt rates have risen to more than 351%, and the global growth rate has fallen from 4.6 % to 3.3%, according to World Bank figures.. Then the Russian-Ukrainian war came to impose additional burdens on this deteriorating situation.”

Report launch

The conference launched the third edition of the “Arab Digital Economy Indicator 2022”, where the President of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, Chairman of the Higher Committee preparing the report, Dr. Ali Muhammad Al-Khoury, indicated that the Arab Digital Economy Index 2022 comes at a delicate time, especially with the turmoil in the economy. The world after the spread of the pandemic, the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, and the geopolitical and geoeconomic transformations.

The report showed that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries continue to lead the Arab region in digital transformation, as the UAE topped the general index, followed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.

Digital Services In addition, exhibitors in the digital services sector and technology experts presented, during the conference and exhibition, the latest technologies and challenges in the world of the digital revolution, the future of payments, financial technology, identity, retail and e-commerce.

Abdul Rahman Shaheen, Executive Vice President of Operations at Dubai Commercity, the first free zone for e-commerce in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, confirmed that Dubai Commercity contributes to informing companies about the infrastructure and challenges facing this field, and how it plays a major role in Facilitating and overcoming these challenges and even turning them into opportunities within the UAE, thanks to the presence of global supply chains at airports, express shipping and e-commerce services, which contributes to strengthening the position of the Emirate of Dubai due to its strategic location in the Gulf region and the Middle East.

For his part, EdNow Middle East Commercial President, Oliver Opitayo, stressed that customers in the UAE are looking for easier ways to open a bank account in a few minutes and by phone, as the sector has witnessed over the past years rapid innovations and improvements in the banking sector. By deploying the right technology, the complex and slow obstacles to banking onboard will be removed, stressing that they are interested in digital identity verification and authentication services, including banks, financial technology services, digital assets and cryptocurrency platforms.

Exhibitors presenting the latest digital technologies, the future of payments, financial technology, retail and e-commerce.

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