Dubai to host annual World Blockchain Forum this April

Dubai to host annual World Blockchain Forum this April

This April, Dubai will play host to top blockchain stakeholders in this year’s World Blockchain Forum (WBF). The conference will hold on 16th and 17th April and at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam in UAE’s largest city.

World Blockchain Forum is a two-day conference that features major blockchain innovations and possibilities. WBF 2018 will throw more light on Initial Coin Offering (ICOs) as well as the global effect of cryptocurrencies. Information on the website states:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]this two-day conference delves into the innovative possibilities of blockchain and disruptive technologies, provides an introduction to ICOs (the funding model behind some of the most extraordinary capital raises of 2017) and looks at the transformative impact of cryptocurrencies on the global financial landscape.[/perfectpullquote]

At The WBF 2018, notable keynote speakers will make speeches and presentations on fintech and blockchain-related subjects. Speakers include Dubai-based Col. Saeed M. Al Hajri, Director, Cybercrime and Criminal Investigation Depts. at Dubai Police Headquarters, Mohammed Shael Al Saadi, CEO of Strategic Affairs at Department of Economic Development and Dr. Noah Raford, COO at Dubai Future Foundation. International speakers include Founder of CNET Halsey Minor, Managing Director at Binary Financial, Harry Yeh; Vanessa Grellet from Consensys and many more.

The Future of Finance

Introduced as the forum to discuss “future of our financial world” this year’s WBF will likely follow a trend of governments and international organizations redefining their position on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Blockchain technology is gradually becoming accepted and actively pursued by various bodies due to the promise it holds for Fintech.

Dubai blockchain Government 2020

Dubai has made its approach towards blockchain very clear. While other nations come to terms with the benefits of blockchain, the UAE city has set an audacious goal to become a blockchain government by 2020. They have not played lip service to this either. In line with their 10x initiative, they have pursued blockchain innovations; the latest, a system to track the lifespan of vehicles via blockchain. The Dubai 10x which seeks to keep the City 10 years ahead of other cities in terms of innovation. reports that Moe Levin, CEO of Keynote and regular feature at the WBF commended the progressed achieved through the forum in previous years. According to the report, Levin said; “This is the third year we’re doing the event in Dubai — and the local community continues to grow, and more and more traditional investors are coming out of the woodwork.” He attributed the progress made to favorable policies in the region and a huge demand for information.

Past speakers at the World Blockchain Forum include Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee, and John McAfee. More information about the conference as well as tickets for the event can be found on their website. (www.

Solomon Sunny is the market reporter for Smartereum, one of the global leaders in Ethereum, blockchain and currency news. He produces technical price updates on digital currencies and writes recent developments about blockchain.


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