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PayExpo MENA 2016

After a period of massive growth, payment solutions in the Gulf Corporation Council now account for approximately 40% of all FinTech business, which makes PayExpo MENA a very timely opportunity to review the current situation and look to the future.

Taking place in Dubai on 5-7 December – PayExpo MENA will hear from some of the United Arab Emirates’ preeminent experts from the global payments ecosystem. The comprehensive two-day summit will address key opportunities and challenges in the financial services, retail, transport, mobile, gaming and leisure markets – from enhancing and encouraging the global FinTech and ecommerce scene, to revolutionising mobile financial services and banking around the world.

Among the topics to be covered, Nader Heinein from Blackberry will explore the strengths and pitfalls of digital currency, which are very much in their infancy in the region; Emirates NBD’s Harpal Singh will address the security issues around current and emerging payment systems Alan Dempsey from Marka VIP – the largest ecommerce retailer in the UAE – will explain what they are doing to stay ahead of the competition, while Sammy Tuffaha of Etisalat will deliver his payment leaders predictions. In addition Khaled Abdul Rahman Al Awadhi, director of the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) automated collection systems department, will provide the latest industry updates in his keynote session – ‘the view from public transport: what a smart payment city looks like in Dubai.’

“These are exciting times for the payment industry. The next ten years will reinvent the way we live by changing the way we pay for things.” says Sammy Tuffaha, Director of Digital Payments at Etisalat,. Etisalat is an event partner and sponsor of PayExpo MENA.


“As we experience the latest innovations that are setting the tone for 2017 payments evolution in the MENA region, we must appreciate the vision and efforts that we see in the area.  For example, UAE’s goal to become a predominantly cashless society and the increasing penetration of touch-less payments are some of the many benchmarks that need to be reinforced and supported. However, such initiatives will require serious coordination among all industry players and relative entities. Specialised events like PayExpo MENA will help bridge the gap between the various initiatives in the region and instigate the needed synchronization for mass adaptation.”

Mike Seaman, show director for PayExpo MENA, comments: ‘We’re delighted to have so many payments innovators from the region and across the world on our conference programme at PayExpo MENA. Delegates will certainly learn from the best in their field”

Complimentary passes are available for those involved with specifying payments solutions in: retail banks; investors and venture capitalists, merchants; mobile network operators, gaming executives, transport operators, hotel and leisure, start-ups and non-government authorities.

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