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Recognizing Innovation: Abu Dhabi Organized First Middle East Blockchain Awards to Reward Blockchain and Web3 Development

Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Ameer Hamza

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, hosted the first-ever Middle East Blockchain Awards on November 18, 2022, recognizing outstanding achievements and innovation in the blockchain industry. The event aimed to celebrate the brightest minds and most innovative companies promoting blockchain innovation, from startups to established businesses. With the growing interest and investment in blockchain technology, the awards showcased the latest evolutions in Web3 Development and highlighted the positive impact of blockchain technology on various industries.

Middle East Blockchain Awards (MEBA) is planning to leave its mark on the blockchain ecosystem of the UAE at the same time as the UAE is strategizing multiple steps to establish itself as a worldwide leader in blockchain technology. Blockchain Awards acknowledge and award the efforts of pioneers in the fintech sector, such as blockchain and Web 3.0 pioneers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, researchers, and service providers.

Blockchain, Web 3.0, decentralization, and digital assets are some of the new technologies the UAE capital is embracing. Furthermore, it has taken steps toward establishing a secure and clear regulatory environment for them. In 2023, the Web3 industry is projected to be worth over $6.2 billion, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 44.6% between 2023 and 2030. Individuals and organizations are breaking down barriers to entry into this ever-expanding digital sphere. So, the MEBA was held to show appreciation for companies and individuals in the region making significant strides toward a digital-first future.

  • Abu Dhabi Government Is Adopting And Regulating Emerging Technologies

The blockchain industry is also expanding, with forecasts estimating that it will be worth over $7.18 billion in 2022 and around $164 billion by 2029. To help propel its future economy, Abu Dhabi’s government is investing heavily in the widespread adoption and regulation of such technology. The emirate announced in August 2022 its intention to begin a blockchain and virtual assets strategy that aligns with its broader economic goals for the emirate. A new economy, from financial services to consumer goods, will be supported by the infrastructure that blockchain is building.

  • Crypto And Blockchain Innovation Flourish In UAE’s Progressive Ecosystem

The United Arab Emirates actively encourages the growth of the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. In addition, Abu Dhabi is creating a sandbox approach for the blockchain industry, allowing products to be tested in a real-world setting and compliant with the UAE’s stringent regulatory anti-money laundering rules. The UAE is rapidly becoming an internationally recognized worldwide powerhouse for the technology behind cryptocurrencies and blockchain by encouraging crypto investment in the UAE and supporting innovation in blockchain at the local level. Binance, FTX, Kraken,, and others are major exchanges that have already established themselves in the Middle East.

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