April 1, 2019 – Dubai, UAE: Seamless Middle East returns to the Dubai Trade Center for its 19th year, bringing industry leaders in the payments, retail, ecommerce and finance sectors together to discuss the latest in innovation and development.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Seamless Middle East will be held with the official support of Dubai Commercity.
This year’s conference sees over 400 speakers, industry leaders in their respective fields, from all over the world. Attendees will get to hear keynotes from Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Chief Executive Officer at Emaar Malls; Paul Misner, Head of Global Innovation at Amazon; Chris Colbert, Managing Director of Harvard Innovation Labs; Peter England, CEO of RAKBANK and many more.
“Putting together Seamless 2019, we wanted to ensure our speakers and exhibitors reflected the exponential change taking place in the region, as well as the commerce industry. According to the Euromonitor International’s Digital Consumer Index 2018, the UAE is highest among emerging markets, which emphasizes just how much of a priority it is for the government to transition to a tech-based economy that is innovative and optimized for the consumer of the future”, explains Joseph Ridley, General Manager of Seamless Middle East at Terrapinn.
Ridley also added: “We are also delighted we will be continuing our partnership with Dubai CommerCity as Title Sponsor of our show. The setup of a freezone dedicated for the development of ecommerce consolidates the region’s interest in the industry and explains what makes Seamless Middle East timelier than ever”.
The exponential growth of digital retail and payments in the Middle East ensures that there will be plenty for attendees to discuss at the show. As Dr. Bernd van Linder, CEO of Commercial Bank Dubai and a speaker at the event, explains, “Initiatives such as the UAE government aiming for a non-cash, paperless society, the importance of BlockChain, the imminent launch of the Emirates digital wallet, and the increased adoption of the eDirham will accelerate the transition away from cash towards digital mediums of exchange”.
Alongside the conference is a free to attend exhibition where attendees can expect to meet with some of the world’s leading disruptors in innovation and technology. These include companies such as Salesforce, Geidea, Verifone, Paypal, Wirecard, Dubai Store, Noqodi and Gemalto, amongst others.
Attendees of the expo will have the opportunity to see brand new product launches, over 75 sessions held across three demo theatres, and meet and discuss with over 350 technology solution providers and start-ups.
This year’s free to attend exhibition will also include the popular Seamless Pitch-offs, sponsored by OMA Emirates Group and Al Rowad IT for Fintech and Commerce industries respectively. Shortlisted start-ups have three minutes to explain their concept and execution to a panel of expert judges from, for a shot at a cash prize and the opportunity to develop their idea.
Seamless Middle East will take place at the Dubai Trade Center, Dubai on the 10th and 11th of April 2019.
For more information, please contact:
Lizelle Van Tonder at [email protected]
What: Seamless Middle East
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Halls 1-3
When: April 10th from 9:00am to 17:30pm
April 11th from 9:00 am to 17:00pm