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PRESS RELEASE: The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum in UAE announces its first batch of Stellar speakers

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is prominently present at this year’s UNLOCK Blockchain Forum

The UNLOCK Company DMCC, a platform that provides information, intelligence, insights and news pertaining to the Blockchain sector, is holding its second series of the UNLOCK Blockchain Forum in Dubai UAE on Jan 15-16 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC.

The forum tackles blockchain tech, as it is growing and here to stay. It is set to have a market size of 2.5 trillion by 2021 from its current 548.2 billion in 2018. Over the last five years, venture capitalists have invested more than $3 billion in Blockchain projects.

Walid Abou Zaki, Founder & CEO of UNLOCK, stated, “We launched our first UNLOCK Forum in Dubai in January of 2018 and it was a great success with over 550 attendees, 60 blockchain startups from more than 35 countries and more than 58 high-level speakers from the region and globally. As supporters of the blockchain ecosystem, we have launched not only the UNLOCK media platform but also are providing services to help propel and build networks and relationships between all stakeholders in the blockchain arena.”

He adds, “We are proud to be holding our second series of UNLOCK Blockchain Forum in the UAE, as more and more blockchain use cases emerge across the governmental and private sector in the MENA region. We believe that despite the bear market conditions in the crypto space, there will be a lot of startups who are confident enough to forge forward with their solutions and offerings. We also believe that institutional and private family investment offices would benefit by tapping into the blockchain market and invest as little as 5% from the $300 billion worth of budget from GCC investment firms, family offices, and pension funds.”

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum will discuss topics such as Security Token offerings, the future of exchanges, the advent of scalable and interoperable blockchains, how governments are utilizing blockchain, institutional investment, utilizing blockchain for trade, supply chains and business as well as blockchain in the healthcare sector and tokenization of economies. In addition, the second day will discuss Blockchain and AI in Smart Cities, Blockchain and GDPR compliance, Blockchain and Digital identity, Blockchain in payments and finance as well as the state of Blockchain in the energy sector and the role that telecom operators will have as blockchain as service providers.

They have invited an array of high-level speakers from around the GCC and MENA region as well as expert speakers from across the globe. This year they are highlighting the blockchain initiatives in countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

UNLOCK speakers from KSA include Mr. Mohsen Al Zahrani, Vice President of Strategy and Excellence at Saudi Pay, Dr. Hesham Bin Abbas, Senior Consultant and Head of Blockchain Initiative at the KSA Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Dr. Abdulraham Al Olayan, Chief Executive Officer of Taibah Valley which recently opened the first Blockchain lab in KSA, as well as other prominent speakers from UAE.

UNLOCK has also signed up Avanza Innovations, an Avanza Group Company, as well as Swisscom Blockchain as sponsors and, will be adding more in the weeks to come. Abou Zaki states, “We are always proud to sign up sponsors who are working to build the blockchain ecosystem and who believe in the MENA region as a center for not only implementation of blockchain but also the development. We are inviting as well all blockchain startups in the region and globally to participate at this year’s UNLOCK”

UNLOCK has also signed more than 30 media partnerships with top leading media players, and will continue to develop these partnerships further. For more information on the UNLOCK Blockchain Forum, please visit

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