The one-year countdown to Expo Dubai starts today! Dubai will be ready to welcome the world on 1 October 2021.

When the global COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year, people across the globe were looking to Dubai to see what would happen to Expo2020. Dubai was prepared and announced that the event would go ahead in 2021.

The theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is incredibly appropriate for the world expo. Today, it is also relevant for Dubai, DIFC and every one of us.

This year, all countries and industries have faced challenges. To recover quickly and succeed, bright minds need to come together to create the future. At DIFC, we embrace change and listen to the best talent in the region’s financial community to guide our decisions.  

The pandemic has advanced the use of digital technology in the finance sector. DIFC was the first place in MEASA to launch a FinTech accelerator and now over 50 per cent of all FinTech firms in MENA are based here. We are the best placed financial centre in the region to help established firms and start-ups enhance their digital offerings and create the future of finance.

Being a major part of the Dubai Future District demonstrates the confidence of Emirate’s leadership in DIFC to create the future. Dubai and DIFC provides the most proven platform for growth. Our ecosystem of more than 25,000 employees and over 2,500 substantive companies will continue contributing to the local and regional economy. Along with other parts of Dubai’s finance industry, our ecosystem now generates a 1/3rd of Dubai’s GDP and I am convinced this will increase.

Although it is a year until Expo Dubai opens, we do not need to wait until then to create the future. Will you help us to create the future of finance now?

Written by Arif Amiri

In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Authority, Arif Amiri oversees the strategic and operational functions of the Centre. Under his leadership, DIFC has grown substantially and set out an ambitious 2024 Strategy, which will see it further enhance its position as the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.