FinTalks: How PropTech can reignite real estate in the UAE


How PropTech Can Reignite Real Estate in the UAE

We know how quickly the FinTech industry moves, so DIFC FinTech Hive has created FinTalks – powered by startups – as a collaborative forum to connect with other FinTech, Islamic FinTech, RegTech, and InsurTech enthusiasts to keep up-to-date on the latest industry technology trends and developments.

The third edition of FinTalks, brought to you by Smart Crowd, will present the potential of PropTech to reignite UAE's Real Estate market, through a review of the following topics:

  • How real estate crowdfunding can change the real estate investment market in UAE
  • Can artificial intelligence predict future movements in real estate economics months, if not years in advance
  • Where can blockchain play it’s part on smoothening out bureaucratic and trust challenges

PropTech is transforming the real estate industry across the globe with innovative property based solutions. Historically, real estate investments have been accessible to a limited number of individuals and institutions due to high capital requirements. PropTech innovations in this area have transformed the way real estate investments are made – particularly through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding involves pooling small amounts of capital to fund the desired “project” or “venture”. With innovations in PropTech and crowdfunding, opportunities can now be opened up to individuals regardless of geographical location and capital requirements.

The session will also take you through a demo of Smart Crowd's platform as a PropTech case study.


06:30 PM Registration & pizza

07:00 PM Welcome - by Shereen Abdulla, Senior Manager at DIFC FinTech Hive

07:05 PM Fireside chat - with Mahmoud AlBurai, Senior Advisory of RERA

07:05 PM PropTech demo - by Siddiq Farid, Founder of Smart Crowd

07:30 PM Q&A

07:45 PM Networking

08:00 PM End

We look forward to seeing you there!

Smart Crowd is an innovative crowdfunding MENA based start-up that aims to democratize real estate for everyone. Smart Crowd allows you to invest in real estate through its state-of-the-art digital crowdfunding platform where investors own a share of UAE property. Smart Crowd is currently under an Innovation Testing License by the DFSA.

Mahmoud AlBurai is currently serving as senior advisor at Real estate Regulatory Agency of Dubai manadated to work on a plan to make Dubai more competitive. Before this role Mahmoud has served as the CEO of Dubai Real estate Institute for 10 years in which the institute graduated 80,000 real estate professionals from the region. Amongst his prolific ventures, Mahmoud is FIABCI representative at the United Nations Economic Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA) and UNECE (Geneva). He is also the Chairman of UN Global Compact UAE since 2015 and represent MENA region in UN Global Compact advisory board since two years.

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