A recent UAE ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market) survey has indicated a strong trajectory growth in several sectors including the field of Fintech and digital assets, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology poised to grow by 17.08% and 16.83% respectively. In the lead is asset management growth at 18.56%.

According to ADGM press release, these sectors are reinforced by the growing interest in Sustainable Finance and Private Banking and Wealth Management, which are also projected to experience substantial growth. Furthermore, Professional Services are forecast to continue their upward trend, rounding out the sectors set for expansion within the dynamic financial landscape of the IFC

Nearly 97% of business leaders show strong support for recommending ADGM. A total of 70.81% of companies anticipate expanding their workforce in ADGM during 2024.

The robust regulatory environment acknowledged as the cornerstone of ADGM’s competitive edge. ADGM had announced earlier this year that it would be amending and updating its virtual assets framework. It then introduced its Blockchain/ DLT ( distributed ledger technology) framework.

Accordingly a research report by Wamda and Digital Digest, noted that Web3 startups in the MENA region raised $39 million in February this year. Startups in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region raised $88.7 million across 37 deals, a modest growth of just two per cent month-on-month in terms of deal value. Compared to the same period last year, the amount invested in February this year has fallen by 88 per cent.

The UAE remained at the top of the Mena ecosystem in terms of investment, with its startups raising $65.6 million across 22 deals, half of which went to the Flare Network.

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