UAE Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) announced that it had added 3,049 new businesses in DMCC in 2022, and the crypto center is now home to 500 crypto and blockchain entities an increase of 231 percent compared to 2021 when there were 151 crypto blockchain entities by end of year. The growth increase is 23% year-on-year, breaking previous record set in 2021 when DMCC registered 2,485 new members.

As per the press release, the record growth was driven by growing demand from blockchain and Web3 businesses for space at DMCC crypto center representing the largest concentration of crypto and blockchain companies in the region. 

In 2021, UAE DMCC Free Zone and Government of Dubai had added 151 crypto and Blockchain entities out of the 2,485 companies who registered in 2021. With 500 entities now in DMCC crypto center, this is an increase of 231 percent YOY making DMCC have the biggest concentration of blockchain and crypto entities in the region.

DMCC attributed the growth to the expansion of its commodities centers and the launch of the DMCC Crypto Centre. In September 2021 DMCC had licensed 50 Crypto blockchain entities just a few months after the launch of its crypto Centre. By the end of November early December, Ahmed Bin Sulayem had mentioned that DMCC had licensed 130 companies, by the end of 2021 it had reached 151 companies.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, stated, “Backed by a strong regional macroeconomic landscape, DMCC has been efficiently accelerating its growth strategy throughout 2022, focusing on supporting its member companies in high-impact sectors such as web3 and blockchain technologies, commodities and global trade. The unprecedented performance this year reflects this growth acceleration and highlights the significant value that DMCC adds to each of its members.”

DMCC Crypto Centre partnered with global VC firm Brinc to provide its members with access to their USD 150 million accelerator fund. Brinc is a portfolio company of Animoca Brands, a global leader in web3 and blockchain investment. This major partnership supports the long-term and rapid growth of the companies that develop web3 and blockchain technologies and associated value-added services at the DMCC Crypto Centre.

Reflecting DMCC’s drive to add value at the intersection of technology and commodities, DMCC partnered with SafeGold and Comtech Gold to tokenize gold bars based in UAE facilities. Each gold bar will be backed by a DMCC Tradeflow warrant, meaning that the increased ease of trading a tokenized asset is combined with the additional security, transparency and real-asset allocation provided by the Tradeflow warrant.

In the past week, UAE’s Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has signed two partnership agreements with Gold tokenization entities. DMCC signed an MOU with Asian digital gold platform, SafeGold, to develop an ecosystem in the MENA for gold backed digital certificates starting from the UAE and then spreading across MENA.

The MENA region is home to a $20 billion gold market. Gold is a high-growth industry in the UAE; according to the World Gold Council, UAE gold consumption surged by 57 percent in 2021.

As per the announcement Gold bars will be physically stored in secure vaults, and verified by warrants issued on DMCC’s Tradeflow platform, a transparent central registry of ownership for gold and commodities stored in UAE facilities. The digital certificates that are backed by gold can then be traded on SafeGold’s platform, providing investors with greater levels of transparency and confidence.

Gaurav Mathur, Founder and MD, SafeGold, noted that the UAE is an ideal hub for a global digital gold platform.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC, added “Given the increased ease of trading digital assets, especially in gold and precious metals, our collaboration with SafeGold is a vital step towards consolidating an ecosystem for digital gold at the global level. Partnerships built on trust and transparency is vital in serving the entire gold industry, and DMCC is perfectly positioned to drive these efforts given our extensive knowledge in gold, world-class infrastructure across the entire gold value chain and ongoing work in blockchain and web3 sectors.”

The DMCC had also announced its partnership with Comtech Gold to digitize the trade of gold through tokenization which will also be registered on DMCC’s TradeFlow platform. Comtech Gold Tokens (“CGO”) will be created on the XinFin Protocol (XDC) blockchain network based on the deposit of physical gold bars located in DMCC-approved vaults.

Each gold bar will be backed by a Tradeflow warrant, meaning that the increased ease of trading a tokenized asset is combined with the additional security, transparency, and real-asset allocation provided by the Tradeflow warrant.

With each token representing one gram of gold, investors and traders will be able to buy as little as one gram, democratizing the asset class by making it more accessible. The tokens are Shariah compliant and fully backed by physical gold in the form of 1kg gold bars of 999.9 purity from globally-renowned brands. In line with international best practices for transparency in the precious metals sector, each bar will feature unique ID numbers and certificates direct from the refiners.


Ahmed Bin Sulayem,  believes that the  partnership with Comtech Gold  for tokenized gold bullion  using  blockchain solutions will drive long-term growth in global trade across industries and asset classes.

Navin D’Souza, Chief Executive Officer at ComTech Gold, said: “A partnership with DMCC is an exciting moment for us as we continue to grow with 122 kgs of gold already tokenized. Tradeflow warrants add the security, control, and transparency to the gold tokens necessary to build investor trust and confidence. This, along with the Shariah certification, makes Comtech Gold Tokens (CGO) an ideal and robust product developed on blockchain technology for regional and international investors.”

In My previous article ‘ UAE the new home for Gold backed tokens’ on LaraontheBlock it was noted that the UAE has become home to Gold tokenization entities from around the globe and this could be the market that many crypto enthusiasts are looking for amidst the bearish crypto and financial markets.

UAE DMCC, Dubai MultiCommodities Centre has signed an agreement with South Korea’s blockchain industry, Busan Metropolitan City, to support global development and adoption of blockchain and web3 technologies. 

During a two-day roadshow of Seoul and Busan, DMCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Busan Metropolitan City that will see the two parties work together on connecting the blockchain ecosystems in Dubai and Busan by hosting regular knowledge-sharing events and connecting crypto, blockchain and web3 businesses in the two cities.

During a welcome speech at the Blockchain Week Busan event, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, said, “Blockchain and web3 technologies are revolutionizing industries and sectors across the globe, from finance, healthcare and gaming to business operations such as supply chain management and the sale of goods and services. As we solidify the emirate’s position as a global capital for blockchain and web3, it is clear that there is a substantial opportunity for Dubai and South Korea to collaborate more closely to advance the global industry.”

DMCC’s latest MoU with Busan bolsters the free zone’s global network and reinforces its commitment to building an interconnected blockchain ecosystem.

Park Heong-joon, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, added, “Busan has great potential to become a regional hub for blockchain development. This has been reinforced through our partnership with DMCC, which will allow us to replicate the successes of their Crypto Centre and develop a strong crypto ecosystem in Busan. We look forward to working with them closely over the coming months.”

Dubai’s blockchain sector contributes over USD 500 million to the economy and is estimated to support more than 40,000 jobs by 2030 and add USD 4 billion to Dubai’s economy.

Since June 2021, exactly one year ago, the UAE DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Center) has been able to attract 373 crypto and blockchain companies into its ecosystem of 21,000 companies. Looking deeper this means the crypto and Blockchain companies already make up 1.6 percent of the total number of registered companies at DMCC. These crypto entities reside in DMCC’s crypto center. (figures provided to laraonetheblock by DMCC)

This information came to light when DMCC recently announced its half year 2022 results, which witnessed 1,469 new companies registering at DMCC of which 205 were in the crypto and Blockchain space. As such 14 percent of new companies registering at DMCC in 2022 so far have been from the crypto ecosystem.

While the total percentage of Blockchain and crypto companies registered in DMCC might look insignificant, it is a powerful testament to DMCC and the UAE. The UAE has become a home to major global crypto and Blockchain players especially after the activation of the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority in Dubai as well as the work being done by ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Markets) in Abu Dhabi.

Notably UAE now is home to 1000 blockchain and crypto entities as per the stats provided by Crypto Oasis ecosystem. In response, UAE based Crypto Oasis recently updated its target for 2022 to 1500 crypto and Blockchain companies from its previous target of 1000. Given that UAE is home to 1000 blockchain and crypto companies, and DMCC houses a total of 373, this means DMCC is currently home to 37 percent of all the blockchain and crypto entities present in the UAE.

In DMCC press release they noted that part of the growth in the number of companies was due to the continued interest in the DMCC Crypto CENTER. The Crypto Centre offers a home to all types and sizes of crypto businesses, from companies developing blockchain-enabled platforms, NFTs and Metaverse environments, through to firms trading crypto assets.

In addition the UAE has attracted top crypto and blockchain companies, such as Binance,, FTX and others. For example Forbes recently published its top 50 Blockchain companies for 2022, noticeably companies such as FTX crypto exchange on this year’s list now has a presence in the UAE as a regulated entity.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see a larger number of crypto and Blockchain entities enter the UAE by the end of 2022.