UAE based crypto mining group, Phoenix share price soared 50% as it launched on Abu Dhabi Exchange (ADX). Its share price opened at 2.25 AED on Tuesday December 5th, up from its IPO price of 1.5 AED. This is the first crypto IPO and listing in the MENA region.

The IPO raised $371 million and was oversubscribed 33 times with retail investors leading with over subscription of 180 times.

International Holding Co, Abu Dhabi’s largest conglomerate controlled by a key member of the emirate’s royal family, bought a 10% stake in Phoenix in early October.

Phoenix is also closely affiliated with the recently launched M2 regulated crypto exchange out of Abu Dhabi.

In August 2023 Oman’s Green Data City and Abu Dhabi’s Phoenix Group signed an agreement to develop a 150MW crypto-mining farm in Oman. The new farm will be set up in Green Data City was noted that it will be operational by Q2 2024, becoming one of the largest crypto-mining data centers in the region.

Abdulla Salem Alnuaimi, Chief Executive Officer of ADX, said: “The listing of Phoenix Group on our exchange not only adds to the diversity of products on our market but also signals the growing interest in the digital economy and financial technology investments in Abu Dhabi and the UAE”.

“We are proud to continue to be the exchange market of choice for tech-driven issuers and investors, as we remain committed to our mission of connecting opportunity and providing a world-class exchange market experience for all our stakeholders,” he added.

Bijan Alizadehfard, Co-Founder & Group CEO of Phoenix Group PLC, stated: “Phoenix Group’s ADX listing is a milestone for diversified technology and innovation. Our IPO symbolises a leap forward for Abu Dhabi as a nexus of digital transformation across various sectors. By blending advanced blockchain applications, strategic tech partnerships, and market-leading digital asset services, we’re proud to be part of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.”

Munaf Ali, Co-Founder & Group MD of Phoenix Group PLC stated: “The ADX listing of Phoenix Group is a testament to our multifaceted technological prowess. From spearheading blockchain advancements to shaping the landscape of digital finance, our presence on the exchange is a narrative of cross-industry tech innovation. As a preferred partner for government-led tech initiatives, we’re championing a future where the Abu Dhabi stands as a global beacon for sustainable and comprehensive digital economy growth.” 

This article updated November 6th 2023

According to a Crypto Oasis at the end of 2022 there were 1,650 blockchain and crypto entities in the UAE. Crypto Oasis notes that the ecosystem has been growing faster than previously anticipated.

As per the release, the Ecosystem has witnessed a sturdy 13.8% growth that proves that the Crypto Oasis is expected to continue its robust growth in the coming months as regulators in the region welcome innovation and disruption, making it easier for blockchain-related companies to secure licenses and operate.

At the forefront of this is Dubai Multi Commodities Centre(DMCC) which is home to over 500 of these native Blockchain organizations, representing the largest concentration of crypto and blockchain companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Crypto Oasis has added 200+ new organizations in Q4 2022 that have brought in 1,300+ new professionals to the burgeoning Ecosystem, bringing the total number of individuals working in this industry to 8,300+. This 19% growth in employment numbers can be attributed to the UAE being a force to reckon with in the global Blockchain landscape. 78.2 percent (approx. 6,500) of these individuals work in native blockchain organizations, i.e. those which are focused on blockchain and related decentralized technologies. 21.8 (approx. 1,800) percent work for non-native companies, i.e. those that offer blockchain related services or products but do not have blockchain as their primary focus.

Ralf Glabischnig, Founder of Crypto Oasis, stated, “We’re thrilled to have identified these new organizations in our ecosystem that are contributing to a diverse community of stakeholders. The possibilities for Web3 technology are vast, from finance and supply chain management to gaming and social media. However, as it’s a relatively new and emerging technology, its full potential hasn’t been reached yet and the industry is facing challenges such as scalability, security, and user adoption. It’s an exciting and rapidly evolving field to watch and we’re eager to collaborate and learn from each other as we work to improve Web3 and decentralized technologies.”

“The UAE is the perfect amalgamation of Talent and Capital built on a world class Infrastructure,” said Saqr Ereiqat, Co-Founder of Crypto Oasis. “The Ministry of Economy (MoE) has become one of the first Government entities in the world to be active in the metaverse. In 2022 the MoE published its Digital Economy Strategy which aims to double the contribution of digital economy from 9.7% to 19.4% in the next decade. The inception of regulators like VARA and various industry events like the Abu Dhabi Finance Week and Dubai Fintech Week, as well as the launch of the Dubai Economic Agenda “D33″, demonstrate UAE’s commitment in taking an active step to becoming the center of digital economy globally.”