UAE Crypto Oasis ecosystem published its first annual report entitled the “Crypto Ecosystem in the UAE” with the collaboration of Roland Berger. The report highlighted the growth that the UAE has witnessed in its blockchain crypto ecosystem which has resulted in the employment of 7000 people across 1400 blockchain crypto entities currently operating in the country.

As per the report the number of blockchain crypto organizations is more than 1400 in total where 66 percent are native organizations and 34 percent are non-native. Saqr Ereiqat, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Crypto Oasis Sentio, the investment arm of Crypto Oasis, told LaraontheBlock, “Based on the information we have the blockchain crypto ecosystem in UAE has employed approximately 7000 people.”

These 1,400 plus ventures are leveraging distributed ledger technologies and related technologies to build and provide new value propositions with Blockchain innovation. Interestingly the report confirms that the UAE is now home to 21 crypto exchanges including big names such as Binance and FTX who are now fully regulated under VARA (Dubai’s Virtual asset Regulatory Authority).

Another interesting finding in the report is the registered location of these blockchain and crypto entities. The majority 489 are based out of DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) which was one of the first free zones to develop a crypto center. Interestingly IFZA (International Free zone Authority) houses 150 crypto and blockchain entities, while the Dubai World trade Centre, the home of VARA houses 48.

DeFi one of the biggest sectors in the blockchain crypto space is also mentioned in the report. As per the report DMCC has noted that the total value locked into DeFi protocols was $20 billion at the start of 2021 and increased exponentially to $260 billion by the end of the year.

It is also expected that the global DeFi market will hit $507.92 billion by 2028. The report notes that DeFi projects in the UAE include decentralized platforms that allow you to store, exchange or use assets. While the report mentions news where some platforms will allow POS terminals that will allows DeFi to reach the masses in the UAE.

The ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market) recently opened its fifth regulatory laboratory sandbox program inviting fintech organization to pitch their ideas on decentralized applications. This is further stance than DFSA; the regulatory arm of DIFC has taken. DFSA recently came out with its crypto feedback statement where it notes that it will not be undertaking anything in DeFi so far.

Finally according to Roland Berger global survey it found that creating a crypto economy strategy is of high priority for 60 percent of executives. While the top three leading sectors in crypto are telco and tech, automotive, transport and logistics, and Construction & Real Estate.


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