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Abu Dhabi Finance Week Returns to ‘Push Abu Dhabi’s Economic Agenda’

Abu Dhabi Finance Week prepares to kick off later this week, hoping to advance the region’s economic agenda, and support a goal of improving the emirate’s position as a “financial powerhouse”.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and chairman of the executive council of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre of UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi Finance Week (ADFW) is set to begin its second edition.

Running from 27 to 30 November 2023, the event’s primary theme will be ‘Investing in the Transition Era’, building on the successes and strong foundation positioned by its first edition.

ADFW plans to examine the factors affecting capital flows and monetary systems, the resultant services and facilities, and the industrial and social sectors that impact the global financial system, as it will collectively seek to collaborate on maximising the opportunities, and minimising the challenges presented within this transitional era.

Salem Mohammed Al Darei, CEO of ADGM Authority, Abu Dhabi Finance Week
Salem Mohammed Al Darei, CEO of ADGM Authority

Salem Mohammed Al Darei, CEO of ADGM Authority, said: “We are proud to witness the remarkable progress and attention that the upcoming second edition of Abu Dhabi Finance Week has achieved and received, with top international partners and speakers.

“We are excited to welcome a stellar group of financial experts and professionals from the UAE, the MENA region and every corner of the world. ADFW acts as a strategic platform to push Abu Dhabi’s economic agenda, creating a unified effort to bolster the emirate’s position as a financial powerhouse.

“We are grateful to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development for joining hands as Headline Partners for ADFW and also appreciate the official, strategic, media and other partners for their contribution in achieving the many milestones for Abu Dhabi through ADFW.”

Abu Dhabi claiming global attention

With the eyes of the world set to be fixed on the UAE, as it hosts the much-awaited COP28 and the world-renowned Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ADFW is strategically positioned between these global events and anticipates welcoming diverse spectators and stakeholders including 10,000 business leaders, over 3500 attendees from top global financial firms, industry experts, policymakers, regulators, investors and bankers from over 100 countries.

The event was a global success last year, exceeding all expectations in its first edition. It witnessed local, regional and global participation of approximately 9000 attendees from 102 countries including 346 speakers who participated across 31 events and 105 sessions along with 52 strategic partnerships and over 75 MoUs announced and signed during the event.

ADFW’s grand opening ceremony will be followed by the Fortune Global Leadership Forum conference that will gather leaders of the world’s biggest multinational corporations and Asset Abu Dhabi, an asset allocator and asset manager-focused investment management conference, both events continue until 28 November 2023.

This year’s Fintech Abu Dhabi conference will take place on 29 November and will explore the intersection of tech and finance, including an AI Forum, Risk and Security forum, Blockchain Summit, Payments/commerce event and a Regulators Summit.

The last day of ADFW will host R.A.C.E, a sustainable finance event, which explores the capital gap between the finance needed for Net Zero, and the available finance, and innovative ways to bridge the gap.


  • Tom joined The Fintech Times in 2022 as part of the operations team; later joining the editorial team as a journalist.

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