19 May 2022
Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Continuing Innovation in Banking & Finance

The exclusive annual forum connecting leading bankers and technology professionals to debate new developments in digitisation and identify emerging trends and opportunities in the regional financial markets.

  • 400+ Regional banking, finance and technology leaders
  • 50+ Thought leaders and Experts
  • 7 In-depth forward-looking technology sessions on the future of banking
  • 6 Hours of Networking


2021 was a special year in the regional banking and technology markets. Digitisation across the range of products and services was no longer an option to be adopted at a sedate pace but became the fully expected industry norm. The region’s banks and financial institutions vied for leadership in banking innovation, financial technology vendors competed vigorously to offer the latest opportunities for banks to take that lead and newer types of financial methods offered by neobanks or tokenisation service providers became part of the regional industry landscape.

In this new regional banking and finance normal, distinguishing your business in innovation and technological development is not only more competitive but also less noticeable. How will financial services providers and banking technology vendors continue to expand their markets and keep innovating as 2022 progresses? What will be the new catalysts for technology and service development in the region’s banking sector and how will the industry change in the coming year?

MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit & Awards 2022 will gather regional leaders in banking and Big Technology in a series of panel debates. The Summit discussions will cover the extent and magnitude of the banking challenges ahead needed to drive the shift toward establishing future-focused banks.

Following on from the summit comes our 2022 Annual Banking Technology Awards, recognising the commendable achievements of banks and technology businesses for their delivery of smarter banking solutions and for their ability to drive real growth in an increasingly competitive regional market.



What to expect

More than 200 regional banking and technology leaders with a format attracting the entire spectrum of interested professionals including regulators, technology companies, start-ups, fintechs, innovators and other stakeholders from the value chain
Solid engagement opportunities for your company with decision makers to directly tell them about your company’s solutions to today’s most pressing industry issues
Exposure to the regional banking fraternity with your brand visibility in the exhibition area during networking breaks and via participation in panel discussions and keynote presentations
Opportunity to be recognised and celebrated as a bank or technology business at the forefront of digital transformation at the MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards


About the awards

Conceived and based in our exciting and promising region, MEA Finance was established with the goal of serving the regional banking and financial services sector. We are committed to providing dedicated news, insightful interviews and thought leadership from the region's financial service providers and banking technology leaders. MEA Finance is best placed to cover the full range of the banking and financial sectors, from retail to investment banking; wealth management to Islamic finance, and the fast-developing technology that powers the industry.

As part of our integral role in the region’s banking sector, we benchmark, recognise and actively encourage excellence within institutions.

MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards 2022 will give due recognition and celebrate the achievements of the region’s leading banks, financial institutions and technology providers at the forefront of digital transformation who have worked together to build smarter, more effective and efficient systems for the new age banking customers.
  • Open for Entries: 24 January 2022
  • Submission Deadline: 8 April 2022
  • Judging Process: 11 - 22 April 2022
  • Awards Ceremony: 19 May 2022
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Submission Process

MEA Finance conducts its own research to ensure that our awards categories accurately reflect the current banking landscape and comprehensively recognise the achievements of the industry.

As a result, we have determined 50 award categories that provide regional recognition to exceptional banks, financial institutions and technology providers who are shaping the new digital financial landscape and have made outstanding contributions to the future of the industry.

Institutions can nominate themselves in all relevant categories as deemed appropriate, provided the submission is sent in before the deadline, and in the required format.

Nominations for the MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards 2022 are now closed. We hope to see you on the Awards Ceremony on 19 May 2022.



STEP 1: Choose your category.
It is important to review the individual descriptions and criteria before choosing your category.

STEP 2: Upload relevant financial performance documents or other relevant information.

STEP 3: Confirm submission of your entry.

*Submissions deadline 8 April 2022.

Judging Process

The awards will feature a rigorous two-step judging process by a panel of industry experts in collaboration with the MEA Finance editorial team.

  1. All nomination entries will be meticulously evaluated and analysed based on relevant market knowledge, industry research, and accurate company financial statements. The MEA Finance editorial team will then create a shortlist which will be given to the judging panel.
  2. The judging panel will be composed of senior executives from professional services firms working with the banking industry. They will review the shortlist and the submitted materials for each category and place a score from 1 to 5 for each category nominee. All scores will be sent back to the editorial team.
  3. The MEA Finance editorial team will independently score shortlisted institutions per category. Score values will be from 1 to 5. All scores will be kept confidential and will not be released publicly, nor will they be discussed with any individual applicants.
  4. Scores from both the judging panel and the editorial team shall be collected and combined. The editorial team will hold an official tabulation of the scores to determine the highest scoring institution per category which will be declared winner.


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MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit and Awards 2022
Contact No. +971 50 100 5488
Office 404, Building B, Al Saaha Offices, Old Town Island
Burj Khalifa District,
PO Box 487177
Dubai, United Arab Emirates