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Dubai Government signs Blockchain MOU with Avanza Solutions

Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Avanza Solutions signed an MOU with Smart Dubai Office on 11th April 2017 to implement a citywide blockchain based payments platform.

Avanza’s Blockchain Platform Cipher was selected by Smart Dubai Office to deliver a Pilot Project under the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) program on 14th Feb 2017.


Dubai Future Accelerators is a unique program for cutting-edge entrepreneurs, in partnership with the government of Dubai, to use the city as a living test-bed for creating solutions to the global challenges of tomorrow. Launched in July 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Dubai Future Accelerators pairs top companies & cutting-edge entrepreneurs with leading government entities in Dubai to create breakthrough solutions together. Unlike other programs, the uniqueness of Dubai Future Accelerators lies in its drive to not only visualize innovative ideas, but to see them become a reality implemented on a city-wide scale with an impact regionally and globally. Within the program each government entity issues a challenge addressing some of the most important opportunities of the 21st century.

Through Cipher, Avanza has successfully delivered an immutable, agile and instant reconciliation and settlement platform to Smart Dubai Office for DubaiPay payment platform. The pilot project was delivered in collaboration with Dubai Smart Government and Emirates NBD – the largest retail banking franchise in Dubai and the market leader across core business lines.

Smart Dubai Office plans to roll out Cipher across all its existing 38 partner government entities, partner financial institutions and Departments to set up the first blockchain based building block within its financial plumbing.


The MOU signed by Dr. Aisha Butti bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai and Waqas Mirza, Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer Avanza Solutions is in line with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to transform Dubai into the 1st Government in the world to execute all applicable transactions on the blockchain by 2020.

Speaking at the Signing Ceremony Dr. Aisha – Director General, Smart Dubai said, “I am confident with Avanza’s expertise in payment solutions combined with their Cipher blockchain platform, they will support the Smart Dubai Office with technology that not only bridges current gaps but also becomes a vital piece in Smart Dubai’s roadmap for payment processes in the near future.”.

Waqas Mirza, Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer, Avanza Solutions said: “Taking on innovation led challenges is Avanza’s DNA. So much so, that we go out of our way to seek challenges that compel us to push boundaries of our imagination and competence. This passion instills into everything we do and this is why we are extremely happy and proud to be a part of this extraordinary program and take part in Dubai’s transformation to become the region’s technology and innovation hub”.