Is Dubai a new hotspot for fintech developers?
In May 2021 the UpTrader team visited the first fintech exhibition in Dubai after a forced 1.5-year break. During our 1-week visit we noticed that a lot of our clients and fintech companies opened their offices in Dubai. So we decided to do a small research of the trend and figure out why the Arabian night attracts the financial industry. We were wondering whether it is a good idea to open a representative office in the Emirates or not?
So there are at least 3 reasons why this might be interesting.
Real estate market in Dubai now
The real estate market in Dubai has been falling since 2014. And according to some expert estimates, it has not yet reached the bottom. In addition to Dubai’s own market problems, the global pandemic caused the prices to go down. In general, at the moment the market is still trying to deal with the consequences of the flooding of real estate objects that happened in 2014. At that time frozen construction projects began to be completed and released to the market after a protracted credit crisis in 2008. Eventually supply exceeded demand, and continues to exceed it to this day.
This year the market has fallen 8% for purchases and 12% for rentals, and continues to fall. New construction projects are flooding the market this year. Now prices are 30% lower than 2014 prices. However, to reach 2010 prices, according to experts, the market needs to lose another 20%.
In May 2021, our team had meetings in some Business Bay towers and we were impressed by the desolation of these giants. One can say wind and sand are walking through the unfinished offices. On the one hand, all this makes a depressing impression and reminds us of post-apocalypse from Blade Runner 2050, on the other hand, really low prices and rather lively business activity in Dubai attract the attention of business and make you think about the prospects for opening an office there.
Good bye Cyprus?
For the last two decades, Cyprus has been the traditional place for fintech developers. The offices of many well-known brokers were located there, as well as satellite companies serving them: software, legal, PR and advertising companies. Cyprus had become the forex capital for many years. That became possible because of Cyprus financial regulator, the only European regulator whose license at one time cost reasonable money and leniently regulated broker activities. Different types of brokers could get a license, and they did. One of the conditions for getting a license was the opening of an office in the country and the employment of a certain number of Cypriots.
The maintenance of such a small office costs 20–25 thousand euros per month. It could number in the hundreds of thousands for a bigger one. In general, the years were rich, and the morals in Forex were quite free.
However, since about 2015, the legislation of European countries has slightly begun to tighten the rules for financial brokers. Cyprus did not stand aside and soon obtaining a license in Cyprus became as difficult as in other European jurisdictions. As a result, brokers stopped getting Cysec’s licenses, followed by the closure of offices and the migration of companies. And there was not much sense left for the fintech service companies to open their representative offices there. But we are wondering where is the new capital of forex now?
Is Dubai the business and financial center of the future?
The United Arab Emirates have long been working on diversifying the economy, building a model based not only on the export of raw materials, but also on other industries, including developing business tourism. For this, in addition to the construction of new areas, the authorities create attractive tax conditions for business. So the United Emirates has 5 tax-free economic zones (according to the number of the emirates). Companies registering a business there must pay about 12 thousand dollars a year, but their activities are free from tax. What other benefits does a business have by opening an office there? As we said, 0 taxes. Up to 5 employees of the company can get a residence permit.
According to current prices, a square meter costs an average of $25 per month. Maintaining a small office in Dubai of about 70 square meters costs about $ 2,500 per month. Another crucial benefit is an access to Arab banks. So even unlicensed
brokers who have problems with European banks can count on the loyalty of local ones.
The Emirates attract different types of business via the annual international exhibitions. It makes Dubai an attractive hub for fintech.
So experts say that real estate prices in the Emirates will hit the bottom by 2022, so maybe now is the best time to start looking for offices or apartments with a gorgeous view of the business center or the sea.
Dear clients, partners, and colleagues!
I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The end of the year is always the time when we look back to assess the results and, based on this foundation, plan the future. I sincerely wish that the business plans for the coming year are implemented fully and on time, and that the financial performance in 2022 is above and beyond expectations. And most importantly, may you and your loved ones be happy and healthy!
Vasily Alexeev, CEO UpTrader
2021 is almost over, and it is time to wrap up and make plans for the next year. Reflecting on the results helps us take another look at the work we have done and assess what we have done well and what we need to work on. It helps us evaluate the market situation and the competitiveness of our products and analyse trends in our business.
MT5 vs MT4
As is often the case in times of crisis, financial markets begin to rise. In those turbulent times, an uncertain future is fuelling the financial services markets. Therefore, brokerage firms keep opening and the demand for brokerage products is growing. It is interesting to note that all our new clients prefer an MT5 terminal, contrary to last year, when only MT4 was requested. With this trend, we can expect that in 5 years time, MT5 will completely take over. This change in preferences primarily has to do with the Metaquotes pricing policy. Currently, the cost of your own MT5 server is comparable to the cost of a White Label MT4, both averaging at $4000-5000. In this situation, brokers often make the obvious choice to buy their own server which leads to licences for MT4 not selling at all.
Recently, interest in cryptocurrency margin trading has grown. Almost everyone now gives 1:10 leverage and trading is available 24/7. In 2021, UpTrader clients were more likely to ask for cryptocurrency than Forex, although back in 2020, Forex was leading the way.
You could say that interest in social trading has been consistent for a year now. It is not a new trend but it is certainly growing. Our new service UpTrader Invest attracts clients and many brokers consider it a core product.
Platform for social trading
In 2021, UpTrader's team launched UpTrader Invest, a new platform for social trading. It is designed for MetaTrader 4 / 5 trading terminals and works in three modes: MAM, PAMM, and social trading. UpTrader Invest is easy to integrate, has a user-friendly interface and the highest copying stability thus solving the issue of losing trades. The service also has several reward calculation modes available. The demand for the platform was high even before it was released, and after the release, the popularity has grown many times over. It is especially true for the MT5 version, since our client reviews are more favourable than those of our competitors. The platform was also positively received by the professional community.
2021 is the year of CRM improvements. We are constantly improving the functionality and introducing new features to account for the constant feedback we get from our clients. This year, we have greatly expanded the flexibility of the withdrawal control and approval system which allows brokers to process requests faster and quickly detect fraudulent activity. We have also added an analytics feed to the CRM for all our clients.
The quicker we solve client problems, the better business our clients are doing, the stronger our relationship is. That's why we strive to provide the best possible service and implement a personalised approach. Each client is assigned a personal manager who is always ready to solve their problem as quickly as possible.
In 2022, we are planning to improve the design in UpTrader Invest, the appearance of charts in particular. The CRM will be enriched with a long-awaited module for the sales department consisting of many new features.
Launch market analytics feed in your Forex CRM
Which extra services do you offer your clients? If you think that a trading terminal, fast fund withdrawal, and copy trading services are enough to keep your clients loyal and satisfied, then you may not know your clients very well or have never tried to offer them something else.
One of the UpTrader brokers broadcasts a daily stock market analytics feed and technical analysis to its clients right in their personal account. Its CEO kindly allowed us to analyse their data for 2021. We considered two client groups: those who read analytics and those who do not. The results speak for themselves.
In 2021, customers who read analytics deposited on average 15% more per customer compared to those who did not use this tool. The median bill was 25% higher. At the same time, their trading volume increased by 230%!
Do you want the same results? Easy-peasy!
Daily up-to-date market analysis available in the trader’s room might increase the trading volumes of your company, resulting in more potential profit. This tool is already integrated into the UpTrader Forex CRM, however, only a few of our clients use it for additional sales.
Every day, market experts collect information, prepare materials, and publish technical and fundamental market analysis used by thousands of traders around the world.
This tool is already available to you in UpTrader Forex CRM. To begin broadcasting the feed, contact our support team, and you will gain access to an excellent tool for increasing sales and loyalty of your customers starting tomorrow.
Subscribe to our news
By clicking this button, you agree to us processing your personal data