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Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

New MENA Region Fintech Report Released by Dubai-based Global Ventures, a Leading VC Firm

Global Ventures, a Dubai-based venture capital firm that recently finalized a $50 million investment round, has released a new report that discusses the state of Fintech in the Middle East region. Global Ventures’ extensive 59-page report covers the ongoing growth and development of the Fintech… Read More

Wirecard to be Named Preferred Payment Processor For Visa to Boost Visa Fintech Fast Track Program in the Middle East

  Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Monday it has joined forces with Visa to be the preferred payment processor for Visa as a way to boost the Visa Fintech Fast Track Program in the Middle East region. According to… Read More

Fintech: Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to Allow 9 More Financial Technology Firms to Participate in National Regulatory Sandbox Program

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank which is also responsible for ensuring the growth and soundness of the Kingdom’s financial system, confirmed on April 19, 2020 that it will allow nine more Fintech firms to provide services through a regulatory sandbox… Read More

Digital Banking: Qatar’s Commercial Bank Introduces Employee Payment Card for Online Transactions, Remittances

Qatar-based Commercial Bank revealed on April 12, 2020, that it’s launching two new products that offer digital payment and remittance solutions. Joseph Abraham, Group CEO at Commercial Bank, confirmed during a video press conference that the bank has introduced the “CB Household Worker PayCard,” which… Read More

Dubai-based Fintech Mamo Pay Secures $1.5 Million in Funding to Launch Peer to Peer Payments App

Dubai-based Mamo Pay, a Fintech firm established by former Google employees, has secured  $1.5 million in capital, in order to streamline peer to peer (P2P) payments in the United Arab Emirates and wider Middle East region. As reported by Mena Bytes, Mamo Pay’s seed investment… Read More

National Bank of Oman Encourages Users to Perform Contactless Payments to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

National Bank of Oman (NBO), one of the largest financial institutions in the country and its first local bank, aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of practicing safe banking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The NBO has taken several measures to ensure its clients… Read More

Padmini Gupta’s Dubai-based Fintech Firm Rise, which Helps Low Income Migrant Workers, Secures New Investments

Dubai-headquartered Fintech firm Rise has secured funding via an investment round led by Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP). The round was carried out through a partnership with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Fund, 500 Startups, Khwarizmi Ventures and Phoenician Funds. The amount invested has… Read More

Fintech stc Bahrain to Introduce New Working Procedures to Ensure Safety During Coronavirus Outbreak

stc Bahrain, a Fintech solutions provider and telecommunications firm, has revealed that it’s introducing new working procedures, in order to ensure safety of its workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Bahrain-based Fintech said it aims to continue to offer innovative financial services to support… Read More

Digital Brokerage Solutions DriveWealth Announces First Initiative in the Middle East & North Africa Region Partnership With UAE-Based Wealthface

Digital brokerage solution provider DriveWealth announced on Wednesday it has formed a partnership with UAE-based wealth management company and online investment platform, Wealthface. DriveWealth reported that the partnership is its first initiative in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As previously reported, DriveWealth… Read More

Oman Prepares for 4th Industrial Revolution, Launches Fintech Innovation Lab with Help of Ministry of Technology and Communications, BankDhofar

Oman’s Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) has committed to a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with BankDhofar at the Sas Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), in order to manage a technology innovation lab at the center. The MoC was reportedly signed by Dr…. Read More

Liv, the Digital Banking Unit of Emirates NBD, to Provide UAE Customers Instant Access to Credit Scores

Liv, the digital banking division of Emirates NBD, a Dubai government-owned banking institution and one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East, is planning to provide customers instant access to their credit scores, with just a single click. The Al Etihad Credit Bureau… Read More

Fintech Firms, Aion Digital and Qarar, Team Up to Accelerate Development of Online Lending Platforms in the Middle East

Two major Fintech companies, Aion Digital and Qarar, are teaming up in order to accelerate the growth and development of online lending platforms across the Middle East region. According to a press release, the collaboration between the two Fintechs aims to “revolutionize the credit market”… Read More

Banking Challenger Moven Partners STC Pay to Introduce New Banking Service for Young People in Saudi Arabia

Two Fintech companies are teaming up to develop a new banking service for young people living in Saudi Arabia, who may prefer to make cashless payments from their mobile devices. Digital Bank challenger Moven, which was established by Brett King in 2010, will be partnering… Read More

State-Owned Dubai International Financial Centre Adds Over 2,000 Jobs, Records $139 Million in Net Profits

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The financial sector in Dubai will be expanding at a gradual pace and only if there is enough demand for new platforms and services, according to the local financial district’s governor. The state-owned Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) began expanding its operations in 2019. It’s… Read More

HPS, a Payments Technology Firm, Chosen by Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Provide QR-based Payment Solution

HPS, a payments technology and services company, has reportedly been chosen by the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to offer a QR-based payment platform. The HPS deal is part of the Middle Eastern country’s larger Fintech development initiative. HPS will be overseen by Saudi Payments,… Read More

Kuwait’s Path Solutions Introduces Path Digital and Path Intelligence Platform to Provide Seamless Digital Banking Experience

Kuwait-based company Path Solutions has introduced the Path Digital and Path Intelligence platforms to allow local banks to offer clients a seamless and intelligent digital banking experience.  The Fintech solution provider noted that the launch of the new platform will complement its new Intelligent Digital… Read More

Dubai International Financial Center Signs MoU for Tech Development with Singapore’s Tribal Accelerator for Blockchain and DLT Initiatives

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) has committed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Singapore’s Tribe Accelerator, a government-backed blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) project accelerator. According to the terms of the MoU, the DIFC and Tribe Accelerator aim to work cooperatively on… Read More

Monaco-based Fintech Privatam Is Expanding its Operations by Offering Services in Dubai

Monaco-based Fintech Privatam is expanding its operations by offering its services in Dubai. The company notes that the Middle Eastern city is a major regional financial and commercial hub and a key contributor to global capital markets.  Privatam’s founders (who are fellow investment bankers) include… Read More

Digital Tranformation Report: Traditional UAE Banks to Consolidate to Compete with Digital Banking Challengers

Large banks based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the Middle East’s leading financial hubs, have been investing in digital transformation projects to compete in an industry with rapidly changing consumer requirements – according to analysis performed by Bloomberg Intelligence. The analysis revealed… Read More

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