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Singapore based Fintech 360F and Zurich Middle East Introduce Solution for Digitizing Entire Financial Process

Singapore based Fintech firm 360F and Zurich Middle East have introduced a “pioneering” and “deeply innovative” solution, called ZurichPro, which aims to digitize the financial planning process, and will help Zurich with meeting its business sustainability goals and objectives. Walter Jopp, CEO of Zurich Middle… Read More

Global Payments Platform Adyen to Expand Business Operations into Middle East, Launches Dubai Office

Global payments platform Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), which claims it’s the platform of choice for many of the world’s largest businesses, has announced that it would be expanding its operations into the Middle East region. Adyen’s management noted that they aim to support the momentum of… Read More

Checkout.com Data Reveals Digital Payments in MENA Region and Pakistan have Nearly Doubled after COVID

A report released earlier this week by Checkout.com reveals that digital commerce and online payments are on track for major growth next year. Internal Checkout.com data indicates that digital payment transfers have almost doubled in the MENA region since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak…. Read More

UAE based Fintech BankOnUs Introduces AI enhanced Financial and Insurance Services Comparison App

UAE-based BankOnUS, a major financial services aggregator, has introduced an AI-powered app that aims to offer reliable and cost-effective financial solutions. The app allows users to access several different financial products and services from one wallet or interface. As mentioned on BankOnUs’ official website, the… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Says Country will Work with US Firms to Diversify its Economy, Supported by Fintech and Digital Technologies

Qatar’s private sector is now ready to work cooperatively with US-based companies and businesses, according to Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa. As previously reported, the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the… Read More

Central Bank of the UAE Releases Updated Regulatory Guidelines for Digital Payments or Stored Value Facilities

The central bank in the UAE has issued new regulations on Stored Value Facilities (SVF). The updated regulatory guidelines apply to local Fintech companies and various other non-bank payment service providers. The new guidelines aim to make it easier to access the UAE market while… Read More

Nasdaq Dubai Welcomes Listing of $600 Million Sukuk by Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Nasdaq Dubai has welcomed the listing of $600 million Sukuk by the Islamic Corporation for the ongoing development of the nation’s private sector. According to a release shared with Crowdfund Insider, the Sukuk offering was allocated to investors based in the Middle East, Asia and… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Reveals that SMEs and Fintech Startups in the Middle East Don’t have Access to Many VC Investment Opportunities

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, the CEO at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the nation’s economy, has said that changing mindsets regarding entrepreneurship is “critical to growth.” QDB plans to help both government employees… Read More

Central Bank of Bahrain Launches FinHub 973, a Virtual Fintech Platform for the MENA Region

The Central Bank of Bahrain has introduced FinHub 973, which aims to serve as a virtual Fintech platform for the MENA region. The platform has been launched with the help of the Economic Development Board, Bank ABC, ila Bank, Benefit, National Bank of Bahrain, and… Read More

Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Seem Promising and are Worth Exploring

Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, the Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank, says that central bank digital currencies or CBDCs seem to be promising and are worth further exploration. Dr. Ahmed’s comments came during a recent webinar held by the International… Read More

Nearly 75% of Payments in the UAE will Be Cashless by 2025 as Country Prepares for Post COVID Business Environment

  Dubai Economy recently brought together the main stakeholders in the country’s cashless economy ecosystem at the Future Economy Lab event (workshop). The event was conducted as part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to address COVID-19 related challenges. The Middle Eastern country is focused on… Read More

Early-Stage and Mature Fintechs Chosen to Take Part in Qatar Fintech Hub’s Incubator and Accelerator Programs

Qatar is now well-positioned to provide a test-bed for creating business-to-business (B2B) Fintech solutions. The Middle Eastern nation has introduced its National Vision 2030 Strategy, which includes several Fintech-focused projects that should help with expanding and diversifying Qatar’s economy. Qatar’s financial technology sector has been… Read More

Abu Dhabi Global Market Releases Sustainable Finance Report, which Highlights Benefits of Islamic Finance and SDGs

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), which aims to serve as a global financial center and hub for the MENA region, says it’s always working to ensure the economic well-being of its community members. ADGM has released its State of Sustainable Finance Report – which outlines… Read More

UAE’s Fintech Galaxy to Focus on Financial Inclusion via Hackathon for Implementing Digital Lending and Other Financial Tech Solutions

UAE based Fintech Galaxy, a Fintech marketplace and innovation platform, has teamed up with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in order to launch a virtual hackathon – which focuses on supporting financial inclusion and encourages regulatory collaboration in the MENA region. According to… Read More

Fintech Businesses and Startups in Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain Form Strategic Partnerships Following Signing of Abraham Accords

The Abraham Accords were recently signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain.  The agreement is officially called the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace. It establishes diplomatic relations and “full normalization” between Israel and several Middle Eastern… Read More

Qatar’s GDP Expected to Contract by 4.3% in 2020, but IMF Expects Recovery Next Year, Supported by Growing Fintech and Digital Economy

Qatar’s economy appears to be performing a lot better than other MENA region countries because it has launched many projects that have helped establish different types of businesses that generate significant revenue. Qatar has also managed to overcome the political tensions and has found new… Read More

Dubai based Fintech Rise Launches New Platform for Affordable Remittance or Cross-Border Payments

Dubai-based Fintech firm Rise has launched a new platform that allows expatriate workers to make low-cost or affordable remittance payments. The platform’s users are able to send payments in real-time to friends and family members living abroad. At present, the remittance service is in its… Read More

Abu Dhabi based ADQ to Launch Digital Banking Platform for UAE Residents

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ is reportedly planning to launch a digital banking platform. ADQ, which operates as a state-managed holding firm, confirmed that it will establish a virtual bank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As reported by Reuters, the ADQ said it would be using… Read More

Qatar Commercial Bank Receives “Best” Digital Banking Platform Award, Also Recognized for its Mobile App

AsiaMoney Magazine has selected Qatar’s Commercial Bank as the nation’s “Best Digital Bank” for 2020. Commercial Bank’s management noted: “Spearheading the digital innovation scene in the country, and more particularly in the financial and banking sector, Commercial Bank never ceases to launch state-of-the-art banking services… Read More

Checkout.com Executives in the UAE Expect Digital Payments to Overtake Cash Usage due to Rise of E-Commerce

Mo Ali Yusuf, the VP at Checkout.com for the MENA and Asia Pacific region, notes that for anyone who has been living in the UAE for over 4 years, it’s clear to see that the digital payments are increasingly being adopted, instead of using cash… Read More

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