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Fintech QPS Global to Expand UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait Business Operations

US Fintech company QPS Global recently revealed that it will be expanding its business operations in the Middle East. The company confirmed that it will be allocating $10 million in capital into the region within the next 12 months. The B2B card issuance and processing… Read More

Bahrain Fintech Bay, US State Dept’s MEPI Supported Build for Bahrain Acceleration Program, Winners Announced

The Build for Bahrain Acceleration Program, held in partnership with Bahrain Fintech Bay and the US State Department’s MEPI, has now ended with the three winning teams successfully completing the acceleration program and 3-month incubation period (held at Bahrain FinTech Bay). The program (in Bahrain)… Read More

Rsquare Technologies Wins Regtech Recognition from Central Bank of Bahrain

Rsquare Technologies, a Bahrain-based Regtech, has won the Central Bank of Bahrain’s SuperNova 2021 ‘Regtech Innovation Challenge’. The Bahrain SuperNova Challenge was launched by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) with the aim to further Bahrain’s Fintech industry’s development. Rsquare Technologies is a resident of one… Read More

Fintech Firm Islamic Finance Initiation Network Introduces Operations in Oman After Partnering Alizz Islamic Bank

IFIN (Islamic Finance Initiation Network), the Islamic Fintech firm, has introduced its operations in the Sultanate of Oman by teaming up with Alizz Islamic Bank and Danube Home. Bahrain-based IFIN, a company that digitally connects Islamic finance service providers to retail outlets, aims to offer… Read More

Bahrain’s NEC Payments Chooses Netcetera’s Payment Security Protocol

Bahrain’s payment services provider NEC Payments has reportedly chosen Netcetera for its 3DS 2.0 solution, a payments security protocol. NEC Payments is a fast-growing digital banking and payment tech firm that provides Cloud-based banking-as-a-service (BaaS) solutions in the Middle East. NEC Payments is focused on… Read More

Open Banking: Reserve Bank of Bahrain Shares Updates on New Guidelines for Fintechs, SMEs

The reserve bank of Bahrain has shared its commentary on the work being done by retail banks to implement the infrastructure for compliance with the Bahrain Open Banking Framework (Bahrain OBF). This work was carried out after a grace period that allowed for implementation which… Read More

JPMorgan Is Working with Bahrain’s Central Bank and Bank ABC to Launch Real-Time Cross-Border Payments, May Work on CBDCs Later

The reserve bank of Bahrain is reportedly working with J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) and Bank ABC in order to launch a real-time cross-border payments system (as part of a digital currency settlement pilot program). Bank ABC and J.P. Morgan will be conducting tests including the transfer of… Read More

Arab Monetary Fund Releases Fintech Index, a Measure of Financial Tech Adoption in Middle East

The Arab Monetary Fund, which aims to establish policies of Arab monetary cooperation and promote the development of Arab financial markets, has launched “Finxar,” which is a regional Fintech index for tracking the development of the financial technology industry in Arab nations. The United Arab… Read More

Bahrain-Based Crypto Exchange Rain Secures $6 Million Through Series A Investment Round Led By Middle East Venture Partners

  Rain Financial, a Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange, announced one r the weekend it secured $6 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) with participation from Coinbase, Vision Ventures, CMT Digital Ventures, Abdul Latin Jameel Fintech Ventures,… Read More

Israel’s Fintech-Aviv and Bahrain Fintech Bay Partner Up on Financial Innovation

Bahrain Fintech Bay (BFB) and the Fintech Association of Israel –Fintech Aviv (FTA) have agreed to collaborate on the development of Fintech in the region. Earlier this year, diplomatic relations between the two countries were normalized ushering a new era of cross-border innovation and partnership…. Read More

Asian Countries like Bahrain and India Continue to Develop Financial Infrastructure to Support Payments Processing and other Fintech Services

Dalal Buhejji, the Director of Business Development, Financial Services at the Bahrain Economic Development Board, has noted that there are currently around 400 financial institutions based in Bahrain. Buhejji pointed out that these companies are offered a “stable, predictable and proven” regulatory and business environment… Read More

Bahrain and Saudi Capital of Riyadh Named as Top Fintech Ecosystems to Watch Closely: Report

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh were recently chosen as the top Fintech ecosystems to watch closely, according to a report from research organization Startup Genome. The researchers at Startup Genome analyzed the economies and deal activities of several different countries…. 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

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

UK Fintech Fasset Will be Tokenizing Hard Assets via Blockchain Tech as Part of Bahrain’s Fintech Sandbox Program

UK-based Fintech firm Fasset, a provider of blockchain-based solutions for the financing of sustainable infrastructure, has reportedly been approved or authorized to test out its software which tokenizes hard assets. The project is part of Bahrain’s Fintech regulatory sandbox program. The permit was issued by… Read More

Diplomatic Thaw: As Arab Countries Open Relations with Israel, OurCrowd Sees Opportunity

Jon Medved

OurCrowd, a leading global investment crowdfunding platform that is based in Israel, is well-positioned to take advantage of the improving relations in the middle east. Last month, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced the normalization of diplomatic relations. The official signing of the… Read More

Bahrain to Introduce Regulations for E-Commerce Businesses which Support Nation’s Digital Transformation Strategy

The Middle Eastern country of Bahrain has identified key focus areas to further develop its economy. The nation’s government has outlined a national strategy for supporting digital commerce. Zayed Alazayani, the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister, stated that the Kingdom will be introducing new laws… Read More

Open Banking Is Increasingly Being Adopted by Fintech Sector in Bahrain and the MENA Region

Bahrain introduced its first Open Banking product for the MENA region during December of last year. The central bank of Bahrain is among the first major institutions in the Middle East to propose and create regulations that require the adoption of Open Banking technologies by… Read More

Apps for P2P Money Transfers and Account Aggregation are Most Popular Fintech Solutions in the Middle East: Survey

Approximately 20% or one-fifth of bank account holders in the Middle East are now using Fintech solutions, according to a recent survey performed by Deloitte. The survey, which examined nine key markets in the Middle East, reveals that consumers in the region are quite willing… Read More

Fintech Startup Ecosystem in Bahrain Ranked Among the Fastest-Growing Sectors in the Middle East: Report

The Fintech startup ecosystem in Bahrain has been ranked among the highest in the Middle East region. The sector is also ranked near the top in terms of Islamic finance regulation, according to Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2020. The Central Bank of… Read More

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