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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

Fintech Adoption: Over 80% of Middle East Consumers Say they’re Willing to Use Financial Technology Apps

Over 80% of banking customers in the Middle East say they’re ready or willing to use Fintech apps, however, many traditional lenders have not started integrating financial technology products, according to a recent study by Big Four auditing firm Deloitte. The study revealed that 18%… Read More

Fintech Sector in Bahrain Is Growing Rapidly due to Increase in Mobile and Digital Payments, Narayanan Ganapathy, Analyst at Angivest Ventures Confirms

Narayanan Ganapathy, a financial analyst, angel investor, and the CEO at Angivest Ventures, recently noted that significantly more people are using smartphone apps and other types of software to make digital payments, because of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting challenges. Ganapathy, whose comments came during… Read More

Middle East Fintech Sector Continues to Expand as Bahrain and UAE Move Up in Global Startup Rankings: Report

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were recently ranked among the world’s top 100 destinations for startups across the globe. A new study published by StartupBlink, called the Startup Ecosystem Rankings Report, determines the score for each country by taking into consideration many different… Read More

Digital Banking in Bahrain Now Seen as a Necessity, Not a “Luxury” Like Before Due to COVID-19, Local Fintech Professional Says

  Bahrain’s residents have been using mobile and digital payments platforms a lot more now than they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. Safe distancing measures have been introduced throughout the Kingdom, in order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus. There are currently 7,888… Read More

Fintech: Bahrain’s Banking Industry Remains Focused on Adopting Innovative Financial Technologies, According to Local Investment Professional

David Parker, co-chief investment officer at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (an organization responsible for attracting inward investment into the Kingdom for key areas such as technology development and supporting the local financial and banking industry), recently confirmed that the country aims to position itself… Read More

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

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

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

MENA Region’s Largest Open Banking Platform Tarabut Gateway to Conduct Several Interactive Workshops for Local Fintech Firms and Banks

Tarabut Gateway, MENA region’s biggest Open Banking platform, will be conducting a series of six different Open Banking Interactive Workshops, which have been designed to help individual consumers, banks and Fintech firms learn more about the new policy.  The first workshop will be conducted this… Read More

Bahrain’s Digital, Mobile-Only Ila Bank Appoints Mohamed Al Maraj as New Chief Executive

Ila, a Bahrain-based digital, mobile-only banking entity, has confirmed that it has appointed Mohamed Al Maraj as the company’s new chief executive. Established in November 2019 as a wholly-owned retail subsidiary of Bank ABC (the Arab Banking Corporation), a global bank with headquarters in the… Read More

Financial Giant HSBC Voted Leading Trade Finance Bank in Bahrain in EuroMoney’s 2020 Survey

HSBC, a British multinational investment bank and financial services holding company with over $2.5 trillion in total assets, has reportedly been voted as the leading trade finance bank in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain in the Euromoney trade finance survey for 2020. This is… Read More

Insurtech: Solidarity Bahrain, a Leading Insurance Technology Platform, Launches New Core Insurance System

Solidarity Bahrain, one of Bahrain’s largest insurance service providers and a subsidiary of Solidarity Group Holding, has reportedly launched its newly developed core insurance system, TCS BaNCS. The TCS BaNCS insurance platform is part of the foundation of Solidarity’s digital transformation plan and has been… Read More

Bahrain’s Bank ABC Launches “ila” Bank, as Institution Prepares to Enter Digital, Mobile-Only Banking

Bank ABC revealed on November 24 that it has introduced “ila” Bank, as the institution prepares to enter the digital, mobile-only banking sector, beginning with the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. The initiative’s roadmap involves promoting the new platform across the Middle East and North… Read More

Bahrain’s Shariah Review Bureau Certifies Blockchain Firm Algorand As Shariah Compliant

Boston, Massachusetts-based Algorand, a firm developing a scalable, secure, and decentralized crypto platform, has reportedly been certified as sharia-compliant. Bahrain’s Shariya Review Bureau (SRB) provided the certification, which indicates that the Algorand platform abides by the teachings and requirements of Islamic law. The certification could… Read More

P2P lending Platform Beehive Announces First SME Facilitating Funding in Bahrain

Peer to peer lender Beehive announced on Tuesday it has facilitated funding for its first SME in Bahrain. According to the online lending platform, the SME, Bahrain-based Mira Packaging Factory, manufactures disposable paper cups and other food packaging solutions to the GCC and African F&B industry.  “Since… Read More

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