Tagged: Kuwait

Central Bank of Kuwait Adds New Firms to E-Payment Services Providers, Systems Operators Register

The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has added 2 new companies to e-payment services providers, e-Money services providers and e-payment systems operators register. Continuing its efforts to encourage innovation in financial services, enhance electronic payment services and regulate these activities, ensure providing high-quality, efficient and… Read More

Digital Transformation: Kuwait’s Burgan Bank Selects TCS BaNCS to Transform Core Banking

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (NSE: TCS), a global enabler of IT services, consulting, and business solutions, has signed a deal to modernize the core banking technology of Burgan Bank, a commercial bank in Kuwait. The bank will deploy TCS BaNCSTM to “consolidate multiple standalone legacy… Read More

Virtual Assets: Gulf Bank Advocates Financial Literacy, Cautions Against Cryptocurrency Risks

As part of its commitment to promoting financial literacy, Gulf Bank is advising its customers on the risks associated with virtual assets like cryptocurrency. The initiative is part of the Let’s Be Aware “Diraya” campaign, now in its third consecutive year, which is spearheaded by… Read More

Digital Banking: Kuwait International Bank Introduces Corporate Financial Services Platform

Kuwait International Bank (KIB) has announced the launch of its Corporate Online Banking platform, heralding “a new phase of financial empowerment and security for its corporate customer.” The launch falls in line with the Bank’s commitment “to digital innovation and expanding its modern banking solutions.”… Read More

Mastercard, Bankiom to Issue Virtual Prepaid Cards Across GCC Region

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) is partnering with Bankiom, a UAE-based lifestyle banking app, to introduce digital payment cards across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. This partnership marks “a significant stride in Mastercard‘s ongoing commitment to advancing digitalization in the payments landscape throughout the… Read More

Kuwait: Securities House Launches Zad App, a Shariah-Compliant Investment Platform with Alpaca

Zad is reportedly the “first-of-its-kind digital investment platform launched in Kuwait by Securities House, “offering end-users access to trade over 4,000 stocks and ETFs in full compliance with Islamic Shariah principles.” As noted in a blog post, Zad is “the brainchild of the fintech Securities… Read More

Mastercard Brings Google Pay to Kuwait

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), a technology company in the global payments industry, has collaborated with Google in order “to launch Google Pay in Kuwait, strengthening digital payment capabilities in the country.” Cardholders can tap to pay “with their Android phones or supported Wear OS devices in… Read More

Mastercard Introduces Apple Pay to Consumers in Kuwait

Mastercard (NASDAQ: MQ) brings Apple Pay to its cardholders in Kuwait. Apple Pay is “providing a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash — and uses the… Read More

Digital Banking: National Bank of Kuwait Introduces Weyay, a Fintech App for Younger Consumers

The National Bank of Kuwait has introduced Weyay, which is reportedly the Middle Eastern country’s first completely digital bank (will focus on serving younger clients). At present, the Fintech and virtual banking app is in beta testing and has been introduced at the pre-registration stage…. Read More

MENA Region Startup Ajar to Offer Property Management and Rental Collection Services in Bahrain

Ajar, a MENA region rental collection platform, reveals that it has expanded its business operations to the Kingdom of Bahrain. With an established presence in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the firm will be providing its property management and rent collection services in… Read More

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

Mumbai-based 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

Mobile-Only, Shariah Compliant Banking Solution Introduced by Boubyan Bank in the UK

Boubyan Bank has introduced a mobile-only, Sharia-compliant banking solution in the United Kingdom. The platform will aim to address the requirements of individuals residing in the Middle East who may have international banking needs. As noted in the announcement, Nomo will be providing a new… Read More

Fintech, AI, Data Science Startups Investor Planet N Receives Investment from Pakistan Kuwait Investment Co.

Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company (Private) Ltd (PKIC) recently made a PKR 500 million (appr. $3 million) equity investment into Planet N (Private) Ltd in order to support the fast-evolving startup sector in Pakistan. The new investment is reportedly part of Planet N’s $10 million funding… Read More

Central Bank of Kuwait Issues Warning Regarding Bitcoin, Ethereum, DogeCoin, Other Crypto Investments

The Central Bank of Kuwait has issued a statement on crypto assets and their risks. Kuwait‘s reserve bank says that it aims to enhance financial awareness and intends to encourage the Kuwaiti banking sector to adopt socially responsible business practices. The Central Bank of Kuwait… Read More

Real-Time Virtual Payments Provider ACI Worldwide Extends Partnership with Kuwait’s National Digital Banking Firm

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a multinational provider of real-time virtual payment solutions, reveals that it has expanded its working relationship with KNET, which is Kuwait’s national digital banking firm. Through the expanded partnership, ACI Worldwide and KNET will introduce several innovative virtual payment services in… Read More

Virtual Banking: Kuwait International Bank Partners Digital Transformation Specialist Mobiquity to Streamline Financial Services

Mobiquity, a digital transformation enabler, has teamed up with Kuwait International Bank (KIB), in order to support the institution’s goal of becoming a leading all-digital Islamic or Shariah-compliant financial service provider. Through the partnership, KIB will be working with Mobiquity’s team of experienced professionals –… Read More

Kuwait Finance House Introduces Digital Wallet Service, Supported via Smartphones with Assistance from Samsung, FitBit, Garmin

Kuwait Finance House (KFH), the nation’s first banking institution operating in accordance with the Islamic Shari’a, has introduced a digital wallet service that is being supported through smartphones (and even smart watches). KFH, which is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, with a market cap… Read More

Fintech and Digital Solutions Provider Thales to Assist Commercial Bank of Kuwait with Offering Secure Contactless Payments

Digital solutions provider Thales is reportedly supplying the Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) with its Gemalto Trusted Services Hub (TSH), which will allow the bank’s customers to perform secure contactless payments from their smartphones. According to a release, a tokenization process will be used to… 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 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

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