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UK Fintech Vesuvio Labs to Establish Business Operations in Qatar to Help Doha Startups Expand Operations Globally

UK-based Fintech Vesuvio Labs is reportedly planning to establish an investment business in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar in order to further expand its operations and assist firms in Doha, particularly startups, with branching out into other global markets. Vesuvio Labs is a vertically… 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

Qatar Now Ranked 2nd in MENA Region for Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity as Fintech Sector Expected to Grow Rapidly

Randy Rivera, Executive Director of FinTEx, a member-led community focused on promoting innovation and collaboration within Fintech in Qatar and the MENA region, has said that his organization continues to work with international financial services industry participants. During a June 23, 2020 virtual panel discussion… Read More

Fintech Expert Mohamed Okasha from Egypt Says Country Needs More Specialized Funds Specifically for Financial Tech Development

Cashless transactions continue to rise globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced many world governments to enforce lockdowns and introduce safe distancing measures. Fintech expert Mohamed Okasha, co-founder and ex-managing director of Egypt-based Fawry Banking and Payment Technology Services, introduced a $25-million “Disruptech”… Read More

India Remains a “Crucial” Market for the Dubai International Financial Center, Salman Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer at DIFC Says

Fintech firms based in India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plan to continue working cooperatively in order to address key socio-economic changes and challenges resulting from the global COVID-19 outbreak. India and UAE’s financial hub Dubai aim to stay on top of major changes… 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

Cairo based Fintech MoneyFellows Secures $4 Million in Capital via Series A led by Partech, Sawari Ventures

Egyptian Fintech firm MoneyFellows has secured $4 million in capital through a Series A round from Paris-based global VC company Partech and Sawari Ventures, an international VC investor. The investment has come after MoneyFellows acquired more than $1 million in funding via a pre-series A… Read More

Samsung backed Blockchain Firm Blocko and Islamic Research and Training Institute to Implement DLT based Smart Credit Management System

The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), has teamed up with Samsung-backed blockchain tech company, Blocko, in order to implement a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-powered “smart” credit management platform. As mentioned in a release shared with… Read More

Dubai’s Tpay Mobile Acquires Payguru, a Turkish Payments Company that Supports Mobile Transactions

Dubai-based Tpay Mobile, a mobile payment provider, has reportedly acquired Payguru, a Turkish payments company. The amount paid for the acquisition has not been disclosed. Payguru supports mobile payments, ATM cash payments, and standard bank transfer services. The company has integrated its platform with three… Read More

Fintech Investments: Dubai International Financial Center to Provide Funding to FlexxPay, Go Rise, Sarwa, NOW Money

  The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), an organization that connects the MENA and Southeast Asia region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia, and the Americas, has made strategic investments in four Fintech companies. According to a press release, the DIFC has invested in… Read More

The Fintech Sector Will Become Even Stronger After COVID-19, According to New Report from Dubai

The Fintech sector will get stronger due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as more consumers begin using digital payments platforms and also as more people start working remotely, according to a new report from the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). The report noted: “This sector will successfully… 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

ADGM Aligns with KPMG, Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation

  It’s been quiet an exciting week for Abu Dhabi Global Market: global Fintech challenges, new alliances and partnerships. ADGM and KPMG have synced to launch the first ever FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge on 22 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi to enable startups to… Read More

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