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Qatar based Payments Fintech Dibsy Secures $300,000 via Pre-Seed Round led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai

Qatar-headquartered Fintech firm Dibsy has acquired $300,000 through a pre-seed round that was led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai along with participation from several angel investors. Dibsy’s management reveals that their investment round was finalized in late 2020. The Dibsy team notes: “Our brand is… 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

Abu Dhabi’s Fintech PayBy to Offer Contactless Payments Options to Al Maya Group Supermarkets in UAE

Abu Dhabi-based PayBy, a payments startup, has teamed up with Al Maya Group in order to offer the latter with secure, contactless payment options across 49 of its supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When shopping at Al Maya supermarkets, customers will be able… Read More

Dubai Next, a New Digital Platform, to Allow SMEs in UAE to Raise Capital via Crowdfunding

A new digital platform called Dubai Next has been introduced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to allow innovators and business entrepreneurs of any nationality to acquire capital to launch their initiatives. The Dubai Next platform went live earlier this month (on Wednesday,… Read More

British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks Says Qatar and UK to Focus on Digital Commerce, Fintech Partnerships

Total trade volume between Qatar and the United Kingdom reportedly reached £7 billion last year, even though there were restrictions in place (partly due to COVID). The strong trading activity is also being reported after various challenges related to the pandemic and resulting socioeconomic uncertainty,… Read More

Digital Payments and Banking Tech Provider i2c Partners Jordan’s INVESTBANK to Offer Financial Solutions

i2c Inc., an established provider of digital payment and banking tech, revealed on Monday (May 23, 2021) that it has partnered with INVESTBANK, a bank offering various financial solutions in Jordan. i2c’s plug-and-play platform will reportedly power credit issuing and acquiring capabilities for INVESTBANK. Through… Read More

Australia Stock Exchange listed BNPL Fintech Zip to Acquire Twisto, UAE’s Spotii

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed Buy Now, Pay Later Fintech Zip is reportedly expanding its business operations into European markets and the Middle East. Zip says it’s acquiring European BNPL Fintech Twisto and UAE’s Spotii as well. Zip reportedly took part in a €16 million investment… Read More

MENA Region Wholesale Banking Businesses Getting Lower Multiples from Investors than Non-Bank Entities: Report

Wholesale banking has been undervalued, however, it has provided consistent results during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent report from Oliver Wyman and Morgan Stanley. The wholesale and transaction banking report, titled “Striving to Sustain Returns,” reveals that markets and investment banking were significantly… 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

Dubai Fintech Mamo Secures $8M via Pre-Series A Round, Will Expand Operations into UAE, Saudi Arabia

Dubai-headquartered Fintech firm Mamo has reportedly secured $8 million through a pre-Series A funding round. Mamo offers a digital wallet and payments platform and has previously raised $1.5 million in order to launch a peer to peer payments app. As mentioned in a release shared… 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

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

Seamless Cross-Border Payments Now Supported by UAE Central Bank and SWIFT Collaboration

Earlier this week, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed that it had been working cooperatively with SWIFT, an international provider of secure bank-to-bank messaging services. SWIFT and the UAE reserve bank are reportedly working an initiative that will improve the speed… 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

Saudi Arabia based BNPL Fintech Finalizes $110M Series A Mega-Round led by Checkout.com

Saudi Arabia-based Tamara, a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service provider, recently confirmed that it finalized a $110 million Series A funding round led by Checkout.com. The funds raised will be used by Tamara to scale its professional team, expand into new markets in the… Read More

Board of Abu Dhabi Global Market Approves Formation of ADGM Authority, Will be Led by Financial Services Veteran Mark Nicholas Cutis

The Board of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial center located in Abu Dhabi, has reportedly approved the formation of the ADGM Authority. ADGM Authority is expected to be led by Mark Nicholas Cutis, who will be serving as the organization’s Chief Executive…. Read More

Morocco Is Now Home to Many Fintech Services, Crowdfunding, Lending, Advanced Data Analytics Platforms: Report

Morocco is reportedly one of the most prominent Fintech hubs in the MENA region, as it’s currently home to approximately 13% of around 400 regional Fintech businesses, according to research carried out by financial inclusion supporter Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). The report,… Read More

Fintech Funding: MENA Region’s Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Raised Substantial Amounts in Q1 2021, but UK Remains a Global Leader in Fintech

MENA region startups secured $170 million in capital during March 2021, which is reportedly a 6% increase month-over-month, across 43 different deals, according to local sources. This notably takes the total funds raised during Q1 2021 to $396 million across 125 different deals, which is… Read More

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