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Fintech PayTabs Launches Prepaid Card Services in MENA

Paytabs, a payment solutions provider in the MENA region, announced the launch of PayTabs Issuance — secure prepaid card issuing solutions aimed at scaling business operations regionally. Abdulaziz Al Jouf, CEO and founder of PayTabs Group, emphasized the potential of the issuing market in the… Read More

Equity Management Platform Carta Announces Middle East Expansion

Global equity management company Carta announced plans to expand operations to the Middle East—citing a 180% increase in year-over-year bookings across the broader Asia Pacific region, and “launching with flagship Middle East customers including Global Ventures, BECO Capital, Cotu Ventures, and Outliers VC and Middle… Read More

Checkout.com Partners with Standard Chartered as Cash Management Bank to Bring Improved Performance to MENA Region

Checkout.com, the global payments service provider, announced today a strategic partnership with Standard Chartered as their cash management bank “to bring improved operational and performance to Checkout.com’s merchants in the region.” The partnership leverages technology to “integrate payment systems and deliver an infrastructure that will… Read More

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) Introduces Listing of ETF to Track Saudi Arabian Equities

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to welcome the listing of Asia Pacific’s first ETF to “track Saudi Arabian equities – the CSOP Saudi Arabia ETF (Stock code: 2830 / 82830).” This ETF, which tracks the FTSE Saudi Arabia Index, “provides investors… Read More

Wahed Invest, a Shariah-Compliant Fintech Platform, Launches Operations in the UAE

Wahed Invest Limited, the UAE robo-advisory subsidiary of Wahed Inc., a global Shariah-compliant fintech that aims to advance financial inclusion through accessible, affordable and value-based investing, has launched after “having been granted a Financial Services Permission (FSP) from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of… Read More

Fintech Nium, Jeonbuk Bank to Introduce Global Remittance Service

Nium, the firm enabling real-time global payments, and Jeonbuk Bank (JB Bank), aSouth Korean financial institution, have announced a partnership. Together, they will offer the country’s first global remittance service “targeted at the 2.5 million non-Korean residents that live in South Korea.” The service will… Read More

Alternative Investment Management Firm Lunate and BNY Mellon to Invest in Wealthtech Firm

Lunate, a global alternative investment management company with more than $50 billion of assets under management, and BNY Mellon (NYSE:BK), the largest custodian and a leader in wealth management technology are investing in a new company, Alpheya, that “will develop a customized wealth management technology… Read More

Payments Fintech Foodics in Egypt and Suplyd to Automate Procurement, Supply Chain for Restaurants

Foodics, the restaurant management and payment solutions in MENA, announced its collaboration with Suplyd in Egypt, the digital supply chain management and procurement platform. This partnership offers a comprehensive supply chain management solution to restaurants in Egypt, making it easier “for restaurant owners to manage… Read More

Crypto.com Obtains VASP License from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA)

Crypto.com announced that its Dubai entity, CRO DAX Middle East FZE, has been granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) License “for specified virtual asset service activities by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA).” Crypto.com’s VASP License is “subject to the Company fully satisfying select… Read More

Egyptian Fintech MNT-Halan Closes $130M Securitization

MNT-Halan has reportedly closed a $130 million securitization. As Egypt’s “first” unicorn and “fastest-growing” fintech, they’ve now “raised over US$ 400m in 2023, and target US$ 550 by the year’s end.” MNT-Halan has closed five tranches of securitized bond issuances “through its microfinance and consumer… Read More

Copper Acquires Digital Asset Brokerage Firm Securrency Capital Ltd

Copper, an institutional digital asset infrastructure provider, has acquired Securrency Capital Limited, a full-service, regulated blockchain-enabled brokerage firm offering digital securities trading based in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Securrency Capital’s platform, “powered by Securrency’s digital asset infrastructure and compliance aware solutions, provides investors… Read More

UAE’s Digital Bank Liv Introduces Instant Personal Loans without Fees via Fintech App

Liv, UAE’s digital bank launched by Emirates NBD, a banking group in the MENAT region, has launched a new digital offering. Till the end of 2023, eligible Liv customers can benefit from instant personal loans without any fees via the Liv app. The digital bank… Read More

MENA Region Fintech Tabby Finalizes $200M Series D at $1.5B Valuation

Tabby, the MENA region’s shopping and financial services app, has raised $200 million in equity financing led by Wellington Management, which claims to be one of the world’s major independent investment management firms. The equity financing drew additional participation “from growth equity investor Bluepool Capital,… Read More

Saudi Central Bank SAMA, Monetary Authority of Singapore to Work on Fintech Initiatives

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) signed a cooperation agreement with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in Riyadh, in the field of Fintech and innovation. The agreement was signed by Ayman Al-Sayari, Governor of SAMA, and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of… Read More

Nymcard, ACI Worldwide To Combat Fraud, Financial Crime

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a global firm focused n mission-critical, real-time payment solutions,  announced that Nymcard, a card issuer in the MENA region, has enhanced its fraud platform with ACI Fraud Management in order “to better protect its customers from the growing threat of financial… Read More

Saudi Central Bank SAMA Releases Performance Report of Finance Firms Sector and Real Estate Refinance for H1 2023

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) issued its semi-annual performance report of the finance companies sector and real estate refinance for H1 2023. According to the report, most of the indicators in the finance companies sector “grew at varying rates in H1 2023.” The paid-up share… Read More

A2A, Fintech Salt Edge to Support Open Finance in Jordan

The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) has taken a significant step towards modernizing the financial services landscape in the Kingdom by unveiling comprehensive guidelines for Open Finance services. These guidelines apply to all banks operating “within the jurisdiction of CBJ, as well as online payment… Read More

London’s Wealthtech Velexa, UnaFinancial to Introduce Digital Investing Platform in the UAE

UnaFinancial, a Singapore-headquartered Fintech group (previously known as Robocash), has teamed up with Velexa, a UK-based wealthtech firm, in order to introduce a digital investing platform in the UAE. UnaFinancial and Velexa revealed that the collaboration aims to leverage Velexa’s expertise in investment tech and… Read More

Tarabut, MENA’s Open Banking Fintech, Partners with FLOOSS, a Bahrain-based Digital Lending Platform

Tarabut, MENA’s leading open banking platform, has announced a new partnership with FLOOSS, a Bahrain-based digital lending platform. FLOOSS is reportedly the “first” and fastest digital loan app in Bahrain “offering consumer loans of up to BHD 750 with a repayment period of up to… Read More

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Announces Consultation on Digital Assets Law

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the global financial center in the MENA and Southeast Asia region, has proposed to enact a Digital Assets Law, a Law of Security and related amendments to select existing legislation “to cater to the requirements of the DIFC’s proposed digital… Read More

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