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FinTech Abu Dhabi Scheduled for October

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, has scheduled a Fintech conference to engage Fintech thought leaders, financial regulators and platforms at the upcoming FinTech Abu Dhabi in October 2017.  The event highlights the growing interest in the potential for… Read More

Abu Dhabi Global Market Receives 166 Applications from 39 Different Countries for FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, has announced that it has received 166 applications from over 39 countries for its inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge. The global participation was accomplished in less than two weeks with outreach coordinated by ADGM AND KPMG. Each applicant has… Read More

ADGM, IFC and CMA Kenya Pen Fintech Cooperation Agreement

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Kenya signed a Cooperation Agreement which provides a framework for cooperation to support financial innovation in each jurisdiction. The Agreement was signed by Paul Muthaura, Chief Executive,… Read More

The University of Cambridge Launches the 2016-17 European and Africa & Middle East Alternative Finance Industry Surveys

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School has launched its third European benchmarking survey and the second survey for Africa and the Middle East. The two separate research initiatives will review the emerging alternative finance markets in each… Read More

Beehive Signs MOU with Mohammad Bin Rashid Fund to Provide SME Loans

Dubai based peer to peer lender Beehive has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Fund (MBRF), part of the Dubai Ministry of Finance. The collaboration will see MBRF act as the guarantor for credit of up to Dh500,000 for SME loans… Read More

Dubai Financial Services Authority Creates Special License for Fintech to Foster Innovation

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) is looking to streamline the process of financial innovation by creating a special license for Fintech firms called the “Innovation Testing License” or ITL.  The DFSE said the ITL signals the “next phase” in their regulatory roadmap to increase… Read More

OneGram Claims First Sharia Compliant Digital Currency, Lists ICO for Over $500 Million

OneGram announced at Consenus this week the world’s first Sharia-compliant, gold-backed digital currency. The company also announced details for its “OGC” token crowdsale which will begin at the onset of Ramadan. The Initial Coin Offer (ICO) will continue for 120 days. OneGram seeks to raise… Read More

Growing Reg Influence in MENA Fintech: Abu Dhabi Global Market Joins R3 Consortium

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, has joined R3 as a new member of its international consortium. ADGM is the first regulatory body in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be part of the R3 consortium, comprising over… Read More

DIFC Accepting Applicants for Fintech Hive Accelerator Program

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has announced it is now accepting applications for its ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ accelerator program. The announcement comes after DIFC received registered interest from more than 200 companies since it opened its doors in January. The 12-week program is… Read More

Singapore & Abu Dhabi Sign Cooperation Agreement on Fintech Innovation

  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) have signed a “Cooperation Agreement” (CA) to encourage closer cooperation on the development Fintech. The agreement seeks to foster entrepreneurship and support innovation in financial services in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi. … Read More

Beehive is First P2P Lender to Receive DFSA Regulatory Approval

Dubai-based Beehive has become the first peer to peer lending platform to be authorised and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) Beehive reports that the new regulation is a first for the region and may catalyze sector growth of the Fintech industry. Beehive said… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Publishes Africa & Middle East Alternative Finance Report

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first benchmarking report covering alternative finance in the African and Middle East markets. Produced with the support and backing of Energy4Impact, UKAid and CME Group Foundation, the CCAF report states that alternative finance totaled more… Read More

First: Eureeca Receives Equity Crowdfunding License from Dubai Financial Services Authority

Eureeca has become the first equity crowdfunding platform to be officially licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).  Eureeca is a multi-regulated platform, having already received regulatory approval from from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and the Securities Commission Malaysia in 2015…. Read More

Eureeca Self Crowdfunding Round is a Turning Point for Business

Dubai-based Eureeca has released a statement following their successful self-crowdfunding round where they raised $400,000 in 12 days. Sam Quawasmi, co-CEO and co-founder, called the event an important one for platform growth.  Today Eureeca has over 12,000 active investors from 42 different countries. “This year has… Read More

Eureeca Easily Closes Self-Crowdfunding Round: 100% Funded

Eureeca closed its self-crowdfunding round this weekend early – 100% funded. The offer closed after just 12 days of being available online. The securities offer was over 60% funded on day one Based in Dubai, Euereeca has bigger ambitions having received FCA approval in the… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Launches First Industry Study for Middle East & Africa

  Inaugural Middle East & Africa Alternative Finance Benchmarking Study. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School is launching its first Middle East & Africa Alternative Finance Benchmarking Study. This study on alternative finance follows the successful publication of… Read More

Global Platform Eureeca Updates on AIG Crowdfunding Insurance & Plans for International Expansion

Eureeca is the very first investment crowdfunding platform to set up shop in the Middle East. The home office in Dubai has been complimented with offices in both London and Kuala Lumpur.  Eureeca is a truly global platform seeking to help smaller companies raise capital in… Read More

World Islamic Banking Conference – Bahrain

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, we welcome you to the 22nd Annual World Islamic Banking Conference 2015 held in the Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain on 1, 2 and 3 December 2015. Organized… Read More

Beehive: UAE Innovation Report

Beehive, a young peer to peer lending platform, and Thomson Reuters, have partnered on an innovation white paper regarding the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The document, embedded below, is designed to learn how small business approach innovation.  Beehive hosted a roundtable earlier this year that… Read More

Beehive Celebrates One Year of Peer to Peer Lending

Dubai-based Beehive, a marketplace/P2P lending platform has celebrated it’s one year anniversary this week.  In September 2015, Beehive pioneered a global first by becoming the first independently certified Sharia compliant P2P platform.  With its Sharia-compliant offering, Beehive supports Dubai’s strategy to become the capital of the… Read More