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Fintech Galaxy Brings Open Finance Experience to MENA region

Fintech Galaxy, which claims to be one of the industry-leading financial innovation companies, has announced the addition of a team of global Open Banking/Finance experts “as it looks to ramp up its product offering and presence across the MENA region.” Appointments reportedly “include Salt Edge’s… Read More

Binance Obtains MVP License from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

Binance, the global blockchain services provider, has received the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), following the issuance of its provisional license in March 2022. The MVP license “means that Binance can offer an approved range of virtual asset-related… Read More

Saudi Central Bank Issues Payment Licenses to Arab Sea Financial Company, Fatoraah

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announces the licensing of two payment financial technology companies, including: Arab Sea Financial Company and Fatoraah in order to provide Payment services for e-commerce. This brings the total number of payment companies licensed by SAMA “to 21 companies, in addition… Read More

OpenNode to Test Bitcoin (BTC) Payments in Bahrain

As the first of several other planned announcements to come from the region, OpenNode intends to test a bitcoin payment processing and payouts solution via the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB’s) Regulatory Sandbox. Bitcoin payments had “been non-existent in the island nation until now, which… Read More

Emirates NBD Introduces Digital Payment Solutions for ENOC Group

ENOC Group has accelerated its digitization strategy through a collaboration with Emirates NBD, a banking group in the MENA region (and Turkey), in order “to implement innovative payment solutions.” ENOC Group has “successfully implemented Emirates NBD’s Host to Host (H2H) services for payments and account… Read More

London’s Deeptech, Banking Firm Tintra Awarded Fintech Services License in Qatar

Deeptech & Banking company Tintra PLC has been awarded a Fintech Services License to operate in the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), which is described as “a watershed moment as the company expands its build-out worldwide.” Tintra is using artificial intelligence and Web3 technologies “to build… Read More

Central Bank of Egypt Selects Acumen.plus, the Treasury Platform for Compliance, Automation

Profile Software, which claims to be a leading financial solutions provider, has announced that the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has selected Acumen.plus, the internationally implemented Treasury Management System, “to effectively manage and streamline their operations whilst experiencing compliance and powerful reporting for reserve and… Read More

Digital Banking: Wio Bank PJSC Launches in the UAE

Wio Bank PJSC announced its official launch in the UAE, “becoming the first platform bank in the region, aiming to transform banking operating models towards a more digital future.” This is in line with the UAE’s Digital Economy Strategy that aims “to double the contribution… Read More

Blockchain.com Obtains Provisional Approval to Operate in Dubai

As Dubai seeks to support crypto and blockchain innovation, Blockchain.com has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA). That means that soon both retail and institutional clients will be able “to access the financial system of the future… Read More

Emirates Development Bank to Approve New Loans to SMEs, Startups

Emirates Development Bank (EDB), the financial “engine” of the UAE’s economic diversification and industrial transformation agenda, has announced a lending feature that allows SMEs and startups “to apply for loans of up to AED5 million directly through its Digital Banking App and receive approval or… Read More

Qatar Central Bank Issues Digital Payment Licenses to Ooredoo, iPay by Vodafone

Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has reportedly issued the nation’s first virtual payment licenses to Ooredoo Money and iPay by Vodafone Qatar. The announcement was made via social media on August 30, 2022. The update noted that the issuance was made to contribute to the development… Read More

Ajman Bank to Introduce Mastercard Touch Card, Driving Inclusion across UAE

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) and Ajman Bank have strengthened their commitment to inclusion through a new initiative “designed to expand access to the digital economy.” The Touch Card is “an accessible payment card that will allow blind and partially sighted people to easily facilitate payments and… Read More

Saudi Central Bank Grants Permit to Fintech Firms Lean Technologies, Mod5r

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) recently announced granting permit to a new batch of companies; Lean Technologies and Mod5r to “provide Open Banking Solutions; bringing the total number of permitted Fintech companies operating under its Regulatory Sandbox to 38.” This step completes “a series of… Read More

MENA Region’s Neobanking Fintech Zywa Finalizes $3M Seed Round

Zywa, a teen-focused fintech aiming to “re-imagine” banking for Gen Z in the MENA region, has completed a seed funding round of $3 million. Investors who took part in the investment round reportedly “include Goodwater Capital (the largest consumer tech VC globally), Dubai Future District… Read More

MENA’s SubsBase, a Subscription Management Platform, Secures $2.4M via Seed Round

SubsBase, which claims to be the first and only subscription and recurring revenue management platform catering to the MENA region, announced it “has successfully closed its seed round at $2.4 million.” The investment round was “led by Global Ventures, a leading MEA-focused venture capital firm.”… Read More

Abu Dhabi to Introduce Blockchain, Digital Assets Strategy

The Abu Dhabi Blockchain and Virtual Assets Committee (ADBVAC) held its first meeting, “under the chairmanship of H.E Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Chairman Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), to discuss strategy for blockchain and… Read More

Digital Asset Firm Gate.io Group Is Offering OTC Block Trading Service in Dubai

Gate.io Group has announced the launch of its over-the-counter trading platform Gate OTC, which will “provide fully-licensed OTC crypto trading services catered to institutions and high-net-worth individuals.” Services are “offered in various countries around the world, supporting several mainstream cryptocurrencies.” The launch of Gate OTC… Read More

MENA’s BNPL Firm valU Acquires Fintech Paynas

valU, MENA’s Buy-Now, Pay-Later (BNPL) lifestyle-enabling fintech platform, announced that it “acquired 100% of Paynas, a full-fledged employee management and benefits company that provides financial services to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) in a signing ceremony attended by Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of… Read More

Communications Regulatory Authority in Qatar Launches Public Consultation on National Blockchain Blueprint

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) launched a public consultation about the “National Blockchain Blueprint for Qatar,” which was collaboratively “developed by CRA, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and Qatar University, with the aim of receiving the views and comments of stakeholders and concerned parties in Qatar on… Read More

Standard Chartered Appoints Ayesha Abbas as UAE Head Of Consumer, Private And Business Banking

Standard Chartered Bank (LON: STAN) recently announced the appointment of Ayesha Abbas as Head of Consumer, Private and Business Banking, UAE. In this role, Ayesha will “report to Rola Abu Manneh, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered, UAE and Bongiwe Gangeni, Regional Head, CPBB, MENA and… Read More

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