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Alternative Investments: AXA IM Alts Expands Operations with New Middle East Location

AXA IM Alts, a global firm focused on alternative investments with $200 billion (€184 billion) of assets under management, has expanded its global network with the opening of its first office in the Middle East. AXA IM Alts has been granted its financial services permission… Read More

BNPL Adoption Report: Majority of MENA Region Consumers Intend to Use Pay Over Time Options for Essential Spend

Tabby, the MENA region’s shopping and financial services app, conducted an in-depth analysis of their shoppers’ buying habits to determine the primary uses of BNPL. The research, based on a survey of 2,500 Tabby shoppers, “revealed that the majority use BNPL for essential purchases rather… Read More

Euronet, Fintech Galaxy, Partner on Open Banking in MENA, Africa

Euronet (NASDAQ: EEFT) and Fintech Galaxy have announced a partnership to offer Open Banking services in the MENA region and the African continent. The service includes digital banking or Banking as a Service, as well as offerings for Fintechs, merchants, and more. Services include payments,… Read More

CBDCs: Central Bank Digital Currencies May Boost Middle East’s Financial Inclusion, Payment Efficiency – Report

Central bank digital currencies or CBDCs can boost Middle East’s financial inclusion, payment efficiency, according to a comprehensive update from the IMF. 19 countries in the Middle East and Central Asia are exploring issuing a CBDC, the IMF update noted. Almost two-thirds of countries in… Read More

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

The Saudi Central Bank SAMA released the Annual Performance Report of the Saudi Finance and Real Estate Refinance Companies Sector for the year 2023. The report highlighted the sector’s developments and financials “during 2023, where the paid-up share capital for finance companies sector increased by… Read More

Central Bank of Kuwait Adds New Firms to E-Payment Services Providers, Systems Operators Register

The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has added 2 new companies to e-payment services providers, e-Money services providers and e-payment systems operators register. Continuing its efforts to encourage innovation in financial services, enhance electronic payment services and regulate these activities, ensure providing high-quality, efficient and… Read More

Paxos International, a UAE-based Affiliate of Paxos, Introduces Yield-Bearing Stablecoin

Paxos International, a UAE-based affiliate of Paxos, announced the launch of a yield-bearing stablecoin – Lift Dollar (USDL). Issued by Paxos International, “a regulated entity under the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), USDL will be available to consumers in… Read More

Klickl Obtains Financial Services Permission in Abu Dhabi to Enhance Web3 Offerings for SMEs

Klickl is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of a Financial Services Permission (FSP) from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). This milestone not only enhances Klickl’s ability “to offer both custody and brokerage services for virtual assets as… Read More

Digital Transformation: Kuwait’s Burgan Bank Selects TCS BaNCS to Transform Core Banking

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (NSE: TCS), a global enabler of IT services, consulting, and business solutions, has signed a deal to modernize the core banking technology of Burgan Bank, a commercial bank in Kuwait. The bank will deploy TCS BaNCSTM to “consolidate multiple standalone legacy… Read More

California to Undermine Artificial Intelligence [AI] Innovation with New Legislation (SB 1047)

This past week, the California state legislature approved an Artificial Intelligence (AI) bill, SB 1047 that is being described as undermining innovation and hampering the development of the new technology. Joe Lonsdale, founder of Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) – a firm engaged in AI development, slammed the… Read More

Payments Fintech Foodics Establishes New Location in Cairo as Part of Expansion Plan into Egyptian Markets

Foodics, the provider of restaurant management and financial tech solutions in the MENA region, has officially inaugurated its new office in New Cairo in Egypt. This strategic expansion marks “a significant milestone in the company’s ongoing growth within the Egyptian market and emphasizes its dedication… Read More

MENA Region’s Emirates NBD to Enhance Merchant Acquiring Solutions via Pine Labs Partnership

Emirates NBD, which is one of the banking groups in the MENA and Turkey region, has partnered with Pine Labs, a merchant commerce omnichannel platform, to ensure that companies across the region have access to the latest, and best, payment solutions. As part of its… Read More

Fintech Nium and Emirates NBD to Streamline Cross-Border Payments in the Middle East

Nium, the global enabler of real-time cross-border payments, announced a partnership with Emirates NBD, a banking group in the MENA and Türkiye region, to empower customers with a cutting-edge global payments solution that will aim to “redefine the financial services landscape in the Middle East… Read More

Fintech Firm Airwallex Engages Middle Eastern Wealth Funds for Expansion

Global Fintech platform Airwallex is in discussions with several Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds as it seeks to raise capital for regional expansion, according to CEO Jack Zhang. The Melbourne-based startup has engaged with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala Investment Co, and Saudi Arabia’s Public… Read More

Markets Infrastructure Provider Symphony Expands Operations in the Middle East

Symphony – the markets infrastructure and technology platform – is expanding its global footprint by establishing a commercial office in the Middle East. The new office will be located in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial center of the UAE’s capital, “underlining Symphony’s… Read More

Chainalysis Welcomed to Digital Asset Lab Council By Emirates NBD

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the MENA (and Türkiye) region, has announced Chainalysis as a key council member of the Digital Asset Lab. Chainalysis, the blockchain data platform, will “join professional services firm PwC, digital asset transfer and direct custody technology platform Fireblocks, and… Read More

UAE Card Payments Market On Track to Surpass $200B in 2028 – Research Report

The UAE card payments market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6% between 2024 and 2028 to reach AED764.1 billion ($208.2 billion) in 2028, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s Payment Cards Analytics reveals “that card… Read More

Fintech Legal Compass Covers Regulatory Environment in MENA Region

A legal consultancy has published a report on the regulatory environment for Fintechs in the MENA region. While digital finance is the future of all financial services, the emergence and regulation of various services have differed worldwide.  KARM Legal Consultants has crafted a “Fintech Legal… Read More

ADQ Launches $180m Jasoor Fund to Boost Fintech, Edtech Innovation in MENA Region

Abu Dhabi wealth fund ADQ announced the launch of the Jasoor Fund, a new technology-focused investment fund, with a capital base of $180 million The fund aims to drive digital transformation and economic growth across the region. This initiative marks a crucial milestone in the… Read More

Checkout.com Analysis Reveals Key Shifts in Transaction Volumes After UAE Experienced Severe Weather Conditions

In the aftermath of recent severe weather conditions the UAE witnessed, global payments solution provider Checkout.com has conducted a comprehensive analysis revealing significant shifts in transaction volumes across various sectors. The data sheds light on the profound impact of adverse weather “on consumer online shopping… Read More

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