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Open Banking Platform Spire Partners with Mastercard to Enhance Digital Financial Services

Spire, a GCC Open Banking services provider, has announced a partnership with Mastercard (NYSE: MA),  a technology leader in the global payments sector. The collaboration will “help banks revolutionize consumer engagement and enhance user experiences in the region by integrating Spire ‘Ingage’ and Mastercard’s Merchant… Read More

Visa, First Abu Dhabi Bank, DBWC Introduce “She’s Next” Initiative in UAE

Visa (NYSE: V), which claims to be the leader in virtual payments, recently announced the launch of its global She’s Next initiative in the United Arab Emirates in order to economically empower women entrepreneurs. The initiative has been introduced with assistance from First Abu Dhabi… Read More

CoinMENA Obtains Provisional License from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority

Dina Sam’an, the Founder and Managing Director of CoinMENA, notes that she’s very excited to share that CoinMENA has obtained a provisional license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). Sam’an adds that regulatory compliance has been a “top priority” for CoinMENA from day one…. Read More

$100M Tech Fund Launched by ADQ and Jordan’s Ministry of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship

ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, recently announced the launch of a $100 million technology-focused venture capital fund with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship (MoDEE) of Jordan, in the presence of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Jordan, Bisher Al Khasawneh…. Read More

MENA Region’s NymCard, a BaaS Provider, Acquires $22.5M in Funding

NymCard, the MENA-based Banking as-a-Service (BaaS) provider and card issuer, has raised $22.5 million in its latest funding round. This will help NymCard “enable MENA-based Fintechs with the infrastructure required from BIN Sponsorship, Card Issuing, Program Management, Compliance, FX, and Treasury, leverage its over 150+… Read More

Fintech Fund in Egypt Receives Investment from AXIAN Group

The AXIAN Group recently revealed that it has joined Disruptech Egypt Fund I, which is a venture capital fund focused on supporting technology-enabled firms and Fintech startups in Egypt. Disruptech Egypt Fund I is a VC fund dedicated to further developing Egypt’s financial-technologies sector by… Read More

Yoshi Markets, a Regulated Digital Assets Firm, Begins Onboarding Clients

Yoshi Markets Limited says it has started onboarding clients for its trading and custody platform for digital assets. Yoshi is an ADGM regulated  Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) and custodian. The announcement is described as a significant step towards offering services for customers from around the world…. Read More

ADGM-based FinaMaze Partners with Ned Davis Research

Pursuing its “innovative” path in the UAE asset management sector, FinaMaze recently announced a partnership with investment research firm, Ned Davis Research (NDR). This partnership, the “first of its kind” in the GCC region, will see NDR providing research and high-level intelligence to the ADGM-regulated… Read More

MENA Region’s Open Banking Platform Tarabut Gateway Announces New Partnerships in Saudi Arabia

Tarabut Gateway, which claims to be the largest Open Banking platform in the MENA region with a market presence in Bahrain, the UAE and KSA, recently announced four new key banking partnerships in KSA. As part of its expansion in Saudi Arabia, and the developments… Read More

MENA Payments Provider HyperPay Raises $40 Million

  HyperPay, a payments provider located in Saudi Arabia but providing services across the MENA region, has raised $40 million (SAR 138M) in a funding round led by Mastercard (NYSE: MA) with the participation of Amwal Capital Partners and AB Ventures. Along with the investment… Read More

Mastercard, HyperPay to Expand Virtual Payment Channels across MENA Region

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), a tech leader in the international payments sector, has announced a strategic partnership Saudi Arabia-based HyperPay, which claims to be the fastest growing e-commerce payments services provider in the MENA region, in order to drive the adoption of digital payment solutions across… Read More

Fintech YAP Obtains In-Principle Approval from State Bank of Pakistan for E-Money Institute License

YAP, a Fintech streamlining the virtual banking experience in the MENA and South Asia region, has announced that it has been granted an In-Principle Approval (IPA) from the State Bank of Pakistan for an Electronic Money Institute (EMI) License. The approval provides “a tremendous opportunity… Read More

UAE’s Spades Dine-in Payment Fintech Acquires $2.5M for Expansion Across MENA Region

There’s no denying that the Middle East is “growing fast” and its restaurant scene is growing “even faster,” according to an update shared with CI. Dining in the UAE means “exploring one of the most diverse, vibrant, and delicious food destinations on the planet.” Restaurants… Read More

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has Reportedly Joined UAE Trade Connect Fintech Consortium

The UAE Trade Connect (UTC) is pleased to confirm that the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has joined its consortium of UAE banks “utilizing its blockchain platform to help de-risk trade finance.” UTC is the Fintech blockchain platform of e& enterprises, from e& (formerly known… Read More

DIFC-based Tarabut Gateway Now a Regulated Open Banking Platform in UAE

Tarabut Gateway has reportedly been granted a license by Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to offer money services in and from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). DFSA is the independent regulator of financial services in DIFC, which claims to be “the leading global financial center”… Read More

MENA’s Paymob, a Payments Fintech, Announces Collaboration with Pakistan’s Bank Alfalah

Paymob, which is MENA region’s virtual payments provider, has announced a strategic relationship with Bank Alfalah, in one of Pakistan’s largest Fintech partnerships “to date.” Paymob’s partnership with one of Pakistan’s major private banks will aim to “drive financial inclusion and lead the way for… Read More

Digital Payments: MENA Region’s Fintech Paymob Expands Operations into Pakistan

Paymob, MENA region’s virtual payments provider, has announced its formal market entry, and “start of operations, in Pakistan.” Paymob’s expansion into Pakistan follows its steady growth in its home market of Egypt, plus Jordan and other world regions where – combined – it “services tens… Read More

Investcorp Introduces First International Institutional Blockchain Fund from Abu Dhabi

Investcorp, a global alternative investments firm, recently announced the launch of eLydian Lion, which is reportedly the first dedicated institutional blockchain fund based in the GCC, with “a global investment mandate.” The Fund – which will be led from Investcorp’s Abu Dhabi office – will… Read More

MENA Region’s Seed Group Teams Up with PayCargo, a Florida based Logistics Payment Platform

Seed Group, a subsidiary of the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, recently entered a “strategic” alliance with PayCargo, a Florida-headquartered global logistics payment platform, in order “to bring its tried and tested payment technology to the UAE.” As noted in an… Read More

Visa and PopID Form to Introduce Facial Verification Payments in the Middle East

PopID, a consumer authentication service, and Visa (NYSE: V), a key player in digital payments, announced a partnership “to collaborate on launching facial verification payment acceptance in the Middle East region.” The goal of the partnership is “to provide cardholders with new safe, secure, and… Read More

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