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Qatar Financial Center Records 33% Growth with Over 800 Fintech, IT, Tax, and Investment Consulting Firms Now Part of the Organization in 2019

The Qatar Financial Center (QFC), one of the largest and fastest-growing business and financial centers in the Middle Eastern country, ended 2019 with a significant 33% growth, as nearly 200 companies registered on QFC’s platform. The number of firms establishing operations out of the QFC… Read More

Over 60% of United Arab Emirates’ Adult Working Population Is Still Not Using Modern Financial Services: Report

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The global payments industry is evolving rapidly and will only be developing faster in the coming years according to several reports. From digital transformation efforts to the increasing competition among Fintech firms to innovate, it is becoming more important for companies to upgrade their tech… Read More

Fintech in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Might Be Shifting Economic Focus from Oil to Financial Technology

Crude oil production in Saudi Arabia slowed down considerably last year, from 10,643 BBL/D/1K in December 2018 to only 9,890 BBL/D/1K in November 2019. Steady and continuous drops in crude oil production may be attributed to several different factors, such as the attendant impact on… Read More

Insurtech: Solidarity Bahrain, a Leading Insurance Technology Platform, Launches New Core Insurance System

Solidarity Bahrain, one of Bahrain’s largest insurance service providers and a subsidiary of Solidarity Group Holding, has reportedly launched its newly developed core insurance system, TCS BaNCS. The TCS BaNCS insurance platform is part of the foundation of Solidarity’s digital transformation plan and has been… Read More

Report: “Virtual Asset Services” Banned in Qatar

International Investment (II) is reporting that Qatar’s financial regulator, the QFC, has banned the use of cryptocurrencies in the region. The ban appears to be comprehensive. It covers, “anything of value that acts as a substitute for currency, that can be digitally traded or transferred… Read More

National Bank of Oman Receives Award for Best Mobile Banking Application by International Finance Magazine

The National Bank of Oman (NBO), the first local bank and one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, has been awarded Best Mobile Banking Application – Oman 2019 by the International Finance Magazine. The bank has also received various… Read More

Middle East’s Startup Ecosystem Supporter Wamda Co-Leads $3 Million Round in Floranow

Wamda, an established startup ecosystem supporter in the Middle East, recently co-led a $3 million Series A investment round with Global Ventures in Floranow, a business-to-business (B2B) online floral marketplace. Existing investors including Dash Ventures, Jabbar Internet Group, and new investors Sirocco Holdings, Adamtech Ventures,… Read More

Trading, Risk Management Platform Provider Murex Partners Kuwait’s Gulf Bank to Help it Digitize its Capital Markets and IT Infrastucture

Murex, an established provider of trading, risk management and processing platforms for financial markets, recently revealed that Gulf Bank, one of the largest banks in Kuwait, has chosen MX.3 to upgrade and digitize its capital markets and treasury IT. Murex was chosen to be a… Read More

Bank Muscat Receives Approval to Launch $100 Million Fintech Investment Program from Central Bank of Oman

Bank Muscat, the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate, recently revealed that the Central Bank of Oman has approved the institution’s request to establish a $100 million (appr. OMR38.5 million) nationwide, strategic Fintech investment program. The investment program is reportedly part of Bank Muscat’s… Read More

Qatar Central Bank’s Governor Reveals Country is Developing Nationwide Fintech Strategy for Banking Sector

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank (QCB), revealed on December 8 that the nation’s central bank is in the process of developing the banking sector’s Fintech strategy. Qatar’s Fintech strategy is being created in cooperation with local financial institutions… Read More

Dubai’s Wamda Invests in UAE-based Fintech Firm FlexxPay, a Social Impact Company for Businesses in the MENA Region

Wamda has reportedly made an investment in United Arab Emirates (UAE)-headquartered Fintech firm FlexxPay. The social impact company offers various benefit solutions to workers, which are available for businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Wamda’s latest investment is part of FlexxPay’s… Read More

Bahrain’s Bank ABC Launches “ila” Bank, as Institution Prepares to Enter Digital, Mobile-Only Banking

Bank ABC revealed on November 24 that it has introduced “ila” Bank, as the institution prepares to enter the digital, mobile-only banking sector, beginning with the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. The initiative’s roadmap involves promoting the new platform across the Middle East and North… Read More

One-Third of Fintech Firms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Are Based in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Fintech industry is set to enter 2020 with promising deals as more investors and companies explore potential investment opportunities. One-third of Fintech firms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are based in the UAE. The number of Fintech… Read More

Fintech Abu Dhabi Gains Participation of Eight Fintech Unicorns

Fintech Abu Dhabi, an annual gathering organized by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) – the international Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, has announced the participation of eight separate Fintech unicorns for their upcoming event later this month. Fintech Abu Dhabi has announced that; Kraken, Airwallex,… Read More

75% of Customers in the UAE Prefer Online Banking Over Visiting Physical Bank Locations

Three out of four, or 75%, bank customers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prefer managing their finances online, instead of visiting a physical bank location. A majority of bank customers’ visits to physical locations has decreased to 0-2 times per year, according to a… Read More

MENA Fintech Festival Abu Dhabi Announces New Tour Dates to Search For Global Fintech Talent

FinTech Abu Dhabi, MENA’s FinTech festival that is hosted by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced last week its global fintech tour will be reaching even more cities ahead of the main event in Abu Dhabi this upcoming October. Abu Dhabi reported that the FinTechAD… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Platform Beehive Raises $4 Million

Beehive, a peer to peer lending platform servicing SMEs in the MENA region, has closed on $4 million Series B funding round, according to a release from the platform. This most recent funding brings the Fintech’s total raised to $15.5 million since platform launch. The… Read More

FundedByMe Receives Regulatory Approval to Offer Investment Crowdfunding in Dubai

FundedByMe has been granted regulatory approval from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to offer investment crowdfunding in Dubai. An in-principle license has been granted conditional to completing the setup of the local entity. Operations will commence early in 2019. FundedByMe states that it will become… Read More

Brief: Catching up with Billion Dollar Fund Co-Founder Sarah Chen & MENA Update

The Billion Dollar Fund for Women (TBDF), founded by Shelly Porges, Sarah Chen, Anousheh Ansari, Nadereh Chamlou and Anu Jain, aims to mobilize and connect venture funds with institutional and other investors to create larger pools of capital for investments into women-founded companies. The global venture consortium’s funds… Read More

Temenos Looks to Boost Fintech in Egypt with AUC Venture Lab Fintech Accelerator Partnership

Fintech software provider Temenos (SIX: TEMN) has partnered with The Venture lab at The American University in Cairo (AUC Venture Lab) a prominent startup accelerator in Africa and the MENA region. Temenos will support Fintech innovation in Egypt by providing startups with access to their core… Read More

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