Tagged: middle east

MENA Region Fintech Firm Wafeq Raises $3M via Seed Round Led by Raed Ventures

Wafeq, a modern and easy-to-use accounting platform, has announced the completion of its $3 million seed round. The Dubai-headquartered company’s seed round was “led Raed Ventures by and saw participation from Wamda Capital, both of which are two of the most prominent names in the… Read More

Regtech Firm Konsentus Launches Operations in the MENA Region

Open Ecosystem RegTech provider, Konsentus, establishes its MENA regional base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “to provide open data infrastructure and technology services to regulators and financial services providers in the Kingdom and surrounding territories.” The team is “led by Managing Director MENA, Konsentus,… Read More

PayPal Ventures Invests in MENA Region Fintech Tabby’s $58M Series C

Tabby, one of MENA’s shopping and financial services apps, has raised $58 million from Sequoia Capital India, STV, PayPal Ventures, Mubadala Investment Capital, Arbor Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst in a Series C round which values the company at $660 million. The fundraise will be used… Read More

Pine Labs Enters UAE to Enable Fintech Platform for Banks, Merchants

Merchant commerce omnichannel platform, Pine Labs announced that it has entered the United Arab Emirates (UAE) market. Pine Labs will partner local banks and financial institutions in the region “to help them serve their merchant partners better.” Banks in the UAE will “benefit from a… Read More

Bahrain based Fintech IPS Extends its Collaboration with BPC

Payment solutions provider BPC has extended its collaboration with Bahrain-based International Payment Services B.S.C (IPS), a third party payments processing and payments firm. As part of the agreement, BPC will allow IPS “to extend the use of its open system e-payment platform ‘SmartVista’.” Headquartered in… Read More

Restaurant Management and Payments Platform Foodics Teams Up with French Tech Startup Partoo

Connecting France and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a “first of its kind” strategic tech partnership, Foodics, the cloud-based restaurant management technology and payments platform in the MENA region, has announced it has partnered with French-based tech start-up Partoo, who “help brands manage and… Read More

Fintech Firm IFIN, Bank Nizwa to Provide Instant Islamic Goods Financing

IFIN, which claims to be the first of its kind Islamic Fintech, announces its partnership with Bank Nizwa, Oman’s “first” full-fledged Islamic bank in the Sultanate, offering a plethora of Shariah-compliant products and services, “to introduce instant Islamic ‘Goods Financing’ with the aim of enriching… Read More

Saudi Central Bank Launches Open Banking Lab

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announced the launch of the Open Banking Lab according to the Open Banking Framework issued by SAMA November 2022. The Open Banking Lab aims “to enable innovation and accelerate the development of open banking services in the Kingdom as it… Read More

Fintech PayBy Licensed by UAE Central Bank to Conduct Retail Payment Services Operations

PayBy, a Fintech firm recently acquired by Astra Tech in August 2022, has been licensed by the Central Bank of the UAE “to conduct Stored Value Facility (SVF) and Retail Payment Services (RPS) operations.” The license “represents one of the country’s highest levels of financial… Read More

Startups in Abu Dhabi to Receive Streamlined Banking Services with Assistance from Flat6Labs, Wio Bank

In a bid to further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, Flat6Labs, the MENA region’s seed-stage program and early-stage venture capital firm, and Wio Bank, the region’s first platform bank, have “signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).” Under the agreement, startups from Flat6Labs Ignite, a specialized… Read More

Dubai Chamber of Commerce Launches Fintech, Payments Business Group

Dubai Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of a new Fintech & Payments Business Group aimed at bringing together companies of all sizes “within the fintech and payments sector to encourage collegial dialogue, advocate policy change and promote the emirate as a highly competitive global… Read More

Pakistan-Qatar Takaful Group Teams Up with B2B Fintech Firm BLINQ

Pak-Qatar Takaful Group and BLINQ Solutions Private Limited have reportedly entered an agreement with a goal to streamline payment collections and assist existing and new clients with making payments from an extensive range of payment solutions. According to a statement made on December 26, Saqib… Read More

Egypt’s Digital Restaurant Supply Chain Startup, Suplyd, Raises $1.6M

Egypt’s digital restaurant supply chain startup Suplyd recently closes $1.6M funding round Suplyd, a startup that digitizes supply chain operations for the MENA region’s hotels, restaurants, and catering (HORECA) industries, announced their $1.6M pre-seed round funded “by Endure Capital, Seedstars, Camel Ventures, Falak Startups alongside… Read More

Fintech Galaxy Acquires Egypt’s Underlie as it Expands Open Finance Footprint

UAE-based Fintech Galaxy, the “first” Central Bank-regulated Open Finance platform in the Middle East, announced the acquisition of Underlie, an Egypt-based Open Banking platform offering APIs to banks and businesses. The deal will help “to set FTG’s Open Finance and Open Banking wheels in full… Read More

Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) Issues License to Manafa, a Finance Company

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) recently announced the licensing of Manafa – a finance company specialized in debt-based crowdfunding in the Kingdom. Manafa is “a closed joint-stock company with a capital of SAR 40 million.” The license was granted to the company “after a successful… Read More

Mastercard Introduces Apple Pay to Consumers in Kuwait

Mastercard (NASDAQ: MQ) brings Apple Pay to its cardholders in Kuwait. Apple Pay is “providing a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash — and uses the… Read More

Celesta Capital Partners with The Sultanate of Oman

Celesta Capital, a deep technology venture capital firm, announced that it has created a formal partnership with The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT (MTCIT) and the Public Authority for Special Economic and Free Zones (OPAZ). Celesta Capital has “had a longstanding… Read More

UAE’s Investment Firm National Bonds Selects Azentio’s iMAL to Enhance Operational Efficiency

Azentio Software, a Singapore-headquartered technology firm owned by funds managed by Apax Partners, announced that National Bonds, the UAE’s Shariah-compliant savings and investment company owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, has “selected Azentio’s Islamic Banking solution, iMAL, to support its quest to improve process… Read More

IFZA Dubai, Wio Bank to Offer Digital Banking Services

Dubai UAE Beach Camels fredrik-ohlander-unsplash

IFZA Dubai, which claims to be the UAE’s most “dynamic” and “truly” international Free Zone, has entered into a partnership agreement with Wio Bank, the region’s “first” platform bank, “to provide IFZA Free Zone companies with quick and convenient access to digital banking services and… Read More

SABB Teams Up with Visa’s Cybersource for Digital Commerce Acquiring Business

Saudi British Bank (SABB) has announced a strategic partnership with Visa’s Cybersource payment gateway and risk platform, “with the aim of fostering the bank’s growth in an evolving and dynamic eCommerce space.” This partnership will “enhance the overall capabilities of SABB’s Payment Gateway and, most… Read More

Send this to a friend