Tagged: middle east

Fintech Appro, which Digitizes Retail Banking Services, Launched in Dubai by SC Ventures

SC Ventures recently revealed that it has introduced Appro, which is a Fintech that digitizes and enhances the retail banking customer experience. Supported by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered’s Fintech investment and ventures unit, the “bank-agnostic” platform intends to signifiantly reduce the time taken to finalize… Read More

JP Morgan Introduces Cross-Border Liquidity Solution in Saudi Arabia

JP Morgan Payments has introduced a cross-border liquidity solution in Saudi Arabia, enabling customers to connect to liquidity pools in London and other cities across the globe. The service will aim to offer clients with a pipeline to link their balances to liquidity structures globally…. Read More

BNPL: FIntech Tabby Acquires $150M Credit Facility

Tabby, which is MENA’s payments and shopping app, has acquired $150 million in debt financing from Atalaya Capital Management and existing investor Partners for Growth (PFG). Based in New York, this facility “marks Atalaya Capital Management’s first deal in the MENA region.” In addition, San… Read More

Komainu, a Nomura-backed Crypto Custodian, Granted Provisional Regulatory Approval in Dubai

Komainu, a regulated digital asset custody provider built by institutions for institutions, today announced provisional regulatory approval from the Government of Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority [VARA] to “commence operational readiness even as the application goes through the warranted due diligence in accordance with VARA… Read More

FTX Exchange FZE Obtains Dubai’s First Virtual Asset Service Provider MVP License

FTX Exchange FZE announced that it has received approval “to enter Dubai’s ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP) program for Virtual Assets under the world’s only specialist regime for this sector operated by the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA).” As a subsidiary of FTX Europe, FTX Exchange… Read More

Huobi Group Given MVP Provisional Approval from Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

Huobi Group, which claims to be one of the world’s leading financial services providers specializing in cryptocurrencies and related products, recently announced that it has been granted MVP provisional approval by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) on July 15, 2022, while it “undertakes… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange OKX Obtains Dubai VARA Provisional License

OKX, which claims to be one of the leading crypto trading apps, recently announced that it has been granted a provisional virtual assets (VA) license “to provide services to qualified investors in the UAE.” Granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), OKX’s provisional… Read More

Gulf Investment in UK Real Estate Expected to Increase, According to BLME

New research from Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME) reveals pandemic restrictions had “little impact” on real estate investment from Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries into the UK. Based on in-depth interviews with experts from real estate services companies holding more than £60… Read More

MENA’s Tarabut Gateway, an Open Banking Platform, Announces Senior Appointments

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, announced (earlier this week) two new appointments to its senior executive team, Nino Ocampo and Adnan Erriade. Nino joins as… Read More

Fintech YAP Acquires $41M, Expands into MENA Region, South Asian Markets

YAP, which claims to be the leading Fintech “revolutionizing” the digital banking experience in the MENA region and South Asia, has raised $41 million “to fund its operations and growth.” The latest investment round includes contributions from Saudi Arabia’s Aljazira Capital alongside investments from Abu… Read More

QNB Introduces Wechat Pay, Alipay+ in Qatar

QNB, which is one of the largest financial institutions in the MENA region, has introduced  WeChat Pay and AliPay+ to its existing range of payment options that are accepted by its merchant network in Qatar, making it the first banking institution in the country to… Read More

Oman Insurance Co Now Live with Innoveo ZeroCode Platform to Power Fleet Insurance

Innoveo, a global tech firm and “pioneer” in no-code platform-as-a-service, announced that Oman Insurance company, one of the largest publicly listed insurers in the United Arab Emirates, has successfully gone live with its ZeroCode ‘KUDOS’ platform “leveraging Innoveo Skye, driving near-immediate efficiencies and enhancing the… Read More

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

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

MoneyGram Partners with Mobily Pay to Reach New Mobile Wallet Users in Saudi Arabia

MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), which claims to be an international “leader” in the evolution of digital P2P payments, and Mobily Pay, a “pioneering” mobile wallet powered by Saudi-based telecommunications and digital service provider Mobily, have announced a partnership “to launch MoneyGram’s leading international money… Read More

ZoodPay, the Digital Lending Platform, Expands Operations to Pakistan

ZoodPay, the digital lending platform for e-commerce in the Middle East and Central Asia, has entered Pakistan by fully “acquiring Karachi headquartered Tez Financial Services (Tez).” Backed by investors including Planet N, Flourish Ventures and Accion, Tez reportedly became “the first Fintech in Pakistan to… Read More

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