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National Bank of Oman Encourages Users to Perform Contactless Payments to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

National Bank of Oman (NBO), one of the largest financial institutions in the country and its first local bank, aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of practicing safe banking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The NBO has taken several measures to ensure its clients… Read More

Padmini Gupta’s Dubai-based Fintech Firm Rise, which Helps Low Income Migrant Workers, Secures New Investments

Dubai-headquartered Fintech firm Rise has secured funding via an investment round led by Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP). The round was carried out through a partnership with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Fund, 500 Startups, Khwarizmi Ventures and Phoenician Funds. The amount invested has… Read More

Fintech stc Bahrain to Introduce New Working Procedures to Ensure Safety During Coronavirus Outbreak

stc Bahrain, a Fintech solutions provider and telecommunications firm, has revealed that it’s introducing new working procedures, in order to ensure safety of its workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Bahrain-based Fintech said it aims to continue to offer innovative financial services to support… Read More

Digital Brokerage Solutions DriveWealth Announces First Initiative in the Middle East & North Africa Region Partnership With UAE-Based Wealthface

Digital brokerage solution provider DriveWealth announced on Wednesday it has formed a partnership with UAE-based wealth management company and online investment platform, Wealthface. DriveWealth reported that the partnership is its first initiative in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As previously reported, DriveWealth… Read More

Oman Prepares for 4th Industrial Revolution, Launches Fintech Innovation Lab with Help of Ministry of Technology and Communications, BankDhofar

Oman’s Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) has committed to a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with BankDhofar at the Sas Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), in order to manage a technology innovation lab at the center. The MoC was reportedly signed by Dr…. Read More

Liv, the Digital Banking Unit of Emirates NBD, to Provide UAE Customers Instant Access to Credit Scores

Liv, the digital banking division of Emirates NBD, a Dubai government-owned banking institution and one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East, is planning to provide customers instant access to their credit scores, with just a single click. The Al Etihad Credit Bureau… Read More

Fintech Firms, Aion Digital and Qarar, Team Up to Accelerate Development of Online Lending Platforms in the Middle East

Two major Fintech companies, Aion Digital and Qarar, are teaming up in order to accelerate the growth and development of online lending platforms across the Middle East region. According to a press release, the collaboration between the two Fintechs aims to “revolutionize the credit market”… Read More

Banking Challenger Moven Partners STC Pay to Introduce New Banking Service for Young People in Saudi Arabia

Two Fintech companies are teaming up to develop a new banking service for young people living in Saudi Arabia, who may prefer to make cashless payments from their mobile devices. Digital Bank challenger Moven, which was established by Brett King in 2010, will be partnering… Read More

State-Owned Dubai International Financial Centre Adds Over 2,000 Jobs, Records $139 Million in Net Profits

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The financial sector in Dubai will be expanding at a gradual pace and only if there is enough demand for new platforms and services, according to the local financial district’s governor. The state-owned Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) began expanding its operations in 2019. It’s… Read More

HPS, a Payments Technology Firm, Chosen by Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Provide QR-based Payment Solution

HPS, a payments technology and services company, has reportedly been chosen by the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to offer a QR-based payment platform. The HPS deal is part of the Middle Eastern country’s larger Fintech development initiative. HPS will be overseen by Saudi Payments,… Read More

Kuwait’s Path Solutions Introduces Path Digital and Path Intelligence Platform to Provide Seamless Digital Banking Experience

Kuwait-based company Path Solutions has introduced the Path Digital and Path Intelligence platforms to allow local banks to offer clients a seamless and intelligent digital banking experience.  The Fintech solution provider noted that the launch of the new platform will complement its new Intelligent Digital… Read More

Dubai International Financial Center Signs MoU for Tech Development with Singapore’s Tribal Accelerator for Blockchain and DLT Initiatives

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) has committed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Singapore’s Tribe Accelerator, a government-backed blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) project accelerator. According to the terms of the MoU, the DIFC and Tribe Accelerator aim to work cooperatively on… Read More

Monaco-based Fintech Privatam Is Expanding its Operations by Offering Services in Dubai

Monaco-based Fintech Privatam is expanding its operations by offering its services in Dubai. The company notes that the Middle Eastern city is a major regional financial and commercial hub and a key contributor to global capital markets.  Privatam’s founders (who are fellow investment bankers) include… Read More

Digital Tranformation Report: Traditional UAE Banks to Consolidate to Compete with Digital Banking Challengers

Large banks based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the Middle East’s leading financial hubs, have been investing in digital transformation projects to compete in an industry with rapidly changing consumer requirements – according to analysis performed by Bloomberg Intelligence. The analysis revealed… Read More

Fiserv Teams Up with Visa, Samsung, PayCore to Test Using Smartphones as PIN-Entry Devices for Retail Payments

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading multinational firm focused on offering financial services technology platforms, has teamed up with Visa, Samsung and PayCore in order to test the use of consumer-grade smartphones as PIN-entry devices for retail sales transactions. The new capability can be accessed… Read More

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention Teams Up with Other Local Agencies to Launch Blockchain Platform for Managing Healthcare Records

The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has teamed up with the nation’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and several other local government agencies in order to launch a blockchain-enabled health data storage platform. The Emirates News Agency reported… Read More

Dubai-based Fintech Sarwa Secures $8.4 Million via Series A Round Led by Kuwait Projects Company

Dubai-headquartered Sarwa confirmed on January 27 that it had finalized an $8.4 million Series A investment round, which was led by Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO). The firm’s hybrid automated investment platform aims to simplify the process of investing while making it more affordable. Sarwa’s platform… Read More

Belgium-based Blockchain Firm SettleMint Secures $2 Million via Latest Investment Round

Belgium-headquartered SettleMint, an enterprise blockchain firm, has reportedly secured €1.9 million (appr. $2.04 million) through a new investment round. KPN Ventures and Medici Ventures took part in the firm’s latest funding, SettleMint’s management confirmed on January 28. Following the capital injection, the company is planning… Read More

Dubai International Financial Centre Fintech Hive Launches Investment Accelerator Program in Middle East, Africa, South Asia

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Hive has announced the introduction of their investment-focused accelerator program for startups and other small companies in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) regions. The Fintech Hive Scale Up program will provide partnership and investment opportunities for… Read More

OG Bank and OG Pay Team Up with Banking as a Service Provider, Bankable, to Offer Digital Banking in the UK and Germany

A Dubai-headquartered Fintech firm focused on providing payment processing services will be launching OG Bank and OG Pay (On the Go), an online banking platform, chat-based digital payment wallet and an online point-of-sale (PoS) system – which will all be accessible and managed from mobile… Read More

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