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Qualified Fintech Firms Interested in Establishing Operations at Qatar Financial Centre Could Save $10,000

Qualified or eligible Fintech firms interested in establishing operations at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) could save around $10,000 as the QFC gets ready to launch its “Tech Talk” series. Henk Jan Hoogendoorn, MD at the Financial Sector Office at the QFC, noted earlier this… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Says Country will Work with US Firms to Diversify its Economy, Supported by Fintech and Digital Technologies

Qatar’s private sector is now ready to work cooperatively with US-based companies and businesses, according to Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa. As previously reported, the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the… Read More

Qatar Development Bank CEO Reveals that SMEs and Fintech Startups in the Middle East Don’t have Access to Many VC Investment Opportunities

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, the CEO at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which offers financial services, banking, and loans to support the development of the nation’s economy, has said that changing mindsets regarding entrepreneurship is “critical to growth.” QDB plans to help both government employees… Read More

Early-Stage and Mature Fintechs Chosen to Take Part in Qatar Fintech Hub’s Incubator and Accelerator Programs

Qatar is now well-positioned to provide a test-bed for creating business-to-business (B2B) Fintech solutions. The Middle Eastern nation has introduced its National Vision 2030 Strategy, which includes several Fintech-focused projects that should help with expanding and diversifying Qatar’s economy. Qatar’s financial technology sector has been… Read More

Qatar’s GDP Expected to Contract by 4.3% in 2020, but IMF Expects Recovery Next Year, Supported by Growing Fintech and Digital Economy

Qatar’s economy appears to be performing a lot better than other MENA region countries because it has launched many projects that have helped establish different types of businesses that generate significant revenue. Qatar has also managed to overcome the political tensions and has found new… Read More

Qatar Commercial Bank Receives “Best” Digital Banking Platform Award, Also Recognized for its Mobile App

AsiaMoney Magazine has selected Qatar’s Commercial Bank as the nation’s “Best Digital Bank” for 2020. Commercial Bank’s management noted: “Spearheading the digital innovation scene in the country, and more particularly in the financial and banking sector, Commercial Bank never ceases to launch state-of-the-art banking services… Read More

Digital Transformation in Qatar has Accelerated due to COVID-19, with Banks Investing More in Fintech Solutions

Fintech firms in Qatar are focused on improving the customer experience by providing more accessible financial services. Fintech solutions providers are helping with enabling greater financial inclusion, lower operational costs, and offering better security for applications, according to Burak Zatiturk, the Financial Services Leader at… Read More

Digital Transformation: Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority to Migrate Online Services to Microsoft Cloud

The Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) recently revealed that it will be migrating its online services to the Microsoft Cloud in order to move forward with its digital transformation strategy. The move to Microsoft Cloud comes after the Middle Eastern nation’s Ministry of Transport… Read More

Mastercard Partners with Qatar Development Bank to Support Development of Nation’s Fintech Sector

Payments giant Mastercard has teamed up with the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) in order to support the ongoing development of the nation’s Fintech sector. Through the partnership, Mastercard and QDB will support the Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH), which is a technology ecosystem that aims to… Read More

Qatar Is Supporting Fintech Development with Sustainable Solar Energy Initiatives, Local Firms Using Blockchain to Streamline Operations

Qatar has been ranked or classified as a high-income economy by the World Bank. Although the Middle Eastern country only has a GDP of around $200 billion (a lot less compared to many trillion-dollar economies), it’s home to just over 2.7 million people so the… Read More

Fintech Is Recognized as a Key Tool for Attaining Long-Term Development Goals for Qatar’s Financial Sector

  The Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH), which supports financial technology service providers in Qatar and globally, confirmed recently that it has received applications from companies that are interested in establishing their operations in the Middle East. These companies are looking for a launch-pad or accelerator… Read More

Digital Banking: Central Bank of the Philippines Is Open to Exploring Investment Opportunities from Qatar to Streamline its Financial Sector

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, is reportedly open to exploring potential investment deals from Qatar. According to a BSP representative, these deals will focus on digital banking and Fintech projects. Arifa A Ala, the MD at BSP, noted that… Read More

Qatar Ranked High on “Ease of Doing Business,” as Country Develops Fintech Friendly Policies, Launches Regulatory Sandbox

Qatar has substantial capital that has been invested by local entities into the nation’s economy, which is more diversified than most other countries in the Middle East. However, foreign direct investment (FDI) may still serve a key role in developing the nation’s knowledge-based economy and… Read More

Cooperation between Qatar and Hong Kong in Areas like Digital Commerce, Fintech will Strengthen Bilateral Relations, Doha Bank CEO Says

Dr. R Seetharaman, the CEO at Doha Bank, says that cooperation between Qatar and Hong Kong in key areas such as digital commerce, supporting startups, and the development of Fintech platforms may strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations. Seetharaman, whose comments came during a… Read More

Qatar Fintech Hub Continues to Receive Applications, As Nation Prepares for Cashless, Knowledge-based Digital Economy, Banking Exec Confirms

The Qatar Development Bank (QDB), an institution offering financial services, banking and loans for the development of the Middle Eastern nation’s industrial, tourism, educational, health care, (and other sectors), recently confirmed that it aims to accelerate the digital transformation of the financial services industry in… Read More

Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida, the Chief Executive at Qatar Financial Center, Says Country Aims to Leverage Potential of Fintech Sector in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan

Qatar has a population of around 2.5 million, however, there are only around 300,000 to 400,000 Qatari citizens, as the country is home to more than 2 million expatriates. These expats are from all over the world, including the US, the UK, and other leading… Read More

UK Fintech Vesuvio Labs to Establish Business Operations in Qatar to Help Doha Startups Expand Operations Globally

UK-based Fintech Vesuvio Labs is reportedly planning to establish an investment business in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar in order to further expand its operations and assist firms in Doha, particularly startups, with branching out into other global markets. Vesuvio Labs is a vertically… Read More

Apps for P2P Money Transfers and Account Aggregation are Most Popular Fintech Solutions in the Middle East: Survey

Approximately 20% or one-fifth of bank account holders in the Middle East are now using Fintech solutions, according to a recent survey performed by Deloitte. The survey, which examined nine key markets in the Middle East, reveals that consumers in the region are quite willing… Read More

MENA Region Financial Hubs, the UAE and Qatar, Report Significant Increase in Digital Banking Activities during COVID-19

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading UAE-based financial institution, reports that it has experienced significantly increased levels of digital banking adoption across its retail and corporate services during H1 2020. As noted in a release, almost 60% of ADIB’s retail clients have been using… Read More

Qatar Now Ranked 2nd in MENA Region for Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity as Fintech Sector Expected to Grow Rapidly

Randy Rivera, Executive Director of FinTEx, a member-led community focused on promoting innovation and collaboration within Fintech in Qatar and the MENA region, has said that his organization continues to work with international financial services industry participants. During a June 23, 2020 virtual panel discussion… Read More

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