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London’s Deeptech, Banking Firm Tintra Awarded Fintech Services License in Qatar

Deeptech & Banking company Tintra PLC has been awarded a Fintech Services License to operate in the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), which is described as “a watershed moment as the company expands its build-out worldwide.” Tintra is using artificial intelligence and Web3 technologies “to build… Read More

Qatar Central Bank Issues Digital Payment Licenses to Ooredoo, iPay by Vodafone

Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has reportedly issued the nation’s first virtual payment licenses to Ooredoo Money and iPay by Vodafone Qatar. The announcement was made via social media on August 30, 2022. The update noted that the issuance was made to contribute to the development… Read More

Communications Regulatory Authority in Qatar Launches Public Consultation on National Blockchain Blueprint

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) launched a public consultation about the “National Blockchain Blueprint for Qatar,” which was collaboratively “developed by CRA, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and Qatar University, with the aim of receiving the views and comments of stakeholders and concerned parties in Qatar on… 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

Qatar Fintech Hub Continues to Support Next-Gen Banking with Engaging Hackathons

Qatar Fintech Hub announced that it decided to host the fourth hackathon “to foster innovative ideas in next generation banking” Applications had been open “until 2 March 2022.” As confirmed in the announcement, pitches “take place on 10 March, and winners to be announced by… Read More

Fintech Spendwisor, a Mobile Payment Platform Focused on Supporting Qatar, Enters Agreement with Gem Global Yield LLC SCS

Spendwisor Inc. has entered into an agreement with Gem Global Yield LLC SCS (GEM) in order to boost the existing facility size from QAR 190 million (appr. $50 million) to QAR 310 million (appr. $85 million). As mentioned in the update, this serves as a… Read More

Qatar Fintech Hub Shares List of Fintechs that will Join Wave 3 of its Incubator, Accelerator Program

The Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH) recently shared the list of 16 Fintech firms that will be joining Wave 3 of its incubator and accelerator program. Established by the Qatar Development Bank (QDB), the QFTH is responsible for running an incubator and an accelerator program in… Read More

Qatar Fintech Hub Publishes International Report on State of Fintech in MENA Region

Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH), established by the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to support the growth of the Fintech industry in the Middle Eastern country, published its first whitepaper on the current state of the fast-evolving Fintech ecosystem in the MENA region. Titled “From Qatar to… Read More

Digital Transformation: HSBC Qatar Introduces Mobile Payments and Seamless Collections Services

HSBC Qatar has introduced mobile payments and collections services for its personal and corporate clients, as part of its ongoing investment into digitizing banking services. These recent updates will aim to enable greater financial inclusion for the unbanked sector and  visitors in Qatar, which is… Read More

Spendwisor, a Mobile Payment App with US, UK, Qatar Offices, Secures $50M from Luxembourg’s GEM Global Yield

Spendwisor, a US-headquartered mobile payment app with business offices and service locations in Qatar and the United Kingdom, has confirmed a QAR 190 million ($50 million) investment commitment from GEM Global Yield, a $3.4 billion Luxembourg-headquartered private alternative investment group. The company plans to use… Read More

Qatar based Payments Fintech Dibsy Secures $300,000 via Pre-Seed Round led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai

Qatar-headquartered Fintech firm Dibsy has acquired $300,000 through a pre-seed round that was led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai along with participation from several angel investors. Dibsy’s management reveals that their investment round was finalized in late 2020. The Dibsy team notes: “Our brand is… Read More

British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks Says Qatar and UK to Focus on Digital Commerce, Fintech Partnerships

Total trade volume between Qatar and the United Kingdom reportedly reached £7 billion last year, even though there were restrictions in place (partly due to COVID). The strong trading activity is also being reported after various challenges related to the pandemic and resulting socioeconomic uncertainty,… Read More

Islamic or Sharia-Compliant Fintech Sector in Qatar on Track to Grow Rapidly, Entire Global Ecosystem Now Valued at $49B

Qatar’s Islamic or Sharia-compliant Fintech sector is on track to record significant growth in the next 5 years, according to local sources. As digital transformations accelerate Islamic finance ecosystems worldwide, we are happy to share with you the Global Islamic Fintech Report 2021 produced by… Read More

Qatar Development Bank and Creative Startup Hub M7 Launch Incubator to Support Tech Firms and other Businesses

The Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and M7, a creative start-up hub that’s operated under Qatar Museums, are introducing Scale7, which is a business incubator for MENA region entrepreneurs. Scale 7 aims to support a creative and artistic ecosystem. The initiative will help Qatari entrepreneurs, local… Read More

Fintech Industry Professionals from Qatar and Bangladesh Comment on Latest Initiatives to Support SMEs, Diversify Economies

Fintech industry experts from Qatar and Bangladesh recently talked about potential opportunities in the financial services sector during a webinar.  Bangladesh Forum Qatar (BFQ) had organized the webinar on “An Exploration of the Qatar – Bangladesh Startup and Fintech Opportunities” along with assistance from the… Read More

Qatar based Fintech CWallet, which Will Offer Payroll and Remittance Payments Options, Secures $220,000 in Pre-Seed Funding

Qatar-based Fintech firm Cwallet has finalized a $220,000 pre-seed investment round from its founders and MBK Holding, the company’s CEO has confirmed. Michael Javier, who’s also Co-founder at Cwallet, noted that the Fintech company is now working cooperatively with the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in… Read More

US and Qatar Business Initiatives Now Valued at Around $200 Billion, Supported by Smart City Projects, Fintech, and Other Digital Technologies

The US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC), the Silicon Valley Forum and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington DC recently held a discussion during a virtual event on December 8, 2020, titled “Qatar in Focus: Smarter Countries & Thriving Communities in the Digital Age.”… Read More

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

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