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QNB Group Launches FAWRAN for Innovative Payment Experience in Qatar

QNB Group, the leading financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has announced the launch of “FAWRAN,” a revolutionary payment method designed to enhance the payment experience for its customers in Qatar. This innovative service allows for quick and secure transactions using just the… Read More

Cross-Border Transactions: TerraPay and Alfardan Exchange to Streamline Remittance Payments

In a significant development for the remittance sector, TerraPay, a global cross-border payments network, has announced a partnership with Alfardan Exchange. Based in Qatar, Alfardan Exchange provides exchange services as well as commodities like gold and coins. This collaboration aims to leverage TerraPay’s advanced digital… Read More

Qatar Investment Authority to Launch VC Fund of Funds

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is set to launch Qatar’s “first” venture capital (VC) Fund of Funds, a strategic investment program to foster innovation in Qatar. The Fund of Funds program will “invest more than USD 1 billion in international and regional venture capital funds.” The… Read More

Instant Payments to Be Introduced by Qatar Central Bank

The Qatar Central Bank will reportedly introduce the FAWRAN instant payment service. Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has called on the domestic banking institution to adjust their status as part of its plans to introduce the instant payment service (called Fawran) in March of 2024. The… Read More

Qatar Central Bank Issues Loan-Based Crowdfunding Regulation

Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has issued the Loan-Based Crowdfunding Regulation for the purpose of licensing and regulating loan-based crowdfunding activities and services in Qatar. The move forms part of QCB’s permanent endeavor to regulate and develop the financial sector in the country and is line… Read More

Qatar Investment Authority to Invest Approx. $1B in India’s Largest Retailer, Reliance Retail

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has announced today an investment of ₹ 8,278 crore (approx. $1bln) into Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance Industries). QIA’s investment “will translate into a minority equity stake of 0.99% in RRVL on a fully-diluted… Read More

Qatar Fintech Hub Announces Wave 5 of Incubator, Accelerator Programs

Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH), founded by Qatar Development Bank (QDB), has announced the final list of FinTech Startups to join Wave 5 of its Incubator and Accelerator Programs. The series is part of QDB’s efforts “to support startups in their entrepreneurial journey through various programs… Read More

Qatar: QNB Group Selects IBM to Enhance Digital Banking Experience

QNB Group, in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) and its ecosystem partner, Mannai InfoTech, an ICT Division under Mannai Trading Company WLL have delivered an innovative, pioneering and engaging Digital Banking experience to its customers. IBM Consulting’s Business Transformation expertise, the IBM Garage methodology and… Read More

Artificial Intelligence: Builder.ai Announces $250M Series D Led by Qatar Investment Authority

Builder.ai announces over $250M Series D led by QIA to push new boundaries for its AI powered composable software platform Strong customer tailwinds “continue to push Builder.ai’s vision of empowering everyone to build the software they need for their business or ideas and making it… 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

CWallet, M2P to Introduce Pre-Paid, Multicurrency Cards in Qatar

CWallet, a Qatar-based payment processing fintech startup, has teamed up with M2P Fintech, which claims to be one of Asia’s largest API infrastructure companies, in order “to enable prepaid and multi-currency cards in Qatar.” This partnership is “aimed at promoting financial technology intelligence, financial inclusion,… Read More

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

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