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Board of Abu Dhabi Global Market Approves Formation of ADGM Authority, Will be Led by Financial Services Veteran Mark Nicholas Cutis

The Board of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial center located in Abu Dhabi, has reportedly approved the formation of the ADGM Authority. ADGM Authority is expected to be led by Mark Nicholas Cutis, who will be serving as the organization’s Chief Executive…. Read More

Fintech Funding: MENA Region’s Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Raised Substantial Amounts in Q1 2021, but UK Remains a Global Leader in Fintech

MENA region startups secured $170 million in capital during March 2021, which is reportedly a 6% increase month-over-month, across 43 different deals, according to local sources. This notably takes the total funds raised during Q1 2021 to $396 million across 125 different deals, which is… Read More

Digital Banking: UAE Central Bank Issues License to Al Mayah Community Bank to Offer Seamless Financial Services

The reserve bank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a license to Al Maryah Community Bank in order to offer services in the Middle Eastern nation. Al Maryah is notably the very first all-digital bank to have been given approval to begin providing… Read More

Fintech Unicorn Stripe Enters MENA Region Markets with its Dubai, UAE Launch, Following $600M Round

Fintech firm Stripe has reportedly launched its business operations in the Middle East with its recent entry into the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Stripe is notably one of Silicon Valley’s most valuable Fintechs. The company chose Dubai, a major MENA region financial hub, for its… Read More

Middle East Fintech Firms to Operate Under New Guidelines from Abu Dhabi Global Market

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has provided an updated set of regulatory guidelines that are meant to serve as a framework to support the operations of Fintech companies. Many of these startups offer third-party services to clients of… Read More

Islamic or Sharia-Compliant Fintech Services are Increasingly being Adopted in MENA Region and Globally

Islamic or Sharia-compliant Fintech services are being increasingly adopted in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and internationally as well, according to a report from Arabian Business. As reported by the news outlet, the largest transaction volumes have come from Saudi Arabia, the UAE,… Read More

Regtech, Financial Wellness, Debt Investments Startups Among 11 Initiatives to Graduate from StartupBootCamp Fintech Dubai

The third edition of Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai’s accelerator program has now concluded. During the Demo Day, there were 11 startups that pitched their ideas to potential investors, corporate partners, industry experts, mentors, and the general public. Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai was introduced in 2018 through a… Read More

Digital Banking: UAE Fintech YAP Launches New App for Local Consumers, Allowing them to Better Manage Finances

United Arab Emirates’ first “independent” virtual banking platform has just launched with more than 25,000 applicants that had pre-registered during the past few months in order to use the bank’s Fintech app. UAE-headquartered digital bank YAP will be allowing locals to open a bank account… Read More

UAE’s BaaS Fintech NymCard Secures $7.6M in Capital via Series A to Accelerate its Expansion Efforts

Abu Dhabi based NymCard, a card issuing and processing platform, has secured $7.6 million in  capital through a Series A funding round. The banking-as-a-service (BaaS) provider confirmed that the investment round was led by Shorooq Partners along with the contributions from OTF Jasoor Ventures and… Read More

LuLu Exchange Partners Global Fintech Ripple and Federal Bank to Enhance Real-Time Payments from UAE to India

The LuLu Exchange in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed that they’re teaming up with American Fintech Ripple (which is the subject of a major enforcement action from the US SEC) and Federal Bank in order to enhance real-time payments capabilities from the UAE… Read More

Mastercard, Network Int. to Support MENA Region Digital Payments, as [email protected] Launches Inventory Monetization Platform for MENA Countries

Mastercard has partnered with UAE-headquartered PSP Network International in order to introduce a digital platform with the goal of promoting the adoption of virtual payments across the MENA region. With this new digital platform going live this month, Network International plans to help its customers… Read More

UAE based Investment Advisory Firm Sarwa Acquires Experimental Fintech Permit to Offer Services in Saudi Arabia

Dubai-headquartered investment advisory firm Sarwa is reportedly expanding its business operations to Saudi Arabia after acquiring a temporary or experimental Fintech license from Saudi’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA). This development has come about a year after Sarwa secured $8.4 million in capital, which was one… Read More

Dubai and UAE Economy Expected to Grow 4% in 2021, Supported by Financial Services and Nascent Fintech Sector

Dubai‘s economy is projected to grow by 4% this year, driven by the government’s (fairly) effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dubai government has taken several measures to extend support to local businesses and individuals. It also launched four stimulus packages valued at 6.8… Read More

Over 80 New Fintech Initiatives Joined Dubai International Financial Centre in H1 2020, a 75% YoY Increase

Although Dubai’s economy is projected to contract by 6.2% this year, with the travel and hospitality industries hit really hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country saw a significant increase in bank financing for its communications, storage, and transport sectors. There was also solid… Read More

UAE’s Real Estate focused Fintech Stake to Allow Investors to Begin Investing with Only 2,000 Dirhams

A Dubai-based real estate-focused Fintech firm is planning to offer local investors an opportunity to invest in the property market with as little as 2,000 AED (appr. $544). UAE-headquartered Stake, which is supported by a Saudi national, is currently based in the Fintech Hive which… Read More

Dubai International Financial Centre’s Fintech Hive and Israel’s Fintech Aviv to Work Cooperatively to Expand Financial Tech Ecosystems

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Hive, the largest Fintech hub in the MENA region, entered into an agreement with Israel-based Fintech-Aviv on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Founded in 2014, Fintech Aviv aims to cater to the needs or requirements of the Israeli Fintech… Read More

Bank Hapoalim and Abu Dhabi Global Market to Work on Digital Transformation of Financial Services in UAE and Israel

Israel’s Bank Hapoalim and Abu Dhabi Global Market will be collaborating on various Fintech projects. Both organizations have agreed to support the digital transformation of financial services in the UAE and Israel. Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), a major international financial centre located in the… Read More

Dubai Entrepreneur Khurram Shroff’s IBC Group Commits $10 Million to ETH 2.0 Staking to Support Launch of Ethereum Upgrade

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly leading the MENA region’s Fintech sector with a projected valuation of around $2.5 billion by 2022 (which is still not significant compared to international standards). Regional and multinational financial services providers have been launching digital platforms in order… Read More

Global Payments Platform Adyen to Expand Business Operations into Middle East, Launches Dubai Office

Global payments platform Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), which claims it’s the platform of choice for many of the world’s largest businesses, has announced that it would be expanding its operations into the Middle East region. Adyen’s management noted that they aim to support the momentum of… Read More

Checkout.com Data Reveals Digital Payments in MENA Region and Pakistan have Nearly Doubled after COVID

A report released earlier this week by Checkout.com reveals that digital commerce and online payments are on track for major growth next year. Internal Checkout.com data indicates that digital payment transfers have almost doubled in the MENA region since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak…. Read More

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