Posts From Fintechnews Middle East

Mobile Payments in the Middle East: News Roundup

The Middle East is witnessing a burgeoning mobile payment market with a number of players offering a multitude of diverse services. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular has seen a boom in the number of available mobile payment services.

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IFC Turns Their Focus to Dubai with its Fintech Conference

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) hosted its 6th annual International Finance Corporation (IFC) FinTech CEO Summit.  This is the first time IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has held the event outside its Washington D.C. headquarters. The event gathered

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Saudi’s Capital Market Authority FinTech ExPermit Batch Applications Are Closing Soon

In a bid to promote fintech innovation in the capital market, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) is accepting applications for the second batch for the Financial Technology Experimental Permit (FinTech ExPermit) that is closing soon—on the 15th of December 2018. The FinTech

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Dubai and Visa Sign MoU to Promote e-Commerce While Keeping Shoppers Safe

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai and its long-standing partner, Visa, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help grow the UAE’s consumer e-commerce sector by encouraging more merchants to take their businesses online, and educating consumers on

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Al Hilal Bank Just Made Their First Islamic Sukuk Sale on Blockchain, Worth US$1 Mil

Al Hilal Bank has executed the world’s first sukuk transaction on a blockchain ledger. The state-owned Islamic bank used a DLT ledger for the resale and settlement of an Islamic sukuk—a small portion of a US$500 million five-year sukuk that

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Kuwait Launches its Own Fintech Sandbox to Stay Competitive Among Gulf Nations

His Excellency, Dr. Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel, the Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait has announced that the bank has issued a Regulatory Sandbox Framework for fintech companies. With a goal of spurring firms to experiment with emerging sectors in the

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3 Key Ways Bahrain’s Central Bank is Trying to Woo Fintech Startups

Over the years, Bahrain has become a significant fintech presence in its own right, and seems set on entering a new phase of growth. The region launched its own fintech hub that has housed some amazing projects, and in more

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BEAM Wallet Acquired by Dubai Based Property Giant Majid Al Futtaim

Mobile wallet player BEAM was recently acquired by Majid Al Futtaim, a Dubai based property firm which owns and operates 23 shopping malls, 13 hotels and 4 mixed-use communities. The acquisition comes with full ownership of Beam’s IP rights, branding and

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Gulf Based Fintech Startups to Attract US$ 2 Billion in The Next Decade

Investments in Gulf-based fintech startups are expected to reach US$ 2 billion in the next decade, compared to a mere US$ 150 million invested in the last 10 years, according to a new study by MENA Research Partners (MRP). The

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ADGM Signs MOU with Central Bank of Bahrain to Promote Fintech

Central Bank of Bahrain seems going on partnership spree this as week as they sign yet another MOU with Abu Dhabi Global Market following their earlier partnership agreement with the Monetary Authority Singapore. The agreement was signed in Manama, Bahrain

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