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Qatar Financial Centre Partnering Up with B-Hive to Develop Fintech Industry in Qatar

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has partnered with B-Hive to develop FinTech Industry in Qatar. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC and Wim De Waele, CEO and Managing Partner, B-Hive. The ceremony

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20 Innovative Fintech Solution Pilots Emerge from Middle East Accelerator Programme

FinTech Hive at DIFC, the first and largest financial technology accelerator in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, marked another milestone in its continued support for financial innovation with the completion of the 2018 edition of its

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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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Digital Transformation Spending in META to Reach $40 Billion by 2022

The Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region will see annual spending on digital transformation (DX) initiatives cross the $20 billion mark by the end of this year, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation. The global technology

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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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Google Pay Is Now Available In Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Google announced the launch of Google Pay in the UAE, allowing people to pay simply and securely with their Android phones. It simplifies shopping by helping you pay safely in apps and on websites, in stores that support contactless payment, and across

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