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Iraq Underdeveloped Financial System Both A Challenge And An Opportunity For Fintech

With 11% of the population having a formal banking account, the lowest number of ATMs in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA), and a smartphone penetration of just 17%, the lowest in the region, Iraq is not what we

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9 Fintech Startups in Middle East to Watch in 2018

The fintech sector in the Middle East, despite being relatively small when compared with the likes of the US or Europe, has grown tremendously these past years with locations such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

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Alibabacoin’s Public ICO Brings an Explosive Response

Alibabacoin Foundation, the developer of a leading fourth-generation Alternative coin (altcoin),  has successfully ended their 1st stage ICO and officially began 2nd stage public ICO on 16 March. The public ICO stage two includes 11 rounds with 10 days per round. Their

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First Abu Dhabi Bank chooses Accuity Data and Technology Solutions

Accuity, a global provider of risk and compliance, payments and know your customer solutions has been selected by First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) to provide integrated global sanctions screening and data. First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank

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ICO Arrives In The Middle East But VC Funding Still Dominates

2017 was the year initial coin offerings (ICOs) became mainstream. The fundraising method has raised in popularity and is now being used by an increasing number of startups in blockchain and cryptocurrency space looking for capital. In 2017 alone, startups

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Blockchain Spending in the Middle East & Africa to More than Double in 2018

Spending on blockchain solutions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is set to more than double this year, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation. The global technology research and consulting firm’s recently launched Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending

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Ripple and Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Offer Pilot Program for Saudi Banks

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) — the central bank for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) — has signed an agreement with Ripple to help banks in the KSA improve their payments infrastructure using xCurrent. This ground-breaking pilot program is the first

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UAE Exchange Partners with Ripple for Instant Cross-Border Payments

UAE Exchange, a leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, announced it has partnered with San Francisco-based Ripple to enable instant, seamless and real-time cross-border payments. This makes UAE Exchange the largest payment solutions provider in the

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ADGM Launches e-KYC Utility Project With Consortium Of Key UAE Financial Institutions

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, announces the initiation and development of an electronic-Know-Your-Customer (e-KYC) utility in close collaboration with a key team of the UAE’s largest

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Crowdfunding And Peer-To-Peer Lending In The UAE

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has emerged as a way to support local small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), many of which have been rejected by conventional banks. According to data from Khalifa Fund, approximately 50-70% of

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