Abu Dhabi

Going “Beyond Banking” in the UAE: Report

Banking solutions that go beyond traditional services are going to be an “important battlefield” for banking in the UAE. A new report by Arthur D. Little and M2P analysed responses from about 2,000 UAE retail bank customers to determine how

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These 3 Abu Dhabi Startup Investors Made Big Bets on Fintech

The year has seen a flurry of activity across the tech landscape in the Middle East, but especially so for fintech. Startup investors, both private and government-backed, have flocked to this sector in the UAE, just like they have across

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How the ADGM Uses Regtech to Regulate Virtual Assets: Report

Technology has transformed the financial industry, and regulators need to buy in. That’s the message from the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s (ADGM) latest report on regtech in the emirate. The report, titled “Powering the Future of Regulation,” noted that the

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ADGM Licenses First Israeli Venture Capital Firm

Venture capital firm OurCrowd has become the first Israeli venture firm to have gained approval and licensing by the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in the UAE, according to a statement. The firm has incorporated its wholly owned subsidiary OurCrowd

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Crypto and BNPL Are Top Middle East Fintech Trends: Visa Report

Over 80% of consumers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia reported that they would be willing to use crypto and buy now pay later (BNPL) services, according to Visa’s CEMEA COVID-19 Impact Tracker. This interest in what are relatively new

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Sarwa Launches Zero Commission and Transfer Fee Trading Platform

Personal finance and investment platform Sarwa has officially launched Sarwa Trade. The platform allows users to trade stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) without commissions, international transfer fees or a minimum account balance, according to a statement. The solution provides

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The 5 Fastest Growing Fintech Companies in the UAE in 2021

Fintech companies in the UAE have bagged a number of wins this year, with local fintechs accelerating growth. Competition is heating up in the digital banking space, as well as in several sub-verticals of the payments space. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency is

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Financial Data Concerns Rise Amongst Digital Shift in the GCC

Illegal data collection and financial data theft have become major concerns amongst GCC consumers, according to a new report. The Ding Global Prepaid Index (GPI), a bi-annual global study by mobile top-up service Ding, found that GCC consumers are uneasy

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Edfundo Is the Newest Youth Neobank in the UAE

Edfundo, a youth-focused neobank, will be launching in the UAE early next year, according to a statement from the company. Edfundo is a tween and teen-focused smart money management app built by UAE-based teachers and co-founder CEO Simon Wing and

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Where Can You Make Crypto Investments in the UAE?

Crypto investments have been gathering attention in the Middle East, and developments in this space have been especially accelerated in the UAE over the past few years. According to a 2021 YouGov survey, one in four people in the UAE

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