Posts From Sharon Lewis

ADGM Introduces Changes to VC Managers Framework

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) recently held a webinar on the “New ways of VC Financing in ADGM.” The webinar discussed the VC landscape in terms of ADGM’s VC Managers Framework and perspectives from investors. Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta, Associate

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5 Trends Driving Open Banking in the Middle East 2021

Open banking in the Middle East has become one of the latest buzzwords to come out of the region’s accelerated fintech agenda. Many countries in the region already had a sturdy traditional banking ecosystem. Now, with a growing incentive to

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The Rise of Paytech in the UAE

Paytech in the UAE is one of the top emerging opportunities being eyed by startups, financial institutions and investors. Demand for finance apps in the country was already on the uptake. In Q1 this year, demand for these apps climbed

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Online (Crypto) Trading and Investing Gathers Steam in the Middle East

Last year, global financial markets saw retail investors flood financial markets through online trading and investing platforms. A wave of first-time investors, dubbed “Generation Investor,” took to financial markets, as barriers to entry were lowered and online trading apps stepped

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AMF’s Roadmap for Blockchain in the Middle East

The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) has recently issued guidelines regarding distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain in the Middle East for financial services. Under the “Strategies for Adopting DLT/Blockchain Technologies in Arab Countries” guide, the Arab Regional Fintech Working Group

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14 Top Funded Fintechs in the Middle East 2021

It has been a year of wins so far for MENA-based fintechs, with a handful of top funded fintechs in the Middle East securing deals as well. Middle Eastern fintech startups having already raised record levels of VC funding in

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Gen Z, Millennials Drive Saudi Fintech Adoption

Cash usage is declining amongst growing Saudi fintech adoption, according to the findings of Fintech Saudi’s National Fintech Adoption Survey. Fintech Saudi announced the results of the National Fintech Adoption Survey, which it conducted in early 2021. The survey assesses

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How Fawry Became Egypt’s First Fintech Titan

In August last year, Fawry made headlines as Egypt’s first tech company to lay claim to unicorn status. The financial services company, which offers its solutions to consumers and businesses both, processes three million transactions daily, it claims on its

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Amidst Record Global Fintech Investment, Middle East Sees Surge

Record levels of VC funding made their way to fintechs in the MENA region, amidst a global fintech investment boom. Global fintech investment in H1 this year reached a record US$98 billion, according to KPMG’s biannual fintech investment report Pulse

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The Ultimate Snapshot of Fintech in 10 Arab Countries

The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) recently released the second edition of The Arab Region Fintech Guide. The report discussed the current state of fintech in Arab countries. It features contributions from various central banks in the Arabian peninsula, as members

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