TECHNOLOGY

Sep 06, 2019

BlockchainJibrel, a Swiss fintech operating in the Abu Dhabi General Market (ADGM), is set to launch what it claims is the first globally regulated, blockchain-powered platform for private funding in the UAE.

Aug 29, 2019

Blockchain firm R3 has partnered with Wethaq, a Dubai-based startup, in an initiative designed to bring blockchain technology to the Islamic finance market.  

Aug 29, 2019

Swiss fintech Numbrs, which is backed by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), has been valued at $1 billion, making it the latest unicorn in the global fintech world.

Aug 23, 2019

Bahrain-based energy investment firm Lamar Holding has invested $1 million in Nigerian fintech TechAdvance.

Aug 15, 2019

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investments has reportedly invested more than $1 million in a cryptocurrency exchange.

Aug 02, 2019

Robo-adviserSaudi Arabia’s securities regulator, the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (SMCA) has given the green light for two local firms, Wahed Capital and Haseed Investing Company, to test their robo-advisor services.

May 31, 2019

FundingQatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has led a $500 million investment in US-based digital lender Social Finance (SoFi).

May 03, 2019

Cloud_computingRegtech firm Fenergo has recruited a new head of sales for the Mena region and received a full licence from the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

Mar 22, 2019

RegTechThe secretary general of the Union of Arab Banks has called on financial institutions in the region to increase their investment in regtech.

Mar 08, 2019

FintechThe UK and Turkey have launched a joint initiative to create wider access to Islamic finance through financial technology.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Jan 04, 2019

Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

Jun 13, 2018

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Jun 13, 2018

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.