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UK Islamic digital banking start-up rolls out alpha version

Making a bid to attract the Muslim community underserved by both conventional banks and fintech, start-up Niyah has announced the alpha launch of its ethically-focused digital banking platform and Shariah compliant financial product marketplace,...


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Pakistan to announce first cohort of regulatory sandbox soon

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is inviting its regulatees as well as fintech start-ups to join the first cohort of its regulatory sandbox as the regulator ramps up efforts to encourage financial innovation. Opened...


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World Islamic Fintech Awards 2019: Strength in diversity

After a global call for nominations and a lengthy deliberation process, IFN Fintech is pleased to reveal the winners of the prestigious World Islamic Fintech Awards for the year 2019. The nominations-based independent awards received 135...


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Saudi Arabia readies itself for virtual banks with new regulations

Preparing to usher the Kingdom’s banking sector into the digital era, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has issued new regulations for digital banks amid efforts to diversify its oil-reliant economy as per Saudi Vision 2030. The Additional...


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Could going digital be the shot-in-the-arm for Libya’s ailing Shariah finance industry?

Described by some as dead in the water, Islamic banking never took off in a meaningful way in war-stricken Libya despite efforts to convert its entire financial system to comply with Shariah laws. But one bank is attempting to change the tides with...


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Bangladeshi Islamic bank banking on new digital bank subsidiary to capture larger market share

Al-Arafah Islami Bank is waiting for final regulatory approval to establish a new standalone Islamic mobile bank designed to capture new market shares and achieve greater financial inclusion in a country often touted as mobile-first. Al-Arafah...


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Kazakhstan to welcome first Islamic digital bank – a Qatari-led initiative

Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) is preparing to issue its first Islamic digital banking license in the coming months to a Qatari financial institution, a move the financial center hopes would boost its repertoire as a regional Shariah...


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New digital Islamic bank in the making as Kuwait’s largest Islamic bank set to acquire Bahraini lender

After over a year since it announced its intentions to take over Ahli United Bank (AUB), Kuwait Finance House (KFH) is ready to make an offer to acquire the Bahraini financier, in a move that would not only create one of the largest banks in the...


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First Abu Dhabi Bank pilots new payment platform for merchants

The largest bank in the UAE has launched a pilot payment solution designed for merchants, with a view of rolling out at a larger scale in the coming months.   The new service by First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) consolidates all the payment...