Latest articles from United Arab Emirates

Nameer Khan

The UAE's growing role as a fintech hub

May 26, 2022

Government reforms are making the UAE an increasingly attractive location for fintechs doing business in the wider region, writes Nameer Khan. 


Gulf consolidation slows as economic pressures ease

March 1, 2022

Middle Eastern fintechs and neobanks are attracting investment from overseas, as the wave of mega-mergers among the region’s largest lenders grinds to a halt.


UAE banks remain cautious on lending

January 26, 2022

Protected from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic by the central bank, UAE's stable banking sector faces asset quality challenges and profitability pressures. Is further M&A on the cards?


UAE's Zand aims to support SMEs

January 25, 2022

On the runway to launch, the CEO of the UAE's new digital-only bank talks about its plans to attract customers in a competitive market.


UAE's competitiveness agenda

January 21, 2022

Already one of the most dynamic economies in the Middle East, the UAE is continuing to pass bold reforms to attract investment and talent from around the world.

5 Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa: Abu Dhabi's open for business

December 31, 2021

Abu Dhabi's goals will be realised through pivoting the economy towards technologies and new economic sectors, says the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

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Incentivising UAE’s fintech boom

September 15, 2021

Financial services foreign direct investment rose in 2020 despite the pandemic and has remained robust this year on the back of generous state support.

Loan growth steady at UAE banks

August 25, 2021

The central bank implemented targeted support measures last year to ease pressure on companies and provide banks with liquidity.

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A new era for GCC digital banking

August 19, 2021

Digital-only banks in the Gulf Co-operation Council are experiencing a boom.

Astyanax Kanakakis

Building UAE's blockchain KYC platform

August 13, 2021

Astyanax Kanakakis, chief executive of norbloc, on how its digital onboarding system has simplified the account-opening process.

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