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The National Bank of Bahrain Takes the Lead as the First Bank in MENA to Provide Open Banking Services

 Bahrain’s national bank partners with Tarabut Gateway, Bahrain’s first licensed open banking systems provider, to enable customers to access new digital services and aggregate all their accounts from different banks 15 May, 2019 – Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain: National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has today taken a lead role in evolving the banking industry in … Continued

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Game of hubs: The battle for the Middle East’s startup capital

Image courtesy of Shutterstock For several years, Dubai, with its strategic location and stability, has been able to establish itself as the hub for the private sector across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). Boasting superior infrastructure, vibrant cultural and entertainment lifestyle sector, the emirate has been able to attract expatriates from across the … Continued

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Leading growth markets VC Rise Capital sees Bahrain emerging as a regional tech hub for the Middle East

Leading Emerging Markets internet investor, Rise Capital, recently discussed its confidence in the GCC entrepreneurship scene and its goal to invest in early stage technology businesses here, through its newly-announced global fund. Rise Capital will also focus on its ecosystem development capabilities and gives its coverage and its partners having invested in the region over … Continued

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A Progressive Perspective: Areije Al Shakar, Fund Manager, Al Waha Fund of Funds

The Senior Vice-President and Head of Development Services at Bahrain Development Bank -who is also the Fund Manager at Al Waha Fund of Funds- on how her country's initiatives are enabling not just its own but the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem   “Look what Bahrain did, they were able to build a program that was ultimately … Continued

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Bahrain Announces Special Programme for 100 Arab Start-Ups

Dead Sea, Jordan, 7 April 2019 – Bahrain today announced the roll-out of a new programme of support for the 100 Arab start-ups shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. The special programme will include: Access to the Bahraini market for all companies that have been … Continued

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A country poised to seize the future

The Gulf state of Bahrain is rich in resources and attractions – now its forward-looking approach to business has also turned it into a tech hub, reports Colin Randall Bahrain, a small island nation richly endowed with natural and man-made marvels, is transforming to a digital economy, thanks to its burgeoning status as a regional fintech leader … Continued

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Shari’a compliant cryptocurrency exchange ‘Rain’ graduates CBB Regulatory Sandbox, licensure looming

Middle East focused exchange Rain has been operating within the regulatory sandbox of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) since December 2017 and announcing their graduation today Rain is a cryptocurrency exchange that is now Shari’a compliant (certified by Shariyah Review Bureau) The company is targeting a 2019 launch rain.bhRain, a Bahrain based cryptocurrency exchange, … Continued

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Fairway Group begins international expansion with Bahrain launch

Manama – Bahrain: Fairway Group – the Jersey-based independent, owner-managed fiduciary business offering trust, fund and pension services – is expanding internationally with the opening of operations in Bahrain.Initially, the new office will be used primarily to provide trust services to high net worth individuals and families, as well as provide corporate solutions. The plan is to … Continued

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Flat6Labs Bahrain Officially Opens its Doors at NBB Towers, as Eight Startups Gear Up for the First Cycle

Manama, Bahrain — Flat6Labs Bahrain, supported by Tamkeen (Labour Fund), launches their Bahrain office, joining an ever-growing lineup of successful locations across the MENA region. The new premises, located on the 15th floor of the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) towers, will serve as both a workspace to Flat6Lab’s entrepreneurs, as well as a hub … Continued

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