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Singapore FinTech Festival 2019: showcasing Bahrain opportunities

This year's Singapore FinTech Festival came at a time when the Gulf's long-established financial services industry is ripe with digital opportunity. Bahrain has played host to several key developments in the sector, from the licensing of the Middle East's first cryptocurrency trading platform Rain to the roll-out of revolutionary regulations that create a framework for … Continued

Bahrain FinTech Bay’s Educational Programmes

As the first and still largest FinTech hub in the Middle East, Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) plays a number of important roles. Perhaps the most crucial of all of these is in education. If Bahrain, indeed any nation, is to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world, it must be able to meet the growing … Continued

Rain takes crypto trading by storm

Rain’s cryptocurrency trading platform shows Bahrain’s thriving tech ecosystem in action Bahrain established itself as a leading banking centre many years ago, with a financial services sector that continues to exist on the cutting edge. Rain had been operating in the Regulatory Sandbox of the Central Bank of Bahrain, an ideal testbed for new FinTech ventures, … Continued

Launching the Open Banking Revolution in the Middle East via Fintastic Bahrain

The advent of Open Banking, mandated last year, and set to come into force in June this year, is the latest step in Bahrain’s leadership role in the FinTech sector.

How FinTech can help break down barriers

How can challenging traditional business models and offering greater choice help break down barriers in FinTech? Our very own Dalal Buhejji, Senior Manager of Financial Services, shares her thoughts.

Fintastic Bahrain Week Shows How FinTech Community Can Drive Change

Our second annual Fintastic Bahrain Week succeeded in showcasing Bahrain as a regional hub for FinTech. However, although the week’s short-term success is important, it’s the long-term success of the FinTech sector in the Middle East that is far more significant. Here are a few insights we can draw after an action-packed week.

Fintastic Bahrain Week – Understanding the trajectory of FinTech in 2019

As we get deeper into 2019, the likely path of the FinTech industry through the rest of the year is beginning to emerge. The increasing rise of challenger banks, digital-only banks and non-traditional, algorithm-powered lenders is a given.

Wozniak set to tackle FinTech phenomenon at The GCC Financial Forum 2019

History has given us some great double-acts. In the business world, few can match the achievements of the duo behind the game-changing tech giant Apple Inc. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded arguably the most influential and powerful tech company the world has ever seen. Jobs, though often given the majority of the praise for … Continued

Leaders converge on Bahrain to redefine FinTech

Fintastic Bahrain Week is just a few weeks away, and you don’t want to miss the impactful agenda that will see finance visionaries from across the globe descend on Bahrain to discuss technologies and innovations that are in the vanguard of redefining the financial services industry. The financial sector across the Gulf finds itself at … Continued

Team Bahrain welcomes 92 global leaders in 2018

The year 2018 marked a special year for us here at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), one in which we’ve realised record-breaking job creation and direct investment figures. We attracted over USD 830 million in direct investment with 4,772 jobs being added to our economy over the next three years. We have our Team … Continued