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First Paperless Direct Debit Marketplace Launches In UAE

The UAE-based FinTech company, Direct Debit System, has launched an all-in-one platform called Direct Debit Marketplace to help users make recurring payments.

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Direct Debit System’s new platform will charge merchants a fixed fee for credit card & current account transactions, significantly reducing operating costs. The platform provides consumers and merchants with a simple all-in-one method for setting up and receiving recurring payments, such as school fees, rent, utility bills, and general subscription-based services, such as gym memberships.

One of the headline features of the service is that it will not affect merchant relationships with banking providers. In addition, the platform’s transactions are integrated with (and regulated by) the UAE Central Bank.

“We are delighted to see the launch of Direct Debit, another success story from our Innovation Accelerator program, where we nurture promising startups that innovate and use technology to disrupt industries. Direct Debit is a perfect example, providing merchants and payers in the UAE with a marketplace where they can transact recurring payments efficiently at low cost,” says Fatima Al Naqbi, Chief Innovation Officer, Ministry of Finance and MBRIF representative.

Writing cheques for rent or school fees is still common in the UAE, so Direct Debit Marketplace hopes its app will provide a safer, more convenient, and centralized alternative. UAE-based merchants using the platform can easily integrate with their accounting software or use the built-in dashboard. Direct Debit Marketplace is integrated with UAEPASS, the UAE’s secure digital identity scheme, which makes the entire process paperless.

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“Data security is very important for us, and the system is hosted in Dubai’s Data Center, known as Dubai Pulse. This makes us DESC (Dubai Electronic Security Center) compliant, with data positioned safely behind government firewalls and systems, which are the best in the world. Direct Debit Marketplace is a Decretal System of the UAE, which means the system is accepted by the national courts. With recent changes to laws related to cheques, both paper-based redundant cheques and new paperless digital direct debits carry equal weight when it comes to the law,” says Ummair Butt, Founder, and CEO of Direct Debit System.

The new service is supported by the National Bank of Fujairah (NBF), and it’s hoped that the platform will be fully operational before the end of 2022. Direct Debit Marketplace is already seeing huge interest from merchants and promises to drastically cut the time spent organizing recurring payments.

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UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023

Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.

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Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.

As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.

So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.

“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.

Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.

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World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.

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World’s Largest Mirrored Building

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Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.

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World’s Longest Video Livestream

On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.

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