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Nomo Upgrades Its Sharia-Compliant International Bank

The fully digital service will use technology from Paymentology’s card issuing platform to offer a next-generation service.

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Nomo, the world’s first fully digital Sharia-compliant cross-border bank, has teamed up with leading global issuer-processor Paymentology to build a cutting-edge and seamless customer payment experience.

Nomo offers Middle East customers a wide range of global banking services, including current accounts, property finance, international transfers, and more through its iOS and Android apps. The service also allows users to track spending, make fast payments, and manage their finances more effectively.

Nomo has already benefited from Paymentology’s cloud-based technology by introducing multi-currency accounts offering six currencies – GBP, USD, EUR, KWD, AED, and SAR. The service helps customers avoid exchange fees and provides fast, safe cross-border payments.

Now, as part of the official Nomo / Paymentology partnership, the digital bank will benefit from faster processing times, best-in-class fraud protection, and Mastercard virtual cards. Meanwhile, Paymentology will deliver a real-time data feed, providing granular insights to help Nomo improve its platform.

Martin Heraghty, Regional Director Europe of Paymentology, spoke positively about the collaboration: “As the demand for Sharia-compliant digital products and services continues to grow, Nomo is at the forefront of delivering solutions that cater to the needs of Islamic customers and beyond. With our innovative payment technology, Nomo is paving the way toward a seamless, customer-centric digital banking future. We look forward to launching more ground-breaking services together”.

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Meanwhile, Sean Gilchrist, CEO of Nomo, explained how Paymentology had improved the Nomo offering: “Paymentology’s technology has helped us build a unique offering for our customers, helping them to conduct cross-border transactions without high fees, directly from the Nomo app. We remain committed to continuously developing innovative solutions and reimagining digital Sharia banking for everyone”.

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Binance Receives Virtual Assets License To Operate In Dubai

As its user base nears 200 million, CEO Richard Teng believes crypto adoption will soar over the next half of the decade.

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Global crypto exchange Binance has been granted a full operational license in Dubai, in a move that’s expected to accelerate digital asset adoption and strengthen the UAE’s regulatory landscape.

The virtual asset service provider license (VASP) was granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and will allow Binance to extend its current range of services to retail investors, the company announced yesterday.

The move by Dubai authorities will be critical to Binance’s strategy of growing its user base globally. The crypto exchange expects to pass the 200 million user mark “quite shortly”, according to Richard Teng, the company’s CEO.

Once that milestone is achieved, Binance will have around twice as many users as rival platform Coinbase. Meanwhile, Crypto.com, another popular exchange with 80 million users, received a Dubai VASP license last week.

“We’re seeing much greater institutional adoption and institutional money coming into this space [along with] much greater regulatory clarity and a lot more jurisdictions approving [digital asset] products that bring in new investor classes,” Binance’s Richard Tang explained, adding: “As of now, we stand at about 5% crypto adoption globally, but that will become much faster moving forward”.

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Dubai and the UAE are extremely supportive of technologies like digital assets, and have already launched initiatives to boost adoption. The UAE has ambitious plans to become a world leader in the crypto economy of the future, with Dubai in particular being noteworthy for passing a new law to regulate virtual assets to support investors and exchanges.

“Global crypto regulation is currently showing diverging signs. Some developed countries have long suffered from crypto-related frauds and illegal exchanges. On the other hand, emerging nations like the UAE and Singapore have enacted crypto laws at faced pace,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Dubai-based Century Financial.

As the UAE gears up to become one of the fastest-growing crypto capitals worldwide, investors and talent are flocking to places like Dubai. During 2023, the Emirates as a whole realized $204 million in capital gains from cryptocurrency investments, according to blockchain data analysts Chainalysis.

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