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Paymob Announces New UAE Regional Hub

As the MENAP’s leading payment facilitator embarks on its next phase of expansion, it will open a new hub to serve the region’s growing number of micro businesses.

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Paymob has just announced that it will expand into the United Arab Emirates and open a regional hub in the country after a successful round of Series B funding overseen by PayPal.

The UAE expansion will be focused on “empowering (SMEs) and microbusinesses across the seven Emirates, with best-in-class digital payments solutions that drive growth in the digital economy”, Paymob said in a recent press release.

Paymob has already appointed veteran Emirati financial services guru Omar Haddad as its General Manager for the UAE expansion. He’ll be responsible for building a 150-strong team of payment professionals in this new market.

“The UAE is a dynamic ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation, largely enabled by tremendous support from the public sector. There are currently over 400,000 businesses in the UAE, 61% of which are microbusinesses and 38% are SMEs. We see a massive opportunity to serve this market segment. Our goal over the next three years is to empower 15% of those merchants with the latest payment technologies to fuel their growth and further digitize the economy,” says Islam Shawky, Paymob CEO and Co-founder.

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As a market leader in the digital payment sector in the MENAP region, Paymob currently caters to over 16.5 million registered users on its mobile wallet infrastructure. The company offers one of the most comprehensive payment platforms for MENAP businesses, and includes over 40 online and physical payment methods via its point-of-sale systems, online gateway, and app.

Paymob currently holds an 87% share of all of the mobile wallet processing volumes in Egypt, and in 2021, it partnered with Mastercard to offer the country’s first “Tap-on-Phone” contactless solution. The payments giant hopes to roll out the same tech to UAE businesses and their customers in 2023 and aims to help companies of all sizes deliver a frictionless and seamless digital payment experience.

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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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